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The Haunting of Morella (1990)

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Commentary 1: Director Jim Wynorski Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on May 2nd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
This commentary actually has the added treat of including Wynorski's frequent collaborator Steve Mitchell. The writer and 2nd Unit director for "Morella," Steve has a long history with Jim, and that great rapport is evident for the entire 80 minutes. Fans of the "Chopping Mall" commentary will find this to be a worthy complement. The recording is time-stamped by the unfortunate death of Lana Clarkson (roughly in early 2003). But, the reminisces paint a touching picture of an actress who embraced the many "camp" roles she performed in, and remark upon how intimidating it was to work with a true "Amazonian" specimen. Stories abound about working with actors like David McCallum and Nicole Eggert. Wynorski admits his "fan boy" love for "The Man from UNCLE" (having worked with Robert Vaughn in "Transylvania Twist") Both "Twist" and the "Haunting of Morella" were shot back-to-back at the infamous "Lumberyard" that was the Concorde-era Corman Studios. Steve and Jim recount their wishes to capture the spirit and feel of the Corman "Poe" pictures from the "AIP" era, and divulge all of the ingenuity used to bring that particular look to the film. Like the creation of a waterfall from scratch, so as not to pollute the natural waters of Southern California with such odious material as the leading ladies' perfume. Bleary-eyed drivers were treated to one topless tussle, as the studio was situated across the street from a bus station. All of these anecdotes, plus a visual guide to many famous film locations around Los Angeles: from the Malibu Ranch to the Tujunga forest. A densely packed commentary which serves as a fine time capsule of the '80s-era in Corman Cinema