Welcome, dear friends, to what I hope will be the first of many Cider and Cinema posts here at filnnerdblog. Cider is often my drink of choice, so it makes sense to combine my love for the fruity beverage with my love of films.
First up, tonight’s drink. This time I’ve got a Devon apple cider infused with elderflower, from M&S. A lightly sparkling, refreshing drink, this is a pleasant enough cider, although it’s rather heavy on the apples. I’d like to see the elderflower taste brought out more, to give it a more unique taste. As it is, this is just a tad subtle for me.
Now onto tonight’s film. I’ve chosen 1932’s black and white thriller, The Most Dangerous Game, starring Fay Wray, who would appear in King Kong the following year.
Events take place on an island where a crazy count who loves hunting big game, but has become bored by it, decides to up the ante. Hunting humans. So he’s a really nice, normal bloke, then.
The film begins aboard a yacht where we see a group of well to do men talking about how much they like hunting. There’s some great dialogue, here including our protagonist, Bob Rainsford foolishly and incorrectly bragging!
This world’s divided into two kinds of people: the hunter and the hunted. Luckily I’m the hunter. Nothing can change that.
Hmm…give it about 35 minutes, Bob, old man!
The cartoonishly villainous Count Zaroff first invites Bob to join him – not as prey, but as a fellow hunter. But Bob is hardly likely to get a girl like Fay Wray (Eve) if he goes around hunting people for sport, and he’s much more morally upstanding than that. He and so he takes his chances against the Count.
There’s a fun jungle-based cat and mouse chase that ensues, as Bob fights for his life, and some of it’s even pretty tense. The music here helps no end, cranking up the suspense as they were so good at doing back then. Perhaps that’s because they had to rely so heavily on the score to convey meaning during the silent era? I don’t know, but it was good, and suitably dramatic for the macabre subject matter. Don’t you just love that word? Macabre. Mac. Abre. Maaaaaccccaaaaarrrrrrrbbbbbbbbeeeee. It rolls off the tongue beautifully, doesn’t it?
Anyway, what was I saying? I don’t know, but I liked this film, and am definitely go to check out some more oldies. I used to watch a lot of black and white films from the 30’s and 40’s but it’s a habit I’ve got out of in recent years.
If you’re interested, the short story this film was based on is available on open source or you can watch the whole film here.
Cider score: a bit too heavy on the apples at the expense of the elderflower means this is 6/10
Movie score: an old school 7/10
I remember Joel McCrea from one of my favourite films, Sullivan’s Travels. Ever tried Crabbies?
I love Crabbies!
You know it’s good when you can have it when it’s raining outside haha
Glad the movie was a bit better than the cider! Great review, Laura. I think I’d like this movie. 🙂
Thanks, Mutant! Yeah, I liked the film and it seems like something you might enjoy, too. It’s only about an hour long, so won’t take up too much of your time.
I make sure to eat a dozen elderflowers per day.
Do they give you super powers? If so, I’m in.
This is so brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe we (as in … the readers lol) could recommend zany cider flavours we see around the shops!!
Yes please! The more obscure the better, I’ve probably tried all the standard ones. I’ve got a toffee apple one in the fridge!
Sounds good. I’ve never watched a porn but there’s a 70s movie out there called The Killers which is the same subject matter. Hunting humans and going balls deep! Again, I’ve never seen it but I wrote about it once on a different website,
A porn, you say? [gasp!] I’m very surprised that you’ve heard, much less written, about such a thing!
What’s all this discussion of porn?
You know Eric!
That I do and as we have both written porn reviews.
I know, dirty boys!
Did you enjoy reading them?
I prefer horror!
Hehe, but you admit our reviews were well written?
My dear fn,
Cool post Laura.
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