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Perfect corny movie fit for MST3K [message #158438] Sat, 22 March 2008 12:41
George Johnson is currently offline  George Johnson
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The stop motion animation is pretty darn good for the era (almost up to
Ray Harryhausen's).
The thing that makes it particularly MST3K-ready in nature is the main
character played by Edward Connell talks like the guy from the "Why Study
Industrial Arts?" short. The only problem I'd see is that it's a recent DVD
release, so it might be more suited for a RIFFTRAX treatment over a
"Cinematic Titanic" poking.

Equinox (1970)

Equinox (1970, Theatrical Trailer)
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Equinox/The Beast (1971) -**

You know, editing is really important. The impact of film editing on
the flow of a movie is both considerable and obvious. Skillful editing can
create tension and excitement in a scene where none would otherwise exist;
it can drastically alter the speed at which the story moves, quickening the
pace of what might otherwise be quite a dull flick; it can even be used to
create entirely new movies out of bits and pieces of low-budget Spanish or
Filipino films that your studio has bought in bulk and on the cheap for that
very purpose. On the other hand, bad editing can render a scene-- or an
entire movie-- totally incomprehensible (anybody remember Battlefield
Earth?), or turn what ought to have been an exciting picture into an instant
cure for insomnia. But at the moment, I'm thinking more about a different
kind of editing, one that often gets forgotten in the context of the movies.
Screenplays, remember, are documents like any other, and like all examples
of the writer's art, they can and should be edited before they are sent off
into the world to bear the scrutiny of the public. Which brings me to
Equinox/The Beast, a movie that looks to all appearances to have been shot
from its screenplay's very first draft. A good deal of what goes on onscreen
during the 90-odd minutes that Equinox asks you to invest in it is
completely unnecessary. Not only are there entire blocks of scenes that do
nothing to advance the story, many scenes are so bereft of narrative purpose
that one gets the impression that the filmmakers temporarily forgot that
there was a story being told in the first place.
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