|CT01 - The Oozing Skull|
|Release Date||December 21, 2007|
|AKA||Brain of Blood|
The Creature's Revenge
|Movie Director||Al Adamson|
|Followed by||Doomsday Machine|
The Oozing Skull is Cinematic Titanic's name for Brain of Blood, an independent 1972 horror film and the first movie featured in Cinematic Titanic.
Movie[edit | edit source]
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
From the official CT site:
"Cinematic Titanic's The Oozing Skull – a brief synopsis.
"In the far-off land of Kalid, President Amir lies on his deathbed. If this revered head-of-state dies, the brutal dictatorship that he has so lovingly cultivated will fall into a dark age of uncertainty and chaos. And so, in this moment of crisis, his loyal staff are left with no alternative but to choose the only logical and sensible course of action—to transfer Amir's brain into a younger, healthier, and most importantly, living body.
"Enter Doctor Robert Trenton, a mad scientist of the traditional 'they all laughed at me and now I'll show them' school. He, along with his assistant, Dorro, a little man with a big appetite for evil, and Tracy, a conniving beauty with a heart that's harder than her leathery, over-tanned skin, concoct a deliriously diabolical plan involving murder, body-napping, skullduggery, and oozy, gooey brains."
Information[edit | edit source]
Episode[edit | edit source]
Strange Interludes[edit | edit source]
Prologue: None. The cast enter and take their seats without comment or explanation.
Interruption 1: Frank Conniff's Hollywood Cavalcade One of the most beloved segments in the history of Cinematic Titanic! The late Al Hirt stops by and tries to treat everyone to some fine jazz, despite getting squeamish around these types of movies.
Interruption 2: The "Exploitation" Question Joel wonders if pouring acid on a guy is really entertaining. The rest of the bunch try to explain that there are worse things in the exploitation genre and he should stop being a "wuss."
Interruption 3: The Make-up Sketch Trace climbs into a boom lift and attempts to improve the female lead's make-up.
Interruption 4: The Couple's Theme Josh realizes that the on screen couple doesn't have a 70's style love theme. He tries to rectify the situation, but the sheer amount of problems involved in their relationship makes him frustrated and he smashes his guitar. The rest of the gang are relieved he didn't shoot out another TV.
Obscure References[edit | edit source]
- "Either those drapes go or I do!"
An anecdote about the later life of the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde claims that some of his last words were "My wallpaper and I are having a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go!". This has sometimes been related as Wilde lying is his deathbed and saying "Either that wallpaper goes or I do!", then expiring.
- "His Make-A-Wish was to meet Tammy Wynette."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charitable organization that provides happy experiences to terminally-ill children. This sometimes includes arranging for them to meet famous people. Tammy Wynette was a popular country-and-western music singer who often wore her blonde hair in an elaborate bouffant.
- "Head On! Apply directly to the forehead!"
Head On is a brand of topical headache remedy. It gained some prominence due to a series of television commercials that consisted only of their slogan being repeated several times (without saying what the product was meant to accomplish).
- "... And featuring the Pussycat Dolls!"
The Pussycat Dolls are a groups of singer/dancers who released the hit song "Don't Cha" in 2005.
- "Is that a skull or Mapquest?"
Mapquest is an online map/directions service. It has become less popular with increasing use of GPS systems.
- "The veins in brains are what this film contains..." "We think she's got it!"
A pastiche of the song "The Rain in Spain" from the musical My Fair Lady.
- "Production Stills - Hedy Dietz." "That's HEDLEY!"
A reference to the film Blazing Saddles in which the pompous character Hedley Lamarr often corrected people who addressed him as "Hedy". Hedy Lamarr was a popular actress during the 1930s and 40s.
- "You can't walk out on me! I'm Charles Foster Kane W. Lynn Gettes!"
Frank is mimicking Orson Welles' character Charles Foster Kane from the film Citizen Kane.
- "Todd McFarlane's J.P. Spohn?" "Collect all 4 Associate Producer action figures."
Todd McFarlane is an American comic book artist. He created the character Spawn. He later started his own company to produce action figures.
- "Want some...?"
Trace says this at the end of the film over a shot of the brain. This would seem to be a reference to the film Daddy-O, which was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Additional Cast[edit | edit source]
- Steve Banos & Stoney Sharp as "Al Hirt"
- Timothy Ford as "Stephen Hawking"
Licensing Rights[edit | edit source]
The Cinematic Titanic team developed the title The Oozing Skull at the request of Brain of Blood's producer and story creator Sam Sherman, who wished to avoid confusion with the original, un-riffed version of the film.
Production[edit | edit source]
Audiovisual elements of the episode were recorded on December 4, 2007. This episode was originally scheduled for release at midnight on December 10, but was delayed until December 21st to work in newly-created riffs from the live performances at ILM.
Video Release[edit | edit source]
- A DVD was released in 2007. It is no longer in production but is available second-hand through several online venues.
- A Boxed Set with all Cinematic Titanic recorded presentations was released by Shout! Factory in 2017.
- It can be streamed for free at shoutfactorytv.com and tubitv.com
References[edit | edit source]
- http://cinematictitanic.com/wpmu/blog/2007/12/21/its-on/ "It's On!" (Blog posting at Cinematic Titanic official site)
- http://cinematictitanic.com/wpmu/blog/2007/12/08/happy-holidays/ "Happy Holidays." (Blog posting at Cinematic Titanic official site)