Thursday, March 09, 2017

Riders of the Whistling Skull

Riders of the Whistling Skull is a 1937 western with weird/horror elements. This one stars "The Three Mesquiteers". Wikipedia provides this plot description:
After Professor Marsh disappears whilst searching for the lost city of Lukachukai, a party of anthropologists including Marsh's daughter Betty arrive in a Western town to prepare an expedition to look for him. Meanwhile, the Three Mesquiteers have discovered a delirious man wandering the desert and bring him to town where Betty recognises him as a member of her missing father's expedition. As the man slowly gets his memory back the party wishes to know the location of Professor Marsh and Lukachukai that contains an ancient legendary treasure. The man is murdered with a knife bearing an Indian description. The Mesquiteers recognise that the murderer is one of the party in the room. Keen on his detective magazine that he constantly carries with him, Stony and the Mesquiteers lead an expedition to find Professor Marsh, the lost city and its treasure and the murderer. Well armed devil worshiping Indians and walking mummies enliven the proceedings.

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366 Weird Movies says
Riders of the Whistling Skull is the kind of movie which is so delightfully in love with its period that one could easily imagine a true genre geek like Tarantino falling in love with it today. Director Mack V. Wright is completely comfortable throwing horror, western, jungle, mystery and comic relief into a seamless mix.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds a bit fun, but I am not into horror. Hope you enjoyed it.

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    1. "Weird" or "horror" westerns are a whole 'nother thing lol. You might still not like them, but they aren't "horror" in the commonly understand use of the word. Often they lean more towards fantasy or adventure.

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  2. Sounds campy--have to see if I can fit this in sometime. :)

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    1. Yes, it's a hoot, and less than an hour long. I think I watched it while I cooked supper one night.

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