Mr Sardonicus (1961) Monster Madness X #2

Mike Matei / October 2nd, 2016

Mr Sardonicus (1961) Monster Madness X movie review #2


  • October 2, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I like that face 🙂

  • Toon

    October 2, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Why aren’t clips shown anymore, just still images? 🙁

    • ddt_Eagleeye

      October 2, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I can only imagine that James wants to avoid copyright infringements, because all the videos are also on youtube.

      • jasonjrf

        October 2, 2016 at 7:28 pm

        You can show clips its in the fair use agreement

      • The Kaleidoscopic God

        October 6, 2016 at 11:06 am

        JASONJRF: Of course, but put up any movie footage on YouTube and you better be ready to claim fair use over and over and over again as the bullshit DMCA claims come flooding in.

  • October 2, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Nice James. What about a remake by James Rolfe?
    Guy Rolfe, James Rolfe 🙂
    With a good ending.

  • simms1

    October 2, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Ugh, again with the stills? Come on guys. Sacrificing the quality of your work just to put it up on YouTube is ridiculous.

  • October 2, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I’m somewhat unsatisfied with your decision to only show stills of the films. If this is really the last Monster Madness then it’a an unworthy treatment and a disappointing send-off, in my opinion. MM was always also about showing real footage of technically impressive or trashy scenes in order to support your commentary. Why does this MM series have to be on youtube? (I suppose that’s the reason why you only show stills) Do you want to generate more views or money?

  • Avgnfan12313

    October 2, 2016 at 4:31 am

    I legitimately did not even notice that it was all stills, but clips would add more to the entertainment of the vid. Other than that, its been a decent monster madness so far. The whole plot of the movie seems generic, even with the creepy smile design. I wonder if James picked it just for that ending.

    • Tizzad

      October 2, 2016 at 11:02 am

      I think you’re right, though these kind of monster movie marathon shows always choose movies that kind of suck but have some kind of interesting thing to them. To that end, I also think James chose the movie so that he could make his point about remaking films that have potential to be good but didn’t quite measure up. Part of it was to make the claim about remaking films that almost-go-somewhere instead of remaking “masterpieces.” It’s a fair point but for the fact that no one’s familiar with Mr. Sardonicus anymore and part of the reason for the recent glut of remakes, or what’s perceived as it anyway, is that they have money-making potential. Familiarity is part of the potion. Mr. Sardonicus might “deserve” a remake more than Ghostbusters, or something like that, but you would be at pains to really defend that argument for too long.

      Especially because the argument depends on the idea of an objective aesthetic quality–that masterpieces preclude, or delimit, the “need” for a remake. Even if money weren’t an issue, that doesn’t seem particularly defensible to me. A remake, by its very nature, is a retelling of some kind. You’d have a much better argument if you talked about what percentage-ish of the remake needed to be completely original content. In other words, how much of the remake needs to be “in the spirit” of its source and how much needs to be a new vision for its themes/figures/characters etc. Again, I take James’ basic point here. Movies with the potential for “greatness,” presumably those especially that are “original” stories (to the extent that Sardonicus is original even without its obvious allusions to other films), might call for being remade more than those people were generally satisfied with. But that only works out if you ignore film industry/culture industry and its economics. Otherwise, you need to contend with why Sardonicus calls for a retelling more than Ghostbusters (for example), the latter arguably having much more potential for retelling. Sardonicus seems like familiar genre-tropes + sufficiently interesting gimmicks. Maybe movies like that are worth a retelling, but I feel like you’d need to say a bit more to make the point. Otherwise Sardonicus is fine as it is, just like Ghostbusters.

      • DMM_poo

        October 2, 2016 at 11:40 am

        I may have missed your point because your post was really long, but a remake didn’t have to be marketed as such, nor does it have to be produced as a blockbuster. A well-done remake of Mr. Sardonicus could be produced on an Indie budget, promoted and marketed appropriately, and if it’s good, could become famous on its own merits. Only the cool people would even know it’s a remake.

  • Anthony Volk

    October 2, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Im kinda disappointed that we only get stills for the last monster madness half the fun was see in clips from the movies makes me a little sad.

  • bud

    October 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

    …and the annual complaints come rolling in. 😉

    • DMM_poo

      October 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Criticism =/= complaints. The good news is, with the quality of the content going downhill each year, it’s easier to take the loss of formerly awesome shows like AVGN and Monster Madness. I guess it’s true that all good things must come to an end.

  • Weldin Dunn

    October 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Everyone keeps talking about the stills…

    and they’re completely right.

  • Adam Barhoum

    October 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I agree 100% with an option for audience participation in movies.

    I feel like this has so much missed potential in the film industry.

  • Scott

    October 2, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Glad we got some William Castle this year, Halloween is always a little more fun with his movies. I’m somewhat sorry to say I actually have a soft spot for this movie, I saw it once when I was very young and it terrified me, that face and the mask gave me nightmares. Plus I love the atmosphere, typical of a lot of Casrle’s work it has a great creepy/fun/atmospheric mood and look that just screams classic horror. Monster Madness is great this year James, I’m not sure what some of the other fans are complaining about, i barely noticed the lack of clips until people started bitching about it, doesn’t bother me or my friends at all. Thank you for celebrating Halloween with us one last time. So far it’s been a great start.

  • Pablo1989

    October 2, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    😀 No relation i hope so, he was Guy named Rofle.

  • jediyte

    October 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    i like the farting demon

  • October 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Im actually surprised how many people are bothered by the still images. I thought I was the only one. I really hope that James read this and goes back for the clips later on.

    What is also weird is that I never go and see the movies he reviews, not even one of them, neither am I a horror fan but for some reason I really love monster madness and watch every video of it with pure joy. Probably because a lot of the movies arent very well known outside Horror fans and because they are old.

    Anyways I will enjoy Monster Madness like I always have but still hope for the clips to return because it draws a better picture of the movie. Also thank you very much for videos every year, its a shame that you might never do this again but every good thing ends eventually.

  • Alex Row

    October 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Ah, My high school girl friend introduced me to this movie over a decade ago. it’s one of those rare films that’s actually interesting and good in some respects but also laughably corny. That relationship ended badly, but at least I got to see Mr. Sardonicus.

  • Vince Abbruzzese

    October 3, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Is that the troll face? XD

    • Pablo1989

      October 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm


    • bud

      October 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Haha, someone needs to do a side by side comparison!

  • October 3, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Why are we getting still images instead of clips being played? I like those.

  • Nick Diesel

    October 3, 2016 at 1:52 am

    psyched its monster madness time again, but i really hope quality isn’t going to take a hit for a payday

  • gow75

    October 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    what is with these old flicks that came out before most you were born no one cares! there are so many horor movies to review yes that suck but keep it fresh and not flicks when my great great grandfather had a vhs of this movie. come on boringggggggggggggg

  • TagaZok

    October 11, 2016 at 12:22 am

    don’t know where that come from…..

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