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DISASTROUS DOUBLE FEATURE: “Dr. X” (1932) / “Return of Dr. X” (1939)

In 1932, movies weren’t exactly, shall we say, under as many censorship rules as they are today.  There wasn’t a rating system, the Hayes Code wasn’t in effect yet, and so long as the flick didn’t show anything that you … Continue reading

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“The Snorkel” (1958)

The Snorkel is another early Hammer film of the thriller variety, starring Peter van Eyck as Paul Decker.  Much like a Columbo episode, we learn that Pete is the murderer first thing.  His method is clever:  he murders his wife by … Continue reading

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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “Maniac” (1963)

Back before Hammer films discovered Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing to become various vampires, mad doctors, and Rasputin, they churned out a number of “thriller” movies in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.  These movies tended to have a decent … Continue reading

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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “Mind Snatchers” (aka “The Happiness Cage”, 1972)

This movie is based on Dennis Reardon’s play The Happiness Cage, which had the distinction of being the inaugural production of the Joseph Papp Public Theater.  I think I would have rather seen this story as a play, despite Christopher … Continue reading

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TUES 12: What I Learned from Watching “Kulay dugo ang gabi” (aka The Blood Drinkers, aka Blood is the Color of Night – 1964)

1.      All vampire flicks of a certain age must contain at least one unconvincing rubber bat bouncing on a string. 2.     If you can’t get your hands on enough color stock to shoot your film, use B&W stock but tint … Continue reading

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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “Hi, Mom!” (1970)

Hi, Mom! is another early film of the great Brian De Palma, who once again uses the even greater Bobby De Niro, who reprises a character last seen in Greetings.  Jennifer Salt and Gerrit Graham also appear here, but missing is … Continue reading

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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “The Testament of Dr Mabuse” (1933)

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse was directed by Fritz Lang and co-written by Thea von Harbou, and was based on the character created by Norbert Jacques in the novel Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler.  This movie is a sequel of sorts to Fritz … Continue reading

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