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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “The Last House on Cemetery Lane” (2015)

A struggling screenwriter takes a holiday rental on a large house in Wales in order to get past his writer’s block.  However, the house comes with a hitch:  there’s an old lady living on the attic floor.  She never goes … Continue reading

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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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TUES 12: What I Learned from Watching “Macabre” (aka “Frozen Terror”, 1980)

1. Saying “This Movie is Based on Real Events” when your movie takes place in New Orleans means you can get away with just about any damn thing you please. 2.   Any self-respecting wife and mother will rent a well-appointed apartment in … 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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MINI MOVIE REVIEW: “Rabid” (1977)

This flick was written and directed by David Cronenberg, and was his first film with an actual budget.  It stars Marilyn Chambers –yes, that Marilyn Chambers — in her first mainstream movie, and she is actually quite good.  The fact … 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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