directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis Julia (Trish Everly) is a young teacher at a school for deaf children. Under the pretty and kind-hearted surface though, Julia is a troubled individual, still plagued by memories of her sadistic twin sister Mary who tortured her as a kid. Five days before... Read more
And now, it’s time to take yet another trip a long time ago… When one is asked “what is the most significant breakthrough of pop culture during the fantastic year of 1977”? Two words come to mind. Actually, I would say three- Star Wars, Godamit!! What started out... Read more
A long time ago, in an era far from today… The Year was 1977: One of the significant years that ushered in Popular Culture that we know and love, to the masses be it blockbuster films, innovative music, trends and of course Television. Letâ€™s look back... Read more
IAB gets back on the train (see what I did there) again with a retro review of a movie as old as he is.
Time for another look at the film-year 1990. And this time it’s Sam Raimi’s “Darkman”.
Me and Stu from themanwhosavedmovies.com decided to revisit this “alien abduction” classic from the 90s. Here are my thoughts!
More Giallo goodness! Slightly NSFW due to the fuzzy depiction of a femal breast, you protestant prudes.
By the late 30’s, Universal Studios was not on good financial ground. The Laemmle’s, who founded the studio; had been sent packing after defaulting on their loans and the new studio head, Charles R. Rogers; was not at all interested in making anymore horror films. And he probably wouldn’t... Read more
A double-feature of “plastic surgery gone mad”-thrillers were on the menu this time in “Night Terrors”.
â€œHeyaaaahâ€! I have a few recommendations courtesy if the world’s largest video streaming service, Netflix. While listening to Jack’s Random reviews that consist of Movies streamed via Netflix, a few suggestions of my own often come to mind and finally, here they are some nice and one... Read more
Recently, me and a friend of the site, Stu from themanwhosavedmovies.com, decided to do a retroÂ “twin” review. We agreed on a movie we would both write about, so we and our readers can then compare our thoughts and discuss them! The movie we chose is the 1999 Tim... Read more
After the success of Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, Universal Studios was in full swing with sequels to the emerging Monster franchise it had stumbled upon due to the insistence of one particular horror movie geek who also just happened to be the son of the studio’s owner as... Read more
More Europeans getting killed, with style.
Gloves, knives and nudity from Southern Europe. Magnifico!
Two late 80’s R-rated buddy action-movies from Touchstone Pictures are off the shelf this time: “Stakeout” and “Shoot to Kill”…
In 1941, Universal released another of their big Monster Movie hits. It was a werewolf tale called The Wolfman. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that 6 years earlier; there was a first attempt at the werewolf story. It would be in the form of this obscure... Read more
IAB continues his “1990” series with a look at the best movie ever made featuring an acrobatic violin-player performing “Born to be Wild”.
Almost as soon as Frankenstein became an even bigger hit than Dracula, the studio announced its first sequel in their now burgeoning series of monster films. It would take 4 long years before the sequel came along but when it did, audiences were treated to one of the greatest... Read more
“If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell â€“ there’s nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that.” – Jamie Hewlett.
After the success of Dracula and Frankenstein, Universal decided to continue it’s foray into monster movies. In 1931, Carl Laemmle Jr. who championed those two films; wanted to find a literary source to base an Egyptian-themed horror film on. When none was found to his liking, Nina... Read more
This is the second chapter of a short series of articles featuring a personal selection of â€œalternativeâ€ movie and TV- recommendations for the â€œmost wonderful time of the yearâ€. My idea is to eschew the usual works that are brought up during the season every year. The presented selections... Read more
With the release of Dracula, Universal had a hit on it’s hands in 1931 and knew they were on to something. Carl Laemmle Jr., the horror fan who pushed it through, immediately made plans for the next logical follow up: Frankenstein. Like Dracula, this story had also been around... Read more
First entry of a series of personally recommended alternatives to the usual X-Mas themed movies and TV-shows.
No sequels are ever really necessary, and those that are equal to the original are usually as rare as henâ€™s teeth. Nowhere is this truer, and as applicable as it is with Halloween: Resurrection. I suppose itâ€™s appropriate that director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed H2, also helms the last... Read more
Halloween: H20 is perhaps the strongest of the MM infused Halloween sequels. It also does something very smart, and pretends that 4-6 never happened, which is an amazing coincidence as most moviegoers did the same thing.Â In the original script for H20, they do include them, including the death... Read more
Let’s face it, today’s horror genre as far as modern cinema is concerned is dying off slowly due to shitty remakes, sequelsÂ and uninspired concepts which had begun since the noughties. That said, I, the “Black Irish hath discovered a few somewhat recentÂ picks o’ the litter that may... Read more
Well, it’s almost Halloween and this year, my friend and I have decided to make our way through the original Big Four Universal Monster Films and their sequels in release order. Of course, this will go well beyond the month of October but that’s fine with me as I... Read more
How bad is Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers? It made me seriously reconsider finishing this series. Even as bad as a couple of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies were, none made me want to quit. H5 made me want to dig up the rotting corpse of... Read more
When is a sequel not a sequel? When itâ€™s Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. As everyone knows by now, H3 is the only entry in the series that doesnâ€™t feature Michael Meyers, or any events related to his hijinks (although we do get to see a glimpse of... Read more
This isnâ€™t a review I expected to write. Well, I knew I would be writing it, but I hadnâ€™t expected my opinion to change so radically. Â Last year I reviewed all the Elm Street movies, and in thinking what to do for this Halloween, it seemed rather obvious that... Read more
Since the era of silent film, Universal Studios had been making a tidy profit with horror films, particularly the monster genre. This would explode in the 30’s and 40’s with a series of films centered around what would become known as The Universal Classic Monsters which would primarily be... Read more
Satanic cults on the highway, revenge demons, families with questionable diets – oh my!
Oh lala! The French know a thing or two about horror.
Question: Are you familiar with iconic jingles like; “When Captain America throws his mighty shield”, “Doc Bruce Banner, belted by Gamma Rays, turned into the Hulk, aint he unglamorous…” Or “Tony Stark, makes you feel he’s the cool Exec with the heart of steel. And Iron... Read more
In the early 70’s, Hammer Studios was in deep financial trouble and about to shut it’s doors. In this troubled climate, the studio decided to take a chance and gave Avengers scriptwriter Brain Clemens free reign to both write and direct his own project. The result would become... Read more
What can one say about Yor? This is classic B-Movie, 80â€™s cheese and if you like these kinds of films then as far as Iâ€™m concerned, any discussion of Yor has to start with the director. Listed in the credits as Anthony M. Dawson, this is really an American... Read more
The new “Shelf”, with a couple of flicks starring men who are following a certain Code of Honor.
“It really hasn’t aged at all, it’s a perfect mix of thriller and comedy, with some very clever satire on the ingrown living habitats and their effect on people – and it has something very poignant to say about the human nature even now.”
Following the success of the high-grossing original The Exorcist, along came an follow up sequel that takes place four years after Regan McNeil, once again played by Linda Blair, became possessed.Â She is 16 by now and under the care of Sharon Spencer, played by Kitty Winn, another Exorcist... Read more
NSFW: Images showing nudity.
A review of an obscure 80s Giallo by Lamberto Bava.
Featuring; With â€œGreen Screenâ€, you can jump to a pivotal scene just by clicking the green text. Itâ€™s that simple but be warned, spoilers ahead! What happens when the law fails to uphold and enact justice? Why, take it within your own hands of course. In Written by Harry... Read more
Newsflash! Masked killer chases dumb and horny teens during their Spring Break.
Ah, this movie. Itâ€™s hard to sum this film up simply but let me give it a shotâ€¦. Lana Turner trips balls. Okay, maybe that wasnâ€™t so hard. From that description, you may have guessed that this movie takes place in the late 60â€™s, (1969 to be exact) and... Read more
This is an attempt to re-evaluate Opera aka Terror at the Opera, a “Giallo” from 1987, written and directed by Dario Argento, starring Christina Marsillach, Daria Nicolodi, Ian Charleston and others. The Plot (that there is) The new MacBeth adaptation at the opera in Rome is shaping up to... Read more
â€œBeyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.” When one thinks of Superheroes, Superman, Spiderman, Batman and Wonder Woman are perhaps the first thing that often comes to mind. However, I’m compelledÂ reevaluate this list especially since the definition of a Superhero should not be restricted just to Gods and... Read more
After years of being in development hell, Battlefield Earth debuted in theatres worldwide on May 21st 2000 and it was met with mixed to negative reviews by critics and Sci-Fi fans. It was a project that star and producer John Travolta had been attempting to realize for years, as... Read more
Todayâ€™s movie is the surprisingly original and effective Paramount science fiction horror film from the 50â€™s. Tensely directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. who helmed I Was A Teenage Werewolf the previous year, this is one of the best and most well made of the 50â€™s sci-fi B-Movies and... Read more
As of July 18Â 2016, this dateÂ marks the 30th Anniversary of not only one of the best sequels of a iconic franchise, but also one of the best Action Horror films, evah! Fresh from coming off the huge success of his breakout film, (The Terminator) Director James Cameron... Read more
Happy 4th of July! The time that many go on Summer vacations, Barbecues and lighting fireworks! Speaking of â€œfireworksâ€, I thought Iâ€™d give a RETROspective of those real American Heroes; G.I.Joe in their first animated feature; G.I. Joe the Movie. What happens when the most... Read more
IAB finally gets back to his 1990-series with a film that still looks purty after all these years.
A Special Monday Wednesday Paperback Edition! 2006, it was the proverbial shot heard around the World! And the Marvel Universe will never be the same afterwards. The graphic novel, Civil War is one of the most controversial if not celebrated story arcs of comicdom for so many reasons.... Read more
Bronson. Coburn. Hill. That’s all that really needed to be said, but this – around 2250 words – is what I got.
Two Television movies from two legendary horror-directors are looked at in this latest “Night Terrors”-column.
Three quick reviews on this week that was kinda compromised by an abundance of watching “Daredevil”.
Daredevil (2003) 20th Century Fox Director: Mark Steven Johnson The Cutting Floor is a series dedicated to films that had a major or dismal success at the Box office but thanks to the magic of home video, the viewer can experience what important scenes were left... Read more
20 Years ago around this time, my life was forever changed. After One Year of owning the first Playstation console, there was this game that not only redefined Survival Horror, but reintroduced the Zombie Sub-genre to the gaming and Movie going public in general. That Game... Read more
In honor of the upcoming Batman vs Superman film and even Â of more importance, March of 2016 marks the tenth anniversary’s unfortunate cancellation of one of the best animated series on television-Justice League Unlimited! JLU served as a continuation of the original Justice League series which debuted in 2002... Read more
Repo! TheÂ Genetic Opera was released in 2008 and is based on the stage musical from 2002 of the same name. Created by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, it was inspired by an idea Smith got from seeing a friend of his go through bankruptcy proceedings. This was further expanded... Read more
This time on “Night Terrors”, IAB takes a look at two films from the late Sir Christopher Lee
A retro review of “Sneakers” (1992).
Space Precinct was a British-American science fiction show that ran for 24 episodes from 1994 to 1995. Created/produced by Gerry Anderson, of Thunderbirds and Space: 1999 fame, Space Precinct was built along the concept of police procedural shows like Law & Order and Dragnet, but set in a distant... Read more
“Don’t eat the mushrooms” is the moral lesson to be taken from this surprisingly good horror movie.
Sandra Harris takes a look at the best Orc-themed movie this side of LOTR, a horror comedy called, well, “Orcs” (2011).
IAB’s long overdue look at the most recent installment of the James Bond franchise.
This super-cool film is a classic of independent movie-making and a humongous cult hit into the bargain. It’s also the debut feature film of director Quentin Tarantino.
Nightmare is an interactive video board game developed in Australia by the production companyÂ A Couple ‘A CowboysÂ and distributed byÂ J. W. Spear & Sons (later taken over by Mattel in 1994). The concept of the game was to challenge people’s worst fears via instructions from a nightmarish host on your... Read more
I once heard of internet rumors that there might be a film based on the classic toyline-Â Major Matt Mason, (Written by Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis,) Â in development. The synopsis of the Mattel-based toyÂ revolves around Major Matt Mason and fellow astronauts as they fight for survival... Read more
Sandra Harris reviews “Driller Killer” (1979), an infamous video nasty by cult director Abel Ferrara!
I love Danny DeVitoâ€™s Hoffa. I couldnâ€™t give two busted axles how historically inaccurate it may be. Whether you like this film or not, Â you might have motor oil on the brain if your views of modern day labor unions sway your feelings for this film. For what itâ€™s... Read more
That time when Lucasfilm encouraged fans to film their own version of their favourite Star Wars scenes and editors cobbled them together into a coherent movie.
A review of a fan edit that turned “Star Wars” into a 70s grindhouse movie.
Hello, AsimovLives here. For me, to be a movie geek is to be more than a passive consumer of movies and their related merchandise.Â To be a movie geek is to be a custodian of cinema. And few things give me more pleasure as a film geek as to communicate... Read more
Sandra Harris reviews Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)!
What great serial killer movies have been made in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong?
Contains pictures featuring nudity and potentially disturbing imagery.
This time on “Shelf”, IAB takes a look at two overlooked 80’s classics: Ivan Passer’s “Cutter’s Way” and Steve De Jarnatt’s “Miracle Mile”
Escape from Tomorrow is a very unique, surreal film that deserves to be seen by Disney and non-Disney fans alike.
This week it has been 61 years since the first Godzilla- movie has been released. A welcome opportunity to pay homage to the greatest of all movie monsters.
IAB continues his Walter Hill-series with this very overlooked 1987 film.
Stalks delivers a not so encouraging review of what is considered a cult classic to many horror enthusiasts.
Iâ€™ve never considered New Nightmare a true sequel, more like a lateral move from the first one. Craven is back as writer and director, simply chomping at the bit for a final crack at Freddy. While he had some nice things to say about some of the sequels, itâ€™s... Read more
Stalks review explains why not all of Hammer’s Films are instant classics and “Satanic Rites of Dracula” is the (un)living proof!
This is the way the world end: not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. Eliot Â Good old Mr. Eliot must have seen Freddyâ€™s Dead when he penned that classic line, for nothing seems to fit the final sequel (and I donâ€™t consider A New Nightmare an actual... Read more
“Suspiria” (1977), Dario Argento’s masterpiece.
Hello. AsimovLives here. This article is about another aborted series I planned, this time about my favourite films directed by Dario Argento i created back at Talkbacker. Â The name of the series was “Argento On The Silver Screen”, a pun on the name of Argento which in... Read more
Dream Child is really a bit of an odd bird in the Nightmare series. It has ambitions, and attempts to address societal issues such as abortion, drunk driving, eating disorders, yet never quite succeeds. Thereâ€™s a fair bit of ridiculousness in it, and while it continues with the â€œhumorâ€... Read more
A review of Lucio Fulci’s “The Black Cat” (1981)- from the perspective of a black cat!
Renny Harlin did for the Nightmare series with Dream Master, what his Cutthroat Island did for pirate movies. Â The fourth movie in the series is the worst of the bunch by a mile, and Renny Harlin needs to not make another movie. Ever. Â To say I dislike Dream Master... Read more
Inside (original French title: Ã€ l’intÃ©rieur) is a French horror film from 2007 that’s often considered among the best and most violent of this supposed “new wave of French horror”, an offshoot of the New French Extremity movement that began around the turn of the 21st century.
According to Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund, Dream Warriors is the fan favorite of all the sequels and itâ€™s easy to see why. Â With a budget as big as the first two put together (admittedly though thatâ€™s still not much), and Wes Craven back as executive producer as well... Read more
“The Butterfly Room” (2012) with genre queen Barbara Steele is an interesting giallo-homage as well as a meditation on motherhood.
Thereâ€™s perhaps no installment in the nightmare franchise that has been talked about and analyzed more, than Freddyâ€™s Revenge.Â Itâ€™s been called the gayest horror movie ever made, and while I wonâ€™t dispute that, I think itâ€™s also my favorite and possibly the best of the series (that will... Read more
A review of “The Other” from 1972, a brilliant but unfairly forgotten horror movie that uses the “Evil Kid” trope in a very subtle but effective fashion.
Those who listened to the Weekday Matinee podcast this month know that A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of my top 5 scariest movies. While it deserves its place there, with a recent viewing for this series I have to say, it wasnâ€™t quite as good as I... Read more
This is a revised version of an article I wrote a few years ago that appeared on Talkbacker. This review is of the DVD that has the 3 hour version of the two part mini-series.Â I hate Christmas. Itâ€™s for children and retards. With its endless commercials filled... Read more
The Bedevilled (1975) aka Xin Mo written and directed by Wei Lo For me, the output of the Hong Kong-based production company â€œGolden Harvestâ€ during its golden era is what that of the Marvel Studios is for many others currently: A cinematic treasure trove that rarely disappoints. For a... Read more
Back in the late 70’s George A. Romeo’s iconic sequel Dawn of the Dead (1978) premiered to raving reviews along with a huge cult following. In order to capitalize off the success of Romeo’s classic, Italian Horror Director Lucio Fulci created what is known as the unofficial sequel to... Read more
Thereâ€™s been enough ink spilled about Carrie to fill the buckets laden with the pigâ€™s blood at the prom, that another article seems superfluous (a word I love to use whenever I can). Still, you canâ€™t talk about Brian DePalmaâ€™s movies without mentioning Carrie. Based on Stephen Kingâ€™s debut... Read more
Film producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, owners ofÂ Cannon Films, became interested in the art of urban street dance after beingÂ inspired by aÂ story from Golan’s daughter about seeing aÂ a group of breakdancers performing atÂ Venice Beach.Â They took further inspiration for the setting fromÂ a documentary titledÂ Breakin’ and Enterin’Â and even recruited some... Read more