IAB’S Shelf: Silver Streak (1976)

IAB gets back on the train (see what I did there) again with a retro review of a movie as old as he is.

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Glorious Year 1990: “Darkman”

Time for another look at the film-year 1990. And this time it’s Sam Raimi’s “Darkman”.

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Fire in the Sky (1993)

Me and Stu from themanwhosavedmovies.com decided to revisit this “alien abduction” classic from the 90s. Here are my thoughts!

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The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 3

More Giallo goodness! Slightly NSFW due to the fuzzy depiction of a femal breast, you protestant prudes.

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Movie Night: Son Of Frankenstein (1939)
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
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Eyes Without a Face”(1960) & “The Skin I Live In”(2011)

A double-feature of “plastic surgery gone mad”-thrillers were on the menu this time in “Night Terrors”.

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Netpix (My Netflix picks and pans!)
  “Heyaaaah”! 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
Revisited: Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Recently, me and a friend of the site, Stu from themanwhosavedmovies.com, decided to do a retro  “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
Movie Night: Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
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
The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 2

More Europeans getting killed, with style.

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The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 1

Gloves, knives and nudity from Southern Europe. Magnifico!

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IAB’s Shelf: “Stakeout”(1987) & “Shoot to Kill”(1988)

Two late 80’s R-rated buddy action-movies from Touchstone Pictures are off the shelf this time: “Stakeout” and “Shoot to Kill”…

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Movie Night: Werewolf Of London (1935)
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
Glorious Year 1990: “Robocop 2”

IAB continues his “1990” series with a look at the best movie ever made featuring an acrobatic violin-player performing “Born to be Wild”.

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Movie Night: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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
Gorillaz – “Self-Titled” (2001) Album Review & Analysis (Track By Track)

“If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell – 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.

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Movie Night: The Mummy (1932)
    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
Dee’s Christmas List #2: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
This is the second chapter of a short series of articles featuring a personal selection of “alternative” movie and TV- recommendations for the “most wonderful time of the year”. My idea is to eschew the usual works that are brought up during the season every year. The presented selections... Read more
Movie Night: Frankenstein (1931)
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
Dee’s Christmas List #1: D.O.A. (1988)

First entry of a series of personally recommended alternatives to the usual X-Mas themed movies and TV-shows.

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Happy, Happy Halloween: Halloween Resurrection
No sequels are ever really necessary, and those that are equal to the original are usually as rare as hen’s teeth. Nowhere is this truer, and as applicable as it is with Halloween: Resurrection. I suppose it’s appropriate that director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed H2, also helms the last... Read more
One More Day ’til Halloween: Halloween: H20
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.  In the original script for H20, they do include them, including the death... Read more
Trick O’ Treats Pt. 4 Movies: Something Old, something Ghoul
    Let’s face it, today’s horror genre as far as modern cinema is concerned is dying off slowly due to shitty remakes, sequels and uninspired concepts which had begun since the noughties. That said, I, the “Black Irish hath discovered a few somewhat recent picks o’ the litter that may... Read more
Movie Night: Dracula and the Spanish Version (1931)
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
4 More Days ’til Halloween: Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Meyers
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
6 More Days ‘Til Halloween: Halloween 3: The Season Of The Witch
When is a sequel not a sequel? When it’s Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. As everyone knows by now, H3 is the only entry in the series that doesn’t feature Michael Meyers, or any events related to his hijinks (although we do get to see a glimpse of... Read more
8 More days ’til Halloween: Halloween (1978)
This isn’t a review I expected to write. Well, I knew I would be writing it, but I hadn’t expected my opinion to change so radically.  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
Movie Night: Tarantula (1955)
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
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Race With the Devil”(1975), “Pumpkinhead”(1988), “We Are What We Are”(2013)

Satanic cults on the highway, revenge demons, families with questionable diets – oh my!

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Deep in the Woods (2000): The Big Bad Wolf is out to get You

Oh lala! The French know a thing or two about horror.

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The Marvel Superheroes (1966) A RETROspective
      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
Movie Night: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
  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
Movie Night: Yor, The Hunter From The Future (1983)
What can one say about Yor? This is classic B-Movie, 80’s cheese and if you like these kinds of films then as far as I’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
IAB’s Shelf: “El Dorado”(1966) and “We Own the Night” (2007)

The new “Shelf”, with a couple of flicks starring men who are following a certain Code of Honor.

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The ‘burbs (1989) – Joe Dante’s best & still relevant to this day

“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.”

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The Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)
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.  She is 16 by now and under the care of Sharon Spencer, played by Kitty Winn, another Exorcist... Read more
Delirium aka Le Foto di Gioia (1987) [NSFW]

NSFW: Images showing nudity.
A review of an obscure 80s Giallo by Lamberto Bava.

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The Bill (1984-2010)

The Bill, 1984-2010

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Magnum Opus (Magnum Force, a RETROspective)
Featuring; With “Green Screen”, you can jump to a pivotal scene just by clicking the green text. It’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
Nightmare Beach (1989) is a fun Summer- Giallo Slasher

Newsflash! Masked killer chases dumb and horny teens during their Spring Break.

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Movie Night: The Big Cube (1969)
Ah, this movie. It’s hard to sum this film up simply but let me give it a shot…. Lana Turner trips balls. Okay, maybe that wasn’t so hard. From that description, you may have guessed that this movie takes place in the late 60’s, (1969 to be exact) and... Read more
Opera aka Terror at the Opera (1987): An appreciation of Dario Argento’s probably last great movie
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
Transformers The Movie: A 30th Anniversary RETROspective
“Beyond 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 compelled reevaluate this list especially since the definition of a Superhero should not be restricted just to Gods and... Read more
Battlefield Earth Review (2000)
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
Movie Night: I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958)
  Today’s movie is the surprisingly original and effective Paramount science fiction horror film from the 50’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 50’s sci-fi B-Movies and... Read more
ALIENS (1986)
    As of July 18 2016, this date 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
GIJoe: The Movie (1987)
      Happy 4th of July! The time that many go on Summer vacations, Barbecues and lighting fireworks! Speaking of “fireworks”, I thought I’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
Glorious Year 1990: “Dick Tracy”

IAB finally gets back to his 1990-series with a film that still looks purty after all these years.

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Civil War (2006) What was it good for?
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
Can You Dig It?!!?, Part 8: “Hard Times”(1975)

Bronson. Coburn. Hill. That’s all that really needed to be said, but this – around 2250 words – is what I got.

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IAB’s Night Terrors – “Someone’s Watching Me!”(1978) & “Summer of Fear”(1978)

Two Television movies from two legendary horror-directors are looked at in this latest “Night Terrors”-column.

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Lemmy (2010)
I have a confession to make. I was never a fan of Motorhead and although I liked a few songs from their catalog, you would never catch me rocking a Motorhead Tee let alone purchasing a whole album. So sometime after lead singer and Bassist Lemmy Kilmister’s death courtesy of... Read more
IAB’s Shelf: “Black Mass”(2015), “When Worlds Collide”(1951), “Last of the Mohicans”(1992)

Three quick reviews on this week that was kinda compromised by an abundance of watching “Daredevil”.

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The Cutting Floor: Daredevil Director’s Cut (2003)
      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
Resident Evil (1996)
      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
The Chopping Block: Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
In honor of the upcoming Batman vs Superman film and even  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! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Repo! The 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
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Dracula” (1958) & “The Wicker Man” (1973)

This time on “Night Terrors”, IAB takes a look at two films from the late Sir Christopher Lee

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Sneakers (1992)

A retro review of “Sneakers” (1992).

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Space Precinct (1994-1995)
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
Shrooms (2007) – Review by Sandra Harris

“Don’t eat the mushrooms” is the moral lesson to be taken from this surprisingly good horror movie.

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Orcs (2011) – Review by Sandra Harris

Sandra Harris takes a look at the best Orc-themed movie this side of LOTR, a horror comedy called, well, “Orcs” (2011).

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IAB’S Shelf: “Spectre” (2015)

IAB’s long overdue look at the most recent installment of the James Bond franchise.

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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.

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Nightmare: The Video Board Game (1991)
Nightmare is an interactive video board game developed in Australia by the production company A Couple ‘A Cowboys and distributed by 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
Toying around: My suggestions for Toy based live action adaptations!
  I once heard of internet rumors that there might be a film based on the classic toyline- Major Matt Mason, (Written by Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis,)  in development. The synopsis of the Mattel-based toy revolves around Major Matt Mason and fellow astronauts as they fight for survival... Read more
The Driller Killer (1979)

Sandra Harris reviews “Driller Killer” (1979), an infamous video nasty by cult director Abel Ferrara!

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HOFFA (1992) Dig This One Up for Another Look
I love Danny DeVito’s Hoffa. I couldn’t give two busted axles how historically inaccurate it may be. Whether you like this film or not,  you might have motor oil on the brain if your views of modern day labor unions sway your feelings for this film. For what it’s... Read more
Star Wars Uncut – When Fanfic Meets LucasFilm

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.

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The War Of The Stars (Grindhouse Star Wars)

A review of a fan edit that turned “Star Wars” into a 70s grindhouse movie.

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Asi’s List of Little Known, Must See Movies
Hello, AsimovLives here. For me, to be a movie geek is to be more than a passive consumer of movies and their related merchandise. 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
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Sandra Harris reviews Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)!

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Six recommendable Serial Killer Movies from Asia [NSFW]

What great serial killer movies have been made in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong?
Contains pictures featuring nudity and potentially disturbing imagery.

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IAB’S Shelf: “Cutter’s Way” (1981) & “Miracle Mile” (1988)

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”

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(I Can’t Get No) Escape from Tomorrow

Escape from Tomorrow is a very unique, surreal film that deserves to be seen by Disney and non-Disney fans alike.

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Go, go, Godzilla! The Big G turned 61!

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.

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Can You Dig It?!!?, Part 7: “Extreme Prejudice” (1987)

IAB continues his Walter Hill-series with this very overlooked 1987 film.

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Vampyres (1974): Not ready for Hammer time! [NSFW!!]

Stalks delivers a not so encouraging review of what is considered a cult classic to many horror enthusiasts.

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 7: New Nightmare
I’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, it’s... Read more
It’s Hammer time! The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) [NSFW]

Stalks review explains why not all of Hammer’s Films are instant classics and “Satanic Rites of Dracula” is the (un)living proof!

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 6: Freddy’s Dead
This is the way the world end: not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. Eliot   Good old Mr. Eliot must have seen Freddy’s Dead when he penned that classic line, for nothing seems to fit the final sequel (and I don’t consider A New Nightmare an actual... Read more
Suspiria (1977)

“Suspiria” (1977), Dario Argento’s masterpiece.

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Deep Red/Profondo Rosso (1975)
  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.   The name of the series was “Argento On The Silver Screen”, a pun on the name of Argento which in... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 5: Dream Child
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. There’s a fair bit of ridiculousness in it, and while it continues with the “humor”... Read more
The Black Cat (1981)

A review of Lucio Fulci’s “The Black Cat” (1981)- from the perspective of a black cat!

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 4: Dream Master
Renny Harlin did for the Nightmare series with Dream Master, what his Cutthroat Island did for pirate movies.  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.  To say I dislike Dream Master... Read more
Inside aka À l’intérieur (2007)

Inside (original French title: À l’intérieur) 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.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 3: Dream Warriors
According to Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund, Dream Warriors is the fan favorite of all the sequels and it’s easy to see why.  With a budget as big as the first two put together (admittedly though that’s still not much), and Wes Craven back as executive producer as well... Read more
The Butterfly Room (2012)

“The Butterfly Room” (2012) with genre queen Barbara Steele is an interesting giallo-homage as well as a meditation on motherhood.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 2: Freddy’s Revenge
There’s perhaps no installment in the nightmare franchise that has been talked about and analyzed more, than Freddy’s Revenge.  It’s been called the gayest horror movie ever made, and while I won’t dispute that, I think it’s also my favorite and possibly the best of the series (that will... Read more
The Other (1972) The Best Evil Kid Movie Ever Made

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.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street
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 wasn’t quite as good as I... Read more
Salem’s Lot (1979) 5 reasons it’s the best Halloween Horror flick
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.    I hate Christmas. It’s for children and retards. With its endless commercials filled... Read more
The Bedevilled (1975): Floating ghost heads from China
The Bedevilled (1975) aka Xin Mo written and directed by Wei Lo For me, the output of the Hong Kong-based production company “Golden Harvest” 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
Zombie (1979) Guts, gore and glory!
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
DePalma’s Way, The Selected Films of Brian DePalma: Carrie
There’s been enough ink spilled about Carrie to fill the buckets laden with the pig’s blood at the prom, that another article seems superfluous (a word I love to use whenever I can). Still, you can’t talk about Brian DePalma’s movies without mentioning Carrie. Based on Stephen King’s debut... Read more
Breakin’ aka Breakdance: The Movie (1984)
Film producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, owners of Cannon Films, became interested in the art of urban street dance after being inspired by a story from Golan’s daughter about seeing a a group of breakdancers performing at Venice Beach. They took further inspiration for the setting from a documentary titled Breakin’ and Enterin’ and even recruited some... Read more
An American Werewolf In London (1981)

“An American Werewolf in London” is a classic- but does it really succeed as a horror comedy? Asimov_Lives wants to know.

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It’s Hammer time! Twins of Evil (1971) [NSFW]

A Classic British Horror Film involving a pair of twins-one good and the other..Evil!

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Last Drop of Blood: Sword of Doom (1966)

A very dark and nihilistic Samurai movie classic.

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