Film: 1960-1989

Brief excerpts with links to full-length articles and short blurbs I’ve written about horror related films made between 1960-1989.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968), which is streaming on The Criterion Channel at FilmStruck throughout the month of March, is rightly hailed as one of the best American horror films of the 1960s. It begins and ends with a mother’s lullaby but the unsettling story of Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse is anything but soothing. Mia Farrow and… Continue reading Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Ghost Girls & Bouncing Balls: Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

Film historians and critics generally agree that the golden age of Italian horror cinema roughly occurred between 1957-1967. The timeframe suggests that as the Swinging Sixties came to a sobering end film audience’s lost interest in baroque Gothic thrillers. This was undoubtedly due to several factors including increasing familiarity with repetitive genre devices as well… Continue reading Ghost Girls & Bouncing Balls: Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

Spirits of the Dead (1968)

In the 1960s anthology (also known as omnibus or portmanteau) films became extremely popular and were attractive to producers who wanted to appeal to a broad range of viewers. The segmented format also encouraged audiences to make multiple trips to the concession stand, which pleased theater owners. Sex comedies were particularly trendy but the most… Continue reading Spirits of the Dead (1968)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

In Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), viewers are reminded again and again of the “venomous snakes and poison ants” that populate the Australian outback. Despite these repeated warnings, the reptiles and insects we see are never an actual threat and cause no harm besides pilfering some leftovers from an unobserved picnic basket. The… Continue reading Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

The Ruling Class (1972)

Much like the work of writer David Mercer (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment [1966], Family Life [1971], Providence [1977]) whose oeuvre was once described as “social alienation expressed in terms of psychological alienation” (The Second Wave by John Russell Taylor), The Ruling Class explores similar terrain but screenwriter and playwright Peter Barnes specialized in… Continue reading The Ruling Class (1972)

Carry On Screaming! (1966)

My favorite of the Carry On films is their garish Hammer horror parody, Carry On Screaming! (1966). During the 1960s, Hammer ruled Britannia by churning out unapologetically gory and occasionally racy horror movies that thrilled fans and dismayed the censors. Inspired by classic Abbott and Costello comedies that aped Universal’s horror films including Abbott and… Continue reading Carry On Screaming! (1966)

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

I can’t let Halloween pass without talking about a Hammer film. They go hand-to-hand in my home and one of my favorites is Terence Fisher’s The Curse of the Werewolf (1961). The film features some sumptuous color photography, incredibly sophisticated make-up effects for its time and a powerful central performance from Oliver Reed. It also… Continue reading The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Nothing But the Night (1972)

To celebrate the season of scaring TCM has made Christopher Lee their Star of the Month. Viewers who tune in will be able to enjoy the tall, dark and handsome ‘Master of Menace’ in over 40 different films airing each Monday throughout October. Next week I encourage you to seek Lee out in the unsung… Continue reading Nothing But the Night (1972)

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

There are many reasons why you should turn into TCM tonight (8 PM EST/5 PM PST) to catch The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) hosted by Roger Corman. First and foremost, it was the second film in Corman’s laudable Edgar Allan ‘Poe Cycle’ and it remains one of the director’s most frightening achievements generating a… Continue reading The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

The Terror (1963)

Incorporating sets from previous Corman films including The Raven (1963) and The Haunted Palace (1963), the film was cobbled together in a few short weeks utilizing the directing skills of Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill and even Jack Nicholson himself, who oversaw some of the film’s final scenes. The combined talents… Continue reading The Terror (1963)

The Sorcerers (1967)

Since Michael Reeves unfortunate death in 1969 at the age of 25, the British director’s life has become the stuff of cinematic legend. His reputation as a sort of Byronic hero who challenged the British film establishment was secured when he died much too young due to an accidental drug overdose leaving behind just a… Continue reading The Sorcerers (1967)

Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Weddings often bring out the worst in people. The attempt to meet family and social expectations while exchanging vows that occasionally read like a prison sentence can be a dangerous cocktail made worse by a deep focus on money matters. Instead of enjoying their “special day” couples and their accommodating families often end up obsessing… Continue reading Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

Thirst (1979)

In Rod Hardy’s THIRST (1979) we’re introduced to Kate (Chantal Contouri), an attractive waif-like young fashion designer with a pet cat and a serious problem. Kate’s the last descendent of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, often cited as history’s first and most prolific female serial killer, and she’s been kidnapped by a group of power hungry aristocratic… Continue reading Thirst (1979)

Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Susan Denberg (aka Dietlinde Ortrun Zechner) was blond, beautiful and unapologetically curvaceous. A Polish-born Kim Novak with strong sex appeal and an endearing screen presence. Like Novak, Denberg dated Sammy Davis Jr. while some of her other romantic conquests included Stuart Whitman, Sidney Poitier, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown and Roman Polanski. Following a few television… Continue reading Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu

We live in the age of remakes and prequels. Every month Hollywood rolls out an easily recognizable title that’s been repackaged and recast with a plot that’s all too familiar. The horror and science fiction genre has been hit the hardest by these reimagined movies that all too often fall extremely short of the original… Continue reading Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu

The Haunting (1963)

My earliest memory of Julie Harris stems from an unplanned late night viewing of THE HAUNTING (1963). I was home alone and sulking about having to take orders from a teenage babysitter who was just a few years older than me. Much to my delight, the babysitter had very little interest in what I was… Continue reading The Haunting (1963)

Agatha (1979)

On December 3, 1926 the popular mystery author Agatha Christie vanished following an argument with her husband who was demanding a divorce. Agatha was devastated by his decision but he responded to her distress by leaving the lavish home they shared together with their young daughter to meet up with his mistress. No one knows… Continue reading Agatha (1979)

Demon Seed (1977)

1977 was a watershed year for science fiction cinema. George Lucas’ seminal film Star Wars was released in May and by the end of the year Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind was also playing in theaters. These movies would go on to become two of the most profitable and crowd-pleasing films ever… Continue reading Demon Seed (1977)

Deadly Strangers (1975)

Late in life, Sterling Hayden (TCM’s Star of the Month in May, 2015) made a brief but notable appearance in an unusual thriller called DEADLY STRANGERS (1975), which I was compelled to revisit. Directed by the talented Sidney Hayers (CIRCUS OF HORRORS; 1960, BURN WITCH BURN; 1962, Etc.) and starring Hayley Mills along with Simon… Continue reading Deadly Strangers (1975)

House on Straw Hill (1976)

In the early 1980s British home video stores found themselves in the center of a storm when moral panic swept through the U.K. Religious leaders, parents and politically motivated individuals created what’s now known as the “video nasty” scare after discovering that stores were renting graphic horror films usually reserved for American grindhouses and indiscriminate… Continue reading House on Straw Hill (1976)

Les seins de glace (1974)

Before Richard Matheson etched out a name for himself as a popular writer of horror and science fiction he dabbled in crime fiction and mysteries. His very first novel was a pulpy noir titled Someone is Bleeding (aka The Frigid Flame or The Untouchable Divorcee) and it features many of the genre’s typical tropes. But… Continue reading Les seins de glace (1974)

Birdwatching in Bodega Bay

My better half and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary by taking a leisurely road trip through the Sonoma backwoods and along the California Coast. On our return, we decided to make a stop in Bodega Bay where Alfred Hitchcock shot THE BIRDS (1963). I’ve spent time in Bodega before and it is one of… Continue reading Birdwatching in Bodega Bay

The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

The legend of Faust is one of the oldest occult tales in the Western world. This German fable has been the basis of countless plays, poems, novels, musical compositions, works of art and films. Although the Faust legend has been reinterpreted many times in various ways; most renderings describe Faust as an aging unsatisfied scholar… Continue reading The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

The Witches (1966)

I must begin this with a confession. I’m obsessed with Hammer films. I love the “Studio That Dripped Blood” unconditionally so I was thrilled to learn that TCM was planning on showing Hammer films every Friday evening during the month of October. I was even more excited when I was told that The Movie Morlocks… Continue reading The Witches (1966)

Eye of the Devil (1966)

EYE OF THE DEVIL (1966) opens with a minute long montage that reduces the entire film down to a series of disorientating images. It’s an impressive and beautifully edited beginning that you might expect to see at the start of an Ingmar Bergman film or in the middle of an Eisenstein picture and it sets… Continue reading Eye of the Devil (1966)

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

Are human beings inherently cruel or do we learn cruelty by example? Does our genetic makeup dictate our personalities at birth or are we shaped by numerous circumstances including our environments and upbringing? To borrow the title of a current popular song, are we “born this way” or are we more complex creatures than our… Continue reading Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971)

Voices (1973)

On the surface, Kevin Billington’s VOICES (1973) is an unusual supernatural thriller involving ghosts and a haunted house but if you take the time to look beyond its spooky exterior you might be surprised by what you find there. This fascinating horror film has a rich history that first took shape in 1953. VOICES is… Continue reading Voices (1973)

Coma (1978)

I spent Labor Day sick in bed. I was feverish, sore and incredibly cranky due to having my weekend plans derailed by a bad cold. On Monday night I began to feel slightly better after binging on Nyquil and chicken soup so I curled up on the couch and turned on the TV. While searching… Continue reading Coma (1978)

The House that Screamed

Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s horrific thriller THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1969) is often cited as one of Spain’s most important and influential horror films but its audience is typically restricted to genre fanatics. The highly sexualized content and graphic murders depicted in the film limit its appeal. But the commercial success of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED… Continue reading The House that Screamed

Isabel (1968)

Paul Almond’s ISABEL (1968) begins with a train journey across a snow-covered landscape. We watch as the film’s star, Geneviève Bujold, sits awkwardly in her seat and squirms uncomfortably in front of the camera’s unrelenting eye. She is biding her time by shuffling through a small stack of books and papers in an effort to… Continue reading Isabel (1968)

Man’s Best Fiend

One of my neighbors owns a beautiful big black lab and the dog lets out a loud howl every time a siren goes off in the distance. The noise can be a little unsettling and tends to shatter the tranquility of our quiet suburban street. The dog’s gloomy cries sound like the melancholy moans of… Continue reading Man’s Best Fiend

Horror Express (1972)

It’s hard to imagine that there are any seasoned horror film fans that haven’t seen or at least heard of Eugenio Martin’s HORROR EXPRESS (1972). It often gets a mention in widely read books about horror movies and many questionable companies out to make a quick buck have released this surprisingly entertaining Spanish/British production on… Continue reading Horror Express (1972)

Thoughts on Alien (1979)

For decades screaming was often the weapon of choice for women in action, science fiction and horror films. We were expected to shriek, shout, yelp, whimper, squeal and squawk in the face of serious danger and (hopefully) a man would eventually come to our aide. So you can imagine how frightened little 11-year-old me was… Continue reading Thoughts on Alien (1979)

Scary Moments

During the month of October I’m often asked to recommend my favorite horror films. But recommending scary movies can be a tricky business. What frightens me might make you merely shrug your shoulders and laugh out loud. And if you’re a serious horror fan there’s a high probability that you’ve seen a lot of well-regarded… Continue reading Scary Moments

Genocide (1968)

Springtime has arrived in California and do you know what that means? BUGS! During the past week I’ve battled a couple of spiders in my kitchen, wrangled with a beetle that invaded my bathroom and took up arms against a small army of moths determined to raid my closet. These creepy critters seem to be… Continue reading Genocide (1968)

Dogora (1964)

After recently reading and writing about Peter H. Brothers’ book Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda, I was motivated to watch one of Honda’s lesser-known films that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see yet, Dogora (1964). I’m not sure how I managed to overlook this little gem involving a… Continue reading Dogora (1964)

Navy vs. Night Monsters

Some films start out with the best intentions but due to budget cuts, editing, crew conflicts, miscasting and other factors, the final product ends up being much less than the sum of its parts. Over time the good intentions of all who were originally involved in the film are forgotten and we’re left with the… Continue reading Navy vs. Night Monsters

The Crimson Cult

Like many horror aficionados I enjoy reading horror fiction as well as watching horror movies. And as summer makes way for autumn I’ve been indulging in a bit of both. Much like my fellow Morlock, Richard Harland Smith, I eagerly await this time of year. It gives me an excuse to spend my free time… Continue reading The Crimson Cult

Favorite DVDs: 2010

Every year I try to compile a list of my favorite new DVD releases. These lists tend to focus on films from the ’60s and ’70s since they’re my favorite film eras. This year I decided to expand my view a little and disregard limitations so I could share a varied list of all my… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2010

The Witch (1966)

There are few witches as beautiful and beguiling as Rosanna Schiaffino or as sinister and threatening as Sarah Ferrati in Damiano Damiani’s The Witch (or more correctly, The Witch in Love) aka La strega in amore (1966). In this leisurely paced Italian horror film based on a novel by Carlos Fuentes, Rosanna Schiaffino plays Aura,… Continue reading The Witch (1966)

She (1965)

My favorite moment in She (1965) occurs about 90 minutes into the movie when Ursula Andress glides by Peter Cushing playing Professor Holy and Bernard Cribbins as his aspiring man servant Job. Cushing declares “By Jove!” at the sight of Ursula and Cribbins turns to his costar and utters the line, “They just don’t make… Continue reading She (1965)

One Million Years B.C.

I love Raquel Welch. She’s not a great actress but she did appear in some good films and when she’s given the right material to work with she can be very funny. I’ve always thought that Raquel’s natural appeal as a comedic actress had been overlooked due to her overwhelming sex appeal. There’s just no… Continue reading One Million Years B.C.

Perversion Story (1969)

The kind folks at Severin recently invited me to participate in a series of month-long guest blog posts where we’re asked to share clips from one of our favorite Severin DVD releases. I decided to write a little bit about Luci Fulci’s excellent Italian thriller Perversion Story (1969), which I originally wrote about in 2007.… Continue reading Perversion Story (1969)

Goodbye Gemini (1970)

This week the unusual British horror film Goodbye Gemini (1970) is getting released on DVD by Scorpion Releasing. I’ve only seen the film once on a second generation video tape and the quality was abysmal so I’m really happy that I’ll finally have the opportunity to see the movie again. Scorpion Releasing is a new… Continue reading Goodbye Gemini (1970)

Girly (1969)

Creepy families with murderous intentions have become a staple of horror cinema. Most recently directors like Rob Zombie have attempted to cash in on this long standing tradition with films like House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devil’s Rejects (2005), but long before Rob ever stood behind a camera other directors such as Jack… Continue reading Girly (1969)

Die, Monster, Die!

Frankenstenia is celebrating the life and career of one of my favorite actors with The Boris Karloff Blogathon taking place Nov. 23-29th. I didn’t sign-up to participate because I couldn’t commit to anything. My current blogging schedule is sporadic and a bit crazy because at the moment most of my attention is focused on trying… Continue reading Die, Monster, Die!

The Fool Killer (1965)

I first saw Servando González’s 1965 film The Fool Killer (aka El asesino de tontos) almost twenty years ago and it’s haunted me ever since. The film features Anthony Perkins in one of his best roles and I got the urge to watch it again last year while I was obsessing over Perkins’ music career.… Continue reading The Fool Killer (1965)

Blood and Roses (1960)

One of the my favorite vampire films is Roger Vadim’s haunting and surreal Blood and Roses (Et mourir de plaisir, 1960), which recently made my list of “31 films that give me the willies.” Vadim’s impressive horror film is equal to other revered classics made at the same time such as Georges Franju’s Eyes Without… Continue reading Blood and Roses (1960)

David Bowie: The Image

It’s impossible to put into words the impact that David Bowie’s music has had on me throughout the years, but there probably isn’t another living music artist who I admire more. I started listening to Bowie’s music when I was just 12 years old and one of my earliest concert memories is of seeing Bowie’s… Continue reading David Bowie: The Image

Rites of Frankenstein (1972)

My love for Jess Franco definitely clouds any objective opinion I have about his work, but I truly believe that The Rites of Frankenstein (aka Les Experiences erotiques de Frankenstein, 1972) is one of the director’s most surreal and interesting efforts. Unfortunately this erotic horror film doesn’t really live up to what it could have… Continue reading Rites of Frankenstein (1972)

The Third Secret (1964)

After watching countless thrillers over the years I’m not often surprised by a movie anymore, but Charles Critchon’s exceptional film The Third Secret (1964) really caught me off guard and impressed me with its compelling storyline and dramatic cinematography. In some ways it’s a very old fashioned mystery and the film looks like it could… Continue reading The Third Secret (1964)

The Nanny (1965)

Evil nannies that are determined to harm the innocent children they care for have become a popular recurring menace in many horror films over the years and last week one of the best nasty nanny movies was finally released on DVD for the first time. I originally saw Seth Holt’s chilling British thriller The Nanny… Continue reading The Nanny (1965)

Night Watch (1973)

By 1973 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s nine year marriage was coming to an end and both actors wanted to focus on their individual careers. Night Watch (1973) features one of Elizabeth Taylor’s few solo performances as an actress while she was married to Burton and it’s one of my favorite Taylor films from the… Continue reading Night Watch (1973)

Doctor Faustus (1967)

In 1967 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were at the height of their shared fame following the success of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). Both films were well received by critics and audiences loved seeing the two actors on screen together in fictional marriages that many assumed… Continue reading Doctor Faustus (1967)

Scream… and Die! (1973)

Despite its somewhat misleading title, Scream… and Die! aka The House That Vanished (1973) is a fascinating film directed by José Ramón Larraz that’s well worth a look if you enjoy unusual European thrillers. Larraz is a talented Spanish director who is mostly known by American film audiences as the man behind the erotic horror… Continue reading Scream… and Die! (1973)

Ghost Story (1974)

Ghost Story (aka Madhouse Mansion) is an interesting low-budget independent horror film made in 1974 by the British director Stephen Weeks. The film tells the story of a small group of privileged young men in the 1930s that gather together for a weekend in the country at a sprawling British estate. As soon as they… Continue reading Ghost Story (1974)

Sugar Hill (1974)

When it comes to blaxploitation horror films, the genre doesn’t get much better than Sugar Hill (1974) and I’m happy that I finally got the opportunity to see this low-budget gem a few weeks ago. The plot is rather simple and involves a beautiful and tough fashion photographer who goes by the same of Diana… Continue reading Sugar Hill (1974)

House with Laughing Windows

At this time of the year it seems like every film critic suddenly becomes an expert on horror films and starts publishing their quickly put together “Top 10 Scary Movie Moments” or “Best Films to Watch on Halloween.” These lists are often compiled by people who’ve seen a limited amount of films and their horror… Continue reading House with Laughing Windows

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

One of the most unusual movies I’ve seen this year is the low-budget British horror film Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1972), which was released on DVD from Redemption in January. This odd little movie was originally produced by Tigon, a British studio that was behind some of the most entertaining horror films of… Continue reading Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

The Face of Another (1966)

The face is the door to the mind. Without it, the mind is shut off. There is no communication. – Mr. Okuyama (Tatsuya Nakadai) in The Face of Another One of my favorite Japanese films is Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (a.k.a. Tanin no kao, 1966) and it’s getting the Criterion treatment in a… Continue reading The Face of Another (1966)

Diabolically Yours (1967)

Julien Duvivier is undoubtedly one of France’s most important and influential directors. Unfortunately unlike many of his contemporaries, such as Jean Renoir and René Clair, Duvivier’s cinematic contributions are sometimes forgotten. He was often dismissed by the Nouvelle Vague and I personally think his real talents were in re-imagining crime thrillers and fantasy films, which… Continue reading Diabolically Yours (1967)

Dorian Gray (1970)

I recently watched Massimo Dallamano’s Dorian Gray for the third or forth time and I was inspired to write about the movie. When the opportunity to contribute to Neil’s Trashy Movie Celebration Blog-a-thon arrived I figured a review of the film would be the ideal contribution since it definitely qualifies as a trashy movie –… Continue reading Dorian Gray (1970)

Sting of Death (1965)

STING OF DEATH (1965) tells the strange and tragic story of Igor Egon (John Vella), a horribly disfigured loner who just might be Oliver Reed’s ugly American cousin. Egon works for a scientist (Jack Nagle) in the Florida Everglades who is studying jellyfish, in particular the extremely dangerous Portuguese Man of War. Egon also happens… Continue reading Sting of Death (1965)

Devil with Seven Faces

Normally I neglect to write anything about movies I dislike. I never have enough time to write about all the films I like so why waste my time writing about films I don’t? But occasionally my disappointment in a film runs so deep that I feel the need to save others from suffering what I’ve… Continue reading Devil with Seven Faces

Yokai Monsters of 1968

Over at the Britannica Blog Raymond Benson continues to count down his Top 10 Favorite Films from 1968. If you enjoy ’60s era cinema please feel free to stop by and join in the ongoing discussions about each film. Narrowing my list of favorite films from 1968 down to a mere 10 would be almost… Continue reading Yokai Monsters of 1968

Nightmare City (1980)

The following clip is from the 1980 Umberto Lenzi film Nightmare City, which was originally shot in 1979 and it features some of the worst dancing I’ve ever seen in any film. Thankfully I’m not alone in my dislike for the dancing showcased in Nightmare City. As the following clip will clearly demonstrate, zombies don’t… Continue reading Nightmare City (1980)

Black Moon (1975)

On Monday I finally got hooked up with Cable TV after a few years without it it due to the high cost and my limited budget. It’s been well worth it thanks to all the channels I can now get, especially TCM, which is currently hosting a fabulous Louis Malle birthday bash and showcasing a… Continue reading Black Moon (1975)

Favorite DVDs: 2008 P1

First half of a two part list of my favorite DVD releases from 2008 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction films such as Assault! Jack the Ripper (1976), Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1973), Icons of Horror: Hammer Films (1960-1964), It! (1966) and The Shuttered Room… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2008 P1

Favorite DVDs: 2008 P2

Second half of a two part list of my favorite DVD releases from 2008 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction films such as Phase IV (1974), Privilege (1967), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Simon, King of the Witches (1971) and The Skull (1965). Continue reading “Favorite DVD… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2008 P2

Theatre of Blood (1973)

One of my favorite British horror films is the dark comedy Theatre of Blood (1973) so when the opportunity to contribute to the William Shakespeare Blog-a-thon arose I decided I would share some of my thoughts about the movie. In Theatre of Blood the wonderful Vincent Price plays the Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart, who returns… Continue reading Theatre of Blood (1973)

Top 20: 1968

After taking part in an online discussion of the best films released in 1968 hosted by Encyclopaedia Britannica I decided to put together my own list of 20 favorite films released in 1968. I compiled this list in 2008 and I’d probably make one or two changes now but my original list includes many horror… Continue reading Top 20: 1968

Favorite DVDs: 2007 P1

First half of a three part alphabetical list of my favorite DVD releases from 2007 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as Chosen Survivors (1974), The Holy Mountain (1973), The Films of Kenneth Anger” Vol. 1 &… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2007 P1

Favorite DVDs: 2007 P2

Second half of a three part alphabetical list of my favorite DVD releases from 2007 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as The Legends of the Poisonous Seductress #1: Female Demon Ohyaku (1969), The Loreley’s Grasp (1974)… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2007 P2

Favorite DVDs: 2007 P3

Third part of a three part alphabetical list of my favorite DVD releases from 2007 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as Perversion Story (1969), Three Films By Hiroshi Teshigahara: Pitfall / Woman In The Dunes /… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2007 P3

Bay Of Blood (1971)

When Stacie Ponder first announced her Friday the 13th blog-a-thon I didn’t sign-up right away since here at Cinebeats I try and keep the focus on sixties and seventies era films, and the first Friday the 13th movie was released in 1980. Then I remembered the obvious. Long before Jason put on a hockey mask… Continue reading Bay Of Blood (1971)

Alucarda (1975)

Alucarda is an extremely stylish Mexican horror film made by the talented Juan Lopez Moctezuma in 1975, who also directed The Mansion of Madness and produced two of renowned director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s early film’s (Fando & Lis and El Topo). Moctezuma’s Alucarda is an interesting mix of Ken Russell’s The Devils as well as The… Continue reading Alucarda (1975)

DVD: Vincent Price

The leaves are starting to turn brown and the days are getting shorter. Autumn is fast approaching and with it comes Halloween. This is easily my favorite time of the year and in September I always start getting a spring in my step and an insatiable craving for sweets. This is also the time of… Continue reading DVD: Vincent Price

DVD: The Killing Kind

I’m on vacation at the moment and enjoying the holiday, but I wanted to briefly mention that Curtis Harrington’s terrific 1973 thriller The Killing Kind was released this week on DVD for the first time and it’s my DVD pick of the week. Harrington is responsible for some of the most interesting and entertaining American… Continue reading DVD: The Killing Kind

Castle of Blood (1964)

Recently I had the pleasure of viewing two of Italian director Antonio Margheriti’s wonderful ghost films. The original black & white 1964 version of Castle of Blood (aka Danza Macabra) which was recently released on DVD by Synapse and Antonio Margheriti’s 1970 remake of the same film re-titled Web of the Spider (aka. Nella Stretta… Continue reading Castle of Blood (1964)

Favorite DVDs: 2006 P1

First part of a three part list of my favorite DVD releases from 2006 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as Ganja & Hess (1973), The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971), The Red Queen… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2006 P1

Favorite DVDs: 2006 P2

Second part of a three part list of my favorite DVD releases from 2006 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as Lifespan (1974), Equinox (1970), Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1970), The Illustrated Man (1969), Trilogy of… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2006 P2

Favorite DVDs: 2006 P3

Last part of a three part list of my favorite DVD releases from 2006 that includes capsule reviews of many horror titles, dark thrillers and unusual science fiction or arthouse films made in the 1960s & 1970s such as The Fifth Cord (1971), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), Succubus (1968), The Forbidden Photos of… Continue reading Favorite DVDs: 2006 P3