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Review: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead 1968 poster

It's rare when a movie transcends pop culture's usual 15 minutes of fame and becomes a time-tested classic. It's rarer still when the movie is a low-budget, black and white independent feature produced so far off Hollywood's radar that it didn't receive national distribution. What this particular little movie had going for it was a fresh, talented director and the public's hitherto undiscovered phobia about and fascination with flesh eating zombies! Filmed in 1967 by then fledgling director George A. Romero, Night of the Living Dead is a film that while raw in some of its production, was and is spot-on in evoking the most dreadful and deep-seeded of frights.(read more...)

Abbott and Costello

The Masters: Abbott and Costello

Bud Abbott was the tall thin one, Lou Costello the short chubby one. That answers the second most important question after "who's on first?" That classic bit, among the duo's other polished vaudeville routines catapulted them to the heights of Hollywood stardom in the early nineteen forties.

Review: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

After finally sitting down and watching I Was A Teenage Werewolf, I can honestly say it's just about as crappy a movie as I think you'd expect it to be. It's poorly scripted, over acted, over simplified, largely boring and sometimes just plain trite. Even with those major league strikes against it, I still really enjoyed this drive-in classic and I'm not alone. If you mention this 1957 bargain basement cheesefest to a person of the right age, they smile.(read more...)

Review: Man Made Monster (1941)

Man Made (Atomic) Monster poster

While Man-Made Monster is not one of the all-time great horror films like many of its thirties and forties Universal Pictures celluloid brethren, it is not without certain merits; in particular, it can be viewed historically as the proving ground for one of Universal's undisputed classics, The Wolf Man. Both filmed in 1941, Man Made Monster first teamed many of the people who would later collaborate on The Wolf Man. Star Lon Chaney Jr., and director George Waggner are well known to have gone on to make the furry opus, but many of the other talents that reunited for the Wolf Man included some of Universal's stable of technicians and artists like special effects wizard John P.(read more...)

Review: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Quad

Saying goodbye to old friends is one of the hardest things in life to do. Remembering old times and laughing is often the best way to do it. In 1948, Universal Studios (more precisely, Universal International) did just that with old friends Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.(read more...)

Review: Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carnival of Souls 1962

Carnival of Souls is unlike any other movie I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it would make any serious film fan’s "best ever" list, but it is unique and at times chilling enough to have carved a niche for itself in horror history. At times this 1962 black and white indie thriller is amateurish, even downright cheesy. I must say, however, that there is a certain quality this film possesses, as do many independent and novice films, that frees it from the traditional trappings of Hollywood and allows for some genuinely fresh and inspired moments. Those inspired moments in Carnival of Souls, blended with the crudeness of the production, are amongst the most inventive and absolutely creepy in all of horror cinema.(read more...)

Review: The Wolf Man (1941)

The Wolf Man 1941 poster

In 1941, Universal Pictures released the last of their truly great monster movies, The Wolf Man. Operating in the red most of the thirties, Universal's pocketbook needed a new monster and a new monster star. It had been a decade since the initial box office boom of Dracula, but Bela Lugosi's star had fallen considerably since and he was not considered a bankable lead. Boris Karloff's last picture as a monster was 1939's Son of Frankenstein and he felt he had become too old to play monsters, nor did he want to any longer.(read more...)

Review: The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy 1932 poster

"This is the scroll of Thoth. Herein are set down the magic words by which Isis raised Osiris from the dead." More importantly, those are the opening words of Universal Pictures monster classic The Mummy. While of the big four classic Universal monster movies (including Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man), this may be the least fondly remembered, but it was one of the most important films the studio would make in the thirties. Following the success of Dracula and Frankenstein, The Mummy established Universal's prowess in horror and began some now well-known monster movie formulas.(read more...)

Review: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Maximum Overdrive poster

Maximum Overdrive is best enjoyed on television with the benefit of commercial breaks, editing for time and content and hosted by Joe Bob Briggs; the shorter and easier to swallow, the better with this one. Now that is not to say Maximum Overdrive is a bad movie. It is in fact a HORRIBLE movie! But… it’s horrible in a Roger Corman drive-in way that we all know if viewed under the right conditions (accompanied by a few tall boys for instance), can be a hoot. That’s why it’s so much better sandwiched between the musings of the great drive-in philosopher Joe Bob.(read more...)

Review: The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Vampire Lovers poster

The Vampire Lovers, while based on nineteenth century writer Sheridan LeFanu’s classic vampire novella "Carmilla," is not high art. It is however, a highly enjoyable if a little tawdry vampire yarn in the grand Hammer tradition replete with foggy graveyards, ruined castles, buxom, braless, neck-biting beauties and the greatest vampire killer of all time, Peter Cushing.(read more...)

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