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Posts by Julia Merriam

Review: Twice-Told Tales (1963)

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During the 1960s, there was a small explosion of literature adaptation in the horror genre, the highlight of which was Roger Corman's Poe Cycle, a series of films based on the work of American Gothic author, Edgar Allan Poe. Once the success of these films became apparent, more film adaptations of other 19th Century authors began to appear. However, while some of these productions remain pillars of classic horror cinema, many of the films that emerged from this era was nothing more than campy, obviously low-budget productions made simply to cash in on a popular trend. Twice Told Tales, directed by Sidney Salkow is one such example. However, despite being poorly written and directed, Twice Told Tales is a strangely lovable film, much like a retarded puppy that you just can't bring yourself to chase from the yard.(read more...)

Review: Mary Reilly (1996)

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Based on the Nebula-winning novel by Valerie Martin, Mary Reilly is an interesting reinterpretation of an old classic: Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Taking the original story of good and evil, and then shooting it from an outside, female perspective, Mary Reilly should have offered a new twist, or at least an amusing diversion. Instead, Mary Reilly is nothing more than an example of pretty art direction bolstered only by bad storytelling and even worse acting.(read more...)

Review: Night of the Lepus (1972)

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Given the appropriate setting, many ordinary, innocuous things can be downright terrifying. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is a wonderful example of what happens when ordinary sea fowl go very, very wrong, while Lewis Teague's Cujo insinuates that the cuddly family pet may not be as cuddly as previously thought. Some things, however, just aren't scary. Unfortunately for Night of the Lepus, fluffy bunnies are one of those things.(read more...)

Review: Martin (1977)

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Horror fans like vampires. It's a pretty simple concept, really, and one that you'd be hard pressed to refute. Over the years, they have developed a mythology both complex (how many ways can you kill a vampire?) and ridiculous (garlic anybody?), but still surprisingly consistent. However, in 1977, director George A. Romero changed this pattern with the release of Martin. Romero demonstrates, without a doubt, that the terror of vampirism is not in the myth. According to Romero, there is no magic, and that reality is far more terrifying than any creature of the night.(read more...)

Review: The Innocents (1961)

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It's interesting to think that, with over a century of movie-monster history, one of the scariest creatures to grace the screen is still nothing more than a small child. Despite leaps and bounds in make-up and special effects, the sound of a young girl's voice singing a few haunting lyrics is still more than enough to send shivers up the spine. The Innocents demonstrates that with the proper atmosphere and a good story, children can be creepy little buggers.
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Review: The Screaming Skull (1958)

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During the prologue to The Screaming Skull, a mysterious narrator warns us that this film is so terrifying, so overwhelming, that it just might kill us. However, the narrator assures us, the studio is prepared to offer funerals free of cost to any movie patrons who might “die of fright”. After witnessing the film itself, which parades many traditional horror elements artlessly combined in a fit of mediocrity, I have to wonder – does this offer apply to death by boredom?(read more...)

Review: The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

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In the 1960s, Roger Corman directed a series of films based on the works of American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe. While not always accurate to the source material, the Poe Cycle has come to represent the pinnacle of Corman's directorial career, and, of these films, The Masque of the Red Death is the piece de resistance. The most faithful of the Poe adaptations, Masque uses a combination of scenery and characters to explore the darker themes originally put forth by Poe himself.(read more...)

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