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Review: Masters of Horror: Chocolate (2005)

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Credits above are only for personnel unique to this episode. For credits relating to "Masters of Horror" as a whole, see the Masters of Horror review gateway.(read more...)

Review: Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter (2001)

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There's a crappy little 1970s low-budget horror flick called Satan's Children that I saw once on a Something Weird DVD. I didn't think it substantial enough to merit a review at the time -- the 16mm source was damaged and grainy, and the soundtrack was half a second out of sync much of the time. All told, it was the kind of exploitation flick that somebody finds in their attic and wonders what Uncle Joe was up to in '75.(read more...)

Colin Clive

The Masters: Colin Clive

Refined, deliberate, with a talent for melodrama, Colin Clive made a brief but memorable mark on the horror genre, creating the sound era's very first Dr. Frankenstein, but personal problems took him from the spotlight before his time. Clive was born in France on January 20, 1900. His father was a British colonel. As an adult, he took to the stage, eventually replacing Laurence Olivier when James Whale's production of "Journey's End" moved to the Savoy Theater in London. When Whale uprooted to Hollywood to make the film version, Clive followed.

Review: Slither (2006)

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Screenwriter James Gunn (Tromeo and Juliet, Dawn of the Dead '04) makes his feature-length directorial debut with Slither, and within the first few minutes, he assuredly shows us he knows how to set the tone for a film. A gigantic meteor hurtles through space, heading for certain disastrous impact with Earth. As it hits our atmosphere, however, it begins to burn up, the layers peeling back. When it finally squelches into the muddy woodlands of sleepy Southern burg Wheelsy, it is as a background joke in a completely different scene. Of course, this being a horror film, the tiny, baseball-sized rock cracks open, promising far more insidious spectacle.(read more...)

Review: Son of Dracula (1943)

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"Miscast" is a nasty term. It suggests that the actor or actress that it is applied to would never be able to pull off their given role, even under the best possible circumstances. Some irreparable mistake was made at an early stage of production and the film will be forever marred by the poor judgment of some myopic decision-maker. Such is the case with Lon Chaney, Jr. as Count Dracula in Universal's misleadingly titled Son of Dracula. Chaney's inability to pull off the Old World nobility required of the part has dogged the film's reputation since its release. This is a shame, really, since the rest of this mature, atmospheric chiller works quite well.(read more...)

Review: The Body Snatcher (1945)

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"You'll never get rid of me that way, Toddy," the sinister cabman Gray intones to his "friend" Dr. MacFarlane, and we believe him. We have to, as it is Boris Karloff's mellifluent voice that delivers the promise, and director Robert Wise has presented Gray up to this point as someone who could deliver on his sinister assurance even after the television has been shut off.(read more...)

Review: The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

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Universal horror's "second wind," first set in motion by Son of Frankenstein, was just beginning to muster force when the studio decided to release a sequel to James Whale's 1933 hit The Invisible Man. The result, The Invisible Man Returns, although possessed of a certain gusto and some fine acting, often plays like a flatter imitation, substituting Whale's anarchy for a more standard tragic romance.(read more...)

Review: The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

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It's a typical scene from a typical horror film: a vampire romances his unwilling victim before finally attacking them, leading to a chase sequence. Except in Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers, the vampire is gay, the "damsel" is also the ostensible hero (and male), and the chase sequence involves slick floors that cause both pursuer and pursued to slide crazily as they run.

Another director might play up the slapstick of the sequence with exaggerated angles and silly sound effects. Polanski avoids such clichés, pointing his camera as a documentarian would, observing the behavior of comedy in the wild. There is an implicit acknowledgement that, yes, this is humor we're watching, but Polanski refuses to cajole us into accepting it as funny. That is our own decision to make.(read more...)

Review: American Gothic: The Complete Series (1995)

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Sam Raimi has put his stamp of executive producer approval on a vast number of television series - most of them very silly (Cleopatra 2525, anyone?). Of all of these programs, perhaps the most worthy is the short-lived American Gothic. Airing on CBS in the 1995-96 season, the show ably explored the problematic relationship between good and evil, posing some incisive questions despite some narrative muddle.(read more...)

Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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Italian horror, that awkward pile of animal feces capped with 24-karat gold, owes quite a bit to Mario Bava. More specifically, it owes it to Bava's first solo directorial effort, La Maschera del Demonio, better known in the United States as Black Sunday. This macabre tale of atavistic revenge brings together the outlandish Gothic trappings of Universal's old chillers and the newer viscera of Hammer, along with a visual nuance that belongs entirely to Bava.(read more...)

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