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Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

21 Nov

You know what? The most disturbing thing in this image is poor Otto's criminally bad wig. At least, I hope it's a wig.

I cannot, in good conscience, say that “Flesh for Frankenstein” is a good film. It is, in fact, a bad film. But it’s a really good bad film. Following me? Some moviegoers love a good bad movie every now and again while others just can’t stand them, period. I’m of the former camp, and this odd re-imagining of the classic Frankenstein tale is ripe with welcome weirdness for those inclined to enjoy this type of film. Continue reading

City of the Living Dead (1980)

5 Nov

Oh sure, he may look menacing now, but just wait til you see him in action.

City of the Living Dead” was an unplanned selection for 31 Nights of Horror. I had expected to get a new movie in the mail, but it didn’t arrive in a timely fashion, so I was left scrounging for something to take its place. Netflix recommended this one, which didn’t seem familiar based on its summary. By the time I realized what I was watching — and which famously gruesome death scene I was about to see — it was too late. Lucio Fulci had won again. Continue reading

Girly (1970)

31 Oct

It's like "Mary Poppins" on meth, really.

Girly,” originally released with the overwrought title of “Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly,” tanked when it was first released. No surprise there. It’s a very British exercise in silliness and dark humor, and it’s difficult to categorize. It’s not a straight-out comedy, but it’s too light to be horror. There’s a heavy touch of satire, but a heaping helping of madness as well. Whatever it is, “Girly” does have a distinct sort of charm. Continue reading

The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

18 Oct

 

Vincent Price is in just about every scene in this one and it is a glorious thing.

 

I flirted with the idea of a four-word review of “The Masque of the Red Death,” because I think that with only four words you could probably know if this film is something you’d enjoy. Those four words would be: Roger Corman. Vincent Price. Those of you who wish to can stop reading now, but if you want to click on, I will expound a bit. Continue reading

Dog Soldiers (2002)

3 Oct

I'll confess: My heart leaped for joy and I made a squeaky little happy noise when I realized I was getting REAL LIVE werewolves and not CGI cartoons.

As much as I love a good vampire, zombie or werewolf flick, it’s easy to feel like the monster movie genre has nothing new to offer. Which is precisely why a film like Neil Marshall’s “Dog Soldiers” stands out. As the writer-director himself said, it’s a soldier film with werewolves in it, and not the other way around. It turns out that subtle difference in philosophy pays off big for audiences. Continue reading

The House of the Devil (2009)

1 Oct

Shouldn't she be ... oh, I don't know ... less pretty at this point, or something?

The House of the Devil” was an inspired choice for starting off my 31 Nights of Horror experiment. There aren’t too many flicks like this one out there these days — not new flicks anyway — and this movie, while imperfect, hits just the right nostalgic notes for longtime horror fans. Continue reading

Elvis on Tour (1972)

21 Sep

Yes, he's starting to go to seed a little at this point, but The King is as riveting as ever.

More concert film than documentary, “Elvis on Tour” is light on offering real insight into Elvis’ life. And, I suspect for most people, the music is not what you typically think of as Elvis music; these concerts feature him performing a lot of covers, a handful of new songs and a scant few of his classic hits. What’s surprising is how little any of this matters. Elvis Presley is perhaps unparalleled as a performer, and this film illustrates that beautifully. Continue reading

Cabaret (1972)

16 Sep

It's about decadence ... and Nazis. But mostly decadence.

It’s always kind of difficult for me when I watch a movie that I know is a beloved classic and then I don’t love it. I start thinking “What’s wrong with me? What am I not getting about this movie?” In the case of “Cabaret,” I believe it hasn’t aged well, but I’m somewhat at a loss for why, exactly, the pieces just don’t come together for me. Continue reading

TiMER (2009)

8 Sep

So if he doesn't make my TiMER go off, but he's really cute, is it wrong to make out with him?

From the concept of a single soulmate for every person to questioning the purpose of relationships that don’t last, “TiMER” is a little movie that takes on big questions and almost succeeds in answering them. Continue reading