Eve of Destruction (1991)

There sure were an awful lot of action heroes trying to hunt down unstoppable androids during the Nineties. It’s a wonder any of us survived. It is mildly surprising to see Gregory Hines as the usual “The one man who can stop it.” He was a tap dander and stage performer who starred in a […]

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Ravagers (1979)

There sure were a lot of post-Apocalyptic films in the Seventies! I really wouldn’t even want to guess how many. We tend to think of the genre as starting with Mad Max and The Road Warrior, but it goes the whole way back to the silent era, and they were pretty heavy on the ground […]

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Blood of Dracula (1957)

It goes something like this: The science teacher at an exclusive girls’ school has made an important discovery, one that the scientific establishment refuses to credit, a discovery that could power the world and make all weapons obsolete. Now, if you haven’t guessed, this all has to do with the power of the mind, although, […]

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Hauser’s Memory (1970)

Curt Siodmak is best remembered for writing Donovan’s Brain. He actually had a rather long and busy career writing screenplays with the occasional novel or short story thrown in, but let’s face it, people rarely notice who actually wrote their favorite movies — even though we pay a lot of attention to who may have […]

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Monkey Shines (1988)

(aka Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear) If there’s one thing we need to learn from this film, it is that jealous monkeys are bad news. Looking at Monkey Shines, I find that it seems to have hit almost every horror movie trope of the Eighties.  We have our serial killer, our dream scenes, the […]

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The Devil-Doll (1936)

I have to admit I find the whole notion of Lionel Barrymore as a mad scientist rather…odd.  Yes, he was a member of the legendary Barrymore family of great actors, and was considered to be one of the greatest actors of his age.  But, he is best remembered for the grouchy old men he played in […]

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Live Again, Die Again (1974)

This one is unique. Joseph Stefano, who wrote the script for Psycho and was one of the leading creative forces behind The Outer Limits, is probably the reason this film does not fit neatly into any of our familiar, ready-made boxes. It starts out as science fiction as doctors work to thaw out Caroline Carmichael, […]

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Castle of Evil (1966)

This one is strange. The basic description looks very familiar:  a millionaire’s friends and associates gather on a secluded island for the reading of his will.  They have to stay overnight in the Castle to find out what they’ve won, but someone — or something — is trying to kill them off one by one. […]

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