The 1940s were not a great era for Universal Studios cycle of horror films. To be fair, they did produce a number of quite good films, but they also made several very strange films and quite a few that were basically…there. It was also their era for sequels. Not only did their classic characters like […]Read more "The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)"
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 […]Read more "Hauser’s Memory (1970)"
(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 […]Read more "Monkey Shines (1988)"
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 […]Read more "The Devil-Doll (1936)"
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, […]Read more "Live Again, Die Again (1974)"
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. […]Read more "Castle of Evil (1966)"
Let’s face it. You could take the science fictional elements out of this one and barely change the story. A group of former World War II soldiers who share a guilty secret — and a treasure they stole together — are murdered one by one by a mysterious man in a soldier’s uniform. Could he […]Read more "The Secret of the Telegian [Densô ningen] (1960)"