Mad Love (1935)

Honorable Mention It has always seemed strange to me that Peter Lorre, who had a long career of playing interesting and often sinister characters, somehow got labelled as a horror icon later in his career, in movies like The Raven, or that episode of Route 66 he did with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. […]

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Nightfall (1988)

It sounds promising. A film adaptation of a classic Isaac Asimov story? With a screenplay by Paul Mayersberg, who wrote the script for Nicholas Roeg’s version of The Man Who Fell to Earth? How could you go wrong? Well, you could have too tiny a budget for such an ambitious project, or perhaps get Roger […]

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Shepherd (1998)

(aka, Cybercity) High up on my list of pet (movie) peeves, you will find the story which revolves around an all-important plot point — one which defines everything a character does — and yet is never actually explained. But we’ll get back to that in a bit. The other notable aspect of Shepherd is that […]

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Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996)

(aka, Nemesis 4: City of Angels) I think the phrase we need here is “cinematic whiplash.” For anyone who saw Nemesis 3: Time Lapse (1996) before watching Nemesis 4, that is. Now the whole Nemesis series was the brainchild of the prolific low budget purveyor of kickboxing cyborgs and high energy action films, Albert Pyun.  His […]

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Cool Air (2006)

I’ll admit it.  I’m definitely in the minority on this one. But, yes, I liked Cool Air. Although it definitely isn’t going to please everyone. It is, however, a strange and dreamlike adaptation of a relatively short and minor tale by H.P. Lovecraft, which is almost play-like in its distillation to something perhaps slightly less than […]

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Vortex (1982)

It was called “No Wave Film.” Although that wasn’t the official name: it was borrowed from the No Wave underground music movement which was already growing at the time and involved many of the same people. Some people called it the “New Cinema,” which was actually the name of the theater which showed these films. […]

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The Dunwich Horror (1970)

[Warning: Spoilers Ahead] They should have called this one “Rosmary’s Yog Sothoth.” The Dunwich Horror was actually AIP’s third H.P. Lovecraft adaptation in seven years.  Mind you, Roger Corman was hoping to start a Lovecraft series of films — as he had with Edgar Allen Poe — when he made The Haunted Palace, based on […]

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