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William Castle – Tribute and Historical Overview (Part 1)

Plastic skeletons dangling on wires above the audience! Theatre seats wired to buzz the audience! Fright-breaks giving cowardly customers a chance to escape to the lobby! Insurance policies guaranteeing audience members against death by fright! These and other outrageous gimmicks designed to pull in more moviegoers may seem like the creations of a P.T. Barnum rather than a directorial master …

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Film Review: La Cravate (1957)

SYNOPSIS: La Cravate is a Technicolor tale of a man whose sadistic girlfriend urges him to visit the head shop to shop for a new head. Miming his way through rows of living human heads, and trying several on with the help of a shop manager skilled in stitching skin, this Frankensteinian story establishes Jodorowsky’s affinity for pitting effusive love …

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Film Review: Doctor No (1962)

SYNOPSIS: “James Bond 007, seductive British secret agent, has been sent to the West Indies to investigate the disappearance of British agent John Strangway and his secretary. Once arriving, 007 becomes suspicious of scientist Professor Dent, who was the last person to have seen Strangway before he disappeared. After learning Professor Dent is working for a terrorist with metal hands, …

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Film Review: Goldfinger (1964)

SYNOPSIS: “The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated Operation Grand Slam, a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin (its accessory package includes built-in machine guns, a smoke screen and an ejector seat), must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries. First there’s Oddjob, the mute …

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Film Review: Fat Girl (2001)

SYNOPSIS: Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. REVIEW: As a horror fanboy whose viewing schedule averages about a movie a day, I frequently get depressed by how little shocks me anymore. After all, I cut my teeth on selections from the “video nasties” list and have seen enough onscreen torture, mutilation, rape, and …

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Film Review: Der Bunker (2015)

SYNOPSIS: A college student on the verge of a breakthrough in his research holes up with a family inside a bunker for a little peace and quiet. REVIEW: German cinema is not known for it’s, how shall we say, sanity. Director Nikias Chryssos’ film Der Bunker made sure that didn’t change. At it’s heart a story of family dynamics and the …

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ROCK & ROLL NIGHTMARE star Jon-Mikl Thor to Crowdfund Latest Project

It’s with great pleasure that I announce the launch of an amazing crowdfunding campaign to help with the completion of the tour documentary THOR: RETURN OF THE THUNDERHAWK. In 2015, director Ryan Wise gave us the documentary I AM THOR, an unflinching account of Jon-Mikl Thor’s comeback after having been in retirement for nearly ten years. Mounting such an ambitious …

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Film Review: Malabimba (1979)

SYNOPSIS: Bimba’s mother has just been murdered mysteriously and the family is holding a seance to contact her spirit. As soon as the mystic finds her spirit things go crazy REVIEW: A group of people gather in the family castle for a séance, hoping to contact Andrea’s (Enzo Fisichella) recently deceased wife, Daniela. The medium (Elisa Mainardi, who is more …

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Film Review: The Tingler (1959)

SYNOPSIS: “The coroner and scientist Doctor Warren Chapin is researching the shivering effect of fear with his assistant David Morris. Doctor Warren is introduced to Ollie Higgins, the relative of a criminal sentenced to the electric chair, while making the autopsy of the corpse, and he makes a comment about the tingler-effect to him. Ollie asks for a lift to …

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