Film Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mario Bava’s gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers’ family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava’s credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Barbara Steele and him to stardom. REVIEW: Mario Bava needs no introduction … Continue reading

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Film Review: Caged Heat (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: “A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception to a skit performed by the girls and takes punitive steps, aided by the sadistic doctor who is doing illegal electroshock experiments and raping drugged prisoners. After a while the prisoners put away their petty differences and plan the Big Prison Escape.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Caged Heat (1974), also known as Renegade Girls, could be easily … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shivers (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: “A scientist living in an apartment complex kills a girl and uses acid to destroy her internal organs, and then kills himself. While investigating, a doctor discovers that the scientist was doing experiments on the use of genetically engineered parasites as organ transplants. Soon, other people in the complex begin showing signs of carrying the parasites, spreading the things through wanton orgiastic abandon, and the complex begins suffering an attrition problem.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Terror-Creatures From The Grave (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: “An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner’s wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient plague victims and, in fact, his spirit was roaming the castle at that very moment. Soon occupants of the castle begin to die off in gruesome, violent ways.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Start cooking the spaghetti and put the sauce on … Continue reading

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Film Review: The She-Beast (1966)

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SYNOPSIS: “A young woman is driving alongside a lake. She has an accident and the car plunges into the water. Her body is then possessed by the spirit of an eighteenth-century witch who was killed by local villagers, and is bent on avenging herself on them.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Good to see you, even you who sent the email describing me as “Severely handicapped by a tragic lack of talent.” Yahweh forbid that I should … Continue reading

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Real Queens Of Scream

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A Scream Queen is an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre, as a frequent victim, or through constant appearances as the female protagonist. She belongs to the Damsel-In-Distress family of fictional characters. Long before the term was invented, the Scream Queen has always been a classic figure in world literature, art and film. She is almost inevitably a young nubile woman, who … Continue reading

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Film Review: Nightmare Castle (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: “A sadistic count tortures and murders his unfaithful wife and her lover, then removes their hearts from their bodies. Years later, the count remarries and the new wife experiences nightmares and hauntings. The ghosts of the slain return to exact their bloody revenge, until their hearts are destroyed.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week, for complicity in crimes against good taste, I sentence you, good reader, to ninety minutes trapped in Nightmare Castle (1965)! A … Continue reading

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