Film Review: X The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (1963)

SYNOPSIS: “Doctor James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) it also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself, when his funding is cut off. As he continues to test the drug on himself, Xavier begins to see, not … Continue reading

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Film Review: Not Of This Earth (1957)

SYNOPSIS: “An alien agent from the distant planet Davanna is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: For more than half a century, my old friend Roger Corman has been somewhat of a maverick in the film industry. He’s been a writer, a director, a producer, a distributor and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Terminator (1984)

SYNOPSIS: “A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector – Kyle Reese – also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg?” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: After seeing Star Wars … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twilight Zone The Movie (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: “Four horror-science fiction segments directed by four of Hollywood’s famous directors based on TV’s most popular anthology series, bookened by a funny and scary prologue and epilogue. In the first story, a loud-mouthed bigoted businessman with an intense hatred for Jews, blacks and Asians gets the tables turned on him when he walks out a bar and is inexplicably transported back in time to being pursued by Nazis in 1940s France, then as an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: Six long years after their last appearance, Gizmo & company are back! But they’re no longer in Kingston Falls, they’re in NYC and have taken over a giant skyscraper as they continue their hi-jinks. Now as they are preparing to go wild on the streets of NYC, who is going to stop them? And how?

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Film Review: Gremlins (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. REVIEW: I was but an innocent teenager when I managed to finagle my way into a free screening of Joe Dante’s amazing “Gremlins”. Well, actually I wasn’t all that innocent but it sounded good didn’t it? I used the word “Innocent” because this movie still has that quality to it, it’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Howling (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: “There is a serial killer on the loose, Karen White is the only reporter he communicates with. After a near fatal encounter with him at an adult video store, she is ordered to take a vacation. Eddie was killed by Police, but Karen doesn’t want to let it go and discovers that he came from a tiny community in the woods and that’s where she decides to vacation with husband Bill. Big mistake, because … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chopping Mall (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of young people decide to have an after- hours party in one of the stores at the local mall. Unfortunately for them, the mall has a new state-of-the art security system and it ends up locking all the doors, trapping them inside (it has a timer mechanism that won’t unlock the doors until the next day). To makes matter even worse, the new security robots patrolling the mall have all malfunctioned and have … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Terror (1963)

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SYNOPSIS: “France in the Eighteenth Century. Lieutenant Andre Duvalier has been accidentally separated from his regiment. He is wandering near the coast when he sees a young woman and asks her for directions to Coldon, where he hopes to rejoin his regiment. But the woman doesn’t answer, doesn’t even greet him and walks away. Eventually she takes him towards the sea, where she disappears in rough water. Andre loses consciousness while trying to follow her, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evil Toons (1992)

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SYNOPSIS:A group of four hot teenage girls must spend the night in an old haunted house in order to receive a large amount of money. On the night of their arrival, a strange man arrives at the house, delivering an old book. Once he is gone, the girls examine the book, where they find a sketch of a wolf-like monster! As time passes, the drawing emerges from the book and becomes an evil Toon! At … Continue reading

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Film Review: After Hours (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: “A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan’s Soho district to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarish surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: During the mid-eighties, the term Quirky Comedy seemed to make film producers run for their cheque-book without even thinking, with the end result sucking more than a hydrogen scoop turned up to eleven. What was needed … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: “Seymour is a young man who works in a flower store. He manages to create a carnivorous plant that feeds on human flesh. Nobody knows about it, so Seymour and the plant become ‘good friends’. The plant needs food to grow up, so it convinces him to start killing people.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week I wish to discuss the second film in my Charles B. Griffith retrospective, and his greatest contribution to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Bucket Of Blood (1959)

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SYNOPSIS: “Walter Paisley is a bit of a square and he very much envies the hip beatniks he sees at the club where he works as a busboy. Walter has dreams of being an artist but has no talent. He tries sculpture but has little success until he finds a unique way of capturing vivid images of a dead cat, a dying man and a sexy model. His employer soon figures out exactly what Walter … Continue reading

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