Film Review: The Black Cat (1934)

SYNOPSIS: “Honeymooning in Hungary, Joan and Peter Allison share their train compartment with Doctor Vitus Werdegast, a courtly but tragic man who is returning to the remains of the town he defended before becoming a prisoner of war for fifteen years. When their hotel-bound bus crashes in a mountain storm and Joan is injured, the travelers seek refuge in the home, built fortress-like upon the site of a bloody battlefield, of famed architect Hjalmar Poelzig. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1960)

SYNOPSIS: “After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick’s senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twixt (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Hall Baltimore (Val Kilmer) is a successful writer struggling with his own personal demons. His personal life and professional career are slipping through his fingers as he desperately searches for a path towards rescue. A recent tragedy has put his mental state and his marriage in jeopardy; his complacency with his own writing has left him uninspired. He is at a crossroads as he arrives in a small town on a book tour promoting … Continue reading

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Horror Short Film: If I Am Your Mirror

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SYNOPSIS: An animated film inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart”. In a post-Civil War jail, a psychologically scarred veteran (Larry Holden of Batman Begins, Memento), awaits his death by hanging at dawn. Mourning the death of his wife and struggling with post-traumatic nightmares, he seeks revenge on the mysterious street preacher with an evil eye. Trapped between madness and a reality that is insane, he recollects what led him to the gallows. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Classics Illustrated issue 4 – The Raven and others – Author Edgar Allan Poe

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CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #4: THE RAVEN & OTHER POEMS (CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED GRAPHIC NOVELS) [ILLUSTRATED] (HARDCOVER) Author Edgar Allan Poe Illustrations by Gahan Wilson Published by Papercutz Retail $9.95 each I only wished my old “Classics illustrated” looked this good! if your like me , maybe you have a few favorites still lying around in mylar sheets and cardboard that you never open in fear of letting the fresh air deteriorate them even more? Or maybe the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Raven (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality. REVIEW: I’m no student of Edgar Allen Poe, I admit that fully & without fear of prejudice from anyone reading this review who might take umbrage with some of my opinions. I’ve read “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” though and I’ve seen all of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lunacy (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum – absolute freedom versus control and punishment – within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis’s estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He’s … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1960s

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Throughout the sixties, Hammer studios continued with their blood-and-thunder remakes, including The Curse Of The Werewolf (1960), The Two Faces Of Doctor Jekyll (1960), The Brides Of Dracula (1960), The Phantom Of The Opera (1962), Kiss Of The Vampire (1964), The Evil Of Frankenstein (1964) and Dracula Prince Of Darkness (1966). Hammer also delved into other aspects of fantasy over the next few years: Science fiction in Five Million Years To Earth (1967), lesbian vampires … 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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Roger Corman Tackles Edgar Allan Poe

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When the cinema of horror was temporarily abandoned in the late fifties, it was mostly low-budget black-and-white films about monsters. At the beginning of the sixties the budgets were lower than ever, but everything else was changing. As monsters flew out the window, doomed neurotics were plodding hauntedly through the door. The day of the Gothic Costume Drama had arrived, and its prophet was a brisk young fellow named Roger Corman. The Gothic was a … Continue reading

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