Film Review: Altered States (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. REVIEW: “Altered States” “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” -Dr. Johnson. This film is a juggernaut of intellectual and stylistic eye candy, it is apocalyptic in imagery and in its nature this film is a tiny milestone marking the beginning of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gothic (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic “Frankenstein.” Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron’s country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick world of her lover Shelley and cousin Claire as Byron leads them all down the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In a remote corner of England’s lavish Peak district, a young archaeologist, Angus Flint, unearths a mysterious skull. When Angus escorts Eve and Mary to “holiday” festivities at Lord James’ castle, the sensuous and snakelike Lady Sylvia Marsh seizes the moment – and the skull. Lady Sylvia brings the skull down into the dank recesses of her gothic mansion where she engages in the erotic worship of her pagan god, the White Worm. Since … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devils (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: This film focuses on an outspoken priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France. REVIEW: I have this immense feeling of wanting to write about his film yet simultaneously I am at a loss for words merely because the landscape and the grandiose nature of what could be said about such an incredible cinematic achievement is simply so vast in its nature that the only upside to writing on such a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Trapped Ashes (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Trapped in a house of horror, seven people discover that the only way they’ll get out alive is to tell their scariest stories, setting the stage for five tales from directors Ken Russell, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman and John Gaeta. This anthology includes spine-tingling tales of sexy succubi, possessed breast implants, nightmarish dream hauntings and more. Jayce Bartok, Lara Harris and Henry Gibson star. REVIEW: A group of people aboard a … Continue reading

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KEN RUSSELL in person with THE DEVILS and ALTERED STATES! Fri, Aug. 20, 7:30 pm, Aero Theater

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The American Cinematheque Presents Brave New World: An In Person Tribute to Ken Russell Aero & Egyptian Theatres Co-presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts /Los Angeles Director Ken Russell has long been one of England’s most iconoclastic, provocative and visually (and aurally) stunning directors. He first made a name for himself at the BBC, where he inaugurated a series of unconventional biopics of composers – a form he would continue to … Continue reading

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