Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 003 – The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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Haunted Houses are a tough genre to film. They can easily come off hokey or silly. There are some classics though, Haunting, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. But many are overlooked and forgotten. One such film is The Legend of Hell House from director John Hough featuring Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are joined by award winning director Christopher G. Moore to discuss the British classic horror film. Decades of Horror 1970s … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legend Of Hell House (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House REVIEW: “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cutting Class (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Brian has just been released from a mental hospital (a lot of people think he had something to do with his father’s death) and enrolls in the local high school. He soon falls for one of his classmates, a pretty young lady named Paula. The only problem is that Paula is involved with Dwight, which makes Brian very unhappy. Soon someone starts killing off the students and staff at the high school, and Paula … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent from the original Fright Night must face more vampires out for revenge. REVIEW: Sometimes more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing and “Fright Night Part 2” has enough new blood mixed in with what made the first one so enjoyable. Maintaining that balance between seriousness and humor which worked in the first one, this sequel, while not perfect, carries over those positives. Both William Ragsdale(‘Herman’s Head’, ‘Justified’) … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fright Night (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. REVIEW: Director – Tom Holland Starring – Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys This gem of a horror movie came out in 1985 and at the time was a welcome breath of fresh air. Until then, the screen was starting to become dominated by the ever popular splatter genre (in all honesty my … Continue reading

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Film Review: Laserblast (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: A teenager stumbles upon an alien weapon, which transform him into a grotesque killer. REVIEW: Laserblast alluded me for many years. This sci-fi horror film of 1978 believe it or not was on the cusp of cutting edge. Or so I thought. I distinctly remember seeing the advert when it arrived thinking, this “might be” very cool cinema. Boy was I wrong. “Laser Blast” had a some redeeming qualities in that it combined stop … Continue reading

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Film Review: Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “After conquering the oppressive humans in Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes, Caesar must now keep the peace among the humans and apes. Gorilla General Aldo views things differently, and tries to cause an ape civil war. In the meantime, other human survivors learn of the ape city, and decide they want to take back civilization for themselves, thus setting the stage of warring ape factions and humans.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Largely derided … Continue reading

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Film Review: Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: “Fourth feature in the simian series has apes domesticated and turned into work slaves in the near future. Along comes Ceasar, son of Cornelius and Zira who died in the third film, who leads his chimp brothers in rebellion against the human oppressors, thus creating the time loop that leads to the first film.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The fourth film in the Planet Of The Apes (1968) series was entitled Conquest Of The Planet … Continue reading

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Film Review: Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: “Cornelius and Zira, the simian ape couple from the first two ape films, flee from their doomed planet (after the events in Beneath The Planet Of The Apes) in the same spaceship used by Taylor in the first film, and travel back through the same space/time porthole and land on late 20th Century Earth where they are received with fascination and fear from the people they meet.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: With the planet flambéed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Class of 1984 (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: Andy is a new teacher and an inner city high school that is like nothing he has ever seen before. The students have to go through a metal detector when they go through the front door and everything is basically run by a tough kid named Peter Stegman. Soon, Andy and Stegman become enemies and Stegman will stop at nothing to protect his turf and drug dealing business. REVIEW: The year is 1982, maybe … Continue reading

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Film Review: Planet Of The Apes (1968)

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SYNOPSIS: “Taylor and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Arnold (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: Karen Llewelyn is the new gold-digging bride of a corpse. She marries Arnold at his funeral and continues to get his money as long as she stays by his coffin. Meanwhile, various oddball relatives after Arnold’s wealth are being killed in a creative variety of ways. REVIEW: A rare classic and somewhat of a cult film that never made it to DVD release…at least not yet. I still remember seeing this at the movie … Continue reading

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