From Beyond The Grave (1974 Britain)

A four part story film with more resonance than its predecessors. The success of this Amicus portmanteau is the unusually strong and well-integrated story, with a Yorkshire – voiced Peter Cushing enjoying himself as the sinister proprietor of ‘Temptations Antiques.’ Situated between a cemetery and a nearby demolition contractor this is a most curious of curiosity shops. Cushing’s duffel coat and cloth cap appearance seems like just another part of the shop’s antiquated décor. But mind how you treat him if you want to buy some of his object d art. Even the one honest customer who goes in has to endure a highly unpleasant experience! [Read more…]


The House In Nightmare Park (1973 Britain)

the-house-in-nightmare-park-frankie-howerd-oakley-court-1973I’m glad you asked. No, don’t laugh. Poor Francis. Thrice nay and nay thrice etc for fans who know of the great man. “I hope your whip shrivels!” is my favourite line from this British Old Dark House comedy fronted by a comedy legend in Frankie Howerd. If you like the formula and have a penchant for Howerd’s type of humour then there’s enough here to entertain you. Watching this I found it hard to keep my titters in, especially the big ones. [Read more…]

The City Of The Dead (1960 UK)

cl1960 was a bumper year for horror cinema – “Psycho” “Black Sunday” “Peeping Tom” & “The House of Usher” etc. This very low budget release is the sort of thing just meant for midnight viewing. “The City of the Dead” has a title that is a little of a misnomer, as we’re dealing here with a small town – a village, really – rather than a city. Alternative title “Horror Hotel” may be more apropos. This setting is a back of beyond kind of place, existing in an absolutely fog – drenched dimension of its own. Time seems to stand still here, or it goes backwards. [Read more…]


Curse_of_the_crimson_altar_posterAh 1968, the year that keeps turning up all over these film reviews. The year quite a lot happened actually. Although this is strictly a B movie in terms of quality, it is one of the most colourfully entertaining products that came out of England from that era. Images from this motion picture keep turning up in those books written by Jonathan Rigby and David Pirie. [Read more…]

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