Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971 Britain)

I’ve been sweating cobs over some major computer problems recently and its been tough trying to write new posts. But while there’s some life in my old Toshiba there’s some hope. Hammer Studios had already peaked and it’s two marquee stars, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, had moved on to greener pastures. Loosely based on Bram Stoker’s “Jewel of the Seven Stars”, which is to say they ripped off a few elements, put Stoker’s name on it, safe in the knowledge that he was long dead and his works had entered the Public Domain. Two directors worked on this because the first one died and a lacklustre disorganization is evident. It’s also hard not to shake the feeling that Hammer horror were already on the way out. [Read more…]

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Lisa And The Devil (1973 France)

“It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream – a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought – a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!”  Mark Twain “Number 44: The Mysterious Stranger.” While I think the horror films of Mario Bava vary tremendously in quality, this one impressed me. His direction was great—very, very artistic. [Read more…]

The Mummy (1959 Britain)

hammer_classics_1This was the third time a visceral contest between Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee had been crafted for an ever increasing box office audience. And yes, there is much dignified violence and spectacle, but there is a melancholy undertow as well. Hammer’s Mummy is less a remake of Karloff’s 1932 version, more a re-imagining. And, like its Dracula and Frankenstein bedfellows, it’s a cracker. Do not let the PG rating put you off. Or the obvious studio backlot that has to convince you its a swamp. This was part of the low budget charm of Hammer. There is enough colour and elegance to The Mummy to off-set the weaknesses. [Read more…]

Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (USA 1988)

halloween_4_06_storI did review this a few months back – but then I had a sudden attack of “morality”. I tried to reduce the sleaze on this blog, going on a Stalinist rampage, exterminating certain posts. This was one of the posts that got purged. But now its risen from the dead to live again. I’m helpless with the fact that the blog posts that contain nudity, or semi-nudity, get the most views. So its back teenyboppers. Large as life and twice as spicy. In all its nekkidness… [Read more…]

Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1970 UK)

taste the blood of dracula“Taste the Blood of Dracula” starts where “Dracula has raised from the Grave” ended, when traveling salesman by the name of Weller (played by Roy Kinnear) is pushed from the wagon he was travelling in. After a brief moment he pulls himself together and hears a loud scream from deep in the forest. He goes to investigate and finds the Count impaled in a golden cross, watching in horror as Dracula disintegrates into a red powder-like substance. [Read more…]

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