The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (1968 Canada/USA)

First broadcast on Canadian TV, this is a very strong production, and given that it’s shot on videotape with a period setting mounted on fog-bound studio sets, it all comes off very well indeed thanks to Trevor Williams’ excellent art direction. Horror great Dan Curtis produces here and also shares directing duties with Charles Jarrott. Composer Robert Colbert’s music is properly spooky too, alive with jabs of tense foreboding. But obviously, we’re all here for the mean and mighty Jack Palance, and he is very good as both Jekyll and Hyde. [Read more…]

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Batman ( 1989 United States)

batmnBlooming out of the mind of oddball director Tim Burton, this Batman version was one of the first films to introduce the general public to the darker and more psychologically complex world of comic book super-heroes that had replaced the wholesome, square-jawed, morally correct characters of the 1940s and 50s. [Read more…]

Torture Garden (Britain 1967)

titleRoll up roll up for a rather un-magical mystery tour. A fun if unexceptional horror anthology from Amicus, a company that specialized in the horror portmanteau format for a number of years. With a screenplay written by Robert Bloch, and efficient direction by Freddie Francis, this is a little uneven plot – wise, yet visually interesting to look at. [Read more…]

DRACULA (1973 United States)

dracula_palanceThis average yarn about the notorious vampire was produced for television in America, and released theatrically in Europe. (I think watching this on a big theatre screen would be very interesting) Director Dan Curtis and writer Richard Matheson turn Dracula  into a tortured, sympathetic character haunted by his distant past and the woman he lost centuries ago. Sound familiar? I do admire its matter-of-factness though. More like a play than a movie. [Read more…]

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