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Altered States (1980)
A dream is the key that unlocks the mysteries of the waking world.
Filmmaker(s): Ken Russell

A research scientist explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.

A Beautiful Mind Another director would have been better for this material in my mind. The production is off: the effects, the drama and the love story all fail. But the idea behind the story… the idea, that has power and is enough to keep...
Published March 12, 2023
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Poor Albert & Little Annie (1972)
May she rest... In pieces!
Filmmaker(s): Paul Leder

Albert tried to kill his rich snobby mother once. Then he was institutionalized. Now he's escaped. Albert is after his mother again. And he will torture and kill anything that lays in the way...

I Dismember Alice Horrible production values in every respect except for the idea behind the script. I collect films that are based on Alice in Wonderland. This is one. The little girl is the typical Alice since the Disney version: long blond hair, light blue...
Published March 7, 2023
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Kagbeni (2008)
Filmmaker(s): Bhusan Dahal

"Kagbeni" transplants the famous horror story, "The Monkey's Paw", to the mountains of Nepal. Krishna has returned to his village (Kagbeni) from Malaysia, and is reminiscing with his old friend Ramesh. They come upon an old hermit, who presents them with a cursed monkey's paw that has the power both to grant wishes, and twist their meaning to cause tragedies.

Open Fist This is a Nepali movie, loosely based on the 1902 horror short story The Monkey’s Paw. The name is a district in Nepal; the film is the director’s first. The reason for a Nepalese film to be made is the same in Nepal...
Published March 5, 2023
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Island of Death (1978)
The lucky ones got their brains blown out!!
Filmmaker(s): Nico Mastorakis

A British couple on a break on a small Greek Island spreads terror beyond anything the Islanders could ever have imagined, only stopping every once in a while to shag anything that moves, be it man, woman or animal. But will they go unpunished, or will the inspector from London be able to put an end to their killing spree?

Photos I have a growing respect for Jess Franco. Some of his stuff is rather clever. But to my mind, this is much better. It doesn’t suffer from that Spanish notion of the scowling bigbreasted vamp. And it has some moody photography when it is...
Published March 5, 2023
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Killers From Space (1954)
The last word in science-fiction thrills!
Filmmaker(s): W. Lee Wilder

Atomic scientist/pilot Doug Martin is missing after his plane crashes on an reconnaissance mission after a nuclear test. Miraculously appearing unhurt at the base later, he is given sodium amethol, but authorities are skeptical of his story that he was captured by aliens determined to conquer the Earth with giant monsters and insects. Martin vows to use existing technology to destroy them.

Fools You, You Fools You know, slogging through 50’s scifi through the same stuff in the seventies is a dreary business unless you invent your own film on top. Most of the viewers who do this, simply hoot at the silliness and bad production. But...
Published March 4, 2023
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Killer Fish (1979)
The adventure that drags you in, pulls you under and tears you apart!
Filmmaker(s): Antonio Margheriti

Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.

The Show It is a real experience for me when a film’s being is inadvertently echoed in its story. That makes the film a good experience in some respect even though it stinks on all other grounds. In this case, you have a lovely woman...
Published February 27, 2023
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The Old Dark House (1932)
Beware the night!
Filmmaker(s): James Whale

In a remote region of Wales, five travelers beset by a relentless storm find shelter in an old mansion.

Extremes without Connection This is James Whale in his prime, for better or worse. The film was lost for generations before being reclaimed and restored, and for that reason is celebrated beyond its merits. What we have is a collection of stereotypical scenarios and characters....
Published February 22, 2023
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Alien Versus Predator (2004)
Whoever wins...we lose.
Filmmaker(s): Paul W. S. Anderson

When scientists discover something in the Arctic that appears to be a buried Pyramid, they send a research team out to investigate. Little do they know that they are about to step into a hunting ground where Aliens are grown as sport for the Predator race.

Pyramidal I’ve made a study of what differentiates the main Alien films, constituting a concise film school. Now this here is a different beast. It is a simple essay, not an ordinary long form film. You might like it because of the very idea, or...
Published February 14, 2023
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Absurd (1981)
Pray you survive the hunt.
Filmmaker(s): Joe D'Amato

A priest-doctor chasing a man with supernatural regenerative abilities, who has recently escaped from a medical lab, reaches a small town where the mutant goes on a killing spree.

Absurd… Blood Blood is reproducing at three times normal. The rather amazing influence of Jess Franco has tempted me to dive into similar eurotrash in search of interesting tidbits. The story this time out is as flat as its presentation: some sort of Frankenstein experiment...
Published February 12, 2023
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The Abominable Snowman (1957)
See It With Someone Brave! -- A Timeless Terror to Freeze You to Your Seats!
Filmmaker(s): Val Guest

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American promoter lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

High Praise Before Hammer became possessed by demons from the grave, they experimented with other supernatural horror. This is a particularly good one for the period, employing lots of location shots in the mountains. Those mountains provide two key elements of the story: isolation and...
Published February 12, 2023
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