The Omen: Religion, Creepy Kids, and Gregory Peck

The Omen. 1976. Directed by Richard Donner. Screenplay by David Seltzer. Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Harvey Stephens, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, Robert Rietty, and Tommy Duggan. Twentieth Century Fox/Mace Neufeld Productions. Rated R. 111 minutes. Horror/Mystery ★★★★★ When it comes to supernatural horror I tend to be at a crossroadsContinue reading “The Omen: Religion, Creepy Kids, and Gregory Peck”

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GREMLINS are a Great Christmas Gift

Whatever you do: DON’T FEED THEM AFTER MIDNIGHT! Always listen to Chinese vendors.

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BLACK CHRISTMAS ’74: Have a Horrific Holiday!

One of the greatest slashers of all time, and the most deliciously bloody Christmas movie you’ll find.

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Fulci’s Zombie: Because a Zombie Had to Fight a Shark Someday

A classic zombie flick if there ever were one! All hail Fulci!

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William Friedkin Gets to the Pulse of Fear with The Exorcist

  The Exorcist. 1973. Dir. William Friedkin. Written by William Peter Blatty, based on his novel. Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, and Linda Blair. Warner Brothers Rated 18A. 132 minutes. Horror ★★★★★ (Movie) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) By now, everyone has either seen The Exorcist orContinue reading “William Friedkin Gets to the Pulse of Fear with The Exorcist”

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Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock & the Birth of the Slasher

Psycho. 1960. Dir.  Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Joseph Stefano; based on the novel by Robert Bloch. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, and John McIntire. Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Rated PG. 109 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) For my review of the sequel, Psycho II, click here. ForContinue reading “Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock & the Birth of the Slasher”

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Psycho III: Norman, Still Crazy After All These Years

Psycho III.  1986. Dir. Anthony Perkins. Screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue; based on characters by Robert Bloch. Starring Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid, Jeff Fahey, Roberta Maxwell, Hugh Gillin, and Lee Garlington. Universal Pictures. Rated 18+. 93 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ If you haven’t yet – read my Blu ray review for Alfred Hitchcock’s original 1960 classic Psycho.Continue reading “Psycho III: Norman, Still Crazy After All These Years”

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Seconds: The Future of Identity

Seconds. 1966. Dir. John Frankenheimer. Screenplay by Lewis John Carlino; based on the novel by David Ely. Starring Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, and John Randolph. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Edited by Ferris Webster. Paramount Pictures. Rated R. 106 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Criterion Blu ray release) John Frankenheimer has directed a few incredible films, whichContinue reading “Seconds: The Future of Identity”

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The Bride of Frankenstein is a Horror Sequel Classic

The Bride of Frankenstein.  1935. Dir. James Whale. Screenplay by William Hurlbut. Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Gavin Gordon, Douglas Walton, and Una O’Connor. Universal Pictures. Rated G.  75 minutes. Comedy/Drama/Horror ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★ (Blu ray release) For my earlier Blu ray review of James Whale’s original Frankenstein click here.Continue reading “The Bride of Frankenstein is a Horror Sequel Classic”

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Frankenstein: Fun But Less Penetrating Shelley

Frankenstein. 1931. Dir.  James Whale. Screenplay by Garrett Fort & Francis Edward Faragoh. Starring Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, and Boris Karloff. Universal Pictures. Unrated. 70 minutes. Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) For my review of the excellent sequel, 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein, click here. I won’t bore anyone by recounting theContinue reading “Frankenstein: Fun But Less Penetrating Shelley”

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is Celluloid Terror

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.  1974.  Dir.  Tobe Hooper.  Starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, Wiliam Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, and Gunnar Hansen.  Vortex.  18+.  83 minutes. ★★★★★ Between a mix of Tobe Hooper’s raw filmmaking style, and my ability to empathize fairly well, I was absolutely shaken when IContinue reading “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is Celluloid Terror”

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