Isolated Paranoia: John Carpenter’s The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing. 1982. Directed by John Carpenter. Screenplay by Bill Lancaster, from a story by John W. Campbell Jr. Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, and Donald Moffat. Universal Pictures/Turman-Foster Company. Rated R. 109 minutes. Horror/Science Fiction ★★★★★ It’s hardContinue reading “Isolated Paranoia: John Carpenter’s The Thing”

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Stretch Tries But Stretches Too Thin

Stretch. 2014.  Dir. Joe Carnahan. Screenplay by Carnahan from a story by himself, Jerry Corley & Rob Rose. Starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, and James Badge Dale. Universal Pictures. Rated R. 94 minutes. Action/Comedy/Thriller ★★★ When Stretch opens up, you see Patrick Wilson, playing the titular character Stretch (get it? –Continue reading “Stretch Tries But Stretches Too Thin”

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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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