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Old 03-26-2020, 04:35 AM
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Witchfinder General (1968), directed by Michael Reeves.

Truly a great movie, because of a deep look into the worst of the human condition (also narrow-mindedness). It manages to disturb and induce a general feeling of horror due to its violence.
The final movie of Michael Reeves who sadly died of a drug overdose shortly after the film was released. I must say, the "Witchfinder General" is well-made though it's low-budget. Vincent Price as a horror maestro of course doesn't disappoint. As a titular hero he delivers us a vicious and brilliant performance. Certainly worth seeing!
I love pretty much anything Vincent Price does!
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:41 PM
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THE MAD GHOUL (1943). While the general plot is extremely mean spirited, this Universal flick (which oddly enough, did not beget sequels) is a lot of fun with George Zucco playing a scientist involved in some rather, shall We say, unorthodox experiments. David Bruce, his Assistant, is engaged to lovely Evelyn Ankers, but Zucco deduces that She has fallen out of love with David and, for whatever reason, that She's in love with Him instead!
A screwy plot, to be sure, but George gives it his all, although he gets strong completion from Robert Armstrong (King Kong, SON OF KONG, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME) who is quite funny here. ***
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:21 AM
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I'll second that.
I'm a huge fan of Vincent Price, too.
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Old 03-30-2020, 02:54 AM
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THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957). The one that started it all and has still held up remarkably well with Peter Cushing superb as the overly dedicated Mad Doctor who is also a First Rate Shitheel! Very good performance by Chris Lee as the Creature, especially His reveal (imagine the screams at that time!) and his spastic movements in his reveal to Paul towards the end. Hazel Court doesn't have a lot to do, but just gorgeous and with Valerie Gaunt thrown in as well, I'm just at a loss for words! ****
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:59 PM
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THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957). The one that started it all and has still held up remarkably well with Peter Cushing superb as the overly dedicated Mad Doctor who is also a First Rate Shitheel! Very good performance by Chris Lee as the Creature, especially His reveal (imagine the screams at that time!) and his spastic movements in his reveal to Paul towards the end. Hazel Court doesn't have a lot to do, but just gorgeous and with Valerie Gaunt thrown in as well, I'm just at a loss for words! ****
Yes, Peter Cushing redefined Baron Von Frankenstein with this role. He didn't mimic Colin Cline's 1931-35 role; and I think made for a stronger character, which was necessary for Hammer's version.
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Old 04-03-2020, 12:57 AM
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BLOOD AND SAND (1941). A little hambone, but good story of a Bullfighter reaching the top and succumbing to all the vices around him. Tyrone Power is very good, but honestly, his Juan is basically a Bitch (no bargain either as a child), especially the way He treats his wife (well played by the lovely Linda Darnell).
Wonderful Technicolor and a lot of actors I enjoy such as John Carradine (HOUSE OF DRACULA, VOODOO MAN, THE MUMMY'S GHOST), J Carroll Naish (THE MONSTER MAKER, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, CALLING DR DEATH) and Laird Cregar (THE LODGER, HANGOVER SQUARE), whose critic has lots in common with ALL ABOUT EVE'S Addison Dewitt. ***
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:09 AM
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MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET (1942). Lionel Atwill is really the only saving grace in this....His quick Doctor is on the run and after a shipwreck, finds himself with other survivors on a island with hostile natives. Through a mixture of bluster and bullshit, He saves one of the Natives and is declared "God of Life" and given full largesse until He has to Put up or Shut up.

As mentioned, Lionel is great in here with his lecherous looks, pomposity and some genuinely sympathetic acting towards the end when He has to produce the goods...or else! The rest of the cast will test your patience with Nat Pendleton (as another Lummox) and Una Merkel standing out in their awfulness. Anne Nagel (BLACK FRIDAY, MAN MADE MONSTER) is only in the first few minutes, but her scene hits very close to home in a similar instance with her first husband in real life.
Really, there are better films to watch, so pass on this. *
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Old 04-10-2020, 12:35 AM
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LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945). Pretty good film with lovely Gene Tierney as a woman who "...loves too much" and what the lengths she will go to make sure there is no competition. Good support by Jeannie Crain, Gene Lockhart and some bravura acting by Vincent Pice, which of course, is the main reason I checked it out! ***
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Old 04-11-2020, 04:07 AM
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THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957). The one that started it all and has still held up remarkably well with Peter Cushing superb as the overly dedicated Mad Doctor who is also a First Rate Shitheel! Very good performance by Chris Lee as the Creature, especially His reveal (imagine the screams at that time!) and his spastic movements in his reveal to Paul towards the end. Hazel Court doesn't have a lot to do, but just gorgeous and with Valerie Gaunt thrown in as well, I'm just at a loss for words! ****
This is also one of my all time favorites of the Frankenstein movies. Peter Cushing really did a phenomenal job at Dr. Frankenstein while Christopher Lee was not bad as the monster. I looked back at that one in recent years, and it still looks good in my opinion, along with "Revenge Of Frankenstein," "Frankenstein Created Woman," and "Frankenstein and The Monster From Hell." That last one has David Prowse playing the monster from before he started playing Darth Vader.
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Old 04-12-2020, 02:15 AM
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REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955). Sequel to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON isn't as good, but worth seeing and You'll have much more pity for the Gillman. Good cast with John Agar, Lori Nelson (not Julie Adams scrumptious, but pretty nice all the same) and a VERY young Clint Eastwood in what I believe is his first film. Also, you'll see Ricou Browning (the Creature under water) playing a scientist taking blood samples.

Watching this again and listening to the good commentary, had quite a bit of Nostalgia...the Black Lagoon sequences (and many other films/TV) were filmed at Silver Springs FL, very close to where my parents live (went there in 1995) and the majority of the action takes place at Marineland FL, very close to St Augustine FL (went there as a boy in 1970 and took my daughter there after Xmas 1997, during an unusually chilly time. ML suffers in comparison to Sea World, but came first and I quite liked it...also loved the cool Mural of The Gillman painted on a wall next to the aquarium). Had also forgotten that the first time I saw this in January 1973, we were living in Norfolk Virginia and due to move to the Panama Canal Zone the next month. During the Creature's rampage, a Newscaster announcers the Creature has been seen "...as far north as Norfolk Virginia and as far South as Panama!" ***
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