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Old 02-08-2021, 12:13 AM
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HENRY V (1944). While I have a very hard time dealing with William Shakespeare vernacular, this Laurence Olivier Star/Direct/Produce film is a remarkable achievement. It begins and ends in the Globe, playing to an audience before going out onto sets and locations. Great technicolor and the final battle is almost GAME OF THRONES in scope, if not carnage-WW2 was still blazing at the time.
I enjoyed this and had a lot of fun spotting the Actors like Leslie Banks (THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME), Ernest Thisiger (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE GHOUL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL), Niall Macginnis (JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, NIGHT OF THE DEMON, NEVER TAKE CANDY FROM A STRANGER), Felix Aylmer (THE MUMMY, NEVER TAKE CANDY FROMA STRANGER), Freda Jackson (BRIDES OF DRACULA, VALLEY OF GWANGI) and Valentine Dyall (HORROR HOTEL). ****
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Wuthering Heights (1939)
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Wuthering Heights, a name you've probably heard before. Sound literary. And it is: a famous novel written in 1847 by Emily Brontė. This 1939 film was nominated eight Academy Awards including best picture, going up against Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Stagecoach, ultimately losing to Gone with the Wind; but winning Best Cinematography.

It actually does have some traditional horror elements, but none more than the true horror that romantic love sometimes can be. There's few films that sharply capture the diametric battle between pure love and a pure heart, versus worldly pleasures and security, and a more 'calculating' heart, as this film does.

Stars Lawrence Olivier (Heathcliff), Merle Oberon (Cathy) and David Niven (Edgar Linton). Orphan child, Heathcliff, is adopted by kindly gentry Mr. Earnshaw. In time Heathcliff and his stepsister, Cathy, fall in love. But when the Mr. Earnshaw dies, the two fall slave to the cruel elder brother who takes possession of the estate, and Heathcliff is reduced to a stable boy. Despite their pure love, Cathy asks Heathcliff to run off alone, get a fortune and return to save them both from their predicament. Cathy rejects the offer that they run off together, citing the likely discomfort. Overtime Cathy is wooed by a rich gentrified neighbor... and then the horror begins.
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Old 02-13-2021, 01:38 AM
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PLAYGIRL KILLER -AKA DECOY FOR TERROR- ( 1965). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Incredibly bad film which must be seen to be believed. Touted as the "First Color Horror film from Canada-indeed, the lovely Quebec outdoors reminds Me a lot of New Hampshire- , this could almost be a hybrid of A BUCKET OF BLOOD and COLOR ME BLOOD RED.
William Kerwin (AKA Thomas Wood in BLOOD FEAST and 2000 MANIACS) is an Artist (Bill) trying to capture on canvas a dream He had, but always one big problem...His models will not stay still , which sets Him off. Indeed, the first scene has him rowing out to a secluded spot and for whatever reason having a Spear Gun in his boat, which He makes use of.
The action shifts to Arlene (Jean Christopher), a rich Spoiled "Bad Girl"...we know She's bad because She skinny-dips later in the film, but before that flirts shamelessly with the Boyfriend of her Younger Sister (also her sister in real life), who, in his first and last role is Neal Sedaka! Neal warbles a tune and it's heavily implied Arlene pays a nocturnal visit to him before He leaves with Sis and not to discuss the weather. After everyone leaves, Bill literally stumbles next to Arlene's house while trying to blow town and is hired as a Handyman. Once Bill discovers there is a Big Walk In Freezer in the Basement, He gets an idea how to complete his artistic aspiration, But the Darn models .."They ALWAYS Move!"
I've probably devoted more space to PK than it deserves...it probably comes off as a sleaze fest, but very little blood and minuscule cheesecake. What is astounding is how Women are attracted to Bill; with his Bug Eyed Stare, Constant Perspiration, Endless smoking and an amazing wardrobe (which He wears for most of the film) of Socks/sandals and Flood Pants, He's truly no Cutie Pie! **
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un chien andalou (1929)

seen this a few times, once when i was young i remember it scaring me, creepy imagery
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Old 02-17-2021, 11:56 PM
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WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). Based on the HG Wells's book, The Earth is invaded by Martian's with most of the action taking place in and around Los Angeles. The Special effects are still very impressive...less so is the script which show the Small town residents at Fumbling Rubes and I find it hard to believe that the Military/ Scientists would have not been to the Landing PDQ...maybe it's the laid back LA vibes. Still worth seeing and notice how much of this 1996's INDEPENDANCE DAY took from this. ***
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WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). Based on the HG Wells's book, The Earth is invaded by Martian's with most of the action taking place in and around Los Angeles. The Special effects are still very impressive...less so is the script which show the Small town residents at Fumbling Rubes and I find it hard to believe that the Military/ Scientists would have not been to the Landing PDQ...maybe it's the laid back LA vibes. Still worth seeing and notice how much of this 1996's INDEPENDANCE DAY took from this. ***
Loved War of the Worlds 53. (liked speilburg's too)

"I find it hard to believe that the Military/ Scientists would have not been to the Landing PDQ" what's that? What are you referring to?
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:49 AM
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I finally got to see Universal's first takes on The Invisible Man and Phantom Of The Opera, both played by Claude Raines, and it was about time. Both are overall very well done, and still standing and holding their own, even in this day and age. They are both two of Universal's finest from the vintage era.
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Old 02-22-2021, 12:42 AM
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Loved War of the Worlds 53. (liked speilburg's too)

"I find it hard to believe that the Military/ Scientists would have not been to the Landing PDQ" what's that? What are you referring to?
It just seems it takes awhile for both sides to show up to where the Martians have first anded, at least that's how I saw it.


THE MONSTER MAKER (1944)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Pretty audacious little PRC film has J Carroll Naish as an Exiled European Scientist who goes to Piano Concerts by Ralph Morgan (WEIRD WOMAN, NIGHT MONSTER) and falls for his cute Daughter (Wanda McKay from BOWERY AT MIDNIGHT, VOODOO MAN). The endless Goo-Goo eyes and flowers get on her nerves and when Ralph tries to get a Cease and Desist, a struggle commences and poor Ralph is injected with Acromegaly!
Pretty perverse little film overall and worth a watch. Also has Tala Birrell (THE FROEN GHOST and Glenn Strange as well. Later that year, both Glenn and JCN would be in HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. ***
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THE GIANT CLAW (1957). Probably the Bastard child of 50's Big Monster films. Loaded with endless stock footage and narration and the titular creature...words fail Me at how bad it looks...truly a low point. Had heard Columbia studios are going to use Ray Harryhausen for effects-which truly would have helped-but wasn't in the budget, so they had a Mexican special effects studio construct "The Claw" and laughter was all but guaranteed.
Mara Corday, Jeff Morrow and Morris Ankrum do the best they can with the script...have heard Morrow saw TGC premiere in his home town and left the theatre early to avoid being seen and started drinking as soon as He got home. *
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