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Review of The Terror

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The TerrorRating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Lt. Andre Duvalier (Jack Nicholson – yes THE Jack Nicholson, we all have to start somewhere.) has been separated from his regiment meets a call called Helene (Sandra Knight), when she suddenly disappears Andre’s attempt to find her leads him to the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Boris Karloff). In the castle Andre learns that the girl he has seen was the ghost of the Baron’s wife who died 20 years ago. Audre doesn’t believe in ghosts so pushes for the full story and learns that the Baron had been away at war and when he returned he found his wife in love with another so he killed her, now she haunts him telling him to kill himself so they can be together.

There are few more twists and turns that will leave you as confused as you might expect to be after watching a Roger Corman film. But this is a strange rarity in the horror genre, a ghost story and while it lacks a creepy little kid exclaiming that he sees dead people, it is still pretty good.

Reason to Watch

There is great talent here, Nicholson and Karloff and Coppla behind the camera, however it is the behind the scenes story that makes this interesting. Roger Corman had just finished work on “The Raven” and still had Karloff under contract for a few more days, so this script was thrown together over night using the costumes, set and even the Raven from the previous film. This is not uncommon for Coleman, both “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Last Woman on Earth” were born the same way.

Context

In the early 60s films had not yet fully made the transition to color, so this is a quite a treat for a low budget film, although most prints floating around are quite washed out. Karloff was still a name but his glory days as Frankenstein’s Monster and Im-ho-tep were well behind him.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“In the name of the government of France I demand you to open”
“With all respect Baron, for a ghost she is a very active woman”
“You seem to have thing confused, you’re servent not I, I’ll ask the questions”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

In honour of Jack Nicolson\u2019s imput wear dark glasses, in honour of Frances Ford Coppla smoke a cigar and in honour of Roger wear the clothes you wore last week and dine on yesterday’s pot noodle.

Trivia

Filmed in four days with five directors. Uncredited directors included Francis Ford Coppola, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill and Jack Nicholson

Sandra Knight who plays the Helene was actually married Jack Nicholson a year before the film was released. They divorced 6 years later after she appeared in Blood Bath, her career ended, while Nicholson went to star in Easy Rider for which he received his first Oscar nomination.

Educational Content

1. Don’t piss off your mother-in-law.
2. There are better ways to kill yourself than flooding your grave.
3. If a girl is good to be true, she is probably dead or trying to lead you to your death.
4. Like photos, paintings never lie.
5. Sighting The government of France will open all doors.

Justification for Rating

Given the talent on-board for this film it could have been a little better. As it is, it is an interesting ghost story with two titans of the silver screen, one at the end of his career, the other at the beginning.

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Review of The Sadist

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Rating: ★★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

The Sadist has been a well-kept secret of movie and a top-notch thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat in theater.
The sadist offers simple story and another advantage of the sadist is its cinematography.
Only during the movie’s overly long climax did the souffle start to collapse.
For the film’s first hour, it’s very tense and anxious, but the stupidity of our heroes gets too extreme during the finale.
After a few mysterious minutes during which no help can be found at a service station, the culprit emerges: a snot-nosed punk with a gun and his dopey girlfriend.

Reason to Watch

The sadist climax is too long and the first hour of the film is too tense. one of the most underrated B-movies ever.

Context

The Sadist, the low budget debut feature of one James Landis. It’s partly the content, sure, but the real smack to the senses comes from the knowledge that it was made and released back in 1963.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

The words of a sadist, one of the most disruptive elements in human society. To have complete mastery over another, to make him a helpless object, to humiliate him, to enslave, to inflict moral insanity upon the innocent. That is his objective, and his twisted pleasure!

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking.

Trivia

This low-budget film was noted for its excellent cinematography. It was the first American film for Vilmos Zsigmond who was working under the name William Zsigmond

Educational Content

It will not have any educational content.

Justification for Rating

“The Sadist” is purty durn good moovie

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Review of The Monster Maker

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Rating: ★★½☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

This 1944 film is about one Dr. Igor Markoff (J. Carrol Naish) who is a mad scientist. He formulates a concoction named acromegaly, which is a kind of virus. This virus when injected into any persons body, causes them to become hideously deformed. The bones get extended and the facial features get distorted.
Markoff is a very unscrupulous person and he injects a famous concert pianist Lawrence (Ralph Morgan) with the virus. He wants to swindle out a fortune from Lawrence in return for an antidote to the virus. He also wants Lawrence to agree to marry his pretty daughter Patricia (Wanda McKay) to him, as she bears a resemblance to his late wife as she appeared in her youth.

Reason to Watch

I was expecting something spectacular to take place in the movie, but ah! it was a rather boring and uniquely worthless waste of time.The pretty Wanda McKay was perhaps the only reason to keep my interest alive.

Context

The move was made in the United States by the Turner Classic Movies in the early 1940s.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“That cock-and-bull story was already old in Caesar’s days”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

it is weird and hackneyed movie and i would not have been able to sit through the 62 minutes of it had I not kept an abundant supply of Coke and Popcorn with me. The crunchy popcorn kept taking my mind off.

Trivia

Perhaps the most convincing thing about the movie was the mask worn by Lawrence when the acromegaly virus had progressed to an advanced stage. I was reminded of the mask worn by the title character in The Elephant Man (David Lynch).

Educational Content

All the education I got from the film was that there are viruses which can really deform you for life. Mad people have to be kept miles away from research on such projects. I wouldn’t like the world to be inhabited by deformed and scary looking people.

Justification for Rating

I would not have given a rating of 2.3 to the film if it had been a little longer. Thank god for small mercies. It was over in just over an hour so I was spared a long torture.

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Review of The Last Man on Earth

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The Last Man on EarthRating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review

Robert Morgan is a scientist who is fighting desperately to develop a cure for a virus that has plagued the entire world! Sound familiar? Well, it should. This is actually an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I am Legend. Morgan finds himself alone battling zombies by day and taking refuge in his reenforced home at night. It seems like the rest of his life will be lived in solitude. Then, one day, he thinks he may have seen somebody else?

Reason to Watch

Although the sound effect may be cheesy and the dubbing maybe a bit off, it is appreciable because Vincent Price does a great job being the center of attention through out the bulk of the film. This film will help you to appreciate the modern take on I am Legend without moving too far away from the original novel.

Context

This movie was produced during the 60’s when movies were still being made in black and white, and the act of being subtle may actually be more effective in moving an audience than big budget special effects.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“And I thought you were alone. I was going to cure you! Does that amuse you?”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Most movies made from this era may be lacking in many areas by our generations standards. I think that in this case all you will need is the right mood to really enjoy this flick. Find someone who enjoys older and more classic films, make some popcorn, turn down the lights and enjoy.

Trivia

This film was originally going to be produced by Hammer Films of Great Britain. They decided not to make it and passed the script over to their U.S. associate, Robert L. Lippert, who produced the film in Italy.
The script was written in part by Richard Matheson, but he was dissatisfied with the result and was therefore credited as Logan Swanson.

Educational Content

At some point you almost feel like this could be mistaken for a vampire flick. Living a normal life during the day, staking a few zombies, and boarding yourself in to protect yourself from the hordes that come at night! It seems a stake can kill just about anything.

Justification for Rating

For me this movie deserves a 7/10. It is one of those films that just seems to show us where a lot of ideas have come from in many of our modern films. Hordes of zombies attack a lone person(s) in the dead of night, dozens of blood/flesh thirsty zombies surrounding a car are locked inside… sound familiar? Most of us can relate this to a lot of modern zombie and horror flicks. If you are in the mood to just sick back and enjoy a movie without too much thought on the plot and possible holes, you will enjoy this movie.

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Review of The Face at the Window

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The Face at the Window Rating: ★★★★½☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man. As with any film featuring the outrageously operatic antics of early horror star Tod Slaughter, this slow, stagebound murder-mystery would be completely unwatchable without the producer-star’s presence. This film stars Slaughter as Chevalier Lucio del Gardo, a respected Parisian aristocrat responsible for the ghastly crimes previously attributed to a notorious killer known only as “The Wolf.” Del Gardo has concocted a devious plan with his deranged, brutish brother to pull off a rash of bank robberies, using The Wolf’s murderous ways to throw police off their trail.

Reason to Watch

The main reason to see this movie is Tod Slaughter. He is the king of horror for one very important reason – he quite evidently enjoys his work. Like every good Gothic melodrama, the story combines effectively suspense, mystery and comedy, balancing every element carefully and keeping the enjoyment of discovering not the identity of the killer, but the method for his crimes, the mystery behind the hideous face that appears at the window, and most importantly, whether the killer will be captured or not.

Context

A horror classic featuring a hideous face at the window, a horrible family secret and a mad doctor.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

“There are other people that murder and rob just like a wolf. This looks like a job from the inside, not from the outside.”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A warm blanket, bowl of popcorn and lights off. And maybe someone to scare the hell out of you in the middle of the movie.

Trivia

As with any film featuring the outrageously operatic antics of early horror star Tod Slaughter, this slow, stagebound murder-mystery would be completely unwatchable without the producer-star’s presence.

Educational Content

If you work in the bank then rob it yourself. Don’t wait for someone to rob it and the guilt to fall on you!

Justification for Rating

Great performance of Tod Slaughter.

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