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The Incredible Petrified World (1957)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

The Incredible Petrified World is a 1958 science fiction movie directed by Jerry Warren and starring John Carradine.

Professor Millard Wyman’s (John Carradine) sends a crew of two men, Paul Whitmore (Allen Windsor) and Craig Randall (Robert Clarke,) and two women Lauri Talbott (Sheila Noonan) and Dale Marshall (Phyllis Coates,) down to ocean depths never before explored. But, there’s a technical problem during the launch and the mission is believed lost.

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Metropolis (1927)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Metropolis is a brilliant German expressionist film made in 1927 by Fritz Lang.

Set in a futuristic urban landscape it explores the political theme of the day, the social tensions between workers and owners within the capitalist system.

The most expensive silent film ever made, 5 million Reichsmark was the eventual cost.

Metropolis is the name of the city in which the two classes in society live. One in luxurious skyscrapers and and the other below ground. The film tells the story of a dehumanizing society where machines matter more than people and the rich thoroughly exploit workers.

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Jigsaw (1949)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

“Jigsaw” is a 1949 film noir directed by Fletcher Markle about a shodowy group called “The Crusaders” who operate as a strange sort of neo-fascist outfit in New York City.

A columnist decides to investigate them and is killed.

Special Prosecutor Howard Malloy is brought in to find out what happened and is drawn into a murky world combining crime with the reactionary beliefs of a priveleged few.

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He Walked By Night (1948)

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

“He Walked By Night” is a gripping 1948 film noir, crediting ALfred L. Werker as director. In facr, most of the film was directed by western/film noir director Anthony Mann. The film is allegedly based on the real life story of Erwin “Machine-Gun” Wallker.

On a Los Angeles Street, Officer Hollis, a patrolman on his way hom from work, stops a man he suspects of burglary and is shot and mortally wounded.

Two police detectives, Sergeants Marty Brennan (Brady) and Chuck Jones (Cardwell) are assigned to catch the killer. He is Roy Morgan (Baseheart,) and is hiding in a Hollywod bungalow, listening to police calls on his radio and accompanied by his dog.

Morgan stays one step ahead of the police by using his knowledge of their procedures and gravitates to armed robbery but the tenacity of his pursuers ensures a suspense ridden story!

Outstanding film from the post war era.

Cast:

Richard Baseheart as Roy Martin/Roy Morgan

Scott Brady as Sgt. Marty Brennan

Roy Roberts as Captain Breen

Whit Bissell as Paul Reeves

James Cardwell as Sgt. Chuck Jones

Jack Webb as Lee

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Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Curse of the Swamp Creature is a 1966 American film directed by Larry Buchanan.

John Agar as Barry Rogers
Francine York as Pat Trent
Jeff Alexander as Dr. Simond Trent
Shirley McLine as Brenda Simmons
Cal Duggan as Ritchie

Texas-based cult director, Larry Buchanan, made this low-budget horror oddity starring John Agar as Rogers, a geologist who travels through the swamps to see a scientist named Simon (Jeff Alexander.) What Rogers doesn’t know is that Simon is quite mad and is experimenting on the local voodoo-practicing natives in order to create a mutant being, disposing of the corpses in a pit of alligators. Capturing Rogers’ traveling companion, the treacherous Brenda (Shirley McLine), Simon turns her into a hideous monster with more evil in store!

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Eegah (1962)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Eegah! (also known as Eegah! The Name Written in Blood) is a 1962 horror film starring Arch Hall,Jr., Arch Hall Sr., Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel. Also directed by Archie Hall Snr.

One night after shopping, Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning) is driving home through the California desert when she nearly runs her car into Eegah (Richard Kiel), a giant cave man. She tells her boyfriend Tom Nelson (Arch Hall, Jr.), and her father Robert Miller (Arch Hall, Sr.) about the giant. Her father, a writer of adventure books, decides to go into
the desert to look for the creature and possibly take a photograph of it. When he fails to show up at his designated pickup time, Tom and Roxy go into the desert looking for him.

Roxy is soon kidnapped by Eegah and taken back to his cave while Tom searches for her. In Eegah’s cave, Roxy is reunited with her father, who tells her that he has begun to communicate with the caveman and has developed a theory as to the creature’s astounding longevity. When a frisky Eegah expresses what seems to be romantic interest in Roxy, her
father, fearful that the creature may kill them both if he is rebuffed, suggests she put up with as much of it as she can bear. Eegah never tries anything too explicit, though, and Roxy even ends up giving him a shave before the pair is able to escape. Crushed, Eegah follows them back to civilization, and a final confrontation ensues.

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Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Revolt of the Zombies is a 1936 horror film directed and produced by the Halperin Brothers which stars Dean Jagger and Dorothy Stone.

On the Franco-Austrian Frontier during World War I, an oriental priest, chaplain of a French colonial regiment, is condemned to life imprisonment because he possesses the power to turn men into zombies. In his prison cell, the priest prepares to burn a parchment containing the location of the secret formula. Colonel Mazovia (Roy D’Arcy) kills the priest and takes the partially-burned parchment. After the war, an expedition of representatives from the Allied countries with colonial interests are sent to Cambodia to find and destroy forever the so-called “Secret of the Zombies”. The group includes Colonel Mazovia; a student of dead languages, Armand Louque (Dean Jagger); Englishman Clifford Grayson (Robert Noland); General Duval (George Cleveland); and his daughter Claire (Dorothy Stone.)

Armand falls in love with Claire, who accepts his proposal of marriage to spite Clifford, whom she really loves. Later, when Claire runs to Cliff for comfort following an accident, Armand breaks the engagement, leaving her free to marry Cliff. Further accidents caused by Mazovia result in the natives refusing to work, forcing the expedition to return to Phnom Penh. Armand finds a clue which he had overlooked before and returns to Angkor against orders.
After viewing an ancient ceremony at a temple, Armand follows one of the servants of a high priest out of the temple, through a swamp, to a mysterious bronze doorway. When the servant leaves, Armand goes through the door to a room paneled in bronze, with an idol holding a gong. He accidentally strikes the gong, and a panel in the wall opens, revealing a small metal tablet. He translates the inscription and realizes that it is the secret for which they have all been looking. He alone now has the power to make zombies out of people, and begins with a practice run on his servant before using his zombie powers in an attempt to coerce the fickle Claire in the movie’s climax.

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King of the Zombies (1944)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

King of the Zombies is a 1941 film directed by Jean Yarborough.

During World War II, a small plane somewhere over the Caribbean runs low on fuel and is blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crash-land on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor. The quick-witted yet easily-frightened manservant (Mantan Moreland) soon becomes convinced the mansion is haunted by zombies, and confirms this with some of the doctor’s hired help. Exploring, the three stumble upon a voodoo ritual being conducted in the cellar, where the doctor is trying to acquire war intelligence from a captured US military official. But the interruption causes the zombies to turn on their master.
[edit]Background

The role of Dr. Victor Sangre was intended for Bela Lugosi. When he became unavailable, negotiations ensued to obtain Peter Lorre for the part, but a deal could not be reached. Veteran character actor Henry Victor was signed just prior to the date of filming.
In the press kit for this film, Monogram advised exhibitors to sell “it along the same lines as Paramount’s The Ghost Breakers (1940).” The Bob Hope horror/comedy was a runaway hit at the time.
Produced and released prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the film seems to portray Nazi Germany as the enemy behind the scenes. The villain claims to be from Austria, radio traffic is spoken in German and there are spoken references to spying, although neither Germany or Nazis are overtly mentioned. The plot, described in the press kit, describes the evil Dr. Sangre as “a secret agent for a European government.”

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The Hands Of Fate

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) is an American horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring Harold P. Warren. It is widely recognised to be one of the worst films ever made and thus has achieved cult status!

The plot of the film revolves primarily around a holidaying family who lose their way on a road trip. After a long drive in the Texas desert, the family is trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. They attempt to escape as the cult’s members decide what to do with them.

The film is technically deficient with significant editing flaws; its soundtrack and visuals are not synchronized properly and several scenes are inexplicable or unconnected to the overall plot.

Harold Warren was a fertilizer salesman from El Paso, Texas who produced the film as a result of a bet. He also starred in it, alongside El Paso theatre actors Tom Neyman and John Reynolds. Manos was an independent production by a crew that had little or no background or experience in filmmaking and a very limited budget at their disposal. Upon its theatrical debut, the film was poorly received, and remained obscure until being born again!

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The 39 Steps (1935)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

“The 39 Steps” is an acclaimed 1935 British thriller adapted from John Buchan’s book of the same name. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) is watching a demonstration of the powers of recall of “Mr. Memory” (Wylie Watson) at a London music hall when shots are fired. In the ensuing panic he finds himself holding a seemingly frightened Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim,) who talks him into taking her back to his flat. There, she tells him she’s a spy, being chased by assassins and that she has uncovered a plot to steal vital British military secrets, masterminded by a man with the top joint missing from one of his fingers. She mentions the 39 steps but does not explain it’s meaning.

Later that night Smith is murdered in Hannay’s flat but he manages to escape and boards a train to Scotland due to finding a map of Scotland clutched in the dying Smith’s hand.

The adventure now truly starts and what follows is an outstanding film, fully standing the test of time. The story has been re-made a number of times but this version is still the best.

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