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  • The Bat

    The Bat 1959

    ★★★ Watched 17 Jun, 2015

    The Count's Verdict: An entertainingly creaky and sometimes corny, late-fifties Hollywood B-Movie in the vein of many 'old dark house' pictures which mined the stage-plays of the 1920s for their inspiration. Vincent Price is as eminently watchable as ever and I think I actually enjoyed THE BAT slightly more than the better known schlock of William Castle's THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, also starring Price and released slightly earlier. Indeed, with Agnes Moorehead's pot-boiler author Cornelia Van Gorder and her…

  • Hot Girls Wanted

    Hot Girls Wanted 2015

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2015

    The Count's Verdict: As limited in insight and understandably biased as this documentary on the amateur porn industry may be, the sense of sadness it engenders in the viewer for these young women - not too mention outright dismay at some of their decision making skills - is wholly genuine. Put alongside a film like SPRING BREAKERS (a not wholly ironic comparison on my part in terms of its own vacuous nods toward moral and cultural bankruptcy), it makes me extremely thankful that a) I don't live in the United States and b) my youth is now long behind me.

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • The Woman in Black

    The Woman in Black 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    Having been terrorised by the long running and rightly celebrated stage adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story novel 'The Woman In Black', I'd long had my eye on the reborn Hammer film version.

    The casting of speccy Potter - Daniel Radcliffe - in the lead tempered my enthusiasm somewhat as did the decision to go with a 12A rating. However, Watkins film manages to overcome my irrational prejudices, particularly at the start where good use is made of both…