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  • Bride of Frankenstein

    Bride of Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 4.0 Challenge
    Karloff Double Bill #2
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

    Out of all the directors who worked on the early Universal horror films, I don't think any of them were as consistently solid as James Whale. He was somehow able to inject a certain level of energy into the films that other directors couldn't. The same is true with this follow-up to his own Frankenstein, which manages to succeed it in more ways than one.

    Bride picks…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★½

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 4.0 Challenge
    Karloff Double Bill #1
    The Mummy (1932)

    Throughout the 1930s, I don't think no studio defined horror cinema more than Universal Studios, whose classic shockers are still fondly remembered to this day. This one is a take on the classic Egyptian legend, with Boris Karloff returning from Frankenstein to play the titular monster.

    Karloff of course plays the mummy of an ancient priest (Imhotep) who is accidentally revived by a couple of daft archaeologists on…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Geoff T’s 2015 Hoop-Tober 2.0 Challenge
    Killer Alien Double Bill #2

    "Somebody in this camp ain't what he appears to be. Right now that may be one or two of us. By spring, it could be all of us."

    Yeah, I'll always have a soft spot for this one. The Thing stands as one of my all-time favourite sci-fi/horror films. Hell, I'd even consider it the best thing that John Carpenter ever did. Everything from the grotesque special effects, the…

  • Freaks

    Freaks

    ★★★½

    Geoff T's Hoop-Tober 4.0 Challenge
    Freaks (1932)

    And so I finally begin Hoop-Tober 4.0, maybe a little later than everyone else but better late than never I suppose. The first viewing is this controversial oddity from 1932, which has a bit of history behind it. It's taboo nature led to it being banned in the UK for a good 30 years, and being heavily scorned by critics even when MGM removed parts prior to release, who ended up disowning it…