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  • Isle of the Dead

    Isle of the Dead

    ★★★★

    History of Horror 2018
    Week 6: Boris Karloff
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    Boris Karloff plays an absolute badass who puts being a badass before the lives of those around him. Stuck on a small Isle (of the Dead, perchance?) with an outbreak of plague that can't be allowed to infect his army on the main land, Karloff and a crazy old lady decide that a young woman stuck on the island must be a monster. Psychological stuff happens cause this is a Lewton film and if you don't think that's a good reason to watch it then you're a bad people.

  • The Living Dead Girl

    The Living Dead Girl

    ★★★★

    History of Horror 2018
    Week 5: Zombies

    My second Rollin of the year. Here we see a Rollin film that functions almost like a movie. Not that a Rollin feature is ever a bad time - at least, not yet in my exploration - but they always feel less film and more hallucination.

    Toxic waste awakens a zombie. Many deaths, lots of blood. The entirety of the film spoiled in the artwork. Violence used as sex much in the same…

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  • The Unknown

    The Unknown

    ★★★½

    Week #1 of History of Horror: Silent Horror Films; essay

    The Unknown is an early Tod Browning film, featuring Lon Chaney in the role of Alonzo the Armless, a criminal who hides his distinctive double-thumb deformity by working in a traveling circus as an armless knife thrower. Throughout the film, the illusion that Chaney is using his legs to open doors, smoke cigarettes, and throw knifes is accomplished by having Paul Desmuke, armless in real-life, play the role of Chaney's…

  • Son of Frankenstein

    Son of Frankenstein

    ★★½

    Week #2 of History of Horror: Universal Monsters; essay

    Son of Frankenstein is the third film within Universal's 1930s series, the last to star Karloff as the monster and the first without James Whale in the directors seat. It is also the first to star Bela Lugosi in the Ygor role, a role he would reprise in The Ghost of Frankenstein before moving up to playing the monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman.

    It's important to point out Lugosi's role…