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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

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

    One of the things that most discussions (including my own) often overlook about this movie is the interesting development of the ensemble. Sure, the movie starts with a horror-action sequence, and it's probably best remembered for the gory stuff at the end, but most of the first hour is spent with the characters figuring each other out and their situation, and the time is taken to make sure that it works. The most interesting part for me is that the…

  • The Call of Cthulhu

    The Call of Cthulhu

    ★★★★

    An excellent, perhaps unsurpassable, adaptation. From the visual representation of Lovecraft's immortal opening line to the gripping climax, this film lives up to its promise. Although certain rapid-fire editing techniques (and a propensity for holding the intertitles too short a time) belie the actual production date, on the whole it manages to appear to be an accurate rendition of what would have been made if some producer in 1925 had recognized the potential in the tale, and handed it to…

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  • Dracula

    Dracula

    ★★★½

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

    Svengoolie Review: This was a pretty gutsy one, for several reasons. First of all, this year marks the 80th anniversary of the release of the film. Svengoolie got that right in his intro, but there were two references to it being "75 years" in the episode, which made me wonder if segments were being re-run (he SAYS that they hadn't shown it in a decade, but if those parts were re-run as well...anyway, it's all new to me, so it…

  • The Mad Monster

    The Mad Monster

    ★★½

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

    George Zucco (from “Scared to Death” and “The Black Raven”) is an unabashedly mad scientist in this horror programmer from director Sam Newfield (also responsible for “The Monster Maker” and “Dead Men Walk”). He decides to turn his simple-minded handyman (Glenn Strange, who was the Frankenstein monster in “House of Dracula” and “Abbott and Costello Meet Frnakenstein”) into a werewolf in order to exact revenge on the scientists who mocked his theories and hounded him from academia. Strange gets an…