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  • City on Fire

    City on Fire


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

    The 1970s were a decade of disaster films, and this was one of the last before the genre became fodder for parodies like "Airplane!" (1980). It seems fitting, then, that this includes Leslie Nielsen, in one of his last serious roles - the mayor of an unnamed Midwest American town (ably portrayed by the Eastern Canadian town of Montreal). Said mayor has made the minor error of allowing an oil refinery to be built in the middle of the city,…

  • Creepy Classics

    Creepy Classics


    This odd little video was produced at a time when VCRs were spreading to every household, apparently with the intention of marketing to video stores that wanted to boost slack rentals of their horror collections. Price was close to the end of his life, and seems to have been having problems reading the teleprompter, but nevertheless lends the whole project an enjoyably light-hearted tone. Note that he always speaks of “fright pictures” in the past tense, as if they are…

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  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse


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

    The funnest part of the Funhouse is the opening credit sequence, in which each of the credited cast and crew are paired with a mannequin from a real funhouse, which seems to comment on their personality or role (the composer is a piano player, the writer has a big pencil, while the producer is a fat laughing man). It would be fair to say that the movie goes slowly downhill from there (but not – too – far downhill), as…

  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps


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

    Although Alfred Hitchcock had been making movies since the silent era, this was in some ways a break out for him, establishing the pattern of his future career. An ordinary, innocent man (Robert Donat, from “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) meets a mysterious woman (Lucie Mannheim, a German emigre, who was in “The Mistress,” and “Gerechtigkeit in Worowogorsk”), who, it rapidly develops, is caught up in a spy ring and in peril of her life. Soon,…