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  • The Flesh and the Fiends

    The Flesh and the Fiends


    Some surprising graphic violence and nudity in this British film from 1960. And notable that Mario Bava did Black Sunday and Roger Corman did House of Usher in the same year. And John Gilling's "The Flesh and the Fiends" is up there with those classics. This isn't necessarily Gothic since the settings vary from a medical academy to a pub, which seem in close proximity since it's done on a sound stage, but they're worlds apart socially yet mingle in…

  • Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood

    Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood


    Surreal nightmarish film set in a dilapidated carnival in Pennsylvania perhaps not far from where Romero made Night of the Living Dead. The sets inside the carnival look like sheets dyed in red and blue with a gauzy transparency with characters running through them chased by ghouls. Malatesta appears in a silk cape and long hair as he rides the ferris wheel. It all feels like a warped distant childhood memory. The movie that comes to mind is Edmund Goulding's…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing


    A crew of scientists and assorted oddballs at a US research station in Antarctica confront an alien monster from space introduced into their midst by a cute Husky being chased from above by a couple of crazed Norwegians in a helicopter trying to shoot and kill it. It's such a deceiving setup. That opening segment is what introduces both the monster and the paranoia the monster's going to provoke as the Americans eventually get a handle on why the Hell…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness


    Readers of a popular horror novelist go on crazed murderous rampages driven on by the author who's a cipher for monsters. His disappearance provides the entrance for Sam Neill's role as a free lance insurance investigator to accompany the writer's editor played by Julie Carmen to one of those New England towns straight out of Stephen King known as Hobb's End, hidden away somewhere in New Hampshire. You see from the poster how the madman is placed between the book,…