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  • The Vampire Lovers

    The Vampire Lovers

    ★★★

    31:55-33:30 You'll thank your Uncle Sean for this.
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    Let's cut the crap. There are some good things in this movie, and some bad things, but the highlight is the scene where both Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith are naked. In this age of instant access to countless images of female nudity, this interlude can't possibly have the frisson it had upon first release. Imagine a world without home computers, without the internet, without Blu-rays, DVDS or video cassettes (available…

  • House on Haunted Hill

    House on Haunted Hill

    ★★½

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

    Any filmmaker who doesn't find an imaginative way to kill Elisha Cook lacks creative fervor. Is Cook weak in this movie? Of course (alcoholic, among other things). But he doesn't get killed, and he also is a quasi tour guide to the haunted house.
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    Saw on Kanopy. Expecting an eyesore since this is a perennial PD download, but print was very good. Vincent Price lovingly chews the scenery, and interesting how Price is still a joy to watch in…

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  • Ugly, Dirty and Bad

    Ugly, Dirty and Bad

    ★★★½

    Portrait of the patriarch as an insufferable, irreparable, completely immoral son of a bitch. Giancinto lords his insurance settlement of a million lira over his family. He sleeps with a rifle every night to protect his precious money. He also brings a whore to share he and his wife’s bed. And these may be his better points.

    The film certainly doesn’t take a sentimental look at these struggling, poor people. The beyond extended family lives in a hovel in the…

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★★

    The movie that takes a bold stand against lynching. (That’s dry humor.) I actually like the movie, but there are some glaring problems. Would it have been that expensive to have found an outdoor location for the lynching scenes? The slight whiff of being lectured to is not helped by the set-bound lynch location. I generally have no problems with set-bound movies - that was the standard style between 1930 to mid-1950s, but a western does suffer from a main…