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  • House of Usher

    House of Usher

    ★★★★

    Richard Matheson's literate script and a marvelous performance by Vincent Price elevate this adaptation of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story to the top tier of gothic horror films.

    Roger Corman shot this, the first of his "Poe Cycle", in 15 days for about $250,000. The entire cast consists of only four actors: Price, as the doom-obsessed Roderick Usher; Myrna Fahey as his sister Madeline; future film producer Mark Damon as her suitor, Philip Winthrop; and as Bristol, lifelong servant…

  • Love Circles Around the World

    Love Circles Around the World

    A pack of cigarettes travels from Paris to across the globe and back again in this episodic softcore sexploitationer, which chronicles the amorous adventures of the various characters who briefly have it their possession. Fortunately for the filmmakers none of these characters are chain-smokers. (Or are French cigarettes just that bad?) Unfortunately for the audience, none of them is particularly likable or interesting, either. A Parisian prostitute, an American tourist, a nymphomaniac, a dissolute aristocrat, a golddigger, an aspiring actress,…

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  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

    ★★

    I suppose no low budget film could ever hope to live up to one of the most famous titles in cult movie history but this Atom Age clunker doesn't even come close.

    Buxom Allison Hayes (THE UNEARTHLY) is Nancy Archer, a wealthy heiress who's hitting the booze over her strained marriage. The husband (William Hudson) is a golddigging cad, playing around with his hot blonde mistress (Yvette Vickers of ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES) in full view of the townsfolk.…

  • Death Race 2000

    Death Race 2000

    ★★★

    One of the better known cult drive-in pictures of the 1970s, the sci-fi action satire DEATH RACE 2000 is a prime example of producer Roger Corman's notorious penny-pinching philosophy... and the double-edged sword that philosophy could sometimes prove to be.

    The film — made for as little as $350,000 — was a major box-office success, justifying Corman's approach (at least to the accountants), but the painfully cheap production design works against it as a viewing experience. The clever dark humor…