Dark and dry but also vital, boasting staggering set design and terrific compositions. There's a real sense of unease and things being amiss that all the money in the world can't capture, and the lack of a score only adds to it. Lugosi is intense and otherworldly - if somewhat stilted at times - but the real scene stealer of the show is Dwight Frye, suitably unstable as Renfield. Lugosi does, however, find a note of melancholy that's really quite…
A beautifully made film with a cold, ugly soul inside it. Probably the least 'enjoyable' and most nihilistic Hammer I’ve seen so far, appropriately culminating in an inferno. It's the sort of film that leaves you feeling depressed, and I can see why there are so many mixed reviews.
Previous films in the series have tracked the downfall of a talented visionary due to his own hubris and bad luck – despite his many flaws and often evil actions, Frankenstein…
Nearly 50 years on, Ken Russell’s The Devils still possesses the power to shock. Slammed, censored and outright banned across the world for its sexual, violent and (supposedly) sacrilegious content, it still stands as one of the more shocking films of the early 70s.
However, I don’t believe that it’s genuinely blasphemous or anti-religious at all, though it certainly does feature profane imagery and a harsh critique of the dogmas and political meddling of the Catholic church. In fact, I…
It seems that it with every hot take of Mark Finnegan's that I see, the notion of him being one of The Lot's best reviewers becomes increasingly laughable. Despite his regular activity, his assertion that "The worst scene of Casino Royale is better than the best scene of literally any other Bond film" and 1.5 ratings of Goldfinger and From Russia With Love prove wrong the opinion of anyone who deigns to suggest that the Film Street franchise didn't peak with !r Iglian Love.