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  • The Devil Rides Out
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Ghostwatch
  • Duck Soup

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  • The White Spider

    ★★★

  • It Happened at the World's Fair

    ★★½

  • The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle

    ★★½

  • White Savage

    ★★★

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  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★★★

    This isn't a movie. This is more like a visual album. Each murder is a track, "Bats", "Locusts", and so on, the Ten Plagues of Egypt, re-imagined in the style of a murderous Batman or Avengers TV episode. Vincent Price leads his mechanical band on the organ. The end credits might clue you in on who to root for and who is just part of the ensemble, organized into "Interested Parties", "The Law", "The Victims", "The Girl" (the wonderfully enigmatic…

  • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

    Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

    ★★★★★

    There's that moment in every vampire movie where the Van Helsing-alike scoffs at existing vampire lore and lays down new facts as if they were always the truth (e.g., "Of course they can come out in the daylight, you watch too many movies!"). But there's only one movie that attempts an explanation that accounts for ALL of the different permutations of vampire lore, those already created and those not yet invented: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. There are all different kinds…

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  • The White Spider

    The White Spider

    ★★★

    Having just finished watching The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle, released the same year, I just saw Dieter Eppler wildly overact as a crazed butler, far out of proportion to the size of his role. I guess I wasn't the only one who noticed that, because here they handed Eppler a half dozen characters to play all at once to get it out of his system. I especially liked his bald, eye-patched, strangler look. Karin Dor is, once again, the damsel…

  • It Happened at the World's Fair

    It Happened at the World's Fair

    ★★½

    Elvis sings ten songs in this one, and the best of the bunch "One Broken Heart for Sale" at a trailer park surrounded by old men addicted to gambling. He tries to score with one reluctant girl (Bat Girl Yvonne Craig) by singing her the song "Relax" ("Even concrete cracks", he says, pulling her close), then tries to score with another (Joan O’Brien) by paying child Kurt Russell to kick him in the shin. He gets a ride to the…

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  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★★

    I love everything about this movie. Stunning visuals. Concepts, creatures like nothing you could have imagined. Miyazaki is the Jim Henson of anime, boundless creativity with a kind heart. Why are there a million movies and TV shows set in the so much more mundane Star Wars universe and only one Nausicaa?

  • White Savage

    White Savage

    ★★★

    Shark Hunter Jon Hall falls for beautiful island princess Maria Montez, but he wants the fishing rights, not romance, and she's mad as hell about it. Montez alternates between seduction and rage but Hall admits she's a great kisser, "if you like hot peppers every meal." Sabu gets these two lovers together, while Turhan Bey is her reckless brother, and Thomas Gomez the villain who wants Montez for himself. He also wants her island - or at the very least,…