Archive for September, 2007

The Mind Benders (1962) – coming to DVD tomorrow!

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

We round off Horror September 2 with something a little different.

The Mind Benders (1962) is a rather talky and quite slow, but very well written and acted film, that falls somewhere between science fiction and horror. It is coming to DVD tomorrow here in the UK on a very good looking DVD from Optimum.

We’ve got a first look at the disc, and a full review of this interesting film – The Mind Benders.

Amicus Retrospective

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

It is finally here! 3 weeks of hard writing and research, and lots of late night film-watching have produced an all new, 2500 word Complete Guide to Amicus.

That includes 8 all new film reviews:

Not to mention all new, two exclusive and extensive biographies of Amicus’ top directors, Freddie Francis and Roy Ward Baker, check those out.

And it doesn’t stop there, we have more Amicus reviews coming this month, including the impending WB US release of From Beyond the Grave (1973), not to mention more Horror Movie reviews for the rest of the month, all part of Horror September 2!

They Didn’t Die During the War

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

SHOCK WAVES and THE PROWLER, playing all week at the Mondo Esoterica drive-in:

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Special edition: Ingrid Pitt

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Ingrid Pitt

It has been a long time since we had any Hammer reviews on this site, so here are two new titles for your delectation, both starring that voluptuous Polish beauty, Ingrid Pitt.

The Vampire Lovers (1970) – the first, and certainly the best of Hammer’s female vampire movies is this close adaptation of the original Carmilla novel. An Italian DVD release that is a good substitute for the OOP US disc.
Countess Dracula (1971) -  not so good this time, but a relatively enjoyable film, an adaptation of the classic Countess Bathory legend. A recent R2 special edition DVD with lots of great features, might even tempt a double dip.

Of course to tie these together we’ve got the first new guide of Horror September 2, the complete Mondo Esoterica Guide to Ingrid Pitt – and there is more Pitt coming later this month (no prizes for guessing which one)!

A quartet of Slasher Movies

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Horror September Part 2 is here, with a quartet of slasher movies newly reviewed (well actually I reviewed most of them much earlier this year, and have just been saving the reviews for now!)

The Sleepaway Camp films are a good mix, with the first film being very dark and quite original, one of the few slasher films to achieve a realistic summer camp atmosphere. The sequels are generic body count slashers, but highly enjoyable with plenty of blood and breasts.

In contrast, Cheerleader Camp is another body count slasher, that despite some good gore effects is rather poor, with some gaping plot holes, and an almost complete absence of the sleaze and nudity we all watch these films for in the first place. Enjoyable in places, slasher fans might want to check this out, but not for those who only enjoy quality horror films!

Enjoy, and watch out for more this weekend!

Horror Express (1973)

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

The first Horror September review is here – a look at this most classic of neo-gothic horrors, with that always solid partnership of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee – in more than just cameo roles this time.

I’ve been watching the recent German DVD which is good (and the best currently available, since the US Image release is OOP), but does suffer from forced subtitles.

Read it all at my full review – Horror Express.

Horror September 2 is here!

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Yes, it is time again for the most exciting month of the year – Horror September – keep watching this blog, for dozens of new reviews this month, including at least one big new Guide.