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  • I was really unprepared for how lousy this was. Not only as a purported sequel to the two James Coburn films of the 1960s. No, I mean just how bad it is technically. I had known there was a TV […]

    Our Man Flint: Dead On Target (1976)

    I was really unprepared for how lousy this was. Not only as a purported sequel to the two James Coburn films of the 1960s. No, I mean just how bad it is technically. I had known there was a TV […]

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  •   John Carradine loved to act. Well, of course he did. Actors do, generally. However, John Carradine really loved to act. Born Richmond Reed Carradine, he redubbed his own name in homage to his friend and idol John Barrymore. Mr. […]

    Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966)

      John Carradine loved to act. Well, of course he did. Actors do, generally. However, John Carradine really loved to act. Born Richmond Reed Carradine, he redubbed his own name in homage to his friend and idol John Barrymore. Mr. […]

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  • The further I get into things, the want to go into details. Surely interested readers will want to seek out the Fantômas set (perhaps through your local library) and give it a look for themselves. That said, this third film, […]

    Fantomas III: The Murderous Corpse (1913)

    The further I get into things, the want to go into details. Surely interested readers will want to seek out the Fantômas set (perhaps through your local library) and give it a look for themselves. That said, this third film, […]

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  • Click here to read about the previous film, Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine. With our cast introduced in the first film, our second hour-long feature can hit the ground running. As the title indicates, our hero moves closer […]

    Fantomas II: Juve vs. Fantomas (1913)

    Click here to read about the previous film, Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine. With our cast introduced in the first film, our second hour-long feature can hit the ground running. As the title indicates, our hero moves closer […]

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  • Before there was Mabuse, there was Fantômas. The thing about movies is that they haven’t been around that long. Although a majority of the very earliest films are lost, you can still largely go back to the beginnings of cinema […]

    Fantomas in the Shadow of the Guillotine (1913)

    Before there was Mabuse, there was Fantômas. The thing about movies is that they haven’t been around that long. Although a majority of the very earliest films are lost, you can still largely go back to the beginnings of cinema […]

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  • I won’t embarrass myself by trying to express the sort of warm human emotions I have little facility for. I will simply note that the comradeship of the various members of the Cabal, past and present, through the last 15 […]

    Halloween (1978)

    I won’t embarrass myself by trying to express the sort of warm human emotions I have little facility for. I will simply note that the comradeship of the various members of the Cabal, past and present, through the last 15 […]

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  • In one obvious respect, Madonna is an atypical focus for this roundtable. She has, after all, starred or costarred in a dozen movies over the years. Not for her the route of, say, Tony Bennett in The Oscar, who gave […]

    Swept Away (2003)

    In one obvious respect, Madonna is an atypical focus for this roundtable. She has, after all, starred or costarred in a dozen movies over the years. Not for her the route of, say, Tony Bennett in The Oscar, who gave […]

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  • 1981 was shaping up to be a big year for werewolf fans. Long neglected except for cheesy drive-in fare like Werewolves on Wheels or The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, lycanthropy was due to return to the silver screen in a […]

    The Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)

    1981 was shaping up to be a big year for werewolf fans. Long neglected except for cheesy drive-in fare like Werewolves on Wheels or The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, lycanthropy was due to return to the silver screen in a […]

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  • Zombi 3 is perhaps the most famous film Bruno Mattei is associated with. This might seem sort of ironic, given that he is responsible for somewhat less than half the film. Mr. Mattei stepped in after the original director, Lucio […]

    Zombi 3 (1988)

    Zombi 3 is perhaps the most famous film Bruno Mattei is associated with. This might seem sort of ironic, given that he is responsible for somewhat less than half the film. Mr. Mattei stepped in after the original director, Lucio […]

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  • Say what you will, but that title will prove all too accurate. (The film was also known as Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws. I’m not sure if Spielberg ever gave his permission for that, though.) Amongst the many services my good […]

    Cruel Jaws (1995)

    Say what you will, but that title will prove all too accurate. (The film was also known as Jaws 5: Cruel Jaws. I’m not sure if Spielberg ever gave his permission for that, though.) Amongst the many services my good […]

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