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ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DOCTOR JEKYLL AND MISTER HYDE
(1953/Universal) 77mins. BW. US.
Aka: DEUX NIGAUDS CONTRE LE DR. JEKYLL ET MR. HYDE (France).
Credits: Dir: Charles Lamont; Prod: Howard Christie;
Sc: Leo Loels & John Grant; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Russell Schoengarth; Sfx: David
S. Horsley; Art: Bernard Herzbrun & Eric Osborn; Mu: Bud Westmore & Jack Kevan;
Stunts: Eddie Parker; Mus: Joseph Gershenson & Hans Salter.
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig
Stevens, Reginald Denny, Helen Wescott, John Dierkes, Harry Cording, Eddie Parker.
In Victorian London, Doctor Jekyll, (Karloff), plots to kill his ward's fiancée. When
detectives, Tubby and Slim, (Abbott and Costello), learn of the plot they have difficulty
convincing Scotland Yard that it is the truth. Lou accidentally sits on a syringe full of
Jekyll's transformation serum and becomes a monster, changing some English policemen into
ghouls by biting them.
Also features the Frankenstein monster and a giant mouse.
A typical Abbott and Costello farce filled with the usual antics, but with the added class
This is the fifth Abbott and Costello "Meet..." movie.
Stuntman Eddie Parker portrays Hyde.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN
(1951/Universal) 82mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Lamont; Prod: Howard Christie; Sc: Frederic I.
Rinaldo, John Grant & Robert Lees; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Virgil Vogel; Art: Bernard
Herzbrun & Richard Riedel; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & John Austin; Sfx: David S.
Horsley; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus: Joseph Gershenson & Hans Salter.
From a story by Hugh Wedlock Jnr. and Howard Snyder, and the novel by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur
Franz, Adele Jergens, William Frawley, Sheldon Leonard, Gavin Muir, Sam Balter, John Day,
A boxer, (Franz), who has escaped from prison to try and prove that he did not kill his
manager, hires private detectives, (Bud and Lou). When the boxer takes an invisibility
serum he manages to elude the police and help Lou win some boxing bouts. Eventually he
proves that a mobster, (Leonard), who has been fixing the fights, killed his manager.
The good effects nicely complement the comic duo's better-timed antics, and on some
occasions are actually funny in this parody of The Invisible Man (1933).
Claude Rains appears in a photograph.
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY
(1955/Universal) 77mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Lamont, Prod: Howard Christie;
Sc: John Grant; Ph: George Robinson; Ed: Russell Schoengarth; Sfx: Clifford Stine; Art:
Alexander Golitzen & Bill Newberry; Mu: Bud Westmore; Mus: Joseph Gershenson. From a
story by Lee Loeb.
Cast: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Edwin Parker,
Richard Deacon, Peggy King, Dan Seymour, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara, Kurt Katch, George
Khoury, Mel Welles, Donald Kerr, Richard Karlan.
"It has been said that a man's best friend is his mummy...!"
When Lou, (Costello), accidentally swallows a medallion that is the key to an ancient
treasure, the duo become involved with a group of treasure hunters. They all descend on
Klaris' Egyptian tomb, but the mummy, (Parker), has been kept alive by a secret sect to
guard Princess Ara's tomb. Finally the mummy and the treasure are all blown to pieces by a
stick of dynamite.
The last of Bud and Lou's fantasy outings together, and the last film that they made for
Universal. This has nothing new to offer an audience, only the usual antics of the stars
and a weak story.
THE ABOMINABLE DOCTOR PHIBES (1971/A.I.P.) 94mins. UK
Credits: Dir: Robert Fuest; Prod: Louis M. Heywood
& Ronald Dunas; Ex.Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff & James Nicholson; Sc: James Whiton,
William Goldstien & George Bant; Ph: Norman Warwick; Ed: Tristram Cones; Des: Brian
Eatwell; Sfx: George Blackwell; Mu: Trevor Crole-Rees; Mus: Basil Kirchin & Jack
Nathan. From a story by Robert Fuest.
Cast: Vincent Price,
Virginia North, Caroline Munro, Terry Thomas, Hugh Griffith, Edward Burnham, Peter
Gilmore, Norman Jones, David Hutcheson, Derek Godfrey, Maurice Kaufman, Peter Jeffrey,
Aubrey Woods, Susan Travers, Alex Scott, Joseph Cotton, John Cater, Sean Bury.
"Love means never having to say you're ugly!"
Aided by his silent servant Vularia, (North), Dr. Phibes, (Price), wreaks revenge on the
nine surgeons who failed to revive his wife, (Munro), after an accident in which he was
left severly handicapped. He can only speak through an electronic gadget, and eat or drink
through a hole in his neck. His vengeance takes the form of the seven curses of Pharaoh,
enacted in some unique and humorous ways. To relax Phibes plays at an ornate Wurlitzer
organ while the head surgeon has to save his son who is strapped to an operating table
below a vat of acid with the key to release the boy buried in his chest.
Price gives the audience a delicious performance with just the right amount of dark
humour. Advertised as Price's one hundredth film.
Sequel: Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (1957/Exclusive/Hammer) 91mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (85mins. US).
Credits: Dir: Val Guest; Prod: Aubrey Baring; Ex.Prod:
Michael Carreras; Sc: Nigel Kneale; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: Bill Lenny; Art: Ted Marshall;
Des: Bernard Robinson; Mu: Phil Leaky; Mus: John Hollingsworth.
From the television play "The Creature" by Nigel Kneale.
Cast: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Maureen Connell,
Richard Wattis, Wolfe Morris, Robert Brown, Arnold Marle, Michael Brill, Anthony Chinn.
"See it with someone brave!"
Tom Friend, (Tucker), mounts an expedition to track the Yeti and convinces a botanist
named Rollason, (Cushing), to join him. Although Friend wants to capture the creature
alive to make some money, Rollason realises that they are a community of peaceful and
advanced creatures that are trying to drive the invading humans to their deaths with
telepathy. When Friend and the others die, Rollason is spared by the Yeti who know that he
will try and disuade anyone from making further expeditions while they wait for mankind to
destroy itself so that they can once again come down from the mountains.
A well made morality story. The character McNee is based on mountaineer Eric Shipton who
in 1951 followed a series of strange footprints, but never found out what made them.
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957)
see The Abominable Snowman
ADVENTURE AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (1965)
see Aventura Al Centro de la Tierra
THE ADVENTURES OF THE SPIRIT (1963) Silent. Serial. 5 Episodes. 16mm.
Credits: Prod: Don Glut. Based on the character created by Will Eisner and
other film characters.
Cast: Don Glut, Glenn Strange, Jim Harmon, Bob Burns,
An amateur production incorporating several movie monsters.
THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES (1969)
Credits: Dir: Mario Bava.
A giant man-eating Cyclops holds Ulysses prisoner.
A seldom seen feature originally made as an episode for the Italian television series
AFFAIRS OF A VAMPIRE (1959) see Curse of the
AGAINST ALL ODDS
(1968) see Blood of Fu Manchu
AGATHA-LASS DAS MORDEN SEIN
(1960/Filmaufbau) 99mins. BW. Germany.
Aka: AGATHA-STOP THE MURDERS.
Credits: Dir: Dietrich Haugh; Sc: Dietrich Haugh, Franz Geiger, Stefan
Gommermann, Franz Marischka, Eva Nager, Franz M. Schilder & Wolfgang Schnitzler; Ph:
Cast: Johanna von Koczian, Klausjuergen Wussow,
Elisabeth Flickenschildt, Peter Vogel, Hanns Dieter Zeidler, Karl Lieffen.
A pretty woman, (von Koczian), who writes crime thrillers becomes the victim of a hoax
when Brent, (Wussow), invites her to his country home and stages a gruesome charade with
the help of a firm of undertakers.
A romantic comedy filled with horrorific images.
AGATHA-STOP THE MURDERS (1960) see Agatha-Lass
das Morden Sein
AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
(1966/Dimension IV/Universal) 84mins. US.
Aka: THE HARM MACHINE.
Credits: Dir: Gerd Oswald; Prod: Joseph F. Robertson; Sc: Blair Robertson;
Ph: James Crab; Sfx: Harry S. Wollman; Ed: D.E. Rollins; Art: Normand Boule; Mus: Gene
Kauer & Douglas Lackey.
Cast: Mark Richman, Wendell Corey, Carl Esmond,
Barbara Bouchet, Martin
Koslek, Alizia Gur, Rafael Campos, Donna Michelle, Robert Quarry.
A blob from outer space transforms human flesh into fungus. A "Bond"-like agent
is sent to despatch the menace and save humanity.
A lesser spy parody filmed as a television pilot, but released theatrically instead.
AHKEA KHOTS (1961/Sunglim Film) South Korea.
Credits: Dir: Yongmin Lee. From "Dracula" by Bram Stoker.
Cast: Chimi Kim, Yechoon Lee.
The Bad Flower, (Lee), is a vampire.
An imitation of Hammer's Dracula with Oriental vampires.
The title translates as The Bad Flower.
AIMEZ-VOUS LES FEMMES? (1964/Francoriz/Number One/Federiz) 92mins. BW.
France/Italy. Aka: DO YOU LIKE WOMEN?
Credits: Dir: Jean Léon; Prod: Pierre Kalfon; Sc: Roman Polanski; Dialouge:
Gèrard Brach; Ph: Sacha Vierny; Art: Bernard Evein; Mus: Ward Swingle. From a novel by
Cast: Sophie Daumier, Guy Bédos, Edwige Feuillère,
Guido Alberti, Gerard Sety, Grégoire Aslan, Roger Blin.
Secret cults of woman-eaters cause an outbreak of murders in Paris.
A ghoulish black comedy.
AKUMA GA YONDEIRU (1970/Toho)
76mins. Japan. Aka: TERROR IN THE STREETS.
Credits: Dir: Michio Yamamoto.
An invisible man narrative.
ALIAS JOHN PRESTON (1956/Danziger/Associated Artists) 66mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: David MacDonald; Prod: Sidney Stone; Sc: Paul Tabori.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Betta St. John, Alexander Knox,
Patrick Holt, Sandra Dorne, Betty Anne Davies, John Stuart, John Longden, Bill Fraser.
A gentle man, (Lee), troubled by nightmares finds that they become a reality when he
becomes schizophrenic and develops an evil alter ego that kills.
A re-working of the Jekyll and Hyde theme with a good performance by Lee.
ALIEN MASSACRE (1965) see The Wizard
ALIEN TERROR (1968) see Invasion
ALIENS FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1966)
Cast: James Darren, Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell, Lee
Time travellers must find a man in 1547 who has hidden a bomb in the time tunnel
headquarters complex. The time travellers also meet aliens from Alpha 1 in the year
Other full length features edited from the "Time Tunnel" television series are:
KILL OR BE KILLED; OLD LEGENDS NEVER DIE; RAIDERS FROM OUTER SPACE and REVENGE OF THE
GODS. Each feature contains two of the television episodes edited into each other to form
some kind of sense.
ALIENS FROM SPACE (1953) see Killers
ALLEY OF NIGHTMARES (1966) see She
THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE
(1959/Devonshire/Associated Prod./TCF.) 74mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Roy Del Ruth; Prod: Jack Leewood; Sc: Orville H. Hampton &
Charles O'Neal; Ph: Karl Struss; Art: Lyle Wheeler & John Mansbridge; Ed: Harry
Gerstad; Mus: Irving Gertz.
Cast: Richard Crane, Beverley Garland, Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney Jnr.,
George Macready, Frieda Inescort, Douglas Kennedy.
"Nerve shattering terror."
"Her honeymoon turned into a nightmare of horror!"
In a Louisiana bayou clinic, Dr. Sinclair, (Bennett), believes that to repair or regain
missing limbs, one need only to be injected with a serum made from reptiles that can
regrow their own tails. Unfortunately all his patients eventually grow alligator heads
instead. Paul Webster, (Crane), a former patient at the Sinclair clinic marries Jane
Marvin, (Garland), and then promptly disappears after he discovers the horrible side
effect and returns to the laboratory for drastic radiation treatment. However, during a
struggle with the doctor's assistant, Mannon, (Chaney), who had tried to rape his wife
when she came looking for her husband, Paul receives a larger dose of radiation and turns
into a marauding alligator-man.
Extremely enjoyable B-movie entertainment. Watch for the mysterious, amphibious swamp
ALPHAVILLE Une Etrange Adventure De
Lemmy Caution (1965/Chaumiane/Filmstudio) 98mins. BW. France.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jean Luc Godard; Prod: André Michelin; Ph: Raoul
Coutard; Mus: Paul Misraki.
Cast: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff,
Howard Vernon, Laszlo Szabo, Jean-Pierre Leaud.
Intergalactic secret agent, Lemmy Caution, (Constantine), under the guise of Yvan Johnson
a reporter for "Figaro-Pravda" enters the maze of Alphaville to destroy the
crazed computer Alpha 60 that runs a futuristic and emotionless totalitarian city. Once
there, he has to rescue Natasha, (Karina), from her father, the mad scientist Dr. Von
Braun who developed the computer system. However, Natasha is revealed to be a robot that
also must be destroyed if Lemmy is to escape the city.
Goddard creates an exceedingly dark and claustrophobic political comic out of a second
rate science fiction thriller. The scientists are named after movie vampires.
Karina was Goddard's wife.
ALRAUNE (1952) see The
AMA NO BAKEMONO YASHIKI (1959/Shintoho) 82mins. BW. Japan.
Aka: HAUNTED CAVE; GIRL DIVERS FROM SPOOK MANSION.
Credits: Dir: Morihei Magatani; Prod: Mitsugu Okado; Sc: Akira Sugimoto
& Nao Akasukasa; Ph: Kagai Okado.
Cast: Yoko Mihara, Bunta Sugawara, Reiko Sato, Masayo
Banri, Yoichi Numata.
Yumi, (Mihara), is visited by the ghost of her sister who rises from the bottom of a well
and is instrumental in helping her sister find a family treasure buried after an
earthquake. A gang of crooks have discovered some tunnels leading to the treasure, but
Yumis friend Kyoko, a detective and the ghost stop the crooks and punish them.
A slow moving and tedious ghost story.
L'AMANTE DEL VAMPIRO (1961/Consorzio Italiano Film/UA.) 86mins. BW.
Aka: THE DANCER AND THE VAMPIRE; THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA; THE VAMPIRES LOVER.
Sequel to: L'Ultima Preda del Vampiro.
Credits: Dir: Renato Polselli; Prod: Bruna Bolognesi; Sc: Renato Polselli,
Ernesto Castaldi & Giuseppe Pellegrini; Ph: Angelo Balstrocchi; Art: Angelo
Baistrocchi; Sfx: Leopoldo Rosi & Raffaele del Monte; Mus: Aldo Piga.
Cast: Walter Brandi, Maria-Luisa Rolando, Helene Remi, Iscaro Ravaioli, Tina Gloriani,
"Blood-lusting fiend who preys on girls! Vampire-queen who feeds on the lifeblood
Two ballerinas, Luisa, (Remi), and Francesca, (Gloriani), seek refuge from a storm in a
castle owned by a female vampire, (Rolando), and her leathery faced servant, (Brandi).
A badly acted film padded with nonsensical scenes. The supposed ballerinas look more like
L'AMANTI D'OLTRE TOMBA
(1965/Emmeci Cinematografica/Allied Artists) 90mins. BW. Italy. Originally: ORGASMO; OUTRE
Aka: NIGHTMARE CASTLE; NIGHT OF THE DOOMED (US); LOVERS BEYOND THE TOMB; THE FACELESS
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Allan Grunewald (Mario Caiano); Sc: Mario Caiano
& Fabio d'Agostino; Ph: Enzo Barboni; Mus: Ennio Morricone.
Cast: Barbara Steele, Helga Liné, Paul Mueller,
Lawrence Clift, Rik Battaglia, John McDouglas (Guiseppe Addobatti).
"Warning! See it with someone who's shockproof!"
An insane scientist, (Miller), slaughters his wife Muriel Hampton, (Steele), and her
lover, (Battaglia), and uses them in his experiments to reanimate blood. However, they
come back to life for revenge after the scientist marries his wife's half-sister Jenny for
Although this is ultimately a Steele vehicle with a plot built around the star, the good
photography raises this above the usual Italian gore films.
THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN (1957/AIP./Malibu)
80mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Bert I. Gordon; Ex.Prod: James H. Nicholson &
Samuel Z. Arkoff; Sc: Mark Hanna & Bert I. Gordon; Ph: Joe Biroc; Ed: Ronald Sinclair;
Des: Glen Daniels; Sfx: Bert I. Gordon; Miniatures: Paul Blaisdell; Mu: Bob Schiffer; Mus:
Cast: Glenn Lanagan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson,
James Seay, Russ Bender, Judd Holdren, Larry Thor, Scott Peters, Frank Jenks, Lynn Osborn,
Diana Darrin, William Hughes, Jack Kosslyn, Jean Moorhead, Jimmy Cross, Hank Patterson,
Harry Raybould, Myron Cook, Michael Harris, Bill Cassady, Dick Nelson.
"Growing. Growing. Growing, to a giant! To a monster...! When will it stop?"
An experimental plutonium blast accidentally injures an army colonel, (Lanagan), who
slowly grows to a seventy foot madman. Despite the shrinking serum that was developed
hurriedly in the science laboratory, and administered to him with a giant syringe, a
trigger happy GI. blasts the giant colonel from the top of the Boulder Dam with a bazooka.
A classic film of the American drive in theatres. Langan gives a sensitive portrayal
despite the limitations of the script and the budget.
Sequel: War of the Colossal Beast.
THE AMAZING MR. H (1964) see They Saved Hitler's Brain
THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN (1959/AIP.)
Credits: Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer; Mu: Jack P. Pierce.
Cast: Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James
Griffith, Ivan Triesault.
"WARNING! Joey Faust, escaped convict, THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN has vowed to
"appear" invisibly in PERSON at every performance!"
A scientist experimenting with an invisibility serum chooses criminal Joey Faust,
(Kennedy), as a test subject and creates an invisible bank robber. Under direction the
escaped criminal breaks into a military installation to steal the radioactive materials
the scientist needs.
Made back-to-back with Beyond the Time Barrier. This was
Chapman's last film.
AMMUNITINAMENTO NELLO SPAZIO (1964) see Mutiny in Outer Space
GLI AMORI DI ERCOLE (1960)
Aka: THE LOVES OF HERCULES; HERCULES VERSUS THE HYDRA; LES AMOURS D'HERCULE.
Credits: Dir: Carlo Ludonico Bragaglia; Sc: Doria Continenza.
Cast: Mickey Hargitay, Jayne Mansfield, Massimo
Serato, Rosella Como.
Hercules, (Hargitay), decapitates a three-headed Hydra, encounters a Cyclops and some
talking trees. Meanwhile an evil Amazonian Queen transforms herself into a beautiful
woman, (Mansfield), to try and seduce him.
The film concentrates mostly on Hercules' time spent with the Amazon.
Hargitay was married to Mansfield at the time.
LES AMOURS D'HERCULE (1960) see Gli
Amori di Ercole
THE AMPHIBIAN MAN (1962) see Cheloviek
THE AMPHIBIOUS MAN (1962) see Cheloviek
ANABEL LEE (1969/Warner) 10mins.
Credits: Dir: Ron Morante. From a poem by Edgar Allen Poe.
Narrated: Vincent Price.
A short retelling of the famous poem with retouched photographs and an effectively eerie
ANAK NG KIDLAT (1959/Tamarawa-Hollywood
Far East) BW. Philippines.
Credits: Dir: Mario Barri.
Cast: Cacilia Lopez, Cesar Ramirez.
A woman is struck by lightning and gives birth to a daughter who can control electricity.
The title translates as "Daughter of Lightning".
ANAK PONTIANAK (1958/Shaw) BW.
Aka: SON OF THE VAMPIRE. Sequel to: Sumpah Pontianak.
Credits: Dir: Ramon Estella; Sc: Abdul Razak.
Cast: Hasimah, Jins Sashudin, Haj Sattar, Kimet Bin
Hassan, Dayang Sofia.
Features the son of the infamous vampire, a bodiless monster called a Polong and Hnatu the
Sequel: Pontianak Kembali (1963).
THE ANATOMIST (1961) 73mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Leonard William.
Cast: Alistair Sim, George Cole, Jill Bennett,
A respected surgeon encourages corpse stealing so that he can continue his experiments,
but his actions result in a slew of murders.
A tame chiller bolstered slightly with Sim's wry presence.
AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS (1973/Amicus) 91mins. UK.
Originally titled: FENGRIFFIN.
Credits: Dir: Roy Ward Baker; Prod: Milton Subotsky
& Max J. Rosenberg; Sc: Roger Marshall; Ph: Denys Coop; Ed: Peter Tanner; Mus: Douglas
Based on the novel by David Case.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Ian Ogilvy, Stephanie Beacham,
Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Geoffrey Whitehead, Rosalie Crutchley, Guy Rolf, Janet Key,
Gilliam Lind, Sally Harrison, Lloyd Lamble, Norman Mitchell.
Charles Fengriffin, (Ogilvy), marries Catherine, (Beecham), and takes her to live in his
ancestral home. Catherine starts seeing a portrait painting come to life and a hideously
disfigured man keeps appearing who has a striking resemblance to Silas, (Whitehead), the
estates' woodsman. A family curse is responsible for the apparitions made many years ago
when Charles's grandfather, (Lom), raped the wife of Silas's grandfather and severed his
hand off when the woodsman hit him trying to protect his wife. The curse states that the
first virgin bride to enter the home of Fengriffin shall bear the woodsman's child.
Catherine becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child with no hand on one arm.
An atmospheric classic with moments of true horror. One scene shows Charles breaking apart
his grandfather's grave and smashing the skeleton. Beecham gives a fine performance as the
young bride suffering under the curse.
AN ANGEL FOR SATAN (1965) see Angelo
ANGELI NERI (1969/P.A.C./Cravel)
Aka: WITCHCRAFT 70; THE SATANISTS (UK).
Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ed: Luigi Scattini; Ph: Claudio Racca; Mus: Piero
Umiliani. Narrated: Alberto Bevilaqua. (English narration: Edmond Purdom).
A documentary on contemporary witchcraft.
UN ANGELO PER SATANA (1965/Discobolo
Cinematagrafica) 93mins. BW. Italy.
Aka: AN ANGEL FOR SATAN.
Credits: Dir: Camillo Mastrocinque; Prod: Liliana Biancini & Guiliano
Simonetti; Sc: Camillo Mastrocinque & Giuseppe Mangione; Ph: Guiseppe Aquari; Ed: Gisa
Radicchi-Levi; Art: Alberto Boccianti; Sfx: Antonio Ricci.
From a story by Luigi Emmanuele.
Cast: Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffan (Antonio De
Teffe), Ursula Davis (Pier Ana Quaglia), Claudio Gora, Aldo Berti, Maureen Melrose (Marina
Berti), Betty Delon, Vassili Karamesinis.
Harriet De Montebruno, (Steele), visits a European village and becomes possessed by the
spirit of Belinda, a 200 year old witch when a strange statue with her likeness is dredged
out of a local lake. As the witch she starts to seek out her victims, while an artist,
(Steffan), hired to restore the statue tries to help her overcome the possession.
Meanwhile the evil Count of Montebruno, (Gora), and the malevolent Ilda, (Berti),
hypnotise Harriet to become the witch whenever they please.
One of the more boring and less spooky Steele horror films although a poetic atmosphere
pervades the work.
THE ANGRY RED PLANET (1959/AIP./Sino
Prod.) 94mins. US.
Aka: JOURNEY TO THE FOURTH PLANET. Shooting Title: INVASION OF MARS.
Credits: Dir: Ib Melchior; Prod: Sidney Pink & Norman Maurer; A.Prod:
Lou Perlof; Sc: Sidney Pink & Ib Melchior; Ph: Stanley Cortez; Ed: Ivan J. Hoffman;
Art: Herman Townsley, Michael Sternlight & Art Wasson; Sfx: Herman Townsley; Mu: David
Newell; Mus: Paul Dunlap. From an idea by Sidney Pink.
Cast: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack
Kruschen, Paul Hahn, J. Edward McKinley, Tom Daly, Don Lamond, Gordon Barnes, Brandy
Bryan, Duke Norton, William Remick, Fred Ross, Daniel DeHaven, Arline Hunter, Aleane
Hamilton, Edward Innes, Jack Haddock.
A space ship from Earth arrives on Mars where the crew encounter several bizarre monsters,
including a giant rat on claw legs and a giant amoeba creature that attacks when they
decide to leave. One crew member dies and another will die of a fungus infection if not
brought back to Earth in time, but an intelligent force prevents the ship from leaving the
planet while it decides whether or not to kill the crew. Finally it releases the ship
allowing the crew to warn earth never to visit the planet again.
A fairly effective, but slow moving tale filmed in what was hailed as
"Cinemagic"; all the Martian landscapes are in negative and tinted orange.
THE ANIMAL WORLD (1955/Warner)
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Irwin Allen.
A documentary that contains scenes of dinosaurs designed by Willis O'Brien and
animated by Ray Harryhausen. Apart from these scenes that were later to appear in Trog, the film is a straight info-film using stock footage of
Filmindustri) 102mins. BW. Sweden.
ANTEFATTO (1970/Nuova Linea/Hallmark) 87mins. Italy.
Aka: THE FACE; THE MAGICIAN (US).
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Ingmar Bergman; Prod: Allan Ekelund; Ph: Gunnar
Fischer; Ed: Oscar Rosander; Art: P.A. Lundgren; Mus: Erik Nordgren.
Cast: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar
Bjornstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Bibi Anderson, Uke Fridell, Lars Ekborg, Bengt Ekerot.
A mesmerist has his terrible revenge when officials who stop his travelling troupe of
performers at a border post humiliate them and expose him as a fraud.
A highly visual, but entirely incomprehensible film that may be commenting on the freedom
Aka: CARNAGE; LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, PART II; BAY OF BLOOD; TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE
(US); BLOODBATH; ECOLOGY FOR A CRIME; BEFORE THE FACT; BLOODBATH BAY OF DEATH;
L'ECOLOGIADEL DELITTO; REAZIONE A CATENA.
Credits: Dir. & Ph: Mario Bava; Prod: Guiseppe
Zacciarello; Sc: Mario Bava, Joseph McLee (Guiseppe Zaccariello) & Filippo Ottoni; Ed:
Carlo Reali; Des: Sergio Canevari; Sfx: Carlo Rambaldi; Mus: Stelvio Cipriani. From
"Ten Little Indians" by Agatha Christie and a story by Dardano Sacchetti and
Cast: Claudine Auger, Claudio Volonte, Luigi Pistilli,
Isa Miranda, Chris Avrum, Anna Maria Rosati, Laura Betti, Brigitte Skay, Leopoldo Trieste,
"The first motion picture to require a face-to-face warning. Maybe the last shock
film you will ever want to see!"
Thirteen heirs at a deserted resort are murdered one by one. The culprits are involved in
a scheme to control a dead Countess's beautiful bay side estate for redevelopment.
A gory "body-count" film that is also an effective thriller despite the weak
storyline and a constant use of zoom shots. Although one big macabre ironic joke, the
excessive violence ensured that this was released in many cut versions. Fans of Bava's
work know that his narratives are weak, but enjoy his mastery of cinematic technique which
includes a woman's face split with an axe, a woman restricted to her wheelchair is
garrotted and lovers are impaled with a spear.
Re-released as THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, PART II to cash in on the other film's success,
although it bears no relation to the film at all.
For American release theatre patrons had to pass through a "final warning
Banned in Britain.
ANYBODY, ANYWAY (1968/SHB) 79mins.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Charles Romaine; Prod: Stanley H. Brasloff; Ph:
Cast: Joyce Denner, Eve Reeves, Daniel Garth, Ivan
Hagar, Irene Lawrence, Andrea Beatrice, Allan Michaels, Madeline Le Roux, Michael
Lawrence, Christina Piroska.
When their car runs out of fuel, two girls are forced to spend the night at a mysterious
mansion where they meet Mr. Bradley and his sister Mina. The girls are kept prisoners to
be used in the Bradleys scientific experiments to find the perfect mate.
Unfortunately the bodies of their previous victims are reanimated to create chaos.
An occasionally effective sexual interpretation of the old-dark-house theme.
THE APE CREATURE (1968) 96mins. W.Germany.
Aka: THE GORILLA OF SOHO; THE GORILLA GANG.
Credits: Dir: Alfred Vohrer. From a stroy by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Herbert Fux, Hubert von Meyerinck, Horst
Tappert, Inge Langen, Maria Litto.
When a number of wealthy men's bodies are found in the Thames, an inspector, (Tappert),
traces the crimes to a girl's reformatory school run by sadistic nuns. There a disfigured
man dons a gorilla suit and embarks on a campaign of murder.
Another version of The Dark
Eyes of London and another German, Wallace adaptation. Vohrer also made an earlier
version in 1961.
THE APE WOMAN (1963) see La Donna Scimmia
APPEARANCE OF SUPER GIANT (1956/Shintoho)
Credits: Dir: Teruo Ishii; Sc: Ichiro Miyagawa; Ph: Takashi Watanabe; Mus:
Cast: Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Minoru Takada, Ryo
Iwashita, Minako Yamada, Utako Mitsuya.
A steel bodied alien equipped with the ability to fly and a radiation detector is sent to
earth to stop nuclear testing and foils a gang who have stolen radioactive material.
An English language version of an edited feature made from episodes one and two of the
Japanese television serial "Super Giant". The three other edited features of
1964 are Atomic Rulers of the World; Attack
From Space and The Evil Brain From Outer Space.
ARANAS INFERNALES (1966) Mexico.
Aka: HELLISH SPIDERS.
Credits: Dir: Frederico Curiel; Prod: Luis Enrique Vergara; Sc: Adolfo
Cast: The Blue Demon, Blanquita Sanchez, Martha Elena
Cervantes, Ramon Bugarini, Sergio Virell, Fernando Oses, Jessica Munguia, Frankenstein.
Mexican wrestling heroes, giant spiders and alien spaceships. One wrestler has a spider
growing from his wrist instead of a hand.
ARE YOU DYING YOUNG MAN? (1970) see The Beast in the Cellar
THE ARGONAUTS (1961) see The
Giant of Thessaly
ARGOS ALLA RISCOSSA (1961) see Santo Contra las Mujeres Vampiro
ARGOS CONTRO LE 7 MASCHERE DI CERA (1962) see Santo en el Museo de Cera
AROUSED (1968/Cambist) 78mins.
Credits: Dir. & Ed: Anton Holden; Prod: Ray Jenkins; Sc: Anton Holden
& Ray Jacobs; Ph: Gideon Zumbach; Mus: Edmund Mitchell.
Cast: Janine Lenon, Steve Hollister, Fleurette Carter,
Joanna Mills, Tony Palladino, Ted Gelanza, Marlene Stevens.
A New York detective allies himself with a lesbian prostitute to capture a maniac who has
been stabbing hookers.
An enjoyable sleazy sex thriller.
ARRIVANO I TITANI (1963/Vides/Ariane/Filmsonor)
Aka: SONS OF THUNDER.
Credits: Dir: Duccio Tessari; Prod: Franco Cristaldi.
Cast: Pedro Armendariz, Giuliano Gemma, Antonella
Lualdi, Jaqueline Sassard, Gerard Sety.
Crios, one of the titans, brings about the downfall of the evil King Cadmus, outwits the
Gorgon and the Cyclops, and rescues the King's daughter from her father's clutches.
ARZT OHNE GEWISSEN (1959) see Privat Klinik Professor Lund
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