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CHABELO Y PEPITO CONTRE LOS MONSTRUOUS (1973) Mexico.
Aka: CHABELO AND PEPITO VERSUS THE MONSTERS.
A comedy for younger audiences that features two scouts camping in the woods who encounter
the Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Mr. Hyde and the Mummy.
FEAR (1968) see La Camara del Terror
CHAMBER OF HORRORS (1966/Warner Bros.) 100mins. TVM. US.Credits: Dir. & Prod: Hy Averback; Sc: Stephen Kandel & Ray Russell;
Ph: Richard Kline; Ed: David Wages; Art: Art Loel; Mus: William Lava.
Cast: Patrick O'Neal, Laura Devon, Cesare Danova,
Wilfred Hyde White, Tony Curtis, Jeanette Nolan, Marie Windsor, Suzy Parker, Philip
Bourneuf, Vinton Hayworth, Wayne Rogers, Berry Krueger, Inger Stratton, Richard O'Brien,
Patrice Wymore, Tun-Tun, Yvonne Romain.
"The unspeakable vengeance of the crazed Baltimore strangler!"
Insane killer Jason Carroll (O'Neal), terrorizes 19th. Century Baltimore, and escapes the
police by cutting off his manacled hand. Amateur criminologists and owners of a wax museum
track him down.
This was intended to be a pilot film for a never shown television series called
"House of Wax" that was thought to be too lurid for the small screen. The
producers added the "Horror Horn" and the "Fear Flash", to announce
moments of extreme terror, and then packaged the film for the cinema circuit.
THE CHAMBER OF TORTURES (1971) see Orrori del Castello
CHARLY (1968/Selmur/Robertson Associates) 106mins. US.Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ralph Nelson; Sc: Sterling Silliphant; Ph: Arthur
J. Ornitz; Ed: Frederic Steinkamp; Art: Chas Rosen; Mus: Ravi Shankar. From the novel
"Flowers For Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.
Cast: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon
Janney, Dick Van Patten, Ed McNally.
Charly Gordon, (Robertson), has a low mental ability, but is transformed into a
super-brain by neurosurgery. However, Charly realises that the effects are short lived
when a mouse named Algernon that underwent the same treatment begins to regress. A case
worker, (Bloom), becomes his friend.
A well made, but seemingly pointless fantasy melodrama. Robertson received an Academy
CHARRO DE LAS CALAVERAS (1966/Columbia) BW. Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Alfredo Salazar.
Cast: Dagoberto Rodriguez, David Silva, Alicia Caro,
Pascual Garcia Pena, Laura Montez, Rosario F. Montez.
In three episodes a masked cowboy battles a vampire (El Vampiro Humano), a headless
horseman (El Jinete Sin Cabeza) and a werewolf (La Lobo Humano).
The title translates as The Rider Of The Skulls.
CHELOVIEK AMPHIBIA (1962/Lenfilm/NTA.) 98mins. USSR.
Aka: THE AMPHIBIAN MAN; THE AMPHIBIOUS MAN.
Credits: Dir: Gennadi Kazansky & Vladimir
Chebotaryov; Sc: Alexander Xenofontov, Alexei Kapler & Akiba Golburt; Ph: Eduard
Razovsky; Mus: Tirentev. From a novel by Alexander Belyayev.
Cast: William Koren (Vladimir Korenev), Anastasia
Virtinskaya, Mikhail Kozakov, Anatoli Smiranin, Nikolai Simonov, Vladimir Davydov.
An evil scientist captures a young man with gills to do his bidding.
CH'IEN-NU YU HIN (1959/Shaw) 85mins. Hong Kong.
Aka: ENCHANTING SHADOW; SOUL OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL.
Credits: Dir: Li Hanxiang (Li Han Hsiang); Prod: Yuan
Qui Feng; Sc: Wang Yueh-ting; Ph: Ho Lu-Ying.
Cast: Le Di (Betty Lo Tih), Zhano Lei, Yang Zhiquang
Based on the story "Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio" by Pu Songling.
A student, (Lei), encounters a pretty girl, (Di), when he spends the night in a temple,
but slowly he realises that she is a ghost and is plotting with the ghost of his evil aunt
to kill him. Only his moral fortitude saves the young scholar.
A moody romantic horror story regarded by many as the director's finest work.
CHI O SUU NINGYO (1970/Toho) 71mins. Japan.
Aka: NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE; THE VAMPIRE DOLL.
Credits: Dir: Michio Yamamoto; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka
& Fumio Tanaka; Sc: Hideo Ogawa & Hirochi Nagano; Ph: Kazutami Hara; Art:
Yoshifumi Honda; Mus: Riichiro Manabe.
Cast: Kayo Matsuo, Akira Nakao, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yoko
Minazake, Atsuo Nakamura, Kaku Takashina, Junya Usami.
A doctor hypnotises a woman at the point of death causing her damned soul to return as a
ghostly vampire Yuko, (Kobayshi), that avenges herself against those who treated her
badly, but when she kills her father, (Usami), who is revealed to be the doctor who raped
her mother, her body turns to dust.
A vampire tale for the art house that avoids the usual vampire clichés.
CHIKYU BOEIGN (1957/Toho/RKC.) 85mins. Japan.
Aka: EARTH DEFENCE FORCES; THE MYSTERIANS.
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Takeshi Kimura; Adapted: Shigeru Kayama; Ph: Hajime Koizumi; Art: Teruaki Aba; Sfx:
Eiji Tsuburaya; Mus: Akira Ifukube. From a story by Jojiro Okami.
Cast: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko Kochi,
Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Susumu Fujita, Fuyki Murakami, Yoshio Kosugi, Hisaya Ito,
Minosuke Yamada, Harold S. Conway, Harvo Nakajima as the robot.
Although a nuclear war destroyed Mysteroid, the fifth planet from the sun 100 thousand
years ago, some surviving male Mysterians moved to Mars. Now the humanoid cockroach
creatures arrive on Earth with a giant robot to help them capture fertile Earth women with
whom they wish to breed. After the robot tramples villages and topples mountains, some
people booby trap a bridge and send the metal monster plunging into a ravine. The
Mysterians are despatched with a powerful "Markalight" raygun.
One of the better offerings from the Toho studios with a well crafted and original plot,
but surprisingly the film is rarely screened in the cinemas or on television.
Mogella is the name given to the robot only in the publicity tag lines.
CHILDREN OF BLOOD (1968) see Cauldron of Blood
CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED (1962/Bachmann/MGM.) 87mins. BW. UK.
Aka: HORROR! Sequel to: Village of the Damned.
Credits: Dir: Anton M. Leader; Prod: Lawrence P.
Bachman; A.Prod: Ben Arbeid; Sc: John Briley; Ph: Davis Boulton; Ed: Ernest Walter; Art:
Elliot Scott; Sfx: Tom Howard; Mus: Ron Goodwin. Based on the "The Midwich
Cuckoos" by John Wyndam.
Cast: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred
Burke, Ralph Michael, Clive Powell, Lee Yoke-Moon,Roberta Rex, Frank Summerscale, Gerald
Delsol, Mahdu Mathen, Patrick Wymark, Patrick White, Andre Mikhelson, Bessie Love, Martin
Miller, Harold Goldblatt, Shelia Allen.
"So young, so innocent, so deadly--they came to conquer the world!"
Six children, (Powell, Moon, Rex, Delsol, Mathen & Summerscale), with exceptionally
high IQ's are gathered from around the world by a child psychologist, (Hendry), and his
associate for a special UNESCO. project in London, but when the individual governments
realise the potential of their progeny they try to get them back. However, the children
stay in an old disused church and use their immense powers to destroy anyone who might
harm them. As it becomes apparent that the youngsters are from the future, and can pass on
any information to each other telepathically, the governments of the world authorise a
plan to destroy them.
An imaginative and gripping sequel burdoned with an obscure message.
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT (1970) see Le Rouge Aux Levres
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1969/Geneni Prod./Major Films)
Credits: Dir: Benjamin (Bob) Clark; Prod: Benjamin
Clark & Gary Goch; Sc: Benjamin Clark & Alan Ormsby; Ph: Jack McGowan; Ed: Gary
Goch; Art: Forest Carpenter; Mu: Alan Ormsby; Mus: Carl Zitther.
Cast: Alan Ormsby, Jeffrey Gillen, Valerie Mamickes,
Paul Cronin, Jane Daly, Anya Ormsby, Bruce Solomon, Seth Sklasey, Roy Engleman, Bob Filep,
Five young members of a theatre company take a boat to an old burial island and dabble in
witchcraft to try and raise the island's dead as a bit of fun. Practical jokes give way to
real terror as grotesque forms rise from their graves seeking revenge on those that have
Made in 14 days for $70,000 and becoming a minor cult success mostly because of the
powerful zombie scenes.
CHOSEN SURVIVORS (1974/Columbia/Alpine/Curubusco/Metro Media) 98mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Sutton Roley; Prod: Charles Fries &
Leon Benson; Sc: H.B. Cross & Joe Red Moffey; Ph: Gabriel Torres; Mus: Fred Karlin.
Cast: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Diana Muldaur, Richard
Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Gwen Mitchell, Barbara Babcock, Christina Moreno, Lincoln
Kilpatrick, Kelly Lange, Pedro Armendariz Jr.
Eleven people have been chosen by the powerful government to live underground in
futuristic conditions for a test of human survival in the event of a thermonuclear war
being waged on the surface. What the eleven don't know is that they are actually under
observation for their reaction to hundreds of vampire bats that are released into the test
About 4000 real bats were used in the film, some of them were specially trained by Dr.
Clay Mitchell. Despite the attempt, the bats are the only actors worth watching.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1951) see Scrooge
CINQUE BAMBOLE PER LA LUNO D'AGOSTO (1970/PAC) 88mins. Italy.
Aka: FIVE DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
Credits: Dir: Mario Bava; Sc: Mario Di Nardo; Ph:
Antonio Rinaldi; Des: Guiseppe Aldobranc; Mus: Piero Umiliani. Based on Agatha Christie's
"Ten Little Indians".
Cast: Ira Furstenberg, Edwige Fenech, William Berger,
Howard Ross (Renato Rossi), Helena Ronée, Teodoro Corr , Maurice Poli.
High society types gathered at a luxury home on an isolated island to bid for a valuable
formula are murdered one by one by an unseen hand and their corpses are wrapped in plastic
and stashed in a large walk-in freezer.
Bava concentrates on the series of bizarre images and the occasional grisly effect,
leaving the plot to take care of itself.
CINQUE TOMBE PER UN
MEDIUM (1965/MBS.& GIA. Cinematografica) 90mins. BW. Italy.
Aka: TOMB OF HORROR; TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE; CEMETARY OF THE LIVING DEAD; FIVE
GRAVES FOR THE MEDIUM.
Credits: Dir: Ralph Zucker (Massimo Pupillo); Prod:
Frank Merle; Ex.Prod: Felix C. Ziffer & J.R. Coolidge; Sc: Roberto Natale & Romano
Migliorini; Ph: Carlo Di Palma; Ed: Robert Ardis; Mus: Aldo Piga.
Cast: Barbara Steele, Ennio Balbo, Romano Ferrara,
Marilyn Mitchell, Richard Garret (Ricardo Garrone), Walter Brandt (Walter Brandi), Alfred
Rice (Alfredo Rizzo), Tide Till, Alan Collins (Luciano Pigozzi).
Cleo Hauff, (Steele), the wife of a dead doctor who had indulged in occult research in
Central Europe, summons dead twelfth century plague victims from their graves to avenge
his murder. Two people are saved by pure water in the form of rain.
Gory and unpleasant fun featuring disembodied hands and elaborate murders.
Originally double billed with Il Castello di Artena.
CIRCUS OF BLOOD (1967) see Beserk!
CIRCUS OF FEAR (1967/Circus/Henley) 65mins. (American prints
in BW.) UK/Germany. Aka: PSYCHO CIRCUS.
Credits: Dir: John Moxey; Prod. & Sc: Harry Alan
Towers. Based on "The Man Without a Face" by Edgar Wallace.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Maurice Kaufmann,
Anthony Newlands, Suzy Kendall, Heinz Drache, Klaus Kinski, Victor Maddern, Skip Martin,
Investigations into an armoured car robbery lead the police to suspect a circus of
harbouring a murderer. Gregor the mutilated, hooded lion tamer is of special interest to
An attempt at a revival of Tod Browning's Freaks. Some prints feature John
Carradine in an introduction and some additional footage. This was shot simultaneously in
German and in colour with a different director.
The shorter versions are better paced.
CIRCUS OF HORRORS (1960/Independant/Lynx/Anglo Amalgamated)
Credits: Dir: Sidney Hayers; Prod: Julian Wintle &
Leslie Parkyn; Co-Prod: Norman Priggen; Sc: George Baxt; Ph: Douglas Slocombe; Ed:
Reginald Mills; Art: Jack Shampan; Mu: Trevor Crole-Rees; Mus: Franz Reizenstein &
Cast: Anton Differing, Jane Hylton, Yvonne Monlaur,
Kenneth Griffith, Conrad Phillips, Colette Wilde, Jack Gwillim, Vanda Hudson, Yvonne
Romain, Donald Pleasence, Ericka Remberg, William Mervyn, John Merrivale, Peter Swanwick.
"One man's lust turns men into beasts, strips women of their souls!"
A plastic surgeon, (Differing), avoids the inevitable enquiries after he badly botches an
operation, and flees to France where he becomes the owner of a circus through the death of
the previous owner, (Pleasence). He packs the circus with criminals whose faces he has
changed and blackmails them into staying. Those that try to leave are killed while
performing to make the deaths seem to be plausible accidents. The police become suspicious
when too many accidents occur and the circus' profits go up.
The plot is unimaginatively handled and the sadistic content becomes tiresome.
CISARUV PEKAR A PEKARUV CISAR (1951/Vypravny Film/Dvou
Castech) Czechloslovakia. Aka: THE EMPORER'S BAKER.
Credits: Dir: Martin Fric.
Cast: Jan Werich, Marie Vasova, Frantisek Cerny,
Natasha Gollova, Bohuslav Zahorsky, Jiri Plachy, Zdenek Stepanek.
Prague 1610 and Emporer Rudolph II finances the construction of a Golem while his people
starve. The Golem is eventually tamed by a baker, (Werich), who uses him to fuel the
hearth with his breath and he is able to bake bread to feed the whole country.
A comedy vehicle for the first Golem to be seen in colour.
CITY BENEATH THE SEA (1970/Kent/Warner) 98mins. TVM. Credits: Dir. & Prod: Irwin Allen; Sc: John Meredyth Lucas; Ph: Kenneth
Peach; Art: Rodger E. Maus & Stan Jolley; Mus: Richard La Salle.
Aka: ONE HOUR TO DOOMSDAY (UK).
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Robert Wagner, Rosemary Forsyth,
Robert Colbert, Burr de Benning, Richard Basehart, Joseph Cotten, James Darren, Sugar Ray
Robinson, Paul Stuart.
During 2053AD., an undersea city named Pacifica is threatened by an errant planetoid,
invasions and oceanic horrors.
An absurdly plotted futuristic adventure intended as a pilot for a never made television
CITY OF THE DEAD (1960 /Vulcan) 78mins. BW. UK. Aka: HORROR
Credits: Dir: John Moxey; Prod: Donald Taylor;
Ex.Prod: Seymour S. Dorner & Milton Subotsky; Sc: George Baxt; Ph: Desmond Dickinson;
Ed: John Pomeroy; Art: John Blezard; Sfx: Cliff Richardson; Mus: Douglas Gamely & Ken
From a story by Milton Subotsky.
Cast: Venetia Stevenson, Patricia Jessel, Betta St.
John, Norman MacOwen, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Valentine Dyall, Ann
Beach, Tom Naylor, Fred Johnson, William Abney, Jimmy Dyrenforth, Maxine Holden.
"Scream with guests from the Other World when you ring for doom service!"
In Whitewood New England, 1692, a notorious witch is burnt at the stake, but her curse on
the town demands Satan's eternal wrath. Centuries later, Nan, (Stevenson), is urged to
visit and research in Whitewood for her thesis on witchcraft by Professor Driscoll, (Lee).
She quickly becomes a sacrifice to a witches cult on Candlemass Eve. Her brother and her
girlfriend arrive in the town to try and find her and discover that Nan's professor is the
Although the story is set in New England the film was shot entirely at Shepperton studios,
with Dickenson's photography and the inordinate amount of dry ice creating a wonderful
atmosphere. Milton Subotsky added 20 minutes to Baxt's original 60 minute script and the
widescreen production was made for £45,000.
"Horror Hotel" keys were given to patrons at the American box office.
American Subotsky's first British production. He later became the head of Amicus
THE CITY UNDER THE SEA (1965/Bruton/AIP.) 84mins. UK.
Aka: WAR GODS OF THE DEEP (US); WAR LORDS OF THE DEEP.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Tourneur;
Prod: Daniel Haller; Ex.Prod: George Willoughby; Sc: Charles Bennett & Louis M.
Heyward; Ph: Stephen Dade; Underwater Ph: John Lamb; Ed: Gordon Hales; Art: Frank White;
Sfx: Frank George & Les Bowie; Mus: Stanley Black. From the 1831 poem "City in
the Sea" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Cast: Vincent Price, David
Tomlinson, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier, Henry Oscar, Derek Newark, Roy
Patrick, Anthony Selbey.
"They dared the most romantic journey that has ever challenged the
In 1903 Professor Benjamin Harris, (Hunter), a mining engineer and Fellow of the Royal
Society investigates the appearance of strange red stains in the sea near the coast of
Cornwall and the mysterious death of a solicitor who was washed onto the shore. Professor
Harris stays at Tregathion Manor which has been converted into a hotel by the owner Jill
Tregellis, (Hart), who is then abducted by a Gill-man through a secret passageway and
taken to Lyonesse, the City in the Sea. Professor Harris and another guest in the hotel,
Harold, (Tomlinson), attempt to rescue her and descend into the sunken city populated by
the half-man, half-fish creatures and a Captain, (Price), with his crew from the
Seventeenth century who have been kept alive by the qualities of the air. The Captain
organised Jill's abduction as she reminds him of his dead wife Beatrice, but one of the
crew, a pastor, helps the three newcomers escape as a volcano threatens to destroy the
Jacques Tourneur's last film is a juvenille family adventure that provides a few thrills
and is highlighted by Price's mournful performance.
CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981/MGM./Harryhausen/Schneer) 118mins.
Credits: Dir: Desmond Davis; Prod: Charles H. Schneer
& Ray Harryhausen; Sc: Beverly Cross; Ph: Ted Moore; Ed: Timothy Gee; Des: Frank
White; Sfx: Ray Harryhausen & Jim Danforth; Mus: Laurence Rosenthal.
Cast: Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Laurence Olivier,
Burgess Meredith, Flora Robson, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Judi Bowker, Donald Huston,
Freda Jackson, San Phillips, Jack Gwillam, Neil McCarthy, Tim Pigott-Smith, Susan
Fleetwood, Anna Manahan.
The beautiful Princess Andromeda, (Bowker), cannot wed unless her suitor can answer a
riddle created by her former suitor Prince Calibos who Zeus, (Olivier), has changed into a
scaley monster, (McCarthy). If the suitor fails to answer the riddle correctly he is put
to death by being burnt at the stake. Zeus' mortal son Persues, (Hamlin), answers the
riddle correctly after he following Andromeda to the lair of the creature, overhearing the
riddle's answer and defeating Calibos in combat. However, Thetis, (Smith), the godess
mother of Calibos decrees that unless Andromeda is sacrificed before the Kraken the whole
kingdom shall perish. Perseus seeks a way to defeat the Kraken and meets some blind
cannibalistic witches, the Gorgon and other mythical creatures.
A $15 million adaptation of Greek and Nordic mythology, is the pinnacle of Harryhausen's
career, however, the stop motion techniques that Harryhausen developed appear dated and
the story drags itself to a few moments of excitement. Despite the impressive cast the
film lacks luster and the script is needlessly complicated. Children will enjoy it,
although for them, 118 minutes is much too long.
Filmed in 1979, Harryhausen took two years to accomplish the model effects.
THE CLAW (1957) see The Giant Claw
CLAW MONSTERS (1955) see Panther Girl of the Congo
COBWEB CASTLE (1957) see Kumonosu-Jo
COFFINS OF TERROR (1963) see La Lunga Notte del Terrore
COLD BLOOD (1969) see The Ice House
EL COLECCIONISTA DE CADAVERES (1968) see Cauldron of Blood
THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK (1958/Alland/Paramount) 70mins.
Credits: Dir: Eugene Lourie; Prod: William Alland; Sc:
Thelma Schnee; Ph: John F. Warren; Ed: Floyd Knudtson; Art: Hal Pereira & John
Goodman; Sets: Sam Comer & Grace Gregory; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Wally Westmore;
Mus: Van Cleave. From a story by Willis Goldbeck.
Cast: Ed Wolff, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, John
Baragrey, Charles Herbert, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin.
Dr. Jeremy Spenser, (Martin), a scientist of some repute is killed by a car when he tries
to retrieve his son's toy aeroplane, but his father and his brother Henry, (Baragrey),
bring his brain back to life so that he can continue his important research. They house
the doctor's brain in a clumsy, giant mechanical man, (Wolff), but due to anger and
frustration the brain malfunctions within the metal monstrosity, develops a deadly ray and
embarks on a murderous rampage. Realising that he is going insane, the scientist asks his
small son, (Herbert), to pull the lever that will destroy him.
An entertaining science fiction film featuring an impressively designed monster, and quite
possibly the worst music score ever written which consists mainly of vigorously thumped
off-key piano notes.
COLOSSUS - THE FORBIN PROJECT (1970) see The Forbin
COLOUR ME BLOOD RED (1966/Box Office Spectaculars) 74mins.Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ph: Herschell Gordon Lewis; Prod: Herschell Gordon
Lewis & David Friedman.
Cast: Don Joseph, Candi Conder, Scott H. Hall, Elyn
Artist Adam Sorg, (Joseph), discovers that blood provides just the right texture and shade
of red he needs for his paintings. However, when he becomes successful, his fear of
failure drives him to murder his models to maintain a constant supply.
The third low budget gore flick from Lewis. As expected from an H.G. Lewis film this
contains plenty of gore and graphic detail. Filmed in Florida.
COMEDY OF TERRORS (1963/Alta Vista/AIP.) 88mins.
Aka: THE GRAVESIDE STORY.
Credits: Dir: Jacques Tourneur;
Prod: James A. Nicholson & Anthony Carras; Co-Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff; A.Prod: Richard
Matheson; Sc: Richard Matheson & Jacques Tourneur; Ph: Floyd Crosby; Ed: Anthony
Carras; Art: Daniel Haller; Sfx: Pat Dinga; Mu: Carlie Taylor; Mus: Les Baxter.
Cast: Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Joyce
Jameson, Beverly Hills, Linda Rogers, Joe E. Brown, Buddy Mason, Rhubarb the cat, Paul
Barsolow, Luree Nicholson.
Morticians Waldo Trumble, (Price), and Felix Gillie, (Lorre), kill to obtain more business
for their practice, only to find that one of their victims just won't die, (Rathbone).
A disappointing comedy in many ways truest to Poe's sense of mockery, although Poe does
not receive any credit. The graveyard set was borrowed from the recently completed The Premature Burial.
EL CONDE DRACULA (1970/Fnix/Corona/Filmar/Towers of London)
Aka: COUNT DRACULA (US); DRACULA 71; BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA; IL CONTE DRACULA; NACHT WEN
Credits: Dir: Jesus Franco; Prod: Harry Alan Towers
(Peter Welbeck); Sc: Peter Welbeck (Harry Alan Towers), Jesus Franco, Augusto Finochi,
Carlo Fadda, Milo C. Cuccia & Dietmar Behnke; Ph: Manuel Merino; Ed: Bruno Mattei, G.
Reinecke & Maria Louisa Sorana; Art: Karl Schnieder; Sfx: Sergio Pagoni; Mu: Gerry
Fletcher; Mus: Bruno Nicolai. From "Dracula" by Bram Stoker.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Soledad Miranda,
Frederick Williams, Maria Roehm, Klaus Kinski, Jack Taylor, Paul Muiler, Teresa Gimpera,
Solicitor Johnathan Harker tracks Dracula, (Lee), to his castle after the vampire has
killed his wife's friend and confronts the fiend who has become younger as he consumes
more blood. Eventually Dracula is destroyed when Harker burns his coffin.
Although sticking religiously to the Bram Stoker novel, the sloppy camerawork and the
other traits of a Jesus Franco film spoil what could have been an entertaining version.
Watch for the "rock" that bounces off a horses head before "crushing"
Klaus Kinski is perfectly cast as the raving, insect eating Renfield.
WORM (1968) see Witchfinder General
CONQUEST OF SPACE (1955/Paramount) 80mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Byron Haskin; Prod: George Pal; Sc:
James O'Hanlon; Ph: Lionel Lindon; Art: Hal Pereira & James McMillan Johnson; Sfx: John P. Fulton, Irmin
Roberts, Paul Lerpae, Ivyl Burks & Jan Domella; Mus: Van Cleeve. Adapted by Barrè
Lyndon, Philip Yordan & George Worthing Yates from the book by Chesley Bonestell and
Willy Ley. Also based on a technical paper "The Mars Project" by Wernher Von
Cast: Walter Brooke, Eric Fleming, Iphigenie
Castiglion, Mickey Shaughnessy, Ross Martin, William Hopper, Phil Foster, Benson Fong,
William Redfield, Michael Fox, John Dennis, Joan Shawlee, Vito Scotti.
"See how it will happen--in your lifetime!"
A rocket base is established by The Supreme International Space Authority 500 miles from
earth to send ships to Mars and obtain much needed raw materials. Unfortunately, one such
mission is sabotaged by someone who believes that such ventures are blasphemous. When the
rocket lands on Mars the crew realise that they are stranded there unless they can
straighten the ship for take off by blasting the caves below it.
A prophetically accurate account of a mission to Mars, but the film unfolds slowly with
very little to sustain interest.
IL CONTE DRACULA (1970) see EL Conde Dracula
CONTRONATURA (1969) Italy. Aka: THE UNNATURALS.
Credits: Dir: Antonio Margheriti.
Cast: Alan Collins (Luciano Pigozzi), Marianna Koch,
Joachim Fuchsberger, Claudio Camaso.
Travellers are stranded at an isolated castle where a strange man, (Collins), lives with
his elderly mother, (Koch). After a seance a series of brutal murders occur, but it has
all happened before and will happen to them again.
An old dark house mystery with gore.
LE CORONA NEGRA (1950/Suevia Film) 94mins. BW. Spain.
Aka: THE BLACK CROWN.
Credits: Dir: Luis Saslavsky; Prod: Cesareo Gonzalez;
Sc: Miguel Mihura; Ph: Antonio Lopez Ballesteros & Valentin Javier. From a story by
Cast: Maria Felix, Rosanno Brazzi, Vittorio Gassman,
José Maria Lado, Antonio Plana, Julio Caba Alba, Piéral, C. Lopez Silva, F. Fernandez.
In Tangier, a woman, (Felix), loses her memory after killing her husband for attempting to
divorce her because of her affair with Maurico, (Gassman). She befriends an engineer,
(Brazzi), but Maurico is after trying to find her and the whereabouts of her dead
husband's jewels. Somehow Maurico and the woman are buried with the dead husband's corpse,
but his murder is discovered and Maurico is the prime suspect. In a bid to escape, he is
killed. The woman descends into complete insanity and embraces the corpse of the only man
she ever truely loved.
The convoluted plot is shown through a series of flashbacks and dream sequences including
scenes of witches clutching hands emerging from the grave and the symbolic "Black
Crown" formed by ravens circling the corpse.
LE CORPS ET LE FOUET (1963) see La Frusta E Il Corpo
THE CORPSE (1969/Abacus/London/Cannon) 90mins. UK.
Aka: CRUCIBLE OF HORROR; THE VELVET HOUSE; THE VELVET HOUSE CORPSE.
Credits: Dir: Viktor Ritelis; Prod: Gabrielle
Beaumont; Ex.Prod: Dennis Freidland & Christopher Dewey; Sc: Olaf Pooley; Ph: John
Macky; Ed: Nicholas Pollock; Art: Peter Hampton; Mus: John Hotchkis.
Cast: Michael Gough, Yvonne Mitchell, Sharon Gurney,
Simon Gough, Olaf Pooley, David Butler, Nicholas Jones,Mary Hignett, Howard Goorney.
A sadistic stockbroker, (Gough), continues his perverted assaults on his wife, (Mitchell),
and his daughter, (Gurney), even after they have planned his death and killed him.
Inspired by Les Diaboliques the good cast supply exemplary
performances amidst the gore and nudity. The fact that the only horror films from Britain
at this time seemed to be Hammer Studio remakes only heightened this films impact.
THE CORPSE COLLECTOR (1968) see Cauldron of Blood
THE CORPSE MAKERS (1963) see Twice Told Tales
CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (1958/MGM/Producers Ass.) 86mins. BW. UK.
Aka: THE DOCTOR FROM SEVEN DIALS; CORRIDORS OF DEATH.
Credits: Dir: Robert Day; Prod: John Croydon &
Charles Vetter; Ex.Prod: Richard Gordon; Sc: Jean Scott Rogers; Ph: Geoffrey Faithfull;
Ed: Peter Mayhew; Art: Anthony Masters; Mus: Buxton Orr.
Cast: Boris Karloff,
Francis Matthews, Christopher Lee, Betta St. John, Adrienne Corri, Francis DeWolff, Finlay
Currie, Marian Spencer, Frank Pettingell, Basil Dignam, Carl Bernard, Nigel Green, Charles
Lloyd Pack, Robert Raglan, Yvonne Warren, John Gabriel, Howard Lang.
Dr. Bolton, (Karloff), is determined to discover a way to acheive a painless operation.
Other surgeons scoff at the idea and adhere to the practise of strapping their patients
down while their limbs are either operated on or amputated. Sadly in his experiments with
certain drugs, Bolton becomes addicted to opiates, and is blackmailed into signing false
death certificates so that Resurrection Joe, (Lee), can obtain money for the corpses he
provides. Finally the police raid the Seven Dials slums and Bolton is killed by Joe, but
he has time to ask his son to continue his experiments before he dies. The epilogue shows
his son performing painless surgery while his father's early paraphernalia is on display
in the operating theatre.
The film is far better than it should have been thanks to a good cast and effective
design, but it lacks excitement and only offers a few amputations to maintain interest.
CORRIDORS OF DEATH (1958) see Corridors of Blood
CORRUPTION (1967/Titan/Columbia) 91mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Robert Hartford-Davis; Prod. & Ph:
Peter Newbrook; Sc: Donald Ford & Derek Ford; Ed: Don Deacon; Des: Bruce Grimes; Sfx:
Mike Albrechtsen; Mus: Bill McGuffie.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate
O'Mara, David Lodge, Anthony Booth, Wendy Varnals.
A surgeon, (Cushing), accidently disfigures his fiancee's, (Lloyd), face during a
confrontation with a photographer at a party and turns to murder for the pituitary glands
he needs to restore her beauty. He decapitates prostitutes and keeps their heads in the
refrigerator, but when demented hippies break into his house and discover the heads his
laser drill goes out of control and kills the intruders. The surgeon then wakes from his
dream and takes his fiancee to a party.
An unoriginal thriller without any cleverness and an excessive amount of gory detail. Only
the reliable cast give the film a quality it doesnt deserve.As a gimmick a ban was
imposed at theatres on all women without an escort.
THE COSMIC MAN (1958/Futura/Allied Artists) 72mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Herbert Greene; Prod: Robert A. Terry;
A.Prod: Harry Marsh; Sc: Arthur C. Pierce; Ph: John F. Warren; Ed: Helene Turner; Sfx:
Charles Duncan; Mus: Lou Kosloff, Paul Sawtell & Bert Shefter.
Cast: John Carradine, Bruce
Bennett, Angela Greene, Paul Langton, Scotty Morrow, Lyn Osborne, Walter Maslow, Herbert
Lytton, Ken Clayton, Alan Wells, Harry Fleer, Jean Hagen.
An alien, (Carradine), arrives on earth to preach peace before it is too late for us all.
To prove his good intentions the alien cures the crippled son, (Morrow), of his landlady
and then travels about undetected to elude the authorities who want to find out more about
him and his strange spherical spacecraft. The alien is eventually shot and wounded when he
is deemed to be a threat to national security.
The use of the negative image for the alien is quite effective and original, however, as a
blatant copy of The Day the Earth Stood Still the film cannot
compare to the classic and remains a cheap imitation.
THE COSMIC MAN APPEARS IN TOKYO (1956) see Uchujin Tokyo
THE COSMIC MONSTERS (1957) see The Strange World of
THE COSMONAUTS ON VENUS (1962) see Planeta Burg
THE COUCH (1962/Crump/Warner) 100mins.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Owen Crump; Sc: Robert
Bloch. Story co-written by Blake Edwards.
Cast: Grant Williams, Shirley Knight, Onslow Stevens,
William Leslie, Anne Helm.
Is a psychotic patient, (Williams), recently released from prison murdering a stranger at
7 o'clock every evening with an ice pick? His psychiatrist investigates.
An effective, but overlong minor psycho-shocker that would have been better as a half hour
COUNT DRACULA (1970) see
El Conde Dracula
COUNT DRACULA (1977/BBC-TV) 150mins. TVM. UK.
Credits: Dir: Philip Saville; Prod: Morris Barry; Sc:
Gerald Savory; Ed: Richard Bedford & Rod Waldron; Des: Michael Young; Vis.Fx: Tony
Harding; Mu: Suzan Broad; Mus: Kenyon Emrys-Roberts. From the novel by Bram Stoker.
Cast: Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, Susan Penhaligon,
Judi Bowker, Jack Shepherd, Mark Burns, Bosco Hogan, Richard Barnes, Ann Queensbury,
George Raistrick, George Malpas, Michael MacOwen.
An extremely faithful adaptation of the novel, with some effective and chilling scenes.
Watch for Dracula appearing as half man and half bat climbing down the castle walls.
An overlong adaptation that has moments of brilliance. Originally shown in 3 parts.
COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDE (1973) see The Satanic Rites of Dracula
COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970/Erica/Movielab/AIP.)
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Robert Kelljan; Prod: Michael
MacReady; Ph: Arch Archambault; Mus: William Marx.
Cast: Robert Quarry, Michael Murphy, Judith Lang,
Roger Perry, Donna Anders, Marsha Jordan, Edward Walsh, Michael MacReady. Narrated: George
"Don't dare come alone!"
In modern day Los Angeles, Count Yorga, (Quarry), and his selection of vampire women live
in a Spanish mansion, and torment the area with their bloodlust. A man, (Murphy), goes to
the mansion to rescue a relative and finds himself in a nightmare of vampiric terror.
Set against a backdrop of gritty city realism, police enquiries and seances, the film is
better than the majority of modern placed vampire tales. Originally this was intended to
be a soft porn sex film which explains why so many of the actresses have been seen in that
genre. The moods are inspired by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD especially in the make up of the
Sequel: THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA.
COUNTER ATTACK OF THE MONSTER (1955) see Gojira No Gyakushyu
(1970/Hammer/Rank) 93mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Peter Sasdy; Prod: Alexander Paal; Sc:
Jeremy Paul; Ph: Ken Talbot; Ed: Henry Richardson; Art: Philip Harrison; Sfx: Burt
Luxford; Mu: Tom Smith; Mus: Harry Robinson.
Based on "The Bloody Countess" by Valentine Penrose and a story by Alexander
Paal, Peter Sasdy & Gabriel Ronay.
Cast: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Lesley-Anne Down,
Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Andrea Lawrence, Jessie
Evans, Leon Lissick, Nick Arrighi, Susan Broderick, Charles Farrell, Hulya Babus.
Countess Elizabeth Nadasdy, (Pitt), has found a cure for old age by bathing in virgins
blood. Looking ever more youthful she pretends to be her own daughter, but at her wedding
she suddenly ages horribly before her groom and the priest, struggling to obtain the youth
giving blood she needs.
More of a horrific tale about murder, corruption and decay rather than actual vampirism.
The format is of the usual Hammer formula and lacks imagination and excitement.
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