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UNE FOLLE ENVIE D'AIMER
(1969) see Orgasmo

DIE FOLTERKAMMER DES FU MANCHU (1968) see Castle of Fu Manchu

FOOD OF THE GODS (1976/AIP/Brent-Walker) 88mins. US.
Credits: Dir., Prod., Sc. & Vis.fx: Bert I. Gordon; Ex.Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff; Ph: Reginald Morris; Ed: Corky Ehlers; Art: Graeme Murray; Sfx: Tom Fisher, John Thomas & Keith Wardlow; Miniatures: Erik Von Buelow; Partial creature Des: Rick Baker; Mus: Elliot Kaplan. From a story by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Marjoe Gortner, Ralph Meeker, Pamela Franklin, Ida Lupino, John Cypher, Belinda Belaski, Tom Stovall, Chuck Courtney, John McLiam.
A strange food stuff grown by a farmer, (McLiam), on an island in British Columbia, creates monster-sized animals. The giant mutations that include chickens rats and wasps terrorize the people who live there. The farmer's wife, (Lupino), believes that it is the Food Of The Gods and bottles it to sell to others.
A laughable attempt by Gordon to remake his VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965). The script is terrible and the effects poor, but fortunately Rick Baker went on to be remembered for better things.
Budgeted for $300,000 and filmed in Vancouver

THE FOOL KILLER (1963/Landau/Allied Artists) 100mins. BW. US.
Aka: VIOLENT JOURNEY.
Credits: Dir: Servando Gonzalez; Prod: David Friedkin; Sc: Morton Fine & David Friedkin. From the novel by Helen Eustis.
Cast: Edward Albert Jnr., Henry Hull, Anthony Perkins, Dana Eclar, Salome Jens.
After the Civil War, an orphan leaves his foster home and encounters a man who tells him the legend of a tall man who kills all the fools of the world with an axe. When the boy befriends an athiest and takes him to a revival meeting, the preacher is later found hacked to bits.
An enjoyable fable with good performances first released in 1965 then released again in 1969 with heavy cuts.

FORBIDDEN FEMININITY (1964) see Sexy Probitissimo

FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956/MGM) 98mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Fred McLeod Wilcox; Prod: Nicholas Nayfack; Sc: Cyril Hume; Ph: George J. Folsey; Ed: Ferris Webster; Art: Cedric Gibbons & Arthur Lonergan; Sfx: A. Arnold Gillespie, Warren Newcombe, Irving G. Reis & Joshua Meador; Mus: Louis Barron & Beebe Barron. From "Fatal Planet" by Irving Black & Allen Alder and based loosely on Shakespeare's "The Tempest".
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, George Wallace, James Drury. Voice of Robby the Robot: Marvin Miller.
"More than a year in production!"
Space-ship C-57D, sent to Altair-4 in 2200 AD. to discover the fate of the colony ship Belle-rophon, finds that only the scientist Dr. Morbius, (Pidgeon), and his beautiful daughter Altaira, (Francis), have survived. The solution to the mystery seems to lie beneath the planet's surface where there are remnants of a highly intelligent, non human race called the Krell that Morbius is studying and increasing his brain power with their secret knowlege. The newly arrived crew encounters an invisible monster and deduce that it is the same force that wiped out the other colonists and the Krell civilization. The ship's doctor, (Stevens), tries to find out more about the Krell, but loses his life when he tries to absorb too much Krell knowlege at once. He manages to tell his captain, (Nielsen), that the monster is formed from Morbius' id, the baser emotions of his newly developed mind. Morbius became angry at the colonist's presence and unconciously killed them as he is now doing to the new arrivals for their interference.
Although let down by the stilted dialogue this is one of the best science fiction films of the decade and the inspiration for the television series "Star Trek". The Id monsters were designed by a Disney animation team and nominated for an Academy Award.
Robby the robot has since appeared in The Invisible Boy among other films and on television including an episode of "Lost In Space".

THE FORBIN PROJECT (1970/Universal) 100mins. US.
Aka: COLOSSUS - THE FORBIN PROJECT (UK).
Credits: Dir: Joseph Sargent; Prod: Stanley Chase; Sc: James Bridges; Ph: Gene Polito; Mus: Michael Colombier. From "Colossus" by D.F. Jones.
Cast: Eric Braeden, Gordon Pinsent, Susan Clark, William Schallert.
"You will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love." - Colossus.
Dr. Forbin, (Braeden), creates a super computer named Colossus that links itself with a Russian equivalent and together they rule the world using each country's arsenals of computer controlled weapons as a threat to anyone that tampers with their programming. Forbin looks on in horror as his colleagues are "executed" when they try to shut down the power crazed computer.
A well made and intelligent science fiction tale with a credible scenario and cast.

THE 4D MAN (1959/Fairview/Universal) 85mins. US.
Aka: MASTER OF TERROR; THE EVIL FORCE.
Credits: Dir: Irwin Shortess Yeaworth Jnr.; Prod: Jack Harris; Sc: Cy Chermak & Theodore Simonson; Mu: Dean Newman; Sfx: Barton Sloane. From an idea by Jack H. Harris.
Cast: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriweather, Robert Strauss, James Congdon, Edgar Stehli, Chic James, Patty Duke Astin, Guy Raymond.
Scott, (Langsing), uses his brother's science experiment notes to further his own research and manages to pass his hand through impenetrable steel. However, due to his previous work with nuclear materials, Scott's brain has mutated and his ability to pass through objects is permanent. After he embarks on a spree of thefts Scott notices that he has aged several decades and realises he must steal other people's life force to retain his youth. Now completely insane, Scott kills several people before his brother, (Congdon), tries to stop him.
A well thought out and enjoyable fantasy-horror film with some good special effects. Filmed in Pennsylvania.

FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE (1953/Exclusive/Hammer) 81mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Alexander Paal & Michael Carreras; Sc: Paul Tabori & Terence Fisher; Ph: Reginald Wyer; Ed: Maurice Roots; Art: John Elder Wills; Mus: Malcolm Arnold. From a novel by William F. Temple.
Cast: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, Percy Marmont, Jennifer Dearman, Kynaston Reeves, Sean Barrett, John Stuart, Glyn Dearman, Edith Saville.
"See the mad scientist of Howdean defy the laws of life. He outdid Frankenstein!"
A man uses a machine to create a clone of his friend's girlfriend when he falls in love with her, but the creation, like the original, also falls in love with his friend. The clone and it's creator finally burn to death in a fire.
Hammer's first venture into the sci-fi and horror genre, but let down by the poor production values and a weak script. The machine used for the cloning is reminiscent of the duplicating machine in Metropolis.

THE FOUR SKULLS OF JOHNATHAN DRAKE (1959/UA./Vogue) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward L. Cahn; Prod: Robert E. Kent; Sc: Orville H. Hampton; Ph: Maury Gertsman; Ed: Edward Mann; Art: William Glasgow; Mus: Paul Dunlap.
Cast: Paul Wexler, Edward Franz, Henry Daniell, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Paul Cavanagh, Howard Wendell, Lumsden Hare.
An Ecuadorian family find that they are cursed by a 200 year old medicine man who causes all the male members of the family to die by decapitation at the age of sixty. Another family member discovers an assortment of skulls in the vault and finds that the medicine man, who is still alive, is collecting heads to replace the one he has.
An effective low budget occult thriller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE
(1956) 80mins. US.
Credits: Dir: Charles Lamont. Based on the character by David Stern.
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Virginia Welles, James Flavin, Paul Cavanagh, Mary Ellen Kaye, David Janssen, Richard Deacon, Timothy Caret. Voice: Paul Frees.
Francis the talking mule, (Frees), and his owner, (Rooney), enter a house rumoured to be haunted.
A predictable spooky house comedy and the last of seven Francis the talking mule film series that usually starred Donald O'Connor and Francis voiced by Chill Wills. The usual plot followed a formula that mostly had the exceedingly stupid O'Connor being saved from different circumstances by the wiley mule.

THE FRANKENSTEIN BROTHERS (1966)
see Furankenshutain No Kaiju-Sandai Tai Gaira

FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (1964) see Furankenshutain Tai Baragon

FRANKENSTEIN CONTRE L'HOMME INVISIBLE (1958) see Frankenstein 1970

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1966/Hammer/7 Arts/Warner) 86mins. UK.
Sequel to: The Evil of Frankenstein.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Anthony Nelson Keys; Sc: John Elder (Anthony Hinds); Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: Spencer Reeve & James Needs; Art: Don Mingaye; Sfx: Les Bowie; Des: Bernard Robinson; Mu: George Partleton; Mus: James Bernard.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Thorley Walters, Robert Morris, Duncan Lamont, Peter Blythe, Ian Beavis, Barry Warren, Derek Fowlds, Alan MacNaughton, Peter Maddern, Philip Ray, Colin Jeavons.
"A beautiful woman with the soul of a devil!"
When Baron Frankenstein's assistant Hans is wrongly executed for the murder of an innkeeper, his girlfriend jumps to her death from a bridge. Frankenstein, (Cushing), uses the opportunity to further his experiments in the preservation of the soul after death and brings the girlfriend back to life with Hans' soul, but although the experiment seems to be a success, the creation only wants to avenge Hans' execution by murdering the three youths, (Blythe, Warren & Fowlds), who were really responsible for the innkeeper's murder. Frankenstein discovers that his creation is murdering under instruction from Hans' head kept in a hat box. After Hans' death is fully avenged the creature jumps from a cliff to her death.
Originally double-billed with The Mummy's Shroud. Hammer embarked on another dual sex theme in DOCTOR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE.
Sequel: Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed.

FRANKENSTEIN, EL VAMPIRO Y COMPANIA (1961/Cinematografica Calderon) BW. Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Benito Alazraki.
Cast: Manuel "Loco" Valdes, Josť Jasso, Joaquin Garcia Vargas (Borolas), Martha Elena Cervantes, Nora Veryan, Roberto G. Rivera, Quintin Bulnes.
Two express agents, (Valdes & Jasso), deliver wax figures of the Frankenstein monster and a vampire to scientist Dr. Sofia, (Veryan), but the vampire figure comes to life and convinces the scientist to try and transplant the brain of one of the deliverymen into the monster. A wolfman arrives to destroy the other two monsters.
An unofficial remake of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein with popular Mexican comedy duo Valdes and Jasso.

FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER (1965/Vernon-Seneca Films/Allied Artists) 78mins. BW.
Aka: DUEL OF THE SPACE MONSTERS; MARS INVADES PUERTO RICO (Video).
Credits: Dir: Robert Gaffney; Prod: Robert McCarty; Ex.Prod: Alan V.Iselin; Sc: George Garret.
Cast: James Karen, Nancy Marshall, David Kerman, Robert Reilly, Marilyn Harold, Lou Cutell.
Princess Marcuzan, (Harold), and her bald, gnome-like assistant, (Cutell), travel to Puerto Rico to kidnap women and re-populate their planet. An astronaut, (Reilly), crashes near the alien base and becomes a killer with a deformed face when he is shot with a ray-gun, but he manages to save the girls from the aliens' clutches, and force the intruders to leave.
A B-movie mess shot in Puerto Rico with lots of rock music, and footage from other films.
Space-shield eye protectors were given away to cinema patrons to stop the cobalt ray attacks!

THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTERS (1966)
see Furankenshutain No Kaiju-Sandai Tai Gaira

FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! (1969/Hammer/Warner/Pathe) 97mins. UK.
Sequel to: Frankenstein Created Woman.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher & Bert Batt; Prod: Anthony Nelson-Keys; Sc: Bert Batt; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: Gordon Hales; Art: Bernard Robinson; Mu: Eddie Knight; Mus: James Bernard.
Cast: Peter Cushing, Simon Ward, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley, George Pravda, Geoffrey Bayldon, Colette O'Neill, Harold Goodwin, Peter Copley.
Baron Frankenstein, (Cushing), blackmails a younger physician, (Ward), and his girlfriend, (Carlson), to help him with his diabolical experiments. Together they create a creature from the body of Professor Richter and the brain of doctor Brandt, but the initial success soon turns sour when the tortured mind of the creature goes insane and both the creator and the monster perish in a fire.
The true monster is Frankenstein himself driven by his desire for knowledge to achieve his aims at any price. This is a lively fifth entry to the Hammer Frankenstein series with an unusual note of pathos.
Sequel: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL (1973). (The Horror of Frankenstein is not a true sequel.)

FRANKENSTEIN 1970 (1958/Allied Artists) 83mins. BW. US.
Aka: FRANKENSTEIN CONTRE L'HOMME INVISIBLE (France).
Credits: Dir: Howard W. Koch; Prod: Aubrey Schenck; Ex.Prod: Herman Cohen; Sc: Richard Landau & George Worthing Yates; Ph: Carl E. Guthrie; Ed: John A. Bushelman; Des: Jack Collins; Art: Jerry Welch; Mu: Gordon Bau; Mus: Paul Dunlap. From a story by Aubrey Schenck and Charles A. Moses.
Cast: Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Mike Lane, Donald Barry, Charlotte Austin, Irwin Berke, Rudolph Anders, John Dennis, Norbert Schiller.
In 1970 a descendant of the Frankenstein family, (Karloff), is approached by a television crew who want to use his castle as a film set. They pay him well and Frankenstein uses the money to purchase the atomic reactor necessary to create a monster, while members of the crew are the unwilling suppliers of body parts.
Frankenstein manages to bring his creation to life, (Lane), but they both perish in radioactive steam.
The script is too talky and slows the film down to a tedious crawl.
This was the only time that Karloff played the creator and not the monster.
The French title is completely misleading as no Invisible Man is in the film.

FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS (1969/Medfore/Agincourt) Canada.
Aka: FLICK; DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN ON CAMPUS.
Credits: Dir: Gilbert Taylor; Prod: Bill Marshall; Sc: David Cobb, Bill Marshall & Gil Taylor.
Cast: Robin Ward, Sean Sullivan, Kathleen Sawyer, Austin Wills.
Victor Frankenstein IV is expelled from his school in Transylvania, so he enrolls in a Canadian college and continues his experiments by turning some of his classmates into zombies. He is expelled again for possessing marijuana, so he has his revenge by taking over the mind of a karate expert to kill those responsible for his expulsion. When the killer regains his mind he accidentally knocks FrankensteIn over a bannister, while Frankenstein's girlfriend watches in horror as her boyfriend's skin splits open to reveal a creature within.
The acting is so bad that it is difficult to tell the difference between the monsters and the rest of the cast.

FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY (1973) see Doctor Frankenstein

FRANKENSTEIN UND DIE UNGERHEUER AUS DEM MEER (1966)
see Nankai No Dai Ketto

FRANKENSTEIN VERSUS THE GIANT DEVIL-FISH (1964)
see Furankenshutain Tai Baragon

FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR (1968) see La Marca del Hombre Lobo

FRANKENSTEINS DAMON BEDROHT DIE WELT (1970)
see Gamera tai Daimaju Jaiga

FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER (1958/Astor/Layton) 85mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Richard E. Cunha; Prod: Marc Frederick; Sc: H.E. Barrie; Ph: Meredith Nicholson; Ed: Everett Dodd; Sfx: Ira Anderson; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Nicholas Carras.
Cast: Donald Murphy, Sally Todd, Robert Dix, Harold Lloyd Jnr., Felix Locker, Wolfe Barzell, Voltaire Perkins, Harry Wilson, Sandra Knight, John Ashley.
"It reaches from the grave to re-live the HORROR, the TERROR!"
Dr. Oliver Frank, (Murphy), experiments on a girl with a drug called Degeneral that occasionally turns her into a monster who prowls the streets at night. When she recovers she has no memory of the night's events, but Oliver plans to turn her into a monster permenantly when she spurns his amorous advances. Her boyfriend rescues her when he throws acid in the scientist's face and causes the laboratory to catch fire killing Oliver and a monster that he made from one of the girl's friends, (Todd).
A wonderful schlock filled B-movie.

FRANKENSTEINS MONSTER JAGENS GODZILLAS (1967) see Gojira No Musuko

FRANK'S GREATEST ADVENTURE (1967) see Fearless Frank

FREAKS! (1966) see She Freak

LE FRISSON DES VAMPIRES (1970/ABC/Filmes Modernen) 90mins. France.
Aka: SEX AND THE VAMPIRE (US); TERROR OF THE VAMPIRES; VAMPIRE THRILLS.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Jean Rollin; Ph: Jean-Jacques Renon; Ed: Olivier Gregoire; Art: Michel Dele Salles; Mus: Acanthus.
Cast: Sandra Julien-Dominique, Nicole Nancel, Michel Delahaye, Jean-Marie Durand, Jaques Robiolles, Marie-Pierre Tricot, Kuelan Herce.
In the early 60's, honeymooning couple Ise, (Julian), and Antoine, (Durand), decide to visit the castle owned by their vampire hunting cousins only to discover that they have died leaving two female servants to run the estate and a vampire queen maned Isolde, (Dominique), who emerges naked from a grandfather clock at midnight. Ise succumbs to the sexual attentions of one of the women and learns that her cousins and the women are vampires. Antoine fails to persuade Ise to leave the castle before it is too late.
Rollin's most commercial work is a camp horror tale similar in plot to Kiss of the Vampire that loses any atmosphere it may have achieved by using an annoying rock score and female cast members who take their clothes off for unerotic lesbian love-making. Only the occasional surreal moment that includes the blood of a dove splashed across a coffin, is worth watching.

FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974/Amicus/Warner) 98mins. UK.
Aka: CREATURES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE; TALES FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE.
Credits: Dir: Kevin Connor; Prod: Max J. Rosenberg & Milton Subotsky; Sc: Robin Clarke & Raymond Christodoulou; Ph: Alan Hume; Des: Maurice Carter; Mus: David Gamley. From the stories in "The Unbidden" by R. Chewynd-Hayes.
Cast: Peter Cushing, David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Angela Pleasence, Ian Ogilvy, Diana Dors, Lesley Anne Down, Ian Carmichael, Margaret Leighton, Marcel Steiner, Nyree Dawn Porter, Wendy Allnut, Jack Watson, Ian Bannen, Rosalind Ayres.
An anthology film introduced by the proprietor, (Cushing), of an antique shop named Temptations Ltd. who relates the unusual experiences of four of his customers.
"The Gate Crasher".
A man, (Warner), purchases a mirror that houses a malevolent spirit who forces him to murder people. With each gruesome killing the image of the spirit becomes clearer until it walks into the living room where it persuades the purchaser to kill himself and take his place in the mirror.
"An Act Of Kindness".
A timid bank clerk, (Bannen), with a nagging wife, (Dors), and a rebellious son, gives some money to an old soldier, (Pleasence), in the street and pretends to be a former army officer himself when he wears a medal stolen from the antique shop. He is invited to dinner where he receives the attentions of the soldier's daughter, (A. Pleasence), who he eventually discovers to be a witch, convincing him to stick a pin into a wax doll of his wife. When he returns home he finds his wife dead. The clerk marries the young woman and his son attends the ceremony, but when his new wife cuts the cake through the wax bridegroom doll the clerk dies. The old soldier and his daughter turn to the boy and tell him that they always answer little boy's prayers.
"The Elemental".
A man, (Carmichael), becomes the victim of an evil elemental that burrows into his shoulder. The creature is unseen by all except a psychic, (Leighton), who is summoned to his house to exorcise the spirit afer it attacks the man's wife.
"The Door".
A man, (Ogilvy), purchases an antique door which he puts over a closet in his study, but sometimes when he opens the door another room is revealed containing a strange presence that tries to draw him and his girlfriend inside. They discover that it is the early English living room of an age old devil worshipper who gave himself over to evil and exists only in the mystical room to claim more people. The purchaser has to smash the door to save his girlfriend and destroy the mysterious room.
The antique shop owner staves off the intentions of a burglar by causing him to fall into a crate lined with spikes.
A well filmed collection of weak horror tales made all the more interesting by some good portrayals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FROM HELL IT CAME
(1957/Allied Artists/Milner Bros.) 71mins. BW. US. Released Jan. 13th.'58.
Credits: Dir: Dan Milner; Prod. & Ed: Jack Milner; A.Prod: Richard Bernstein & Byron Roberts; Sc: Richard Bernstein; Ph: Brydon Baker; Art: Rudi Feld; Sfx: James H. Donnelly; Costume Des: Paul Blaisdell; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Darrell Calker. From a story by Richard Bernstein and Jack Milner.
Cast: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins, John McNamara, Gregg Palmer, Robert Swan, Suzanne Ridgway, ani Marsh, Baynes Barron, Lenmana Guerin, Grace Mathews, Chester Hayes, Paul Blaisdell, Mark Sheeler, Lee Rhodes.
A South Sea island chief, (Barron), and his witch doctor, (Swan), murder the island's prince, (Palmer), when he becomes too friendly with American atomic researchers Dr. Arnold, (Andrews), and Dr. Mason, (Carver). The prince rises from the grave as an animated tree trunk named Tabanga, (Blaisdell), to wreak vengance while the witch doctor and his accomplices plan to oust the interloping researchers. After Tabanga has despatched the wrong doers, the scientists manage to destroy the creature by shooting at a sacred dagger stuck near the creatures heart.
The incredible creature and ludicrous plot carries the film above and beyond the realms of serious cinema.

FROOGO AND DROGGO (1966) see Kairyu Daikessen

FROZEN ALIVE (1964/Magna Pictures) BW. Germany/UK.
Aka: DER FALL X701.
Credits: Dir: Bernard Knowles; Prod: Arthur Brauner & Ronald Rietti; Sc: Evelyn Fraser.
Cast: Mark Stevens, Marianne Koch, Yoachim Hansen.
A reputable scientist is accused of murdering his wife while she is being frozen into suspended animation.
A study of the legal ramifications of the cryogenic process with some science fiction overtones.

THE FROZEN DEAD (1966/Goldstar/7 Arts) 95mins. UK. Released in BW.
Credits: Dir., Prod. & Sc: Herbert J. Leder; Ex.Prod: Robert Goldstein; Ph: David Bolton; Ed: Tom Simpson; Art: Scott MacGregor; Mus: Don Banks.
Cast: Alex Davison, Dana Andrews, Anna Palk, Karel Stepanek, Kathleen Breck, Oliver McGreevy, Edward Fox, Philip Gilbert, Alan Tilvern, Tom Chatto, Basil Henson.
Scientist Doctor Norberg, (Andrews), is secretly trying to revive fifteen hundred frozen Nazis who were stored in caves at the end of World War Two. Under pressure from Nazi sympathisers he kills a young girl, but keeps her head alive to experiment with as most of the subjects he has tried to revive have had brain damage. However, the girl's head foils Dr. Norberg's plans by telepathically controlling the assorted limbs in the laboratory and strangling the scientist and his assistant.
An interesting idea is performed and presented well, but lacks originality.

LA FRUSTA E IL CORPO (1963/Vox/Leone/Francinor/Belotti Films) 90mins. Italy/France.
Aka: THE WHIP AND THE BODY; THE WHIP AND THE FLESH (UK); WHAT? (US); NIGHT IS THE PHANTOM (UK); LE CORPS ET LE FOUET.
Credits: Dir: John M. Old (Mario Bava); Ex.Prod: John Oscar (Elio Scardamaglia); Sc: Julian Berry (Ernesto Gastaldi), Robert Hugo (Ugo Guerra) & Martin Hardy (Luciano Martino); Ph: David Hamilton (Ubaldo Terzano); Ed: Bob King (Renato Cinquini); Art: Dick Grey (Ottavio Scotti); Mus: Jim Murphy (Carlo Rustichelli).
Cast: Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Tony Kendall (Luciano Stella), Harriet White, Isli Oberon, Jacques Herlin.
When a sadistic son returns home to the family castle he begins to make advances to his brother's widow, but when she spurns his attentions she is found the next day whipped into unconciousness on the beach. A killer stalks the estate killing the son and other relatives when it seems that the dead brother, (Lee), has returned from the grave.
Bava puts his experienced camerawork to good use with bold splashes of colour in his first colour production. The plot of this gothic thriller is barely coherent after all the censorship edits which included removing a whipping scene and anything with a sexually depraved tone. The film was the first in the genre to sympathetically portray an S & M relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FU MANCHU AND THE KISS OF DEATH
(1968) see The Blood of Fu Manchu

FUEGO (1964) see Pyro

THE FULL TREATMENT (1960/Falcon/Hilary/Columbia) 109mins. BW. UK.
Aka: STOP BEFORE I KILL (US).
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Val Guest; Sc: Val Guest & Ronald Scott Thorn; Ph: Gilbert Taylor; Mus: Stanley Black. From a novel by Ronald Scott Thorn.
Cast: Ronald Lewis, Diane Cilento, Claude Dauphin, Fran‡oise Rosay, Bernard Braden.
"A new experience in suspense."
After an accident, a racing car driver attempts to murder his wife, but psychiatric help only results in further gruesome mayhem.
A wordy script filled with uninteresting characters spoils this variation of 1954's Les Diaboliques.

FURANKENSHUTAIN NO KAIJU-SANDAI TAI GAIRA (1966/Toho) 93mins. Japan.
Aka: THE FRANKENSTEIN BROTHERS; THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTERS; SANDA TAI GAILA; THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS.
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Ex.Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Reubon Bercovitch & Henry Saperstein; Sc: Inoshiro Honda & Kaori Mabuchi; Ph: Haijime Koizumi; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya.
Cast: Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, Kipp Hamilton, Kenji Sahara, Jun Tazaki, Yu Fujiki.
After an atomic blast, a small baby Gargantuan, owned by a scientist who uses cells taken from the Frankenstein monster, grows into giant twins, an evil green monster and a peaceful brown monster. Despite the scientist trying to control the monsters, they crush Tokyo underfoot, but an exploding volcano finally destroys the creatures.
A typical Toho actor-in-rubber suit film with the added benefit of a nightclub singer singing "the words get stuck in my throat" before the building is crushed by the monsters.
Originally intended as a sequel to Furankenshutain Tai Baragon (Aka: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD), but was altered before filming began although some references to the earlier film remain.

FURANKENSHUTAIN TAI BARAGON (1964/Toho/AIP.) 87mins. Japan/US.
Aka: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD; FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE GIANT DEVIL FISH.
Credits: Dir: Inishiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka; Ex.Prod: Henry Saperstein & Ruben Bercovitch; Sc: Kaoru Mabuchi; Ph: Hajimi Koizumi; Art: Takeo Kita; Sfx: Eiji Tsuburaya.
Cast: Nick Adams, Tadeo Takashuma, Takashi Shimura, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Haruo Nakajima.
"He rolled the seven wonders of the world into one!"
The living heart of Frankenstein's monster is shipped to Hiroshima towards the end of World War II by German scientists. After the atom bomb is dropped on the city the heart is eaten by a boy who turns into a friendly boy-monster and is promptly blamed for the chaos caused by a large reptilian creature called Baragon unleashed from it's hibernation during an earthquake. Eventually both creatures die in another earthquake.
A trite film with miniature sets and an actor in a rubber monster suit. Originally this was to be released in America as FRANKENSTEIN VS. THE GIANT DEVIL-FISH, but the giant octopus, (the Devil-Fish), was either cut from the print, or it was never filmed although some publicity prints were issued using the octopus seen in King Kong Tai Gojira.
The creature Baragon is played by Haruo Nakajima who also played Godzilla.
In 1965 Toho announced two more films of a similar nature, FRANKENSTEIN VERSUS THE GIANT MOTH and FRANKENSTEIN VERSUS KING KONG. Neither film was ever made.

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LA FURIA DEL HOMBRE LOBO
(1970/Plata Films/Maxper) 85mins. Spain.
Aka: FURY OF THE WOLFMAN. Sequel to: La Noche de Walpurgis.
Credits: Dir: Jose Maria Zabalza; Sc: Jacinto Molina Alverez, (Paul Naschy).
Cast: Paul Naschy, Perla Cristal, Michael Rivers, Veronica Lujan, Mark Stevens.
Waldemar Daninsky, (Naschy), leaves his neurologist girlfriend Illona Hellman, (Cristal), and marries Erika, but while in Tibet he is lost in a tempestuous storm, bitten by a strange creature and only survives due to the kindness of some sherpas who proceed to tell him that he is now a werewolf. Panic stricken, he contacts Illona who agrees to help him only to use him to kill his new wife Erika when he transforms. After he is electrocuted, Illona revives him, but Erika has also become a werewolf in the meantime. Eventually the werewolf kills Illona who manages to shoot him with a silver bullet as she dies.
This fifth installment of the Daninsky/werewolf series is the first to fail to follow on from it's prequel and is shoddily edited with mismatched footage from La Marca del Hombre Lobo while borrowing heavily from the plot of Werewolf of London (1935).
Sequel: DOCTOR JEKYLL Y EL HOMBRE LOBO.

FURY OF THE CONGO (1951/Columbia) 69mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: William Berke; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Carroll Young.
Cast: Johnny Weissmuller, Lyle Talbot, Sherry Moreland, William Henry.
Jungle Jim, (Weissmuller), saves a white tribe from a drug smuggling gang, who are searching for a legendary giant spider named Okongo that can provide a powerful narcotic.
Also features some man-eating plants

FURY OF THE WOLFMAN (1970) see La Furia del Hombre Lobo

 

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