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I BURY THE LIVING
(1958/Albert Band Prod./Maxim/UA.) 76mins BW.
Credits: Dir: Albert Band; Prod: Albert Band & Louis Garfinkle; Sc: Louis Garfinkle; Ph: Frederick Gately; Ed: Frank Sullivan; Des: E. Vorkapick; Mus: Gerald Fried.
Cast: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer, Herbert Anderson, Robert Osterloh, Howard Smith, Russ Bender, Cyril Deleventi.
"The most spine chilling cry that can freeze the blood!"
A cemetery caretaker discovers that by placing white or black pins on a graveyard map he can either cause the death of future tenants or bring to life those already resident.
A cheat ending spoils this otherwise original and well developed idea.

I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1970/Cinemation) 83mins. Released 1971 after changes.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: David Durston; Prod: Jerry Gross & Harry Kaplen; Ph: Jacques Demarecaux; Art: Charles Baxter; Mus: Clay Pitts.
Cast: Bhaskar, Rhonda Fultz, Riley Mills, Jadine Wong, Tyde Kierney, Elizabeth Marner Brooks, George Patterson, Richard Bowler, Iris Brooks, John Damon, Lynn Lowrey, Alex Mann, Mike Gentry.
Satanic hippies give a man LSD as part of their sacrificial ritual so his vengeful son injects the blood of a rabid dog into meat pies which he serves to the hippie community. Instead of killing them as planned the infected pies turns them into rampaging maniacs.
Due to the controversy the film caused it has been re-edited into what is now an incoherent muddle.
Double billed with I Eat Your Skin.

I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964/Iselin-Tenney) 81mins. BW.
Originally titled: ZOMBIES. Aka: VOODOO BLOOD BATH.
Dir., Prod. & Sc: Del Tenney; A.Prod: Jesse Hartman & Dan Stapleton; Ph: Francois Farkas; Ed: Larry Keating; Art: Robert Verberkmoss; Mu: Guy Del Russo; Mus: Lon E. Norman.
Cast: William Joyce, Heather Hewitt, Betty Hyatt Linton, Dan Stapleton, Walter Coy, Robert Stanton.
A writer discovers that a scientist working on a cure for cancer has inadvertantly created a race of zombies, by injecting the people of a Caribbean island with snake venom.
This awfully cheap and inept underground production was made in 1961 as ZOMBIES, but re-edited to further incoherence in 1964 by Jerry Gross who re-titled and released it in 1971 to double bill with I Drink Your Blood.

I HAVE A STRANGERS FACE (1966) see Tamin No Kao

I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958/Fowler Jnr./Paramount) 78mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Gene Fowler Jnr.; Sc: Louis Vittes; Ph: Haskell Boggs; Ed: George Tomaini; Art: Hal Pereira & Henry Bumstead; Sets: Robert Benton; Sfx: John P. Fulton. From a story by Gene Fowler Jr. & Louis Vittes.
Cast: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Ken Lynch, John Eldredge, Jean Carson, Maxie Rosenbloom, Peter Baldwin,Steve London, Robert Ivers, Jack Orrison, Chuck Wassil, Ty Hungerford, James Anderson, Alan Dexter, Valerie Allen.
On the way home from his stag night, Bill, (Tryon), is possessed by an alien, but although his fiancee, Marge, (Talbott), suspects something is wrong, they marry as planned. Time passes and other males in the community also become emotionless, acting strangely and meeting with Bill in secret. Pressed for a reason Bill reveals that as aliens they came to Earth to breed when their own planet overheated and killed all the females, but until their latest operation they have been unable to mate with Earth women and cannot comprehend human emotion. The remaining uneffected men hunt down the aliens with their dogs that kill them by biting off their probocis, Bill and the others return to normal while the surviving aliens leave for another planet.
The sensationalist title belittles the effective conveyance of the messages within attacking McCarthyism and America's communist paranoia. Like Invasion of the Body Snatchers this is an effective, if cheap made, science ficton film under the able hands of Fowler.

I MARRIED A WEREWOLF (1961) see Werewolf in a Girls Dormitory

I, MONSTER (1971/Amicus/Britih Lion) 75mins. UK
Credits: Dir: Stephen Weeks; Prod: Milton Subotsky & Max J. Rosenburg; Sc: Milton Subotsky; Ph: Moray Grant; Ed: Peter Tanner; Art: Tony Curtis; Mu: Harry Frampton & Peter Frampton; Mus: Carl Davis. From "The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall, George Merritt, Kenneth J. Warren, Susan James, Marjie Lawrence, Aimee Delamain, Chloe Frank, Michael DesBarres.
Doctor Charles Marlowe, (Lee), a follower of Freud's teachings, experiments with a drug that removes his super ego, the controlling morality of the human mind. After testing the serum on some willing patients he finds that they turn into the exact opposite personalities from which they normally present. But Marlowe doubts the long term effects and so experiments on himself, which causes him to turn into a fiend, the opposite of his normally caring self. As Mr. Blake, the fiend causes havoc and commits murder in the seamier parts of London, arousing the concern of Marlowe's fellow doctors who believe that Blake is blackmailing their colleague. Not being able to control the transformations, Blake catches fire when he upsets an oil lamp becoming Marlowe as he dies.
Twenty two year old Weeks' directorial debut is an inspired work, adding a new slant on the famous tale. Lee is superb as the troubled hero and villain.
Originally made in 3-D, it has never been shown in that format.

I SAW WHAT YOU DID (1965/Castle/Universal) 82mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Castle; Sc: William McGivern; Ph: Joseph Biroc; Mus: Van Alexander. From "Out of the Dark" by Ursula Curtiss.
Cast: Joan Crawford, Leif Erickson, John Ireland, Pat Breslin, Andi Garrett, Sharyn Locke, John Archer, Sarah Lane.
A psychotic man, (Ireland), has just killed his wife in the shower, and is now receiving the welcome attentions of another woman, (Crawford). But he receives a telephone call from two girls, (Lane & Garrett), playing a prank when they randomly pick his name from the phone book and say "I saw what you did". Believing that they actually saw him commit the murder, he sets out to kill them also.
An effective and original thriller, good enough for Castle to dispense with the usual promotional gimmicks.

I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (1957/Santa Rosa Prod./AIP.) 74mins. BW. Final sequence in colour. Aka: TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (UK).
Credits: Dir: Herbert L. Strock; Prod: Herman Cohen; Ex.Prod: Samuel Z. Arkoff & James H. Nicholson; Sc: Kenneth Langtry (Aben Kandel); Ph: Lothrop Worth; Ed: Jerry Young; Art: Leslie Thomas; Mu: Philip Scheer; Mus: Paul Dunlap.
Cast: Gary Conway, Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, George Lynn, Joy Stoner, John Cliff, Gretchen Thomas, Marshall Bradford, Paul Keast, Claudia Bryar, Angela Blake, Russ Whiteman, Charles Seel, Larry Carr, Pat Miller.
"Body of a boy! Mind of a monster! Soul of an unearthly thing!"
The American branch of the Frankenstein family, (Bissell), rebuilds the body of a teenager who died in a car accident using the parts of young athletes who died in a convenient plane crash. However, the boy's head needs to be replaced, so he sends the newly "born" creature, (Conway), out to find one. Once sewed in place, Frankenstein decides to disassemble his creation and ship it to England, but upon hearing of his plans, the creature feeds Frankenstein to the croccodiles living beneath the laboratory before the police arrive and cause the monster's death by electrocution.
Notable for its black humour and for the graphic detail of limbs being severed, a rare occurrence for 1957. The in-jokes include the address on the crate Frankentein intends to ship his creature in and send to 113, Wardor Street, London, actually Hammer studio's address. Another is when Frankenstein says: "Answer me...you have a civil tongue in your head. I know, I sewed it there!"

I WAS A TEENAGE GORILLA (1960) see Konga

I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957/Sunset Prod./AIP.) 76mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Gene Fowler Jr.; Prod Herman Cohen; Sc: Ralph Thornton; Ph: Joseph La Shelle; Ed: George Gittens; Art: Leslie Thomas; Mus: Paul Dunlap & Jerry Blain.
Cast: Whit Bissell, Michael Landon (Eugene Orowitz), Yvonne Lime, Tony Marshall, Dawn Richard, Barney Phillips, Ken Miller, Guy Williams, Valadimir Sokoloff, Robert Griffin, Eddie Marr.
"The most amazing picture of our time!"
Doctor Alfred Brandon, (Bissell), experiments with hypnosis and chemicals on an agressive teenager, (Landon), to try and prove that we must revert to a primitive state to survive a nuclear war, but the tests cause the teenager to transform into a werewolf at the doctor's will or whenever he becomes alarmed.
Shot in only 5 and a half days this brought American International Pictures out of debt. An investment of $150,000 gave the company a profit of approximately $2,500,000, which prompted the production of I Was a Teenage Frankenstein.
One of Landon's earliest roles before becoming a star on television as Little Joe in television's "Bonanza".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ICE HOUSE
(1969/Hollywood Cinemart)
Aka: LOVE IN COLD BLOOD; COLD BLOOD; THE PASSION PIT.
Credits: Dir: Stuart E. McGowan; Prod: Dorrell McGowan.
Cast: Robert Story, David Story, Scott Brady, Sabrina, Jim Davis.
A demented twin kills a stripper and hides her body in an ice house where he places the bodies of other busty young lovelies, his brother and a sheriff. To avoid prosecution he then assumes the identity of his dead twin brother.
The interesting plot is marred by the inadequate acting.

ICON (1960) see Il Mulino delle Donne de Pietra

IDO ZERO DAISAKUSEN (1969) see Latitude Zero

L'IGUANA DALLA LINGUA DI FUOCO (1970)
Aka: THE IGUANA WITH THE TOUNGE OF FIRE.
Credits: Dir: Willy Pareto (Riccardo Freda).
Cast: Anton Differing, Valentina Cortese, Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander.
In Dublin, a series of brutal murders occur in which all the victims have their throats slit and their faces disfigured with acid. The only link to the crimes is the relationship the victims have with the Swiss ambassador, (Differing), and his family, which is brought to the attention of a retired inspector, (Pistilli), who is courting the ambassador's daughter Helen, (Lassander). All the clues seem to point to each family member until it is revealed that their estranged son Mark is the culprit hoping to surround his family with unhappiness. However, the first murder was committed by the ambassador himself who had an affair with a woman who was trying to blackmail him.
Freda attempts a giallo styled thriller, but the cast fails to arouse much interest and like Argento, Freda concentrates too much on the mutilation.

THE IGUANA WITH THE TOUNGE OF FIRE (1970) see L'Iguana Dalla Lingua Di Fuoco

IKARIE X.B. 1 (1963/Barrandov) 90mins. Czechoslovakia.
Aka: VOYAGE TO THE END OF THE UNIVERSE.
Credits: Dir: Jack Polack (Jindrich Polak); Prod: Rudolph Wohl; Sc: Pavel Juracek & Jindrich Polak; Ph: Jan Kalis; Ed: Josef Dobricovsky; Art: Jan Zazvorka; Mus: Zdenek Liska & Evzen Illin.
Cast: Zdenek Strepanak, Francis Smolen, Radovan Lakavsy, Dana Medricka, Irena Kacirkov , Jiri Vrstala, Ludek Munzar, Emilie Vasayova.
A group of space travellers search for a planet that is less corrupt than their own. During their journey they discover a ghost ship manned by finely dressed corpses around a table, are sucked through a space nebula and finally discover a new planet suitable to their needs. This particular planet is called Earth.
The poor English dubbing spoils an imaginative film.
The American version has a different ending.

I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU (1951) see The House in the Square

ILLUSION OF BLOOD (1968) Japan.
Credits: Dir: Shiro Toyoda.
A samuri warrior is haunted by his first wife and driven to suicide.
An interesting film with some extremely bizarre imagery.

THE ILLUSTRATED MAN (1969/SKM./Warner) 103mins.
Credits: Dir: Jack Smight; Prod: Howard B. Kreitsek & Ted Mann; Sc: Howard B. Kreitsek; Ph: Philip Lanthrop; Ed: Archie Marshek; Art: Joel Schiller; Des: Richard Sylbert; Sfx: Ralph Webb; Mus: Jerry Goldsmith. From stories by Ray Bradbury.
Cast: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christine Matchett.
An old hobo, Carl, (Steiger), meets up with a younger man, (Drivas), on the road who notices that Carl's body is entirely covered with tatoos and discovers he is after the woman who put them there and kill her. To anyone looking at the tatoos, they come slowly to life telling a story that depicts Carl as an evil man, making the onlooker angry. Despite Carl's warnings, the young man stares into the bare patch of skin on Carl's back.
"The Veldt".
In the future, a children's playroom is actually a holograph projection room where any thing can seem real. A couple notice that their two children seem obsessed with the playroom's program of the African veldt and the animals that live there, but when they investigate the hologram, it becomes more real than usual and kills them.
"The Long Rains".
Stranded on a rain pelted planet, three spacemen try to find the safety of a sundome, but the continual rain slowly drives them insane. Only one of them survives.
"The Last Night Of The World".
After a nuclear holocaust the surviving members of the world predict that the world will end on a certain night and all survivors are encouraged to kill themselves and avoid the agony. A father kills his children, but the next day begins as usual and all the expert predictions were wrong.
The young man becomes so enraged by the stories that he tries to kill Carl.
An admirable attempt to bring Bradbury's tales to the screen, but the short stories are not given enough time to develop adequately and the linking scenes with Steiger are too disjointed. This struggles to be a morality play, but lacks the necesssary poetry.

ILYA MOUROMETZ (1956/Mosfilm) 95mins. Russia.
Aka: THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON; THE EPIC HERO AND THE BEAST (UK).
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Alexander Ptushko; Sc: V. Kotochev; Ph: Jasha Kuhn & F. Povorov; Ed: E. Svidetele; Art: E. Kumankov; Mus: I. Morczov. Based on Russian legend.
Cast: Boris Andreyev, Andrei Abrikosov, Natalie Medvedeva, Alexei Shvorin, Ninel Myshkova, Sol Martinson, Shukur Burkhanov, Georgy Dyomin.
During the eleventh century, Chief Kalin, leader of the Tugars, dispatches Zuma, a three headed dragon to burn a village that defies him. Prince Vanda attempts to repel the Tugars, but all the while Zuma is busy destroying the countryside. The heroic Ilya Mourometz, (Andreyev), armed with an invincible magic sword and his teenage son Little Falcon ride up to the dragon and Ilya lops off one of it's heads with the sword while Little Falcon clambers onto the beast's back and drives a spear into it's neck.
A visual treat with some striking colour photography in a film that also features a wind demon that Ilya captures for Prince Vanda. Not released in America until 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IM STAHLNETZ DES MABUSE
(1961/ CCC./ SPA./ Criterion) 91mins. BW. Germany/France/Italy.
Aka: PHANTOM FIEND; THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MABUSE.
Sequel to: Die Tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse.
Credits: Dir: Harold Reinl; Prod. Sup: Wolf Brauner; Sc: Ladislas Foder & Marc Behm; Ph: Carl Löb; Ed: Hermann Haller; Art: Otto Erdmann & Hans Jürgen Kiebach; Mus: Peter Sandloff. From the "Mabuse" films by Fritz Lang & the stories by Norbert Jacques.
Cast: Wolfgang Priess, Gert Fr"be, Lex Barker, Fausto Tozzi, Daliah Lavi, Werner Peters, Andy Berber.
Dr. Mabuse, (Priess), joins forces with the Mafia and uses hypnotism and drugs on prison inmates to turn them into zombie slaves.

IMAGE WIFE (1958) see Riko Na Oyome-San

IMMEDIATE DISASTER (1954) see Stranger From Venus

THE IMMORTAL MONSTER (1962) see Caltiki, il Mostro Immortale

THE IMMORTAL (1969) 75mins. TVM.
Credits: Dir: Joseph Sargent. From a novel by James Gunn.
Cast: Christopher George, Jessica Walter, Barry Sullivan, Carol Lynley, Ralph Bellamy.
A racetrack driver discovers that his blood contains freak antibodies which makes him immune to aging.
An average pilot film for a television series that needs longer to develop its ideas.

EL IMPERIO DE DRACULA (1966/Filmica Vergara) Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Federico Curiel.
Cast: Lucha Villa, Eric Del Castillo, Cesar Del Campo, Ethel Carrillo, Rebeca Inturbide, Altia Michel.
A dying mother sends her young son, (Campo), to Castle Draculstein to avenge the death of his father by the Count, (Castillo).
The first Mexican horror film shot in colour owes much to the plot and style of Hammer's Dracula, Prince of Darkness.

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IN THE DEVIL'S GARDEN
(1970) see Assault

IN THE GRIP OF THE SPIDER (1971) see Nella Stretta Morsa del Rango

IN THE YEAR 2889 (1966) see Year 2889

INCENSE FOR THE DAMNED (1970/Titan/Lucinda Films) 87mins. UK.
Aka: BLOODSUCKERS; THE DOCTORS WEAR SCARLET.
Credits: Dir: Michael Burrowes (Robert Hartford-Davis); Prod: Graham Harris; Ex.Prod: Peter Newbrook & Robert Sterne; Sc: Julian More; Ph: Desmond Dickinson; Des: George Provis; Mus: Bobby Richards. From "The Doctor Wears Scarlet" by Simon Raven.
Cast: Patrick McNee, Patrick Mower, Madeline Hinde, Alex Davion, Johnny Sekka, Peter Cushing, John Barron,Imogene Hassall, David Lodge, Edward Woodward, William Mervyn, Theo Moreos, Valerie Vanost.
The son of the British Foreign Secretary, an Oxford don, (Mower), becomes involved with a Greek cult that practises bloodrites in which a girl is mutilated and killed. When his friends return him to Britain he cannot forget effects that the strange woman who drew him to the cult had on him, so he bites his fiancee, (Hassall), and drinks her blood only to fall to his death from a building. His friends sneak into the morgue and put stakes through their hearts.
The film tries to link sexual repression with vampirism, however it is unsuccessful in portraying either very well. The good photography saves the film from tedium.
Not released until 1973 to a limited trade audience following three years of lawsuits in which the director claimed the film was incomplete and had his name removed from the credits. The flm was finally released in London during 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE INCREDIBLE FACE OF DOCTOR B (1961) Mexico.
Cast: Jamie Fernandez, Erick del Castillo, Elsa Cardenas.
Features black magic and a quest for immortality.
An incoherent exercise in tedium.

THE INCREDIBLE FLYING MANTIS (1957) see The Deadly Mantis

THE INCREDIBLE INVASION (1968) see Invasion Sinestra

INCREDIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD (1958/Governor) 78mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Jerry Warren; Sc: John W. Steiner.
Cast: John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates, Allen Windsor, Lloyd Nelson, George Skaff.
Four people become trapped in a diving bell that lands in a strange lost world riddled with tunnels underneath the ocean floor.
Wooden acting and a bad script can only mean fun for B-movie fans. Clarke repeats his gurgling voice that he used in The Hideous Sun Demon.

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957/Universal) 81mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Jack Arnold; Prod: Albert Zugsmith; Sc: Richard Matheson; Ph: Ellis W. Carter; Ed: Al Joseph; Art: Alexander Golitzen & Robert Clatworthy; Sets: Russell A. Gausman & Ruby R. Levitt; Sfx: Clifford Stine, Roswell A. Hoffman & Everett H. Broussard; Mu: Bud Westmore; Sound: Leslie I. Carey & Robert Pritchard; Mus: Joseph Gershenson & Hans Salter. From a story by Richard Matheson.
Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey, William Schallert, Frank Scannell, Helene Marshall, Diana Darrin, Billy Curtis.
"So incredible you'll talk about it for years to come!"
Scott Carey, (Williams), and his wife, (Stuart), are alone on a boat when Scott is enveloped by a strange mist. Six months later he finds that his body is shrinking an inch every week and eventually he becomes so small that he moves into a dolls house where he encounters the wrath of the house cat who causes him to fall into the basement. There he has to survive pools of water, water droplets and a spider. Scott continues to shrink until he is microscopic when he is able to leave the basement into the outside world and looks to the heavens accepting his lot. "To God there is no zero. I still exist".
An unmissable classic of sci-fi cinema. Matheson's original ending had Scott given an antidote and reunited with his wife, but much to his annoyance this was changed by uncredited writer Richard Alan Simmons and Jack Arnold to the more spiritual ending.
One reason given for the film's success is the detailed attention given to the enlarged sets. Even the water drops were constructed from water filled condoms that would explode on contact in the correct manner.

THE INCREDIBLE TWO HEADED TRANSPLANT (1970/AIP./Trident/Mutual General) 88mins.
Credits: Dir: Anthony M. Lanza & John Cardos; Prod: John Lawrence; Ex.Prod: Nicholas Wowchuck; Co-Prod: Volodymyr Kowal; A.Prod: Arthur N. Gilbert & Alvin L. Fast; Sc: James Gordon White & John Lawrence; Ph: John Steeley, Glen Gano & Paul Hipp; Ed: Anthony M. Lanza; Art: Ray Markham; Sfx: Ray Dorn; Mu. & Head Des: Barry Noble; Mus: John Barber. Song "Incredible" sung by Bobbie Boyle; Lyrics: Barnabus Hill; Mus: John Hill.
Cast: Bruce Dern, Pat Priest, Casey Kasem, Albert Cole, John Bloom, Berry Kroeger, Larry Vincent, Jack Lester, Jerry Patterson, Darlene Duralia, Ray Thorn, Donald Brody, Mary Ellen Clawsen, Janice P. Gelman, Mike Espe, Andrew Schneider.
"One wants to love! One wants to kill!"
A doctor, (Dern), at an asylum is busy grafting the heads of animals onto other animals bodies, much to the dislike of his assistant, (Kasem), who believes the work is unethical. When convicted murderer and psychopath Manual Cass, (Cole), escapes, he is shot and the doctor uses the oppertunity to remove his head and graft it onto the incredibly strong, but mentally deficient Danny, (Bloom). Although Danny knows murder is wrong, the evil head attatched to him forces him to kill, until the monsrosity is trapped in a deserted mine by the doctor and his assistant who all perish when the mine shaft collapses.
A cheaply made and dated film with all the qualities of a television production, including some continuity errors. Dern's performance, however, outshines them all and saves the production.
AIP. decided to beef up their thinly plotted project with appearances by famous disc jockey Kasem and horror film host Vincent.

THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES, WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES
(1963/Morgan-Steckler Prod.) 90mins. Aka: TEENAGE PSYCHO MEETS BLOODY MARY.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ray Dennis Steckler; Ex.Prod: George J. Morgan; Sc: Gene Pollock & Robert Silliphant; Ph: Joseph V. Mascelli (aided by a young Vilmos Zsigmond & Laszlo Kovacs); Ed: Don Schneider; Art: Mike Harrington; Mu: Tom Scherman; Mus: Libby Quinn. From a story by E.M. Kevke.
Cast: Cash Flagg (Ray Dennis Steckler), Carolyn Brandt, Atlas King, Madison Clarke, Brett O'Hara, Jack Brady, James Bowie, Toni Camel, Sharon Walsh, Joan Howard, Whitey Robinson, Neil Stillman, Erina Enyo, Bill Ward, Gene Pollock, Son Hooker, Titus Moede, Dan Russe, Robert Silliphant.
"The first Monster Musical".
Estrella, (O'Hara), a gypsy fortune teller at a carnival, transforms her clients into zombies by throwing acid on them. When three teenagers visit her sideshow she hypnotises one of them, Jerry, (Flagg), to kill a gypsy dancer who discovered her cage of zombies. The zombies break loose, kill Estrella and perform a bizarre dance number.
A chaotic piece of tedious nonsense that gained notoriety due to the lengthy film title. There are occasional moments of atmosphere when the zombies break loose, but most of the film's bad acting and terrible dialogue make this almost unwatchable.
Advertised with "Hallucinogenic Hypnotism" which featured a "spiraling hypnotic wheel" that cued cinema ushers to run through the audience in phosphorescent masks waving axes.
The song "Zombie Stomp" is played when the zombie mutants run amok.

INCUBUS (1965/Daystar/Contempo III) BW.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Leslie Stevens; Prod: Anthony M. Taylor.
Cast: William Shatner, Allyson Ames, Ann Atman, Eloise Hart, Milo Milos (Milosevic), Robert Fortier.
A man, (Shatner), and his sister, (Atman), fall foul of two succubus, (Ames & Milos).
From the creator of the "Outer Limits" television series, the dialogue is entirely in Esperanto, an experimental language created in 1887, designed to be universal, combining elements of all the more common languages.
Milos later killed his lover Barbara Rooney, (wife of Mickey Rooney), and then committed suicide.

THE INDESTRUCTABLE MAN (1956/Allied Artists) 70mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Jack Pollexfen; Sc: Vy Russell & Sue Bradford.
Cast:Lon Chaney Jnr., Marian Carr, Casey Adams, Ross Elliott, Stuart Randall, Robert Shayne, Kenneth Terrell.
"300,000 volts of horror!"
A brutal killer, (Chaney), is executed in the electric chair, but a mad scientist, (Shayne), brings him back to life. The killer then sets about murdering all those who were responsible for his imprisonment and execution.
An enjoyable, low budget gangster film narrated by Elliott in the style of Phillip Marlowe's detective. One scene has Chaney burned in the face with a flame thrower.

THE INFERNAL DEAD (1960) see Munecas Infernales

EL INFIERNO DEL FRANKENSTEIN (1963) Mexico.

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THE INNOCENTS (1961/Achilies/Twentieth Century Fox) 99mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Jack Clayton; Ex.Prod: Albert Fennell; Sc: William Archibald & Truman Capote; Additional scenes and dialogue: John Mortimer; Ph: Freddie Francis; Ed: James Clark; Art: Wilfred Shingleton; Mu: Harold Francis; Mus: Georges Auric. From "The Turn Of The Screw" by Henry James adapted with additional scenes and dialogue by John Mortimer.
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn.
Two children become possessed by the ghosts of a dead servant and their previous governess who died of a broken heart as they were lovers and want to be together again. Their new governess, (Kerr), becomes suspicious and tries to have the selfish spirits driven out of the children, but the girl, (Franklin), is driven insane by the exorcism and the little boy, (Stephens), dies when he denies the existence of the phantom within him.
An underrated masterpiece of terror utilising the full effect of camera angles, shadows and a sinister soundtrack which builds the suspense to an unbearable level. Kerr is superb, but outshined by Stephens and Franklin.

 

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