IL LADRO DI BAGDAD (1960/Titanus/Lux) 96mins. Italy/France.
Aka: THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.
Credits: Dir: Arthur Lubin; Prod: Bruno Vailati; Sc:
Augusto Frassinetti, Filippo Sanjust & Bruno Vailati; Ph: Tonino Delli Colli; Ed: Gene
Ruggiero; Art: Flavio Mogherini; Sfx: Thomas Howard; Mus: Carlo Rustichelli.
Cast: Steve Reeves, Georgia Moll, Edy Vessel, Arturo Dominici, Daniele Vargas, Georges
A potion given to a beautiful princess to make her fall in love with a ruthless dictator
actually poisons her because she has already fallen in love with a common thief. The
thief needs to find a blue rose which is the only cure.
A fantasy remake that also features a winged horse, an invisible giant and faceless men.
LADRON DE CADAVRES (1956/Peliculas/Internacional Cinematografica)
Aka: THE BODY SNATCHERS (US).
Credits: Dir: Fernando Mendez; Sc: Fernando Méndez
& Alejandro Verbitsky; Ph: Victor Herrera; Art: Günther Gerszo; Mus: Frederico Ruiz.
Cast: Wolf Rubinskis, Columbia Dominguez, Crox
Alvarado, Arturo Martinez, Eduardo Alcaraz, Guillermo Hernández, Alesandro Cruz, Yerye
Berute, Emmauel Crux.
Commandante Robles tries to discover why some of Mexico's top athletes are disappearing,
but despite his efforts a scientist named Carlos Requerme continues to kidnap the
athletes, kill them and transplant animal brains into their skulls. Unfortunately most of
his subjects die, but he succeeds with wrestler Guillermo Santa, (Rubinski), whose brain
he replaces with that of a gorilla, and sends him back into the ring to fight another
wrestler named El Vampiro. The mind of the gorilla takes over from the scientist's
programming and he goes beserk. Requerme is killed and the creature kidnaps his former
girlfriend, Lucia, only to be shot to death by the Commandante.
Wrestling mayhem that is as ridiculous as it sounds.
LADY IN THE IRON MASK (1952/TCF.) 78mins. BW.
Credits: Dir: Ralph Murphy; Prod: Walter Wanger &
Eugene Frenke; Sc: Jack Pollexfen & Aubrey Weisberg; Ph: Ernest Laszlo; Mus: Dimitri
Cast: Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina, Alan Hale Jnr.,
Tor Johnson, John Sutton, Judd Holdren, Steve Brodie.
Princess Anne's twin sister is kept in a dungeon, (Medina), under the watchful eye of the
executioner, (Johnson), her face covered with an iron mask. Muskateers discover her
identity and help her take her rightful place on the throne.
A poorly made reworking of the famous costume drama notable for Johhnson's portrayal.
LA LAMA DEL CORPO (1966/Leone-Orphee) 87mins. France/Italy.
Aka: THE MURDER SOCIETY; THE MURDER CLINIC; REVENGE OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Elio Scardamaglia (Michael
Hamilton); Sc: Ernesto Gastalsi & Luciano Martino.
Cast: William Berger, Francoise Prevost, Mary Young,
Barbara Wilson, Delphia Maurin.
A clinic and it's eccentric patients are terrorised by a razor slashing maniac who is
really a plastic surgeon looking for parts to restore the face of a beautiful woman.
A suspenseful thriller with lashings of European gore.
THE LAND UNKNOWN (1957/Universal) 78mins. BW.
Aka: THE HIDDEN VALLEY.
Credits: Dir: Virgil W. Vogel; Prod: William Alland;
Sc: Laszlo Gorog; Ph: Ellis Carter; Sfx: Clifford Stine, Jack Kevan, Roswell Hoffman, Fred
Knoth & Orien Ernest; Mus: Hans Salter. From a story by Charles Palmer.
Cast: Jock Mahoney, Shawn Smith, Phil Harvey, William
Reynolds, Henry Brandon, Douglas Kennedy.
While flying over the Antarctic, a helicopter carrying a group of scientists collides with
a pteradactyl, and crashlands in a strange hidden valley inhabited by prehistoric life and
man-eating plants from the Mesozoic age. The group meet a survivor from a missing 1945
expedition and manage to salvage the part they need to repair the helicopter from his
crashed aeroplane and fly away before a volcano errupts.
Inspired by the anniversary of an expedition in 1947 led by Admiral Byrd, who discovered a
warm water area in icebound Antarctica.
LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT 2 (1970) see Antefatto
LAST MAN ON EARTH (1961/Regina/Ass. Prod.) 86mins. BW. US./Italy.
Aka: L'ULTIMO UOMO DELLA TERRA; THE NIGHT CREATURES; WIND OF DEATH; VENTO DI MORTE.
Credits: Dir: Sidney Salkow & Ubaldo Ragona; Prod:
Robert Lippert; Sc: Logan Swanson (Richard Matheson) & William P. Lester; Ph: Franco
Delli Colli; Ed: Gene Ruggiero; Art: Giorgio Giovannini; Mu: Piero Mecacci; Mus: Paul
Sawtell & Bert Shefter. From the novel "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson.
Cast: Vincent Price, Franca
Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Umberto Rau, Christi Courtland, Tony Cerevi.
Robert Morgan, (Price), is the sole survivor of a wind carried plague that has decimated
the world and left everyone, either dead, a vampire or a zombie. He remains in his house,
adorned with garlic and mirrors, and is shocked to find a girl, (Bettoia), who has
possibly developed an antidote to the plague. A blood transfusion with his blood may stop
her from becoming a vampire and killiing him, but when Morgan is trying to destroy a group
of vampires, he accidentally kills the girl's group of friends. For this crime, she kills
An effective adaptation even though Price is miscast and the tone is much to sombre.
Originally scripted by Matheson for Hammer Films in 1957, the studio sold the project to
Lippert who filmed it for Fox on the cheap in Italy and then passed it on to AIP.
THE LAST WOMAN ON EARTH (1960/Filmgroup) 71mins.
Credits: Dir: Roger Corman; Sc: Robert Towne (Edward
Wain); Ph: Jack Marquette.
Cast: Edward Wain, Anthony Carbone, Betsy
A sudden and temporary reduction in the earth's atmosphere kills off the entire population
except a crooked lawyer, (Wain), a gangster, (Carbone) and his wife, (Jones-Moreland), who
were scuba diving at the time, with their own oxygen supply, in Puerto Rico. The two men
must vie for the woman's attentions to continue the human race.
A tedious Corman quickie with a mercifully short running time.
LATITUDE ZERO (1969/Toho) 99mins. US./Japan. Aka: IDO ZERO
Credits: Dir: Inoshiro Honda; Prod: Tomoyuki Tanaka;
Sc: Ted Sherdeman & Shinichi Sekizawa; Sfx: Eiji Tusburaya. From the stories by Ted
Cast: Cesar Romero, Patricia Medina, Tetsu Nakamura,
Joseph Cotten, Akira Takarada, Richard Jaeckel, Linda Haynes.
A submarine captain, (Cotten), belonging to an underwater civilisation rescues some
scientists from their damaged submarine and is threatened by the evil Malic, (Romero), who
has kidnapped the inventor of an anti-radiation serum and plans to transplant his brain.
The Captain tries to rescue the inventor and encounters Malic's man-bats, giant rats and a
flying lion that contains his mistress' brain.
An adventure tale that combines the fantastic with Toho studio hokum. The sets are
impressive, but the plot, similar to the Captain Nemo stories, lacks suspense.
THE LEECH WOMAN (1960/Universal) 77mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward Dein; Prod: Joseph Gershenson;
Sc: David Duncan; Ph: Ellis W. Carter; Ed: Milton Carruth, Mu: Bud Westmore.
Cast: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Phillip Terry,
Gloria Talbott, John Van Dreelan, Estelle Hemsley, Kim Hamilton, Arthur Batanides.
When a scientist, (Terry), is visited by an old woman who claims she is 120 years old, he
discovers that her secret lies in a strange plant that can only be found in a certain part
of Africa. With his neglected wife, (Gray), whom the scientist loathes, he arrives in
Africa, hoping to use his wife as a guinea pig. However, what the scientist doesn't know,
is that in order for the strange plant to transform the old people into youths again, a
male penial gland is required. When his wife is ready for the transformation, her husband
is forced to be sacrificed. Later, when she arrives back in America posing as her own
cousin, she tries to steal her attourney's (Williams), affections from his fiancee,
(Talbot), but discovers that to maintain her beauty she has to resort to murder to obtain
the necessary gland.
Hugely entertaining 50's horror hokum written by a noted science fiction author who also
wrote the script for The Time Machine (1960).
OF BLOOD MOUNTAIN (1965/Craddock) 76mins.
Credits: Dir: Massey Cramer; Prod: Don Hadley; Sc:
Massey Cramer, Don Hadley & Bob Corley.
Cast: George Ellis, Zenas Sears, Shelia Stringer,
Glenda Brunson, Erin Fleming.
A small town reporter, (Ellis), in search of a story encounters some pretty girls and a
Low grade monster film with an inept cast of unknowns made in Georgia.
THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972/P&L Prod./Cinemashares) 87mins.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Charles B. Pierce; A.Prod:
Earl E. Smith; Sc: Earl E. Smith; Ph: Charles B. Pierce.
Cast: Willie E. Smith, John P. Hixon, John W. Oates,
Jeffrey Crabtree, Buddy Crabtree, Herb Jones. Narrated: Vern Stierman
"...a right pleasent place to live...until the sun goes down."
Filmed like a documentary, this focuses on the sightings of a shaggy swamp creature in
Fouke Arkansas and dicusses the results of its rampages including the slaughter of 200
pound hogs and a dog.
Although probably inaccurate, this is nevertheless believable, featuring some interesting
shots of the supposed ape-man and a few good scares.
Sequel: RETURN TO BOGGY CREEK
LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE (1968/MGM.) 130mins.
Credits: Dir. Prod: Robert Aldrich; Sc: Hugo Butler
& Jean Rouverol; Ph: Joseph Biroc; Ed: Michael Luciano; Des: George W. Davis &
William Glasgow; Mus: Frank Devol. From a 1963 television play by Robert Thomas.
Cast: Peter Finch, Kim Novak, Ernest Borgnine, Coral
Browne, George Kennedy, Milton Selzer, Rossella Frank, Gabriele Tinti, Valentina Cortese,
Michael Murphy, Lee Meriwether, Ellen Corby.
A film producer, (Finch), finds a lookalike, (Novak), for a dead star and trains her to
immitate the dead star's mannerisms in preparation for a film about her life. The uncanny
ability of the lookalike far supasses the producer's expectations, so much so that he
wonders if his new star may be possessed.
This surreal piece poses many questions, but frustratingly, never answers them, making the
film somewhat pointless. Initial screenings brought laughs of derision from some
LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES (1974/Hammer/Shaw)
Aka: THE SEVEN BROTHERS MEET DRACULA (US); DRACULA AND THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES.
Credits: Dir: Roy Ward Baker; Prod: Don Houghton &
Vee King Shaw; Ex.Prod: Run Run Shaw & Michael Carreras; Sc: Don Houghton; Ph: John
Wilcox & Ray Ford; Ed: Chris Barnes; Art: Johnson Tsau; Sfx: Les Bowie; Martial Arts:
Tang Chia & Liu Chia Liang; Mu: Wu Hsu Ching; Mus: James Bernard.
Cast: Peter Cushing, John Forbes-Robertson, David
Chiang, Shih Szu, Julie Ege, Robin Stewart, Chan Sen, Robert Hanna, James Ma, Liu Chia
Yung, Feng Ko An, Wong Han Chan.
In 1804, a Chinaman makes a pilgramage to Castle Dracula in Transylvania, where the
infamous Count, (Forbes-Robertson), possesses the man's body and returns to China to
resurrect the legendary Seven Golden Vampires. In 1904, Van Helsing, (Cushing), travels
with his son to Chung King to lecture on the occult sciences, but only one sudent believes
in the existence of the Chinese vampires Van Helsing mentions and leads them to the city
still terrorised by them. There, seven brothers and one sister, all expert in a form of
martial arts, battle with the zombie-like vampire creatures and their undead minions,
while Van Helsing confronts Dracula once again.
An uneasy, but interesting mixture of the two popular genres and Hammer Studio's final
excursion into the Dracula myth. Christopher Lee, still fearful of typecasting, declined
to play the role of Dracula.
The original American version runs 72 minutes.
THE LEGEND OF WITCH HOLLOW (1969) see The Witchmaker
THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE MONSTERS (1966/Steckler
Prod.) 89mins. 16mm. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Ray Dennis Steckler; Sc: Ron
Haydock & Jim Harmon.
Cast: Cash Flagg (Ray Dennis Steckler), Carolyn
Brandt, Ron Haydock, Mike Cannon, Larry Byrd, Jim Harmon.
Modern day teenagers enter a race and encounter a mummy, a gorilla, a lady vampire and a
Steckler pays homage to the Bowery Boys in a cheap and incoherent production made from two
of his earlier shorts THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE GREEN GRASSHOPPER and THE VAMPIRE LADY
FROM OUTER SPACE, spliced together and featuring the dubious talents of his friends and
LESBIAN TWINS (1970) see The Virgin Witch
LETS KILL UNCLE (1966/Castle/Universal) 92mins. UK.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Castle; Sc: Mark
Rodgers; Ph: Harold Lipstein; Mus: Herman Stein. Based on a novel by Rohan O'Grady.
Cast: Nigel Green, Pat Cardi, Mary Badham, Linda
Lawson, Nestor Paiva, Robert Pickering, Reff Sanchez.
A twelve year old boy destined to inherit $5 million dollars and a girl become trapped in
an isolated island mansion with their uncle, (Green), who tries to kill them in a variety
of different ways including the use of tarantualas, sharks, poisoned mushrooms and
hypnotism. The youngsters have no choice but to retaliate with equal measure.
Green's manic performance is a highlight in this unusual and enjoyable black comedy.
LES LEVRES ROUGE (1970) see Le Rouge Aux Levres
LILA (1968/Box Office)
Aka: MANTIS IN LACE.
Credits: Dir: William Rotsler; Prod. & Sc: Sanford
White; Ph: Laszlo Kovacs; Mu: Mike Weldon.
Cast: Susan Stewart, Steve Vincent, Pat Barrington.
A go-go dancer, (Stewart), imbibes in too much LSD. and then lures men into a warehouse
where she kills them with garden implements while she is hallucinating.
THE LIONMAN (1965)
see Curse of the Voodoo
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE MONSTERS (1960)
see Caperucita y Pulgarcito Contra los Monstuos
THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960/Filmgroup/Santa Clara)
70mins. BW. US.
Aka: THE PASSIONATE PEOPLE EATER.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roger Corman; Sc: Charles B.
Griffith; Ph: Arch Dalzell; Ed: Marshall Neclan Jnr.; Art: Daniel Haller; Mu: Harry
Thomas; Mus: Fred Katz.
Cast: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Jack Nicholson,
Mel Welles (Ernst Von Theumer), Dick Miller, Myrtle Vail, Leola Wendorff, Marie Windsor,
John Shaner. Voice: Charles B. Griffith as Audrey.
"The flowers that kill in the spring!"
A florists dim witted assistant, Seymour, (Haze), discovers an unusual plant that he names
Audrey Jnr. after the girl he loves and finds that it feeds on blood and fresh meat.
Seymour resorts to murder to nourish the plant including the body of a sadistic dentist.
The shop owner, Gravis Mushnik, (Welles), intends to turn Seymour over to the police, but
because the plant is attracting so much new business that he decides not to, but when two
detectives tail Seymour to the shop, he is eaten by the growing plant.
This low budget "Corman quickie" filmed for $27,000 in approximately two days,
had very little going for it except the absurd plant and laughable cheapness, but it
became a camp classic and in 1982 it was adapted as a stageplay that became a smash
success. Nicholson appears briefly in one of his earliest roles as a masochistic dental
The stageplay was adapted for the cinema screen in a 1986 remake.
LIVE TO LOVE (1959) see The Devil's Hand
THE LIVER EATERS (1968) see Spider Baby, or the
Maddest Story Ever Told
THE LIVING COFFIN (1958) see El Grito de la Muerte
THE LIVING HEAD (1959) see La Cabeza Viviente
LIVING IDOL (1956/MGM.) 100mins. Mexico/US.
Credits: Dir: Albert Lewin & Rene Cardona; Prod.
& Sc: Albert Lewin; Ph: Jack Hillyard; Mus: Rodolpho Halffter.
Cast: James Robertson Justice, Steve Forrest, Liliane
Montevecchi, Sara Garcia, Eduardo Noriega.
"Amazing adventures beneath the curse of the jaguar god!"
An archeological team discover a mysterious ancient temple to a jaguar god to which local
maidens were once sacrificed. The still living spirit of the god possesses a woman,
(Montevecchi), on the team.
A highly entertaining slice of horror hokum.
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