SO SAAL BAD (1967) India.
Cast: Feroz Khan, Kum Kum.
Features a singing ghost that passes through walls and an axe wielding character.
THE SOHO RIPPER (1970) Germany.
From a story by Edgar Wallace.
Hooded killers plague London.
One of the last in a series of Edgar Wallace adaptations made in Germany.
THE SOLE SURVIVOR (1970/Cinema Center/CBS.tv.)
Credits: Dir: Paul Stanley; Prod: Walter Burr;
Ex.Prod: Steve Shagan; Sc: Guerdon Trueblood; Ph: James Crabe; Ed: Renn Reynolds; Art:
Craig Smith; Mus: Paul Glass.
Cast: Vince Edwards, William Shatner, Richard
Basehart, Lou Antonio, Lawrence Casey, Dennis Cooney, Brad David, Patrick Wayne, Alan
The spirits of the crew of a plane that crashed in 1943 are doomed to stay near the
wreckage, but they eventually disappear when their dead bodies are found and the truth
behind the crash is revealed after investigators interview the sole survivor.
SOLO UN ATAUD (1966/Hispamer)
Aka: THE ORGIES OF DOCTOR ORLOFF; LES ORGIES DU DOCTEUR ORLOFF.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Santos Alcocer; Ph: Emilio
Foriscot; Des: Teddy Villalba; Mus: Ramon Femeria.
Cast: Howard Vernon, Danielle Godet, María Saavedra,
Adolfo Arlés, José Bastida.
Features a haunted castle and disappearing bodies.
LA SOMBRA DEL MURCIELAGO (1966) Mexico.
Credits: Dir: Frederico Curiel; Prod: Luis Enrique
Vergara; Sc: Jesus Velazquez; Ph: Eduardo Valdez.
Cast: Blue Demon, Jaime Fernandez, Marta Romero,
Fernando Oses, Jesús Velazquez.
The heroic wrestler, Blue Demon combats a Bat man that abducts women.
The title translates as The Shadow of the Bat.
SOMETHING CREEPING IN THE DARK (1970) see Qualcosa Striscia Nel Buio
SOMETHING IS CRAWLING IN THE DARK (1970) see Qualcosa Striscia Nel Buio
SOMETHING WEIRD (1966/Mayflower) 83mins.
Credits: Dir: Herschell Gordon Lewis; Prod. & Sc:
James F. Hurley; Ph: Andy Romanoff.
Cast: Tony McCabe, Elizabeth Lee, William Brooker,
Mudite Arums, Ted Heil, Lawrence J. Aberwood, Stan Dale.
A man's high wire act ends when he has an accident that disfigures his face, but he
discovers that he now possesses ESP. and telekinetic powers. A friendly witch tries to
restore the man's face while he helps the Chicago police solve a crime.
THE SON OF DOCTOR JEKYLL (1951/Columbia/) 77mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Seymour Friedman; Ass.Dir: James
Nicholson; Sc: Edward Huebsch, Mortimer Braus & Jack Pollexfen; Ph: Henry Freulich;
Ed: Gene Havlick; Art: Walter Holscher; Mu: Clay Campbell; Mus: Paul Sawtell. From
characters created by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Cast: Louis Hayward, Lester Matthews, Rhys Williams,
Jody Lawrence, Claire Carleton, Gavin Muir, James Logan, Doris Lloyd, Leslie Denison,
Patrick O'Moore, Robin Camp, Alexander Knox, Paul Cavanagh, Olaf Hytten, Ottola
Nesmith, Robin Hughes, Holmes
Devoted to proving that his father was actually a serious scientist, Jekyll's son,
(Hayward), experiments with his father's secret formula and its horrendous side effects.
A slow and unimaginative film that evokes unintentional laughter.
SON OF GODZILLA (1967) see Gojira No
SON OF HERCULES IN THE LAND OF FIRE (1963) Italy.
Credits: Dir: Giorgio Simonelli.
Cast: Ed Fury, Claudia Mori, Luciana Gilli, Adriano
Micantoni, Nando Tamberlani.
The son of Hercules battles with Medusa.
Another in the spate of Italian "sword and sandal" epics.
SON OF SAMSON (1960) see Maciste
Nella Valle Dei Re
SON OF THE VAMPIRE (1958) see Anak
UM SONHO DE VAMPIROS (1969/UCB./Ser
Cine) 80mins. Brazil.
Aka: A VAMPIRE'S DREAM.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Ibere Cavalcanti; Ph: Renato
Neumann; Ed: Nello Melli; Art: Maria Augusta; Mus: Joao Silverio Tevisan.
Cast: Ankito, Irma Alverez, Janet Chermoni, Sonelia
Costra, Augusto Mala Filho, Robson Bob.
A doctor, (Ankito), is given a choice by Death to die, or to become a vampire. He chooses
the latter and vampirises people in government.
A satire aimed at the politicians of the day.
SONIDO PREHISTORICO (1964/Zurbano/Europix)
Aka: SOUND OF HORROR; THE PREHISTORIC SOUND.
Credits: Dir: José Antonio Nieves-Conde; Prod:
Gregory Siechristian; Sc: Gregory Siechristian & Sam X. Abar Banel; Ph: Manuel
Berenguer; Ed: Margarita de Ochoa; Art: Pérez Espinosa & Gil Parrondo; Mu: Carlos
Nin; Mus: Luis de Pablo.
Cast: James Philbrook, Soledad Miranda, Arturo
Fernandez, Antonio Casas, Jose Badalo, Ingrid Pitt.
A scientific expedition unearths some dinosaur eggs and inadvertently release an invisible
prehistoric creature that must be destroyed.
The economical monster is only evident by a roaring soundtrack.
SONS OF THUNDER (1963) see Arrivano
THE SORCERERS (1967/Global/Curtwell/Tony
Tenser Films Ltd.) 85mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Michael Reeves; Prod: Patrick Curtis
& Tony Tenser; Ex.Prod: Arnold L. Miller; Sc: Michael Reeves, Tom Baker & John
Burke; Ph: Stanley A. Long; Ed: David Woodward & Susan Michie; Art: Tony Curtis; Mus:
Paul Ferris. Songs sung by Tony Daly with Lee Grant and the Capitols. Based on a book by
Cast: Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey, Ian Ogilvy, Elizabeth
Ercy, Victor Henry, Dani Sheridan, Alf Joint, Meier Tzelniker, Susan George, Ivor Dean,
Peter Fraser, Martin Terry, Bill Barnsley, Maureen Boothe.
An elderly hypnotist, (Karloff), has developed a device that allows he and his wife,
(Laccey), to occasionally take over a younger man's, (Ogilvy), body and experience his
sensations. Using hypnosis, the couple can also influence the young man's actions to allow
them different experiences, however, the wife's will is strong and evil in intent, causing
the young man to rob and murder so that she can relish the experience without the
consequences. When her husband discovers that he cannot stop her, he causes the man to
crash his car while fleeing from the police. The resulting explosion kills the young man,
but also burns the old couple as well.
An ingenious and clever plot is unfortunately made into an untidy and badly developed
film. Karloff and Lacey manage to rise above the script, but sadly this is not enough.
THE SORCERER'S CURSE (1962) see The Magic Sword
THE SORCERESS (1955) see La Sorciere
LA SORCIERE (1955/Iena Prod.)
Aka: BLONDE WITCH; SORCERESS.
Credits: Dir: André Michel; Prod: Robert Woog; Sc:
Jacques Companeez, Christiane Imbert & Paul Andréotta; Ph: Marcel Grignon; Ed:
Victoria Mercanton; Art: Lucien Aguettand.
Cast: Marina Vlady, Maurice Ronet, Nicole Courcel,
A young woman seemingly possesses strange healing powers and is believed to be a witch.
LES SORCIERES DE SALEM (1957/CICC/Defa/Pathe)
143mins. BW. France/East Germany.
Aka: THE WITCHES OF SALEM; THE CRUCIBLE.
Credits: Dir: Raymond Rouleau; Sc: Jean Paul Sartre;
Ph: Claude Renoir; Mus: Georges Auric. From the play "The Crucible" by Arthur
Cast: Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Mylene Demongeot,
Jean Debucourt, Raymond Rouleau.
In Massachussetts during 1692, the townsfolk of Salem accuse several women of being
witches which leads to multiple trials, torture and the execution of innocent people.
The use of horrifying historical fact to reflect the McCarthy anti-communist trials taking
place in America is told at a deadening pace, but improves on the original play.
Signoret's performance is outstanding.
LA SORELLA DI SATANA (1965/Leith/Europix)
Aka: THE SHE BEAST; THE SISTER OF SATAN; REVENGE OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
Credits: Dir: Michael Reeves; Prod: Paul M. Malansky;
Sc: Michael Byron (Michael Reeves); Ph: G. Gengarelli; Ed: Nira Omri; Mus: Ralph Ferraro.
Cast: Barbara Steele, Ian Ogilvy, Mel Welles, John
Karlson, Jay Riley, Richard Watson, Ed Randolph.
The villagers of Vaubrac, Transylvania are cursed by Vardella, (Steele), the witch until
they drive a spike through her chest and drown her, but not before she curses them and
their descendants. 200 years later English newlyweds Veronica, (Steele) and Philip,
(Ogilvy), suffer a tragic accident while on their honeymoon in Vaubrac that kills
Veronica, but Dr. Van Helsing, (Carlsen), insists that the body is of the centuries old
witch Vardella who has somehow stolen Veronica's spirit. Helsing must bring the body back
to life and exorcise her, but Vardella escapes and murders some of the townsfolk to
fulfill her curse. Just before the police arrive Van Helsing and Philip tie Vardella to
the drowning stool and exorcise her allowing Veronica to bob to the surface alive. As the
couple drive away Veronica strangely mutters that she will return.
Twenty two year old Reeves demonstrates his fondness for the genre in his low budget
directorial debut which later received some cult success despite some poor acting and a
cliched script. The witch's makeup remains impressive.
Reeves died in 1968 of a drug overdose.
S.O.S. INVASION (1969/Internacional de Mercados
Turisticos) 87mins. Spain.
Credits: Dir: Silvio F. Balbuena; Sc: J.L. Navarro
Basso; Alfonso Nieva; Ed: Mar¡a Soriano; Mus: Moreno Buendia.
Cast: Jack Taylor, Mara Cruz, Diana Sorel, José
María Tasso, Titania Climent, Catherine Ellison, Vallerie Mulholland.
Strange female aliens in a laboratory at an old castle create zombie robots from Earth's
corpses to do their evil bidding.
An unoriginal and cheap production badly dubbed into English.
SOUL OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL (1959) see Ch'ien-Nu Yu-Hin
SOUND OF HORROR (1964) see Sonido
SPACE AMOEBA (1970) see Kessen Nankai No
THE SPACE CHILDREN (1958/Alland/Paramount)
71mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Jack Arnold; Prod: William Alland; Sc:
Bernard C. Schoenfeld; Ph: Ernest Laszlo; Ed: Terry Morse; Art: Hal Pereira & Roland
Anderson; Sfx: John P. Fulton; Mu: Wally Westmore; Mus: Van Cleave.
Cast: Adam Williams, Peggy Webber, Michael Ray, Johnny
Crawford, Jackie Coogan, Johnny Washbrook, Sandy Descher, Richard Shannon, Russell
Johnson, Raymond Bailey, Larry Pennell.
A strange pulsating alien creature that resembles a brain lures the local children of
rocket personnel and commands twelve year old Bud Brewster, (Ray), to lead the others and
sabotage the nearby rocket testing site at Eagle Point California where scientists are
preparing to launch a warhead into space. Any adult foolish enough to get in the way of
the mission is harmed, or in the case of child abuser Joe Gamble, (Johnson), is killed by
a mysterious heart attack. An exasperated military trace the brain creature to a cave, but
their way is barred by the children who announce that similar creatures have landed all
over the world rendering nuclear weapons useless. One mother states that "the
world has been given a second chance."
A badly made moral message film that never explains where the alien came from.
SPACE DEVILS (1965) see Diavoli
SPACE INVASION OF LAPLAND (1963) see Rymdinvasion I Lappland
SPACE MASTER X-7 (1958/Regalscope/TCF.) 70mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Edward Bernds; Prod: Bernard Glasser;
A.Prod: Norman Maurer; Sc: George Worthing Yates & Daniel Mainwaring; Ph: Brydon
Baker; Ed: John F. Link; Des: Edward Shiells; Mus: Josef Zimanich.
Cast: Bill Williams, Lyn Thomas, Robert Ellis, Paul
Frees, Rhoda Williams, Joan Nixon Barry, Carol Varga, Thomas Browne Henry, Thomas Wilde,
Fred Sherman, Gregg Martell, Jesse Kirkpatrick, Court Shepard, Moe Howard, Al Baffert.
A space satillite returning to earth is infiltrated by a bizarre Martian space fungus that
is given to Doctor Charles Pommer, (Frees), to analyse, but the creature devours him by
mixing with his blood and forming "Blood Rust". Investigating agents John Hand,
(Williams), and Joe Rattigan, (Ellis), try to contain the alien spore, but a woman,
(Thomas), who was having an affair with the married doctor tries to flee to Honolulu, but
has unknowingly come into contact with the fungus and is spreading it everywhere she goes.
The agents have to burn the fungus spores when they find them.
A terribly cheap film with an unconvincing creature that looks like slime covered cloth,
in a plot that concentrates mostly on the search for the woman by the agents.
SPACE MEN (1960) see Assignment:
SPACE MISSION OF THE LOST PLANET (1970) see Horror of the Blood Monsters
THE SPACE MONSTER (1965) 80mins.
Aka: FLIGHT BEYOND THE SUN; VOYAGE BEYOND THE SUN.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Leonard Katzman; Prod: Burt
Topper; Ph: Robert Tobey; Mu: Harry Thomas; Mus: Marlin Skiles.
Cast: Russ Bender, Francine York, James B. Brown,
A space expedition find themselves on the ocean floor of a different planet where they
encounter strange sea monsters and an alien with an exposed brain in a small spaceship.
Cheap production values and inept acting.
SPACE SHIP SAPPY (1957/Columbia) 16mins. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Jules White; Sc: Jack White;
Ph: Henry Freulich; Ed: Saul A. Goodkind; Art: William Flannery.
Cast: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser, Doreen
Woodbury, Benny Rubin, Marilyn Hanold, Lorraine Crawford, Harriette Tarler, Emil Stika.
After being launched into space the Three Stooges, (Howard, Fine & Besser), land on a
planet and encounter fanged alien vampire girls.
SPACE STATION X (1964) see Mutiny
in Outer Space
SPACE VAMPIRES (1968) see The
76mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Terence Fisher; Prod: Michael Carreras;
A.Prod: Jimmy Sangster; Sc: Paul Tabori & Richard Landau; Ph: Reginald Wyer; Ed:
Maurice Rootes; Art: J. Elder Wills; Sfx: The Trading Post; Mus: Ivor Slanry. From the
radio play by Charles Eric Maine.
Cast: Howard Duff, Alan Wheatley, Philip Leaver,
Marianne Stone, Eva Bartok, Michael Medwin, Andrew Osborn, Cecile Chereau, Hugh Moxey,
Jean-Webster Brough, Anthony Ireland, David Horne.
A scientist, (Duff), is accused of killing his wife and her lover and placing their
corpses in Britain's first satellite that is now circling the earth. The scientist and a
colleague, (Bartok), man a spacerocket to discover the truth, but the scientist's wife and
her lover actually ran away together.
A slow drama with a minor science fiction setting, but the famous studio's style is
evident in this early production that includes footage borrowed from Rocketship X-M.
THE SPANIARDS CURSE (1958/Wentworth)
74mins. BW. UK.
Credits: Dir: Ralph Kemplen; Prod: Roger Proudlock;
Sc: Kenneth Hyde, Ralph Kemplen & Roger Proudlock; Ph: Arthur Grant; Ed: Stanley
Hawkes; Des: Tony Masters; Mus: Lambert Williamson. From the novel "The Assize of the
Dying" By Edith Pargiter.
Cast: Tony Wright, Susan Beaumont, Lee Patterson,
Basil Dignam, Joan Watson, Michael Hordern, Ralph Truman, Henry Oscar, Brian Oulton, Olga
Dickie, Roddy Hughes, Joe Gibbons.
An innocent man sent to the gallows, vows revenge on those responsible and invokes an old
Spanish curse before his death. One by one the jurors at the man's trial are found dead,
eventually another murderer is proved to be the perpetrator.
A well made and cleverly plotted thriller.
SPAZIALE K.1 (1964) see The
THE SPECTRE OF DOCTOR HICHCOCK (1962) see Lo Spettro de Dr. Hichcock
LO SPETTRO DE DR. HICHCOCK (1962/Panda/Magna)
Aka: THE GHOST; THE SPECTRE OF DOCTOR HICHCOCK.
Sequel to: L'Orrible Segreto del Dottore Hichcock.
Credits: Dir: Robert Hampton (Riccardo Freda); Prod:
Luigi Carpentieri & Ermanno Donati; Sc: Oreste Biancoli & Riccardo Freda; Ph:
Donald Green (Raffaele Masciocchi); Art: Samuel Fields; Mus: Frank Wallace (Franco
Mannino) & Roman Vlad.
Cast: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Harriet White,
Leonard Elliott (Elio Jotta), Umberto Raho, Charles Kechler, Reginald Price Anderson,
In Scotland during 1910, Doctor Hichcock's wife Margaret, (Steele), and her lover plot to
kill her crippled husband with the poison curare so they can elope together, but after
their murderous deed, and because their victim was a strong believer in the occult, Dr.
Hichcock seems to return to life for his revenge, orchestrating their demise.
A sequel in name only made on a quick fourteen day shooting schedule and the supernatural
element is only a red herring. The lush photography and extreme close ups add to the
effective claustrophobic atmosphere.
THE SPIDER (1958) see Earth
Versus the Spider
SPIDER BABY, OR THE MADDEST STORY
EVER TOLD (1968/Lasky-Monka Prod./American General) 80mins. BW. US.
Aka: CANNIBAL ORGY (pre-release); THE LIVER EATERS; ATTACK OF THE LIVER EATERS.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jack Hill; Prod: Paul Monka
& Gil Lasky; Ph: Alfred Taylor; Art: Ray Story; Mus: Ronald Stein. Title song sung by
Lon Chaney Jnr.
Cast: Lon Chaney Jnr.,
Carol Ohmart, Quinn Redecker, Jill Banner, Sid Haig, Mantan Moreland, Beverly Washburn,
"The seductive innocence of Lolita! The savage hunger of a black widow!"
"Come into my parlor, said the spider to the..."
Bruno, (Chaney), is the servant and guardian of the Merrye family who, because of
inbreeding, begin to suffer from a syndrome that causes them to regress into cannibals
after the age of ten. An aunt and uncle are kept in the cellar, their children are
regressing enough to join them, and their niece Virginia, (Banner), thinks she is a spider
who likes to eat flies. When some distant cousins arrive to claim the rumoured Merrye
fortune, they are unaware of their family's condition and are subjected to a night of
A degenerate version of "The Addam's Family" with little plot, but instead
consists of a succession of nightmarish images with wry comic touches that elevate the
film to heights of wierdness.
Jack Hill's debut, filmed in 12 days. Chaney also sang the theme song!
LE SPIE VENGONA DAL SEMIFREDDO (1966) see Doctor Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs
THE SPIRIT IS WILLING (1967/Castle/Paramount)
Credits: Dir. & Prod: William Castle; Sc: Ben
Star; Ph: Hal Stine; Ed: Edwin H. Bryant; Art: Hal Pereira & Walter Tyler; Sfx: Lee
Vasque; Ph.Fx: Paul K. Lerpae; Mu: Wally Westmore & Monte Westmore; Mus: Vic Mizzy.
From "The Visitors" by Nathaniel Benchley.
Cast: Sid Ceasar, Vera Miles, Barry Gordon, Harvey
Lembeck, John McGiver, Doodles Weaver, Nestor Paiva, Jesse White, Jill Townsend, John
Astin, Ricky Cordell, Cass Daley, Mary Wickes, Jay C. Flippen, Rob Donner, Mickey Deems.
A family who rent an old house in New England discover that it is haunted, but they blame
their son for the destruction caused by the three ghosts, (Daley, Townsend & Donner),
who were the unfortunate victims of an axe murderer in a crime of passion.
A silly farce that fails to deliver more than a mild chuckle.
SPIRITISM (1961) see Espiritismo
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (1967) see Histories Extraordinaires
THE SPLIT (1959) see The
SPOOK CHASERS (1957) 62mins. US.
Credits: Dir: George Blair; Prod: Ben Schwalb.
Cast: Huntz Hall, Stanley Clements, David Gorcey,
Jimmy Murphy, Percy Heton, Darlene Fields, Eddie LeRoy, Bill Henry, Peter Mamakos, Ben
Welden, Robert Shane, Robert Christopher.
A crooked estate agent sells a friend of the Bowery Boys a rundown farmhouse where the
gang encounter "ghosts", stolen fortunes and gangsters.