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THE WACKY WORLD OF DR. MORGUS
(1962/Sevin-Calogne) BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Raoul Haig; Sc: Noel Haig & Raoul Haig.
Cast:
Sid Noel, Dana Barton, Thomas George, Jeanne Teslof, David Kleinberger.
Dr. Morgus has invented a machine that can turn people into sand and then later revive them. The evil ruler of Microvania captures the machine and uses it to fill America with his spies.
An amateurish exercise in tedium. Amongst the cast is a former New Orleans television horror film host.

WANGMAGWI (1967/Century) 80mins. South Korea.
Credits: Dir: Hynkjin Kwon; Sc: Hayong Byun; Ph: Changyong Ham; Sfx: Soonjai Byun.
Cast:
Kungwon Nam, Haekyung Kim, Unjin Hahn, Hikap Kim.
A monster, five hundred times bigger than man, is sent by the rulers of an evil planet to destroy the city of Seoul and conquer the Earth.
An inferior clone of Toho's rubber-suited rampages.

WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS (1965) see Missione Planeta Errante

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP (1965) see City Under the Sea

WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958/Carmel/AIP.) 68mins. BW. (last reel in colour) US. Aka: THE TERROR STRIKES (UK). Shooting title: REVENGE OF THE COLOSSAL MAN. Sequel to: The Amazing Colossal Man.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Bert I. Gordon; Ex.Prod: James H. Nicholson & Samuel Z. Arkoff; Sc: George Worthing Yates; Ph: Jack Marta; Ed: Ronald Sinclair; Sfx: Flora Gordon & Bert I. Gordon; Mus: Albert Glasser. From a story by Bert I. Gordon.
Cast: Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Dean Parkin, Russ Bender, Charles Stewart, George Becwar, Robert Hernandez.
"The towering terror from hell!"
Colonel Manning, also known as the Colossal Beast, survives the fall from Boulder Dam and floats down the Colorado River to Mexico. Manning's sister Joyce, (Fraser), and an army major, (Pace), track the now disfigured sixty foot giant, (Parkin), down and capture him. The mutant escapes and goes on the rampage almost killing a bus full of children. Joyce persuades him to put the bus down, but wracked with guilt over what he has become Manning reaches for some high tension electricity cables and commits suicide.
A continuation of the drive-in classic with more B-movie schlock of the first degree.

THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966)
see Furankenshutain No Kaiju-Sandai Tai Gaira

WAR OF THE INSECTS (1968) see Konchu Daisenso

WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966) see Gamera Tai Barugon

WAR OF THE PLANETS (1955) see This Island Earth

WAR OF THE PLANETS (1965) see I Diafanoidi Portano la Mort

WAR OF THE SATELLITES (1957/Allied Artists) 66mins. BW.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roger Corman; A.Prod. & Sfx: Jack Rabin, Irving Block & Louis DeWitt; Sc: Lawrence Louis Goldman; Ph: Floyd Crosby; Ed: Irene Morra; Art: Daniel Haller; Mus: Walter Greene.
Cast:
Dick Miller, Susan Cabot, Beach Dickerson, Bruno Ve Sota, Michael Fox, Robert Shayne, Richard Devon, Eric Sinclair, John Brinkley.
A strange cylinder from Nebula Gamma warns the earth to stay out of space and erects a powerful force field around our planet to prevent any space missions. Physicist Dr. Van Ponder, (Devon), attempts to blast through the force field at the speed of light, however, the real Van Ponder has been replaced with an android copy by the aliens. When the android falls in love, earth's scientists persuade the robot to help them.
A haphazard tale that reworks the elements of The Day the Earth Stood Still that Corman promised to make within 2 months and release the day after the US. Explorer satellite launch.

WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953/Paramount) 85mins. UK.
Credits: Dir: Byron Haskin; Prod: George Pal; A.Prod: Frank Freeman Jnr.; Sc: Barré Lyndon; Ph: George Barnes; Ed: Everett Douglas; Art: Chesley Bonestell, Hal Pereira & Albert Nozaki; Sets: Sam Comer & Emile Kuri; Sfx: Gordon Jennings, Wallace Kelley, Paul Lerpae, Ivyl Burns, Jan Domela & Irmin Roberts; Electrical Fx: Kenneth Strickfaden; Mu: Wally Westmore; Mus: Leith Stevens. From the novel by H.G. Wells.
Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Bob Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Lewis Martin, Housely Stevenson Jnr., Paul Frees, Bill Phipps, Vernon Rich, Henry Brandon, Jack Kruschen, Paul Birch, Charles Gemora, Alvy Moore, Ned Glass, Carolyn Jones, Pierre Cressoy, Walter Sande, Robert Rockwell, Anthony Warde, Russell Conway, Teru Shimada, Edgar Barier, Bud Wolfe. Narrated: Cedric Hardwicke.
Martians land in major cities of the world and in California to invade and conquer the earth while their own planet is dying. Their spaceships have protective shields and a deadly ray that reduces buildings to rubble. There is nothing scientist that Clayton Forrester, (Barry), or the army can do to stop them from destroying Los Angeles, but when the world as we know it seems at an end the spaceships begin to crash as the Martians became susceptible to earth's cold virus and die.
Pal's production contains some superb effects for its time, but pales in comparison to the original novel. Pal added religious scenes, a love interest and some stock footage that reduces the film to a spectacular B-picture.
The rights were purchased from H.G. Wells by Cecille B. DeMille for Paramount in 1925, but the story was never filmed until this production began.
Originally Lee Marvin was to have Gene Barry's role.
Charles Gemora portrays the Martian.
The special effects team won an Academy Award, but unfortunately Jennings died before he could receive his Oscar. Paramount re-released the film in 1977 as a double bill with When Worlds Collide (1951). Both films, incidentally, contain the same footage of a group of people listening to a radio.
When the book was adapted for radio and broadcast on Halloween night in 1938 chaos ensued as Orsen Welles read the script. Many Americans believed that an invasion was actually taking place and the roads around New York and New Jersey were jammed with fleeing vehicles. A dramatisation of the events of that night was the basis for THE NIGHT THAT PANICKED AMERICA a television film made in 1975, directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Paul Shenar.

WAR OF THE ZOMBIES (1963) see Roma Contra Roma

WARLORD OF CRETE (1960) see Teseo Contro il Minotauro

WARNING FROM SPACE (1956) see Uchjin Tokyo Ni Arawaru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE WASP WOMAN
(1959/Santa Clara/Filmgroup) 73mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Roger Corman; Sc: Leo Gordon; Ph: Harry C. Newman; Ed: Carlo Lodato; Art: Daniel Haller; Mus: Fred Katz. From a story by Kinta Zertuche.
Cast:
Susan Cabot, Fred Eisley (later Anthony Eisley), Barboura Morris, Michael Marks, William Roderick, Frank Gerstle, Bruno Ve Sota, Frank Wolff.
"A beautiful woman by day - A lusting queen wasp by night".
Eric Zinthrop, (Mark), develops a cosmetic cream taken from a queen wasp, but his experiments turn animals into monsters. The head of a cosmetics company Janice Starlin, (Cabot), becomes worried that she is starting to show her age, so to combat the problem she uses some of the Royal Jelly application. Zinthrop tries to warn Jan of the effects of the cream, but she transforms into a giant wasp creature with a desire to suck blood and kill. When the creature corners her employee Mary, (Morris), Zinthrop throws carbolic acid at her and she falls to her death from the building.
An enjoyable B-picture made for a mere $50 thousand that was inspired by an article Corman read about cosmetics that contain Royal Jelly.

WATARI AND THE SEVEN MONSTERS (1969) 100mins. Japan/Taiwan.
Cast:
Kaneko Yoshinobu, Wong Pin-Pin.
Features a lobster monster, a two-headed dragon, a giant, an eagle-man and a gigantic scorpion.

WATARI IN THE MAGIC WORLD OF NINJAS (1970) Japan.
Cast:
Kaneko Yoshinobu, Fuyukichi Maki.
Features monsters.

WATER CYBORGS (1966) see Kaitei Daisenso

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEKEND
(1967/ Comacico/ Copernic/ Lira/ Ascot Cineraid) 103mins. France/Italy.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Jean Luc Godard; Ph: Raoul Coutard; Ed: Agnes Guillemot; Mus: Antoine Duhamel.
Cast: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Valerie LaGrange, Jean-Pierre Leaud.
On a journey to visit her mother, a woman and her partner, two homicidal lovers, encounter figures from Emille Brontë to a cell of anarchists whom the wife joins and the group kill and eat her husband.
A nightmare vision of the collapse of western capitalism.

THE WEREWOLF (1956/Clover/Columbia) 83mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir: Fred F. Sears; Prod: Sam Katzman; Sc: Robert E. Kent & James B. Gordon; Ph: Edwin Linden; Ed: Harold White; Art: Paul Palmentola; Mus: Mischa Bakaleinikoff.
Cast:
Steven Ritch, Joyce Holden, Elenore Tanin, Don Megowan, Kim Charney, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake, Ken Christy, S. John Launer, George M. Lynn.
Duncan Marsh, (Ritch), is the victim of a car crash and is rescued by Dr. Emery Forrest, (Launer), and Dr. Morgan Chambers, (Lynn), who have developed questionable methods of curing radiation poisoning and decide to use Marsh as a guinea pig for their serum extracted from wolves. When Marsh is returned to his small Californian mountain town he develops lycanthropic tendencies. Even though Marsh's wife, (Tanin), and son Chris, (Charney), plead for him to turn himself in, Marsh refuses and is eventually caught in a bear trap and gunned down.
A fifties revamp of the popular myth utilising the contemporary theme of radiation poisoning. The effects are surprisingly good and the Big Bear Lake locations are put to good use.

WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS DORMITORY (1961/Royal) 83mins. BW. Italy/Austria.
Aka: LYCANTHROPUS; I MARRIED A WEREWOLF (UK); BEI VOLL MOND MORD.
Credits: Dir: Richard Benson (Paolo Heusch); Prod: Jack Forrest; Ex.Prod: Guido Giambartolomei; Sc: Julian Berry (Ernesto Gastaldi); Ph: George Patrick; Ed: Julian Attenborough; Art: Peter Travers; Mus: Francis Berman.
Cast:
Curt Lowens, Barbara Lass, Maurice Marsac, Anni Steinert, Carl Schell, Ernesto Gastaldi, Maureen O'Conner, Grace Neame, Mary McNeeran, Alan Collins.
"Ghoul in a girl's dormitory!"
A superintendent at a girl's reform school is actually a werewolf who preys on the students, but a teacher whose speciality is killing lycanthropes, overcomes the beast.
Despite the low budget and incongruous rock'n'roll soundtrack, this is an effective and eerie sexploitation shocker that features the song "The Ghoul In School".

THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON (1973/Millco/Diplomat) 90mins. US.
Aka: THE WHITE HOUSE HORRORS.
Credits: Dir., Sc. & Ed: Milton Moses Ginsberg; Prod: Nina Schulman; A.Prod: Stephen Miller; Ph: Bob Baldwin; Art: Nancy Miller Corwin; Mu.Fx: Bob Obradovich; Mus: Arnold Freed.
Cast: Dean Stockwell, Michael Dunn, Biff McGuire, Clifton James, Beeson Carroll, Ben Yaffee, Jane House, Thayer David, Barbara Spiegel, Nancy Andrews, Stephen Cheng, Jacqueline Brooks.
While in Hungary, American journalist Jack Whittier, (Stockwell), is bitten by a werewolf. Upon his return home he is appointed the Press Secreatary to the President at the White House, but he is responsible for a series of savage murders. The President attempts to cover up his aide's affliction, but he also becomes infected with lycanthropy.
This oddity set against the Watergate scandal fails as a satire and as a horror film, but is bizarre enough to keep enthusiasts watching. Some none too funny scenes include the Aide transforming while at a bowling alley and getting his fingers stuck in the ball. The character Dr. Kiss, (Dunn), obviously a representation of Kissinger, is a Frankenstein-like character whose monster creating laboratory is reached through the back of a lavatory stall. The werewolf confuses the Pentagrams he sees in his victim's hands as a Pentagon, and believes that a Communist spy ring exists.

WEREWOLF VERSUS THE VAMPIRE WOMAN (1970) see La Noche de Walpurgis

THE WEREWOLF'S SHADOW (1970) see La Noche de Walpurgis

WESTWORLD (1973/MGM.) 89mins. US.
Credits: Dir.& Sc: Michael Crichton; Prod: Paul N. Lazarus III; Ph: Gene Polito; Ed: David Bretherton; Sfx: Charles Schulthies; Art: Herman Blumenthal; Mus: Fred Karlin.
Cast: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Dick Van Patten, Stephen Franken, Victoria Shaw, Linda Scott, Michael Mikler, Terry Wilson, Majel Barrett, Anne Randall, Julie Marcus.
"Where nothing can possibly go wrong..."
Delos charges patrons $1000 a day to enjoy one of their pleasure parks where a client can choose a Roman, a medieval, or a wild west fantasy, which is controlled by a computer programme and all the seemingly real characters are actually androids. Two men, (Brolin & Benjamin), who participate in the wild west fantasy are surprised when a malfunctioning android gunfighter, (Brynner), shoots one of the men dead and continues to stalk the other man intending to kill him.
An intriguing tale with moments of humour that turn into genuine thrills.
Crichton used this novel as the inspiration for his hugely successful JURASSIC PARK, replacing the robots in the story with dinosaurs.
Sequel: FUTUREWORLD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT!
(1963) see La Frustra e il Corpo

WHAT A CARVE UP (1961/Embassy/Regal) 87mins. BW. UK.
Aka: NO PLACE LIKE HOMICIDE.
Credits: Dir: Pat Jackson; Prod: Robert S. Baker & Monty Berman; Sc: Ray Cooney & Tony Hilton; Ph: Monty Berman; Mus: Muir Mathieson. From "The Ghoul" by Frank King.
Cast: Kenneth Connor, Sid James, Donald Pleasence, Michael Gough, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price, Adam Faith, Esma Cannon, George Woodbridge, Valerie Taylor, Michael Gwynn, Philip O'Flynn, Timothy Bateson, Frederick Piper.
A timid proof-reader of horror novels, (Connor), and his friend Sid, (James), travel to a remote castle for the reading of Uncle Gabriel's will. At the mansion is a hidden fortune, a club footed butler and a sinister solicitor. It seems that Uncle Gabriel has faked his own death so can kill off his assorted relatives without being suspected.
An effective comedy adaptation of "The Ghoul" and Old-Dark-House mysteries with a smattering of early "Carry-On" antics.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE? (1969/Palomar/Associates and Aldrich Co.) 101mins. TVM. US.
Credits: Dir: Lee H. Katzin; Prod: Robert Aldrich; Ex.Prod: Peter Nelson; Sc: Theodore Apstein; Ph: Joseph Biroc; Ed: Michael Luciano & Frank J. Urioste; Art: William Glasgow; Mus: Gerald Fried. From "The Forbidden Garden" by Ursula Curtiss.
Cast: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Fuller, Mildred Dunnock, Joan Huntingdon, Peter Brandon, Michael Barbera, Peter Bonerz, Richard Angarola, Claire Kelly, Valerie Allen, Martin Garralaga, Jack Bannon, Seth Riggs, "Lou" Kane.
Wealthy widow Clare Marable, (Page), hires, and then kills a succession of companion housekeepers for their money, and buries the bodies in the garden by planting a tree on top of them. Her new companion, (Gordon), is actually a wealthy woman who applied for the post with Marable when her own companion mysteriously disappeared after working there.
An entertaining murder mystery that sets the mood with a shocking opening scene and superb performances from the leading ladies.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962/Warner/7 Arts/Aldrich) 133mins. BW. US.
Credits: Dir. & Prod: Robert Aldrich; Sc: Robert Aldrich & Lukas Heller; Ph: Ernest Haller; Ed: Michael Luciano; Art: William Glasgow; Sfx: Don Steward; Mu: Jack Obringer & Monty Westmore; Mus: Frank De Vol. From "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane Hudson?" by Henry Farrell.
Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Marjorie Bennett, Maidie Norman, Anna Lee, Barbara Merrill, David Willock, Ann Barton, Bert Freed, Julie Alfred, Gina Gillespie, Wesley Add.
"Sister, sister oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair?"
Embittered former child star Baby Jane Hudson, (Davis), and her crippled sister Blanche, (Crawford), live together in an old Hollywood mansion. Baby Jane believes she was responsible for her sister's tragic accident that ended her acting career, but now she torments wheelchair bound Blanche, keeping her a virtual prisoner in the house as Baby Jane becomes increasingly insane.
The tour de force performances of Crawford and Davis boost this overlong psycho-drama and the grim humour elevates the film to classic status. Both ageing stars had appeared in several films of the genre and Davis went on to star in Aldrich's similar Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.
Bette Davis, Ernest Hall and Victor Buono received Academy Award nominations, while Norma Koch took home an Oscar for the costume design.
Crawford watches footage of herself in 1934's SADIE McKEE.
As with most ageing stars of Hollywood, work became scarce for Crawford and Davis who were paid $50 thousand each with profit share options for their services. As no one was keen to finance the production, Aldrich funded it independently and filmed it over 21 days.

WHEEL OF FIRE (1964) see Pyro

WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH (1969/Hammer/Warner) 100mins. (96mins. US.) UK.
Credits: Dir. & Sc: Val Guest; Prod: Aida Young; Ph: Dick Bush; Ed: Peter Curran; Art: John Blezard; Sfx: Jim Danforth, David Allen, Allan Bryce, Roger Dicken & Brian Johnstock; Mus: Mario Nascimbene. From a story by J.G. Ballard.
Cast: Victoria Vetri (Angela Dorian), Robin Hawdon, Patrick Allen, Drewe Henley, Sean Caffrey, Magda Konopka, Imogen Hassall, Patrick Holt, Jan Rossini, Carol-Anne Hawkins, Maria O'Brien, Billy Cornelius.
"Enter an age of unknown terrors, pagan worship and virgin sacrifice."
A young girl named Sanna, (Vetri), from a race of prehistoric blondes is prevented from becoming a sacrifice for the Rock People by a cyclone, and encounters Tara, a fisherman from a dark haired people. They are both ultimately banished from their tribes and discover a passion for each other, but the leader of the Rock people is determined to get her back.
A caveman romance set against a beautifully photographed landscape with some good effects that include a baby dinosaur, a triceratops, a pterodactyl and some giant crabs. The plot is somewhat thin and most prints run for only 96 minutes without the nude love scene.
Special Visual Effects received an Academy Award nomination.
Under the name Angela Dorian, Vetri was 1968's Playboy Playmate of the Year.

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1951/Paramount) 82mins.
Credits: Dir: Rudolph Maté; Prod: George Pal; Sc: Sidney Boehm; Ph: John F. Seitz & W. Howard Greene; Ed: Doane Harrison & Arthur Schmidt; Art: Hal Pereira & Albert Nozaki; Sfx: Gordon Jennings & Harry Barndollar; Tech.Advisor: Chesley Bonestell; Mus: Leith Stevens. From a novel by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer.
Cast: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, John Hoyt, Larry Keating, Peter Hanson, Mary Murphy, Laura Elliott, Stephen Chase, Stuart Whitman, Frank Cady, Hayden Rorke, Jimmy Congdon, Judith Ames, Rudy Lee, Sandro Giglio, Laura Elliot, Frances Sanford.
A star named Bellus is on a collision course with planet earth. An interplanetary craft is hastily constructed and financed by an unpleasant industrialist to take himself and a selected number of people to the planet Zyra before earth is destroyed.
A pedantic science fiction film that cost Paramount approximately $936,000, and is not the spectacular the producers hoped it would be. The cataclysmic events take a back seat to the romantic elements of the plot, but the Academy Award winning special effects and Bonestell's stunning artistry keep the film compelling. One memorable scene shows Manhattan submerged as earth's tides rise with the approaching star's effects. Budget constraints are evident in the final matte shot of the planet Zira and the use of footage from other Paramount films including FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.
Re-released in 1977.

THE WHIP AND THE BODY (1963) see La Frustra e il Corpo

THE WHIP AND THE FLESH (1963) see La Frustra e il Corpo

WHIRLPOOL (1970) Denmark.
Cast: Eddy Waters.
Features orgiastic gore murders and necrophellia.

THE WHITE HOUSE HORRORS (1973) see The Werewolf of Washington

THE WHITE REINDEER (1952) see Valkoimen Peura

 

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WHO GOES THERE?
(1956) 8mm.
Credits: Dir: Tony Brezezinski; Ph: John Mate. From "Who Goes There?" by John Campbell.
A cheap, but faithful adaptation of the book that inspired The Thing (1951).

WHO STOLE THE BODY? (1962) 92mins. France.
Credits: Dir: Jean Girault.
Cast:
Francis Blanche, Darry Cowl, Clement Harari, Daniel Ceccaldi, Mario David.
Two dim-witted amateur sleuths, (Blanche & Cowl), attempt to solve a crime.
A tedious farce that tries to parody the horror genre.

 

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