The Beast of the Yellow Night
(1971): Surprisingly good for a movie made in
the Phillippines. In the 1970s-80s, the big thing for
B-movie productions was to film in the Phillippines because it
was incredibly cheap. Unfortunately, most of those films
reflect the budget. They usually get terrible actors,
are filmed terrible, and have god-awful special effects.
Most of the time, Phillippines' movies try to do things that
are beyond their scope. This movie is different.
It was written and directed by Eddie Romero. He worked
with the limitations he had, and made a darn good little film
out of it. "The Beast of the Yellow Night" was set in
modern-day Phillippines. It was a simple little
horror-action film with simple, yet effective special
effects. They didn't try to overdo the special
effects. The strengths of this movie are its story and
John Ashley is always pretty good in his
films, and he does well as the lead in this movie. What
really surprises me is how good the Filipino actors
were. This was all done in English, as it is an American
film, only filmed in the Phillippines. A lot of times in
foreign-filmed American productions, they get who they can get
because they're cheap. Almost all of the Filipino actors
were pretty good and convincing. This really helps make
the movie more watchable.
The greatest weakness of this film is that,
in some parts, the filming is just way too dark and it's hard
to see what's going on. If you can look past that, and
take this film for what it is, it's pretty enjoyable. I
don't understand the significance of the title, "The Beast of
the Yellow Night", as I don't know how the night is
yellow. Unless they mean by a yellow full moon, but the
full moon has nothing to do with the beast's
transformation. He turns into a monster every
night. It's a cool-sounding title, though.
In 1946, an American traitor who
corroborated with the Japanese in WWII is finally hunted down
and shot. On the brink of death, he is approached by the
Devil (or Satan, whatever you want to call him). The
Devil, in the form of a fat, little middle-aged Filipino man,
offers John Langdon, the traitor, continued life if he does
his bidding. John Langdon (John Ashley) agrees. 24
years later, the Devil puts John Langdon into the body of
wealthy American businessman Phillip Rogers. In reality,
Phillip Rogers truly died and went to Hell. John
Langdon, however, possesses all of Rogers' memories and
knowledge. But here's the twist: Phillip Rogers'
appearance changed to that of John Langdon! It is
believed by most that Phillip's accident caused this dramatic
John Langdon, now Phillip Rogers, lives a
pretty fine life with a beautiful wife and a big business, but
grows fastly uncomfortable with what he has to do to serve the
Devil. The Devil (Vic Diaz) wants Langdon to use his
influence to turn people evil, so the Devil has more souls to
collect. Although Langdon has done terrible things in
the past, he doesn't want to be a part of this incredibly evil
scheme. To punish Langdon for his disobedience, the
Devil curses him. Every night, Langdon turns into a
murderous, flesh-eating monster. He kills people both
innocent, and not-so-innocent.
Langdon, who works hard to fight the beast
within him, tries to spare his lovely new wife, Julia.
She finally sees what he becomes, and goes into a deep state
of shock. Meanwhile, Langdon/Rogers gets the aid of a
blind man with a shady past who helps hide the troubled soul
from those who would hunt him. The blind man was, a long
time ago, a notorious bandit who has since reformed his
ways. Langdon, with the blind man, are ultimately hunted
down outside of town. The blind man is shot. He
asks Langdon to pray for him. Langdon does as he's
asked. Once he accepts God, the last bullet that strikes
him ends his cursed existence. Langdon dies, and ends up
going to Heaven. The Devil's mad scheme has been
Mary Charlotte Wilcox, who plays Julia
Rogers, is also very likable. She's either naked or
half-naked for much of the film. Wilcox wears some
really interesting outfits. Besides that, her character
just seems like a nice person. It's not a very
complicated part, but the movie didn't demand bigger lines or
anything too heavy. Julia is basically a plot device to
play on Langdon's conscience.
This is a rated R film, and rightly so, but
it's still very mild. There's nudity, and minimal
gore. The bad language is pretty mild. It's really
just the subject matter that makes this a solid R movie.
John Ashley as John Langdon/Phillip Rogers
Mary Charlotte Wilcox as Julia Rogers [credited as Mary
Ken Metcalfe as Earl Rogers
Vic Diaz as Satan
Andres Centenera as Blind Man
Leopoldo Salcedo as Inspector Santos
Eddie Garcia as Detective Lieutenant Campo
Writer & Director- Eddie Romero
- Mary Charlotte Wilcox later became a
recurring guest actor on the legendary sketch comedy TV
series, "SCTV", as well as a writer.
The Blue Man (1985)-
The story was great. Everything ties together pretty
well. The acting is pretty decent. There is really
no gore, although violence does
happen throughout the story. I think the only thing that
gave this film its R rating is the language. My only
"beef" with this movie: "Why can't we SEE the blue man?"
We're told that the blue spirit form of Paul Sharpe is going
around killing people; why can't we see it at least once?
A disgruntled producer of TV commercials,
and student of astral projection, fears that his spirit form
is killing everyone near and dear to him as he sleeps.
What he discovers throughout the course of the film is much
more frightening. Awesome story with a great
ending! A must-see for the "thinking" movie fan.
Winston Rekert as Paul Sharpe
Karen Black as Janus
John Novak as Detective Kaufmann
Patty Talbot as Jennifer Sharpe
Andrew Bednarski as Matthew Sharpe
Vlasta Vrana as Scott
Ron Lea as Mick, Kaufmann's Partner
Joanne Cote as Helen
Tom Rack as Dr. Meister
Philip Spensely as Bill Pearson
Lois Maxwell as Monica Duvall
Michael Sinelnikoff as William Duvall
Director- George Mihalka
- On some promotional items, such as movie
posters, Karen Black gets first billing over Winston
Rekert, the actual star. Black has had quite a
career in horror films.
- Although not as cool of title as "The Blue
Man", "Eternal Evil" is also quite appropriate.
However, you have to watch most of the film before the
title of "Eternal Evil" really makes sense.
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)- It
was a lot of years before I finally decided to watch this
one. When it came out, I just felt Dracula had been done
to death. It may not be the all-time best vampire movie
I've ever seen, but I was surprised with how well it was
done. This turned out to be a huge box office hit and
has been referenced a lot in media. This film had a lot
of big names attached to it, which was a major reason for the
film's success, but there is also a lot of iconic imagery that
connects with people. The way Oldman looked as "old
Dracula" with the white butt hairdo, and the way he looked as
"young Dracula" with the top hat and sunglasses is something
cool that people hadn't seen before. This was also the
first Dracula movie that had really great special
effects. It's been two decades since this movie was
made, and the special effects still look great...like a new
There are definitely some creative
liberties taken from Bram Stoker's novel, but this film
follows the basic events of the novel pretty well, and is
closer to the book than any other movie version of
"Dracula". I thought Gary Oldman as Dracula was
awesome. Anthony Hopkins also gave a great performance
as a rather animated Van Helsing. The special effects
were well done, considering the fact that very little of it
was done with computers. I believe the only
computer-generated effect in the film was the blue energy
rings seen in the early part.
There are, however, some things in the film
that could have been done better. I wasn't believing
Keanu Reeves or Winona Ryder were truly English. Just
couldn't buy it. Besides that, they did a good
job. There were also a number of things that I found to
be vague; a lot of disconnected thoughts. Some things,
straight up, just weren't explained very well if at all.
They were also trying too hard to make this movie
"cerebral". Instead of just coming out and saying what
they meant, there was a lot of faux-subtle
side-stepping. As it is, my favorite character in the
film is the cowboy Quincey P. Morris (played by Bill
Campbell); he doesn't mince words or pretend to be above his
Dracula's origin in this film is kind of
lame and it doesn't really offer much. He was a true
Christian knight; quite a fanatic about God. Then, as
soon as his bride dies, he instantly turns against God?
No contemplation? Isn't that radical considering the
fact he was such an advocate for Christianity? Then, as
punishment, Dracula is turned into a vampire? Okay...did
I miss something here? Is that a standard punishment for
talking smack about God? God was apparently ticked at
Dracula, so he wanted him to spend eternity killing other
people and sucking their blood? Nice frickin' God,
eh? I don't get the significance of turning a man into a
vampire. The whole idea just doesn't tie together
well. I still believe the only film made that really
gives a great explanation as to who or what Dracula is was in
the film, "Dracula 2000" (2000).
The prologue at the beginning of this film
is a purely original creation. In the book, Stoker makes
no mention that Count Dracula was, centuries before, Vlad III
Draculea. Also, there was never a mention in the book
that Mina was the reincarnation of Dracula's bride,
Elisabeta. To the film's credit, that element does seem
to bring the story together a bit more. Who knows, maybe
Bram Stoker himself would have used it if he thought about
it. In addition, the book also contained none of the
love scenes shown in this film between Dracula and Mina.
One very important detail of the book that does hold true with
this movie is the fact that Bram Stoker said vampires CAN walk
in daylight. It's just that daylight is not their usual
time, and that their powers are weakened. The whole idea
of vampires being vulnerable to sunlight probably started with
the 1922 film, "Nosferatu", and has been copied heavily since.
On the whole, I recommend this
film...especially for its performances and special
effects. Since 1992, I believe better vampire movies
have been made, but when this film first came out it was
definitely the best of its kind.
Gary Oldman as Count Dracula/Vlad III Draculea
Anthony Hopkins as Professor Abraham Van Helsing
Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker
Winona Ryder as Mina Murray-Harker/Elisabeta
Richard E. Grant as Dr. Jack Seward
Cary Elwes as Lord Arthur Holmwood
Bill Campbell as Quincey P. Morris
Sadie Frost as Lucy Westenra
Tom Waits as R.M. Renfield
Director- Francis Ford Coppola
- Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder did not get
along well during the filming of this movie. No one
seems to know why.
- Liam Neeson wanted to play Van Helsing
very much, but when Anthony Hopkins expressed interest,
Neeson was outed. Back then, Hopkins was a much
bigger name than Neeson. At the time of this writing
(2011), it might go the other way.
- This was originally planned to be a
made-for-TV movie until Winona Ryder discovered the script
and gave it to director Francis Ford Coppola.
Cataclysm (1980): This
movie is probably better known by it's alternate title, "The
Nightmare Never Ends", from its subsequent video releases in
the U.S. The latter title is better and more appropriate
for the film.
This movie stinks! There are some
good things about it, but on the whole it wasn't a good
movie. It's great to see Richard Moll, who usually plays
comedy parts, play a very straight, atheist author.
Despite the fact that his character was atheist, he was still
a good man, but he held a definite hatred for what he felt was
the God "myth". Moll certainly had the most interesting
character in the film. The best acting performance,
however, is Cameron Mitchell as the gruff, but smart Lt.
Sterne, determined to find the truth behind the evil
Olivier. Robert Bristol also gave a strong performance
as the creepy, aloof English pretty boy Olivier, in reality an
immortal demon servant of Satan.
I try not to pick on anyone specific in the
Den, but Faith Clift as Claire Hanson, wife to Moll's James
Hanson, does not give a good or even passable acting
performance in this movie. There's no way of talking
about this movie and getting around that fact. Her
delivery is so abbreviated it's like she's having trouble
memorizing the lines.
But Clift isn't responsible for ruining
this movie. What ruins this movie is the story, plain
and simple. The movie starts out very interesting; just
long enough to pull you in. But the movie sidetracks
itself, throws in a lot of things that do not make sense and,
in a final attempt to keep the "scary" going, kills off
everyone but the villain, Olivier. This movie has a very
unsatisfying ending. What was the point of it all,
Cameron Mitchell as Lt. Sterne
Richard Moll as James Hanson [credited as Charles Moll]
Faith Clift as Claire Hanson
Robert Bristol as Olivier
Maurice Grandmaison as Papini
Marc Lawrence as Abraham Weiss
Klint Stevenson as Jim
Christie Wagner as Ann
- The Nightmare Never Ends [U.S.; video box
- Most of the actors in this film seemed to
follow each other in other low-budget suspense films
throughout the 1980s.
- The most famous actor from this cast is,
of course, Richard Moll who would later play the lovable
court guard Bull Shannon on TV's "Night Court".
- Cameron Mitchell is definitely the
second-most famous member of the cast, and has an
impressive acting resume from 1945-1995 (a year after his
death). He starred mostly in low-budget
sci-fi/horror movies and A-list TV shows.
Day of the Dead (1985):
is the third of director George A. Romero's famous zombie
trilogy. I really enjoyed this film. Lori Cardille
plays a great heroine. But all the actors are
great. This movie was Not Rated by the director's
choice. He would've been funded more money for the
production had he agreed to tone it down enough for an R
rating. As it was, the movie got half the budget that it
might have had. This is not to say that it's a "low
budget" production. Far from it. There's enough
action and plenty of realistic special effects. The
movie is practically built on these points. The gore in
this movie has barely been matched by today's movies, and this
was long before CGI. So this was made very well.
As the story goes, a small group of human
survivors are hiding underground from the zombie-infested
world. The "leader" of the group goes power mad, and the
heroine and her friends find themselves between a climactic
battle between their tyrant oppressors and flesh-eating
A word of warning: This is not
for the faint of heart. The gore in this film goes far
beyond an arm or leg being ripped off. This is quite
nasty. I don't usually like films with this kind of
violence, but the story supports this extreme gore.
Still, I think some of it was unnecessary.
Despite the fact that this was the
least-grossing movie of the three, due to its limited run in
theaters, this is a fan favorite by many of the viewers that
followed the series.
Dracula 2000 (2000)- I
love this movie! I think it's the best Dracula film I've
ever seen. For the first and only time, we're given an
explanation as to who or what Dracula is.
Basically, the story continues the original
tale of Dracula. It's written into this movie that
real-life author Bram Stoker was inspired to write "Dracula"
by stories he heard about. Stoker added his own
fictional touches to the tale to give it flavor.
Revealed to us is that Dracula was real, and that Abraham Van
Helsing merely captured the monster; he couldn't kill
Dracula. Dracula was dormant for years, and finally
reawakened. The real Abraham Van Helsing, posing as a
great-grandson named Matthew Van Helsing, kept himself
immortal so he could always watch over Dracula's casket.
How did Van Helsing keep himself immortal? Watch the
movie to find out.
Now Dracula has come for Van Helsing's hot,
estranged daughter who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mary Van Helsing does NOT know her father's secret. Her
life is turned upside down when the strange man she learns is
Dracula comes for her. Joining Mary in her fight against
Dracula is Van Helsing's young protege Simon Sheppard.
Dracula, in turn, recruits several others as vampires to
capture Mary and kill Abraham Van Helsing and Simon
Sheppard. Great story with a neat ending.
"Dracula 2000" didn't do so well in
theaters, otherwise sequels may have been attempted. I
like the fact that this movie didn't spawn sequels, because I
like how the story ended right here. It would have been
difficult, and silly, to bring Dracula back after he was
killed so definite in this film.
Gerard Butler did an excellent job as
Dracula. He looked cool but, best of all, he gave
Dracula some pathos. I believe Butler is probably the
first Dracula actor to really give the character any sort of
personality. In this film, Dracula likes to have others
believe he enjoys himself, but he's really a tortured
soul. Everyone in the cast gave a great performance, but
Butler's Dracula was easily the most interesting character.
Gerard Butler as Dracula
Christopher Plummer as Abraham Van Helsing
Jonny Lee Miller as Simon Sheppard
Justine Waddell as Mary Heller-Van Helsing
Colleen Fitzpatrick as Lucy Westerman
Jennifer Esposito as Solina
Jeri Ryan as Valerie Sharpe
Omar Epps as Marcus
Danny Masterson as Nightshade
Nathan Fillion as Father David
- Danny Masterson and Nathan Fillion both
had small parts in this movie. Danny Masterson was
given fairly high billing, however, due to his popularity
on "That 70s Show" (1998-2006). Nathan Fillion is
notable because he gained quite a bit of popularity as the
- "Dracula 2000" was made on a budget of $28
million, and grossed $33 million in theaters. It has
made more money since thanks to DVD sales, but it wasn't
what you'd call a "huge hit".
Ghost Town (1988): This is a rather
interesting movie because it successfully blends three
genres: horror, western, and action. It's a cross
between a cowboy movie and a ghost movie. The filming is
quite good and usually outside. "Ghost Town" is set in
modern-day and basically follows the adventures of a deputy
sheriff who, while lost in the desert looking for a missing
woman, is led to a dusty Old West town like no other ever
seen. For over 100 years, the evil ghost of an outlaw in
black has kept the inhabitants of this town in
purgatory. We find out the missing woman was kidnapped
by the bandit because she is an exact double of a beautiful,
but long dead saloon singer who the bandit killed
himself. The only way for the modern-day deputy sheriff
to save the girl and end the suffering of the townspeople is
to kill the outlaw named Devlin. This movie was rated R,
but could actually pass as PG-13. There's a lot of
shooting, but nothing really grotesque except the ugly-looking
decomposing ghosts and such. There isn't even a whole
lot of swearing. And there is no nudity (although sex is
If you're looking for
character development or intricate plot turns you won't find
it in "Ghost Town". This movie is straight action with
horror and western themes. It's basically the hero going
into a trouble spot and saving the day with a lot of action
and scary moments thrown in for good measure. The
special effects are pretty good and the acting is solid
enough, but the movie itself doesn't really call for much
acting. It's just action with a gruesome theme and cast
of strange characters. One strange character worth
mention is a blind card player simply called "The Dealer" who
is played by Bruce Glover. I'm a Bruce Glover fan since
I first saw him play the creepy Mr. Wint character in the
James Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever" (1971).
Franc Luz plays Deputy
Sheriff Langley. Catherine Hickland plays the kidnapped
woman Kate. Jimmie F. Skaggs is the ghost outlaw
Devlin. Laura Schaefer plays the
beautiful ghost girl Etta. This is a film worth
watching. It's entertaining, and doesn't count on a lot
of thinking to understand. A wild diversion!
A horror movie from the 70s with a complete lack of
gore. Unusual. This is not to say that it isn't
suspenseful or violent. By itself, this movie does not
make a whole lot of sense. It isn't until "Halloween II"
and especially the later movies that things about Michael
Myers and his connection to Laurie Strode are explained
more. The filmmakers left us hanging for three years
until they threw us dogs a bone. Despite that, it still
comes off as an intelligent, well-produced film. You can
tell it wasn't made by hacks. Back in the 1970s, this
was about as good as thrillers got. You've got to take
it for what it is.
"Halloween" and its sequels are crime
stories more than horror stories. The horror element is
the fact that serial killer Michael Myers is ambiguously
supernatural. Apparently, nothing can kill this
guy. The movies are otherwise realistic. Michael
has the ability to speak, but for some reason hasn't since he
killed his first victim, older sister Judith Myers, when he
was 6. There is no reason given in this movie for the
killing of his sister. After that, he is locked up in a
mental institution where he stayed for 15 years until he
escaped on October 30, 1978.
By October 31, 1978 Michael Myers is on a
killing spree. He comes to the town of Haddonfield,
Illinois where he killed sister Judith back in 1963.
Why? Reason not given. See Halloween II for
explanation. Michael is seeking teenage girls to kill,
although he is not above killing two guys and a dog in the
process. He picks off Laurie Strode's two best girl
friends, but fails in killing her.
Michael's fate in this movie? He is
shot by Dr. Sam Loomis and falls to the ground through a
second-story window. However, in less than a minute's
time, Michael disappears. Obviously he is not
dead. The movie ends, leaving a lot of us ticked
off. This is strange, because it's like the movie was
unfinished. They got in the middle of the story then cut
us off. What's up with that? Apparently they knew
what they were going to do with it after this. Why be so
Like all Halloween movies, it's good except
for the fact that it drags a bit when they're trying to build
suspense. It's a 90+ minute movie; could've been
60. Halloween I and II should've been put together in
one film. Cut out the boring stuff and splice it
together, it would've made one complete film about 2 hours
This is a good film, well-written and
well-acted. A horror film with an actual story; an
unusual practice in the genre. On top of that, we're
given characters that we actually care about and don't want to
see get killed. Loomis and Strode we want to see live
and they do. As much time is focused on their
characters, they better. Strangely, Donald Pleasance is
given top-billing. He IS an important character and a
hero in this movie, but the film definitely follows and builds
on the Laurie Strode character of Jamie Lee Curtis. We
see her more than him. Now in "Halloween II," Donald
Pleasance is unquestionably the star, as Curtis' character is
out of action for most of the movie. Watch "Halloween" I
and II together, it's like one movie.
If You Like This Movie, Then
II" (1981)- Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis.
You really shouldn't watch Halloween 1 without seeing this
movie. "Halloween II" completes the story, where the
first film doesn't give you much explanation or closure.
Halloween II (1981):
The Halloween movies are unusual for horror movies. For
one thing, there is a lot more realism. There are no
dream worlds or weird fantasy crap. It's not like having
a bad acid trip. Everything that happens happens in the
real world. Michael Myers is a serial killer who just
happens to be a bit stranger than most. For one thing,
he has superhuman strength and regenerative properties.
Bullets don't seem to kill him. Neither does
falling. As the movies progress, we find that more and
more things do not kill him. We start wondering what
exactly WILL kill the bast***.
The only real bad thing about the Halloween
movies is that they like to build up suspense for so long that
it tends to get boring. "JUST KILL SOMEONE ALREADY!"
you'll find yourself saying. Another surprise with these
movies is that the actual killings are never shown as violent
as what they elude to in the suspense-building scenes.
The saga of "Halloween" is
intelligent. It's really nothing more than a crime story
with an extremely bizarre killer. That's it. No
gross monsters or anything like that. It's just that
Michael Myers is such a bad guy in looks and actions that he's
referred to as a "movie monster."
This movie picks up EXACTLY where Halloween
I left off. Not a year or a day later; RIGHT where it
leaves off. Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital
immediately after her ordeal with the killer. Apparently
his fall in the last movie did not kill him (nor the bullets)
as he is up and running around. Laurie does not yet know
that Michael Myers is her brother, and that his desire is to
kill all his relatives. Meanwhile, Dr. Sam Loomis and
the cops are looking all over the city for the escaped mental
patient. Little do they know that he is at the hospital,
picking off people one at a time.
We barely see Jamie Lee Curtis' character
in this movie. Most of the time we do see her, she is so
completely out of it that she doesn't have any real
lines. She just doesn't do anything but scream a little
and run around. Not exactly a real stretch of acting
talent. She's had much better roles in her other
Halloween films and other films in general.
The absolute main player of the whole
picture is Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis. Now he's
just darn good. Definitely the hero, and a bit stressed
because no one wants to believe him or cooperate with
him. He's the one who puts the pieces together of the
case and all the action seems to follow him. And
ultimately, he is the one who "kills" Michael Myers.
By the way, Michael's fate in this movie is
that he is shot in the eyes and lit completely on fire.
(1980)- This movie actually looks and feels
more recent than 1980, but it WAS made in 1980. It was
pretty well done for the time, technically speaking. The
story idea was cool, and Trish Van Devere is attractive.
Van Devere plays Jane Hardy, a woman who moves into the
abandoned house of her long-deceased Aunt Jane. On the
outset, Jane seems pretty happy about it; she was now in the
quiet country in a nice, big house and had some time and space
to pick up the pieces of her broken spirit. But Jane
gets a little concerned about how the townfolk shun her, and
everyone is scared of her house. Even more, Jane starts
having "weird" things happen at her house, and she's stalked
by an old-fashioned black hearse and its sinister-looking
driver. She sees that there is a great resemblance
between her and her Aunt Jane, and there is some significance
to her aunt's pendant that she now wears. What the heck
is going on?
"The Hearse" sets itself up great, but
ultimately fails to explain anything, gives us a vague ending,
and leaves the viewer unsatisfied. I wish this movie
would have had a sequel just to answer the questions raised by
Trish Van Devere is the star and, although
she acted quite a bit through 1995, is probably best-known as
the widow of acting legend George C. Scott. The most
popular member of this movie's cast would be Christopher
McDonald as Pete, a local young punk. His part in this
movie is small, but McDonald went on to play jerky bad guys in
a string of mostly comedy films.
Trish Van Devere as Jane Hardy
David Gautreaux as Tom Sullivan
Perry Lang as Paul Gordon
Joseph Cotten as Walter Pritchard
Dominic Barto as The Driver
Donald Hotten as Reverend Winston
Med Flory as Sheriff Denton
Al Hansen as Bo Rehnquist
This is some overly violent, freak stuff. Surprisingly,
however, it's a very good story. The overall concept
intrigues, although there are some plot holes big enough to
drive a truck through. Especially with the box.
The box is so important to the story, but it's basically used
as a prop. At the end, our heroine Kristie is blasting
demons back into Hell with the box, shifting the puzzle-like
object in all kinds of ways and pointing it at the
creatures. How does she even know to shift it around and
aim it? But that's just a small matter. This movie
is really more of a visual than it is a deep thinker.
And that's good. I wouldn't want an excuse to take such
an intensely terrifying movie too seriously. After all,
Andrew Robinson is good in this
movie. You might know him best for his role as Scorpio,
the villain in "Dirty Harry." For most of the movie he
plays good guy Larry Cotton. Near the end, his brother
Frank kills him, steals his skin, and assumes the disguise of
Larry. I really hated to see that happen. I liked
Larry and wish he could've lived. You don't see Mr.
Robinson in too many roles where he plays a completely
likeable good guy.
The rest of the cast is good, too. My
biggest gripe is that Clare Higgins, as Larry's unfaithful
wife Julia, is too darned serious ALL the time. Even
before she meets the Frank monster she acts like she has a
stick up her fanny. For crying out loud, she could've
loosened up every once in awhile. But a lot of that
might have been out of her hands. Acting wise, she was
very convincing. Her character WILL get on your nerves,
The character for which this movie is most
famous is actually just a bit player in this film. The
lead Cenobite as he is known in this picture was NOT known as
"Pinhead." That was what he was referred to AFTER this
first Hellraiser movie came out. He is simply referred
to as "Lead Cenobite" here.
Larry Cotton and his b**** wife Julia (with
an English accent) move into his old house. It has not
been lived in for almost ten years since Larry's first wife
died. Larry's delinquent brother Frank was allowed to
stay in it which he did from time to time. Larry never
knew where Frank was or what he was up to; just some criminal
An undetermined amount of time before this,
Frank bought a mysterious box, an occult object, from an old
Chinese man. Taking it back to the house, he tampers
with it which proves to be fatal. Frank is killed in no
uncertain terms. Everything in the room is cleaned out
by his killers, so no one would ever know what happened.
Meanwhile, his soul is being tortured in some kind of evil
place (we assume Hell) by a group of evil demons called
Flash back even further in time. It's
revealed to us that Julia, shortly before her wedding to
Larry, had an affair with Frank. So she actually loves
him more than Larry, but doesn't know where he is either for
all this time.
While in the process of moving, Larry cuts
his hand deeply on a nail. Blood spills in the room of
Frank's death. The blood is absorbed into the floor
where it resurrects Frank, somewhat. His body is
partially regenerated, but needs the blood and flesh of other
people to become whole again. Frank recruits his old
flame Julia into bringing him more people. Julia uses
her trampy ways to lure men into the room. She kills
them with a hammer, and Frank does the rest. More and
more he becomes whole. His last victim is his own
brother Larry. Frank steals Larry's skin and assumes his
To avoid too complicated a summary (watch
the movie!) let me just say that Larry's daughter Kristie
knows what's up. However, she reluctantly makes a deal
with the Cenobites to lead them to Hell fugitive Frank or her
own soul would be taken in his place. Pinhead and the
other Cenobites kill Frank (again), but afterwards they STILL
want to take Kristie. The girl, freaked out of her wits,
uses the magic box to zap those guys back to Hell. All
in all, everyone dies except Kristie and her boyfriend.
After the house burns up and the box is
thrown in with it, a weird derelict who has been pestering
Kristie throughout the whole movie retrieves the box, catching
himself on fire! The hobo turns into a demonic dragon
who flies away with the box. At the movie's closing, we
see the box being sold by the old Chinese man to another
guy. So it starts again!
Obviously, this movie is Rated R.
Watch it only if you're not greatly squeamish with
violence. It was actually toned down a bit in most
scenes, but it's grossest where it matters. Be
warned. Definitely not one for the kiddies.
High (1974)- A tad dumb, but watchable. A
high school nerd transforms himself into a monster to exact
revenge on his tormentors.
The whole thing with Vernon's father and
his father's girlfriend has NOTHING to do with anything; they
should have totally omitted those scenes. Rosie Holotik,
who plays Vernon's would-be girlfriend Robin Jones is a hot
little redhead. Holotik appeared in Playboy Magazine in
1972. She was in only three B-movies between 1973-1974,
and one Perry Mason TV movie in 1991. It's a shame she
didn't do more, because she's pretty enough and charming
enough to have a following. Pat Cardi, however, is one
of the homeliest critters I've ever seen. I mean it in
the nicest way, though :) He's a good, likable actor,
and I know they had to "dud him up" to make him like the
homeliest nerd in creation; mission accomplished.
Cardi's another actor who could have done more. This was
his last role. Austin Stoker gives another good
performance. I like him in shows.
This movie has its own charm, but it's
bogged down with problems shared by many 1970s B-movies.
The filming just looks bad. That alone dates this
movie. This would have looked like an "old movie" by the
later 1970s, let alone by today's standards. The writing
is plagued with things that aren't explained, loose ends that
are not tied up, and unnecessary scenes altogether. I'm
not happy with the ending. What's the message supposed
to be? If you're a nice guy that gets picked on, you get
killed at the end? That sucks! A better ending
would have been that he got away with it. Vernon only
killed real terrible people. Why should he have had to
suffer? This movie also could have used a
soundtrack. The only song is "Vernon's Theme" at the
beginning, and the rest of the time we hear canned
music. A part of the movie's budget should have gone for
a few more songs. The producers could have eliminated a
few of the actors to pay for the song rights, and done the
movie a couple favors. What most B-movie
producers/directors don't realize is that when you're a
low-budget movie, you have to have as much "flash" as
possible. Anything helps, and it doesn't have to cost
much. Show some cool cars, throw in some more pretty
girls, have some catchy tunes...even a few lines of witty
dialogue here and there...anything.
The acting is alright
enough. Nothing outstanding, but nothing bad.
Everyone pretty much seemed "into" it. I do believe the
cast and crew in its entirety put their effort into it, but
they didn't always know what they were doing. "Horror
High" gets an A for effort. As a movie, though, it's
strictly a novelty. Worth watching once if you have the
Pat Cardi as Vernon Potts
Rosie Holotik as Robin Jones
Austin Stoker as Lt. Bozeman
Mike McHenry as Roger Davis, the bully
Jeff Alexander as Mr. Griggs, the janitor
Joye Hash as Miss Grindstaff, the English teacher
John Niland as Coach McCall
Nick Felix as Mr. Henshaw, the Science teacher
Director- Larry N. Stouffer
Writer- Jake Fowler
If You Like
This Movie, Then Watch...
- This movie was filmed at Southern
Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Exact address
is 3128 Dyer Street.
- Of all the actors in this film, Austin
Stoker is the most accomplished and has played lead and
supporting roles since the 1960s.
- John Niland, who plays Coach McCall,
actually played Guard for the Dallas Cowboys pro-football
(1985)- Stars: Michael J. Fox. This
is definitely a better movie than "Horror High", but it
follows the same basic idea. "Teen Wolf" is a
straight comedy; nothing horror to it. But our hero
is a high school nerd who transforms into a werewolf and
becomes the star of his basketball team.
The House That Dripped
Blood (1971)- Corny name, great movie!
This is a very well-done horror movie because it scares the
heck out of you without showing any gore. It's
well-filmed, well-acted, and certainly well-written. I
enjoyed it all around.
Popular film star named Paul Henderson has
disappeared after renting a spooky mansion. Inspector
Holloway from Scotland Yard, always the skeptic, refuses to
believe the warnings given to him by the mansion's realtor,
A.J. Stoker. Stoker tells him of four incidents that
have taken place in the house, all of them ending very badly
for the house's owners.
Each of the four stories in this movie,
although seemingly unrelated at first, are all linked together
by one thing: the house's horrifying secret! This film's
finale is one you'll not soon forget!
Ingrid Pitt is HOT! She certainly
knows how to wear a dress! I also thought she had a very
John Bryans as A.J. Stoker
John Bennett as Det. Inspector Holloway
John Malcolm as Sgt. Martin
"Method for Murder":
Denholm Elliott as Charles Hillyer
Joanna Dunham as Alice Hillyer
Tom Adams as Richard/Dominic
Robert Lang as Dr. Andrews
Peter Cushing as Philip Grayson
Joss Ackland as Neville Rogers
Wolfe Morris as Waxworks Proprietor
"Sweets for the Sweet":
Christopher Lee as John Reid
Nyree Dawn Porter as Ann Norton
Chloe Franks as Jane Reid
Jon Pertwee as Paul Henderson
Ingrid Pitt as Carla Lynde
Geoffrey Bayldon as Theo von Hartmann
Joanna Lumley as Film Crew Girl [uncredited]
Director- Peter Duffell
Writer- Robert Bloch, Russ Jones (segment, "Waxworks";
If You Like
This Movie, Then Watch...
- This movie was written by Robert Bloch,
best known for his novel and subsequent film, "Psycho".
- Denholm Elliott is probably best known for
playing Marcus Brody, sidekick to iconic movie hero
Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) and
"Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade" (1989).
- There were at least two references to the
fact that Christopher Lee, one of the stars in this film,
played Dracula in seven films prior to this movie's
release (and three films since).
- The first of the Christopher Lee as
Dracula references was in the segment "Waxworks", where
Peter Cushing is seen passing a wax statue of Lee as
Dracula many times.
- The second of the Christopher Lee as
Dracula references comes from the character of Paul
Henderson in the segment "The Cloak", in which he says he
prefers Bela Lugosi as Dracula over "this new fellow".
- Peter Cushing tried to get out of his
contract for this film so he could take care of his sick
wife, but he had to carry on.
- Joss Ackland became very popular many
years later for such roles as the villain in "Lethal
Weapon 2" (1989) and Hans in "The Mighty Ducks" (1992).
- Christopher Lee's favorite book is "Lord
of the Rings", and he's seen reading the book in this
movie, more than three decades prior to starring in the
- Chloe Franks had a niche as playing "evil
little girls" in scary movies.
- Ingrid Pitt was one of the most popular
actresses of the often, extremely sexy Hammer Films
productions of the 1970s. She was best known for
playing seductive female vampires.
- Vincent Price was originally offered the
role of Paul Henderson. The character of Paul
Henderson was definitely fashioned after Vincent Price,
who had also starred in "hundreds of films", often playing
vampires. On Price's part, it was probably not such
a good decision to refuse this role. His name
attachment to this movie would have helped make it a much
bigger hit, plus it was a very good role for him.
- This movie was the first feature film
credit for Peter Duffell, the now-popular British TV
- Director Peter Duffell originally wanted
this film to be titled, "Death and the Maiden".
Producer Milton Subotsky ultimately decided the title
would be, "The House That Dripped Blood". Both
titles suck, but the movie is great.
the Crypt" (1972)- Stars: Sir Ralph Richardson,
Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Richard Greene. It has
the same anthology type set-up as "The House That Dripped
Blood", a collection of stories that, although unique from
each other, all have one thing in common that we learn at
the end. It also has that same, great British
edge. The British can be fiercely scary using only a
minimum of violence. It's a thrilling horror movie
with little violence onscreen.
Immortal Sins (1992):
This is a smaller-budget, independent film, but much better
than a lot of mainstream horror films made around the time or
even today. The filmmakers didn't try to exceed their
bounds or tell a story that the budget couldn't allow.
This was tastefully well done, but better than anything else
was the cast. Cliff De Young, Maryam D'abo, Shari
Shattuck...any one of these could have been the top-billed
star because their characters were all equally important to
the story. But Shari Shattuck definitely has the most
interesting character in witch Diana, who preys upon Michael
De Alvarez to fuel her centuries-long vendetta against the
family bloodline. The villain she plays is so
interesting, that I've given her her very own section in my Film
Fatales: Blair's Bad Girls department. Check
it out! Also worth mention is Tony Isbert who plays
Gustavo, a friend to the family. He's a likable
guy. I'm glad nothing bad happens to him. This
movie was originally released in Spain as "Besos en la
oscuridad". In the United States it's also known as
"Veil of Dreams" (video title) and "Vengeance with a Kiss" (TV
title). By any title, I urge you to see it if you're up
for a deliciously sexy and scary thriller.
Creepers (2001)- Very interesting. This
first film in the series is a thriller more than anything
else. There's some action, but it's not really an action
movie. And it takes awhile before it develops as a
horror film, although there are certainly horror
elements. Two college kids driving home on a long,
little populated stretch of highway come across what they
think is a man stuffing a body down a sewer pipe. What
they actually discover is something far more terrifying.
The villain-who-never-speaks, simply called
"The Creeper", is a man-like bat creature who eats people to
regenerate himself. He's apparently been around for a
long, long time. Every 23rd Spring, for 23 days, he
eats. Then he has to hide back into the ground until
another 23 years comes around.
Darry Jenner (played by Justin Long) gets
captured and killed by the Creeper at the end of this
film. What's cool is that his character serves an
important function in the next film. This movie is truly
frightening, and very interesting. Just what is this
This movie is written and directed by
Victor Salva, the genius behind "Jeepers Creepers". This
is a fine film, but he really outdid himself with "Jeepers
If You Like This Movie, Then
Creepers 2" (2003)- Stars: Ray Wise. In my
opinion, the sequel far outclassed the original. The
first movie is good, but the second movie presents a much
bigger story and a clearer picture on just what the
Creepers 2 (2003)- Easily better than the first
movie. Whereas the first one was more of a thriller,
this is definitely action-horror. It's the 23rd day of
The Creeper's feeding time. This time, he sets his
sights on a school bus full of high school football players
and cheerleaders. In the meantime, Creeper is being
hunted by Jack Taggart (played perfectly by Ray Wise), whose
son Billy was killed by the monster on its 22nd day of
Psychic visions come to blonde cheerleader
Minxie. Darry Jenner from the first film, now deceased,
warns her to get out of this area and tells her more about the
monster. We know now that Creeper's been around for
thousands of years. There's some significance to the
number 23 (it eats every 23rd Spring for 23 days). It
eats people to regenerate its body. Somehow, Creeper can
smell a person's fear, and selects a person through
that. He's selective with who he eats.
They upped the anty with this movie.
The action is non-stop. The Creeper is flying around
almost all the time. We do not see his old truck in this
movie. We also do not hear his favorite song "Jeepers
Creepers". We see a lot more of the monster than we did
in the last film. We can see just how bat-like he
is. We can also see that he has very human
intelligence. He makes weapons out of people's body
parts. He also seems to have facial expression, and it
looks like he enjoys doing what he's doing. More than
before, The Creeper is an interesting character.
Taggart has become an archnemesis for
Creeper. This is cool. Unlike a lot of monster
movies, we know that THIS monster has been challenged.
Creeper ain't the baddest dog on the block, anymore!
Taggart is to Creeper what Van Helsing was to Dracula.
The end of this movie fast forwards nearly 23 years into the
future. Taggart is now an old man, wheelchair
bound. He has the body of Creeper pinned to the inside
of his barn's wall. He is anxiously awaiting the
reanimation of Creeper, which he expects in about three days,
"give or take a day or two". So we know the next movie
will have to be set sometime in the not-to-distant future.
This movie certainly appears to be on a
bigger budget. And the script is certainly better.
The acting is by far better. The kids on the schoolbus
all have such distinct personalities. The character of
Taggart is just too cool. This has to be the coolest
thing Ray Wise has done. As a matter of fact, if you
haven't seen either of the Jeepers Creepers movies, I'd
recommend just seeing this one. The first movie is fine,
but EVERYTHING important from the first movie is recapped in
this movie, and you get to see a lot more activity.
You're not missing out on part of the story if you just see
Victor Salva, the mastermind
writer/director behind the "Jeepers Creepers" films, really
outdid himself with this movie. At every given turn,
there is something to attract you to this film. Whether
it's the personalities of the people on the bus, the
incredible action, jolting horror sequences, Taggart and his
makeshift harpoon weapon...there's always something cool to
see. As a matter of fact, I can't wait to be dazzled
with another "Jeepers Creepers" movie.
(1988)- The title is cool. Christine
Moore is pretty. It's actually a very good story.
Everything is within the extreme realm of possibility. I
don't usually like movies that do not have happy endings, but
the story was engaging enough to make it pass. I do
believe that this story could and should have been continued
in another film. I'd like to see Cathy's ghost defeat
the hell demons in another chapter.
The acting was good for a lower-budget
film. Some actors are better than others, but that's
true of any movie. Most of the important questions were
answered, so the writing was not aimless. My only gripe
was that it dragged until Cathy returned "home" for the
party. Then it became pretty exciting and stayed that
way until the final frame.
This is definitely rated R material.
It's not overly violent, although it's greatly implied.
There are a couple of bloody scenes, but rather tame by
today's standards. This movie relies more on its plot
and psychology to be scary, and it works. Cathy had a
very troubling childhood. There was something about the
apartment building she lived in as a child that scared her to
death. It drove her mother nuts and made her life
completely miserable. Her Mom ended up killing her
Dad. Cathy ended up killing her own mother in self
defense. Cathy's brother, Steve, totally disowned his
sister and took up the priesthood as an adult. Steve
never understood that it was the house, not Cathy, that was
Years later, as a grown woman, Cathy found
happiness. At least she thought she had. Her music
career was budding, she had a charming photographer fiance
with his own firm. Everything seemed to be fine on the
outside. But Cathy's nightmares from childhood
resurfaced, and everything starts falling apart. She
soon learns that she's not going mad, that there really is
something to her scary visions, and that it all ties to the
apartment building she lived in as a child. You'll have
to watch this movie to find out the rest of the story.
Christine Moore as Cathy
Gary Warner as Bob
Peter Oliver-Norman as Steve
Marina Taylor as Monica
Nancy Groff as Rita
Carissa Channing as Sally
Eva Baumann as Guardian Angel
Roy MacArthur as Desmond
Tom Billett as Leo, the Hammer [credited as Thomas Billett]
Dana Nardelli as Young Cathy
Lauren Ruane as Ghost Child
C.C. Banks as Agnes, Cathy's Mother
Wayne Burcham as John, Cathy's Father
Ruth Collins as Jane, the Model
Annie Grindlay as Lulu, the Model
Director- Roberta Findlay
Writers- Ed Kelleher, Harriette Vidal.
- This is the only acting credit for Marina
Taylor, Peter Oliver-Norman, Dana Nardelli, Eva Baumann.
- Tom Billett is probably the most
accomplished actor in this cast, and has worked steady
from the 1980s-today.
Monster (1942)- It's a wolfman movie, plain and
simple. The title for this film is pretty lame.
I'm sure they could have come up with something more
appropriate. The movie itself, though, is pretty good
for what it is. The story idea is cool enough.
This movie could be remade today with a more
scientifically-grounded story. Better special effects
would serve it well, too.
A mad scientist named Dr. Cameron
transforms his dimwit handyman Petro into a werewolf by
night. Cameron's sole intention is to exact revenge on
the four college professors that got him ousted from the
university for his "crazy" ideas. Lenora Cameron, his
unknowing daughter, is also the girlfriend of reporter Tom
Gregory. Tom starts putting the pieces together and all
evidence points to Dr. Cameron.
The main players act okay, but a lot of the
lesser-known bit players are pretty bad. Glenn Strange,
who plays Petro, gives the best performance. He's
intentionally hilarious! Petro is a likable character
despite the fact that he turns into a wolfman. I think
it's a shame he gets killed at the end. He deserved a
better fate. Nowadays, I think Petro would be considered
retarded. In this movie, he's just "slow".
George Zucco, who made a career of playing
uppity bad guys, also does a good job. In the beginning,
we see Dr. Cameron talking to people who are not there.
The four professors he hates appear as transparent
visions. This is a cool effect. It adds a
psychological terror to this film, to go with the physical
terror of the actual wolfman.
Like I've said, the basic story is good,
but the writing gets kind of lazy. By the end of the
movie, a lightning bolt strikes inside of the house and catches it on
fire. The whole house is up in flames in seconds.
Uh...huh...I see. Petro kills Dr. Cameron, which is
appropriate, but he dies in the housefire. Petro never
learns he is the wolfman. It seems that the ending of
this movie was rushed. This movie was deserving of a
conclusion that was a bit more imaginative and
memorable. Then it just ends with Tom Gregory and Lenora
Cameron watching the house burn down. That's dumb!
I want more of a resolution.
This is a fun little movie to see, but no
masterpiece. The main actors and the overall story idea
makes it worth watching for film buffs, but there have
certainly been better movies made since in the mad scientist
and/or wolfman vein.
Johnny Downs as Tom Gregory, young reporter.
George Zucco as Dr. Lorenzo Cameron, mad scientist.
Anne Nagel as Lenora Cameron, Tom's girlfriend and daughter of
Glenn Strange as Petro, dimwit handyman and werewolf.
Robert Strange as Professor Blaine.
Gordon Demain as Professor Fitzgerald.
Reginald Barlow as Professor Warwick.
John Elliott as Professor Hatfield.
Edward Cassidy as Father.
Eddie Holden as Harper.
Charles Whitaker as Policeman.
Gil Patric as Lieutenant Detective.
Henry Hall as Country Doctor.
Notable bit actors:
Mae Busch as Susan, the hillbilly wife [recurring actress in
Laurel & Hardy films].
Sarah Padden as Grandmother [played Loweezy in first Snuffy
Smith movie, "Private Snuffy Smith" (1942)].
Writer- Fred Myton
Director- Sam Newfield
Alternate Titles For This
- The Mad Monsters (working title)
- At 77 minutes, this is supposed to be the
longest movie from a "poverty row" studio in the 1940s.
- Petro, the wolfman, kills five
people. The first is a little girl, the second is
Professor Blaine, the third is a hillbilly, the fourth is
Professor Fitzgerald, and the last is Dr. Cameron.
- For some reason, this movie was refused a
UK cinema certificate when it was first released.
However, it was finally passed, uncut, 10 years later.
- Released on May 15, 1942 in the USA.
Mesa of Lost Women (1953)-
This isn't a great movie, but it isn't terrible. There
are two major detriments to this film. The first is the
loud and all-too-frequent Spanish guitar music.
Sometimes the music is so loud that you can't hear the
dialogue. The second big problem is the narration by
Lyle Talbot that is absolutely unnecessary. I'm a big
fan of Lyle Talbot, but what he says in this film does not add
anything to the story or help explain anything that isn't
seen; it's just pointless. One remark from critics is
the hammy acting. I don't think the acting is that bad;
it's just that the movie doesn't hold up. There are so
many unexplained plotholes it isn't funny; and the movie ends
before the story really gets started. It's all too
brief. The survivors tell their story to others, and
they don't go back to kill the giant spider monsters?
There is no absolution to the film. This would have been
great if the movie was followed up by a direct sequel, but
that never happened. It's an unfinished film!
The movie is meant to be horror, but I
think it's more of an adventure film. There is nothing
that scary about it. A mad doctor creates a race of
superwomen that turn into giant spiders.
Night Fright (1967)-
John Agar stars as the hero, Sheriff Clint Crawford.
This isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but it certainly
isn't very good. It's only 75 minutes, but it's still
too long. There just isn't that much to the story.
It's filmed bad, the special effects are bad, and the
soundtrack is boring. On top of that, most of the acting
is bad. Some of the delivery is pretty good, but mostly
from John Agar. The others have their moments, and they
might have had more ability than this movie shows, but they
just didn't have much to work with.
A rocket crashes outside a small Texas
town. It's later learned that NASA sent animals up into
space, some kind of radiation hit it, it crashed down to
earth, and a mutated ape now roams the woods killing people
like there's no tomorrow! Ultimately, it doesn't take
much to kill the monster, but we have to sit through long,
drawn out, searching-through-the-woods scenes. Cut down
to under an hour, this might have made a good episode of a TV
show like "Twilight Zone" or "Outer Limits". As a
feature film, it's a drag.
Why would you want to watch it
nowadays? Well, the 1960s are cool. And you get to
see foxy-looking girls, cool cars, and other neat things from
the era. The basic concept of the movie is good
enough. But you can't really take much more away from
Alternate Titles For This
Extraterrestrial Nasty [UK VHS title- This was a
play on the name of the much popular (and better) "E.T.:
The Extraterrestrial". The VHS cover was even a
mock-up of the more famous movie. It was released as
this title by the Video Nasty company.]
Night [TV title]
Out for Blood (2004):
Probably better-known as "Vampires: Out for Blood". When
it came time to release this on DVD, the distributors must
have realized that the name change would help sell it as a
vampire movie. "Out for Blood" sounds like a Steven
Seagal film! They might also have been trying to trick
people into thinking this was a sequel to the "Vampires"
series of films started by John Carpenter in 1998.
I really, really enjoy "Out for
Blood". I'm surprised this movie has not received far
more attention on the DVD circuit. It should at least
have a strong cult following. This movie really is of
mainstream quality. It has an excellent cast including
name actors like Kevin Dillon, Vanessa Angel, Jodi Lyn
O'Keefe, and Lance Henriksen. The writing is
outstanding, the story is original, and the acting
performances are pretty solid. In the wide world of
vampire movies, "Out for Blood" certainly earns its
place. I like the fact that the filmmakers tried to play
this movie as straight as possible. Too many vampire
movies are over-the-top outlandish, where most of this movie
is within the extreme realm of possibility.
Hank, a police detective, discovers
something that shakes his sanity. He has just uncovered
a nest of vampires. What's worse, he has been bitten by
their leader and is slowly turning into one of them.
With the help of his estranged wife (Vanessa Angel), Hank goes
after the vampires in an attempt to save others, himself, and
clear his name. There are a number of surprise twists
and turns in this story that will keep you in suspense through
the final frame.
Kevin Dillon as Hank Holten
Vanessa Angel as Susan Hastings
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Layla Simmons
Lance Henriksen as Captain John Billings
Melissa Rivers as Talk Show Host
- As Good as Dead [U.S.; working title]
- Blood City: L.A. Vampire [Japan; literal
- Vampires: Out for Blood
- This movie is NOT based on the vampire
novel "Out for Blood" by John Peyton Cooke. It's
just a coincidence.
(1988)- S'okay. It's an interesting
enough story concept, but it's not the best movie of its
kind. First of all, I never cared for the whole
Christianity theme in horror movies. I'm not concerned
about this movie being blasphemous. I've never believed
that movies or anything could be blasphemous, anyway. I
think some people get too uptight about religion in
media. Movies are all about entertainment and keeping an
open mind, and this movie does that. I just find
Christianity to be such a dull theme in horror movies.
It's been overdone. I'm not that fascinated with the
idea of secretly evil preachers and devil cults.
Beyond that, this just wasn't the
best-crafted script, or the best-acted production.
Pretty passionless. Some of the acting is
terrible. Most of the main cast is okay. This is
another film from the low-budget Crown International
Pictures. Their movies are real hit and miss. Some
are really good, some are really bad, and a few of them land
in the "so-so" category. This movie is "so-so".
"Prime Evil" is okay to see if you have
some downtime, but not a must-see.
Christine Moore as Alexandra Parkman
William Beckwith as Reverend Thomas Seaton
Max Jacobs as George Parkman
Mavis Harris as Sister Angela
Tim Gail as Bill King
Ruth Collins as Cathy
Amy Brentano as Brett
Jeanne Marie as Judy
Gary Warner as Detective Dan Carr
Roseanna Peterson as Alison Devereaux
Cameron Kell as Frances Parkman
- Christine Moore and Gary Warner also
starred as fiances in the earlier film, "Lurkers" (1988).
- Ruth Collins was also in "Lurkers" (1988),
playing a model.
- In "Lurkers", Christine Moore's character
died; in this film she lives.
- In "Lurkers", Gary Warner's character was
evil, but lived; in this film he is a good cop and
lives. In this film, unlike "Lurkers", there is
absolutely no romantic interest between Moore and Warner's
Silver Bullet (1985)-
Or rather "Stephen King's Silver Bullet". I'm not into a
whole lot of stuff Stephen King has written, but this is a
good movie. It is set in the year 1976 in a small town
in Maine called Tarker's Mills. Some strange things are
going on in Tarker's Mills. Young, paraplegic Marty
Costlaw (Corey Haim) believes it's the workings of a
werewolf. Marty's older sister Jane (Megan Follows) has
a very strained relationship with her younger brother, but
they soon join forces when they believe the werewolf to be
Reverend Lowe (Everett McGill). The only one who really
gives the youngsters any credit is their Uncle Red (Gary
Busey), an alcoholic, but nice man who happens to be
mechanically-minded. Red builds a wheelchair motorcycle
for Marty that he names the Silver Bullet. At the end of
the movie, Red has an actual silver bullet made to kill the
werewolf, which Marty fires. Once the werewolf is dead,
the bond between Marty and his sister is forever
strengthened. The grown-up Jane is actually the narrator
for this story.
This is a pretty optimistic, modern-day
werewolf tale. Gary Busey actually plays a likable
character. I thought the cast, in its entirety, did a
great job. I liked the werewolf creature. Producer
Dino De Laurentiis was publicly unhappy with the werewolf
suit, and he also thought the actor's movements inside the
suit were badly done. This was an insult to Everett
McGill, of course, because he was also a professional dancer
and knew what he was doing. I actually thought the
werewolf creature was pretty well done, and I was happy with
McGill's job on the whole. This is a great movie.
Corey Haim as Marty Costlaw
Gary Busey as Uncle Red
Megan Follows as Jane Costlaw
Everett McGill as Reverend Lowe
Terry O'Quinn as Sheriff Joe Haller
James Gammon as Arnie Westrum
- Shooting for this film started before they
even had the werewolf suit.
- "Silver Bullet" is based on Stephen King's
novella, "Cycle of the Werewolf", a short novel published
in 1983. In this book, each of the twelve chapters
was a stand-alone story about the same werewolf in
Tarker's Mills, and the events were spread out about a
year. The events in this book were adapted/condensed
to fit a feature film.
Succubus: Hell Bent (2007):
This movie is much better than the description on the DVD box
would have suggested. I thought this might be some hacky
teen horror flick like the "Scream" films, and was surprised
to find out this was a pretty decent horror movie for
adults. It was really well-acted and, for a lower-budget
movie, I was blown away by the special effects; most notably,
the jet sequences and the final moments where Lilith is in her
demoness form. There were some bigger name actors like
Gary Busey, Kelly Hu, and Lorenzo Lamas, but all of them had
small parts. Lamas' character was simply known as Flight
I thought the two male leads were
good. They played the kind of a**holes I know so well
from my high school and college days. Natalie Denise
Sperl as Lilith was fantastic! How come we don't hear
more about her?
Robert L. Mann as Adam
Jayson Blair as Jason
Natalie Denise Sperl as Lilith
David Keith as Wallace, Adam's Dad
Kelly Hu as Detective Pei
Gary Busey as Sentinel
Lorenzo Lamas as Flight Instructor
- An Aero Vodochody L-39 jet (registered as
N39DF) crashed while filming and killed Terrence Henry
"Terry" Fregly and Lt. Col. Skip "Hoss" Robertson.
- Although this was Sperl's first leading
lady role, she had done acting work in previous films and
TV shows. She was previously the Coors Light Girl
and starred in a commercial with Kid Rock.
Terror House (1972): I
like this film's alternate title, "Terror at the Red Wolf
Inn", a lot better than the original title; "Terror House" is
vague, while "Terror at the Red Wolf Inn" fits the film.
This is a pretty cool story. It's filmed well and acted
well. The writing could have been fleshed out a bit
more. There are a LOT of questions left
unanswered. What happened to Baby John's parents?
Why exactly are the innkeepers eating people, anyway? Do
they just eat young girls, or will they eat guys, too?
And how come we don't even know of their dog's existence until
the end of the movie? Things like that should have been
touched on. Overall, it's an interesting movie.
They did a good job in making the Smiths total kooks. I
think it was important that humor was brought to those
characters, otherwise they wouldn't have been much fun to
watch. After a while, you'll understand why he's called
"Baby" John, and his Grandma and Grandpa are totally nuts.
Young girls get tricked into
"all-expense-paid" vacations to the Red Wolf Inn, a small
hotel. Little do they know that their hosts are
cannibals! Regina McKee, the heroine of this picture,
ultimately brings their downfall.
At the time of this movie's original
release, I imagine it freaked out audiences pretty good.
Cannibal movies weren't as common then. Nowadays, the
direction of the story is somewhat predictable. Still a
good movie, and they made it freaky without showing
gore. The worst they do is show heads on a table;
everything else is implied.
I give kudos to the director of this film,
who gave it one of the freakiest, most unsettling endings I've
seen in a scary movie. You have to see it; I'm not going
to spoil the surprise. I thought it was amusing how the
end credits were presented as a menu.
Great performances all around and a lot of
fun for such a grim subject.
Linda Gillen as Regina McKee [credited as Linda Gillin]
John Neilson as Baby John Smith [credited as John Nielson]
Arthur Space as Henry Smith
Mary Jackson as Evelyn Smith
Margaret Avery as Edwina [credited as Margret Avery]
Janet Wood as Pamela
Michael Macready as Jonathan the Deputy
Earl Parker as Paul the Pilot
- Club Dead
- The Folks at Red Wolf Inn
- Secrets Beyond the Door [USA; reissue
- Terror at Red Wolf Inn [USA; alternate
- Terror at the Red Wolf Inn [USA; alternate
- Terror on the Menu
- The more famous film, "The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre" (1974), borrowed several elements from this
film. This included the victim's would-be rescuer
being one of the crazy family, body parts in the freezer,
the "slow" family member, and the dinner scenes.
- Margaret Avery later became very famous
for her role as Shug Avery in "The Color Purple" (1985).
- In real life, the three notorious Smiths
all died first. Arthur Space (Henry Smith) died in
1983, John Neilson (Baby John Smith) died in 2000, Mary
Jackson (Evelyn Smith) died in 2005.
(2004): There are some vampire movies that are
solid good, and others that are solid bad. "Thralls" is
solid okay. I still recommend it, but there are better
vampire movies. For one thing, it's not the most clever
vampire tale ever written. I do think that this movie
could be categorized as sexploitation, but it isn't that
sexy. Don't get me wrong, the women look awesome.
However, the tiny bit of nudity they show in this movie
doesn't overshadow the fact that this is a blood-and-guts
picture. You don't need nudity to make a movie sexy, but
the women characters don't do or say anything that's really
The acting is good enough, and the effects
are alright. However, the story didn't completely
satisfy. There are too many loose ends and things that
aren't explained; too many unfinished thoughts that don't
connect. I do believe this story has a lot of
potential. The idea that our heroines are not
necessarily vampires, but thralls, is an interesting
angle. Thralls are supposed to be half-vampire creatures
who can't turn people, fly, or shapeshift. Our girls are
attempting a rite of passage that will make them full vampires
and able to destroy their hated enemy. I'm not usually
surprised by a movie's turn of events, but I was very
surprised when it was revealed that Lean was working with
Jones. That was well done.
Lorenzo Lamas is looking his coolest here
as the bad vampire dude Mr. Jones. He looks much better
with short hair than long hair (i.e. "Renegade" days). I
also thought this was an interesting role for him, as he
usually doesn't play villains or any supernatural
characters. Like I said, all the women look great and
are pretty decent actresses. Siri Baruc (Ashley), who
plays the wallflower, is probably the hottest one of the bunch
when she turns vampiress. But I think Moneca Delain
(Brigitte) and Sonya Salomaa (Lean) have the hottest, most
intriguing characters for most of the film. I also
really enjoyed Shawn Roberts as Jim, the love interest to
Ashley. I'm not surprised that he has since become a
more popular actor in mainstream films. Shawn seems to
have a cool onscreen personality.
Lorenzo Lamas as Mr. Jones
Leah Cairns as Leslie
Siri Baruc as Ashley
Moneca Delain as Brigitte
Fiona Scott as Roxie
Sonya Salomaa as Lean
Lisa Marie Caruk as Buzz
Crystal Lowe as Tanya
Richard Cox as Rennie
Shawn Roberts as Jim
Kevan Ohtsji as Doughboy
This horror movie was released in 1960. It is a
lower-budget movie filmed in black-and-white. The story
is actually pretty good, but the production values are
somewhat limited. Special effects were crude back then,
and whenever used were expensive. "Tormented" isn't
necessarily filled with any real complicated special
effects...just camera tricks for "ghostly images". I do
like the fact that, whenever possible, they used a lot of
outside filming of the beach with the lighthouse. It
opens things up quite a bit; makes this story look more like
an adventure. This movie would've been even better had
it been filmed in color.
good performance as a haunted man whose perfect life is
falling apart. The lovely female ghost is played by
Juli Reding and man has she got a figure! At this
point in her career her measurements were 40-23-35.
Holy moley! She's also gives a pretty good performance
as the obsessed one-time lover and ghost. I also liked
Susan Gordon who played the little girl Sandy Hubbard.
She was cute. Joe Turkel as Nick the blackmailer was
good because his character was such a jive-talking creep.
happens to be the socialite daughter of wealthy
parents. That's not why Tom's marrying her, but it
makes the story colorful. In other words, his life is
going to be perfect. That is, until, singer Vi Mason
(Juli Reding) comes to the island in secret and meets with
Tom in a rundown lighthouse. At one time Tom and Vi
were lovers. Tom dumped Vi for Meg. Vi is
jealous. She threatens Tom that if he doesn't choose
her over Meg, she will make his life a living hell.
How? Vi kept a letter that Tom wrote. She also
threatens to use legal action against him.
back his hand at the last moment. Vi falls to her
death on the rocks below and drifts out to sea. That
ISN'T the last we see of her, however. Tom feels
guilty, but he thinks it's the perfect secret. No one
knew she was coming out there or that she had arrived except
Tom. But strange things happen after Vi's death that
drives Tom closer to insanity with each passing day.
At first he finds her body, brings it to shore, only for it
to turn into seaweed. Then he finds her watch with
name on it. He later throws the watch back into the
ocean, only for it to reappear in his room once again.
Vi Mason's record plays itself when he's playing
piano. He takes the record off the player, sets it on
a table, and only a few seconds later it's on the
player...playing again! Vi's ghost does everything
possible to ruin Tom's wedding. She steals Meg's ring,
ruins Meg's wedding gown with seaweed, and much more.
Throughout the movie you'll see visions of Vi's hand moving
around, dismembered head, transparent visions, all sorts of
his soon-to-be in-laws think he's nuts, and just about
everybody in the community can tell he's acting
screwy. Vi was an evil person and she deserved to die,
but Tom DID pretty much send her to her death when he didn't
try to save her. Then a young guy by the name of Nick
shows up to the island. He's the boat captain who
brought Vi to this island. At first he comes for the
money she owed him. Then Nick stays on the island long
enough to learn that Tom Stewart is marrying a wealthy man's
daughter. He figures that Tom probably killed Vi, and
blackmails Tom for $5,000. Either he gets his money or
he spills the beans to Meg and her family. Tom, being
pushed even more toward insanity by Vi's ghost, takes Nick
to the lighthouse where he kills the blackmailer with a
piece of pipe to the skull. Unfortunately for Tom, his
fiance's little sister Sandy (who HAD a crush on him)
witnessed the whole thing from a hiding spot. Sandy's
upset and tries to keep everything secret from her family
and Tom. Eventually, Sandy follows Tom to the
lighthouse where she confesses. Tom confesses too, and
although he doesn't want to is strongly incensed to kill the
little girl for knowing his secret. This was his
friend throughout the movie, and he's going to kill
her? What a freak! Fortunately for Sandy, Vi's
ghost rushes toward Tom. Tom falls off the lighthouse
to the rocks below.
big sister Meg look over his dead body. What's even
more disturbing to them is the fact that Meg's wedding ring
is on Vi's finger (How did that get there?) and as soon as
Tom's body was laid down, Vi's arm somehow wrapped around
his chest with a smile on her face. She got him in the
in his life falls apart. Vi was a b-word when she was
alive, and still is after she's dead! What really
bothered me is when the little girl lost her respect for Tom
and later sees him dead. I wish that didn't have to
be, but it did make for one scary movie! Interesting
enough, singer Margie Rayburn who had a popular hit song of
her own with "I'm Available" in 1957, sang the song
"Tormented" which was supposed to be Vi Mason's
record. The song sounds good enough, but we never get
to hear the whole thing in the movie. I'm a Margie
Rayburn fan so I thought that tidbit of information was neat
to put in here. All in all, this is an exciting ghost
story that could be remade and done even better today with
advanced special effects.
(1986)- This is a weird movie.
Weird. But it IS entertaining. Doesn't make a
whole lot of sense, but it IS watchable. This is one
of the many family-oriented horror-comedies to come from the
1980s in the tradition of "Ghostbusters", "Gremlins", and
others. Unlike those films, this isn't as
well-known. "Troll" did well in theaters; it didn't
flop. However, it just didn't catch with audiences
like the many other horror-comedies of the day, and it
isn't a terrible story; it's just not that coherent.
Could have explained itself better. A lot of things
happen just for the sake of happening. "Troll" relies
on shock value and special effects. Basic premise: a
troll terrorizes the tenants of an apartment building with
ambitions of creating a new, evil universe.
the good witch heroine. Real-life daughter Anne
Lockhart also shines as young Eunice St. Clair, whom we see
later in the movie. Sonny Bono has a neat part as
swinger-jerk Peter Dickinson. I'm also very fond of
Phil Fondacaro as midget English Professor Malcolm Mallory
(he also played Torok the Troll). Everyone in the cast
did well, but those I've specifically mentioned are the
None of the "Troll" movies have anything to do with each
other in any way except by name. The not-sequels were
named as such merely to capitalize on the "Troll"
film. As a matter of fact, "Troll 2" and "Troll 3"
don't even have trolls in them! In addition, "Troll 3"
was not even for families and was given an R-rating. I
would like to have seen a real sequel to "Troll".
much-later "Harry Potter" book series ripped off a lot of
ideas from this film. Check out the Fun Facts below.
Hathaway as Harry Potter, Jr.
Jenny Beck as Wendy Anne Potter
June Lockhart as Eunice St. Clair
Anne Lockhart as Young Eunice St. Clair
Phil Fondacaro as Torok the Troll and Malcolm Mallory
Michael Moriarty as Harry Potter, Sr.
Shelley Hack as Anne Potter
Sonny Bono as Peter Dickinson
Gary Sandy as Barry "Duke" Tabor
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jeanette Cooper
Brad Hall as William Daniels
- There has been a lot of speculation that
J.K. Rowling may have ripped off elements of the movie
"Troll" (1986) for her mega-successful "Harry Potter" book
- For one thing, the main character of this
film is a dark-haired young boy named Harry Potter.
- Harry Potter, upon discovering Eunice St.
Clair is a witch, aspires to be a wizard.
- "Troll", like the later "Harry Potter"
book series, features many similar fantasy elements like
trolls, fairies, monsters, witches, wizards, etc.
- Author J.K. Rowling has said that the idea
for her Harry Potter just "came to her". John Carl
Buechler, director and co-writer of "Troll", does not
- This movie is the film debut of Julia
Louis-Dreyfus, fresh from her three-year stint on TVs
"Saturday Night Live", and four years before her
breakthrough role on TVs "Seinfeld".
(1976)- Weird, weird movie. Well, at
least they knew how to open it. Naked blonde woman
Daniela (Annik Borel) dances inside a ring of fire.
There is a lot of nudity in this movie, as well as violence,
bad language, and other unpleasantness. Allegedly,
this is based on a true story. What happens in the
story is certainly within the realm of possibility. At
the age of 13, Daniela Neseri, the daughter of a wealthy
count, was raped. Traumatized by this tragic event,
Daniela becomes engrossed in the old family legend of a
female ancestor who became a werewolf every full moon and
went on a murderous rampage. The likeness to Daniela
and her ancestor is incredible, and she believes that she is
the reincarnation of this woman. She also believes
that she, too, is a werewolf. Daniela doesn't
physically change into a monster, but she does attack like a
wolf. Throughout the entire movie, we are to wonder
whether Daniela's illness is purely psychological, a
delusion, or if there really is something to the werewolf
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All in all, this is a
watchable, Italian-made, translated-to-English
action-thriller. Daniela acts spooky ALL the time, and
that gets kind of old real quick, but I enjoyed seeing how the
doctor and Inspector Modica piece together the mystery and the
significance of everything Daniela does. Seeing this
movie makes you want to know more about the real story that
- Daniela gets fully nude five times in this
film. We see just her vagina only once, and just her
breasts only once.
- Elena Neseri, Daniela's sister, gets fully
nude once in this film.
- A peasant girl gets fully nude once when
alive, then we see her fully nude once after she's dead.
- A woman patient at the hospital bares a
breast to the doctor. This same woman, with lesbian
desire for Daniela, unties her. Daniela stabs this
woman with scissors and escapes.
- Daniela kills 7 people in this film:
Fabian (Elena's husband), woman patient, (almost kills)
woman doctor, peasant girl, man who gives her a ride, and
- Daniela kills two of the tree rapists at
the junkyard. The first one is hit with a giant
wrench and put inside a car. His buddy goes to check
him out, only to be picked up, car and all, by a crane and
repeatedly dropped to the ground. Then she smashes
them down with the closed claw of the crane. These
two are pretty much crushed into pulp. Daniela
tracks the third rapist down to a barn. She lights
the barn on fire, with him inside.
- Daniela is finally found and captured in
the same forest her ancestor was tracked down years
ago. We are told that her sister, Elena, died in a
mental hospital on September 23, 1968, and that her father
Annik Borel as Daniela Neseri
Frederick Stafford as Inspector Modica
Tino Carraro as Count Neseri, Daniela's father
Dagmar Lassander as Elena Neseri, Daniela's sister
Howard Ross as Luca Mondini, Daniela's stuntman lover
Felicita Fanny as Dr. Salveri, woman doctor in car
Director- Rino Di Silvestro
Writers- Rino Di Silvestro, Anthony La Penna (English
dialogue), Howard Ross
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- Daughter of a Werewolf
- La lupa mannara [Italy; true title for
- Legend of the Wolf Woman
- Naked Werewolf Woman
- She-Wolf [video title]
- Terror of the She-Wolf
- Released in the USA in June of 1977.
One version of the English release is 79 minutes. A
DVD version is 98 minutes.
- Annik Borel is often credited in this film
as Anne Borel. Anne Borel is her birth name.