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Chandler’s Trailers: “House on Haunted Hill” (1999)

“House on Haunted Hill”  (1999)  William Malone’s “House on Haunted Hill”  is a reworking of the William Castle 1959 spook house thriller which is mainly notable as starring the memorable Vincent Price and by its use of theatrical gimmickry with … Continue reading

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For Those Who Think Hammer: DARK SKY DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE featuring “BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE” & “THE HELLFIRE CLUB”

DARK SKY FILMS DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE: BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE & THE HELLFIRE CLUB Disc Includes: “Blood of the Vampire” (1958)  Starring Donald Wolfit, Barbara Shelley, Vincent Ball, Victor Maddern, William Devlin. Written by Jimmy Sangster. Directed by Henry Cass. … Continue reading

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Petals and Thorns: “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960)

________________________________________________________________         “The Little Shop of Horrors” is a more broadly freewheeling horror-comedy than Roger Corman’s savagely on target beat counterculture satire “A Bucket of Blood”, a film with a far more ambitious agenda as it was satirizing a then … Continue reading

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Chandler’s Trailers: “Final Destination” (2000)

   An ersatz slasher film in which the usual faceless and unstoppable knife wielder is replaced by a sadistically merciless Grim Reaper with a predilection toward Rube Goldberg-like execution schematics, “Final Destination” presents a situation wherein a high school group … Continue reading

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“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”: DEC. 2014 CLASSIC MOVIE PHOTO QUIZ, VOL. 222

“BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE”: DEC. 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES PHOTO QUIZ, VOL. 222 Welcome to yet another edition of the international Interweb’s favorite bored game, the CSR monthly CLASSIC FILM IMAGES PHOTO QUIZ, brought to you- as always  -by those … Continue reading

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OCTOBER 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, Vol. 13

BUMP IN THE NIGHT EDITION: OCTOBER 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, VOL. 13     As the days are getting shorter (or, at least, that’s the rumor, though with it getting dark earlier it’s too hard to see if this is … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Size That Counts: “The Amazing Colossal Man” (1957) & “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)

         “The Amazing Colossal Man”    (1957)     Throughout the 1950’s, atomic energy was responsible for all manner of species succumbing to cinema gigantism from ants to tarantulas, scorpions, grasshoppers and a fellow named Gojira, but it … Continue reading

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SEPTEMBER 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, Vol. 999

METAMORPHOSIS EDITION:  SEPT. 2014 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, Vol. 999 Greetings cinephiles, or Fellowship of Those With Far Too Much Free Time, and welcome to this month’s edition of America’s most persistent irritant not treatable with a topical ointment: the … Continue reading

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Chandler’s Trailers: “Warning Sign” (1985)

     Being a mixture of prior infectious germs on the loose scenarios from “The Satan Bug” to “The Andromeda Strain” to  George C. Scott’s virtually forgotten “Rage” (whose more intimate, low-key exploration of a public crisis is an approach … Continue reading

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A Roll in the Bay: “Lady Frankenstein” (1971)

      This Mel Welles directed, Italian-produced horror film (“La figlia di Frankenstein”) stars film stalwart Joseph Cotten in the midst of his Euro-slumming phase, Italian actress Rosalba Neri (billed here as Sara Bay), familiar Euro-thriller faces Paul Muller … Continue reading

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A Matter of Breeding: “Demon Seed” (1977)

     With the exception of the trademark window candy of 1950’s SF films whose only functions were to engage in such high stakes life-and-death actions such as pouring coffee, engaging in terrified embraces/lip lock with square jawed heroes or … Continue reading

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Demon Reflux: “Abby” (1974)

                  “Abby”      (1974)       During the Blaxploitation trend of the early 1970’s there was a overall tendency for Hollywood to portray the Black community as simply a mirror image of the white world which had been portrayed by the cinema … Continue reading

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More Brains, Less Filler: “The Return of the Living Dead” (1985)

ZOMBIE ALERT: The following review may contain spoilers as well as spoiled flesh. If you have never seen the film being discussed, as a cautionary note it is advised that you might want to use your brains-  while they are … Continue reading

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Unspeakable: “Aftermath” (1994)

      Extraordinarily grisly short film (part of a trilogy) that has been mistakenly (in perhaps the most indefensible case of wish fulfillment ever) cited as a work of art in some circles, (Then again, there was a point … Continue reading

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MONTHLY PHOTO QUIZ VOL. 8

“THE OUTLOOK IS DOUBTFUL”- MAGIC 8 BALL EDITION: JUNE 2014  CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ, VOL. 8 Welcome to another edition of the monthly Classic Film Images quiz. Today we are doing a bit of Spring cleaning by shaking out the … Continue reading

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Poor Sportsmanship: “Bloodlust!” (1961)

_______________________________________________________________      Richard Connell’s classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game” has seen many cinematic manifestations over the years, the most prominent being the first, the RKO Ernest B. Schoedsack/Irving Pichel production (which used many of the same sets and … Continue reading

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Revenge Redux: “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” (1972)

     “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” the sequel to the popular and imaginative “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” is a surprising disappointment; more so in that it was created  by many of the same talents as the original film; most importantly director … Continue reading

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Demons of the Dull: “The Devil’s Hand” (1962)

____________________________________________________________      This Satanic cheapie moves the mystery of voodoo cultism from the usual Caribbean climes to a pasteboard backdrop of urban America. Robert Alda plays Rick Turner, a completely charmless man who for some inexplicable reason is desired by … Continue reading

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On the Spot: “[REC]” (2007)

      Spanish horror film intended as a piece of real-life video documentary. This is hardly a novel device, the premise finding previous exploitation most notably in Ruggero Deodato’s notorious 1980 “Cannibal Holocaust” and the Daniel Myrick/Eduardo Sánchez film … Continue reading

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What’s the Buzz?: “The Fly” (1958)

      Kurt Neumann’s “The Fly” is a film that may unreasonably fall victim to the over familiarity of its finale which is the stuff of Hollywood legend: so outrageously over-the-top in concept that it may lead to an … Continue reading

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Loneliness of the Long Distance Swimmer: “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)

     With the discovery of traces of a previously unknown species on the banks of an Amazonian lagoon, a team of scientists embarks upon the usual expedition armed with a beautiful and shapely woman who serves no apparent function … Continue reading

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Pot Luck: “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)

        The immediate appeal of  George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”, what makes it sizzle, is in the utilitarian crudeness of its technique in practicing practical filmmaking despite a poverty of resources rather than a dearth … Continue reading

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Missing the Mark : “TARGETS” (1968)

           Peter Bogdanovich’s “Targets”, the critic-cum-director’s first full original feature (if one discounts the cobbled efforts in his apprenticeship through the Roger Corman meat grinder) plays less as a thriller or a drama than as a thesis paper on … Continue reading

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Snakes on the Brain: “The Gorgon” (1964)

          With “The Gorgon”, Hammer Films demonstrate the dangers of the tiresome formulaic rut in which their entire line of Gothic inspired horror films was sinking into several years before the creative stasis would become evidently irreversible. … Continue reading

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Raging Hormones: “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” (1957)

     To listen to the hysterical moralists of the day, American teens in the 1950’s were living in a whirling vortex of insatiable savage impulses marked by juvenile delinquency, alcoholism (or at least the fatal sip of the same … Continue reading

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The Unkindest Cuts; or, How to use unchecked political correctness to victimize the very people you intend to protect: “Freaks” (1932)

     Long time the standard by which all “Golden Age” Hollywood horror films are compared for a sense of shock and gratuitous exploitation (it was released months before the decades long inception of the Production Code), Tod Browning’s 1932 “Freaks” is … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Moon on Vampire Wings: “Dracula” (1979)

        John Badham’s “Dracula” (significantly altered from the original title, “Dracula, a Love Story” in it’s initial test screenings) is the product of a lack of point-of-view when dealing with material that is overly familiar to the public, to … Continue reading

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Poe in the Cinema: “Tales of Terror” (1962)

    Sharing the portmanteau format that would later characterize the more prestigious but less successful “Histoires extraordinaires“, Roger Corman’s “Tales of Terror”- his fourth of what would become his eight film Edgar Allan Poe cycle -announces the depiction of three … Continue reading

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MONTHLY PHOTO QUIZ VOL. 1941

“I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, MISTER DEMILLE.”:  DECEMBER 2013 CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ , VOL. 1941 (100% SELFIE-FREE) This month’s festive photo quiz has the good fortune of containing socially redeeming content (we actually have to do this every now … Continue reading

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2013 EDITION: ULTIMATE MOVIE QUIZ- OUR HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU

     The featured film is courtesy of those good folks at the Film School at Smarterin University, replacing- for the moment -Chandler Swain Reviews’ monthly Movie Photo Quiz. Featured are over two hundred films. Your task. Identify them. In order. … Continue reading

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How Can I Not Kill You If You Won’t Go Away?: “Macchie solari” (1975)

                                  “The dog’s only a dog, but you’re a pig.”     When one approaches a giallo film, there is an automatic presumption of a encountering a visual stylization which goes hand in hand with the exaggerated excesses of behavior … Continue reading

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Stations of the Gross: “Mark of the Devil” (1970)

    Beware filmmakers who preface their story with a declaration that the movie about to follow has its basis in historical fact; a claim toward legitimacy that inevitably becomes increasingly vaporous as the film unfolds. This is especially true of … Continue reading

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MONTHLY PHOTO QUIZ VOL. 666

IS THAT A TARANTULA IN YOUR CORSET OR ARE YOU JUST SCARED TO SEE ME?: OCTOBER CLASSIC FILM IMAGES QUIZ     Greeting boys and ghouls, once again it is time for another exciting plunge into that pit of darkness, that … Continue reading

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Poe in the Cinema: “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1953)

       Notoriously unlucky in the myriad of film translations of his work, Edgar Allan Poe finds an unlikely ally with the techniques of a minimalist animation style from U.P.A. Studios, a happy meeting of the literary and the graphic … Continue reading

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MONTHLY PHOTO QUIZ VOL. 433

Despite the best efforts of the Millennials (a.k.a., the Generation Y, as in “Y do they exist?” collective) to dismiss the very existence of anyone over the age of 30 (which puts the elder of their clique against the firing … Continue reading

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