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Movie: Cold Heaven (1991)

Mark Harmon is a man with some issues in 1991’s Cold Heaven.  First, he’s fifth billed in the opening credits.  Even worse, his character keeps experiencing brief intervals of death.  I will call his illness “necrolepsy”. His first death happens after he is struck by a boat while he and wife Theresa Russell are vacationing […]

Movie: Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)

Until recently, I had never seen another zombie movie that captured the weird unearthliness of I Walked with a Zombie.  1957’s Zombies of Mora Tau is not as good as that picture, but it is the only other zombie film I have seen with a similarly dreamlike vibe.  Adding to that sensation is the locale, […]

Movie: Please Don’t Touch Me (1963)

This is yet another movie (to use the term loosely) from the Ormond Family box set issued by Powerhouse/Indicator.  I have noticed patriarch Ron Ormond tends to make what I am starting to think of as “meatloaf movies”.  The idea is, you take something you already have (like the acquired African vacation footage in Untamed […]

Movie: Dreamchild (1985)

I’m not sure which is creepier in 1985’s Dreamchild: Jim Henson’s puppet creatures or Ian Holm’s twitchy portrayal of Lewis Carroll. Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, was discovered to have possessed nude photos he had taken of young girls.  It was difficult to put that out of my mind while watching a man […]

Movie: The Werewolf (1956)

Everybody knows lycanthropes transform under the light of a full moon and that they can only be killed by a silver bullet.  Apparently, nobody informed the talent behind 1956’s The Werewolf, because here is a film that plays by an entirely different set of rules.  This couldn’t have happened at a better time, as this […]

Movie: Untamed Mistress (1956)

There is a bizarre supermarket in Ohio, a sprawling complex with a jungle theme. Jungle Jim’s has a ridiculously artificial scene on the outside, situated between the entrance and exit.  It’s like those sad, set-bound “Africa” sets of so many adventure movies from the 1930’s through the 1960’s.  There’s even a loudspeaker saying inane crap […]

Movie: The Menu (2022)

My wife and I had the good fortune to eat at a restaurant awarded with five Mobil stars for several consecutive years.  It is closed now, but we had scrimped and saved enough to dine there three times.  To their credit, everybody at the establishment were courteous, and we were in turn.  I’m sure they […]

Movie: Bandits (2001)

I have seen many movies where the actors appear to be having a miserable time and so I had trouble connecting with the feature.  2001’s heist comedy Bandits has the exact opposite problem: the actors appear to be having a great time, to the extent it is like watching a party to which the audience […]


It is impossible for me to forget the day one of my favorite people I have ever known walked into my life.  The date is easy to remember: October 10, 2010. It was a Sunday, and we were returning home from buying groceries.  With only about a mile left to go, I saw a figure […]

Movie: Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing allegedly star in 1970’s Scream and Scream Again.  If one watched the movie without seeing the opening credits, I don’t think many would suspect those three were top-billed. But then, if anybody misses the opening credit sequence, they wouldn’t see footage of man jogging.  A lot of footage.  […]

Movie: The Demon Seed (1977)

In the eighties, the Rubik Cube was so ubiquitous that all sorts of similar toys had to be developed to satisfy the market demand.  Some were pyramid shaped, some had five sides or more. One was even spherical.  But one that stands out in my mind is something everybody called a “snake”, though I’m not […]

Movie: An Act of Murder (1948)

1948’s An Act of Murder has a kernel of an interesting idea.  What happens when a hanging judge decides he can’t let his wife suffer any longer from an inoperable brain tumor?  Fredric March plays the judge, dubbed Old Man Maximum for his tendency to dole out maximum sentences.  He also disregards any and all […]

Movie: Calcutta (1946)

Another Kino three-disc noir box set, another movie named after an exotic locale.  Going into this, I had no doubt this would be another Casablanca wannabe, like Singapore or Tangier, each of which led off other sets in the series.  To my considerable surprise, 1946’s Calcutta does not follow that formula.  Instead, this is a […]