Halloween 2K17: A Review of “The Gorgon” (1964)

Christopher Lee once remarked, “The only thing wrong with The Gorgon is the Gorgon”. He could not have been more right. This is a film so full of atmosphere, expertly paced and entertaining, yet marred by some horrific makeup and special effects. To make a long story short, there is an ancient creature terrorizing a…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Plague of the Zombies” (1966)

I think Plague of the Zombies is to Hammer Studios what Tomb of Ligeia is to American International Pictures. It was a temporary relief from the dark, dreary, claustrophobic castles and mansions that so many of their wonderful Gothic horror stories demanded. Both films make use of the outside, opening the gates to more sunlight…

Halloween 2K17: A Review of “Son of Dracula” (1943)

This was the third installment in the Dracula franchise. Unlike the second, Dracula’s Daughter, there is not much striving to be unique. The bloodthirsty count had already been killed off, and done in such a way that he could not return. That was the admirable decision I blogged about in the last review. However, the…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: A Review of “The House That Dripped Blood” (1971)

This might be the coziest horror movie you will ever see. The House That Dripped Blood takes place in the English countryside, in a beautiful cottage. It is an anthology film, with four different stories presented. Each have two things in common: the house in question and the untimely and bizarre fates of the person…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: Bela Lugosi or Christopher Lee?

One was subdued, regal, and spoke with a careful distinction—hypnotic. The other took over the screen with rage, and a violent tenacity that had not yet been seen for the character. For that reason, comparing Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee in their iconic roles as Count Dracula is like comparing apples and oranges. You can have…

HALLOWEEN 2K16: A Review of “Horror Hotel” (1960)

It’s a shame that so many British horror movies had to be released with a different, catchier title here in the United States to make them more box office friendly. That was actually the norm. For some reason, The City of the Dead was too abstract, and so it became Horror Hotel for us folks…

“Halloween Twenty-Fifteen”: A Review of “The Mummy” (1959)

Boris Karloff’s tremendous screen presence notwithstanding, I actually enjoyed this 1959 remake of The Mummy even better than the original. The colors pop with vibrancy. The acting is sincere. The script is clever. The one from the 1930’s deserves its special place among the greats, but this version directed by Terence Fisher manages to trump…