Classic Movies

“To something new!”

Returning to stately Osterna Castle after two years of being abroad, Graf (Count) Greven exhibits a demeanor vastly different than his pre-travel behavior.  He instructs his staff to put Osterna on lockdown, because for unexplained reasons he’s quite paranoid and fearful—with no explanation forthcoming.  His faithful manservant (Bernhard Goetzke) contacts a minister (Hermann Picha) who… Continue reading “To something new!”

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Movies

Guilty Pleasures: Sssssss (1973)

You might remember Phil Hall as the author of an excellent book that I reviewed back on the blog in August of 2016 entitled In Search of Lost Films; Hall, a film critic/journalist who has contributed to the likes of Film Threat and American Movie Classics Magazine, also wrote The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time, published in 2013 through BearManor Media—the… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Sssssss (1973)

Bad Movies

“I hate to break the news to ya…but I think you’re a vampire!”

There’s a straight-to-video feature film—released in 1996—entitled Star Hunter…which I will charitably describe as a homage (French for “rip-off”) to Star Wars and Predator.  The presence of Roddy McDowall and Stella Stevens does not mean that this is a good movie, but what may be of interest to the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear faithful is that the direction of this cheesy… Continue reading “I hate to break the news to ya…but I think you’re a vampire!”

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

Wealthy young man-about-town James Kirkham (Creighton Hale) may not have the hypnotic power to cloud men’s minds so that they cannot see him…but he’s loaded with dough all the same, and he’s yearning to go to Africa for some “adventure.”  His Uncle Joe (DeWitt Jennings) isn’t particularly sold on the jaunt to the Dark Continent, while… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Seven Footprints to Satan (1929)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

In my formative movie nut years, one of the activities that I looked forward to the most was when the ‘rents did a little stepping out at Saturday night dances at the country club (yes, we belonged to a country club—believe me, it wasn’t as hoity-toity as it sounds since there wasn’t anything else going… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: The Undead (1957)

Classic Movies

Guilty Pleasures: Ghost Catchers (1944)

In a review of Murder in the Blue Room (1944) that I wrote for the blog a while back, I slipped in a casual mention of how Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas, and John Brunas—authors of the amazing reference tome Universal Horrors—were not particularly enamored of the Ole Olsen-Chic Johnson comedy Ghost Catchers (1944).  Here’s what they have to say: It’s hard… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Ghost Catchers (1944)

Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Murder in the Blue Room (1944)

A seaside country manor owned by Linda Baldridge (Nella Walker) and her new husband Frank (John Litel) is once again open for the purpose of throwing a lavish shindig in the form of a housewarming party.  Frank is “new” because Linda’s first husband Sam Kirkland died a mysterious death in an area of the manse known… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Murder in the Blue Room (1944)