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Three The Hard WayThree top stars of the blaxploitation genre team up for Three The Hard Way. Despite some serious flaws, it isn’t hard to find fondness for the end results.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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Satanic Panic!

This update has been a long time coming, and not just in the sense of being much tardier than I imagined possible.  I’ve been planning on doing an update on this topic one of these days since sometime around 2007!

 

Black Roses (1988), in which heavy metal is sending you to Hell…

The Gate (1986), in which heavy metal might still send you to Hell, but it can also send demons there if you play it backwards…

Mazes and Monsters (1982), in which fantasy role playing games may not send you to Hell exactly, but they’re sure to drive you insane…

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Night of the Demons (1988), in which you can’t even celebrate frigging Halloween without worrying about a one-way trip to the netherworld!

 
 
 

El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.


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I should have seen this

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Why haven’t I seen this?

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IT EATS A HELICOPTER.

 

 

 

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Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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Banzai!

Meta Metta Gakido KozaEvery country has its own niche cinema that is considered crazy by other cultures. The Japanese movie Meta Metta Gakido Koza is one such example, a truly bonkers movie from a western viewpoint – or any other viewpoint.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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A little bit catty

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A resurrected review:

THE CREEPER (1948)

A scientist attempting to improve surgical techniques by introducing phosphorescence into human tissues accidentally transforms himself into a half-human cat-monster.

As you do.

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I have also restored access to my review of SEYTAN (1974), which apparently has been MIA due to some weird permissions issue.

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Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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Carmilla and Carl

vampyr51VAMPYR: FROM CARMILLA TO CARL DREYER
It started out simply enough, as a review of the 1932 horror film VAMPYR. But as in all aspects of life, I have no self-control, and so off we go into a history of vampire literature, the transition from silent to sound film, the Pagan-horror stories of Arthur Machen, the wild costume parties of Baron Nicolas Louis Alexandre de Gunzburg, and yeah, somewhere in there we talk about Vampyr.

“As mentioned, the film’s protagonist is Allan Grey (Julian West), described in a title card as a man steeped in the study of the occult and macabre secrets of the world and prone to wandering the land in search of mysterious experiences (inspired, some claim, by the character of Dr. Martin Hesselius from In a Glass Darkly). That might be one of the earliest examples of the “informed attribute,” when a movie insists that a character embodies a particular skill or trait despite all evidence on screen to the contrary. Allan Grey seems to have absolutely no knowledge of the occult or any sort of competency in identifying it or dealing with it. In fact, his sole skills seem to be looking in windows and bugging his eyes out in confused terror.”

Keith Allison is the ruthless overlord of Teleport City.


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Mad Science and Martian Maidens

Mad Science and Martian Maidens:
The Science Fiction Adventures of Aleksey Tolstoy

aelita1Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy was Russia’s less internationally known Tolstoy. While the one was writing thousand-page tomes about sad people losing things (pretty sure that’s the plot of most Leo Tolstoy books) that would be forced upon generation after generation, the other Tolstoy was writing slick science fiction adventures like Aelita (1923, adapted into a movie a year later), Engineer Garin (1924), and Count Cagliostro, which American high school students did not get to read, since there was no time left after plodding through Anna Karenina — in which absolutely no one travels to Mars, builds a death ray, or practices alchemy. Both Aelita and Engineer Garin were adapted into films, the first during the silent era, and the second during the heyday of the swingin’ sixties.

Keith Allison is the ruthless overlord of Teleport City.


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…but seriously, folks…

Shoot The MoonThe Alan Parker movie Shoot The Moon is a mostly well crafted drama that shows that not only is divorce a painful experience, what leads up to it often can’t be easily explained.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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Devilish dealings

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TRILBY (1915)

A musician transforms a tone-deaf artist’s model into the most acclaimed contralto in Europe. There’s just one catch…

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RAPSODIA SATANICA (1917)

An elderly Countess, mourning the past, is offered the chance to have her youth and beauty restored. There’s just one catch…

 

 

 

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Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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Some things should remain extinct

Adventures In Dinosaur CityObviously inspired in part by the 1990 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the family flick Adventures In Dinosaur City doesn’t have the budget or writing to succeed with adults or kids.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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