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Yes; well…

 
 
Let’s just say that a pandemic has been the least of my problems, and leave it at that…

 
 

But there has finally been some movement at the station:

 

I have transferred over Seven Footprints To Satan (1929), Tentacles (1977) and Claws (1977); and I have revised and added screenshots to Lone Wolf And Cub: Baby Cart At The River Styx (1972).

 

There was an Et Al. update in April.

 

And we even have a couple of new reviews!—

 


 
 
RODAN (1956)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
NO TIME AT ALL (1958)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I needed a bigger review

 
After a year or more of excuses and failed attempts – six months ago I had misplaced hopes of getting this and the sequels done for the ‘special subjects’ Roundtable – I have given my Jaws review an overhaul.
 
This means that I can move on to giving a bunch of related material a facelift too—since “No shark films or Jaws rip-offs for you, young lady” has been my way of trying to force myself to knuckle down.
 

 
So—I have:

– revised and added screenshots to Jaws (1975)

– revised and added screenshots to Shark Kill (1976)

– transferred Grizzly (1976)

– revised Mako: The Jaws Of Death (1976)
 
 
 
 
 
When adding my post for Wake In Fright, I forgot to mention that I had also transferred over my review of Homesdale (1971).
 
There are also two recent Et Al. updates, for October and November.
 
 Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!

From one extreme to the other…

 

The year 1960 gave us a pair of disaster movies that could hardly be more different; yet each in its own way is ridiculously enjoyable:

 

 

 

I have copied over The Last Voyage, a shipboard disaster movie with the highest disaster-to-running-time ratio I’ve yet encountered, plus the most realistic special effects, to boot…as they should be, inasmuch as a real ocean liner was destroyed for our edification.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I have reviewed The Crowded Sky, an airborne disaster movie which has one of the lowest disaster-to-running-time ratios I’ve yet encountered, plus some of the dodgiest model-work ever to emanate from a major studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Her name was not Jason…

 
After promising this a month or two a few several a while back, I have finally given an old review a thorough overhaul, as well as using it as an excuse to introduce a much-pondered new feature.

Of course it may be fairly said of the latter that – how shall I put this? – the guest of honour hasn’t shown up yet; but I wanted to get this ticking over before we slip into another Roundtable month:

 

 

 

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

…in which some people really need to learn to take a hint…

 

Plus: RANKING THE FINAL GIRLS

How does Alice stack up against her sisters (and occasionally, brothers)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus plus, I have copied over:
Zombi 2 (1979)
Rocketship X-M (1950)
Destination Moon (1950)
 
Plus plus plus, there is a new Et Al. post.

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

Prepare the lethal injection!

 


 
 
AMITYVILLE DEATH HOUSE (2015)
 
…in which it seems that even the name guest-star would rather be watching a different film…
 
But, hey! – eye-windows!

 

 

[NB: NSFW: a little blood, and some very silly nudity.]

 

 

I have also transferred over:
Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde (1931)
The Lodger (1927)
The Lodger (1932)

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

Double-dipping

 

This isn’t an official Roundtable entry – given that it was my entry for a different Roundtable – but the time seemed ripe for a Resurrected Review…

 

 

 

 

BATTLE ROYALE (2000)

…in which the only thing that sucks more than being an unappreciated middle-school teacher is being one of that teacher’s students…

 

 

[NB: NSFW: blood and dead bodies; lots]

 

 

 

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FOR GOD’S SAKE, SAVE THE BUDGERIGARS!!!!

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CRASH LANDING (1958)

…in which double engine-failure over the Atlantic Ocean threatens the lives of a small mongrel dog and two dozen budgies.

Oh…and some people, I guess…

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I have also copied over Jet Storm (1959) (apologies for the tasteless timing on that one) and Jet Over The Atlantic (1959).

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(What can I tell you? I’ve been in a disastrous mood lately…)

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I have further copied over Wolf Blood (1925), The Mysterious Island (1929) and Cobra Woman (1944); and there’s a new Et Al. post, in which decade-old horror steps aside to allow me clear some older thrillers and dramas off my hard drive.

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Enjoy!

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

A semi-demi cheat…

 

Another welcome improvement in the world of silent cinema is Grapevine Video’s release of the original version of Charles J. Brabin’s The Raven, which runs some 15 minutes longer than previously available prints.

While the film has not been restored, and still exhibits considerable dirt and damage, it is of a better visual quality than the shorter cut, and allows a fairer assessment of Brabin’s experimentation with visual effects.

Consequently, I have somewhat revised my review of The Raven, and given the screenshots a thorough overhaul. (I should mention that this print looks better in motion than is evident via the screenshots, which tend to over-emphasise the print’s flaws.)

 

 

 

 

THE RAVEN (1915)

…in which some drunk writes a poem about a bird…

 

 

 

I have also added a belated update to Et Al., featuring thrillers and melodramas across the decades, a couple of pepla, some sex and violence, a bunch of Lifetime movies and more decade-old horror.

 

 

 

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

Only a semi-cheat…

 
To mark the film’s 100th birthday, the Munich Film Museum undertook a restoration of the 1913 version of The Student Of Prague. For those of us who only knew the film in its poor quality, cut-to-pieces, black-and-white incarnation, the results were a revelation.

Consequently, I have somewhat revised my original review, and given the screenshots a complete makeover.

 

 

 

 

THE STUDENT OF PRAGUE (1913)

…in which an unfortunate young man really is his own worst enemy…

 

 

 

I have also transferred over:

Trilby (1915)
Rapsodia Satanica (1917)

 

 

 

 

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