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A serving of spirits

 

 
 

KWAIDAN (1964)

Kobayashi Masaki’s first colour film is an anthology of four ghost stories, in which the meetings of humans and spirits have an impact upon both.

Both chilling and sad in its implications, Kwaidan is also a stunning exercise in visual style.

 

 

 

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

A different kind of monster mayhem

ArenaNot your typical hand-to-hand combat movie with aliens, Arena is one of the more enjoyable movies to come from Empire Pictures.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

…but not enough for the viewer

A Billion For BorisWhile the family movie A Billion For Boris has a great premise, the overall execution does not really work despite a few nice touches here and there.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Just fantasy…and not enough of that

 

A Resurrected Review so old, I’m calling it as new!

(There is something genuinely new on the way, but personal issues have me running behind schedule…)

 

 

 

 

FLESH AND FANTASY (1943)

A spectacular cast and some gorgeous visuals can’t quite paper over the cracks in this half-hearted triptych examining destiny and self-determination.

However, the central story of the three, which finds palmist Thomas Mitchell telling sceptic Edward G. Robinson that he is doomed to commit murder, almost rescues the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Amicus Briefs

Room For One More: The B-Masters Get On the Omnibus

Asylum (1972)

When it comes to anthology horror films, there is one set of films that is likely to spring to mind immediately… a series of independent but closely related films, from a certain island nation that had become well-known for its horror films ever since the 1950’s.

That cycle, needless to say, is the 15-movie Philippine series called Shake Rattle and Roll. But there’s no way I have time to dive down that particular rabbit hole, so for now it’s time to talk Amicus.

Amicus Productions put out seven classic anthology films between 1965 and 1974, starting with Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors and ending with From Beyond the Grave. Asylum falls in the middle of the cycle, and as usual for Amicus it’s a film with an impeccable pedigree. Written by Robert Bloch and directed by Roy Ward Baker, it stars such impressive talents as Patrick Magee, Herbert Lom, Charlotte Rampling and Peter Cushing. It may not be the very best of the cycle, but in many ways it is unique, and it contains some memorably grisly images that are still potent today.

Will Laughlin is the Braineater.

Won’t have you seeing red

Russian RouletteThe thriller Russian Roulette is good enough that you could almost swear that it’s not Canadian.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Three stories for the price of… your sanity

Night Train To TerrorThe horror anthology movie Night Train To Terror is ludicrous, incoherent, cheap, and full of contempt for its audience. But there’s no other movie quite like it, and it may appeal to fans of really weird cinema.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

I bless the pains down in Africa

Kill And Kill AgainThe martial arts exercise Kill And Kill Again has enough good action to help it stand up well to the action output from Asia.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Truth is more boring than fiction in this case

Hollywood BabylonThe idea behind the documentary Hollywood Babylon – a sleazy look at old Hollywood scandals – sounds like it can’t miss, but it does. Badly.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.

Not worth your time

The Philadelphia ExperimentBased on an urban legend, The Philadelphia Experiment is definitely one time where you should just stick to reading about the urban legend.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.