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It don’t matter if you’re black and white

West Of ZanzibarWhen the horror film genre started to be defined and established in the silent film era, West Of Zanzibar came out, a lurid tale that still has some potent rawness ninety years later.

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Taffin? I have never taffed

TaffinAn unusual update on the western formula, being both modern day and British, Taffin is offbeat enough to probably be worth a look.

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I am a glutton for punishment

The Billion Dollar HoboNot having learned my lesson six months ago by watching They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way, I watched another Tim Conway movie, The Billion Dollar Hobo.

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A tale of an artificial heart, but a REAL movie

ThresholdThe medical drama Threshold is one of the best efforts to come out of the Canadian tax shelter era.

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Revenge here is a dish served bland

Sweet RevengeThe filmmakers who made Sweet Revenge had some promising ideas, but were unable to exploit them properly.

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Catching Up on Past Roundtables, Part 2: Peter Cushing

Dr. terror's House of Honours: The B-Masters Salute Peter Cushing

La Grande Trouille/Tendre Dracula (1974)

A great horror star has given up his career in order to devote his life to the cause of Romance. His producer sends two inept screenwriters after him, to drag him back to his commitments. But the fugitive star is much more than he seems to be; and the two idiots soon find that nothing in the real world could prepare them for entering the realm of either horror or romance.

It’s often said that Peter Cushing didn’t make any truly bad movies, because his presence alone was generally enough to save even the worst of them. Trust me to find the exception. La Grande Trouille is so awful that I find myself digressing even further than usual to avoid talking about it. This French would-be comedy wastes not only a good premise, but also the talents of some other fine actors in addition to Cushing: Alida Valli and Miou-Miou.

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It’ll make you grin

SmileMichael Ritchie was an inconsistent director, though with Smile he struck comic gold.

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I want my mummy!

 

So I did something about it.

 


 
 

THE MUMMY’S CURSE (1944)
…is notable chiefly for the contempt it displays for the franchise which contains it. That said, it’s probably the only chance you’ll ever have to see a 3,000-year-old, undead Egyptian princess using a microscope.
 

I have also copied over:
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1944)

…and as a consequence, I am currently suffering a strange medical condition I call “bandage-blindness”.
 
 
 
 
 

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Catching Up on Past Roundtables, Part 1: WTF?

WTF? A B-Masters' Roundtable

Indian cinema frequently borrows from popular Hollywood movies, but never has the borrowing been more bizarre and less appropriate than in Kutty Pisasu (2010), a Tamil film that brings together the divine retribution of Kali and.. and…

You know what? I can’t. I just can’t. Suffice it to say it’s one of my least favorite American pop-cultural artifacts, and it has no place mixing with Indian mythology… but you’ll have to read about it for yourself. Oh, and there’s also a singing/dancing child star who goes around incinerating people. It’s weird, it’s wild, it’s colorful, and it’s much less fun than you might think.

Kutty Pisasu

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Love hurts, but not for the viewer

Dream LoverAlas, I could not find the unrated version of Dream Lover to watch, but that did not stop me from enjoying this thriller.

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