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.

 

 

 

 

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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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      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)

       

       

       

       

       

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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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          An exercise in exhumation

           
          When we think of early horror, it tends to be in terms of its most famous archetypes – Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolfman – and a cinematic landscape dominated by Universal Studios.

          But this is only the tip of the horror iceberg; and, as with all icebergs, there was a great deal more going on under the surface.

          Almost as soon as there were movies at all, there were horror movies. Despite social resistance and critical scorn, film-makers both across America and around the world began to speak to the audience’s fears…and its desire for a shivery good time, too. And though many of these efforts have since slipped through the cracks of time and memory, they all contributed to the development of the genre.

          So join us as we lift our lanterns, deploy our picks and shovels, and dig into the crypt of forgotten horror…
           

          It’s THE FORGOTTEN DAWN OF HORROR…all through February at the B-Masters’ Blog!

           

           

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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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                  Staggering across the finish line…

                   

                  …and immediately signing up for the next race.

                   

                   

                  2017 was not one of our more productive years, to put put it mildly; a larger than usual serving of mea culpas seems in order.

                   

                  But as always, a new year brings new hope.

                   

                  Many thanks to our visitors and commentators We very much appreciate your continued support (and patience).

                   

                  Best wishes to all for 2018!

                   

                   

                   

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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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