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.


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    …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.


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      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!


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        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.


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          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.


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            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.


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              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.


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                Unpacking our portmanteaux

                 
                Anthology films – or portmanteau films, or omnibus films, as they are also called – have been with us almost since the dawn of the motion picture industry. This form of film-making can be a tricky beast, requiring a careful juggling of topic and tone to get the right effect; but executed skilfully, such a film can become a great deal more than the sum of its parts.

                There are anthology comedies, anthology dramas and anthology romances out there; but, from the very beginning, it was horror that made best and most frequent use of the format: a history now stretching all the way from 1919’s Unheimliche Geschichten to 2017’s XX and A Taste Of Phobia—and with many more, no doubt, to come…

                So join us as we take a trip on the omnibus—
                 


                It’s ROOM FOR ONE MORE…all through August at the B-Masters’ Blog!

                 

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


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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!


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                    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.


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