Not just for holiday viewing

The Man Who Saved ChristmasAn all-American true Christmas story is told by Canadians in The Man Who Saved Christmas.

Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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    Animaniacs

     

    Sure, we all love a good werewolf film; but why should wolves have all the fun? Besides, let’s face it, when it comes to the beasts within—it’s a jungle in there…

    So join us as we take a look at a few of the other rampaging alter-egos hidden behind the unconvincing façade of Homo sapiens:
     


    It’s WERE-WHAT?—all through November (and likely December) at the B-Masters’ Blog.

     

     

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


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      Marvelous action

      Indio 2: The RevoltThe Italian actioner Indio 2: The Revolt is an above average effort by director Antonio Margheriti, exceeding your probably low expectations.

      Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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        A hellish experience

        Fear No EvilHigh school is already hell on earth, which is one reason why Fear No Evil – concerning the Antichrist doing his thing in teenage form – mostly falls flat.

        Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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          Spying is and isn’t kiddie stuff here

          Cloak & DaggerThe family movie Cloak & Dagger is very rough in tone at times, but is well done enough to make it worth a look for you and your kids.

          Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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            Misses the mark

            Direct HitDespite being a PM Entertainment production, Direct Hit is a lesser ’90s direct to video actioner.

            Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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              New at 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting

              Let’s start with the roundtable reviews:

              Dead of Night (1945), the first classic horror anthology, released decades before there were enough of them to constitute a proper subgenre…

              Dead of Night (1976), Dan Curtis’s somewhat feebler follow-up to the notorious Trilogy of Terror

              and…

              Nightmares (1983), one of the rare failed TV pilots to get elevated all the way to theatrical release.

               

              As for the rest, we’ve got:

              Christiane F. (1981), in which the teens of West Berlin shoot a whole lot of smack…

              Critters (1986), in which the Hopkinsville Goblins are reinterpreted as the galaxy’s deadliest Muppets…

              Destroy All Monsters (1968), which far from destroying them, gave the monsters a new lease on life…

              The Funhouse (1981), in which we can naturally count on Tobe Hooper to deliver the grodiest horror movie fun fair of all time…

              Green Room (2015), in which “gifted” isn’t quite the right word the youth which Patrick Stewart is mentoring this time…

              Microwave Massacre (1983), which flogs you with the dumbest jokes you can imagine until eventually you start to think they might, just maybe, be funny after all…

              Sole Survivor (1982), in which just dying in the damn plane crash is arguably the better deal…

              and…

              Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971), in which Melvin Van Peebles might’ve known that only Huey Long was really going to get it.

               
               
               

              El Santo rules the wasteland-- and also 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting.


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                Kidnapping is seldom this fun

                The BetrayedThe kidnap drama The Betrayed has all the ingredients needed to be given sleeper status.

                Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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                  Cocktails & Capers: The End Result of a Year of Silence

                  My website has been silent for a long time, but that’s because I was writing this.

                  Page after page of rambling on everything from: Sweet Smell of Success, Billie Holiday, and old New York bars; Louis Feuillade’s Fantomas and Les Vampires; AJ Raffles and gentleman thieves  in film and print; the murky origins of the Martini; Kriminal, Kilink, Diabolik, and fumetti cinema; the origins of masked wrestlers and the birth of the El Santo/Blue Demon team-up; amaro and how Lucky Luciano and Ian Fleming won WWII; and the story of Dean Martin’s Matt Helm films, which became a sprawling epic involving the mob, Mia Farrow, the Kennedys, bodies in 55 gallon drums, the CIA, and Ian Fleming’s plan to defeat communism by stealing Fidel Castro’s beard.

                  It also contains cocktail recipes!

                  Parts were previously hosted on Teleport City, Mezzanotte, or Alcohol Professor but have been substantially re-researched and rewritten. And then a whole mess o’ stuff is new.

                  365 pages, black and white but with an attractive color cover. US$15.99 via Amazon. Buy it here of through whatever your country’s Amazon may be (it should be on all of them). It will eventually filter out to other sites, but that’s out of my control.

                  If you work at or have a connection to a brick & mortar you think would be interested in stocking it, let me know. Gotta hustle.

                  And finally, if you are foolish enough to buy it and read it, consider giving it a rating and/or review on Amazon and Goodreads.


                  Keith Allison is the chief bacchanologist at MEZZANOTTE.


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                    Badly conceived

                    PaternityWhile the Burt Reynolds comedy Paternity is thankfully not irritating like his worst yahoo comedies, the end results are all the same too bland and unsurprising to generate many laughs.

                    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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