October 2020 In Review
No hockey and a limited number of baseball games as the World Series came to a close gave me a rare opportunity this October where nothing is as it should be and so I watched a steady stream of horror films mixed with the odd change of pace. What I’m trying to say is I had some much needed time to catch up on the many DVD’s and blu rays I had yet to crack open.
On to the roll call…..
Kiss of the Vampire – previously featured but had to check out the new blu ray release from Scream Factory
The Big Heat (1953) – Fritz Lang classic with Glenn Ford playing it tough. A must see.
The Devil’s Rain – A witchcraft thriller I’ve always enjoyed and what a cast.
No Name on The Bullet (1959) – Assassin Audie Murphy comes to town looking for his man.
An Act of Murder (1948) – Frederic March killed his wife ….. or did he?
Wolfen (1981) – I’ve always enjoyed revisiting this werewolf tale with Albert Finney
Reptilicus (1962) – Foolish dinosaur on the rampage effort.
Shadow Hunters (1972) – Samurai effort crossed with Shaw Brothers look I’ll not likely ever watch again.
The Monster and the Girl (1941), Captive Wild Woman (1943), Jungle Woman (1944) and Jungle Captive (1944) All four titles courtesy of Universal Horrors Volume 5.
The Mad Magician – Previously enjoyed but thought I’d break the seal on my Twilight Time blu ray edition.
The Mysterious Doctor – Eleanor Parker does her best to solve the case of the mysterious headless killer.
Fanatic (1965) – A fine Hammer thriller starring Tallulah Bankhead as a warped old gal with murder on her mind.
The Beast Must Die – A favorite of mine starring Peter Cushing.
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) – Outlaw Audie Murphy is mistaken by Walter Matthau for a U.S. Marshall and rides along with an eye on the bank at all times.
Black Mama, White Mama – Pam Grier time is always a good time. Cracked the Arrow blu ray open for a rewatch.
The Flesh and Blood Show – Early slasher film has a bit of blood and plenty of flesh.
Asylum (1972) – Anthology flick from Amicus with Peter Cushing among the many faces you’ll recognize.
And Now the Screaming Starts (1973) – Herbert Lom plays it nasty while Stephanie Beacham gives it her best scream in another Amicus thriller.
Hand of Death – John Agar low budget horror that proves quite enjoyable.
The Babadook (2014) – Honestly I didn’t find this all that thrilling and solid as the reviews led me to believe.
The Boston Strangler (1968) Real life horrors with Tony Curtis magnificently cast against type.
The Mummy’s Revenge – Fun Paul Naschy entry for the traditionalists.
Morocco (1930) When Dietrich met Cooper, the sparks flew.
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell – Never gets old and again, breaking the seal on a new blu ray edition.
Jack the Ripper – Klaus Kinski in the lead? Works for me.
Blood For Dracula (1974) – Camp classic to be sure with Udo Kier scoring the title role.
Flesh For Frankenstein (1973) – as I mentioned previously ….. Camp classic to be sure with Udo Kier scoring the title role.
Abbott and Costello Meet the mummy (1955) – O.K. Bud and Lou outing but no Frankenstein.
Five Dolls For an August Moon (1970) – Mario Bava slasher flick with the gorgeous Edwige Fenech taking part.
The Virgin of Nuremberg – Italian shocker with Christopher Lee making it a worthy venture.
Teenage Caveman (1958) – Roger Corman hands Robert Vaughn his first starring role.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) – Really a disappointment considering the cast involved. Far from funny and the title soundtrack cut is the best thing about it.
Holocaust 2000 – Kirk Douglas treads Omen territory with a son who may be the Anti-Christ.
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) – Classic Noir from Preminger/Andrews and Tierney.
Cocaine Wars (1985) – A Code Red blu ray release to pass the time starring John Schneider. Forgettable.
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) – Been years since I’d seen this Peter Fonda/Susan George car chase flick. What struck me is just how good Vic Morrow was in a low key role as the sheriff out to get them.
Race With the Devil – Cause I love this one and revisit it often.
Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula – A John Carradine “terror” yet a must see.
Dead and Buried (1981) – Excellent shocker where James Farentino learns the truth behind the serene sea side town of Potter’s Bluff.
Frankenstein (1931) – Karloff introduced us to his best friend with this all time classic. Never gets old.
The Shining (1980) – Kubrick classic. Nicholson Classic. Classic all the way around in my books.
Sadly just as the month came to a close we learn that we’ve lost one of the most beloved actors of the past 60 years.
Sean Connery 1930-2020.