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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★

  • The Incubus

    ★★

  • Erotic Ghost Story

    ★★½

  • Robin Hood

    ★★

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  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★

    The Victor Hugo novel Notre Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) (1831) is a literary classic and has formed the basis for at least eight other film adaptations. There was no doubt that this Disney adaptation would bowdlerise the story but it is still sad to watch being done.

    The differences between the book and the Disney film make for intriguing comparison. In the book, the character of Quasimodo is a misshapen figure of pity, a mindless idiot…

  • The Incubus

    The Incubus

    ★★

    Incubus – no relation to the famous William Shatner starring Esperanto horror film Incubus (1965) – is a potentially interesting effort from John Hough. Hough was one of the better directors to emerge from the Hammer Anglo-horror cycle. Hough had previously made the final entry in Hammer’s Karnstein trilogy, Twins of Evil and the fine ghost story The Legend of Hell House. By the mid-1980s however, Hough’s career had passed through a host of Disney films and by now he…

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  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★★★½

    Twin Peaks (1990-1) was the cult tv series to have watched in the 1990s. It was the brainchild of director David Lynch, the king of weird and offbeat. Up until that point though Lynch had carved out a promising track record, first premiering with the cult surrealist masterpiece Eraserhead, then going onto the acclaimed period drama The Elephant Man, the flop science-fiction epic Dune, and the dark sadomasochism thriller Blue Velvet (which was a dry rehearsal for a number of…

  • Matilda

    Matilda

    ★★

    Matilda seemed to be part of a mini Hollywood peak of interest in the works of children’s author Roald Dahl that all came out in the same year, along with James and the Giant Peach. (In an odd note concerning peculiar trends Matilda, Powder, and Phenomenon were also three films that also appeared within the space of a year featuring individuals who revel in the pleasures of reading, have intelligences that exceed the scales of measurement and psi powers.) However,…