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  • Dracula
  • Mia and Roman
  • Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man
  • Karloff: The Gentle Monster

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  • The Kiss of the Vampire

    ★★★

  • Angst

    ★★★½

  • Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★

  • Taxi for Tobruk

    ★★★

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  • All of Me

    All of Me

    ★★★½

    I suspect that when a 22 year old Jim Carrey saw Steve Martin’s performance in this film he wet himself.

    Edit: You can see some of the old physical comedy Steve Martin from this (and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for that matter) in the season one finale of the super fun Only Murders in the Building.

  • All Eyes on Sharon Tate

    All Eyes on Sharon Tate

    While I’ve seen Eye of the Devil that this short promotes (empty - but super stylish fun) I have not seen this short. Yet when confronted with this “poster” featuring a glamorous head shot of Sharon Tate I had to click on the film to see what it was. But the trouble is it’s October on Letterboxd - so the animated banner drips blood on whatever is beneath (at least on the web, the ap may be kinder). Let’s just say the blood dripping over Sharon’s lovely visage is some (unintentional) bad taste.

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  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★½

    While I tend to be impressed by these early elevated art horrors mired in matter of fact realism leading to existential dread and zero cathartic relief, I end up going back to the point of Peter Bogdanovich‘s debut, the low budget quickly shot virtual throwaway, Targets. In it Boris Karloff representing the Hollywood old school gothic horror that provided otherworldly monsters, good vs. evil, and the supernatural is contrasted with the sniper killer as a sort of pathetic modern disease…

  • No Sun in Venice

    No Sun in Venice

    ★★★

    Roger Vadim’s sophomore effort and follow up to his prior year’s hit Et Dieu . . . crea la femme (…and God Created Woman). Jean-Luc Godard posited in his Cahiers du Cinema review that …and God Created Woman was the film of an auteur, and this one the work only of a director. Can’t imagine many wanting to take the time and energy to parse that distinction in the context of Vadim’s work today. Francoise Arnaul’s poor little (wannabe) rich…

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  • The Revenge of Frankenstein

    The Revenge of Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    Dude changes his name to Victor Stein to keep people off his trail. Simply beggars belief. Anyway, no time to delve deeper I’m off to my new neighbour’s house for dinner, he just moved in from out of town. Hecter Lannibal, seems like a nice guy.

  • The Incident

    The Incident

    ★★★½

    This post Kitty Genovese murder (1964) and pre-Bernie Goetz vigilantism (1984) take on NYC urban dread and bystander indifference is a rather stark and mean affair. The black and white, low-budget, gritty location shot elements of it all is suggestive of NY set 60s films like Blast of Silence, Something Wild, The Young Savages (all 1961), The Pawnbroker (1964), or even the British made subway car set Dutchman from the same year. One on-line commentator suggested the film is strange…