• Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    ★★

    A few good bits but an awful cheap mummy costume makes this one of the lower level entries in the "Bud and Lou Meet the Monsters" flicks. Marie Windsor is giving it her all as the villain but this just sort of limps along until a silly (even for an Abbott and Costello movie) ending.

  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

    Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

    ★★★½

    Kind of a love letter to the films of 30-40 years before (think about our 80's and 90's nostalgia now), the Boys this time are headed for Hollywood to try to get back Costello's money from a crook who sold him Edison's Black Maria studio. Along the way they become stunt men and finally a comedy duo. While the end may go on a bit long (the cops and robbers skit has moments but ultimately feels stuck in and even Mack Sennet probably wouldn't have had a chase scene go on that long with a lot more laughs), this is an enjoyable outing.

  • The Beach Girls and the Monster

    The Beach Girls and the Monster

    ★★★

    Kind of a Scooby Doo mystery movie if you replace most of the "mystery" with dancing bikini girls and rear projection driving scenes. Short and sweet and they at least made an attempt for a cool monster suit.

  • First Spaceship on Venus

    First Spaceship on Venus

    ★★

    Surprisingly lifeless sci-fi flick. It all looks good but the characters are flat and what action there is is so underplayed that you never get a real sense of danger.

  • Should Sailors Marry?

    Should Sailors Marry?

    ★★★

    Cute comedy. Not sure I've ever seen Clyde Cook before but he's funny as the timid husband.

  • Back Stage

    Back Stage

    ★★★

    Cute Our Gang comedy. Farina gets a lot to do here.

  • White Zombie

    White Zombie

    ★★★★½

    Nice Sunday afternoon rewatch on the Big Bad B-Movie Show. When I was young, this was always referred to as an "underrated classic". Over the years it has been reappraised as a very good and atmospheric horror. The prints of it look much better than the dark grainy versions I grew up with on late night tv. It's great to see Lugosi at the top of his game as the zombie master even if the other performances are a little creaky. The shot choices are top notch especially in the sugar mill. A nice chiller for a short watch.

  • The Embalmer

    The Embalmer

    ★★

    A few atmospheric shots and a nice finale. But man, a lot of the rest is just dry as dust (I checked my phone A LOT). Watched on Dr. Gangrene's Cinematarium Saturday nights out of Nashville.

  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

    ★★★★★

    Classic Harryhausen effects paired with great sound design and a script that takes everything seriously makes this one of the best 50's sci-fi films. Known best now for the shots of saucers crashing into landmarks but it has a good plot with strong performances. The narration gives it an air of authority align with basing some aspects on Keyhoe's book that was an early classic of UFO literature. Interesting that "Skyhook" is used as many UFO sightings were blamed on Skyhook balloons that wasn't unclassified until much later. Rewatched on Svengoolie's Saturday Night Show.

  • Gypped in the Penthouse

    Gypped in the Penthouse

    ★★★

    Classic set up and the usual mayhem. A bit slower than usual but this is a latter entry and maybe they had lost a step in their physical comedy.

  • Bride of the Monster

    Bride of the Monster

    ★★★½

    Rewatch on the Mummy and the Monkey out of Cleveland. Always enjoyable.

  • The Mad Monster

    The Mad Monster

    ★★★

    Low budget monster flick with Glenn Strange doing his best Lon Chaney, Jr. as Lenny in Of Mice and Men. Zucco does his patented mad doctor schtick. A fun watch with the Mummy and the Monkey outta Cleveland.