Monthly Archives: October 2018

Happy Halloween! Cocktail: Zombie

The long, mysterious saga of the famous Zombie (b. 1934) has been recounted elsewhere with a thoroughness that still amazes me. Therefore I shall make no attempt to summarize here. (Besides, I already did that at Chicagoist years ago.) Instead … Continue reading

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3 things about Nobuo Nakagawa’s JIGOKU

Jigoku [1960] 1. Low angle long take: burlesque cocktail waitress plies her trade. 2. An endless vista of stones. 3. Needle hell. This movie is bats. And it’s from 1960! I’ve never seen anything like it.

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3 things about Mark Robson’s THE GHOST SHIP

The Ghost Ship [1943] 1. Was the bar fight completely staged? 2. Swinging hook, rattling chains. 3. Does he administer the injection or not?

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3 things about Jacques Tourneur’s THE LEOPARD MAN

The Leopard Man [1943] 1. A pair of glowing eyes. 2. He asks, “Want to dance, Helen?” She replies, bored, “I suppose so.” 3. They never do make it to Chicago.

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3 things about Terence Fisher’s HORROR OF DRACULA

Horror of Dracula [1958] 1. Librarian/vampire hunter. 2. An old woman with a stake through her heart. 3. Crumbled foot, hand, face.

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Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is coming!

Co-curated by Roy’s World animator Lilli Carré, the 2018 edition of Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation is right around the corner. And in three different time zones! First, on Nov. 3 at REDCAT in LA; then on Nov. 10 at … Continue reading

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3 things about Terence Fisher’s THE DEVIL’S BRIDE (aka THE DEVIL RIDES OUT)

The Devil’s Bride [1968] 1. “Don’t look at its eyes!” 2. Spider and girl. 3. Time travel!

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3 things about Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack’s KING KONG

King Kong [1933] 1. Jawbreaking. 2. The $20 ticket to see the beast is equivalent to about $388 today. 3. He examines the bullethole in his chest, the blood on his fingers.

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3 things about Werner Herzog’s INTO THE INFERNO

Into the Inferno [2016] 1. Chicken Church. 2. After an explosion, never turn your back on the crater. Look up for volcanic bombs. 3. “This boiling mass is just monumentally indifferent to scurrying roaches, retarded reptiles, and vapid humans alike.”

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3 things about David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART

Wild at Heart [1990] 1. Flickering flame light fixtures in the motel room. 2. “I’ve got sticky stuff in my hair.” 3. Multiple car accidents. 3 other things.

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