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3 things about Robert Wise’s THE HAUNTING

The Haunting [1963] 1. No right angles. 2. The door bends. 3. Camera ascending the spiral staircase.

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3 things about George A. Romero’s THE CRAZIES

The Crazies [1973] 1. She pulls back the sheet. “Mommy?” 2. Rectangle of ultraviolet lights illuminating the ground. 3. She calmly resumes her knitting.

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3 things about Karl Freund’s THE MUMMY

The Mummy [1932] 1. Glowing pinspot lights on the eyes. 2. Trailing bandages, unhinged laughter. 3. Female deity Isis to the rescue.

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3 things about Stephanie Rothman’s THE VELVET VAMPIRE

The Velvet Vampire [1971] 1. She’s still waiting for that drink. 2. “She’s a desert freak. I’m a Susie freak!” 3. Helpful mob armed with crucifixes.

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3 things about John Hancock’s LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death [1971] 1. Getting back to the land includes spraying your apple orchard with poisonous pesticide. 2. Evil flowers lamp. 3. Rowing, motionless.

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3 things about Jack Arnold’s TARANTULA

Tarantula [1955] 1. “The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!” 2. Pools of goo. 3. Leo G. Carroll’s monstrous brow.

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3 things about William Castle’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL

House on Haunted Hill [1959] 1. “Don’t you see a little touch of greed around the mouth and eyes?” 2. Blood on the ceiling. 3. Marionette contraption.

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3 things about Gary Sherman’s DEATH LINE

Death Line [1972] 1. Fixation on teabags. 2. Handy oil dispenser. 3. Biting off a rat’s head. A few bravura sequences (opening title, lengthy tracking shot of the hidden lair) but this mostly plods along.

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3 things about Harry Kümel’s DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS

Daughters of Darkness [1971] 1. “She’s leaving tomorrow.” “By that time, many things can happen.” 2. Nails painted blood red. 3. Shiny black raincoat as cape, shroud.

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3 things about John ‘Bud’ Cardos’s KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS

Kingdom of the Spiders [1977] 1. Nervous horses. 2. Are they swingers? 3. Coffee time.

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