Tag Archive: retro

Retro Review: ‘She Freak’

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In 1932 legendary filmmaker Tod Browning unleashed his masterpiece Freaks on the movie going public. The film’s lurid subject matter and use of real circus freaks instantly made an impact becoming arguably the… Continue reading

Holiday Review: ‘Hell’s Heroes’

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One of my favorite themes in holiday films is a redemptive character arc. Beginning with Ebenezer Scrooge, the spirit of the Christmas season provides a way for even the worst among us to… Continue reading

Holiday Review: ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’

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Despite the fact that this movie came out in 1942, I had the privilege of seeing it for the first time a mere two years ago on television. That being said, as a… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Rolling Thunder’

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For all the years I have watched movies I have never understood why bad guys mess with a war hero and are surprised when said war hero uses their battle experience to get… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Sledgehammer’

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As the rise of the VHS and video store revolution in the 80’s a number of aspiring filmmakers realized that they could purchase a standard video camera and write/direct/produce their own film. Not… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Subspecies’

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In the 1990’s the most popular vampires in pop culture were cool and sexy ala’ Interview with a Vampire and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But the idea of the monstrous Nosferatu-esque bloodsuckers still… Continue reading

Noirvember Review: ‘Act of Violence’

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One of the themes explored during the era of film noir was the very topical idea of how the Second World War had affected those who fought on the battlefield. Sure the men… Continue reading

Halloween Review: ‘Dark Night of the Scarecrow’

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A few nights before Halloween of 1981, the television network CBS decided to cash in on the season with a made for TV movie directed by the novelist Frank De Felitta. No doubt… Continue reading

Halloween Review: ‘Rocktober Blood’

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Earlier this year while browsing through the “Newly Aquired Oddities” section of my local video store, Black Lodge, I saw that they had a DVD for a 1984 film that looked too cool… Continue reading

Retro Review: ‘Phantom of the Opera’ (1943)

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In the 1940’s Universal Studios was now in the hands of new owners who had inherited the studio’s legacy in horror. Like studio execs, even to this day, often are they liked the… Continue reading