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« #615 : March 20, 2011, 10:44:59 PM »

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974) Actually it was made in 1972, according to what I read at IMDB. But the fact that it had to wait 2 years for distribution tells it all: it sucks. Especially the monster is ridiculous: why one should take the disturb to transplant a brain in such a ridiculous gorilla is a mystery. There are a couple of jokes, no nudes (another minus), no great sets. The lunatic asylum providing flesh for experiment is no novelty. There was a previous vampire movie (I reviewed it but won't lose time to search it for the title) with the same trick (of course Caligari was the prototype).  A generous 5\10 because of Cushing's performance (but also because of the actor playing the sleazy director)) is all I can give. 


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« #616 : March 21, 2011, 12:39:56 AM »

The Black Torment (1964) Let's just call it "torment", at least for the first hour, where almost nothing happens and the filmakers are unable to build tension. Then you have a surge of activity in the following 20 minutes but if you're not completely a fool you will had devined how things stood after the first 5 minutes of the story. There's nothing to save here, 4\10 is generous.


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« #617 : March 21, 2011, 05:13:34 AM »

The Abominable Snowman (1957) Of course that was the last chance to have a movie on the Yeti, before Himalaya became a tourist haunt, or almost. The movie is well made, with a right dose of suspense and the renounce to show the Yeti if not partially. It has the right message (the true monster is man) and Tucker and Cushing do their homework. 6\10


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« #618 : March 21, 2011, 02:00:52 PM »

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I'm sure it has already been mentioned somewhere on this thread and perhaps you've already seen it.

Have you?

I didn't think they could make a plot revolving around an Alien, in possession of the missing link's body, scary or entertaining but boy was I wrong.
And what a cast!
8/10

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« #619 : March 21, 2011, 08:45:03 PM »

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I'm sure it has already been mentioned somewhere on this thread and perhaps you've already seen it.

Have you?

I didn't think they could make an Alien, in possession of the missing links body, scary but boy was I wrong.
And what a cast!
8/10



I saw it in the '80's on tv, it was a staple of local tv's here. It isn't that good and that scary because (as far as I can remember) the director wasn't tops. If I remember well it was a 5-6\10 movie, mostly thanks to the actors.


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« #620 : March 22, 2011, 12:47:38 AM »

Jack the Ripper (1958) The year is the one seen in the openng credits. A good movie, little related to the real events, if I have to believbe what is said at IMDB, but very entertaining. 7\10 The italian dvd (english-italian audio) includes the famous colored sequence at the end and (I didn't find mentioned this at IMDB) three sequence shot for the foreign markets containing some naked boobs.


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« #621 : March 22, 2011, 02:44:47 AM »

The Mummy's Shroud (1966)  The good thing about it is that there are not repulsive tricks with the Mummy's make-up. The best thing is Phillips' performance as the arrogant boss. Good pacing, worth a single vision if you like the sub-genre. 6\10


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« #622 : March 23, 2011, 02:22:31 AM »

The Night Caller (1965) Cheapie-cheap production with minimum entertainment value. It could have had it if they had expanded the sex angle. But unfortunately they didn't. Suspense is minimum. So what you are left with? 5\10


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« #623 : March 26, 2011, 03:31:33 AM »

I, Monster (1971) The italian dvd has both the original english and the italian re-edited and cut version. Tell you what: the italian version makes more sense as it shows the evilry of the Hyde (Green) character slowly worsening and has a tighter pacing. 6\10 to the english version, 7\10 to the italian one.


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« #624 : March 26, 2011, 10:32:37 AM »

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959) Solid movie with a tight pacing. As good as the other great Hammer movies of the period.  8\10


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« #625 : March 30, 2011, 11:49:44 AM »

The Curse of tyhe Mummy's Tomb (1964) For the first 50'  nothing happens, while in the remaining 30' you don't care. 3\10


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« #626 : April 05, 2011, 08:40:42 AM »

Countess Dracula (1970) Just because it is a bare boobs festival it earns a 6\10. And that's that. Visually is very good, but the plot is predictable to a t. So there's no suspense and that's a great minus. Nigel Green is very good, but the hungarian actor in the lead looks wimpy: how Pitt can have a yen for him is a mystery.


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« #627 : April 27, 2011, 09:22:17 AM »

The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) Worst Dracula movie ever? I don't know. But it is the worst Hammer Dracula and I'm at a loss to find a reason to watch it except for the presence of the dynamic duo. 2\10


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« #628 : April 27, 2011, 11:28:34 AM »

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969) Great title for a movie which is good in the first part, dull in the middle and with a finale which leaves one to wonder: isn't Linda Hayden vampirized? Anyway a generous 7\10


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« #629 : April 28, 2011, 09:41:41 AM »

The Blood on Satan's Claw (1970) A couple of extremely pretty girls makes this recommended viewing. The rape scene is very well made. But I think it suffers from lack of a strong male lead (Cushing should have played the judge)   and from a too long running time. I don't like open air horror, I much prefer the great Hammer sets. Still the plot is good and so I give it 7\10.


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