Gothic (1986)

Gothic (1986) Lord Byron invites Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife and mistress for a stay at Lake Geneva in the Villa Diodati , where, as all Romantics were wont to do, they make up ghost stories and play hide and seek, under the influence of laudanum. I refer to most Ken Russell movies as … More Gothic (1986)

Twins of Evil (1971)

Twins of Evil (1971) Hammer Studios became synonymous with Technicolor Horror, and this picture, late in their production history, was inspired by producer Harry Fine seeing a Playboy fold out of identical twins, and thinking, “Hey! Why not a vampire film featuring twin virgins?” The Collinson sisters, buxom in their Victorian bodices, portray good and … More Twins of Evil (1971)

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) Nothing so becomes Halloween than resurrecting past icons for trick or treating. This parody, written, co-produced, and directed by Don Coscarelli, was based on a novella by Joe R. Lansdale that appeared in the anthology “The King Is Dead: Tales of Elvis Post-Mortem.” Set inside the Shady Rest Nursing Home, Bruce Campbell, … More Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Jabberwocky (1977)

  Jabberwocky (1977) Terry Gilliam’s first feature-length foray into directing a film met with a mixed reception. The Lewis Carroll anti-Beowulf children’s verse inspired an anti-fairy tale where the inept hero, Dennis Cooper [Michael Palin], unintentionally succeeds in slaying the monster, a Godzilla-puppet Jabberwock, and thereby saving the king, Bruno the Questionable  [Max Wall] and marrying … More Jabberwocky (1977)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980). Thanks to constant support from Mel Brooks, who would not allow his name to be associated with the picture, David Lynch completed this black- and-white masterpiece about the humanity of freaks. Aided by subtle performances from an all-star cast, including  Anthony Hopkins, Sir John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, and Anne Bancroft, … More The Elephant Man (1980)

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015)

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015) The evils of fracking and drilling release an underwater river containing the still living Sharkasaurs, a predatory group of them, who can burrow through earth like moles and attack nubile female jailbirds on a prison work detail that goes horribly wrong. William Dever and director Jim Wynorski wrote this shokapalooza that … More Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (2015)