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My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

The Last Tycoon

HE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE ANYONE’S DREAM COME TRUE… EXCEPT HIS OWN.  In the 1930s, Monroe Stahr (Robert De Niro) is the youngest and most successful studio executive in Hollywood, but he becomes obsessed with a woman… F. Scott Fitzgerald never finished the novel before his death, but Harold Pinter adds his own touch … Continue reading The Last Tycoon

Oh, God!

IT’S AN ALMIGHTY LAUGH! God  is tired of how people ignore His message and appears as an old man (George Burns) to an assistant supermarket manager (John Denver) who becomes a modern Moses. A hit movie written, directed by and starring men who’ve all had great comedy careers – but this is, for better and … Continue reading Oh, God!

Dracula

THROUGHOUT HISTORY HE HAS FILLED THE HEARTS OF MEN WITH TERROR, AND THE HEARTS OF WOMEN WITH DESIRE.  Whitby, England, 1913; the Romanian count Dracula (Frank Langella) is moving into a newly purchased home, but his arrival also brings unspeakable horrors. A screen adaptation of the 1920s play that was based on Bram Stoker’s classic … Continue reading Dracula

Prince of Darkness

WHERE ARE YOU…? CHRIST? A priest (Donald Pleasence) invites a professor (Victor Wong) and several students to examine a mysterious cylinder at an abandoned L.A. church; the liquid inside turns out to be Satan. One of director John Carpenter’s worst (and weirdest) horror movies originated out of his sincere interest in science as a way … Continue reading Prince of Darkness

Great Escape: Dig Till You Drop

PUT A FENCE IN FRONT OF THESE MEN… AND THEY’LL CLIMB IT… It may be hard to believe that there is a real-life story behind such a classic and typically Hollywood movie as The Great Escape, but there is. In 1943, Australian fighter pilot Paul Brickhill was taken prisoner by the Germans and ended up in … Continue reading Great Escape: Dig Till You Drop

Halloween: Stalked By the Boogeyman

THE NIGHT HE CAME HOME! Much is simple about John Carpenter’s Halloween. It didn’t cost much to make. The story is very straight-forward, the actors were not stars (except the veteran Donald Pleasance who lends gravitas to his part as the concerned psychiatrist) and since Carpenter had to write the music score in a few days, … Continue reading Halloween: Stalked By the Boogeyman

You Only Live Twice

… AND TWICE IS THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE! An orchestrated attempt to jump-start a war between the two superpowers is made by attacking their space rockets; British intelligence sources believe the answer to the crisis can be found in Japan. The fifth James Bond flick opens with the murder of our hero. Well, his condition … Continue reading You Only Live Twice