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Trailer Take: Suspiria

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 10, 2017

Note: This post simultaneously appears on Realweegiemidget Reviews. “The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of Suspiria are the first 92.” – voiceover from Suspiria trailer I’d like to extend a great big thanks to Gill Jacob for inviting me to do a read more

At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 8, 2017

(1964) Written and directed by José Mojica Marins; Starring: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima, Valéria Vasquez and Ilídio Martins Simões; Available on DVD Rating: ***½ “What is life? It is the beginning of death. What is death? It is the end of life. What is read more

Silent September IV Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2017

He Who Gets Slapped (1924) The second American film from Swedish director Victor Sjöström (The Phantom Carriage) is a grim tale of betrayal and revenge, starring Lon Chaney. Chaney is Paul Beaumont, a brilliant scientist poised to bring the results of his research to a board of his peers. On the eve read more

Classics Revisited: The Phantom of the Opera

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 25, 2017

(1925/1929) Directed by: Rupert Julian; Written by Elliott J. Clawson and Raymond L. Schrock; Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux; Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Snitz Edwards, Virginia Pearson and Mary Fabian; Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Video read more

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 9, 2017

(1920) Directed by John S. Robertson; Written by: Clara Beranger; Based on the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson; Starring: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst, Charles Lane and Nita Naldi; Available on: Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** read more

The Golem: How He Came Into the World

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 6, 2017

(1920) Directed by: Paul Wegener and Carl Boese; Written by Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen; Starring: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova and Lothar Müthel; Available on DVD Rating: ****½ “Venus enters the constellation Libra. The time is favorable read more

August Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 2, 2017

Deathdream (aka: Dead of Night) (1974) Director Bob Clark and writer Alan Ormsby (the same team that worked on Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things) best collaborative effort uses the real-world nightmares of the war in Vietnam as a backdrop for their horror film. John Marley and Lynn Carl read more

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 27, 2017

(1966) Directed by Terence Fisher; Written by: Jimmy Sangster; Based on the character created by Bram Stoker; Starring: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Thorley Walters and Philip Latham; Available on Blu-Ray (Region B) and DVD Rating: **** ̶ read more

Arachnophobia

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 19, 2017

(1990) Directed by Frank Marshall; Written by Don Jakoby and Wesley Strick; Based on a story by Don Jakoby and Al Williams; Starring: Jeff Daniels, Harley Jane Kozak, John Goodman, Julian Sands, Henry Jones, Stuart Pankin and Roy Brocksmith; Available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rating: **** & read more

Godzilla vs. Hedorah (aka: Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 13, 2017

(1971) Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno; Written by Yoshimitsu Banno and Takeshi Kimura; Starring: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba and Keiko Mari; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: *** “I just planned a regular movie, but when I look on the internet read more

July Quick Picks and Pans – Hammer Month II

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 1, 2017

The Snorkel (1958) After her mother’s supposed suicide, Candy (Mandy Miller) suspects her stepfather is the real cause for the unexpected death. Candy also accuses him of killing her father, years earlier. Unfortunately, no one believes Candy, writing it off as mere flights of fancy. The suspe read more

Vampire Circus

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 23, 2017

(1971) Directed by Robert Young; Written by Judson Kinberg; Starring: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins, Robert Tayman, Laurence Payne and David Prowse; Available on Blu-Ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “None of you will live. The town of Schtettel will die. Your children wi read more

Captain Clegg

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 16, 2017

(1962) Directed by Peter Graham Scott; Written by John Elder (aka: Anthony Hinds); Additional dialogue by: Barbara S. Carpenter; Based on the novel Doctor Syn – A Tale of Romney Marsh by Arthur Russell Thorndike; Starring: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed and Michael Ri read more

Classics Revisited: Quatermass and the Pit

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 8, 2017

(1967) Directed by Roy Ward Baker; Written by Nigel Kneale; Original story by Nigel Kneale; Starring: Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, James Donald and Julian Glover; Available on Blu-ray (Region B) and DVD (Region 2). Rating: ***** “I wanted a scientist who was on the edge of terri read more

Neglected Sci-Fi Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 1, 2017

A Boy and His Dog (1974) For those who like their post apocalypse science fiction with a sardonic edge, this movie hits the spot. It’s easy to see how the film influenced Mad Max, and many other post-apocalyptic flicks that followed in its wake. Apparently, Harlan Ellison didn’t like thi read more

Outland

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 28, 2017

(1981) Written and directed by Peter Hyams; Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking and Clarke Peters; Available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rating: **** “…What appealed to me about making it in outer space, and making it really a western, was the fro read more

Demon Seed

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 19, 2017

(1977) Directed by Donald Cammell; Written by: Robert Jaffe and Roger O. Hirson; Based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz; Starring: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham and Robert Vaughn; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **½ “I, Proteus, possess the wisdom and ignor read more

Colossus: The Forbin Project

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 10, 2017

(1970) Directed by Joseph Sargent; Written by James Bridges; Based on the novel Colossus, by D.F. Jones; Starring: Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent, William Schallert, Leonid Rostoff and Georg Stanford Brown; Available on Blu-ray (region B) and DVD Rating: ****½ “ read more

The Once Over Twice: 2010

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 2, 2017

(1984) Written and directed by Peter Hyams; Based on the novel 2010: Odyssey Two, by Arthur C. Clarke; Starring: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Hellen Mirren, Keir Dullea, Bob Balaban and Douglas Rain; Available on Blu-ray and DVD. Rating: **** “People ask me what the monolith means read more

May Quick Picks and Pans – Exploitation Month

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2017

Black Belt Jones (1974) Director Robert Clouse’s follow-up to Enter the Dragon is a real hoot, starring Jim Kelly (who also appeared in Enter the Dragon) as the kick-ass, take-no- prisoners title character. He’s a one-man wrecking crew, working with the cops to take down a powerful mafia read more
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