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Spider Baby, or the Maddest Story Ever Told

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 14, 2020

(1967) Written and directed by: Jack Hill; Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner, Sid Haig, Mary Mitchell and Karl Schanzer; Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Amazon Prime Rating: **** “One thing that has come to my attention over the years about read more

The Boys from Brazil

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 3, 2020

(1978) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner; Written by Heywood Gould; Based on the novel by Ira Levin; Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier; James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen, Steve Guttenberg, Denholm Elliott, Rosemary Harris, Bruno Ganz and Michael Gough; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating read more

Space Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2020

 Aniara (2018) In the near(ish) future, Earth has suffered one ecological disaster after another, prompting a mass exodus to Mars. A massive luxury spaceship (with an interior that seems to have been designed by Ikea) ferrying a group of would-be colonists embarks on its three-week journey to M read more

Lifeforce

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 20, 2020

 (1985) Directed by Tobe Hooper; Written by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby; Based on the novel Space Vampires by Colin Wilson; Starring: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay and Patrick Stewart; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½   “…It read more

Space Truckers

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 8, 2020

(1996) Directed by Stuart Gordon; Written by Ted Mann and Stuart Gordon; Starring: Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar, Charles Dance, George Wendt and Vernon Wells; Available on Blu-ray (Region B) and DVD (Out of Print) Rating: *** “I had this idea that had been kicking around for year read more

August Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 31, 2020

 The Oily Maniac (1976) Eight years before Troma’s The Toxic Avenger, the Shaw Brothers unleashed their own grimy champion of justice. This entertaining hybrid horror/action film, directed by Meng-Hua Ho (Black Magic), is allegedly based on Malaysian folklore. Danny Lee stars as Shen Yuan read more

Just Don’t Do It

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 23, 2020

It seems as if independent filmmakers/distributors of the 1970s and early ‘80s were obsessed with including “Don’t” in their movie titles. But wait a minute… This wasn’t simply a cheap way of riding the exploitation bandwagon, but a public service to warn us about read more

Who, Me? It’s Awards Time

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 7, 2020

First, I’d like to thank the wonderful folks who double-nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award and my first-time nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award: Ernie Fink from Until the Lights Go Up, Paul Batters from Silver Screen Classics, and Gill Jacob from Realweegiemidget Reviews, re read more

Korea Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 27, 2020

Planet of Snail (2011) At its heart, this uplifting, contemplative documentary is a portrait of two very different people who have found a common bond. Director Seung-jun Yi follows Cho Young-Chan, who is deaf and blind, and his wife Kim Soon-ho (a little person) during the span of a few days. The f read more

Short Take: Pulgasari

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 21, 2020

(1985) Directed by Sang-ok Shin; Written by: Se Ryun Kim; Starring: Son Hui Chang, Ham Gi Sop, Jong-uk Ri, Gwon Ri, and Yong-hok Pak; Available on DVD and YouTube Rating: **½  “They’re just an army of farmers. They have no strength. Give them no leeway and attack at once. read more

I Saw the Devil

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 10, 2020

(2010) Directed by Jee-woon Kim; Written by Hoon-jung Park; Adapted by Jee-woon Kim; Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Gook-hwan Jeon, Joon-hyuk Lee, In-seo Kim and Bo-ra Nam; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** “Because these characters need to express their self-perceived p read more

Short Take: Attack of the Crab Monsters

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 1, 2020

(1957) Directed by Roger Corman; Written by: Charles B. Griffith; Starring: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley, Mel Welles and Beach Dickerson; Available on DVD (Out of print) and Amazon Prime Rating: *** “We are unquestionably on the brink of a great discove read more

Sea Monster Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 26, 2020

The Monster that Challenged the World (1957) Technically, this isn’t a sea monster movie, since it’s set in the Salton Sea (a saltwater lake located in the Southern California desert), but I’m not going to split hairs with this one. An earthquake creates a rift on the lake floor, u read more

Humanoids from the Deep

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 18, 2020

(1980) Directed by Barbara Peeters; Written by Frederick James (aka: William Martin); Story by Frank Arnold and Martin B. Cohen; Starring: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub, Anthony Peña and Breck Costin; Available on Blu-ray, DVD, Shudder and Amazon Prime Rating: ** “ read more

It Came from Beneath the Sea

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 10, 2020

(1955) Directed by Robert Gordon; Written by George Worthing Yates and Harold Jacob Smith; Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis and Ian Keith Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***½ “It’s just like the basic concept of Mickey Mouse. He only has four finger read more

Mad Scientist May Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 1, 2020

The Alligator People (1959) Beverly Garland plays Joyce Webster, a woman searching for her missing husband Paul (Richard Crane). Her search ends up at an estate in bayou country, where Paul is part of an experiment to restore bodies that have been horribly injured. It’s too bad the process (us read more

Dr. Cyclops

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2020

(1940) Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack; Written by Tom Kilpatrick; Starring: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton, Victor Kilian and Frank Yaconelli; Available on Blue-ray and DVD Rating: *** “Are we then country doctors? You do not realize what we have here. In our read more

The City of Lost Children

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 20, 2020

(1995) Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro; Written by Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro; Starring: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, and Mireille Mossé; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating ****½ “This film is read more

Doctor X

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 11, 2020

(1932) Directed by Michael Curtiz; Written by Robert Tasker and Earl Baldwin; Based on a play by Howard W. Comstock and Allen C. Miller; Starring: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster, John Wray, Harry Beresford and Dr. Rowitz; Available on DVD (in the “Hollywood Legends of Horro read more

April Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 30, 2020

The Strangler (1964) This overlooked little thriller is worthy of rediscovery, thanks to Victor Buono’s gloriously unhinged performance as Leo Kroll, a man frozen in a stage of arrested development. The standard police procedural plot is nothing special, hampered by wooden acting from David Mc read more
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