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DEATH RIDES A HORSE On Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 19, 2017

Kino Lorber has been releasing a number of renowned Spaghetti Westerns on Region A Blu-ray in the last few years, and now DEATH RIDES A HORSE can be added to the list. The 1967 Italian film stars Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. DEATH RIDES A HORSE begins with a harrowing sequence detailing the read more

Book Review: AMERICAN GOTHIC

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 14, 2017

I've extolled the virtues of Jonathan Rigby's book ENGLISH GOTHIC several times on this blog. Last year saw the release of EURO GOTHIC, and now Rigby's AMERICAN GOTHIC has been re-released in a revised and expanded hardcover edition from Signum Books. The first edition of AMERICAN GOTHIC came out a read more

RETURN OF THE APE MAN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 12, 2017

RETURN OF THE APE MAN (1944) was the last of the infamous "Monogram Nine", a group of very low-budget horror films from that Poverty Row studio starring Bela Lugosi. It has nothing to do with THE APE MAN (1943), which was also released by Monogram and starred Bela. Both movies do have a number of si read more

How Much Ice Cream Can You Eat? (A Few Thoughts On Entertainment Franchises)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 11, 2017

This post is the direct result of the announcement that Disney is going to produce another Star Wars trilogy, one that will deal with new characters and a new story line. I'm sure most of you are thinking, "You love Star Wars, don't you Dan? Isn't this great??" Yeah, I love Star Wars. But my defini read more

BARRY LYNDON On Criterion Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 6, 2017

Criterion has pulled out all the stops for their Blu-ray release of Stanley Kubrick's 1975 historical epic BARRY LYNDON. An entire extra disc is needed for all of the extras. BARRY LYNDON has never seemed to accumulate the kudos that more renowned Kubrick films have garnered over the years--films s read more

TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Nov 2, 2017

Not that long ago I wrote a blog post on the 1969 Hammer Sci-fi film MOON ZERO TWO, since it was featured in the latest issue of Richard Klemensen's LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine. Another film was also featured in that issue--TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, the very last Hammer horror film made in the read more

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (1932)--Restored, And On Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 30, 2017

I've been looking forward to the Cohen Film Collection's Blu-ray of the newly restored THE OLD DARK HOUSE, and now that I've viewed it, I can say that it lives up to all my expectations. It is a magnificent restoration, and I'm not exaggerating in saying that watching it is like seeing the film for read more

MOON ZERO TWO

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 24, 2017

Last weekend, I received the latest issue of Richard Klemensen's magnificent LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine. It has become a recent tradition of mine to write a blog post on the movies featured in each new issue of LSOH. Issue #39 has inside looks at two Hammer films: TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER and read more

KILL, BABY...KILL! On Kino Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 22, 2017

2017 has been a very good year for legendary film fantasist Mario Bava. It has seen two magnificent Region A Blu-ray releases of his work--CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER and ERIK THE CONQUEROR. Now Kino has come out with Bava's 1966 excursion into the weirdly macabre: KILL, BABY...KILL! Many Bava af read more

LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 21, 2017

A couple years ago, I did a series of posts listing my top 100 movies of all time. When the list was completed, I was surprised to find out that three of the films on it were directed by John Sturges--THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, and BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK. Sturges gets almost no critical read more

BLADE RUNNER 2049

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 18, 2017

I have to admit that when I first heard there was going to be a sequel to BLADE RUNNER, I groaned. Did we really need another years-after-the-original movie riding on the coattails of a famous brand name? I'm happy to say, however, that BLADE RUNNER 2049 exceeded my expectations. This is going to b read more

Book Review: STAR WARS--FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 15, 2017

The latest title in the series of novelizations based on the Star Wars Universe is particularly noteworthy. STAR WARS--FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original film by bringing together 40 different stories featuring the background characters of the story. The ch read more

Book Review: ISHIRO HONDA--A Life In Film, From Godzilla To Kurosawa

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 14, 2017

When I started becoming a film buff as a teenager in the 1980s, relevant information about the science-fiction & kaiju films produced by Japan's Toho Studios was almost non-existent. Whenever they were discussed in books and magazines, it was usually in a simplistic and derogatory manner. (I rem read more

THE LONG RIDERS On Kino Blu-ray

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 8, 2017

THE LONG RIDERS (1980) is one of the best Westerns made during the late 20th Century. It is another examination of the Jesse James-Cole Younger gang in post-Civil War Mid-America, but it is far more down-to-earth than the many other Hollywood tales about the group. What most remember about THE LONG read more

THE LOST WORLD (1925) On Blu-ray From Flicker Alley

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 7, 2017

The 1925 silent movie THE LOST WORLD is one of the most important and influential fantastic films ever made. This adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's famed novel about the discovery of dinosaurs on a remote plateau near the Amazon set the template for almost all giant monster stories to follow. The o read more

OSS 117: FIVE FILM COLLECTION

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Oct 3, 2017

Kino Lorber's OSS 117: FIVE FILM COLLECTION set brings a series of Eurospy adventures to Region A Blu-ray for the very first time. The five movies in this set feature a character with the rather florid name of Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath. Despite the moniker, he's an American secret agent, code numb read more

CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER--The Comic Book

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 28, 2017

Titan Comics and Hammer Films have started a new comic book series based on the 1972 film CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER. For those not familiar with the movie, it tells of the adventures of a soldier who travels throughout 17th Century Europe seeking and destroying the undead. Written, produced, an read more

DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 26, 2017

Today is the birthday of actress Martine Beswicke. Nearly every movie Martine appeared in has a cult status attached to it, and she herself holds a high place among fans of genre cinema. With her unique exotic looks, you couldn't confuse Martine for any other performer. She also exuded a sense of da read more

Suzan Farmer (1942-2017)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 23, 2017

In the last twelve months three women associated with Hammer Films have passed away--Valerie Gaunt, Yvonne Monlaur, and Jennifer Daniel. Unfortunately another must be added to the list: Suzan Farmer. The English actress appeared in four films for the company--THE CRIMSON BLADE, THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATE read more

Trinity Twin Pack--Blu-ray Review

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Sep 18, 2017

Hen's Tooth Video has released THEY CALL ME TRINITY (1970) and TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME (1971) on Blu-ray as a twin pack set. These are two of the most famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Spaghetti Westerns ever made. Italian actors Mario Girotti and Carlo Pedersoli (better known read more
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