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MALTA STORY

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 8, 2019

MALTA STORY is a 1953 British WWII drama, dealing with a campaign during the conflict that many may not be familiar with. The small island of Malta in the Mediterranean was the subject of unrelenting bombing attacks by the Axis powers, due to its serving as a base for British military forces. The s read more

ASSIGNMENT TERROR On Blu-ray From Scorpion Releasing

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 3, 2019

ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1969) is a truly wild & wacky slice of Euro Gothic, a movie that is something of a cross between HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER. I first saw it on "Son of Svengoolie" back in the 1980s. It's a mad movie monster romp, and now the film has been given an offi read more

THE MANDALORIAN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 2, 2019

I finally got to see the first four episodes of the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN over Thanksgiving weekend, courtesy of my brother Robert. (For those of you who are wondering, I have not subscribed to Disney+--if any of you would like to purchase it for me, go right ahead.) THE MANDALORIAN is set read more

HYSTERIA

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 26, 2019

I haven't seen every movie made by Hammer Films. There's still plenty of titles that have eluded me, including most of the company's output before they produced THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN. I was able to partake in a personal Hammer debut last night, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies. The cable channe read more

WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY On Blu-ray From Severin

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 23, 2019

WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY is the American name for a 1961 Italian/Austrian production originally titled LYCANTHROPUS. The Euro horror has been given a special Blu-ray release courtesy of Severin Films. WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS' DORMITORY may be a silly title, but it's a memorable one, and it has en read more

BIG CITY BLUES

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 21, 2019

It's Pre-Code time again with the 1932 Warner Bros. feature BIG CITY BLUES. The film stars Joan Blondell as a--you guessed it--struggling chorus girl, and it has elements of other Pre-Codes the actress starred in such as UNION DEPOT and CENTRAL PARK. Bud Reeves (Eric Linden) is a callow young man f read more

MIDWAY

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 19, 2019

I have to admit that when I first heard about the 2019 film version of MIDWAY, I had serious doubts. Roland Emmerich as the director? Woody Harrelson as Admiral Nimitz? It turns out that the movie is actually a quite accurate and well done interpretation of the events surrounding one of the greatest read more

My Favorite Gooey Films Performances

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 14, 2019

Recently my great friend Joshua Kennedy mentioned to me that next year will be the 10th anniversary of his first film to receive an official home video release, ATTACK OF THE OCTOPUS PEOPLE. I told him that this means the "Gooey Films Universe" is now a decade old (Gooey Films being the chosen name read more

THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 10, 2019

I discovered this 2016 documentary on Tubi. It details one man's quixotic attempt to recover a large film set that was built--and supposedly buried--on the central coast of California. The writer, producer, and director of THE LOST CITY OF CECIL B. DEMILLE, Peter Brosnan, had heard a story in the e read more

Bela Lugosi And His Personal Assistant Problem

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 9, 2019

While watching the Blu-ray of THE HUMAN MONSTER, a realization popped in my head. In that movie Bela Lugosi is assisted in his villainous activities by a disfigured hulking blind man played by Wilfred Walter. It occurred to me that throughout his screen career Lugosi had many unique "helpers" who di read more

THE HUMAN MONSTER/DARK EYES OF LONDON On Blu-ray From VCI

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 7, 2019

In the spring of 1939, Bela Lugosi was in London, England, starring in a film based on Edgar Wallace's novel DARK EYES OF LONDON. The movie would be released in America by Monogram under the title THE HUMAN MONSTER. The result is one of Bela's best showcases. The movie has long been one of the most read more

Book Review: GEORGE LUCAS--A LIFE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 2, 2019

I picked this volume up at a local Meijers at a discount--there's nothing better than getting books cheap. In high school back in the 1980s I read the first major biography of George Lucas, SKYWALKING, by Dale Pollock. This newer book by Brian Jay Jones is a much more thorough examination of the fi read more

Rating The Amicus Anthologies

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 30, 2019

Amicus Productions is best known as being a rival to Hammer Films in the making of various horror and science-fiction films during the 1960s and 1970s. While Hammer became famous for their English Gothic titles, the British-based Amicus (headed by Americans Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky) stuck m read more

TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 26, 2019

I am a huge fan of the Three Stooges, but until this week I had never seen the 1941 film TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM. This was one of the very few full-length features the Stooges appeared in during their long time working for Columbia Pictures. I've never understood why the Stooges didn't get more chances read more

THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Original Soundtrack Recording On CD

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 24, 2019

La-La Land Records has released a CD of original soundtrack music from THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN as part of the Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection. It is not the complete original soundtrack--according to the liner notes only about 35 minutes of the score exist--but it is more than en read more

HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 23, 2019

HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961) isn't just another cheesy sword & sandal movie. It is a phantasmagorical wonder, allowing Mario Bava's creativity and ingenuity to run riot (even if the film's budget didn't). Kino has given the title a magnificent Region A Blu-ray release, which contains tw read more

THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 16, 2019

The latest issue of Richard Klemensen's LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS, #43, is chock full of goodies. Two films are exhaustively covered in this issue. The first one is CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, the almost-forgotten sequel to the original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED. The second is THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR, a 1967 read more

FFOLKES

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 14, 2019

Roger Moore was born on this day in 1927, so there's no better time to write a blog post on Kino's new Region A Blu-ray of the 1980 action-suspense film FFOLKES. Moore plays Rufus Excalibur ffolkes (the first letter in his last name is supposed to be smaller-case), a rather eccentric underwater exp read more

MADEMOISELLE FIFI

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 12, 2019

This month being October, one naturally thinks about classic horror films. Producer Val Lewton is most famous for the series of thrillers he made at RKO in the 1940s. Writer Guy de Maupassant penned many renowned tales of terror. MADEMOISELLE FIFI is a 1944 film that Lewton produced based on two of read more

THE FIRST TEXAN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 5, 2019

Last week a wrote a post about the 2004 THE ALAMO. This week I viewed another film dealing with subject of Texas independence: THE FIRST TEXAN, a 1956 production that is a mini-biography of Sam Houston. Joel McCrea portrays Sam Houston, and here the statesman comes off like just about every other M read more
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