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FANTOMAS: THREE FILM COLLECTION

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 18, 2019

The super-villain Fantomas was created by French writers Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain over a hundred years ago. The character appeared in a mammoth silent movie serial produced in 1913-14 and directed by Louis Feuillade. This legendary screen adventure was the forerunner of many of the blockbu read more

Doris Day And Tim Conway

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

I don't write a lot of tribute blog posts when a notable performer passes away, simply because celebrity deaths seem to happen all the time. If I was in the habit of regularly writing tribute posts, I'd have to do it constantly, and I don't want this blog to be nothing more than an obituary. But th read more

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN On Blu-ray From Kino

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

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN is famous--or infamous--for featuring three of the greatest stars in fantastic films history. Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing all get major billing, despite the fact that they all play supporting roles (Cushing is in only one scene). The 1969 film has been r read more

THE INFORMER (1929)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 11, 2019

John Ford is my favorite film director of all time, and one of his greatest films is THE INFORMER, the 1935 multi-Oscar winning story of betrayal set in 1920s Ireland. What most people don't realize is that THE INFORMER was a remake--the story had been filmed in England in 1929. That version has jus read more

AVENGERS: ENDGAME And The Idea Of Fan Service

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 6, 2019

I've seen AVENGERS: ENDGAME twice so far (don't worry, I'm not going to give out any spoilers). It's a helluva movie, and a fitting climax to a decade's worth of nearly two-dozen films. What impressed me most about ENDGAME was the character interaction. If you've watched the majority of the Marvel read more

Book Review: BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE

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

The "Monogram Nine" is a phrase used to describe a series of films that starred Bela Lugosi and were produced by one of Hollywood's most notorious poverty row studios. The films were made under the Monogram banner between 1941 and 1944, and they are usually used as an example of how Bela Lugosi's ac read more

Book Review: FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD--THE PRE-CODE ERA (1930-1934)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 20, 2019

Probably no other entity has done more to showcase "Pre-Code" cinema than Turner Classic Movies. The cable television network constantly shows Pre-Code films day after day, and many home video collections containing titles from that era have been released with TCM's support. The network's connection read more

DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL

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

In my last post I covered THE SON OF DR. JEKYLL....and apparently the dangerous doc had a little girl as well. You won't learn that from Robert Louis Stevenson, but you will if you watch DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL, a 1957 film from Allied Artists directed by cult fave Edgar G. Ulmer. The writer and pro read more

THE SON OF DR. JEKYLL

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

Last night the legendary Svengoolie, on his nationally syndicated program broadcast every Saturday night on the MeTV network, presented the 1951 Columbia film THE SON OF DR. JEKYLL. This is a film that, believe it or not, I had never seen before, and had very little knowledge of. What makes THE SON read more

THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 13, 2019

A wild and wacky horror-kung fu mashup, Hammer's THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES comes to Region A Blu-ray courtesy of Shout Factory. This movie was a result of Hammer head Michael Carreras trying to find new avenues for the company during the early 1970s. Carreras entered into a two-picture de read more

HOUSE OF THE GORGON

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Apr 6, 2019

HOUSE OF THE GORGON was written, produced, and directed by Joshua Kennedy, and it was filmed during the spring of 2018 in Southeastern Texas. The movie is a "Gothic Fairytale" (that phrase actually appears onscreen under the title in the opening credits)--a tribute to the classic horror productions read more

A Whiny Post About Tim Burton

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

If you've watched TV or gone on the internet in the last week or so, you've doubtless seen an untold number of ads for the latest Disney live-action remake, DUMBO. The movie is directed by Tim Burton. When it comes to Tim Burton, I have a certain way of looking at the man and his work. For me, ther read more

APACHE DRUMS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 31, 2019

While doing research on Val Lewton for the post I wrote on the new Shout Factory Blu-ray of THE BODY SNATCHER, I discovered that the last film he produced before his untimely death at age 46 was a Western for Universal called APACHE DRUMS in 1951. The movie just so happened to be available for free read more

THE BODY SNATCHER On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

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

I had been debating for a while on whether I should even buy the new Shout Factory Blu-ray of THE BODY SNATCHER. The movie is my personal favorite among the series of famed thrillers produced by Val Lewton for RKO Studios during the 1940s. But I already own the Val Lewton DVD set, which came out in read more

DAMNED HOT DAY OF FIRE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 27, 2019

My last post concerned FORT YUMA GOLD, which is included on a Spaghetti Western double feature blu-ray just released by Mill Creek. Today I'll discuss the other film on the disc, DAMNED HOT DAY OF FIRE. DAMNED HOT DAY OF FIRE (1968) isn't even the title used on the print featured on this Blu-ray. T read more

FORT YUMA GOLD

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

Mill Creek has just released a "Western Double Feature" Blu-ray containing the films FORT YUMA GOLD and DAMNED HOT DAY OF FIRE. These are two somewhat obscure Spaghetti Westerns--I had never heard of them before--but they do have a couple things in common: they are both set during the Civil War and read more

THE WITCHES On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

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

Shout Factory's latest Hammer home video release is one of the company's more offbeat productions--the 1966 tale concerning witchcraft in modern England called THE WITCHES. (The American release title was THE DEVIL'S OWN.) The movie starts with a effective pre-credits sequence, showing how Englishw read more

APOLLO 11

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Mar 20, 2019

The new documentary APOLLO 11 is absolutely stunning. Director-editor Todd Douglas Miller assembled the film from hundreds of hours of actual NASA footage and audio produced over the course of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The picture and sound quality was cleaned up, and the result, when seen read more

DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE On Blu-ray From Flicker Alley

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

Flicker Alley presents a wonderful find on home video--a rediscovered and restored 1929 German silent version of the most famous Sherlock Holmes story, THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. The Blu-ray release also features a 1914 German film adaptation of the tale. For me the discovery of a lost Sherlock read more

THE MAN WITH TWO FACES

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Mar 11, 2019

What I love most about Turner Classic Movies is how many obscure films they show. particularly ones from the 1930s. Last week TCM presented a 1934 melodrama called THE MAN WITH TWO FACES. The movie stars Edward G. Robinson, and it was produced by First National/Warners. Robinson plays Damon Wells, read more
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