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Short Take – Alucarda

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 13, 2023

 (1977) Directed by Juan López Moctezuma; Written by Juan López Moctezuma and Alexis Arroyo; Starring: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini, Lili Garza and Tina French; Available on DVD  Rating: *** “…the film draws on the vampire tradition, and in a way the read more

July Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 31, 2023

 Sea Fever (2019) The crew of an Irish fishing vessel encounter a new species lurking in the depths. With the help of a socially awkward doctoral student, Siobhán (Hermione Corfield), they attempt to combat the new threat before everyone becomes infected. The massive creature resembles a cross read more

Orgy of the Dead

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 25, 2023

 (1965) Directed by Stephen C. Apostolof (as A.C. Stephen); Screenplay by Edward D. Wood, Jr.; Based on the novel by Edward D. Wood, Jr.; Starring: Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington, William Bates and John Andrews; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **½ “I am Criswell. read more

Short Take – The Green Slime

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 17, 2023

 (1968) Directed by Kinji Fukasaku; Written by Charles Sinclair, Bill Finger and Tom Rowe; Story by Ivan Reiner; Starring: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom and Ted Gunther; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **½  “…But it proves out. The read more

Pontypool

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 3, 2023

 (2008) Directed by Bruce McDonald; Written by Tony Burgess; Based on the novel Pontypool Changes Everything, by Tony Burgess; Starring: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly and Hrant Alianak; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****  “I think that you want to start read more

Weird Canada Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 26, 2023

 The Pyx (1973) Karen Black stars (and also sings three songs in the film’s soundtrack) as Elizabeth Lucy, a heroin-addicted prostitute in Montreal. Christopher Plummer plays police detective Jim Henderson, tasked with investigating her untimely death (Did she jump from a high-rise apartm read more

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 14, 2023

 (1987) Directed by John Fasano; Written by Jon-Mikl Thor; Starring: Jon-Mikl Thor, Jillian Peri, Adam Fried, Teresa Simpson, Jesse D'Angelo; Available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Rating: **½  “I am Triton, the archangel. You overstepped your line again, bub. It is the creator read more

Peter Lorre Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 31, 2023

 Crime and Punishment (1935) Peter Lorre stars as Roderick Raskolnikov, an astute student of the criminal mind, in Josef von Sternberg’s adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s classic novel. Roderick doesn’t quite live up to his promise after graduating college, falling upon hard t read more

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Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 23, 2023

(1931) Directed by Fritz Lang; Written by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang; Starring: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, and Gustaf Gründgens; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: *****“I have to roam the streets endlessly, always sensing that someone&# read more

The Face Behind the Mask

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 9, 2023

(1941) Directed by Robert Florey; Written by Allen Vincent and Paul Jarrico; Story by Arthur Levinson; Based on the radio play Interim, by Thomas Edward O'Connell; Starring: Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, George E. Stone and James Seay; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ***   read more

The Futurethon is Now! – Wrap-up

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 4, 2023

  All good things must come to an end, and so it goes with the Futurethon. We’ve had a tremendous turnout, and it’s been a pleasure reading everyone’s posts (And yes, I’m still going through them as I write this). A hearty thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who helped read more

Logan’s Run

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 30, 2023

 (1976) Directed by Michael Anderson; Written by David Zelag Goodman; Based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson; Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **** read more

The Futurethon is Now! – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 30, 2023

 My, what a trip it’s been. As always, it’s been quite a wild ride, and I can’t believe we’re already on Day 3. Once again, I’m impressed by the range of films covered, from the blockbusters to the obscure. Just a note: I’m woefully behind, commenting on ever read more

The Futurethon is Now! – Day 2 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 29, 2023

 Greetings, fellow time travelers, and welcome to Day 2 of the Futurethon! Tonight, we have a trio of astounding posts for your perusal. Thanks to all who have participated, so far, and those who still plan to participate. We can’t wait to check out your posts!   Here’s a gen read more

The Futurethon is Now! – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 28, 2023

 The future is closer than you think… Because it’s already upon us. Welcome to Day One of the Futurethon, hosted by Yours Truly and my forward-thinking co-host Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews! Over the next three days and perhaps one more (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), we’ read more

Spirit of ’76 Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 25, 2023

 Mad Dog Morgan (1976) Dennis Hopper plays Daniel “Mad Dog” Morgan, an Irish immigrant turned outlaw in 1860s Australia. He roams the countryside with his trusty indigenous companion Billy (played by the always reliable David Gulpilil), robbing from the settlers. Despite a reportedl read more

Short Take: Master of the Flying Guillotine

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 17, 2023

(1976) Written and directed by Jimmy Wang Yu; Starring: Jimmy Wang Yu, Kam Kong, Sham Chin Bo, Lung Fei, Doris Lung Chun Erh, Chui Chung Hei and Wong Wing Sang; Available on DVD  Rating: ***½  “In China, there are many martial arts fighting books, and also there was a book abo read more

The Talented Mr. Ripper

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Apr 1, 2023

 “…I never thought about how I could play the character, I just played it. I also never based my characters on anyone. I’m not one of those people who sits on a bus and says, ‘I’ll play it like him.’ I play them more like me. In acting, as in life, it’s read more

TV Tangent – Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 26, 2023

 Episode 12: “Mr. R.I.N.G.” (1975) Directed by Gene Levitt; Written by Jeffrey Grant Rice, L. Ford Neale and John Huff; Starring: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Julie Adams and Corinne Camacho; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **** (***** for the series) “…Fo read more

March Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 23, 2023

Blue Monkey (aka: Insect) (1987) In this entertaining mess, an old hospital becomes ground zero for a new species of giant insect with an accelerated reproductive rate. Police detective Jim Bishop (Steve Railsback) teams up with Dr. Rachel Carson (Gwynyth Walsh) to stop the deadly infestation. John read more
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