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Favorites from 1978

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 20, 2022

Several months ago, I was challenged by Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews to discuss my top five favorite movies from 1978. As many film fans know, it was such an exceptional year for movies. The plethora of choices made it difficult to narrow down my picks – so difficult, in fact, that I dec read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Final Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 31, 2022

 As George Harrison once wrote, all things must pass, and so it goes with the Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon. On behalf of Gill Jabob from Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly, we’d like to give a hearty thanks to everyone who took part, as well as our dear readers! read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Day 3 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 30, 2022

Where did the weekend go? We’ve already reached Day 3 of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly! Tonight, we present a quartet of posts for your enjoyment. Note: There will be a post-blogathon wrap-up tomorrow, read more

Circus of Horrors

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 30, 2022

 (1960) Directed by Sidney Hayers; Written by George Baxt; Starring: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence, Jane Hylton, Kenneth Griffith and Yvonne Romain; Available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Rating: ***½  This post is part of the Devilishly Delightful Don read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon – Day 2 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 29, 2022

 We’re back for Day Two of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon, hosted by Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly! Please enjoy today’s posts, covering some film and television titles that might have slipped beneath the radar.It’s not too late read more

The Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon Is Here – Day 1 Recap

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 28, 2022

 Welcome to Day One of the Devilishly Delightfully Donald Pleasence Blogathon! My superb co-host Gill Jacob of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Yours Truly are proud to present this three-day event, celebrating versatile, enigmatic character actor Donald Pleasence. We have a bumper crop of posts fo read more

Horror Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 25, 2022

We Are the Night (2010) Lena (Karoline Herfurth), a small-time thief with a troubled past, finds a strange kinship among a group of vampires. She initially enjoys her new-found freedom as an immortal being, but soon discovers the terrible price that comes along with her transformation. Things get es read more

The Devil Bat

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 16, 2022

                                          (1940) Directed by: Jean Yarbrough; Written by John T. Neville; Story by George Bricker; Starring: read more

The Legend of Hell House

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Oct 10, 2022

(1973) Directed by John Hough; Written by Richard Matheson (based on his novel, Hell House); Starring: Roddy McDowall, Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt and Roland Culver; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **** Dr. Lionel Barrett (Clive Revill): "Is there anything you’d care read more

September Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2022

 The Spiral Staircase (1946) This superior gothic suspense film from director Robert Siodmak (based on the novel Some Must Watch, by Ethel Lina White) is short on plot but heavy on character, and dripping with atmosphere. Dorothy McGuire plays Helen, a young mute woman who might be next on a se read more

The Day of the Locust

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 26, 2022

 (1975) Directed by John Schlesinger; Written by Waldo Salt; Based on the novel by Nathanael West; Starring: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, William Atherton, Burgess Meredith, Geraldine Page, Richard Dysart and Billy Barty; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****½   Bi read more

Kenny & Co.

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 15, 2022

(1976) Written and directed by Don Coscarelli; Starring: Dan McCann, A. Michael Baldwin, Jeff Roth, Ralph Richmond and Reggie Bannister; Available on DVD (Out of print)  Rating: ****  Note: This is an expanded version of a capsule review that originally appeared in June 2011. “Sur read more

Werewolf Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 1, 2022

 Moon of the Wolf (1972) At times, this made-for-TV movie from director Daniel Petrie (based on a novel by Les Whitten) feels a bit like an extended Night Stalker episode. Set in rural Louisiana, the focus is on story, not effects. It starts as a murder mystery, which gradually shifts to horror read more

Announcing the Devilishly Delightful Donald Pleasence Blogathon

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 28, 2022

 When Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews asked me if I was interested in co-hosting a blogathon devoted to the one and only Donald Pleasence, how could I resist? Who else but Mr. Pleasence could be a Bond villain, a blind POW, a Soviet conspirator, William Hare (of the notorious duo Burke and H read more

The Ginger Snaps Trilogy

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 25, 2022

 “The goal was to create a werewolf movie that no one had seen before. It was to kind of take people’s expectations of the genre, and then… bend them and twist them, and really make it something that was a departure. I really wanted to strip the magic away from the werewolf, a read more

The Night of the Werewolf

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 8, 2022

(1981) Written and directed by Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina); Starring: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández, Beatriz Elorrieta and Pilar Alcón; Available on Blu-ray (Part of the Paul Naschy Collection) and DVD (Out of Print)  Rating: ***½  “The movies read more

South America Month Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 27, 2022

 The Aerial (aka: La Antena) (2007) If Guy Maddin took a wrong turn in Winnipeg and ended up in Buenos Aires, he might have concocted something like this. Writer/director Esteban Sapir’s whimsically dark fantasy recalls the style of the Canadian director, but has an energy all its own. Th read more

Man Facing Southeast

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jul 15, 2022

 (1986) Written and directed by Eliseo Subiela; Starring: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto and Inés Vernengo; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating ****½  “I’m more rational than you. I respond rationally to stimulus. If someone suffers, I console him. If someone needs read more

June Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 29, 2022

Filibus (1915) Demure Baroness Troixmonde moonlights as calculating master criminal Filibus. And if that’s not enough, she also appears as the dapper, mustachioed Count de la Brive. Valeria Creti’s triple-threat characters crosses genders and societal expectations as she stays one step a read more

Day of the Animals

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 13, 2022

(1977) Directed by William Girdler; Written by William W. Norton and Eleanor E. Norton; Story by Edward L. Montoro; Starring: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Michael Ansara, Ruth Roman, Jon Cedar and Paul Mantee; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: **&n read more
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