Scars of Dracula (1970)

Back to Hammer! This is the last of the period Dracula sequels (the final two would be set in contemporary London) and it’s pretty weird and shouldn’t work but it totally works and I love it. No Peter Cushing here, again, and no substitute Van Helsing type, at all. There’s Hammer (and Fawlty Towers) favorite …

The Mummy (1932)

Big thanks to Svengoolie for showing this classic smack in the middle of my horror month. You really can’t go wrong in any way with a Universal monster movie. And something I’m noticing in watching them this year is the number of them that are pre-code (that is the era from the 20s until the …

Dracula Prince of Darkness (1966)

This film is one of the Hammer Dracula sequels that spanned nearly 15 years, and the first with Christopher Lee since 1958. It’s great to have Lee back in the role (the first sequel was 1960’s Brides of Dracula, and it’s a good film on its own, though takes a small turn away from the …

The Woman Who Came Back (1945)

Another 80s VHS – and a surprisingly fun movie. A 1945 horror/thriller, it concerns a young woman returning to her New England hometown ion Eden Rock, MA which seems a bit like …Salem. See, Lorna, our heroine, is the last descent of a witch hunter who burned lots of people at the stake hundreds of …

What/La Frusta e il Corpo (1963)

This week inadvertently turned into grainy 80s VHS week. Here’s another!. This is a weird movie. But guess who’s back. Sir Christopher Lee! Going through my archives, I see I watched the full film back in 2014, but this is the cut for tv version I first saw around 1986 on an episode of Commander …

My Instagram Post 14 October 2019

Today  I watched an adorably grainy VHS version of this 1975 favorite. This was a Commander USA episode from 1986 or so, and honestly, I can watch this documentary all year long. I think hearing Wallachia mispronounced last weekend got me in the mood to hear Sir Christopher Lee get right – a lot – …

100 Years of Horror

Catching up! Monday, I cured myself of the pallor left from Monsters Among Us by re-watching two episodes of 100 Years of Horror, a 13 episode series. This one I can whole-heartedly recommend. First, it’s hosted by Christopher Lee, who never mispronounces anything. It’s rich with footage from the films discussed, archival interviews with a …

Monsters Among Us (2015)

Back to horror documentaries. This is a seven part series, and I watched part 1, which was a pretty exhaustive exploration of vampire myths and legends – excluding Vlad Dracul, who I think gets all of the second part to himself. I’m into it, because the historical information is really interesting but…the narration. Voice over …

Monsters Among Us (again!)

Update: I gave it another try, watched the Vlad Țepeș Dracula episode and now I’m happy to be done with this series. I mean, they couldn’t even pronounce Wallachia correctly or consistently (I caught at least three variations from the same narrator). It’s kind of an important part of the Vlad story- it’s the region …

The Old Dark House (1932)

This is a 1932 classic, directed by James Whale, the man behind the lens of Frankenstein. As it’s 1932, it’s very pre-Code and I adore pre-Code films. Here we have the luminous Gloria Stuart changing clothes, a pre-Code staple scene, and some decidedly sketchy characters who get happy endings, which won’t be allowed when Will …