Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Not of This Earth (1957)

Not of the Earth (1957), dir. Roger Cormen, Los Altos Productions

Going back to the B-Movie circuit, Roger Cormen had directed/produced eight films in 1957 alone. This was one of them.

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: The House on Haunted Hill (1958)

The House on Haunted Hill (1958), dir. William Castle, William Castle Productions

Master showman William Castle made a brilliant move when he cast Vincent Price in his next film. With the added gimmick of ‘Emergo’ (a flying skeleton that would buzz the audience), Castle would set out to make one of his better remembered films.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), dir. Alfred Hitchc934)ock, Gaumont-British Picture Corporation

Moving into the director feature, we open with the works of Alfred Hitchcock. At this point Hitchcock was still working in England and just starting work with talking features. The Man Who Knew Too Much actually began life as a Bulldog Drummond story, but when the rights fell through the gist of the story was reworked.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Taste of Fear (1961)

Taste of Fear (1961), dir. Seth Holt, Hammer Film Productions

Released in the US as Scream of Fear, Hammer’s thriller was quite shocking for its time and more so when looking at the company’s later output. It does make one wonder if the company would have fared better if they had to recapture the magic of this film rather than churning more vampire flicks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Spaceways (1953)

Spaceways (1953) Dir. Terrence Fischer, Hammer Film Productions

Hammer Films, by the 1950’s, were already establishing themselves as master of horror. The Four-Sided Triangle wasn’t the cultural or finical impact they were hoping for, but they jumped back into the genre of science fiction. Taking nothing to chance they got their best director and the script was taken from one of the highest rated radio dramas. What could go wrong?

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: Fanatic (1965)

Fanatic (1965), dir. Silvio Narizzano, Hammer Film Productions

Also known as Die! Die! My Darling, the 1960’s saw the rise of a new subgenre in horror: Psycho biddy. Usually starring a faded starlet playing against type, this proved to be rather popular. Hammer contracted their screenwriter duties out to noted author Richard Matheson and the end result was flawed but genius in parts.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

2014 Horror Countdown: The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

 The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960), dir. Terrence Fisher, Hammer Film Productions

With this we see the second Hammer take on Robert Lewis Stevenson’s classic. By 1960, the whole story had been told and retold enough times to already be considered a cliché by the time the Looney Toons cast took a crack at it. Yes, second, as 1959’s the Ugly Duckling retold the same story only as a comedy piece with future Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee in a major role.