Author Archives: Paul Gaita

About Paul Gaita

Paul Gaita lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his lovely wife and daughter. He has written for The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Variety and The Fix, among many other publications, and was a home video reviewer for Amazon.com from 1998 to 2014. He has interviewed countless entertainment figures from both the A and Z lists, but his favorites remain Elmore Leonard, Ray Bradbury and George Newall, who created both Schoolhouse Rock and the Hai Karate aftershave commercials. He once shared a Thanksgiving dinner with celebrity astrologer Joyce Jillson, and regrettably, still owes the late character actor Charles Napier a dollar.

Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology

“Everybody Hates Chris” (2005-2009, CBS/Paramount) Like the actor/comedian Chris Rock himself, this Emmy-nominated UPN/CW series, which he co-created with Ali LeRoi, was smarter, funnier and far more thoughtful than most of its peers. Anchored by an excellent cast (with standouts … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Evil Ed” (1995)

Swedish-made horror-thriller about a mild-mannered film editor (Johan Rudebeck) whose work on the “Loose Limbs” horror franchise – a seemingly ceaseless stream of slaughter footage – leaves his own mind loosened and primed to repeat the atrocities he’s witnessed on … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Big Knives, Two Brains and Seven Beauties Edition)

“The Man With Two Brains” (1983, Warner Archives Collection) Steve Martin plays a brilliant brain surgeon saddled with two unfortunate realities: an unpronounceable last name (Hfuhruhurr) and a gold-digging, possibly homicidal wife (Kathleen Turner). A solution to the second issue … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Clambake” (1967)

Facing a life burdened by privilege, oil scion Elvis Presley leaves his Texas home to seek out life as lived by ordinary folks. Opportunity knocks in a chance encounter with Will Hutchins, who’s headed to Florida to work as a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Wolf Guys

“The Paul Naschy Collection: Horror Rises from the Tomb” (1972, Shout! Factory) Loopy Spanish supernatural horror starring Paul Naschy, best known for playing the doom-struck werewolf Waldemar Daninsky in a string of grisly Continental films from the late ’60s to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “A Girl in Every Port” (1952)

Groucho Marx, sans his brothers and in his last leading screen role, plays a Navy man who helps slow-witted pal William Bendix divest himself of Little Erin, a broken-down race horse bought on impulse with an inheritance windfall. Divine Providence … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Horses, Whales and Ghouls Edition)

“They Shoot Horses Don’t They?” (1969, Kino Lorber) A cross-section of desperate types take part in a Depression Era-dance marathon on the Santa Monica Pier, hoping to reverse their downturned fortunes with the prize money. Among them are hard-bitten would-be … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Fight for Your Lady” (1937)

American opera singer John Boles (Colin Clive’s pal/one-time rival in the 1931 “Frankenstein”) decides that the best way to get over being jilted by his fiancée (Margot Grahame) – who left him for wrestler Gordon Jones (!) – is to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Prehistoric Pictures

“The Lost World” (1925, Flicker Alley) Charged by his fiancée to go on a real adventure, reporter Lloyd Hughes joins an expedition led by Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) to discover a plateau in South American where dinosaurs are reported to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Who’s Crazy?” (1966)

A bus breaks down in a snowy stretch of Belgium, and its passengers – a group of mental hospital inmates – run free, eventually reaching a farmhouse where they cast off their uniforms and engage in free-wheeling approximations of society, … Continue reading

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