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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: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short and Sweet Tough Guys Edition)

“Animal Factory” (2000, Arrow Video) Intent on surviving behind bars, new prison inmate Edward Furlong forges an alliance with flinty fellow con Willem Dafoe, which will have a lasting impact on the future – and freedom – of both men. … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Short, Sweet, Shrinking and Singing Edition)

“The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981, Shout! Factory) Suburban housewife Lily Tomlin’s standing in her home is diminished, both emotionally and physically, after an overabundance of cleaning and beauty products causes her to shrink to microscopic size. Inspired by the novel … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “Mansion of the Doomed” (1975)

Following in the footsteps of such perfection-minded but misguided medicos as Dr. Genessier in “Eyes Without a Face” and Jesus Franco’s awful Dr. Orloff, surgeon Richard Basehart decides that the only way to assuage his guilt over accidentally blinding his … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Continental Cowboys and Italian Vikings

“Death Rides a Horse” (1967, Kino) Gritty Italian western employs two of the genre’s most enduring tropes – “revenge for a murdered family” and “the student becomes the master” – and taps Lee Van Cleef, star of some of the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Weekend (Think Link Edition)

“A Fish Called Wanda” (1988, Arrow) A mismatched trio of thieves (Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin) attempt to retrieve a stolen cache of diamonds, but a lovelorn barrister (John Cleese, who also co-wrote the script) and their … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “D.C. Follies” (1987-1989)

Primetime comedy series created by Sid and Marty Krofft, who took a tip from the UK’s “Spitting Image” and employed puppet caricatures to satirize the then-current political and pop cultural landscape; Fred Willard, as the bartender at a Washington watering … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching on Halloween Night (Fun-Size Sugarfina Edition)

“The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” (1969, Arrow Video) It’s all perspective, as writer Tony Musante learns – the hard way – when his accidental observation of a vicious assault puts him in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Dario … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange (Short, Sweet and Strange for Halloween Edition)

“Island of Terror” (1966, Shout Factory) Scientists working on a cure for cancer in a remote island laboratory discover that their experiments have an unexpected side effect: monstrous, tentacled amoebas devour that human bones! Energetic Saturday afternoon-style sci-fi from the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What You Could Be Watching This Pre-Halloween Weekend (Bite-Sized Sugar Skull Edition)

“Land of the Dead” (2005, Shout Factory) The late George A. Romero‘s last solid zombie effort (two more lower-budgeted entries were released after it), which closes the door on civilization by suggesting that the dead may actually be more human … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – “The Green Slime” (1968)

The good news: the rogue asteroid Flora, slated to impact with and destroy Earth, is destroyed by spacemen Robert Horton and Richard Jaeckel. The bad news: a sudsy, greenish fluid from the asteroid has made its way back to space … Continue reading

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