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: A Case of the Creeps

“Let’s Scare Jessica to Death” (1974, Shout! Factory) It’s true that Jessica (Zohra Lampert) has just left an asylum, but surely, her fragile mental state can’t account for all the strange things that have happened after she, her husband (Barton … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Power Couples

“Ford v Ferrari” (2019, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Racer turned automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) is pressed by Ford to create a car powerful enough to defeat the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 Le Mans race, but … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: TV Archaeology (and New Discoveries)

“The Twilight Zone (2019): Season One” (2019, CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video) The middle ground between light and shadow gets another revamp, this time from “Us” director Jordan Peele. The ten episodes in its debut season for the CBS All Access … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What’s New for 2020? (Part 2)

“Parasite” (2019, Universal Home Entertainment) Impoverished and terminally downtrodden, the Kim family appears to strike upon a foolproof (if ruthless) plan to alleviate their financial woes: they charm, beguile and lie their way into jobs as domestics for a wealthier … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Siren Calls

“The Letter” (1940, Warner Archives Collection) That Bette Davis, the wife of a rubber plantation owner in British Malaya, was justified in shooting the man who attempted to assault her, is accepted without question by the area’s white/wealthy community, and … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Secret Rites of the Saturday Morning Strange

“The Peanut Butter Solution” (Severin Kids, 1985) A chance encounter with wo ghosts renders young Michael Mackay completely bald; the same said spirits attempt to rectify the situation with magical glop, comprised largely of peanut butter, which causes him to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Hell Comes to the Saturday Morning Strange

“House By the Cemetery” (Blue Underground, 1981) Despite constant admonitions from a young girl that only he can see, towheaded Bob (Giovanni Frezza) and his parents (Catriona MacColl and Paolo Malco) not only remain in the Creepy Old New England … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Big Trouble

“Big Trouble in Little China” (1988, Shout! Factory) Trucker Kurt Russell discovers that his big-mouth-and-big-gun approach might not help pal Dennis Dun reclaim his fiancée (Suzee Pai) from an ancient Chinese sorcerer (James Hong) living under the streets of San … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: What’s New for 2020?

“The Lighthouse” (2019, Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Isolation, treacherous weather, grain alcohol and dangerous secrets – as well as a possible sea monster or two – collaborate to drive grizzled 19th century lighthouse keepers Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson out of … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Holiday House of Hairy Horrors

“Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1932, Shout! Factory) Barking mad scientist Bela Lugosi attempts to put the crackpot evolutionary theory behind his sideshow act – which features Erik (career Hollywood apesuit actor Charles Gemora), a gorilla that can “talk” after … Continue reading

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