Tag Archives: Mondo Macabro

Movies Till Dawn: Cracked

“Straight to VHS” (2021, Indiepix) Willfully odd but often compelling documentary about an obscure 1988 Uruguayan film, “Act of Violence in a Young Journalist,” and its hold on filmmaker Emilio Silva Torres, who attempts to not only root out information … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Velour

“The Naked Ape” (1973, Code Red) Vintage curiosity produced by Playboy Enterprises attempts to deliver a “now” interpretation of anthropologist Desmond Morris’s 1967 book on human evolution but instead offers up a fragmented mix of psychedelic animation, tame sex comedy, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Peanut Butter Frankencup (Halloween 2021)

“Yokai Monsters Collection” (1968-69/2005, Arrow Video) Trio of period supernatural fantasies from Daiei, home of Gamera and Majin, concerning Japan’s rich and bizarre tradition of ghosts and monsters, as well as a newer take from cult director Takashi Miike. The … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Global Terror Network)

Boilerplate: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.  “The Awakening” (2011, Cohen Media Group) Writer Rebecca Hall’s skepticism in regard to … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Horror Business (Slaying in the Seventies)

“Grizzly” (1976, Severin Films) “Jaws” in a nature park, essentially, with ranger Christopher George, helicopter pilot Andrew Prine, and scientist Richard Jaeckel battling “18 feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror” (to the quote the one-sheet, featuring art by Neal Adams). William … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Chills in Springtime

“The Bloodhound” (2020, Arrow Video) “The Fall of the House of Usher,” transposed to Middle America, where Liam Aiken accepts an invitation from oddball friend Joe Adler (the 2017 “Twin Peaks”) to visit his lonely midcentury modern home, where Adler’s … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange Must Die!

“The Beast Must Die” (1974, Severin Films) Wealthy hunter Calvin Lockhart invites a gaggle of Very Suspicious-Seeming individuals – among them Michael Gambon, Charles Gray and Peter Cushing – to his English manor home in order to determine which among … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange Stays Home

“RoboCop” (1987, Arrow Video) In a future that bears alarming similarities to our present (though pandemic-free, it should be noted), a mega-corporation enlists a criminal gang to take over Detroit for re-development while also manufacturing a robotic super-cop – created … 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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