Tag Archives: Warner Archives Collection

Movies Till Dawn: Old Fears for the New Year

“Zombie” (1979, Blue Underground) Voodoo rites on a Caribbean island cause the dead to rise from their graves and consume the living. Jaw-dropping (and in its most ghastly scene, eye-popping) special effects by Giannetto de Rossi are the most memorable … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: High Tension for the Holidays 2018

“Await Further Instructions” (2018, Dark Sky Films) Fractious British family discovers that their tense holiday celebration has become more unpleasant due to an unseen force that issues increasingly violent demands through their television set. An appropriately nasty parable for nasty, … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: 2018 Gift Guide for Eclectic Insomniacs Part 2 (Nostalgia and Nightmares Edition)

As ’80s teen comedies go, I’d rather watch “Valley Girl” (1983),  Martha Coolidge‘s salty-sweet tribute to life in the San Fernando Valley, than John Hughes’ c.v. The performances are charming (especially leads Deborah Foreman and a pre-fame Nicolas Cage, but … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Back in Black (and White)

“The Man Who Cheated Himself” (1950, Flicker Alley) Rookie detective John Dall (“Gun Crazy“) investigates the killing of Harlan Warde, husband to socialite Jane Wyatt, who committed the murder with the help of her lover: Dall’s older brother and fellow … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Saturday Morning Strange – A Pair of Queens

“Good Times” (1967, Kino Lorber) After confirming their pop star status by performing “I Got You Babe” (a re-recorded version, not the original single) , Sonny and Cher plot their ascent to movie stardom. But they don’t care for the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party IV (Halloween Screenings A.D. 2018)

“Down a Dark Hall” (2018, Lionsgate) An arson rap spurs the parents of headstrong teen AnnaSophia Robb to ship her off to the Blackwood Boarding School where, under the tutelage of headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman), they discover and hone … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party 3 (Swarmed and Malformed Edition)

“Horrors of Malformed Men” (1969, Arrow Video) Amnesiac medical student Teruo Yoshida flees the asylum in which he finds himself imprisoned and immediately finds himself accused of murdering a circus performer. By chance, he discovers that a man to whom … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Mad Monster Party 2 (Ronald, Molly, Mara and Mario Edition)

“Bad Ronald” (1974, Warner Archives Collection) Taunted for the umpteenth time, awkward, fantasy-minded teenager Ronald Wilby (Scott Jacoby) lashes out at his tormentor – a little girl, to add insult to injury – and accidentally kills her. Fearing that the … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Special Beast Rubbish Edition

“Beast” (2018, Lionsgate) Smothered under the emotional rubble of her dysfunctional family and troubled past, Moll (Jessie Buckley) finds what seems like salvation in rough-hewn but ruggedly handsome Pascal (Johnny Flynn); so great is her need to escape that she … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: The Other Side of Summer Edition

“Hot Summer Nights” (2018, Lionsgate) Lonely Timothee Chalamet finds distraction from the loss of his father in selling marijuana with small town demi-god Alex Roe and his bad-girl sister Maika Monroe (“It Follows”) on Cape Cod circa 1991. First time … Continue reading

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