With all due respect to the other comments, I have seen and enjoyed this film for many years; originally in l958. Like most AIP pics of the time, for me, they were well produced and surprisingly, well acted. Yes, it does resemble another great cult classic film, I was a Teen-Age Werewolf' a silly title,for what is a very good movie, given Micheal Landon at the start of his career. "Blood of Dracula" has some good horror vets, Malcolm Atterbury, Louise Lewis and Richard Devon. I never saw a hint of 'lesbianism' just a very con- trolling Doctor/scientist, and I find the song "Puppy" love rather corny, but cute. These movies relied on atmosphere and imagination, unlike today's gore, blood and guts, I say to 'each his own'I just don't like to see these movies 'belittled' when they do have, and merit artistic talent.
Monster on the Campus (1958)fun, classic horror from 50s
11 March 2007
Monster on the Campus, is as good a campy film from the 50s can be, but that is what makes them fun to watch to day, When you are 10 and ll yrs old in that era, this was big stuff back then and big entertainment; true the s/fx pale in comparison to today's, but the b/w films and the makeup and shocks, are still enjoyable today, and, at least for me, bring back fond childhood memories of a different time. Arthur Franz, Whit Bissell and others, plus Dir.Jack Arnold, are just a few who left us, these great old films; Arthur Franz, and esp.Whit Bissell are well known to us horror/sci-fi fans. Fans might also want to check out Arthur Franz (who passed away last year) in the original "Invaders from Mars" (he plays again a scientist) and 'Sniper" a suspense mystery and fans can see Whit Bissell in more films that I can name.
13 Ghosts (1960)another great old classic
24 January 2007
Thirteen Ghosts is one of those great 'classic' horror films,that relied more on atmosphere and acting, then on 'gory' special f/x. I saw the re-make' and did not enjoy it at all; being a classic horror film fan, I was very disappointed. This movie features some pretty good actings; Donald Woods, Rosemary DeCamp, and Martin Milner of the classic "Route 66" TV show, Donald Woods as know to classic horror fans, appeared in the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and John VanDreelan in "The Leech Woman" so it was goods for us old 'classiclovers' to see them, and lets not forget Miss Margaret Hamilton, the 'Wicked "Witch of the West" from the great "Wizard of 0z' all in all an entertaining, fun family film It has its scary moments, but none of the 'gore' so prevalent in today's films.
The Bat (1959)entertaining b/w genre film
23 January 2007
The "Bat" circa 1958, is one of those good old fashioned b/w 'who done its' that keep you interested, not to mention the wonderful acting talent of the one and only, Vincent Price, and the equally great Agnes Moorhead. It is very atmospheric, spooky old mansion, scared people, if you enjoy this sort of setting, then this is a good movie for you, It kind of reminds me of "Topper Returns" with the spooky old house setting, which I personally enjoy, featured in the cast is little "Rascal" Darla Hood, I am sure lots of fans remember the Little Rascals, she was the girl "Alfalpha" was in love with. The black and white filming also adds to the films mystery, and the music in the opening credits is pretty 'cool' for its time.
A Christmas Carol (1951)A great enjoyable family classic for all
18 January 2007
I have seen this movie religiously every Christmas since I was old enough to read the 'tvguide' and find out when it was on. After a few years, my younger brother and I would recite word for word (with proper English accents) the dialog. My brother is now deceased and the film holds a special memory for me; in my personal opinion, this film is the 'one and only' Alastair Sim gives an Academy Award winning performance. I have seen other 'versions' but they pale in comparison to this one. When I see Patrick McNee, (who plays Scrooge's young co-worker early on in his career, I fondly recall the movie, I am sure many fans know he played John Steed on the Avengers, and us Horror fans remember his appearing in the original "Howling" movie as the Director for the 'Werewolf' resort! To the fan who mentioned the Million Dollar Movie on WORTV-9 in New York, I remember it well, I think the symbol for the show was the Director's "action" board that snapped on top for a scene to begin. The theme music from Gone with the wind, if I have seen this film once, I have scene it 100 times and to this day, it still evokes 'bittersweet' memories, may it be shown for the next 100 Christmases!
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)enjoyable movie
9 December 2006
Being a horror fan, I have enjoyed all of the Hammer series, Chris Lee rules as the 'vampire count' Favorite one, the First one "Horror of Dracula" 1958 all of the Hammer films are beautifully produced and have atmosphere, and I like most of their 'stock' players, Micheal Ripper, George Woodbridge, Clifford Evans, Yvonne Romaine, and of course Peter Cushing, who is always a delight to watch,the studio, now, of course, defunct introduced American movie goers to the new genre of 'blood, guts and sex back in l958 with "The Curse of Frankenstein" shocking for its time, but a great flick, nonetheless. Christopher Lee's first appearance as the Count, Horror of Dracula, set the stage for his 'international career' He and Peter Cushing made some 27 films together, some for Hammer and later for Amicus Studios, a very talented and well matched acting team, regards,JMagiclady