‘The Masque of the Red Death’: Naughty, Campy, and Gory (review)

One of Roger Corman’s numerous Edgar Allen Poe adaptations. Prince Prospero of the many funny hats (Vincent Price) is escaping the Red Death that’s ravaging his village by hiding in his castle. But first he kidnaps his subject Francesca (Jane Asher), as well as her husband Gino (David Weston) and father Ludovico (Nigel Green), inContinue reading “‘The Masque of the Red Death’: Naughty, Campy, and Gory (review)”

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film–The Title Says it All (review)

Documentary of American horror movies. It features interviews with horror fixtures Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mick Garris, Tom McLaughlin, George Romero, Brian Yuzna, and Roger Corman. Starting in 1910 with Thomas Edison’s adaptation of Frankenstein, it ponders the many meaningful themes explored in horror movies, like the nature of evil,Continue reading “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film–The Title Says it All (review)”

Roger Corman’s ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’: Needs More Homoeroticism and Less Whininess (review)

Not to be confused with the 1986 remake—this is the 1960 original. Seymour (Jonathan Haze) works in a Skid Row flower shop, trying to make ends meet. Among his other problems, he lives with his hypochondriac mother (Myrtle Vail), his boss Mr. Mushnick (Mel Welles) is mean, and his crush Audrey (Jackie Joseph) doesn’t noticeContinue reading “Roger Corman’s ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’: Needs More Homoeroticism and Less Whininess (review)”

1959’s ‘A Bucket of Blood’ Contains Neither Blood nor Buckets but is Still a Good Time (review)

  Walter (Dick Miller) is a busboy at a beatnik coffeehouse with aspirations of doing something more. After accidentally killing a cat, he turns it into a sculpture and makes a splash (splatter? squish?) in the art world. Unfortunately staying popular involves making more art, and Walter finds himself killing people on purpose—and growing increasinglyContinue reading “1959’s ‘A Bucket of Blood’ Contains Neither Blood nor Buckets but is Still a Good Time (review)”