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Tuesday, 28 August 2001 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Carrie: Special Edition function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: MGM Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Betty Buckley, John Travolta, Amy Irving, Nancy Allen, William Katt release year: 1976 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein Some movies age so gracefully that they might have been made at any time between the present and the invention of sound and color. "Carrie" is one of the rare films that fits this category – hairstyles and clothing may have changed, but the agony of being an outsider in high school, feeling like a freak, warring with an uncomprehending parent and imagining what could happen if thoughts had immediate physical consequences are all timeless. Writer Stephen King tapped into something profound (not to mention launching the mother of all horror fiction careers) when he penned his first novel; the cinematic translation by director Brian DePalma and screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen takes King’s work and makes it sing – and scream.
Tuesday, 28 August 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Son Of Frankenstein/The Ghost Of Frankenstein function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Studios MPAA rating: NR starring: Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson, Donnie Dunagan, Emma Dunn, Edgar Norton/ Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers, Janet Ann Gallow, Barton Yarborough release year: 1939 / 1942 film rating: Three-and-a-half stars / Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren In the mid-1930s, the combination of England's out-and-out ban on horror movies, and the snarls of the various censorship groups in the United States essentially brought the horror movie boom to a sudden halt. But in 1938 or 39, a local Los Angeles theater paired "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" -- and ended up with lines around the block, every day. The double bill played across the country to similar results.
Tuesday, 28 August 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Werewolf Of London / She-Wolf Of London studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: NR starring: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews, Lawrence Grant, Spring Byington, Ethel Griffies, Zeffie Tilbury June Lockhart, Don Porter, Sara Haden, Jan Wiley, Eily Malyon, Dennis Hoey, Martin Kosleck, Lloyd Corrigan, Frederick Worlock release year: 1935 1946 film rating: Three-and-a-half stars One-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren A few years ago, Universal Home Video released many of its horror classics as well-produced DVDs. David J. Skal produced discs with loads of extras, including commentary tracks, documentaries, trailers, and other features. The titles including almost all the greatest horror movies in the Universal library -- "Frankenstein," "Dracula," "The Mummy," "The Invisible Man," etc. -- but only one, "Creature from the Black Lagoon," of their 1950s sci-fi classics. And one sequel: "Bride of Frankenstein."
Tuesday, 21 August 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Wicker Man function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, Geraldine Cowper release year: 1973 film rating: Four-and-a-half stars sound/picture rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren "The Wicker Man" is a cult movie par excellence, much more so than stuff like "Rocky Horror Picture Show," which was always out there in front of everyone. Over a span of almost thirty years, "The Wicker Man" slowly established its reputation; it could hardly do otherwise, as it was so rarely shown anywhere. The informative documentary, "The Wicker Man Enigma," included on the "theatrical cut" disc of this DVD set, explains in interesting detail how the film happened to fall through so many cracks.
Tuesday, 07 August 2001 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Scars Of Dracula function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); <br> studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick Troughton, Michael Ripper, Michael Gwynn, Christopher Matthews, Julie Hamilton, Anouska Hempel release year: 1970 film rating: Two-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Some copies also include a second DVD, featuring the documentary 'The Many Faces of Christopher Lee' and two music videos with Lee. What with many of Hammer's best films in the hands of distributors who show little inclination to release them on DVD, it falls to Anchor Bay to give us almost all the others, in their 'Hammer Collection.' However, with the likes of 'Scars of Dracula,' they're beginning to reach the bottom of the deep Hammer barrel.
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