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Tuesday, 09 May 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Vampyres 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: NR starring: Marianne Morris, Anulka, Murray Brown, Sally Faulkner, Brian Deacon, Michael Byrne, Karl Lanchbury, Bessie Love, Elliott Sullivan release year: 1975 film rating: Three stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Alternately fascinating and boring, intelligent and dopey, with obvious ideas followed by intriguing new ones, VAMPYRES is about as mixed a bag as a horror movie can get. Spanish director Joseph Larraz, working in England, wrote the script in a week, and it pretty much plays like that -- but Larraz is an intelligent man (something he repeatedly points out himself in the commentary track), and VAMPYRES is, at times, surprisingly intelligent. It's also extremely erotic, and awash in blood. It's hardly to everyone's taste, but for those who like the exotic, or are fond of horror movies, it's an interesting experience.
Tuesday, 21 March 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Horror Express 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: Image Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa, Angel del Pozo, Helga Line, Telly Savalas, Alice Reinheart release year: 1972 film rating: Three and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Probably because it requires depositing a print or two with the Library of Congress, the distributor of HORROR EXPRESS never bothered to secure an American copyright for the film. It's been available on video, including DVD, only pan-and-scan prints of rock-bottom quality; a good print has become something of a minor Holy Grail for horror movie buffs.
Tuesday, 08 February 2000 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: In The Mouth of Madness 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: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner release year: 1995 film rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein ‘In the Mouth of Madness’ has the effect of a tap on your shoulder when you’re sure you’re alone. Director John Carpenter and screenwriter Michael De Luca demonstrate that they know what works when it comes to horror. The audience (particularly those who are familiar with the works of H.P. Lovecraft) may have some idea of where all this is generally headed and anybody who’s ever seen anything in this genre will want to yell at the screen when the female lead goes exploring alone in the middle of the night. However, none of this detracts from how exuberantly and unnervingly the filmmakers tell their story.
Tuesday, 28 December 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Exorcist 3 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: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Jason Miller, Scott Wilson, Nicol Williamson, Brad Dourif, Zohra Lampert, Viveca Lindfors release year: 1990 film rating: Two and a half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren William Peter Blatty, who wrote the novel of The Exorcist, wasn't entirely happy with William Friedkin's smash-hit movie version. He wasn't done with the story either, and later wrote another novel, Legion, about a police detective and a priest who were involved with the original exorcism. Determined that this time the movie would be done precisely as he wanted, he wrote and directed "The Exorcist III" himself. The result? An irritating, pretentious but well-made movie with excellent acting and not anywhere nearly enough explanations. Like "The Exorcist II," it ran into trouble, and shows signs of post-production tampering; Nicol Williamson's character (the only exorcist in sight) wasn't even in the script as originally filmed.
Tuesday, 21 December 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: 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(); studio: Universal Home Entertainment MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, Edward Van Sloan, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade release year: 1931 film rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren One of the best to date in the ongoing "Classic Monster Collection" from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, this well-produced DVD includes both the famous Bela Lugosi version of "Dracula," and the Spanish-language version shot by night on the same sets. There are those who prefer the Spanish-language version, directed by George Melford, over the more familiar Tod Browning version. It's hard to deny that the Spanish version does include more closeups, and occasionally more effective staging. (Why, though, is it almost half an hour longer?) But Carlos Villarias (billed as Villar) is absolutely and utterly no match for the splendid, reptilian eeriness of Bela Lugosi as the undead Count Dracula.
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