The Terror

July 31, 2017 at 12:29 am (5 Heads, Terror, The) (, , , , , , , , )

The Terror – 1963 – United States

1806: A French army officer named Andre is separated from his regiment. Wandering France’s coastal wilderness, he encounters a beautiful woman named Helene. She mysteriously vanishes and he scours the countryside for her. Entering an old witch’s secluded hut, Andre asks about Helene. The witch suspiciously denies the mysterious woman’s existence. Later, Andre comes upon the decrepit castle of Baron von Leppe. The melancholy baron knows of Helene and believes she is the ghost of his wife. He regretfully describes how he killed her after a jealous tiff twenty years ago. Andre, obsessed with Helene, refuses to believe she is dead. Despite the witch’s and baron’s efforts to stop him, he investigates further and uncovers the dark history of Castle von Leppe. By the film’s end, the castle is destroyed in a flood, the baron drowns, the witch is struck by lightning, and Helene’s face melts off.

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The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini

July 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm (6 Heads, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Movie Title) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini – 1966 – United States

After a millionaire dies, his heirs congregate at his mansion for the reading of his will. The will reveals that all the money is hidden in the mansion and the heirs must find it. The millionaire’s crooked lawyer hires thugs to kill the heirs so he will inherit everything. Also at the mansion is a mischievous ghost girl (with an invisible bikini), some dopey bikers, and a busload of teenage surfers who just want to have a good time.

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The Island Monster

May 10, 2016 at 1:10 am (3 Heads, Island Monster) (, , , )

The Island Monster – 1954 – Italy

On an island resort in southern Italy, gangsters smuggle drugs. Their leader is Don Gaetano (played by Boris Karloff), a kindly old man who runs a “home for sick babies” as a front for his drug operation. A police detective comes to the island. To infiltrate the smuggling gang, he kindles a romance with one of the female gangsters (a sultry nightclub singer). The detective’s cover causes friction with his wife. Things get even more personal when the gangsters kidnap his daughter. After the child is kidnapped, the nightclub singer has a change of heart and quits the gang. She and the detective (with the help of an impossibly smart dog) bust up the drug operation.

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Isle of the Snake People

September 24, 2014 at 1:55 am (6 Heads, Isle of the Snake People) (, , , , , , , )

Isle of the Snake People – 1971 – Mexico/United States

A military captain visits a remote island colony. His mission is to reform the corrupt police department, but he is sidetracked by disturbing reports of the natives’ sacrificial rituals. With help from a roguish male police officer and a prudish female suffragist, the captain discovers a cannibalistic voodoo cult. There is also a rather stupid and out-of-place romance subplot.

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Die, Monster, Die!

October 11, 2011 at 2:57 am (8 Heads, Die, Monster, Die!) (, , , , , , , )

Die, Monster, Die! – 1965 – United States/England

Disregard the hokey title. Die, Monster, Die! is a (loose) adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s The “Colour Out of Space”. An American International Pictures production made in England, Die, Monster, Die! is a lively blend of American shocks and Euro gloom. Notably, it’s Boris Karloff’s last decent movie—assuming you dislike Jack Hill’s threadbare Mexican flicks.

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The Comedy of Terrors

October 3, 2011 at 1:33 am (6 Heads, Comedy of Terrors) (, , , , , , , , , )

The Comedy of Terrors – 1963 – United States

Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, written by Richard Matheson, scored by Les Baxter, and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, and Rhubarb the Cat (a.k.a. Orangey—feline thespian of This Island Earth, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Village of the Giants)—The Comedy of Terrors is a potpourri of high profile talents. Predictably, it’s good too.

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