The Blancheville Monster

September 19, 2016 at 3:27 am (4 Heads, Blancheville Monster) (, , , )

The Blancheville Monster – 1963 – Italy/Spain

France 1884: After attending college in England, a young woman returns to her ancestral castle. Since her father recently died (under mysterious circumstances) and her favorite servants have left, the castle is now a foreboding place. Furthermore, she learns of a family prophecy indicating that her family will die if a girl child ever reaches the age of 21. Predictably, the young woman’s 21st birthday is in 5 days. Also predictably, her father is not really dead. Disfigured and insane, he stalks the castle, trying to prevent the prophecy by killing his daughter with the power of hypnosis.

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The Premature Burial

December 8, 2012 at 3:42 am (7 Heads, Premature Burial) (, , , , , )

The Premature Burial – 1962 – United States

The Premature Burial is an Edgar Allen Poe adaptation directed by Roger Corman for American International Pictures. Corman and AIP’s series of Poe flicks consists of House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Premature Burial (1962), Tales of Terror (1962), The Raven (1963), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964), and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964). All of them star Vincent Price aside from Premature Burial, which instead features the hard-working Ray Milland whose numerous credits include Dial M for Murder (1954), Panic in Year Zero! (1962), and X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963).

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Terror-Creatures from the Grave

July 25, 2011 at 12:04 am (9 Heads, Terror-Creatures from the Grave) (, , , , , , )

Terror-Creatures from the Grave – 1965 – Italy

The stupidly titled Terror-Creatures from the Grave is an Italian gothic shocker “inspired by Edgar Allen Poe”—whatever that means. Long ago, this was my first Barbara Steele flick and it’s still dear to me. Thankfully it’s damn fine cinema too.

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The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

August 1, 2010 at 4:34 pm (7 Heads, Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism) (, , , )

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism – 1967 – Germany

From the opening in which a Theremin warbles as a warlock dons the infamous spiked Inquisition mask (see Mario Bava’s Black Sunday), I decided to like this flick. A German production owing to Hammer, The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (a.k.a. a dozen other titles), features Christopher Lee (who isn’t given much to do) and all the anachronistic period costumes you’d expect. Apparently based on The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Sadism is as true to source as Roger Corman’s The Raven with all the wizards.

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