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The Witches 50 Word Film Review

April 21st 2014 22:10
(1966) Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting. Dir: Cyril Frankel.
Review No:915
The Witches 50 Word Film Review

Having already experienced a breakdown abroad, a nervous teacher finds sinister goings on near her new school. A classier Hammer production with a quality star, fine script, excellent score, well directed, and with great opening and closing segments. The only thing it’s sadly missing is a bit more originality.

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(1974) Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, David Prowse, Madeline Smith, John Stratton, Patrick Troughton. Dir: Terence Fisher.
Review No: 914
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

Hiding under an alias, Frankenstein works at a mental hospitals, experimenting on a bestial patient. A noticeably strapped budget, keeps this very studio bound and the action unfolds largely predictably. Instead there’s a focus on cruelty and depravity which feels shoe-horned in, although the monster is memorably grotesque.

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See also: Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Revenge of Frankenstein, The Evil of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Created Woman, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed.




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(1953) Stephen Murray, Barbara Payton, James Hayter, John Van Eyssen. Dir: Terence Fisher.
Review No:913
Four Sided Triangle 50 Word Film Review

An inventor of cloning technology figures out a novel way to get over his woman choosing another man. Something of a run-through for Hammer’s Frankenstein, with an odd mix of serious ideas and far-out sci-fi. It doesn’t really go far enough in either direction and the cast are pretty dull.

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(1948) Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Flora Robson, Françoise Rosay, Frederick Valk, Peter Bull, Anthony Quayle, Michael Gough. Dir: Basil Deardon.
Review No: 912
Saraband for Dead Lovers 50 Word Film Review

Forced into a loveless marriage, a young princess falls for a military officer. Hardly a romp, Ealing’s first colour film was too solemn for its time, but has aged well. It’s a compelling drama about the cruelty, corruption and soulless nature of court life, with impressive direction.

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(1939) Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, John Warwick, Leonard Henry, Aubrey Mallalieu, Robert Adair. Dir: George King.
Review No:911
Face at the Window 50 Word Film Review

A series of robberies and murders are heralded by the sound of a wolf and mysterious face. Unashamedly OTT homage to old melodramas, with a villain of moustache twirling proportions. It’s lots of fun, but due to the clunky, slow direction, it’s not the real hoot it ought to be.

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Under the Skin 50 Word Film Review

April 6th 2014 22:40
(2013) Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Michael Moreland, Paul Brannigan. Dir: Jonathan Glazer.
Review No:910
Under the Skin 50 Word Film Review

A life-form disguised as a woman preys on men in Glasgow and leads them to their deaths. Less of a sci-fi monster movie and more of an examination of sexual exploitation and gender. It’s reliance on ambiguity, sound and expressionism makes its chills far more frightening than most horror flicks, though its lack of structure and languid pace does grate.

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(2013) Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin. Dir: Martin Scorsese.
Review No:909
Wolf of Wall Street 50 Word Film Review

The story of Jordan Belfort, a stock broker who made and spent billions he made illegally. An epic of grotesque hedonism. By making it a frat-boy comedy, Scorsese keeps it at car-crash entertaining levels for the heavy duration, yet there’s plenty of uncomfortable food for thought beneath the surface.

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(1983) Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak. Dir: Mark Rosman.
Review No:908
House on Sorority Row 50 Word Film Review

A prank goes horribly wrong when a group of sorority girls kill their house mother. A cult film and not because of the quality; some tawdry teen trash of the TV movie variety. One that’s high on cheese and disappointingly bloodless.

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(2012) Kate Ashfield, Tasha Connor, Steven Waddington, Craig Parkinson, Martin Compston. Dir: Pat Holden.
Review No:910
When the Lights Went Out 50 Word Film Review

In 70s Britain, a young girl and her family move into their dream home, but is it haunted? The setup has promise but it fizzles out quickly. The relationship between the young leads is endearing, but otherwise the characters are one-dimensional and the drama wears thin.

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(2013) Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright. Dir: Jim Jarmusch.
Review No:908
Only Lovers Left Alive 50 Word Film Review

An artistically inclined vampire reaches out to his mate when he begins to tire of life. So deadpan hard to know when it’s being serious. Kind of critique of the outcast/hipster class, dissatisfied with the world, yet contributing little and ultimately driven by the same needs. Very slow though.

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