Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on November 12. Stan Lee for many was the man who created Marvel Comics – which he did with a lot of help from co-creators Jack Kirby and Steve Dikto (who also sadly passed away earlier this year).
When superhero comics first appeared in the late 1930s they took the world by storm but by the 1950s the genre was almost dead – only DC Comics were keeping the genre alive. Stan Lee started working for Timely Comics in 1939 for owner Martin Goodman as an office assistant. He would soon start writing back up stories for comics, he took the pen Stan Lee (his real name was Stanley Lieber) because he wanted to be a real writer and comics were looked down on. Continue reading “Sunday Matinee: Stan Lee”
Original aired on the ABC channel in 1975 as the Movie of the Week, this little horror anthology from director Dan Curtis (Night Stalker) features three stories all from acclaimed writer Richard Matheson (I am Legend).
Another 31 Days of Horror has come and gone and while I was doing a best of / my favourite list – I missed so many more films that I wanted to mention.
In fact I didn’t really list anything from more recent years or some of the bigger classics. There is just too many awesome movies from last 100 years of cinema to squeeze into a mere 31 days. Anyway here is a few more movies that are awesome too! Continue reading “Sunday Matinee: 10 Years of Fear Wrap Up”
Happy Halloween! Here we are at the end of 31 Days of Horror – 10 Years of Fear. I decided to end this year with Psycho – the movie that got me hooked on horror as child.
Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) has just stolen a large sum of money from her boss and is driving out to California to where her boyfriend Sam Loomis (John Gavin) lives. Sam has massive debts and can’t marry Marion so she took the money to help them. Along the way she switches cars at a dealership and then continues driving into the night. Tired and in a rain storm she stops at a little motel called Bates Motel. Continue reading “31 Days Of Horror: Psycho”
I had a lot of trouble trying to come up with a best of list. The best I could do was just randomly list my favourites although it feels like I’ve missed some – actually I’m sure of it. My other problem was coming up with a movie to end this year’s 31 Days of Horror on.
I was originally going to end with The Exorcist. It’s one of my favourites, it’s still terrifying and it is considered one of the best horror movies of all time. But……I thought of another movie and so I moved The Exorcist to today. Continue reading “31 Days Of Horror: The Exorcist”
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In the summer of 1975 Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name changed the summer movie season forever, creating the summer blockbuster season. And yet Jaws is more than just a blockbuster movie – it’s a genuinely scary thriller. Continue reading “31 Days Of Horror: Jaws”
International casts present a unique challenge to both viewers and filmmakers. The absence of a unifying language can be distracting, as well as the actors’ different rhythms. An archetypical example is a terrible horror movie from 15 years ago called Darkness, for which Spanish director Jaume Balagueró cast Anna Paquin (Canada), Lena Olin (Sweden), Iain Glen (Scotland) and Giancarlo Giannini (Italy) as your average American family to hilarious effect.
Bel Canto knows better. The film uses the language barrier between the protagonists for its benefit, a challenge they have to overcome in order to survive. While the movie works well as a romantic drama, it doesn’t as a thriller, a bit of a problem when you are dealing with a hostage situation. Continue reading “REVIEW: Bel Canto Sings, but Doesn’t Hit the High Notes”
John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Laura (Julie Christie) are working in Venice after the drowning death of their daughter Christine. Their child’s death has hit the couple very hard and as they are dealing with it John is working on restoring an old church.