Issue #103
January 2004


Universal's classic 1940s Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce mysteries are finally afoot on DVD... but do MPI Home Video's release of the UCLA 35mm restorations live up to their promise? Find out as Tim Lucas raises his magnifying glass to SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN WASHINGTON and SHERLOCK HOLMES FACES DEATH! With rare vintage color graphics!

Nobuo Nakagawa: Master of Japanesque Horror

Veering from West to East, VW and Bill Cooke bring you the first in-depth English-language study of Japan's supreme maker of kaidan eiga ("ghost story") films, whose works—including THE GHOST OF YOTSUYA and JIGOKU ("Hell")—are currently available as import DVDs!

Plus! VW's Regular Features...

Dog Bytes

Reviews of reviews of Fred Olen Ray's ALIEN DEAD... Elizabeth Hurley meets a serial killer in BEYOND BEDLAM... Peter Cushing's swan song BIGGLES—ADVENTURES IN TIME... Al Adamson goes blaxploitation in BLACK HEAT... Grand Guignol on the cheap in DUNGEONS OF HARROW... another little girl with a bouncing ball terrorizes people through FEAR DOT COM... Frank LaLoggia's debut FEAR NO EVIL... the Richard Christian Matheson-scripted FULL ECLIPSE... an import Hammer box set including COUNTESS DRACULA, TWINS OF EVIL and VAMPIRE CIRCUS... Haskell Wexler's seminal docudrama MEDIUM COOL... snowboarders get slashed in SHREDDER... masked superhero shenanigans, Italian style, in SUPERARGO CONTRO DIABOLICUS... and Crispin Clover starts a new Rat Pack in the remake of WILLARD!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

Joe is back with another assortment of early 1970s reviews, this time including Gianfranco Parolini's ADIOS SABATA, Don Siegel's cop classic DIRTY HARRY, the British vampire opus THE HAND OF NIGHT (aka BEAST OF MOROCCO) and—pardon us as we genuflect—Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST!


Our in-depth reviews of THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO (both with Martin Landau and Udo Kier!) and ROBERTO BEGNIGNI'S PINOCCHIO... the Coen Brothers' hilarious fantasy THE BIG LEBOWSKI... the Max J. Rosenberg-produced BLOODY BIRTHDAY... dark gods, kung fu, exorcisms and enhanced breast nudity in Japan's DRAGON BLUE... comparisons of the domestic and import discs of the terrifying HK/Thai horror film THE EYE... Ken Russell's bizarre home movie THE FALL OF THE LOUSE OF USHER... Something Weird's serpentine double feature of RATTLERS and THE SNAKE PEOPLE (with Boris Karloff)... the acclaimed British horror classic of the 1970s, RAW MEAT aka DEATH LINE (the subject of our next VW Round Table Discussion!)... Steve Reeves teams with Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava for THE WHITE WARRIOR... plus IMPORT reviews of Nicolas Roeg's mesmerizing and transgressive BAD TIMING: A SENSUAL OBSESSION... the Thai horror thriller BANGKOK HAUNTED... Jess Franco's hardcore horror-sex fantasy DORIANA GREY... and a new British DVD of Michael Armstrong's legendarily gruesome MARK OF THE DEVIL (complete with a rare color shot of the legendary deleted scene)!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter on KILL BILL: VOL. 1, SCARFACE and new Italian horror score releases! Need we say more?

Biblio Watchdog

Reviews of three McFarland and Company releases—THE FILMS OF TOBE HOOPER: EATEN ALIVE AT A CHAINSAW MASSACRE... Don Glut's THE FRANKENSTEIN ARCHIVE... and Neil Pettigrew's mammoth THE STOP MOTION FILMOGRAPHY!

Other Contributors to this issue: Anthony Ambrogio, Stephen R. Bissette, John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith, Brett Taylor and Nathaniel Thompson.

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