Issue #105
March 2004


ADRIAN MESSENGER Unmasked!
The Many Faces of Jan Merlin

Tom Weaver interviews the familiar character actor about his hush-hush involvement in the filming of John Huston's 1963 gimmick mystery, THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER! Read all about one of the biggest cover-ups in mystery history! See page after page of exclusive photos!

DVD Spotlight: LON CHANEY COLLECTION

Tim Lucas reviews Warner Home Video/TCM Archives' stunning retrospective tribute to silent screen great Lon Chaney, including THE ACE OF HEARTS, LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH, THE UNKNOWN, Kevin Brownlow's documentary LON CHANEY—A THOUSAND FACES, the stills reconstruction of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT and much more!

Plus! VW's Regular Features...

Dog Bytes

Capsule reviews of THE ADVENTURES OF DR. FU MANCHU, four episodes of a 1950s TV revival of Sax Rohmer's Napoleon of crime... Chantal Akermann's LA CAPTIVE, an erotic contemporary adaptation of a novel from Marcel Proust's REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST... Christopher Lee's Count Regula is resurrected in Harald Reinl's CASTLE OF THE WALKING DEAD... THE CRAZIES, George A. Romero's biochemical cautionary tale... Henri-Georges Clouzot's rarely-screened spy thriller LES ESPIONS... HANDS OF A STRANGER, an obscure 1960s American film unofficially based on THE HANDS OF ORLAC... MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN meets The Wasp in a Columbia serial based on Lee Falk's popular comic strip... MY TANGO WITH PORN, a documentary about the Canadian film ratings system... Ed Nelson stalks a pre-ALIEN creature that bursts out of its human host in NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST... PINK FLOYD LIVE IN POMPEII: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, Adrian Maben's redo of his 1970s midnight movie stoner classic... two Universal serials based on SECRET AGENT X-9... Barbara Steele in Michael Reeves' directorial debut THE SHE BEAST... Hammer's early experiment in television TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN (and its companion feature, Roger Corman's THE TERROR)... Trevor Howard seeks revenge in Cavalcanti's suspense thriller THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE... and Reed Hadley dons the mask of Don Diego in the Republic serial ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

This month, the screening room offers something for Euro oater fans, as Joe jots down his impressions of ACE HIGH (starring Terence Hill as "Cat Stevens"!)... Lee Van Cleef and Carroll Baker in the Philip Yordan-scripted CAPTAIN APACHE... A FEW BULLETS MORE, a Spanish, pre-Peckinpah telling of the story of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid... A LONG RIDE FROM HELL, the final film and only Western of movie great Steve Reeves... and a sprinkling of scares, courtesy of Gordon Hessler's MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and Brian De Palma's SISTERS!

DVDs

In-depth reviews of the Hammer cult favorite CAPTAIN KRONOS VAMPIRE HUNTER... Tony Anthony forms a ménage è trois with Luciana Paluzzi and Rosemary Dexter in COMETOGETHER... George A. Romero's trilogy-capping DAY OF THE DEAD... Gary Sherman's DEAD & BURIED... Criterion's new box set A FILM TRILOGY BY INGMAR BERGMAN: THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, WINTER LIGHT and THE SILENCE (plus the documentary INGMAR BERGMAN MAKES A MOVIE)... Peter Cushing bids au revoir to his beloved Baron in FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL... Herschell Gordon Lewis dumps horror in favor of hillbilly hootch in the double feature THIS STUFF'LL KILL YA! and THE YEAR OF THE YAHOO!... the undead anime VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU: VOLUME ONE... Plus "Import" DVD reviews of the latest Asian shock success JU-ON: THE GRUDGE... three new "Arkoff Film Library" discs of the AIP classics THE SHE CREATURE, VOODOO WOMAN and THE UNDEAD... and a Shaw Brothers production about a ghost girl with a bouncing white ball, THE SIAMESE TWINS!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter waxes poetic over several new Bernard Herrmann releases (including ON DANGEROUS GROUND and several volumes of his radio and television scores for CBS) and the long-awaited CD debut of Nino Rota's score for Federico Fellini's TOBY DAMMIT!

Biblio Watchdog

Reviews of Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier's SHADOWMEN: HEROES AND VILLAINS OF FRENCH PULP FICTION and Adam Lukeman's FANGORIA'S 101 BEST HORROR MOVIES YOU'VE NEVER SEEN!

Plus!

Thrill to some amazing FULL-COLOR photos of Paul Blaisdell's creature creations for THE SHE CREATURE and VOODOO WOMAN!

All this and more await you in VIDEO WATCHDOG #105!

Other contributors to this issue: Anthony Ambrogio, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith and Rebecca & Sam Umland!

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