Issue #107
May 2004
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Frédéric Albert Lévy and Tim Lucas peer behind the mask of Eurocult cinema's seminal star in her first-ever English language interview, covering her work with Georges Franju (EYES WITHOUT A FACE, JUDEX), Luís Buñuel (THE MILKY WAY) and Christophe Gans (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF)! With many rare and exclusive photos!

Dog Bytes

Brett Piper's stop-motion bugfest ARACHNIA... undead George Zucco and his hunchbacked minion Dwight Frye prove to a hick PRC cast that DEAD MEN WALK... Larry Buchanan raises poor man's goosebumps in the Azalea productions IT'S ALIVE! and YEAR 2889... Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree and Jim Kelly bring back blaxploitation in ONE DOWN TWO TO GO... Colin Farrell has hang-ups in the Larry Cohen-scripted thriller PHONE BOOTH... Eighties schlock sequelitis runs rampant in RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES! and RETURN TO HORROR HIGH... the story of THE KUNG FU MASTER [VW 93:14] continues in REVENGE OF THE KUNG FU MASTER... Minetaro Mochizuki's yakuza manga gets the live action treatment in SHARK SKIN MAN AND PEACH HIP GIRL... Jess Franco tries his hand at mondo and report movies in VIRGIN REPORT... and Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin score in the Richard Fleischer's film of the hit Broadway thriller WAIT UNTIL DARK!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

America quits smoking and goes COLD TURKEY... Kurt Russell tops the honor roll at Medfield College in THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES... people have sex on camera in HE AND SHE... Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee work up a sweat in Terence Fisher's ISLAND OF THE BURNING DAMNED... Rock Hudson waxes studly in Roger Vadim's PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW... and Robert Stack and Bibi Andersson test the waters of Italian filmmaking in Leonardo Bercovici's STORY OF A WOMAN!

DVD Spotlight

Bill Cooke examines Kino on Video's new DVD of a true and influential classic of silent fantastic cinema—Paul Leni's adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel, starring the great Conrad Veidt!

DVDs (In-Depth Reviews)

Spooky trash times three in the Something Weird triple header THE ATOMIC BRAIN/LOVE AFTER DEATH/THE INCREDIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD (with John Carradine!)... Rural raunch times two in the Something Weird double bill COMMON LAW WIFE and JENNIE: WIFE/CHILD (by THE SADIST director James Landis!)... Blake Edwards and Glenn Ford conduct an EXPERIMENT IN TERROR... see the first-rate sci fi that most people missed in the recently cancelled FIREFLY: THE COMPLETE SERIES... Perry Tong's gory indie joins Sam Sherman's "Cult Cinema Collection" in HANDS OF BLOOD... Roger Corman tackles H.P. Lovecraft in THE HAUNTED PALACE and then scarifies Shakespeare with producer brother Gene Corman in TOWER OF LONDON (both starring Vincent Price!)... Masayuki Ochiai creates a Mabuse-like thriller in THE HYPNOTIST... Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's acclaimed graphic novel reaches the screen with Sean Connery at the helm in THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN... BLACK MASK director Daniel Lee Yan-kwong adapts a 20-volume martial arts novel as THE MASTER SWORDSMAN... the monument to absurdity that is QUEEN KONG... Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis get caught up in some deadly ROAD GAMES... Charlton Heston learns the truth about tomorrow's snack food and turns SOYLENT GREEN... Oscar-winning writer-director Bill Condon (GODS AND MONSTERS) writes his first script for STRANGE BEHAVIOR... Keith Carradine is back on the street in Sam Fuller's STREET OF NO RETURN... classic Toho gets an anime twist in SUPER ATRAGON: THE MOTION PICTURE... and Barbara Lass is terrorized by hirsute Curt Lowens in the Italian cult classic WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY! Plus import discs! The Shaw Brothers resurrect their weird HK sex-horror romp BLACK MAGIC... and Klaus Kinski goes for the ladies in Jess Franco's thinly-disguised AWFUL DR. ORLOF remake, JACK THE RIPPER!

Biblio Watchdog


Plus! Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter and his team of sonic experts list their favorites of 2003 in Audio Watchdog's annual "Best and Rest of..." column!

One of the genre's most anticipated interviews and more than 50 REVIEWS—IN FULL COLOR! It's just your monthly dose of excellence from The Perfectionist's Guide to Fantastic Video!

Other contributors to VIDEO WATCHDOG #107 include: John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Derek Hill & Lynda E. Rucker, David Kalat, Kim Newman and Richard Harland Smith!