#116
February 2005
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Things from the Attic

By Popular Demand!   We're bringing back our "Tapes from the Attic" feature on an irregular basis, but now it's expanded into "Things from the Attic"-not just domestic tapes, but rare foreign tapes, laserdiscs and even out-of-print DVDs! In a special "EuroCult" installment, Tim Lucas blows the dust off Riccardo Freda's DOUBLE FACE, THE HOUSE WITH THE YELLOW CARPET, Antonio Margheriti's Disneyesque MR. SUPERINVISIBLE, Ruggero Deodato's superhero actioner PHENOMENAL AND THE TREASURE OF TUTANKAMEN, and a comparison review of Margheriti's SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE and its French widescreen edition, Les Diablesses!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

More vintage fun as Joe Dante tears your tickets to retrospective reviews of Cheri Caffaro in THE ABDUCTORS... Peter Cushing and Patrick Macnee in BLOOD SUCKERS... Ingrid Pitt in the heavily-cut domestic release of COUNTESS DRACULA... Alex Cord and Samantha Eggar in Armando Cripino's THE DEAD ARE ALIVE... Woody Allen's R-rated sketch comedy EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX (BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK)... and Giacopetti/Prosperi's appalling "You Are There" shockumentary about slavery in the Old South, FAREWELL, UNCLE TOM!

DVD Spotlight

Interested in how Kino on Video's box set THE WONG KAR-WAI COLLECTION stacks up against import disc releases of AS TEARS GO BY, CHUNGKING EXPRESS, DAYS OF BEING WILD, FALLEN ANGELS and HAPPY TOGETHER? John Charles answers all your questions in a detailed Spotlight review!

Dog Bytes

Capsule reviews of Luís Buñuel's surrealist classic L'Age d'Or... Bob Swaim's film noir pastiche La Balance... Peter Cushing makes his final performance in BIGGLES: ADVENTURES IN TIME... Don Johnson and his best friend trod a post-apocalyptic landscape in A BOY AND HIS DOG... anime explodes into wild pop art in DEAD LEAVES... Catherine Breillat directs a deadly portrait of sibling rivalry in FAT GIRL... Catherine Deneuve introduces Susan Sarandon to THE HUNGER... Lon Chaney Jr. quivers his baggy eyes in the '50s programmer INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN... four heads aren't necessarily better than two when you buy the MGM double feature THE INCREDIBLE 2-HEADED TRANSPLANT/THE THING WITH TWO HEADS... Moon Lee CHoi-fung lashes out in the martial arts spectacular IRON FIST... the low-budget graveyard lunacy of RING OF TERROR... John Carradine guards the entry to Hell in THE SENTINEL... Michael Murphy hits the campaign trail in Robert Altman & Garry Trudeau's political satire TANNER `88... our nation's figure head runs a few victims up the flagpole in UNCLE SAM... and we witness the birth of psychoanalysis in YOUNG DR. FREUD!

DVDs

In-depth reviews of William Castle's swan song BUG... Robert Altman's masterpiece about the gambling bug, CALIFORNIA SPLIT ... Robert Quarry finds stardom at AIP in COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and its sequel THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA... Robert Bresson's ascetic classics DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST and A MAN ESCAPED... Mark Redfield's surprising homegrown production of DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE... FANGORIA hosts a filmmaking competition with FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE: AMERICA'S BEST SHORT HORROR FILMS, hosted by Rob Zombie... Grade A giggles in Larry Blamire's B-movie spoof THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA... a trio of Claude Chabrol suspensers (La Cérémonie, Masques, STORY OF WOMEN)... Vincent Price meets John Carradine at THE MONSTER CLUB... Macha Méril makes a terrifying impression in NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS... Matt Frewer dons a deerstalker cap in yet another SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION... Santa decks the halls with the bowels of Holly in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT and SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2... Japan's favorite superhero returns in ULTRAMAN GAIA THE BATTLE IN HYPERSPACE... Alberto Sordi stars in Federico Fellini's debut feature THE WHITE SHEIK... and an excursion into Japanese "pink" cinema with THE WORLD OF GEISHA and A WOMAN WITH RED HAIR!

Imports

Tsui Hark directs a legion of bloodsucking flappers in his debut feature THE BUTTERFLY MURDERS... and Peter Cushing battles an army of bonesucking silicate creatures on the ISLAND OF TERROR, then sweats out an alien invasion with Christopher Lee on the NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter reviews Trey Parker & Marc Shaiman's score for TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, Jeff Rona's TRAFFIC: THE MINISERIES, Basil Poledouris's AMERIKA, and also THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., VOLUME 3 with music by Jerry Goldsmith, Morton Stevens, David Grusin and Gerald Fried!

All this and much, much more awaits you in VW #116!