#120
June/July 2005
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Dr. Paul Armstrong's
Handy Guide to '50s Sci-Fi Heroes

Larry Blamire (that "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" guy!) makes his VW debut with an amusing and insightful tribute to the stars who inspired him: Arthur Franz, Richard Carlson, John Agar... and every other screen scientist who rolled up his sleeves to clean a monster's clock!

Triffids on the March:
From John Wyndham to the BBC

David J. Schow turns a new leaf by puttering around the science fiction classic THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS—from its roots in science fiction, to its motion picture offshoot, and its full flowering as a BBC serial (now available on DVD)!


Dog Bytes

     Capsule reviews of Al Adamson's BLAZING STEWARDESSES... Lash LaRue's return to the screen in the North Carolinian horror flicks THE DARK POWER and ALIEN OUTLAW... the Austrian existentialism of FREE RADICALS... the South Korean blade vengeance of SWORD IN THE MOON... and Image Entertainment's two-disc retrospective THE MUNSTERS: AMERICA'S FIRST FAMILY OF FRIGHT!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

     Joe collects ticket stubs for ACT OF THE HEART, a religious quasi-horror film starring Donald Sutherland and Geneviève Bujold... John Carradine and Joi Lansing in BIGFOOT... Mark Lester makes a play for family entertainment in BLACK BEAUTY... George C. Scott brings star power to Richard Fleischer's crime drama THE LAST RUN... Calvin Lockhart and Rosalind Cash headline the obscure blaxploitation murder mystery MELINDA... John Houseman grades Timothy Bottoms' law school tests in THE PAPER CHASE... and Paul Bartel makes his directorial debut with the memorably creepy PRIVATE PARTS!

DVDs

     In-depth reviews of AIP's monster teen comedies GHOST OF DRAGSTRIP HOLLOW and THE GHOST IN THE INVISIBLE BIKINI (starring Boris Karloff as The Corpse!)... the British-made Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT and THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT... Cheryl Smith lends her signature performance to Richard Blackburn's LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL... Fisherman Richard Harris is targeted for revenge by ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE... Steven Soderbergh parodies mainstream and arthouse cinema in SCHIZOPOLIS... Shinya Tsukamoto explores the middle ground of blackmail and erotic fantasy in A SNAKE IN JUNE... STREET MOBSTER and GRAVEYARD OF HONOR, two peak period yakuza thrillers from Kinji Fukasaku... THE UP SERIES, Michael Apted's 40 years-in-the-making study of British youth... and Park Ki-Hyung's seminal South Korean horror hit WHISPERING CORRIDORS!

Imports

   Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi set the screen ablaze in Wong Kar-wai's melancholy, sci-fi-tinged masterpiece 2046... Nicole Kidman suffers a nightmare on Elm Street in Lars von Trier's DOGVILLE... and veteran director Bruno Mattei hits the DTV trenches with SNUFF TRAP!


Plus!

    The 100th installment of Douglas E. Winter's "Audio Watchdog" column... Kim Newman's "Watchdog News" report on BBC4's live remake of THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT... "Biblio Watchdog" reviews of Tom Johnson & Mark A. Miller's THE CHRISTOPHER LEE FILMOGRAPHY and editor Stephen Prince... "Letterbox" appearances by director/cameraman Gary Graver and producer Richard Gordon...

...and much more!


Other contributors to this issue: John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Tim Lucas, Richard Harland Smith, and Sam & Rebecca Umland.