#124
March - April 2006
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Toho Terrors!

Bill Cooke celebrates the golden age of Japanese fantasy with reviews of DOGORA (THE SPACE MONSTER), MATANGO (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE), THE MYSTERIANS and VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLEŚnew on DVD from Tokyo Shock/Media Blasters!

The Third Dimension of Evil: The Making of AMITYVILLE 3-D

Filmmaker Paul Talbot documents the production of the only three-dimensional entry in the popular "Amityville" franchise, with exclusive interview input from director Richard Fleischer!

Ramsey's Rambles

New Column! Ramsey Campbell has written some of the finest ghost stories and horror fiction of our time, so which films would you expect to find bedevilling his imagination? Well, this month it's Luís Buñuel's 1950 classic, Los Olvidádos—he'll tell you why!

Things from the Attic

Back by Popular Demand! Tim Lucas and Rebecca & Sam Umland clear the cobwebs off their copies of the vintage bizarre! Jack Palance sacrifices nubile young beauties to the bargain basement African love god Chuku in CRAZE... Bert I. Gordon (THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN) documents how size counts in different ways in HOW TO SUCCEED WITH SEX... A B-movie master shepherds a new generation of filmmakers into the fields of exploitation-with-a-message in ROGER CORMAN: HOLLYWOOD'S WILD ANGEL... and Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Peter Lorre stalk the Swing Era of Kay Kyser in YOU'LL FIND OUT!

Dog Bytes

Celebrity cameos enliven the slashfest BLOODY MOVIE... Warren Oates runs an errand worthy of an Edgar Allan Poe character in Sam Peckinpah's BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA... Jess Franco stars in his own Raymond Chandler pastiche DOWNTOWN... Sonny Chiba gives a commanding performance in G.I. SAMURAI... Al Adamson directs the usual suspects (and KFC's Colonel Sanders!) in HELL'S BLOODY DEVILS... C. Thomas Howell faces down a Martian invasion in the other version of H.G. WELLS' WAR OF THE WORLDS... the "30th Anniversary Edition" of Steven Spielberg's JAWS... Ray Dennis Steckler sequelizes his HOLLYWOOD STRANGLER MEETS THE SKIDROW SLASHER in THE LAS VEGAS SERIAL KILLER... Sonny Chiba takes a backseat to Hiroyuki Sanada in NINJA WARS... Roberta Findlay offers a Queens-side view of rubbery monsters and the supernatural in THE ORACLE... aliens in the abyss meet fanged fish in RAGING SHARKS... Lee Van Cleef earns a box set in two of the three films composing MGM's THE SABATA TRILOGY (SABATA, ADIOS SABATA, RETURN OF SABATA)... England's Compton Cameo and producer Tony Tenser reveal the SECRETS OF A WINDMILL GIRL... yet another Sonny Chiba contest, this time against Ken Ogata, in SHOGUN'S SHADOW... and Jacky Wu Jing demonstrates astounding agility in the condensed period miniseries THE TAI CHI MASTER!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

It's a Western/Action festival in the old Fleapit this issue, as Joe tears your tickets for vintage reviews of Yul Brynner and Daliah Lavi in CATLOW... Charles Bronson in CHATO'S LAND... John Woo's early directorial effort FISTS OF THE DOUBLE K... George Peppard in the sci-fi-tinged espionage thriller THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY... Clint Eastwood in HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER and JOE KIDD... Raquel Welch in KANSAS CITY BOMBER... Ron O'Neal in SUPERFLY T.N.T.... and Barry Morse (though not as Lt. Phillip Gerard!) in the forgotten sexploitation flick THE TELEPHONE BOOK!

DVDs

Detailed reviews of Walerian Borowczyk's erotic fairy tale THE BEAST... Maurice Tourneur's silent screen classics THE BLUE BIRD and LORNA DOONE... a new deluxe "Special Edition" of the anime classic GHOST IN THE SHELL... J-Horror gets body conscious in Masayuki Ochiai's INFECTION... Jim Carrey looms large in the baroque children's fantasy LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS... Yuen Woo-ping tries his hand at a terroist action thriller in RED WOLF... Paul Naschy returns to the screen in Brian Yuzna's ROTTWEILER... American independent cinema turns metaphysical in THE STICKY FINGERS OF TIME and PRIMER... and Michael Keaton is haunted by telephonic messages from his dead wife in WHITE NOISE! Plus import reviews of the spectral Shaw Brothers comedy THE FAKE GHOST CATCHERS and Paul Ouellette's returns to H.P. Lovecraft's Miskatonic University, THE UNNAMABLE and THE UNNAMABLE RETURNS!

Biblio Watchdog

Brett Taylor reviews Phil Hall's THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNDERGROUND MOVIES: FILMS FROM THE FRINGES OF CINEMA and Tom Weaver's SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FILM FLASHBACKS: CONVERSATIONS WITH 24 ACTORS, WRITERS, PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE!

 

...and much more!

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