#130
May 2007
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 In Remembrance of Freddie Francis

Ted Newsom pays his respects to the talented British director-cameraman responsible for the indelible images of films like THE INNOCENTS, PARANOIAC, THE SKULL, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and THE ELEPHANT MAN. Includes excerpts from Ted's interview with Francis himself!

In Search of Ganja & Hess

All Day Entertainment's David Kalat recounts the behind-the-scenes story of bringing a more complete version of Bill Gunn's renowned vampire classic to DVD!

DVD Spotlight
The Boris Karloff Collection

  Kim Newman critiques Universal's welcome if somewhat inglorious tribute to their greatest horror star, with reviews of NIGHT KEY, TOWER OF LONDON, THE CLIMAX, THE STRANGE DOOR and THE BLACK CASTLE!

Dog Bytes

Short form reviews! Jason Statham must keep his (and your) heart rate up or die in CRANK... Leif Garrett and a group of psychotic kids terrorize a house of adults in DEVIL TIMES FIVE... Barry Prima wields a lustrous weapon in the Indonesian fantasy THE DEVIL'S SWORD... John Carradine shares the screen with Tina Louise and Julie Newmar in EVILS OF THE NIGHT... Doris Wishman explores (or exploits?) the transsexual subculture in LET ME DIE A WOMAN... Klaus Kinski and Tina Aumont seek to extend their LIFESPAN... and James Coburn acts with someone else's voice in the Italian "Dirty Dozen" Western A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE!

DVDs

In-depth reviews of all three titles in THE AZTEC MUMMY COLLECTION (THE AZTEC MUMMY, CURSE OF THE AZTEC MUMMY and THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY—in both their Spanish and English versions!)... Ulli Lommel's BOOGEYMAN 2 and BOOGEYMAN 2: DIRECTOR'S CUT... Hideo Nakata's directorial debut CURSE, DEATH, AND SPIRIT... Cameron Mitchell and Jayne Mansfield meet in Yugoslavia while filming DOG EAT DOG... all three titles in THE DR. MABUSE COLLECTION (THE RETURN OF DR. MABUSE, THE INVISIBLE DR. MABUSE and THE DEATH RAY MIRROR OF DR. MABUSE)... Robert Aldrich rides the action thriller to the end of the line in EMPEROR OF THE NORTH... Gordon Mitchell fuses pepla and science fiction in THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (we review TWO versions!), while Gordon Scott fights a giant mollusc in HERCULES AND THE PRINCESS OF TROY... Darren McGavin keeps his stakes sharpened and his crucifixes shiny in the TV series KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER... Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh get all hopped up on horror in NIGHT OF THE LEPUS... Ray Milland tackles THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE... PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES' Angel Aranda invites some friends to his humble abode to spill SATAN'S BLOOD... in the tradition of Godzilla and Mothra, Toho unveils SPACE AMOEBA... and hippie bikers grow hairier in WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS!

Plus!

Import reviews of Johnny Depp in Emir Kusturica's surreal ARIZONA DREAM... Mario Bava's Le spie vengono dal semifreddo (the original Italian version of DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS)... and Massimo Dallamano's harrowing giallo WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?!

Not enough? Sam & Rebecca Umland also bring you their detailed HD reviews of CONSTANTINE and the '50s science fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET!

Also...

Ramsey Campbell on Gaspar Noë's IRREVERSIBLE... Audio Watchdog Douglas E. Winter on the CD soundtracks of THE PRESTIGE, THE ILLUSIONIST and THE FOUNTAIN... book reviews of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE AT THE CINEMA, THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY and CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES... the surprise return of "Watchdog News"... and much, much more!

 


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