#131
June 2007
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A Toast to Curtis Harrington

Tim Lucas remembers the late director of GAMES, RUBY and WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? as one of horror cinema’s first critics and preservationists, as an filmmaker, and as a friend.

Athens After Midnight
A Guide to Greek Fantastic Cinema

You've read all about the horror and fantasy cinemas of Spain, Italy, China and Mexico, but what about Greece? In a groundbreaking article full of information new to English reference, Dimitris Koliodimos explores more than a half-century of mind-bending film from the Mediterranean isles where myth and legend were born!

DVD Spotlight
CASINO ROYALE

  Tim Lucas reviews Sony's standard, widescreen and Blu-ray discs of the 21st 007 adventure and explains why nobody does it better than Blu-ray!

Dog Bytes

Short form reviews! Alain Robbe-Grillet details a detective's dream encounter with a lady in distress (or is she a vampire?) in LA BELLE CAPTIVE... Philip Ko must battle an evil wizard in the mind-bending Shaw Brothers epic THE BOXER'S OMEN... he sucks and she... fights back in EMMANUELLE VS. DRACULA... the great Meiko Kaji completes her run from corrupt law enforcement in FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: BEAST STABLE and FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: GRUDGE SONG... one episode isn't enough, so we cover THE MILTON THE MONSTER SHOW THE COMPLETE SERIES... Jess Franco mixes Pauline Reàge with his own Sadean tropes in THE SEXUAL STORY OF O... Terence Hill is the cop a bullet can't stop in SUPER FUZZ... and we revel in the extras included with Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 THE GRUESOME EDITION!

DVDs

In-depth reviews of TV's altogether ooky THE ADDAMS FAMILY (VOLUMES 1 and 2)... thought-provoking science-fiction comes to DTV with ASCENSION... the Dark Knight and the Man from Krypton raise the bar of TV toons in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUMES 3 and 4 and SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUMES 1 and 2... Zalman King explores eroticism, vampirism, and many other isms in CHROMIUMBLUE.COM... Bollywood does its own version of THE EYE in NAINA... Paul Naschy plays three roles in VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES and directs himself as Waldemar Daninsky for the first time in THE NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF... and Robert W. Chambers' classic "The King in Yellow" opens its gnostic realms to an unwitting artist's model in THE WEIRD TALE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1: THE YELLOW SIGN AND OTHERS!

Plus!

HD/BLU-RAY reviews of Terry Gilliam's THE BROTHERS GRIMM and Richard Linklater's Philip K. Dick adaptation A SCANNER DARKLY!

And IMPORT reviews of a new R2 Special Edition of Nicolas Roeg's classic "DON'T LOOK NOW"... Enzo G. Castellari's Shakespearean Spaghetti Western JOHNNY HAMLET... and Noel Black's dark Americana gem PRETTY POISON!

Ramsey's Rambles

Ramsey Campbell on Allen Baron's independent noir BLAST OF SILENCE!


Biblio Watchdog

Brett Taylor reviews new books on Philip K. Dick in the cinema, Hammer composer James Bernard, Mondo movies and Roman Polanski!

 

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter on the latest spy-themed soundtrack releases, including David Arnold's CASINO ROYALE and Lalo Schifrin's THE LIQUIDATOR (with a theme song by Shirley Bassey)!

Other contributors to this issue: John Charles, Sheldon Inkol, David Kalat, Charlie Largent, Kim Newman, Brad Stevens, and Sam & Rebecca Umland.


 

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