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by Joe Macclesfield
October 8th, 2014, 8:43 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

TORTURE GARDEN wasn't bad. A couple of the yarns were a bit weak; the best probably being the one about the collector of Edgar Allan Poe. Interestingly, the American expert on Poe is played by Peter Cushing; the English collector of Poe, by Jack Palance. W.G., I agree about TALES FROM THE CRYPT. The...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 8th, 2014, 2:09 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Saw LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES, with my dad, at the Majestic Picture House (the only majestic thing about the experience), when it came out. A pitiful waste of Peter Cushing's talent. When the vampires came jogging into view, along a dirt road--everyone broke-up! DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRO...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 8th, 2014, 10:28 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Christopher Lee certainly displays that cold, aloof, and imposing quality in his portrayal that you mention W.G. The first Hammer Dracula was the best, in my estimation; never cared much for the sequels. Never seen BLACULA. I might catch it online.
by Joe Macclesfield
October 7th, 2014, 11:45 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

One of the delightful aspects of Bela's count (and his Armand Tesla) is the ease, even relish, he displays in social situations. Carradine is suave. Chaney, surly. Lederer, condescendingly scornful. Bela radiates both warmth and imperiousness in his portrayal.
by Joe Macclesfield
October 7th, 2014, 8:27 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Came across a very promising looking title while online yesterday: NO TRAVELER RETURNS (I think, was the title), covering Bela's last years. Another volume from BearManor Media; another item for the shopping list.
by Joe Macclesfield
October 7th, 2014, 7:04 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

I'd like to read Dolores's book W.G., her story sounds fascinating. I saw the movie about Ed Wood, some time ago. Although entertaining, I think it presents a misleading impression of Bela.
by Joe Macclesfield
October 7th, 2014, 1:57 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Nat King Cole was my dad's favourite. Nat's voice was very gravelly on his last recordings--but it doesn't detract from the sound. I remember Sammy Davis Jr. appearing on a British TV chat show, not long before he died; and saying: "If I'd known I was going to be around this long, I'd have take...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 7th, 2014, 1:33 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Lon was no singer, it's true. Apropos to your mention of too much booze and tobacco W.G. My great friend, Eddie Coe, was a good bass. I met Eddie through my job, as a homecarer. Eddie was of the same generation as my dad (born 1921). He had a collection consisting of over 300 78rpm records. He and I...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 6th, 2014, 2:49 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
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Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

He's a good singer too!
by Joe Macclesfield
October 6th, 2014, 1:20 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

He's pretty good as "Big Mac" in I Died a Thousand Times too.
by Joe Macclesfield
October 5th, 2014, 11:53 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Just came upon the following by Gary Westfahl (unknown to me till now): "Lon Chaney Jr. never gave a good performance in a horror or science fiction film. With his extremely limited talents, the only roles he could really play were ordinary people...or less than ordinary people...like Lenny...h...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 5th, 2014, 1:30 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Are the Lewton movies available in a single package?
by Joe Macclesfield
October 5th, 2014, 12:39 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Another touch from Curt Siodmak's original draft, to be jettisoned in the finished picture, was the idea that there be no onscreen transformations. That it would have been left to the imagination of the audience as to whether, or not, Larry Gill actually became a werewolf. To me (at any rate) that w...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 4th, 2014, 8:58 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

THE WOLF MAN DVD contains a documentary about the making of the film, entitled: MONSTER by MOONLIGHT. In Curt Siodmak's original treatment, the wolf man is an American engineer named Larry Gill, employed to install a new telescope at Talbot Castle. With wry humour, Siodmak recalls his dismay at the ...
by Joe Macclesfield
October 3rd, 2014, 9:52 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 51025

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

THE WOLF MAN (1941), on DVD, twice. First: to catch Tom Weaver's commentary. Second: to enjoy the film. Mr. Weaver speaks pretty quickly; but he does get through a lot in the 70 minute running time. One thing I learned from Tom's commentary, was the fact that Jack Pierce had not retired (as I had im...

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