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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tales From the Crypt (1989)

Horror movie perfection was achieved with HBO's delightful series Tales From the Crypt which is based on EC horror comic's of the 1950's.  Hosted by the Crypt Keeper [voiced wonderfully by John Kassir], Tales From the Crypt's first season contained six short stories of terror, revenge and dark humor that were filled with a host of first rate character actors including William Sadler, Larry Drake, Joe Pantoliano, Lea Thompson and Audra Lindley.  Put this kind of talent in the hands of legendary directors and producers [Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Joel Silver for starters] and you have a recipe for success.  There is not a bad episode in the bunch and this series went on to enjoy seven wonderful seasons with a total of 93 episodes.
Season One includes stories about capital punishment, murder, resurrection, the quest for eternal beauty and OCD behavior.  Not a bad start to one of the best horror series to ever grace the small screen.  Don't miss this.  It's a total home run form start to finish.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Invisible Ray (1936)

It was a dark and stormy night….yes, a classic beginning but it moves from there into interesting and entertaining territory.  Boris Karloff is very good as Dr. Rukh who was ridiculed by his fellow scientists but then make an amazing discovery that proves his critics wrong.  His adventures take him to Africa and back, along with Bela Kugosi as Dr Benet who has ambitions of his own. Lugosi gives a performance that is equal to Karloff's and the two of them work well together in this movie.  The rest of the cast also adds quite a bit to the film as well.  The only negative is the way the African natives are portrayed in the film.  It borders a bit on racism but is typical of films of this period.  It's not so bad, however, that it cannot be overlooked.
Director Lambert Hillyer [Dracula's Daughter] keeps things moving at a nice pace and the screen play by John Colton is intelligently written science fiction.  The length of the film is just about right as well at 80 minutes.  Sometimes less is definitely more.
For those who enjoy the finer points of horror filmmaking, the stupendous Jack Pierce did the makeup, although I hope he was not responsible for Karloff's Tony home perm.  It was a tragic choice, indeed.
Enjoy this sweet little piece of 1930's Sci-Fi Thriller.  The Invisible Ray may not be well-know to everyone but it definitely deserves more attention from horror movie fans.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.