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In Praise of 1971’s Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde

9 June 2016 6:23 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

A appreciation of a Hammer Horror classic. “It is I who exists, Dr. Jekyll, not you!” Roy Ward Baker’s 1971 Hammer film, Dr. Jekyll And Sister Hyde, is easily one of the most unique and entertaining adaptions of Robert Louis Stevenson novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. A film that not…

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- Chris Alexander

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Titanic Anniversary: How the Tragedy Hit Hollywood and Broadway

15 April 2016 3:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

April 15 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which ended its maiden voyage disastrously in 1912. There have been many depictions of the sinking, including the 1953 Fox film “Titanic” and the 1958 “A Night to Remember.” For many, the definitive version was James Cameron’s 1997 “Titanic,” the 11-time Oscar winner with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Among the many dramatizations was a 1943 German propaganda film (sometimes referred to as “Nazi Titanic”), which combined fictional characters with the real-life events. That set the pattern for most subsequent depictions, including the 1953 edition (directed by Jean Negulesco, and starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck). When the British 1958 “Night to Remember” opened, it was an eye-opener, since the filmmakers emphasized realism, aiming for a documentary feel and basing much of the action on facts they learned from actual survivors.

That film, directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Kenneth More as Second Officer Charles Lightoller, »

- Tim Gray

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Don’T Bother To Knock (1952)

11 April 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The icon-establishing performances Marilyn Monroe gave in Howard HawksGentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) are ones for the ages, touchstone works that endure because of the undeniable comic energy and desperation that sparked them from within even as the ravenous public became ever more enraptured by the surface of Monroe’s seductive image of beauty and glamour. Several generations now probably know her only from these films, or perhaps 1955’s The Seven-Year Itch, a more famous probably for the skirt-swirling pose it generated than anything in the movie itself, one of director Wilder’s sourest pictures, or her final completed film, The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston, written by Arthur Miller and costarring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

But in Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) she delivers a powerful dramatic performance as Nell, a psychologically devastated, delusional, perhaps psychotic young woman apparently on »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Gruesome Galleries: 1971’s Lust For A Vampire

6 April 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Gruesome Galleries collects some hot shots from Hammer’s 1971 sex vampire classic. I’m never been sure as to why Lust For A Vampire, Jimmy Sangster’s full-blooded follow up to Roy Ward Baker’s groundbreaking Hammer Horror film The Vampire Lovers, has been historically met with such disdain. As much of a fan of Baker’s once daring…

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- Chris Alexander

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