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by Jess Peacock
As a kid growing up in central Ohio, the weekends were a very distinctive time for me. There was no school obviously, but Fridays and Saturdays throughout my childhood also provided a specifically unique education. With horror host instructors such as Big Chuck and Little John on channel 8, Super Host on channel 43, and the Ghoul on channel 61, I was emotionally raptured into an otherworld filled with monsters from the deepest parts of space and beyond. Others could have their football games and Wide World of Sports; I was more concerned with blithely living in a universe filled with giant lizards, Ro-Men, She-Creatures, and horrors on various party beaches.
Perhaps this nostalgic affinity for classic horror and science fiction fare has unduly influenced my enthusiastic opinion on Larry Doyle’s novel Go, Mutants!, a delightfully brilliant masterpiece that successfully pays homage to classic creature features and space operas, »
The last installment of Steven Moffat’s updating of Sherlock Holmes airs tonight on BBC One. While we wait, another reminder of just how often the classic character has been fiddled with, updated, rewound, and reinvented by filmmakers. Here, it’s Sherlock Holmes done up Remington Steele style, as Ben Kingsley’s Watson has to hire Michael Caine’s actor to play the great detective when his readers demand to meet Holmes. Without a Clue is available on DVD in Region 1 from Amazon.com and from Amazon.ca, and in Region 2 from Amazon U.K. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sherlock Holmes purists who were not enamored with Robert Downey Jr.'s recent take on the Great Detective may want to thank A&E for cashing in on Hollywood's Christmas blockbuster. In The Sherlock Holmes Collection on DVD the American cable and satellite network has resurrected a bygone Holmes in the form of Peter Cushing. The great British actor, who played Van Helsing in Hammer's horror films in the 1970s and Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars Episode IV, played Holmes in a 1960s BBC television series. Not much of that show survives but what does is a welcome addition to the detective's DVD canon.
Want to know more? The BBC aired the Cushing series in 1968 under the title Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. The show was a continuation of sorts of another series of adaptations the network had aired three years earlier. That starred Douglas Wilmer as »
3 items from 2010
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