Film criticism in Horror-Wood e-zine
||Liz, Dick and Old Nick|
||Rise of the "Monster Boomers", Part 2|
Shock Theater memories
||Rise of the "Monster Boomers", Part
||Hey, Caligari! Where's Your Cabinet?|
of Caligari (1962)
||The Gunfighter Was a Vampire|
Curse of the
||This Vampire Makes House Calls|
||A Byronic Vampire in Darkest Africa|
Vampire's Ghost (1945)
||The Forgotten Fifties Dracula|
||Jekyll: The Next Generation|
... (1951) and Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
||"Tartu" You, Jellyfish Man!|
Two Duds from
||The Video Graves of Nosferatu
Murnau's Nosferatu (1922)
||Holmes and the Hound, Part Two
The Hound of
the Baskervilles (1959)
Holmes and the Hound, Part One
The Hound of
the Baskervilles (1939)
||The Day the Mummies Moved|
The missing link in
||Holmes Meets the Ripper, Part Two
Murder By Decree
||Holmes Meets the Ripper, Part One
A Study In Terror
||The "Lost Worlds" of Filmdom, Part Two
Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1960)
|The "Lost Worlds" of Filmdom, Part One
Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1925)
|Don't Kick That Bucket, Man
A Bucket Of Blood
|The People That Fans Forgot
Burroughs’ The People That Time Forgot
|Rotten to the "Earth's Core"
Burroughs’ At the Earth's Core
|The Land You Can't Forget
Burroughs’ The Land That Time Forgot
|She Ain't Pretty, She's My Daughter
Guilty Pleasure: Frankenstein’s
Murderers' Row by Otto Penzler
Street #49, November 2003
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Of Rhubarbs and
The history of Orangey, a.k.a. Rhubarb,
Hollywood's most prolific cat.
He once owned the Brooklyn Dodgers, played in a classic
sitcom, defied interplanetary aliens (unless they were
Jerry Lewis), almost ate the Incredible Shrinking Man,
played dumbshow with Jackie Gleason, provided a conscience
for Audrey Hepburn, chased Tony Randall's pet lion, and
stole the show from Basil Rathbone, Peter Lorre, Vincent
Price and Boris Karloff, all in just nine lives!
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Van Helsing's Journal
The Vampyre: His Video Kith and
Graf Orlok, was cordial, in a stiff, formal
manner. He had looked over the deeds that Hutter had brought
with businesslike aplomb, and had set for his guest a
sumptuous dinner table. Hutter must have warmed to the idea
that everything was going to work itself out.
That is, right up until he clumsily cut his finger with a
bread knife, and Orlok snapped for the wound at the sight of
Van Helsing's Journal
Amicus vs Burroughs: Me Tarzan . . .
Burroughs' two dozen Tarzan books offered ample
jungle adventure, frequently in lost civilizations, although
they settle into formula about halfway through the series.
But what of his other, (better) work?
. . .
the mid Seventies, Amicus Films (a short-lived rival to
Hammer's British empire) produced The Land That Time Forgot,
the first non-Tarzan Burroughs feature since the silent
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"I Can't See Him in This
the Invisible Man Films
One of Universal Studios' great golden-age horror
characters was the Invisible Man. Check that, they were the
Invisible Men. No, the Invisible Persons. And pets.
Actually, the invisibility serum itself was the thread for a
series of films. And, keeping to my now-established style,
I'll be discussing these films in terms of both their
internal consistency and their real-world plausibility.
The Ongoing Continuity
Where was Bela Lugosi when Universal gave his Dracula
role to Lon Chaney, Jr. and later John Carradine? Playing in
Dracula Meets the Wolf Man, more or less. Columbia, a
rival studio, was imitating the Universal formula, but at
just enough of a distance to avoid a sequel called The
In Return of the Vampire (1944), Lugosi plays
Dracula for all intents and purposes . . . .
The Fly, a 1958 Cinemascope and Technicolor
production of Twentieth Century-Fox, was the defining movie
moment for kids my age and attitude, that is, those born
smack in the middle of the century, and those who extolled
imagination. “Word of mouth” was that it was very
scary, and that would have been enough. But further,
the premise was so captivating . .
Mummies for Dummies: Continued
Continuity in the Universal Universe
Universal’s Mummy seemed to occupy his own parcel of the
Universal Universe. Indeed, when the scent of Tana was
in the night air, wherever he was, that was ancient
Egypt. Even when it was Massachusetts or Louisiana. .
The Mummy is a complete story -- as well as a
superlative one -- and deserved to remain as such. When
Universal got around to revisiting the Mummy theme, it left
Imhotep un-undead. .
Continuity in the Universal
No, this isn’t a Stephen Hawking piece. I just
selected that title, although appropriate, to confuse
you. . . .
I choose here to look at the Universal (Studios)
Universe, with the eyes of a Baker Street Irregular and the
spirit of a snotty kid reading the comics. Fair
enough? The only requirement is that we pretend that
even the most preposterous supernatural things are indeed
possible, but that we respect the rules once established. .