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Review: "The Pit and the Pendulum" (1961)

“Until now no one has dared to film this…the most diabolical classic of all time!” The films of Roger Corman, mainly his adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe with Vincent Price in starring roles, are a lesson in how to make a horror movie on a shoestring budget without really showing it. 313 more words


Blu-ray Review: Black Sunday (1960)

Distributor: Arrow Video

BBFC Classification: 15

Director: Mario Bava

Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici

As much a part of the framework of modern horror as… 702 more words


Review: "Black Sunday" (1960)

“The Undead Demons of Hell Terrorize the World in an Orgy of Stark Horror!” Black Sunday opens up with a very intense scene for 1960: an accused witch (A.I.P and horror stalwart Barbara Steele), about to be burned alive at the stake, has a “Mask of Satan” nailed onto her face while she screams in agony and blood gushes. 388 more words


The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

I really got into the world of Roger Corman good and proper last year and I’m still making my way through his work. The Pit and the Pendulum is the second in his Poe cycle, the highly celebrated series of films he made based on Edgar Allen Poe stories starring Vincent Price. 234 more words

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Movie Review: The Butterfly Room

Be careful of your neighbors. And especially neighbors you are using to babysit your kid while you go off screwing around. Ann, the neighbor and main character of this movie has an obsession with butterflies. 128 more words



Black Sunday (1960), AKA Mask of Satan, marked Mario Bava’s directorial debut after twenty years as a cinematographer and uncredited assistant director. This Gothic fairy tale, (loosely) inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s short story The Vij (faithfully adapted as Viy), proved the ideal launch for a director who began life as a painter and son of a cinematographer. 351 more words

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