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  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    Still one of the creepiest Dracula portrayals. A “plague incarnate” scavenger creature, travelling in bubonic soil and accompanied by vermin.

    Conversely, Count Orlok scuttling into town carrying his own coffin like an awkward piece of furniture is one of the funniest portrayals of Dracula.

  • The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

    The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

    “It’s not Doctor X, it’s Doctor Rx! We’re not getting sued.” — some producer 

    This film comes in one of Scream Factory’s Universal Horror sets, but it’s tangentially horror at best. More a screwball noir, akin to THE INVISIBLE WOMAN from 2 years earlier. Lionel Atwill is in the film just enough to splash on the advertising.

    A private dick and his new wife are caught up in the search for a vigilante killer who calls himself “Rx” (and yes,…

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  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    I like a lot of John Boorman’s weird shit, but EXORCIST II really challenges you to like it. He was the wrong guy for this! It’s too interesting for me to hate, but it’s the sequel no one asked for or wanted. Total break of the audience contract. File it next to BLAIR WITCH 2.

    It’s strange that we have alternate cuts for every EXORCIST movie but this one, which clearly needs it the most! Maybe there’s something better in…

  • Baron Blood

    Baron Blood

    Mario Bava combines his love of gothic horror with giallo. It’s not his best in either category, but it’s still pretty fun.

    Bava seems to be a fan of HOUSE OF WAX. The killer’s wardrobe in BLOOD AND BLACK LACE recalls Vincent Price in de Toth’s film. BARON BLOOD goes further, with Joseph Cotten’s mysterious wheelchair-bound character serving a similar role. Cotten knew Price from the Mercury Theatre, where both actors worked under the direction of Welles. I wouldn’t go…