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  • Psycho Goreman

    Psycho Goreman

    ★★★★

    For once, I won't give too much of the plot away. Think of this as an exercise in six degrees of separation... Throughout, I kept saying who is that actor playing the father of sister and brother protagonists in this sci-fi comedy horror? After watching, I did a bit of digging and turns out Adam Brooks starred in both 'The Editor' and 'Father's Day'. Homages to giallo and 70s exploitation, respectively. Brooks is also co-founder of Astron-6. Producers of low-budget…

  • Runaway

    Runaway

    ★★★½

    “Let me tell you the way the world is. Nothing works right, relationships don’t work right, people don’t work right, people make machines. So why should machines be perfect?”

    'Runaway' was written and directed by Michael Crichton who first came to my notice in the 70s medical thriller, 'Coma'. Watch that one for a stern-faced, creepy Richard Widmark who steals youthful Michael Douglas' limelight. I digress...

    Machines surpassing human level intelligence and the problems curtailed with this moral/ethical dilemma has…

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  • The Masque of the Red Death

    The Masque of the Red Death

    ★★★★

    The Masque of Red Death was one of the last in a cycle of Poe’s stories released by Corman Productions. Ok must edit, not strictly true. Produced by Corman and released by American International Pictures. Same difference. Cinematographer Nicholas Roeg, soon to embark on his own directorial career, generously saturates the frames with lurid colour to match the intense onslaught of terror. A film that’s frankly disturbing for its depiction of sadistic cruelty. In terms of blood and guts, there’s…

  • The Two Jakes

    The Two Jakes

    ★★★½

    Sixteen years after the legendary 1974 film classic, 'Chinatown' was made, Jack Nicholson returned to star again and this time to direct his sequel. 'The Two Jakes'. Prior to its release, a shambolic, lengthy production period had ensued provoking personal conflicts beyond reparation, financial/legal complications, and actors leaving and being replaced . Many changes later, Nicholson steps in, unwilling to let the story go.

    Whilst full of adept directorial choices, it feels nowhere near as incendiary as ‘Chinatown’. Critics have…