Here are our latest reviews of films on DVD from 2011 and earlier.
El Barón del Terror
- Excerpt: The black sense of humour here feels again anticipatory of the bolder bent of many later horror filmmakers…
- Excerpt: Absurd prestige western, whose muddled story doesn’t make sense.
- Excerpt: A tremendous start to what would end up being one of the most brilliant careers in all of horror.
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb
- Excerpt: Turns out that the only thing keeping mummy films from reaching their full potential as troubling stories of murder and psychosis were the mummies.
Confessions of an Opium Eater
Dois de Brisseau
Victor Bruno @ O Caminho Alternativo [Brazilian Portuguese]
- Excerpt: Brief notes on Céline and De bruite et de fureur, two films by French filmmaker Jean-Claude Brisseau
- Excerpt: Whilst its reputation as a classic of the horror genre has only grown stronger in the intervening 40 years, the impact it had in its day seems practically unreproducible now, as it’s hard to imagine a modern horror movie driving as deep into the secret anxieties and wrenching such phobic reactions from such a large audience.
The Fast and the Furious (1955)
- Excerpt: Uninvolving minor crime drama.
- Excerpt: A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it’s never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle.”
- Excerpt: …charmingly aimed directly at a child’s point of view.
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock
- Excerpt: While there’s a lot to like about the film as pure Gothic horror, it’s at its very best when it’s asking unresolved, uncomfortable questions about sexual behavior.
A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin
- Excerpt: The second of [Lucio Fulci’s] gialli, and perhaps the most exemplary among the four.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
- Excerpt: Messy but intriguing science-fiction film.
My Neighbor Totoro
- Excerpt: Totoro doesn’t have bad guys or moments of serious jeopardy because its ultimate message to kids is that they don’t have to be scared by life’s challenges and changes; the unknown isn’t a threat, it’s an opportunity.
A Place of One’s Own
- Excerpt: An enchanting atmospheric supernatural mystery thriller that was overlooked upon its release.
- Excerpt: A piece on the use of light in John Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Seventh Victim
- Excerpt: Not the most popular or famous of Val Lewton’s epochal series of low-budget horror films made for RKO Studios, The Seventh Victim is the deepest, the most original, perhaps the darkest, a film that tends to weave a powerful spell on those who tune into its peculiar wavelength.
- Excerpt: Routine western with an unconvincing redemption scene at the end.
- Excerpt: Don’t cry for the movie star, even if they don’t have the glamorous life you imagine
The Uninvited (1944)
Winter in Wartime
- Excerpt: A child-witness-to-war movie gets lost in a convention-driven screenplay