Review of “The Iron Woman” by Margaret Deland

Plot: Set some decades before the turn of the twentieth century, this follows the lives of four children who grow up in fictional Mercer, Ohio-ish, a stand-in for the author’s own hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, then an ironworks hub. The iron woman of the title is Sarah Maitland, mother and stepmother of two of theContinue reading “Review of “The Iron Woman” by Margaret Deland”

Review of “The Cult of the Cobra” (1955)

This was this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. We had a nice chardonnay. The moral of the story: don’t be a jerk, even when you think the other guy’s religion looks weird. Plot: In 1945, six U.S. airmen are about to return home from their deployment someplace in “Asia:” Sgt. Paul AbleContinue reading “Review of “The Cult of the Cobra” (1955)”

Review of “The Frozen Ghost” (1945)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. This pizza and wine were good, and the movie a bit weird. We watched it with Svengoolie Plot:Gregor the Great (Lon Chaney Jr.) performs as a mentalist, that is—at least in this context—one who is able to put another person into a trance. HeContinue reading “Review of “The Frozen Ghost” (1945)”

Review of “King Kong Escapes” (1967)

This was this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. This pizza was good, and we had a nice cab. The flick was more Saturday afternoon fare. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot:Mad scientist/Bond villain Dr. Who (not that one) (Hideyo Amamoto), who sometimes spells his name Dr. Hu or Dr. Wu, has createdContinue reading “Review of “King Kong Escapes” (1967)”

Review of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering, with more Cold War hokey monster movie atomic radiation/mad scientist vibes than you’d want to shake a stick at. I rather liked it. The pizza wasn’t too bad either, despite some distractions. We watched it with Svengoolie, who was—as ever—a fountain of information. Plot:Continue reading “Review of “Fiend Without a Face” (1958)”

Review of “From Hell it Came” (1957)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night offering fit the bill in spades. The pizza was good. Plot:Staked to the ground, spread eagle, is Kimo (a Saturday matinee idol lovely Gregg Palmer), the son of the late chief of an unnamed South Pacific Island. For some reason, chickens stand watch around the unfortunate youngContinue reading “Review of “From Hell it Came” (1957)”

Review of “Kiss of Death” (1947)

For this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie, I felt like a bit of noir. We chose Kiss of Death from 1947. Some people die, and some people kiss, but the first group has nothing to do with the other. Plot:It’s Christmas Eve in New York City. Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) is an ex-con whoContinue reading “Review of “Kiss of Death” (1947)”

Review of “The Crawling Eye” (1958)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. This is our second time watching the movie with Svengoolie. I fell asleep the first time. I must have been really tired. Alas! That bottle of white zinfandel from 1993 outlived its usefulness. Maybe if we wait a hundred years, we could have used itContinue reading “Review of “The Crawling Eye” (1958)”

Review of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie selection. Although the premise was iffy, the movie moves beyond that. The pizza was good, and the wine helped. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: Scott Carey (Grant Williams) and his wife of six years, Louise (Randy Stuart), are vacationing on a boat. He tries toContinue reading “Review of “The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957)”

Review of “The Undead” (1957)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night offering. The pizza was good. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: We first see Satan (Richard Devon), a trident between him and the camera, dressed like… Robin Hood. His warning to the audience ends with the trademark evil laugh. The next scene is that ofContinue reading “Review of “The Undead” (1957)”