Review of “Kiss of the Vampire” (1963)

This is our latest Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering, a vampire flick with a lovely old castle and a creepy old owner with creepy kids who take flight when the sun gets too bright. Of course, the creepy old dude throws a masquerade party. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: This opens withContinue reading “Review of “Kiss of the Vampire” (1963)”

Review of “Clue” (1985)

This is our latest Saturday pizza and bad movie offering for a rainy evening. We didn’t have the thunder and lightning the flick showed—or any of the murders—but we had every bit of the downpour. Plot: In 1954, six strangers arrive at an old mansion in the middle of nowhere, having received a dinner invitationContinue reading “Review of “Clue” (1985)”

Review of “The Raven” (1963)

This is the latest offering of our Saturday night pizza and bad movies, an odd little flick that didn’t take itself seriously. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: It’s 1506. Magician Dr. Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price) has been mourning his wife, Lenore (Hazel Court), for two years. He keeps a photograph of her (A photographContinue reading “Review of “The Raven” (1963)”

Review of “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II” (1989)

Happy New Year, one and all. Hope 2023 brings the reader all good things. This is our New Year’s Eve Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it with MST3K. The dearly beloved wisely chose to invest in frozen rather than ordering our usual take-out. It went down quite well. The prosecco wasContinue reading “Review of “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II” (1989)”

Review of “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (1951)

We had pizza and watched a bad movie with Svengoolie while waiting for Santa. Fortunately, we had enough leftovers we didn’t have to venture out. Plot: It’s graduation day 1951 at Dugan Detective School. Among those receiving diplomas are Bud Alexander (Bud Abbott) and Lou Francis (Lou Costello). Lou says, “This is the happiest dayContinue reading “Review of “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (1951)”

Review of “Invisible Agent” (1942)

This week’s pizza and bad movie offering is a fair-to-middling black-and-white bit of war propaganda. The wine was yummy, and the pizza was hot. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: Mild-mannered Frank Raymond (Jon Hall) is busy minding his print shop when four men barge in. They mention the name “Frank Griffin,”* lock the door,Continue reading “Review of “Invisible Agent” (1942)”

Review of “Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World” by Irene Vallejo

The Stuff: In her preface, author Irene Vallejo asks: “Why did books first appear? What is the secret history of efforts to reproduce or destroy them? What was lost along the way, and what was saved? Why have some of them become classics? How much has succumbed to the jaws of time, the talons ofContinue reading “Review of “Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World” by Irene Vallejo”

Review of “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom” (1985)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. The pizza was yummy. We watched this insult to the nation’s youth with Mystery Science Theater 3000. Plot: The movie opens with a torchlit army marching under arches in a concrete (?) wall. “It was an age of magic,” announces the narration while a guy inContinue reading “Review of “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom” (1985)”

Review of “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win WWII” by Denise Kiernan

Plot: Most of those who helped develop the atomic bomb at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the Manhattan Project were unaware of what they were doing other than their jobs benefited the war effort. Because many men were gone with the wartime draft, many were women. The author seeks to draw on the experiences of variousContinue reading “Review of “The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of The Women Who Helped Win WWII” by Denise Kiernan”