Review of “Indestructible Man” (1956)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. Plot: Told in flashback by the investigating detective, Lt. Dick Chasen (Max Showalter billed as Casey Adams), this depicts the last days of convicted criminal  Charles “Butcher” Benton (Lon Chaney Jr.). Benton’s *cough* lawyer, Paul Lowe (Ross Elliott), breaks the news to him inContinue reading “Review of “Indestructible Man” (1956)”

Review of “The Third Man” (1949)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. The pizza and wine were good, and so was the movie, which we borrowed from the library. Plot: American writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) arrives in post-war Vienna at the invitation of an old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Lime has promised Martins aContinue reading “Review of “The Third Man” (1949)”

Review of “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster” (1965)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. Good thing the pizza and cabernet were good. Plot:Bald Dr. Nadir (Lou Cutell) informs Princess Marcuzan (Marilyn Hanold) that they continue to hear “a modulated hydrogen frequency signal of twenty-one centimeters.” When the Princess asks what that means, Dr. Nadir replies he’s not sure,Continue reading “Review of “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster” (1965)”

Review of “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie night offering, another classic. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot: In a German village, children run down a lane. One pauses to pick up a rock and throw it toward a building where a sign hangs warning Eingang Verboten. A man with wild hair and beardContinue reading “Review of “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)”

Review of “Frankenstein” (1931)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a film about as classic as they come. The clip you’ve probably seen of Boris Karloff’s (as the monster) fingers twitching while Colin Clive, as Henry Frankenstein, dances around crying, “It’s alive!” is from this movie. The scene is imitated and parodied so often it’s easyContinue reading “Review of “Frankenstein” (1931)”

Review of “Nightmare Alley” (1947)

This was our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. The movie was good, but boy, was it depressing little film noir. Plot: Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Tyrone Power) finds himself fascinated by everything at the carnival. How does one sink so low as to work as the “geek,” eating live chickens? “It can happen,” says MadamContinue reading “Review of “Nightmare Alley” (1947)”

Review of “Blood of Dracula” (1957)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a black and white vampire tale set in a girls’ school that involves not even a whiff of Dracula. Forbidden topics include cigarette smoking. The trailer hints at lesbianism, but the movie was made in 1957—you know, before such things existed. An interesting ploy. Plot: Eighteen-year-oldContinue reading “Review of “Blood of Dracula” (1957)”

Review of “History of the World: Part 1” (1981)

This is our Saturday pizza and bad movie offering, one we’d both seen before but not for many years. We’d tried a new wine, something called a Malbec. To my (*cough*) discriminating palate, it tasted a lot like a cab and was quite yummy. Plot: This Mel Brooks farce is told in five historical vignettesContinue reading “Review of “History of the World: Part 1” (1981)”

Review of “Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1953)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. Silly. Plot: Slim (Bud Abbott) and Tubby (Lou Costello) are American police officers sent over Great Britain to learn British police methods. Vicky Edwards (Helen Westcott) is a suffragist, leading a rally in a park. Newspaperman Bruce Adams (Craig Stevens) is curious to seeContinue reading “Review of “Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1953)”

Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a sequel to 1957’s The Amazing Colossal Man. It’s worth a second glass of wine to dull the pain. Plot: The dramatic over-the-top opening score with piccolos and tympani lets the viewer know within a few frames that this movie will be chock full of melodrama.Continue reading “Review of “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)”