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)”

Review of “Dial M for Murder” (1954)

We borrowed this from our local library, Main Library | Orange, CA (cityoforange.org) and watched it last week when Svengoolie was a rerun. I’d never seen it all the way and can now understand why it’s regarded as a classic. Plot:Tennis star Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) gave up the game at the behest of hisContinue reading “Review of “Dial M for Murder” (1954)”

Review of “The Velocipastor” (2018)

My friend Tracy thought I might enjoy this flick for our Saturday pizza and bad movie night. What she must think about my tastes! This is goofy, gory, silly, and has the redeeming quality of not taking itself seriously. My friend Tracy is a good judge of what movies I will watch. Plot:Father Doug JonesContinue reading “Review of “The Velocipastor” (2018)”

Review of “I Saw What You Did” (1965)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it with Svengoolie and a yummy merlot. Plot: Dave Mannering (Leif Erickson) takes his wife Ellie (Patricia Breslin) to a business meeting out of town. At the last minute, their babysitter cancels, forcing them to leave their teenage daughter Libby (Andi Garrett) aloneContinue reading “Review of “I Saw What You Did” (1965)”

Review of “She-Wolf of London” (1946)

This is the latest Saturday night pizza selection. Both the pizza and the wine were enjoyable. As we often do, we watched this with Svengoolie. Plot:In London, near the turn of the 20th century, Scotland Yard is investigating reports of a man attacked and seriously injured in a park. The victim says it was aContinue reading “Review of “She-Wolf of London” (1946)”