Review of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)

Svengoolie was a rerun again this week, so we borrowed Dr. Strangelove, a movie I hadn’t seen all the way through before. I first saw bits and pieces of it as a kid, back in the days when the ending was a possibility. Doomsday machine? Yeah. Plot:At (fictional) Burpelson Air Force Base, Brigadier General JackContinue reading “Review of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)”

Review of “The Big Sleep” (1946)

Alas! Svengoolie was a rerun last night, so we opted for a bit of noir, The Big Sleep, which neither the dearly beloved nor I had seen. Plot:Ill, elderly General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) hires private detective Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) to settle some “gambling debts” his daughter Carmen (Martha Vickers) owes to a bookseller namedContinue reading “Review of “The Big Sleep” (1946)”

Review of “The Ghoul” (1933)

This week’s pizza and bad movie selection is delayed by a week because I once again came down with pneumonia, something I have a penchant for. At first glance, this appears to be an old-fashioned horror flick, but the truth is a little more complicated. Plot: A man wearing a fez with stained skin andContinue reading “Review of “The Ghoul” (1933)”

Review of “Attack of the Puppet People” (1958)

This week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering is a black-and-white science fiction horror flick involving miniaturized people trying to escape the clutches of the “kindly” old doll-maker who shrank them and holds them captive for his amusement. Yeah, it could happen. Plot:The movie opens with a Brownie troop visiting Dolls Incorporated. The receptionist,Continue reading “Review of “Attack of the Puppet People” (1958)”

Review of “It! The Terror from Beyond Space” (1958)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a cheap black-and-white 50s space disaster flick, hearkening back to the war movies of a decade earlier. We watched it with Svengoolie. Plot:  The credits roll over an illustration of a crunched cylindrical spaceship on an extraterrestrial plane surrounded by craggy mountains. The viewer is informedContinue reading “Review of “It! The Terror from Beyond Space” (1958)”

Review of “The Haunted Strangler” (1958)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a black-and-white horror flick with monster movie great, Boris Karloff. Plot: The film opens in 1860 at Newgate Prison for the occasion of the hanging of Edward Styles (an uncredited Michael Atkinson), known as the Haymarket Strangler. Styles was convicted of killing five women. The crowdContinue reading “Review of “The Haunted Strangler” (1958)”

Review of “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956)

This is another of our Saturday pizza and bad movie offerings. We watched the flick with Svengoolie. This flick was a super serious, if a bit improbable, good ol’ rendition of those horrible critters from Outer Space who want our earth, donchya know.  Plot: Dr. Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) is riding back to work atContinue reading “Review of “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956)”

Review of “Curse of the Fly” (1965)

This is the second sequel to the 1958 classic The Fly. No original cast members appear, but the movie carries over concepts and the family name. Plot: The first thing the viewer sees is window glass breaking. A dark-haired woman (Carole Gray) crawls out the window wearing nothing more than her underwear. While the creditsContinue reading “Review of “Curse of the Fly” (1965)”

Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)

This is the black-and-white sequel to last week’s movie The Fly. We borrowed it too from our local library—and in the same collection, no less. Here, Philippe, the now-adult son of the unfortunate Andre Delambre from the first film, can’t leave well enough alone. Plot: The film opens with the funeral of Helene Delambre, theContinue reading “Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)”

Review of “Tension” (1949)

This is a slightly different take on our Saturday pizza and bad movie night, a noir from 1949. Plot: Lt. Collier Bonnabel (Barry Sullivan), standing outside the door to the homicide (“a fancy word for murder”) division, introduces himself to the viewer. He says the only way he knows to break homicide cases is tension.Continue reading “Review of “Tension” (1949)”