Review of “House of Dracula” (1945)

This is this Saturday night’s pizza and bad movie offering. We’d seen this before but barely remembered it. Many things—and actors appeared in other movies. Plot: It’s not Dracula’s house. It’s the seaside castle-like estate of one saintly Dr. Franz Edelman (Onslow Stevens) outside the (fictional) village of Visaria. One night a large bat fliesContinue reading “Review of “House of Dracula” (1945)”

Review of “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944)

It’s Halloween, 1941, in New York. Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a drama critic and author of such books as Marriage, a Fraud and a Failure, waits in a long line with the girl literally next door, Elaine Harper (Pricilla Lane). A sign above them reads “marriage licenses.” A couple of gentlemen of the fourth estateContinue reading “Review of “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944)”

Review of “The Lady from Shanghai” (1947)

Svengoolie was, alas! a rerun yet again, so we watched a noir for Saturday pizza and bad movie night. This little flick has Orson Welles speaking an (occasional) brogue and allowing himself to be lured into a circle of unpleasant people after a pretty girl winks at him. Plot: “When I start out to makeContinue reading “Review of “The Lady from Shanghai” (1947)”

Review of “Frankenstein 1970” (1958)

Our Saturday pizza and bad movie was a return to an old friend, both in monster and actor. Svengoolie didn’t disappoint. Plot: The opening scene of this black-and-white flick shows a young blond woman, Carolyn Hayes (Jana Lund), pursued by a lumbering man whose face is not shown (Mike Lane). The young woman backs intoContinue reading “Review of “Frankenstein 1970” (1958)”

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)”