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Dracula (2/12/31)

Dracula (2/12/31) I confess for a long time this was my least favorite Universal Monster film, it probably still is. I always compared it to films that came AFTER, instead of comparing it to films that went BEFORE. My dislike of Dracula stemmed from not really seeing it until after I had been exposed to […]

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the Last Performance (11/1/1929)

Last Performance (1929) Conrad Veidt as a man in formal wear who uses his eyes to mezmerize people. Interesting little melodrama three men all vying for the attention of the pretty girl. Veidt plays a sauve stage magician (watch for Universal’s Phantom of the Opera stage again) who is in love with his female assistant… […]

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The Bat Whispers (11/13/30) & the Bat (6/16/26)

The Bat Whispers (1930) & the Bat (1926) cliche ridden staple of 1920s Broadway is frozen in time for our viewing pleasure by Roland West. West may have come from the theatre but he must have seen what was coming out of German cinema, because his playful visual style is still a joy to behold. […]

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The Last Warning (1/6/29)

Last Warning (1929) Paul Leni & Laura La Plante take their Cat and the Canary shtick to Stage 28’s Phantom of the Opera set, wackiness ensues. A solid ‘Old Dark House’ murder mystery-slash-comedy? but lacking in the snappy dialogue that will eventually become part of the playbook. Instead we get a lot of comic relief […]

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The Man Who Laughs (4/27/28)

The Man Who Laughs (1928) the last of the great silent era genre pictures. My boy Leni adds the horror elements to this historical melodrama by portraying the barbarity of the age in which it is set. It starts with guy getting perforated to death, a child given a Glasgow smile so he can beg […]

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Cat and the Canary (9/9/27)

Cat and the Canary (1927) Paul Leni’s grandaddy of all horror comedies. Well to my eyes, it’s a suspense thriller with a little horror and a little comedy and I think the further we get away from that era, the much less of either it contains. Your pretty yet naive, soon-to-be-heiress, soon-to-be-stereotype, is locked into […]

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The Phantom of the Opera (11/25/25)

The Phantom of the Opera (1925) It’s the gay ’90s and once again we have a pretty girl as the catalyst for mad obsession that leaves a body count in it’s wake. I never can GET why she lets a mysterious stalker give her vocal lessons through the wall, perhaps vocal coaches were expensive back […]

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Lost World (6/22/25)

Lost World (1925)  I can’t by pass 1925 without checking in with OBie and Marcel Delgado’s creature feature. I’m a sucker for actual Monsters in my monster movies. Apparently Marcel produced 50 dino creatures for this picture and with each subsequent restoration more and more get to been seen on film. Face it, we all […]

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Hunchback of Notre Dame (9/2/1923)

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) It’s 1482 and everyone wants to get with the prettiest girl, wackiness ensues. Lucky for us all that Laemmle’s gamble, financing this super jewel paid off. Tons of spectacle, cruelty, lust, torture, sin and damnation and all straight out of the source material, so that made it all ok to […]

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the Big Watch

While the power was out over Halloween…yes the power was out….five days, but that’s another story…. I culled a LOT more of my DVD collection.  What was once a couple of thousand dvds is now a piddling few hundred.  But it had to be done. That image in Perez-Reverte’s Club Dumas always haunts my life, […]

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