The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Shlock, camp, horror, karaoke, claymation, zombies, and a family-bands-together-in-adversity storyline produce a strange film from a prolific Japanese director. Yeah… you’re gonna get some of that. The film has enough novelty to be a lot of fun – and...
The City of the Dead (1960)

The City of the Dead (1960)

An above-average black and white “witch revenge” horror film, especially considering the two male leads are about as exciting as nonfat milk. A young college student (an early role for Venetia Stevenson) provides a modicum of sexy-virginal titillation,...
The Golden Bat / Ôgon batto (1966)

The Golden Bat / Ôgon batto (1966)

The Golden Bat (the bat) is a new species discovered in Bolivia last year. But The Golden Bat (the immortal caped being with an unconvincing skull-face) is a comic creation from 1930 known to be the first Japanese superhero – and widely regarded as the first...
Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)

A B-grade Spanish horror film that went on to spawn three sequels, TotBD starts out slow, delivers a promising middle act, and deteriorates in the final third. Great-looking – if slow-moving – zombies (or vampires, or ghouls, or whatever you’d call...
Silent Running (1972)

Silent Running (1972)

I watched this film many years ago, and recently re-watched as homework for the Bmoviecast podcast. Seeing it as a child, it seems it was one of those films that contributed to my impression of the seventies being an uninspired, alienating experience in Western life....