Horror Half-Week, Day 4: Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Happy Halloween, classic movie buffs! I hope you’re all enjoying a very spooky day. If you missed ’em, the past three features in this year’s Horror Half-Week were Don’t Look Now (1973), Diabolique (1955), and The Leech Woman (1960). Today, we dive into the dark and strange world of cults. Slender hangs illusion, fragile the thread to reality. Always the question: Is it true? Truth … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 4: Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Horror Half-Week, Day 2: Diabolique (1955)

Spoooooky Halloween, movie buffs, and welcome to Day 2 of TMP’s annual haunted celebration: Horror Half-Week! Yesterday, we took a look at a ’70s ghost-thriller, Don’t Look Now. Today, we hop back a few decades — and across the pond — for a French horror-thriller. On to the review! Michel Delassalle (Paul Meurisse) runs a boarding school in France, which is owned by his wife, … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 2: Diabolique (1955)

Swamp Women (1956)

Note: Today’s post is in collaboration with Todd from Cinema Monolith, bringing back our two-person Cheeseathon! Head over to Todd’s blog to find out his thoughts on this alligator-infused crime thriller. Lee Hampton (Carole Matthews) is in prison, but not for any crime. She’s an undercover policewoman attempting to find stolen diamonds. Three prisoners — Josie (Marie Windsor), Vera (Beverly Garland), and Billie (Jil Jarmyn) … Continue reading Swamp Women (1956)

The Breaking Point (1950)

“You know how it is early in the morning on the water? Everything’s quiet except for the seagulls a long way off. You feel great. Then you come ashore, and it starts. In no time at all, you’re up to your ears in trouble.” Harry Morgan (John Garfield) is a California boat captain, but his business isn’t doing too great. Harry struggles to support his … Continue reading The Breaking Point (1950)

Sapphire (1959)

It’s an average, pleasant day in Hampstead Heath. A lot of people are out and about; children are running and playing. But things take a grim turn when the children discover the body of a young woman who has been stabbed to death. Police get right to work investigating, learning that the woman was Sapphire Robbins (Yvonne Buckingham), a college student. Their investigation takes a … Continue reading Sapphire (1959)

Corridors of Blood (1958)

“Pain and the knife are inseperable.” You would be forgiven for assuming that a film titled Corridors of Blood and starring none other than Boris Karloff would be a classic horror flick about a murderous count and his castle or a tunnel-dwelling vampire. But, brushing off all expectations, Corridors of Blood takes us back to London in the mid-19th century, where Karloff is a well-intentioned … Continue reading Corridors of Blood (1958)

Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Like multi-author short story collections, I often find anthology films pretty hit-or-miss. There are usually a few great segments — and more that range from weak to alright. I had higher hopes for Three Cases of Murder for a few reasons. First, it’s a genre in which I tend to at least somewhat-enjoy most of what I watch: the murder mystery. Add on a segment … Continue reading Three Cases of Murder (1955)

Dreams (1955)

Susanne (Eva Dahlbeck) owns a modeling agency in Stockholm, and Doris (Harriet Andersson) is one of her most successful models. They’re headed off to Gothenburg for a shoot when Doris gets in a terrible argument with her fiance. Romantic drama and internal strife follow the women to Gothenburg, as Doris is wooed by an older man and Susanne reunited with an ex-lover. Ingmar Bergman writes … Continue reading Dreams (1955)

Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

The favorite film: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 noir classic directed by Nicholas Ray The synopsis: Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele is more productive than ever after starting up a new romance with his neighbor, Laurel. As their relationship grows, though, Dixon’s volatile and self-destructive behavior causes trouble. The cast: Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele Gloria Grahame as Laurel Gray Carl Benton Reid as Captain … Continue reading Favorite things about… In a Lonely Place (1950)

Danger Stalks Near (1957)

In the Japanese countryside, three thieves wait outside of a house, plotting to break in. Unfortunately for them, the house is busier than expected. Along with the extended family, there are lodgers, and friends stopping by every other minute. There seems to be no perfect time to carry out their crime! As the criminals watch the house, the family’s own dramas carry on inside, oblivious … Continue reading Danger Stalks Near (1957)