Horror Half-Week, Day 3: The Leech Woman (1960)

Happy Halloween Eve! It’s day three of Horror Half-Week, and we’re moving from serious Criterion Channel thrillers to somewhat-silly sci-fi. If you missed day one or two, check out my recommendations of Don’t Look Now (1973) and Diabolique (1955). Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry) has a fine work life, but a failing marriage. His wife, June (Coleen Gray), is ten years older than him and … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 3: The Leech Woman (1960)

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)

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Two interplanetary ships, the Galliott and the Argos, are attempting to land on a strange, foggy planet. When the Argos lands, the crew has trouble finding the Galliott. Once they do find the ship, they discover that the entire crew is dead — fallen victim to an odd, fatal, hypnotic state which their own crew only avoided thanks to the resistance and leadership of Captain … Continue reading Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Favorite things about… I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

The favorite film: I Walked with a Zombie, a 1943 horror produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur The synopsis: A Canadian nurse takes a job on a far away island, and upon arriving discovers that her patient is not physically ill, but a “mental case.” After being struck by a terrible fever, the patient’s spinal cord was seriously damaged, leaving her in … Continue reading Favorite things about… I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

Second Looks: The Innocents (1961)

“We must try to  learn what it is these horrors want.” Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) has applied for a job as a governess, her very first position of this type. Luckily for her, the wealthy bachelor in need of her services (Michael Redgrave) seems unconcerned by her lack of work  history. Left to raise his niece and nephew after they were orphaned, the man will … Continue reading Second Looks: The Innocents (1961)

Halloweek: Night Watch (1973)

Welcome back to Halloweek! TMP’s annual celebration of all things spooky in the days leading up to Halloween has been extended from four days to seven! Today’s terror is brought to life by an unexpected star: the great Elizabeth Taylor. Stay tuned for more through Tuesday! “What did you expect to find, Sherlock Holmes? A wax model covered with tomato ketchup? An earthworm with a … Continue reading Halloweek: Night Watch (1973)

Collector’s Corner: Favorite horror purchases!

October is the month for all things spooky and, though TMP will be giving the season a proper “Halloweek” celebration starting next Tuesday, I thought I’d bring some cobwebs and ghosts and masked murderers to this edition of Collector’s Corner, too! In the last Collector’s Corner we looked at a breakdown of my film collection by genre, and you may remember that horror wasn’t one … Continue reading Collector’s Corner: Favorite horror purchases!

The House That Would Not Die (1970)

Ruth Bennett (Barbara Stanwyck) and her niece Sara (Kitty Winn) are moving into an old house recently inherited by Ruth. Ruth has decided to take a break from her job in Washington, D. C. to decide whether she wants to move into the house permanently, leaving the city behind. Sara will be attending classes at the local university. Both women are excited about the house … Continue reading The House That Would Not Die (1970)

Favorite things about… Cat People (1942)

What better to celebrate as October’s “Favorite Things” film than a genuine horror classic? Today also happens to be my wonderful sister’s birthday, and since there’s nothing in the world she loves more than her cats, I’ve chosen a special feline-centric film in her honor: 1942’s Cat People! The favorite film: Cat People, a 1942 Val Lewton thriller directed by Jacques Tourneur The synopsis: Serbian … Continue reading Favorite things about… Cat People (1942)

Two on a Guillotine (1965)

As they often do, this story starts innocently enough, sort of a behind-the-scenes showbiz picture about a magician and his assistant/wife planning a new finale for their act. They’ll soon be heading out on a European tour and hope to shock audiences with a beheading illusion inspired by Marie Antoinette. Flash forward to 1965 and Cassie, the daughter of this magician and  his wife, is now … Continue reading Two on a Guillotine (1965)