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)

Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Don’t Look Now (1973)

Spooooky Halloween, everyone! TMP is, as usual, celebrating with Horror Half-Week: a four-day celebration of creepy films. This year’s Half-Week has no theme — just a collection of eerie films I’ve discovered recently. Today’s feature is a 1973 horror of parenthood, which I found on the Criterion Channel. On to the review! Laura (Julie Christie) and John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) are facing a parent’s worst … Continue reading Horror Half-Week, Day 1: Don’t Look Now (1973)

Curse of the Demon (1957)

“Where does imagination end and reality begin?” Henry Harrington (Maurce Denham) is a professor investigating a devil-worshipping cult, and the investigation has gotten him into a world of trouble. Dr. Julian Karswell (Niall MacGinnis), the leader of the cult, has put a curse on the professor. Though he begs for the curse to be reversed, Henry soon turns up dead. His aide approaches visiting American … Continue reading Curse of the Demon (1957)

Out of the Fog (1941)

Jonah Goodwin (Thomas Mitchell) and Olaf Johnson (John Qualen) are a tailor and a cook, living in Brooklyn. Life isn’t rosy, but the men have one thing that keeps them going: the fishing trips they take together after work. They dream of buying a larger boat, which would allow them to leave their jobs and become professional fishermen. But, they’ve got families to support, so … Continue reading Out of the Fog (1941)

Julie (1956)

Julie (Doris Day) and Lyle (Louis Jourdan) are newlyweds, but their honeymoon hasn’t exactly been happy. Lyle has been acting jealous and strange. Julie was married once before, the marriage only ending due to her husband’s unexpected death. As Lyle’s behavior becomes more erratic, Julie starts to believe her friend Cliff (Barry Sullivan) may be correct in his suspicion that Lyle had something to do … Continue reading Julie (1956)

Man in the Attic (1954)

London in the time of Jack the Ripper is a paranoid place. Anxieties are high for most. The cops are on high alert, doing their best to protect potential victims — patrolling the streets at all hours, walking people home, attempting to work out the puzzle of the Ripper’s identity. Among the fearful is Helen Harley (Frances Bavier). She and her husband, in need of … Continue reading Man in the Attic (1954)

The Fighting Lawman (1953)

Following a bank robbery in late-1800s Arizona, Deputy Marshal Jim Burke (Wayne Morris) is tracking four suspects. He manages to capture one, Manuel Jackson (Rick Vallin), but Manuel refuses to give up the names of his conspirators. A few years later, Manuel escapes from prison, and Burke must follow his trail again. When Burke finds Manuel, a shoot-out takes place, fatally injuring the criminal. Before … Continue reading The Fighting Lawman (1953)

George Washington Slept Here (1942)

Bill (Jack Benny) and Connie Fuller (Ann Sheridan) live a decent life in New York City, but they have one major problem: they can’t find the right place to live. At their current apartment, they’ve run into trouble with the landlord, who hates their mischievous (and slightly destructive) dog. Unwilling to give up the pup, Connie naturally decides that the family’s only option is to … Continue reading George Washington Slept Here (1942)