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The BabyThe Baby (1973) is everything you could wish for in an exploitation flick: it's über-weird, disturbing, and one-of-a-kind. Not to mention it’s got some dynamite acting (especially from Anjanette Comer and Ruth Roman) and a surprising amount of heart. Top it all off with a climax that packs not one but two nice twists, and you have a fascinating '70s drive-in oddity. As looney tunes as The Baby can be, you'll be forced to admit that they just don’t—and couldn’t—make ‘em like this anymore. (Plus, we submit this to you: where else would you see a young babysitter breast-feeding an adult man?)...
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The Curse of the WerewolfHammer Film's sole ode to the lycanthrope legend, The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) boasts wonderful direction by Terence Fisher, superb beast makeup from Roy Ashton, and a spicy, Freudian-laced script from Anthony Hinds. Rather loosely based on the 1933 historical horror novel The Werewolf of Paris by author Guy Endore, and repurposing leftover sets from Hammer's abandoned production The Rape of Sabena, Curse of the Werewolf ranks up there with Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Horror of Dracula (1958) as one of Hammer's crown gems...
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Brides of DraculaTerence Fisher's Brides of Dracula (1960) is chock full of all of the trademark ingredients that typify a good Hammer flick: creaky setpieces, Gothic suspense, moody atmosphere, a dash of sexuality, and just the right crescendos of violence. Viewed from today's more secular world, Brides may raise a few eyebrows with regard to its treatment of gender, sexuality and religion (especially among hardcore horror fans who may like their ambiguity a little more ambiguous). Best of all, Brides proves itself a worthy addition to both the Hammer catalogue and the vampire canon...
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House of WhipcordWe initiated new site contributor Garvan Giltinan by asking him to review Pete Walker's 1974 sleazefest House of Whipcord. Reviled in the '70s as a creator of exploitative trash, Walker has become a cult figure over the last decade, as film scholars delve into his small catalogue and realize the man has something of value to contribute to British film history. For Whipcord, the recipe is rather simple: mix together a little blood and nudity, toss in menacing wardens Barbara Markham & Sheila Keith, some whips and other assorted tortures, and voila!, you've got an exploitation piece de resistance...
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I, AudraWhat are Linda Thorson's memories regarding the filming of the troubled Canadian slasher Curtains (1983)? How does she remember the real-life conflict between art & horror on the set? Which of the six actresses at Stryker's snowy retreat would really have won the coveted role of Audra? Best known for her starring role as Tara King in the classic ITV television series The Avengers (1968), Thorson took time out from her busy schedule to sit down with us and recall highlights from her career. All is revealed in I, Audra, our exclusive interview with this very special actress...
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The StuffFrom the director of Q (1982), It's Alive (1974) and God Told Me To (1976) comes The Stuff (1985), a low-budget piece of drivel which recalls the likes of William Cameron Menzies' Invaders from Mars (1953). But while it retains some of Invaders' cutesiness, with its kid-heroes and diabolical conspiracies, The Stuff possesses zero of its tension. Armed with a perfectly hollow sense of comedy which it attempts to inject in the story at a much too frequent rate, this dull misfire is for completists only...
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FascinationThe talents of French director Jean Rollin are on full display in Fascination (1979). A moody and erotic horror tale buoyed by sumptuous photography and a wonderful soundtrack, this superb outing from one of the genre's well-known auteurs is one of his most accomplished films in a career already rife with celluloid fever-dreams of gorgeous images. Those looking to treat themselves to the thrills of European horror fare -- or the cinema of Jean Rollin in particular -- will find the best of both worlds in Fascination...
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The Name of the Game Is KillHow to summarize director Gunnar Hellström's bizarre cult horror The Name of the Game Is Kill (1968)? Well, for starters, imagine Tennessee Williams' The Fugitive Kind (1959) meets Carlos Aured's House of Psychotic Women (1974). There's a palpable sense of feminine psychological decay which surrounds Name of the Game, in the way that only a late '60s grindhouse horror can generate. Add to that the coarse, dry flint of a grounded performance from Steve McGarrett (er, we mean Jack Lord) and you've got just the right balance of tension needed to ignite an already combustible cult flick...
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