Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Masque of the Red Death (1964): Roger Corman, Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe


     Produced and directed by Roger Corman, based on the 1842 short story by Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death (1964) was the seventh of eight Poe adaptations filmed by Corman for American International Pictures. The storyline concerns the classic tale of a heartless ruler whose court is plagued by disease as he mocks the peasantry. Filmed in vibrant hues, the production is a visually dazzling display. It also contains elements of another Poe tale, "Hop Frog". Vincent Price is sublimely evil in the main role. Jane Asher is sexy in her part. Hazel Court co-stars. 

Vincent Price

Vincent Price

Jane Asher

Jane Asher and Vincent Price


Jane Asher

Vincent Price

Jane Asher

Vincent Price and Jane Asher

Vincent Price


Vincent Price

"The Masque of the Red Death"- movie trailer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Warlock (1989): Julian Sands and Satan's Grand Grimoire


     Directed by Steve Miner, and written by David Twohy, Warlock (1989) has become a Horror Cult Classic. It spawned a modest franchise, including sequels and video games for SEGA Genesis and Super Nintendo NES. Completed in 1988, the film was not released until 1991 due to the financial difficulties of the original production studio. The story concerns a Warlock, a male witch, who time travels 300 years from 1691 Boston to 1980's California in a quest to reassemble the scattered pieces of The Grand Grimoire: Satan's Bible. Julian Sands is excellent and terrifying as the Warlock. Richard E. Grant is great as the 17th Century witch hunter sent to stop him. Lori Singer is wonderful as the 1980's gal that helps save existence. 


Julian Sands


Julian Sands



Julian Sands


Julian Sands

Julian Sands

Julian Sands




"Warlock"- movie trailer

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Warlock (1959): Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark


     Directed by Edward Dmytryk, Warlock (1959) is an underrated Western Classic that is worthy of more attention. The story concerns the 1880's western town of Warlock, plagued by outlaw cowboys, that hire a vigilante gunman to clean things up. Shot in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope, the cinematography is striking and vibrant. The whole cast does a fine job, including Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark, Dorothy Malone and Delores Michaels. 


Richard Widmark



Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn and Henry Fonda

Richard Widmark

Anthony Quinn and Henry Fonda

Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda

a scene from "Warlock"