Cybersurfing: Freddy’s Famous Friends, Bunuel DVDs, Silent Oz, Drive-in Triple Bills

The Vault of Horror is offering a multi-part guide to Godzilla Films from the Showa Era (that would be the original cycl from the ’50s through the ’70s). The Vault also revisits Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a memorably spooky tele-film from the 1970s. And just for giggles, how about a list of Freddy’s Famous Friends (well, more like famous people who played Freddy Kruger’s victims in the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies). 

At the website for Sight and Sound magazine, Video Watchdog’s Tim Lucas reviews two new Criterion Collection DVD releases of films by Luis Bunuel: THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL and SIMON OF THE DESERT. These are two of the best films from cinema’s first great surrealist filmmaker, both deserving of becoming part of the Criterion Collection. 

And You Call Yourself a Scientist reviews two silent films based on the work of L. Frank Baum: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Patchwork Girl of Oz.

Arbogast on Film laments the demise of drive-in triple bills, even bad ones like The Terrornauts, They Came From Beyond Space, and Castle of Evil.

In a somewhat similar vein, Dinner with Max Jenke laments the shrinking back catalogue available in remaining video stores, which now tend to offer the latest releases and at most a few classic titles. This is a complete turn-around from the early days of video retailers, which suddenly made older movies instantly accessible to fans.

Horror Movie a Day notes that the title NIGHT CREATURES does not accurate reflect the content of a 1962 film from Hammer, which was originally to be titled CAPTAIN CLEGG. Still, it’s a good movie, with Hammer horror star Peter Cushing in a different kind of role.

About the Author

Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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