Nostalgia

Fond recollections of experiencing classic horror, fantasy, and science fiction during our mis-spent youth

BATMAN in the Media, Pt.2

BATMAN in the Media, Pt.2

BATMAN comes to TV — but will the audience accept the mysterious Masked Manhunter into their living rooms? Maybe if he’s a duly deputized member of the law. Tune in to find out.

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt.3

75 Years of The Green Hornet, Pt.3

The Green Hornet jumps to the 4-Color world of comic books and investigates other media.

Alakazam the Great (1960): A 50th Anniversary Review

Alakazam the Great (1960): A 50th Anniversary Review

Let’s see, how do I compare the first movie I ever saw as a five year old to how I see it 50 years later? I’ll begin by sharing that I believe in fate; coincidence is not coincidence. The anime ALAKAZAM THE GREAT (1960) is the first movie and “martial arts” film per se that I [...]

13 Ghosts: A Celebration of 1960 Horror Retrospective

13 Ghosts: A Celebration of 1960 Horror Retrospective

In the hot summer of 1960, one of the few places that had air conditioning in the small town where I lived was the local movie theater. That summer we went to the movies a lot. I can’t remember if it was during THE BELLBOY or THE ALAMO, but there was a preview for William [...]

The Time Machine: A Celebration of 1960 Review

The Time Machine: A Celebration of 1960 Review

A colorful Hollywood adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel.
I cannot recall when I first heard of George Pal’s 1960 production of THE TIME MACHINE, but it must have been in one of the many books about science fiction cinema that I read as a teenager in the 1970s. At a very tender age, I had [...]

House of Usher: A Celebration of 1960 Review

House of Usher: A Celebration of 1960 Review

Although many younger television and movie fans may think that the 1970s represent an archaic time in entertainment, there were certain advantages to growing up during this period. One was that television was all about local markets, and this made it necessary for local stations to find programming that would keep the viewer’s attention. One [...]

Blood and Roses: A Celebration of 1960 Review

Blood and Roses: A Celebration of 1960 Review

I didn’t see BLOOD AND ROSES when it was originally released; I first encountered it while reading early books on genre films, where it was  mentioned very favorably, and I was particularly haunted by the image of a man in a bat-mask with spread wings bending over a beautiful woman, which appeared in the book The [...]

Atom Age Vampire: A Celebration of 1960 Review

Atom Age Vampire: A Celebration of 1960 Review

ATOM AGE VAMPIRE was a film that haunted me as a youngster. It seemed a very modern nightmare, a science fiction variation on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A well-meaning doctor who willingly turned himself into a monster to both prove his theories and possess the woman of his obsessive desire. The dark, oppressive atmosphere, [...]

Friday the 13th - Bluray Review

Friday the 13th – Bluray Review

Has it really been nearly 30 years since Friday the 13th came out? If, in 1980, you had asked me to watch a film from 1950, I’d probably have wondered why you were forcing such an old movie on me. Maybe Friday doesn’t seem that old because I actually saw it in a theater during [...]

Alien Revisted: An Interview with Ridley Scott

Alien Revisted: An Interview with Ridley Scott

The director reminisces about his trip aboard the Nostromo.
Old monsters never die. They just become familiar friends. We’ve seen it happen with classic fiends from the early black-and-white era, like Frankenstein and Dracula, but what about more recent more recent movie monsters, like the titular creature haunting the spaceship Nostromo in ALIEN (1979). Does the [...]