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The Bloody Judge (1970) review

“You are all condemned, for crimes against king and kingdom, to hang… to dangle until you are but dead, to be then cut down still alive, to have your entrails drawn out and thrust into your own mouths, to be further hanged, then quartered like the carcasses of beef you are. You number five hundred, [...]

Psycho-Circus (1966) review

Psycho-Circus (1966) review

With a title like Psycho-Circus, not to mention the presence of two Count Draculas (Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski), fright fans will probably expect this to be some kind of lurid horror-thriller filled with circus acts gone horribly wrong (lion tamers mauled, knife thrower’s assistant stabbed) along the lines of 1960’s Circus of Horrors (stock footage from which appears [...]

A Tribute to Christopher Lee - The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast

A Tribute to Christopher Lee – The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast

No life is forever, not even that of the man who played immortal vampires, mouldering corpses, and psychotic satanists. Christopher Lee had so permanently placed his mark on the world of fantastic film that his death this past week sent a shock wave through film fandom, so assured were we that he’d always be around [...]

THE WICKER MAN: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:37

THE WICKER MAN: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:37

The film that Cinefantastique founder Fred Clarke called, “The CITIZEN KANE of horror,” is back, newly remastered and in an edition that its director has dubbed the “final cut.” In THE WICKER MAN, a devoutly religious Scottish policeman (Edward Woodward) travels to an island-bound agricultural community to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. What [...]

Dracula Cries - Japanese Ending of Horror of Dracula

Dracula Cries – Japanese Ending of Horror of Dracula

It was only yesterday that I was waxing enthusiastic about the restored conclusion of HORROR OF DRACULA, available on a Region 2 Blu-ray disc that incorporates previously missing footage rediscovered on an old Japanese print in an archival vault in Tokyo. Now, I am starting to have reservations, thanks to a YouTube post showing the [...]

Horror of Dracula - the Restored Ending

Horror of Dracula – the Restored Ending

At last, fright fans – here it: the restored ending of HORROR OF DRACULA! The sequence was eviscerated by the British film censor back in 1958, when the film came out, but the recent Region 2 Blu-ray disc has finally restored the missing footage. No word yet on when a Region 1 Blu-ray will come [...]

Dracula Dies! The restored disintegration of HORROR OF DRACULA

Dracula Dies! The restored disintegration of HORROR OF DRACULA

The Holy Grail of horror cinema – the censored shot of the Count’s destruction from HORROR OF DRACULA – will soon be in the hands of faithful fans when the British Blu-ray of the restored version arrives on March 13. U.S. fans without a region-free player are not so lucky (no mention of a Region [...]

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:50

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:50

The journey will be long, the challenges daunting, the popcorn very likely stale. But that doesn’t matter now — the grand epic that is the three-part, film adaptation of THE HOBBIT is upon us with the release of the first installment: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Having braved the onslaught of orcs, goblins, and restless eight-year-0lds, beabetterbooktalker.com’s [...]

THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:49

THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:49

Next week sees the last, major genre film debut of the year with the release of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY in glorious 3D and an innovative high frame-rate (HFR) projection system (advance word: bring Dramamine). The film marks the beginning of a new film franchise based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle Earth, [...]

FRANKENWEENIE: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:40

FRANKENWEENIE: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:40

FRANKENWEENIE is about resurrections in more ways than one. While the 3D, stop-motion animated tale, in glorious black and white, centers on a young Victor Frankenstein (here a (relatively) normal suburban kid rather than a deluded doctor) jolting his beloved dog Sparky back to life after a tragic car accident, with serious repercussions when his [...]