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From Hell It Came

You Axed for it, as Forry would say: the grade Z horror movie that launched a thousand bad puns is also an unbeatable party favorite. Idiotic island natives clash with condescending Anglo scientists, ...

Let Us Now Praise The Mad Genius Of Richard Harland Smith

A few years ago, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of influential film critic Pauline Kael, I wrote the following: “I think (Kael) did a lot to expose the truth… that directors, ...

Hitler’s Madman

Douglas Sirk's first American movie came out so well that Prc sold it to MGM, earning Sirk a promotion out of the Poverty Row studios. John Carradine is excellent - and underplays! -- as the Hangman ...

The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues

Minimalist 'Z' monster movies really took off in the 1950s, earning good money on tiny outlays of time, money, and sometimes talent. Dan Milner's directing is competent, to be kind, but the 'nothing ...

Meetings with Mitchum

Between 1970 and 1975—and the ages of 53 and 58—Robert Mitchum made six films. The beginning of the decade found him in Ireland taking on the role of schoolteacher Charles Shaughnessey in David Lean’s ...

Friday Noir: ‘His Kind of Woman!’ is the Robert Mitchum’s kind of good time!

His Kind of Woman! Directed by John Farrow Written by Frank Fenton, Jack Leonard U.S.A., 1951 John Farrow’s His Kind of Woman! has it all, and so, so much more. Sometimes the best entries in a ...