Friday night at the home drive-in: Dr. Orloff’s Monster AKA The Mistresses of Dr. Jekyll (1964)

Jess Franco directed over 200 movies in his lifetime. Most of them are considered to be bad by mainstream critics. I first took an interest in him when reading bad reviews of his movies in Video Trash and Treasures by L.A. Morse. Continue reading

Friday night at the home drive-in: Chamber of Horrors AKA The Door with Seven Locks (1940)

I don’t think I ever saw Chamber of Horrors AKA The Door with Seven Locks (1940) on late night TV – although I could have. It has all of the elements that I recognize from classic “Old Dark House” movies of the 1930s and ’40s. Eyes watching a character through the eyes of painting on the wall, dead bodies that disappear when a character tries to point them out, a mad villain with a collection of torture devices (well, maybe that one is a little less common, but…), etc. Continue reading

Friday night at the home drive-in: Society (1989)

Re-Animator (1985) is probably one of my favourite movies of the 1980s. I didn’t see Bride of Re-Animator (1989) when it first came out, probably because it wasn’t directed by Stuart Gordon. But I did see Society (1989), which was advertised as “From the Producer of Re-Animator“. So, I guess I was okay with Brian Yuzna trying his hand at directing – I just didn’t want to think that Stuart Gordon was somehow being cheated out of a job. In reality, I’m sure it was nothing like that. But it’s kind of like one of your favourite bands getting a new singer. They may still be a good band. but sometimes it just doesn’t feel right… Continue reading

Friday night at the home drive-in: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Fiend Without a Face (1958) is a movie that I’ve been aware of for many years. I first saw images from it in a Famous Monsters magazine that I bought in a drug store when I was a kid. I loved that magazine, and would flip through it regularly, looking at all the pictures. Most of them were from films I had never heard of – although there were images of Dracula, Frankenstein and Chewbacca from Star Wars. I recall staring at pictures from movies with titles like Enter The Devil and Night Beast and wishing I could see the films. The poster from Fiend Without a Face, which featured a creepy brain that seemed to float in the air, was one of the many intriguing images. Continue reading