Girl From Chicago, The (1932)

“Go ahead, Wade — smack me in the mouth with your fists so I can love you!” Synopsis: A young schoolteacher (Star Calloway) falls in love with a secret service agent (Carl Mahon) who tries to prove that a singer (Eunice Brooks) has been falsely accused of murder. Genres: African-Americans Falsely Accused Musical Romance Response […]

Raw Meat / Deathline (1973)

“In 1892… a rival subway company was tunneling, and its tunnel caved in. Then the company went bankrupt [and] no effort was made to rescue the trapped workers.” Synopsis: A police inspector (Donald Pleasence) learns about a colony of cannibals — descendents of 19th century laborers — who are living in the London underground. When […]

Deep End (1971)

“Have you had ‘er yet? Have you been up there? Is she any good, is she?” Synopsis: When a working-class teenager (John Moulder-Brown) starts his first job at a bath house in London, he develops an enormous crush on his sexy, flirtatious, older co-worker (Jane Asher). Genres: Black Comedy First Love Obsessive Love Sexuality Teenagers […]

Out of It (1969)

“I can just say anything, and you’ll believe me.” Synopsis: Over the course of summer vacation, Paul (Barry Gordon) attempts to woo sexy Christine (Lada Edmund Jr.) away from her jock boyfriend Russ (Jon Voight). Genres: Comedy Coming-of-Age Jon Voight Films Rivalry Teenagers Response to Peary’s Review: This “very amusing” coming-of-age comedy (which Peary argues […]

Five (1951)

“I’ve got to find out once and for all about those other people — I owe it to them; I owe it to myself.” Synopsis: Five survivors of a nuclear holocaust must deal with their circumstances and each other. Genres: Arch Oboler Films Nuclear Holocaust Post-Apocalypse Science Fiction Survival Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary […]

Possession of Joel Delaney, The (1972)

“Possession? Insanity? Fragmented ego? Are you trying to tell me that my brother is so weak and so vulnerable that he can be invaded from the outside by a maniac who is dead? I refuse to believe it!” Synopsis: Spoiled socialite Norah Benson (Shirley MacLaine) is puzzled by the uncharacteristically cruel and erratic behavior of […]

Joanna (1968)

“There’s no place for drags, baby… Stay cool!” Synopsis: Free-spirited artist Joanna (Genevieve Waite) searches for love and happiness in 1960s London. Genres: Counterculture Cross-Cultural Romance Death and Dying Donald Sutherland Films Nonconformists Surrealism Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary points out immediately in his review, this dated film is “bad and self-indulgent”, but nonetheless […]

Sansho, the Bailiff (1954)

“Without compassion, a man is no longer human.” Synopsis: When a kind governor in medieval Japan is sent into exile because of his compassion for the local peasants, his wife (Kinuyo Tanaka), son (Masahiko Kato), and daughter (Keiko Enami) set out to find him, but are kidnapped and sold into slavery and prostitution. Years later, […]

Joe (1970)

“Forty-two percent of all liberals are queer; that’s a fact.” Synopsis: Businessman Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick) kills his daughter’s drug-dealing boyfriend in a fit of rage, and befriends a working-class bigot (Peter Boyle) who admires what he’s done. Genres: Class Relations Counterculture Generation Gap Susan Sarandon Films Vigilantes Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s not a […]

Vampire Lovers, The (1970)

“You must die! Everybody must die!” Synopsis: Carmilla (Ingrid Pitt), a 200-year-old lesbian vampire, pursues the beautiful young Emma (Madeline Smith) while being hunted by vampire-killer Baron von Hartog (Douglas Wilmer). Genres: Horror Lesbianism Literature Adaptation Peter Cushing Films Roy Ward Baker Films Vampires Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary suggests, the popularity of this […]