Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

“Have no fear — Doc Savage is here!” Synopsis: Doc Savage (Ron Ely) and his associates, the Fabulous Five, travel to the South American country of Hidalgo to investigate the death of Doc’s father. Genres: Comics and Comic Strips Murder Mystery Satires and Spoofs Superheroes Response to Peary’s Review: This adventure film — George Pal’s […]

Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

“The only thing I do fast is drive.” Synopsis: Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney (Bonnie Bedelia) battles discrimination and personal heartache as she becomes the top female drag-racer of all time. Genres: Beau Bridges Films Biopics Bonnie Bedelia Films Car Racing Feminism and Women’s Issues Sports Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, Bonnie Bedelia turns […]

Snuff (1976)

“I will cut your heart from your body and feed it to the dogs!” Synopsis: A gang of drug-addicted serial killers pursue a beautiful actress and her household. Genres: Serial killers Response to Peary’s Review: This “wretched picture” — a muddled, incomprehensible pastiche of several awful movies — may possibly earn my vote as the […]

Payday (1973)

“You didn’t earn it.” Synopsis: Country singer Maury Dann (Rip Torn) experiences a downward spiral as he and his band take a road trip across America. Genres: Character Studies Has-Beens Musicians Rip Torn Films Road Trip Response to Peary’s Review: This “excrutiatingly unpleasant” film — starring Rip Torn as an aging, has-been musician who “makes […]

Bilitis (1977)

“Look at me — I’m all flat and skinny, like a boy.” Synopsis: A teenage schoolgirl (Patti D’Arbanville) spends the summer with a couple whose marriage is on the rocks, and develops a crush on the wife (Mona Kristensen). Meanwhile, she pursues a local teenage boy (Bernard Giraudeau), and tries to find a “suitable male […]

Naughty Nineties, The (1945)

“Strange as it may seem, they give ball players nowadays very peculiar names…” Synopsis: Abbott and Costello try to rescue their friend’s showboat from the hands of some unscrupulous cardsharks. Genres: Abbott and Costello Films At Sea Comedy Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, Abbott and Costello’s first period piece together contains “several of […]

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

“You know that person you said there’s no such person? I think he’s in there… in person.” Synopsis: The bodies of Dracula (Bela Lugosi) and Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) come to life after being delivered to a wax museum, and freight handlers Abbott and Costello are caught up in the commotion that ensues. Werewolf Lon […]

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

“I’m goin’ out. Maybe I’ll be back, and maybe I won’t!” Synopsis: Giant mutant leeches emerge from the swamps of Florida and imprison the local townspeople in their underwater cave. Genres: Deep South Mutant Monsters Science Fiction Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary points out, this “gritty, enjoyably lurid, creepy [and] gruesome” sci-fi potboiler is […]

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

“Everything happens to me too early or too late…” Synopsis: An apolitical bourgeois writer named Sergio (Sergio Carmona Mendoyo) remains in Cuba after the revolution, despite the fact that his parents and ex-wife have fled to America. Genres: Character Studies Class Relations Cuba Writers Response to Peary’s Review: This enigmatic, complicated film — the first […]