Gremlins (1984)

“They’re watching Snow White. And they’re loving it!” Synopsis: A cute, furry creature bought at a Chinese curio shop spawns a breed of evil Gremlins who take over the town of Kingston Falls. Genres: Black Comedy Horror Mutant Monsters Small Town America Response to Peary’s Review: Although this Joe Dante-directed film (a “summer box-office sensation”) […]

What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)

“It is written: He who makes the best egg salad shall rule the heaven and earth.” Synopsis: Dubbed Japanese spies will do anything to find a secret egg salad recipe. Genres: Comedy Spies Spoofs Woody Allen Films Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, the novelty of this one-joke spy spoof by Woody Allen — […]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex *But Were Afraid to Ask (1972)

“With most grievous dispatch, I shall open the latch to get at her snatch!” Synopsis: Seven humorous vignettes poke fun at a famous sexology book. Genres: Comedy Episodic Films Gene Wilder Films John Carradine Films Sexuality Tony Randall Films Woody Allen Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary notes that critics at the time were divided […]

Story of O, The (1975)

“O wondered why she found her terror so delicious.” Synopsis: At the request of her lover (Udo Kier), a woman (Corinne Clery) is given the pseudonym “O” and trained to become a willing sex slave to men. Genres: Literature Adaptations S&M Sexuality Response to Peary’s Review: Unfortunately, there’s little to enjoy and much to be […]

Zombie Island Massacre (1984)

“I think I can safely promise you a tour you’ll never forget!” Synopsis: A group of tourists in Jamaica are knocked off one after the other by a mysterious killer in the dark. Genres: Caribbean Islands Horror Serial Killers Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this cult horror flick — which possesses the dubious […]

Alice, Sweet Alice / Communion / Holy Terror (1977)

“God always takes the pretty ones…” Synopsis: When 10-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields) is murdered right before her first communion, everyone suspects her raincoat-clad, jealous older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) — but is Alice really the killer? Genres: Christianity Evil Kids Horror Jealousy Murder Mystery Response to Peary’s Review: This cult murder mystery (notable as Brooke […]

Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The (1975)

Synopsis: Tired of the smog and pressure of city life, the Robinsons — Skip (Robert Logan), Pat (Susan Damante-Shaw), Jenny (Hollye Holmes), and Toby (Ham Larsen) — head out to live in the wilderness. Genres: Survival Response to Peary’s Review: As Peary notes, this popular film — which showed up repeatedly on cable television stations […]

Long, Long Trailer, The (1954)

“It’s a fine thing when you come home to your home and your home is gone!” Synopsis: Newlyweds Tacy (Lucille Ball) and Nicky (Desi Arnaz) find their marriage on the brinks as they travel in their brand-new, “long, long trailer”. Genres: Comedy Lucille Ball Films Marital Problems Newlyweds Road Trip Vincente Minnelli Films Response to […]

Adventures of Robinson Crusoe / Robinson Crusoe (1952)

“Being the third son of a good family, and not educated to any trade, my head began to be filled early with thoughts of leaving England, to see the world.” Synopsis: Slave trader Robinson Crusoe (Dan O’Herlihy) is stranded on a desert island, and must learn to survive on his own — until the arrival […]

Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (1971)

“Nine killed her… Nine shall die… Nine eternities in doom!” Synopsis: A disfigured concert organist (Vincent Price) seeks Biblical revenge on the nine surgeons who accidentally killed his wife years earlier. Genres: Detectives and Private Eyes Horror Joseph Cotten Films Revenge Serial Killers Vincent Price Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary argues that this “campy […]