Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

“A man cannot destroy the savage in him by denying it; the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.” Synopsis: In Victorian England, philanthropic Dr. Jekyll (John Barrymore) experiments with a drug which changes him into the vile, hedonistic “Mr. Hyde” — but he soon finds himself unable to […]

Lodger, The (1927)

“He’s killed another fair girl.” Synopsis: Whilst a serial killer known as “The Avenger” is murdering blonde women throughout London, a mysterious lodger (Ivor Novello) arrives at the home of landlords Marie Ault and Arthur Chesney and their grown daughter Daisy (June Tripp). Novello falls for Daisy, but her jealous boyfriend (Malcolm Keen) — a […]

Myra Breckinridge (1970)

“All men have a lot to learn… I’ve taken it upon myself to teach you.” Synopsis: After Myron Breckenridge (Rex Reed) undergoes a sex change operation and becomes Myra (Raquel Welch), she visits an acting school owned by her uncle Buck (John Huston), pretending to be the “deceased” Myron’s widow in order to receive half […]

Boucher, Le / Butcher, The (1970)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “I’ve seen a corpse or two — their heads in the wind, cut in half, mouth open…” Synopsis: In a small French town, a worldly schoolteacher (Stephane Audran) meets a recently returned veteran (Jean Yanne) at a […]

Harriet Craig (1950)

“No man’s born ready for marriage; he has to be trained.” Synopsis: Domineering housewife Harriet Craig (Joan Crawford) lies to her unsuspecting husband (Wendell Corey) and treats her faithful cousin Celia (K.T. Stevens) like a personal secretary; but when Harriet interferes with her husband’s chance for promotion — and Celia’s chance for marriage with a […]

Undertaker and His Pals, The (1966)

“Remember: we specifically agreed that I could bury doc’s mistakes!” Synopsis: Detective Harry Glass (James Westmoreland) investigates a rash of violent murders committed by a trio of motorcycle-riding thugs; soon he learns that a greedy undertaker (Ray Dannis) and his two restaurant-owning friends are behind the gruesome killings — and that the female corpses are […]

Parting Glances (1986)

“I want to leave because it’s gotten too settled — [too] predictable.” Synopsis: On the night before his longtime lover (John Bolger) is due to depart for a job in Africa, Michael (Richard Ganoung) visits his HIV-positive friend Nick (Steve Buscemi) and must confront Bolger’s true motivation for leaving. Genres: Death and Dying Get Togethers […]

Pete’s Dragon (1977)

“There’s room for everyone in this world, if everyone makes some room.” Synopsis: A young orphan (Sean Marshall) escapes from his abusive caretaker (Shelley Winters) with his magical pet dragon Elliott (voiced by Charlie Callas) in tow. Upon his arrival in the town of Passamaquoddy, Pete (Marshall) meets up with a tippling lighthouse keeper (Mickey […]

Folks at Red Wolf Inn, The / Terror Inn (1972)

“A butcher’s work is never done…” Synopsis: A naive co-ed (Linda Gillen) wins a vacation to Red Wolf Inn, where the elderly proprietors (Mary Jackson and Arthur Space) and their dim-witted grandson (John Neilson) make delicious, meat-heavy meals for their female guests. But when one girl after the other starts disappearing, Regina (Gillen) — who […]

Female on the Beach (1955)

[Note: The following review is of a non-Guide for the Film Fanatic title; click here to read more.] “A lone female on the beach is a kind of a target — a bait, you might say…” Synopsis: Widowed Lynn Markham (Joan Crawford) wants nothing more than to be left alone in her new beach house, […]