Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

“There are many strange legends in the Amazon.” Synopsis: A team of researchers traveling on the Amazon River encounter a mysterious humanoid fish, which clearly has designs on the crew’s sexy female scientist (Julia Adams). Genres: Jack Arnold Films Mutant Monsters Science Fiction Scientists Response to Peary’s Review: Peary argues that while this “popular science-fiction […]

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

“It’s real — it’s real! I’m not crazy; I did see it!” Synopsis: When the alcoholic wife (Allison Hayes) of a philandering lout (William Hudson) is exposed to radiation and grows 50 feet tall, she seeks revenge on both her husband and his lover (Yvette Vickers). Genres: Atomic Energy Homicidal Spouses Marital Problems Mutant Monsters […]

Gunman’s Walk (1958)

“Ed’s just got to prove he’s as good as Lee ever was — he can’t stand being second best.” Synopsis: When the trigger-happy son (Tab Hunter) of a cattle rancher (Van Heflin) is accused of murder, his brother (James Darren) — in love with the victim’s “half-breed” sister (Kathryn Grant) — finds his loyalties conflicted. […]

Aliens (1986)

“We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.” Synopsis: The sole survivor (Sigourney Weaver) of an alien attack travels back to the planet where it took place, in hopes of warning its new residents. Genres: Aliens Horror Science Fiction Sigourney Weaver Films Strong Females Review: James Cameron’s […]

Alien (1979)

“Alien life form; looks like it’s been dead a long time.” Synopsis: The crew of an interstellar mining ship battles for its survival when it encounters a vicious alien species. Genres: Aliens Androids Harry Dean Stanton Films Horror Ridley Scott Films Science Fiction Sigourney Weaver Films Strong Females Survival Response to Peary’s Review: Peary writes […]

Inserts (1975)

“Nothing simple, Miss Cake, is ever pure.” Synopsis: A has-been silent movie director (Richard Dreyfuss) is reduced to making stag films in his house with a drug-addicted starlet (Veronica Cartwright) and an oafish stud (Stephen Davies). Genres: Black Comedy Bob Hoskins Films Has-Beens Movie Directors Richard Dreyfuss Films Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s review of […]

Undead, The (1957)

“I mean to invade the depths of the mind; that is not nonsense.” Synopsis: A hypnotist (Val Dufour) with questionable ethics sends a call girl (Pamela Duncan) back in time to a previous life, in which she was a wrongly condemned to die as a witch — but soon he realizes that she may be […]

Bostonians, The (1984)

“You always want to please someone — Miss Chancellor, your parents, whoever else is dear to you. But it’s not really you.” Synopsis: A suffragette (Vanessa Redgrave) and her chauvinist southern cousin (Christopher Reeve) vie for the affections of a charismatic young orator (Madeleine Potter). Genres: Christopher Reeve Films Feminism and Women’s Issues Jessica Tandy […]

Your Past is Showing (a.k.a. The Naked Truth) (1957)

“Getting rid of people seems to be a hobby of yours!” Synopsis: A game show host (Peter Sellers), a mystery writer (Peggy Mount), a model (Shirley Eaton), and a womanizing lord (Terry-Thomas) unsuccessfully try to murder the journalist (Dennis Price) who is blackmailing them. Genres: Black Comedy Blackmail Mistaken Identities Peter Sellers Films Plot to […]

Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1934)

“They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere.” Synopsis: A British baronet (Leslie Howard) secretly rescues French aristocrats from death during the Reign of Terror, hiding his identity from both his unhappy wife (Merle Oberon) and a ruthless French ambassador (Raymond Massey) determined to nab the elusive “Scarlet Pimpernel” at […]