Brute Man, The (1946)

“You never can tell what a man will do when his mind’s affected.” Synopsis: A former college football hero (Rondo Hatton) disfigured in a chemistry accident seeks revenge on those he feels wronged by, and befriends a sympathetic blind pianist (Jane Adams). Genres: Blindness Detectives and Private Eyes Disfigured Faces Serial Killers Review: Best known […]

Last Man on Earth, The (1964)

“Someone else is alive in this world — but where are they? Where are they hiding?” Synopsis: The sole survivor (Vincent Price) of a devastating plague battles vampiric zombies while searching for a cure and reminiscing about the wife (Emma Danieli) and child (Christi Courtland) he has lost. Genres: Literature Adaptation Post-Apocalypse Science Fiction Survival […]

Bride of the Monster / Bride of the Atom (1955)

“One is always considered mad when one discovers something that others cannot grasp.” Synopsis: A mad scientist (Bela Lugosi) determined to create a race of atomic superman turns a snoopy journalist (Loretta King) into his next victim. Genres: Atomic Energy Bela Lugosi Films Ed Wood Films Horror Journalists Mad Doctors and Scientists Response to Peary’s […]

Plan 9 From Outer Space/Grave Robbers From Outer Space (1959)

“It’s because of men like you that all must be destroyed.” Synopsis: An advanced alien species attempts to prevent the Earth from destroying the universe with atomic weaponry by taking over the minds of three recently deceased corposes (Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson). Genres: Aliens Bela Lugosi Films Ed Wood Films Mind Control and […]

That Hamilton Woman / Lady Hamilton (1941)

“Lady Hamilton is one of the very best women in the world, and an honor to her sex.” Synopsis: The young new wife (Vivien Leigh) of a middle-aged widower (Alan Mowbray) falls in love with Lord Nelson (Laurence Olivier), a gallant married officer fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. Genres: Biopics Flashback Films Historical Dramas Infidelity […]

Missing in Action (1984)

“Where are the American M.I.A.s?” Synopsis: An embittered veteran (Chuck Norris) returns to Vietnam to rescue missing prisoners of war, enlisting the help of his buddy (M. Emmett Walsh). Genres: Chuck Norris Films Prisoners of War Revenge Veterans Vietnam War Response to Peary’s Review: Peary’s inclusion of this “huge [Chuck Norris] hit” in Guide for […]

One From the Heart (1982)

“Honey, let’s just promise to never, ever fight again, okay?” Synopsis: A quibbling working-class couple in Las Vegas (Teri Garr and Frederic Forrest) seek solace in the arms of glamorous new lovers (Raul Julia and Nastassja Kinski). Genres: Francis Ford Coppola Films Harry Dean Stanton Films Musicals Romance Review: Francis Ford Coppola’s eagerly anticipated follow-up […]

After the Fox (1966)

“If only I could steal enough to become an honest man!” Synopsis: A renowned thief (Peter Sellers) known as The Fox concocts an ingenious gold-stealing heist, in which he pretends to direct a movie co-starring his aspiring-actress sister (Britt Ekland) and an aging matinee idol (Victor Mature). Genres: Comedy Heists Mistaken Identities Movie Directors Neil […]

Strange Behavior / Dead Kids (1981)

“This is no ordinary professor — he’s dead!” Synopsis: A police chief (Michael Murphy) investigates a rash of murders which may be linked to mind-control experiments conducted by a local university’s psychology department. Genres: Horror Mad Doctors and Scientists Mind Control and Hypnosis Murder Mystery Response to Peary’s Review: I am largely in agreement with […]

Beau Pere (1981)

“We’re like two people who have come through a storm; we have to recover.” Synopsis: When his wife (Nicole Garcia) dies in a car accident, a grieving man (Patrick Dewaere) must deal with his increasingly seductive 14-year-old stepdaughter (Ariel Besse), who professes to be in love with him. Genres: Bertrand Blier Films Coming of Age […]