Gorgon, The (1964)

“I believe in the existence of everything which the human brain is unable to disprove.” Synopsis: When a professor (Michael Goodliffe) arrives in a village to investigate the death of his son (Redmond Phillips) and his son’s lover (Sascha Cass), he is turned to stone by a local gorgon, prompting his second son (Richard Pasco) […]

Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)

“As a trained espionage agent, I could tell that she was attracted to me.” Synopsis: An American spy (Robert Towne) poses as a gangster to accompany a mobman (Anthony Carbone), a moll (Betsy Jones-Moreland), and two ditzy but loyal assistants (Beech Dickerson and Robert Bean) on a trip smuggling gold out of Castro-led Cuba. Carbone […]

Salesman (1968)

“If a guy’s not a success, he’s got nobody to blame but himself.” Synopsis: Four luxury-Bible salesmen in Florida experience varying degrees of success while going door to door in low-income neighborhoods. Genres: Documentary Salesmen Review: Self-funded by brothers Albert and David Maysles (former salesmen themselves), this “non-fiction feature” offers a pathos-filled glimpse at mid-century […]

Horror of Party Beach, The (1964)

“They are the living dead — they’re zombies!” Synopsis: After his girlfriend (Marilyn Clarke) is killed by a radioactive sea creature, a scientist (John Scott) works with his mentor (Allan Laurel) and his mentor’s daughter (Alice Lyon) to help destroy the creatures. Genres: Horror Mutant Monsters Review: Del Tenney’s low-budget horror flick combines elements of […]

Horror Hotel / City of the Dead (1960)

“Burn the witch!” Synopsis: Influenced by her professor (Christopher Lee), a college student (Venetia Stevenson) travels to the New England town of Whitehead to research its history of witchcraft, against the wishes of her boyfriend (Tom Naylor) and brother (Dennis Lotis). Once there, she stays at an inn run by a woman (Patricia Jessel) who […]

Awful Dr. Orloff, The (1962)

“I’m fascinated by your skin.” Synopsis: With the help of his blind assistant Morpho (Ricardo Valle), a doctor (Howard Vernon) kidnaps beautiful women and brings them back to his castle, where he kills them and removes their skin in an attempt to restore the face of his disfigured daughter (Diana Lorys). Meanwhile, an inspector (Conrado […]

Night Train to Munich (1940)

Hello, CMBA members! I’m excited to be participating in the fall Trains, Planes, and Automobiles blogathon. This is my third blogathon entry for CMBA: others were reviews of Intermezzo (both versions — 1936 and 1939) for Fabulous Films of the 30s and The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) for Fabulous Films of the 50s. […]

Horror Express / Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express (1972)

“It’s alive — it must be!” Synopsis: In 1906 China, a British anthropologist (Christopher Lee) finds a frozen prehistoric body and arranges to ship it on the Transsiberian Express — but soon he and fellow passenger Dr. Wells (Peter Cushing) realize the ancient creature is a living alien, capable of destroying people’s brains and able […]

Outrageous! (1977)

“You’ll never be normal — but you’re special. And you can have a hell of a good time!” Synopsis: A talented aspiring drag queen (Craig Russell) shares an apartment with his best friend, a schizophrenic young woman (Hollis McLaren) hoping to keep her “bonecrusher” away by becoming pregnant and feeling alive inside. Genres: Aspiring Stars […]

It Conquered the World (1956)

“I won’t love a monster — I won’t!” Synopsis: A cynical scientist (Lee Van Cleft) helps a Venusian alien (Paul Blaisdell) land on earth and begin a campaign to rid humans of all emotions — but his wife (Beverly Garland) and colleague (Peter Graves) are immediately concerned about his ideas. Genres: Aliens Mad Doctors and […]