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Scorpion Thunderbolt (1985)
Film / Horror

Scorpion Thunderbolt (1985)

Of all of Godfrey Ho’s many infamous cut-and-shunt specials, old films (often of Korean or Taiwanese origin) reedited with newly shot footage (often featuring Richard Harrison and ninjas), Scorpion Thunderbolt is arguably one of the best known. A typically delirious assemblage of mis-matched footage, copyright flouting soundtrack cues (in this case lifted from Jean-Michel Jarre’s … Continue reading

The Return of Dracula (1958)
Film / Horror

The Return of Dracula (1958)

Paul Landres’ The Return of Dracula (1958) had the misfortune of opening just weeks before Hammer’s Dracula (1958) and, despite having many unquestionable charms of its own, Landres’ film was simply no competition and the film fell under the not inconsiderable shadow of Terence Fisher’s vivid, full-colour re-imagining of the tale. In the UK, perhaps … Continue reading

Daughters of Satan (1972)
Film / Horror

Daughters of Satan (1972)

The early 1970s saw several American low-budget filmmakers decamping for the Philippines where exotic locations and reasonably priced talent were plentiful. Roger Corman was one of the first but there were plenty of others, among them veteran exploitation producer Aubrey Schenck (The Black Sleep (1956), Voodoo Island (1957), The Pharaoh’s Curse (1957), Frankenstein 1970 (1958)) … Continue reading

Prophecy (1979)
Film / Horror

Prophecy (1979)

That cycle of 1970s ecological horror films set in motion by the likes of Frogs (1972) and turned into box office gold by Jaws (1975) was still rumbling on at the end of the decade and was, if anything, becoming more absurd with each successive film. Joe Dante’s Piranha (1978) was smart enough not to … Continue reading

Freaks (1932)
Film / Horror

Freaks (1932)

When MGM hired director Tod Browning to make a film for them in late 1931, they must have though that he was going to help them ease into the burgeoning horror market that the success of the director’s Dracula had helped to establish a few months earlier. Actor Harry Earles, a dwarf who had previously … Continue reading