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VIDEO WATCHDOG
The Perfectionist's Guide To Fantastic Video

- First and last issue: 1990-2017
- Fantastic cinema is the top priority but no genre is neglected.
- At the beginning there was Tim's column in Video Times and Gorezone and then in 1990 he started publishing VW.
- More details than any other edition is what characterizes VW. Usually there is a cover story with exclusive interviews and a lot of reviews.
In color, small size (A5), 80 pages magazine without any ads but with plenty to read.
- Published by Tim and Donna Lucas (Eds.)
- Website: www.videowatchdog.com

Fantasy, Classic Monsters, Horror, Sci-Fi
Bimonthly
Magazine
from
Cincinnati
United States

Ceased publication
Last updated:
11 June 2017

Special thanks for this page goes to:
Scott Matheson
Garry Malvern
CONTENTS: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 GALLERIES: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 All DATABASE INFO
187 listed issue(s)
Completed listing

Issue 184
June 2017

Tim Lucas: "This issue was printed with, by far, the lowest print run we ever had. Each of the issues that went out to our subscribers was personally signed by Donna and me. It is NOT going to be sold on newsstands. When our free digital edition (with all the usual extra bells and whistles) goes up in a couple of weeks - after our supporters have had a grace period of exclusivity - we will make the remaining print copies of this Farewell Issue available for purchase. I expect they'll go fast."


Issue 183
May/June 2016



Issue 182
March/April 2016



Issue 181
January/February 2016



Issue 180
November/December 2015



Issue 179
May/June 2015



Issue 178
March/April 2015



Issue 177
July/August 2014



Issue 176
May/June 2014

"Maledizione!"
The True Story Behind Seth Holts Accursed Version of DIABOLIK
Roberto Curti & Alessio Di Rocco use archival interviews and production materials to explain why Dino de Laurentiis first attempt to film the classic Italian comic strip never reached the screen!
Anthony Hinds
Architect of Hammer's House of Horror
Constantine Nasr pays tribute to the reclusive writer-producer most responsible for spearheading and evolving the Gothic Horror revival of the 1950s and 60s.
Larry Blamire s
STAR TURN
New Column! Writer-director Larry Blamire appreciates Richard Boone's performance in the CIMARRON STRIP episode "The Roarer."
Reviews: BLOOD THIRST, CASTING THE RUNES, DEATH BY INVITATION, DEATH FORCE, THE DEVIL-SHIP, THE DIVIDE, DRAGON, THE DUNGEON OF HARROW, GHOST STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS, HOUSE ON STRAW HILL, THE HUNT, I MARRIED A WITCH, I WAS A SPY, IN THE DEVIL'S GARDEN, KISS OF THE DAMNED, THE MAD MAGICIAN, THE OTHER, PACIFIC RIM, PHASE 7. PIRATES PORNOSPIELE MIT STOCK UND PEITSCHE REPO MAN RUTHLESS SILENT NIGHT SLEDGEHAMMER SNUFF SUGAR HILL THE THIRSTY DEAD VAMPIRE HOOKERS


Issue 175
October/November 2013



Issue 174
August/September 2013



Issue 173
March/April 2013



Issue 172
January/February 2013



Issue 171
December 2012



Issue 171
December 2012



Issue 170
October/November 2012



Issue 169
July/August 2012

DARK SHADOWS: A Round Table Discussion of the original ABC-TV series, featuring filmmaker Robert Tinnell, TCM writer Richard Harland Smith, film critic Maitland McDonagh, educator Chris Herzog, reviewer/blogger Heather Drain, DARK SHADOWS historian and audio drama director Darren Gross, novelist-critic Kim Newman, and VW editor Tim Lucas!!
DVD reviews, including: 2-HEADED SHARK ATTACK, AFTERWARDS, ANOTHER EARTH, BEWITCHED, DEVIL'S ANGELS, DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, DR. BLACK MR. HYDE, HOSTEL PART III, I SAW THE DEVIL, THE IMAGE, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, JOHNNY COOL, JOHNNY DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, KILLER'S MOON, THE KILLING, THE LIVING GHOST, THE MANCHU EAGLE MURDER CAPER MYSTERY, MELANCHOLIA, METROPIA, MORE BRAINS!, OLD DRACULA, A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, TRILOQUIST, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, VIRGIN WITCH, ZARAK.
Ramsey's Rambles:Ramsey Campbell on THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS.
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter shares the details of a recent hospital stay and the soundtracks that helped him recover.
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of REYNOLD BROWN: A LIFE IN PICTURES, THE BIGFOOT FILMOGRAPHY and VOICES IN THE DARK


Issue 168
May/June 2012

The Irreplaceable Mr. Fuest
Justin Humphreys offers a personal reminisce of the late Robert Fuest, the visionary filmmaker responsible for THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, AND SOON THE DARKNESS and THE FINAL PROGRAMME.
CONTINENTAL OP
They've been called Retro, Pop, even Space Age Bachelor Pad movies, but what are they really? Tim Lucas takes a stab at a more secure definition of the most visual of film genres, tracing its origins, its highlights, and its contemporary incarnations.
DVD reviews, including...
THE 27TH DAY, THE BASEMENT, CAGED HEAT, CAMPBELL'S KINGDOM, CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL, DIARY OF A MADMAN, THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD, THE FALCON MYSTERY MOVIE COLLECTION: VOLUME ONE, THE GEORGE SANDERS SAINT MOVIE COLLECTION, GOG, HARRY BROWN, THE HOWLING REBORN, JACKSON COUNTY JAIL, LADIES IN RETIREMENT, THE LAST DINOSAUR, THE MAD ROOM, THE MAGNETIC MONSTER, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, THE MILL & THE CROSS, PERMISSIVE, RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP, RITUAL, SEDDOK, L'EREDE DI SATANA, THE WILD WORLD OF TED V. MIKELS, YOLANDA AND THE THIEF, ZOMBIE
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on the THE LEGEND OF HARROW WOODS.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, THE MECHANIC, and WATCH THE THRONE.


Issue 167
March/April 2012

What Lies Behind Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND
David Kalat is pushed by daughter Ann down a rabbit hole of illuminations concerning Burton's film and its Disney, Paramount and literary antecedents.
Joseph Middleton: Reflections on THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
On a more adult note, Neil Jackson converses with the director of one of the darkest and most ambitious examples of 1970s porn chic.
Lina Romay 1954-2012
Tim Lucas eulogizes the actress, wife and muse of Jess Franco.
DVD reviews, including...: ACT OF VENGEANCE, THE AURORA MONSTERS: THE MODEL CRAZE THAT GRIPPED THE WORLD, BAD GIRLS OF FILM NOIR, VOLUME 2, THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR, BLACK ZOO, THE BLOOD TRILOGY, CAPERUCITA Y PULGARCITO CONTRO LOS MONSTRUOS, CASE 39, COBRA WOMAN, COOL IT BABY, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, FRANKENHOOKER, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE, MINI-SKIRT LOVE, NEVER LET ME GO, PARADOX, THE SCARLET BLADE, SCREAM 4, A SERBIAN FILM, VAMPIRE CIRCUS, VENUS IN FURS, THE WOMEN IN CAGES COLLECTION
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell reviews WOODEN CROSSES.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on le voyage dans la lune (a trip to the moon), THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, TORA! TORA! TORA! and 55 DAYS AT PEKING.
Biblio Watchdog
STUDIES IN TERROR, FRIGHT NIGHT ON CHANNEL 9 AND MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES are featured.


Issue 166
January/February 2012

Charles Darwin and the Suppressed Science of Dr. Mirakle
Robert Guffey examines how Universal's eerie Poe adaptation MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1932) was informed by Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution and the racial tensions and insecurities of the day!
How's Bayou? A Look at the Original POOR WHITE TRASH
Heather Drain compares the 1960s drive-in hit POOR WHITE TRASH to the obscure 1950s B-picture that provided most of its footage: William Daniels' BAYOU! A must for Timothy Carey fans!
DVD reviews, including... : THE 39 STEPS, ALICE GOODBODY, THE BABY, THE BAD BUNCH, BAD GIRLS OF FILM NOIR, VOLUME 1, A CHINESE GHOST STORY, THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK, DADDY, DARLING, DEEP END, DRIVE-IN CULT CLASSICS VOL. 3: B MOVIE COLLECTION, FORBIDDEN WORLD, GALAXY OF TERROR, HEREAFTER, HI-RIDERS , THE HILLS RUN RED, THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY, INVITATION TO THE DANCE, MANIAC, MARCY, MIRANDA, THE REEF, THE STEPFATHER: UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on OUTCAST.
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on ROME, SONO STATO UN AGENTE CIA, X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES, and BREAKDOWN.
Biblio Watchdog: Tim Lucas reviews RAY HARRYHAUSEN MASTER OF THE MAJICKS VOLUMES 2 and 3.


Issue 165
November/December 2011



Issue 164
September/October 2011

Roger Corman's: Big Bad Crime Spree: John Charles covers the criminal streak in the B-Moviemeister's oeuvre and reviews new editions of his later productions BIG BAD MAMA, CRAZY MAMA, THE LADY IN RED, CAPONE and BIG BAD MAMA II!
Before and After ALPHAVILLE: The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution and Eddie Constantine, Part 2: In the second half of a two-part article, Tim Lucas examines the end of Bernard Borderie's Lemmy Caution series of thrillers, the character's rebirth in Jean-Luc Godard's ALPHAVILLE and its impact on the remainder of Eddie Constantine's screen career!
DVD Spotlight: Warner Bros. Horror / Mystery Double Features: Kim Newman reviews three classic double features: FIND THE BLACKMAILER / THE SMILING GHOST SH! THE OCTOPUS / THE HIDDEN HAND THE PATIENT IN ROOM 18 / MYSTERY HOUSE
DVD reviews, including...
ALPHAVILLE, THE BLACK SLEEP, THE BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL BITTER FEAST, BURIED ALIVE, DAUGHTERS OF SATAN, DEAD SPACE, DEATH OF A SNOWMAN, ESCAPE FROM ZAHRAIN, GERMANY YEAR 90 NINE ZERO, HUMAN BEASTS, LADIES' MAN, THE MAN FROM LONDON, MIDNIGHT LACE, NOT OF THIS EARTH, ONE-ARMED EXECUTIONER, THE PARTY'S OVER, PIRANHA 3D, POPULATION 1, QUEEN OF BLOOD, ROGER CORMAN'S CULT CLASSICS TRIPLE FEATURE: SCI-FI CLASSICS, THE ROMANTIC ENGLISHWOMAN, SANTA SANGRE, THE TERROR WITHIN, THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE!, THEY CALL HER... CLEOPATRA WONG, UNDERTOW, THE WEIRD WORLD OF WEIRD, WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT, YOUR TURN, DARLING
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell reviews THE MAN FROM LONDON!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews soundtracks for BROKEN ARROW, TRON LEGACY R3CONF1GUR3D, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES and a videogame score: CRYSIS 2!


Issue 163
July/August 2011

Before and After ALPHAVILLE
The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution and Eddie Constantine
Tim Lucas begins a two-part investigation into the Lemmy Caution films and the career of their star, American expatriate actor-singer Eddie Constantine.
With special input from Eddie's son, Lemmy Constantine!
My Father, Eddie Constantine
The Tanya Constantine Interview
Tim Lucas interviews Eddie's daughter, who talks candidly about her father, his career, and their collaborations on record (including the million-selling "L'Homme Et L'Enfant") and onscreen!
DVD Spotlight
H E A D
Tim Lucas reviews The Monkees' feature film HEAD and the Rhino Handmade Soundtrack CD Box set!
DVD reviews, including...
BONNIE'S KIDS, BRAINSTORM, CANNIBAL GIRLS, CET HOMME EST DANGEREUX, CHEERLEADERS WILD WEEKEND, DAMES DON'T CARE, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, DOLAN'S CADILLAC, ENTER THE VOID, THE EVIL, FROZEN, HOWL, KICK-ASS, MY BLOOD RUNS COLD, THE NIGHT DIGGER, POISON IVY, THE PROWLER, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE COLLECTION, STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR, THREE ON A GUILLOTINE, TWICE DEAD
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell reviews CERTIFIED COPY.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on THE RAT PATROL, Klaus Nomi's science fictional opera ZA BAKDAZ. and entries in the genre of imaginary soundtracks!
AVI Watchdog
Stephen R. Bissette reviews THE FROZEN DEAD!
Biblio Watchdog
J. Todd Kingrea reviews PORTABLE GRINDHOUSE: THE LOST ART OF THE VHS BOX, and Brett Taylor reviews HORROR FILM AESTHETICS: CREATING THE VISUAL LANGUAGE OF FEAR.
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, David Kalat, Kim Newman, and Eric Somer.


Issue 162
May/June 2011

The GREEN SLIME Are Coming!
The GREEN SLIME Are Here!
Remember our coverage of the Gamma 1 Quadrilogy in VW 28? Now Bill Cooke examines all the entries in the Gamma 3 Monology- that's right, Kinji Fukasaku's THE GREEN SLIME! Fortunately there are two distinct versions of this film to compare, and Bill has the full report!
I, A WOMAN
From the Page to the Screen
Tim Lucas covers all three films in Mac Ahlberg's Sixties erotic trilogy, comparing them to the Siv Holm novels on which they were based!
DVD reviews, including...
ALBINO (Beta/VHS), BATTLETRUCK, BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL (VHS), DARK NATURE, DEATHSPORT, DON'T LOOK BACK, DON'T LOOK UP, THE DISEMBODIED, EULOGY FOR A VAMPIRE, GIALLO, IN HOT BLOOD, JEKYLL AND HYDE PORTFOLIO (Beta/VHS), LORNA... THE EXORCIST, THE LUSTING HOURS, MEGA PIRANHA, MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, ONCE YOU KISS A STRANGER, SAW: THE FINAL CHAPTER, SEARCHERS 2.0, SECRET ORIGIN:THE STORY OF DC COMICS, SHERLOCK HOLMES THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION, SILENT SENTENCE (Beta/VHS) / JACK THE RIPPER GOES WEST, SPLICE, STARCRASH, TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE (VHS), THRILLER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, THE ULTIMATE DEGENERATE
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on THE SILVER CHALICE.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter explores the scores for TRON: LEGACY, BLACK SWAN, 127 HOURS and ANIMAL KINGDOM.
Biblio Watchdog
BORIS KARLOFF: More Than a Monster
SWEDISH SENSATIONSFILMS: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema
TECH-NOIR: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Michael Barrett, John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Heather Drain, David Kalat, Kim Newman, and Brett Taylor.


Issue 161
March/April 2011

The Mimsy Farmer Experience
Mark F. Berry brings us an exclusive career-length interview with the American expatriate star of RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP, ROAD TO SALINA, FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET, AUTOPSY and MORE!
Jean Rollin
The Man Who Befriended Death
Tim Lucas marks the passing of one of the horror cinema's great poets with an appreciative essay.
DVD Reviews: BLACK DYNAMITE, COLUMBIA PICTURES FILM NOIR CLASSICS, THE CRAZIES, DOG EAT DOG, DRACULA'S FIANCEE, HOUSE, KISS NAPOLEON GOODBYE, THE MAGICIAN, THE PATTERNS TRILOGY + OTHER SHORT FILMS, RETURN OF THE GLADIATOR, SCANDALOUS GILDA, SCHOOLGIRL HITCHHIKERS, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, SHAME, SHAME EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME, TCM SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION, TERMINAL ISLAND, A TOWN CALLED PANIC, URBAN ACTION COLLECTION: 4 FILM FAVORITES
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell shares his thoughts on VALHALLA RISING.
AVI Watchdog
John Charles looks at the original OSS 117.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter reviews soundtracks for THE SOCIAL NETWORK, MONDO CANE, THE BIG BOSS and NEROSUBIANCO.
Biblio Watchdog
Tim Lucas reviews four books on the horror genre.


Issue 160
January/February 2011

The Day You Count On For Terror
FRIDAY THE 13TH, PARTS 1-8
The Deluxe Editions
Bill Cooke slashes through the Paramount years of Sean Cunningham's teens-in-peril cashcow with a look at their augmented editions on DVD and Blu-ray!
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES
Jeff Allard looks back at Frank Mancuso, Jr.'s 1980s teleseries, which featured early work by David Cronenberg, William Fruet and 24's Rodney Charters!
June Lockhart on SHE-WOLF OF LONDON
Tom Weaver asks the star of Universal's final Golden Age horror release to rescreen the film and offer her recollections!
DVD reviews, including...
ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, ALTITUDE FALLING, ATLANTIS THE LOST CONTINENT, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, BIGFOOT, DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, DORIAN GRAY, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE [FIRST SEQUENCE], HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, IRON MAN 2, THE LEMON GROVE KIDS MEET THE MONSTERS, THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, THE POWER, REEL INJUN, REPO MEN, THE ROBIN HOOD COLLECTION, TELL TALE, VIDEO NASTIES: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on the teen horror-comedy, TEETH.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on PAPAYA DEI CARAIBI, VAI GORILLA, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE and BEACH BLANKET BINGO.
Biblio Watchdog
John Charles reviews David Del Valle's LOST HORIZONS BENEATH THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN.


Issue 159
November/December 2010

Ted Rusoff
Il Mostro della Fona Roma
Any fan of Italian horror and exploitation knows the voices, if not the names, of Ted Rusoff and his late wife Carolynn de Fonseca. In this historic interview, John Charles chronicles a major player's career on soundtrack and onscreen, along with his reminiscences of his colleagues in dubbing!
Video WatchBlog
Peter Fernandez on Titra Sound Corporation
Tim Lucas interviews the late actor, voice artist and director about his experiences working for New York's leading dubbing company over a thirty year period!
DVD Spotlight
Kim Newman reviews Sony's ICONS OF SUSPENSE, collecting a half-dozen new-to-video thrillers from Hammer Films, including THESE ARE THE DAMNED, CASH ON DEMAND and NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER!
DVD reviews, including...
THE BUSHWHACKER, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, DARK CITY, DEAD & BURIED, DEATH JOURNEY, DINNER WITH A VAMPIRE, THE ECLIPSE, THE MACHINIST, MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS, NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL, THE PIED PIPER, RACING FEVER, SITA SINGS THE BLUES, TERROR CIRCUS, TETRO, WALTZ WITH BASHIR
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on Leni Riefenstahl's THE BLUE LIGHT.
AVI Watchdog
John Charles on the Italian war films BATTLE OF THE COMMANDOS, DIRTY HEROES, COMMANDO ATTACK, THE LEGION OF NO RETURN and A PLACE IN HELL.
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on INCEPTION, THE SIGNAL and THEATER OF BLOOD.
Biblio Watchdog
Anthony Ambrogio reviews Reynold Humphries' THE HOLLYWOOD HORROR FILM, 1931-1941, and Brett Taylor reviews CALIGULA AND THE FIGHT FOR ARTISTIC FREEDOM by William Hawes.


Issue 158
September/October 2010

Close Encounters with THE ASTOUNDING SHE MONSTER
Tim Lucas chronicles his life-long love affair with the sexiest movie poster of all time!
And the latest round of DVD reviews, including...
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON: FULL MOON EDITION
THE COLLECTOR
COPKILLERS
CRACK IN THE WORLD
DEATH CURSE OF TARTU
THE DIRTY GAME
DRAG ME TO HELL
GIRLY
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD
GOODBYE GEMINI
GORILLA AT LARGE
HALLOWEEN II ~ UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
IT CAME FROM KUCHAR
MISS MEND
MYSTERY ON MONSTER ISLAND
ORPHAN
PANDORUM
PEACOCK
SAW VI: UNRATED
STING OF DEATH
TAXIDERMIA
VAMPYRES (Blu-ray) R
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbellrides out on the horror western THE BURROWERS!
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter peruses the life of Michael Mann's MANHUNTER on vinyl and compact disc.
Biblio Watchdog
Reviews of two "new and revised editions" of classic texts: Bill Warren's KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties--The 21st Century Edition, and Maitland McDonagh's BROKEN MIRRORS/BROKEN MINDS: THE DARK DREAMS OF DARIO ARGENTO.
Things From the Attic
Tim Lucas reviews Charter Entertainment's long-OOP VHS release ROAD TO SALINA, starring Mimsey Farmer and Rita Hayworth!


Issue 157
July/August 2010

Reviewed in this issue:
Frank Henenlotter's BAD BIOLOGY
Werner Herzog's THE BAD LIEUTENANT PORT OF CALL: NEW ORLEANS
The Roger Corman-produced THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES
Juliet Mills possessed by the Devil in BEYOND THE DOOR
THE FINAL DESTINATION
More silent shorts found in GEORGES MeLIES ENCORE: NEW DISCOVERIES
Romy Schneider scintillates in HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT'S INFERNO
Charles Laughton as Inspector Maigret in THE MAN ON THE EIFFEL TOWER
Jess Franco's latest madness PAULA-PAULA
AIP turkey THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES
George A. Romero's latest zombiefest SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD
Gay culture documentaries THAT MAN: PETER BERLIN and WRANGLER: ANATOMY OF AN ICON
Oliver Reed and Geraldine Chaplin face a sterile future in Z.P.G. (ZERO POPULATION GROWTH)
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on the Turkish spy film ALTIN COCUK!
AVI Watchdog
John Charles reviews three Paul Naschy rarities!!
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on JERRY COTTON: FBI'S TOP MAN, THE SPAGHETTI EPIC and ERASER!
Plus...
Tim Lucas looks back on 20 years of VIDEO WATCHDOG!
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Michael Barrett, Shane M. Dallmann, David Kalat, Kim Newman, Eric Somer, Sam & Rebecca Umland.


Issue 156
May/June 2010

THE BLU PLANET: Return to Ape City in High Resolution
Bill Cooke takes the occasion of the Blu-ray exclusive PLANET OF THE APES: 40-YEAR EVOLUTION to look affectionately back at one of the most beloved and humanistic science fiction film series of all time!
The Rising of THE SUBMERSION OF JAPAN
David Kalat explains how Toho's 1970s disaster epic THE SUBMERSION OF JAPAN changed the rules for all Japanese sci-fi to follow, including its 2006 remake THE SINKING OF JAPAN and its parody THE WORLD SINKS EXCEPT JAPAN!
DVD Spotlight: KARLOFF & LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS
Bill Cooke reviews KARLOFF & LUGOSI HORROR CLASSICS, a two-disc set collecting THE WALKING DEAD, FRANKENSTEIN 1970, YOU'LL FIND OUT and ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY!
Also Reviews of...
AUGUST RUSH, BAD BOY BUBBY, COLD SOULS, Jose Benazeraf's Le Concerto de la Peur and Bob Cresse-reworked US version NIGHT OF LUST, The Czech horror film THE CREMATOR, FANTASTIC MR. FOX, DEAD SNOW, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, TWILIGHT'S Robert Pattison in THE HAUNTED AIRMAN (based on Dennis Wheatley's THE HAUNTING OF TOBY JUGG), The Turkish giallo Kadin Dusmani, MAN OF VIOLENCE, MOON, Prix de Beaute starring Louise Brooks, SCROOGE, STAR MAIDENS, THE TERMINAL MAN, TWO BEFORE ZERO, THE UNINVITED (remake of the Korean horror sleeper A TALE OF TWO SISTERS), YOU THE LIVING.
Plus...
Video WatchBlog: Tim Lucas reminisces about growing up with PLANET OF THE APES and the rise of the downbeat ending.
AVI Watchdog: Brad Stevens on John Huston's elusive 1970 film, THE KREMLIN LETTER.
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Michelangelo Antonioni's directorial debut STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR.
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews the recent soundtrack releases of PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO, THE ROAD, WHITE LUNAR, RED CLIFF, NATE AND HAYES and TREASURE PILE.
Biblio Watchdog: J. Todd Kingrea and Brett Taylor review David Flint's ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST: HOW THE LIVING DEAD DEVOURED POP CULTURE and Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan's JOHN LANDIS.


Issue 155
March/April 2010

It's Not Too Late
VIRUS vs. DAY OF RESURRECTION
VW returns to its roots with a meticulous comparison of three different versions of Kinji Fukasaku's 1980 apocalypse epic
- "the best B-movie in the whole world," sez David Kalat!
DVD Spotlight: UNIVERSAL CULT HORROR COLLECTION
Kim Newman reviews TCM'S not-sold-in-stores box set, comprised of such Golden Age collectables as MURDERS IN THE ZOO, HOUSE OF HORRORS, THE MAD DOCTOR OF MARKET STREET, THE MAD GHOUL and THE STRANGE CASE OF DOCTOR RX!
Also Reviews of...
ALL THE RIGHT NOISES, ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE VERY FIRST ALVIN SHOW, CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE, FANEX FILES: SAMUEL Z. ARKOFF, FANTOMAS, FEAR(S) OF THE DARK, FORCE OF IMPULSE, HONEYMOON OF HORROR, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: ULTIMATE EDITION, THE INUGAMI FAMILY, LATE BLOOMER, MONSTER X STRIKES BACK: ATTACK THE G-8 SUMMIT, PHANTASM II, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, SAUNA, THE STEPFATHER, STUDIO ONE ANTHOLOGY, TELL NO ONE, THE WARRIOR
Plus...
Ramsey's Rambles
Ramsey Campbell on Cellat!
Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter on THE EROTIC & PAINFUL OBSESSIONS OF JESS FRANCO!
Biblio Watchdog
Reviews of Alex Cox's X FILMS: True Confessions of A Radical Filmmaker, and Gregory Lamberson's CHEAP SCARES! Low Budget Filmmakers Share Their Secrets!
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Charlie Largent, Tim Lucas, Eric Somer, and Brett Taylor.


Issue 154
January/February 2010

THE AVENGERS
With the help of Optimum Entertainment's new box set import, Kim Newman explores Britain's most enduring TV spy franchise, beginning with the surviving episodes of Season 1 and the complete Season 2, in the order they were taped!
DVD Spotlight: MATT HELM LOUNGE
Kim Newman reviews Sony's MATT HELM LOUNGE, a box set collecting the four films based on Donald Hamilton's spy hero, starring Dean Martin: THE SILENCERS, MURDERERS' ROW, THE AMBUSHERS and THE WRECKING CREW!
Also Reviews of...
3 SECONDS BEFORE EXPLOSION
THE BEAST IN SPACE: UNRATED VERSION
BOLLYWOOD HORROR COLLECTION VOLS 2 & 3
DANTE'S INFERNO
DEAD OF NIGHT
DETECTIVE BUREAU 2-3: GO TO HELL BASTARDS!
EXPERIMENTS IN TERROR 3
FIVE
GOTH KILL
THE GRUDGE 3
HEROSTRATUS
LOVE GODDESSES OF BLOOD ISLAND
NATURE'S GRAVE
RIPLEY UNDER GROUND
STARLET
DIE TEuFELSWOLKE VON MONTVILLE
TOKYO!
TREASURES IV: AMERICAN FILM AVANT GARDE 1947-1986
Plus...
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on EDEN LAKE!
AVI Watchdog: Brad Stevens covers Bob Dylan's RENALDO AND CLARA!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold on CD, RESIDENT EVIL 5 and more!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of HORROR CINEMA, CALIGARI'S HEIRS: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945 and Bruce G. Hallenbeck's COMEDY-HORROR FILMS: A Chronological History, 1914-2008.
Video WatchBlog: Just when we think we've seen everything, guest blogger David Kalat turns up IL RAGGI MORTALI DEL DR. MABUSE, an Italian cut of THE DEATH RAY MIRROR OF DR. MABUSE that adds a number of never-before-seen sequences and qualifies as a substantially more entertaining picture!
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Anthony Ambrogio, Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, Tim Lucas, Richard Harland Smith, Eric Somer, and Brett Taylor.


Issue 153
December 2009

Weird Scenes Inside the Fun House
The Making of MALATESTA'S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD: Shaun Brady interviews director Christopher Speeth and other veterans of a 1973 low-budget attempt to wed arthouse and exploitation cinema, shot in Pittsburgh, PA!
DVD Spotlight
PHANTASM
PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD
PHANTASM IV: OBLIVION
Bill Cooke digs deep through the topsoil at Morningside Cemetery to exhume reviews of Don Coscarelli's original PHANTASM and its second and third sequels, now available from Anchor Bay Entertainment!
Things From the Attic: An assortment of "overlooked DVD" reviews, including Criterion's THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER, the bizarre Spaghetti Western MATALO!, the Nick Cave-scripted Aussie western THE PROPOSITION, Warner's THX 1138: THE GEORGE LUCAS DIRECTOR'S CUT~2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION and Higuchinsky's hallucinatory geometric horror, UZUMAKI!
Also Reviews of...
ATTRACTION (NEROSUBIANCO), THE BED SITTING ROOM (Blu-ray import), THE BOOBY HATCH, BLACK MAGIC 2, THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, COME DANCE WITH ME, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, DEADGIRL, HELLRAISER: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, THE HOWL, MARTYRS, MONSTER SQUAD, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, NAVAJO JOE, ONE STEP BEYOND - SEASON ONE, PINOCCHIO (Blu-ray), THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (Blu-ray), SLEEPING BEAUTY (Blu-ray), SPLINTER, SYNGENOR
Plus...
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Sam Fuller's VERBOTEN!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of Gregory William Mank's BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: THE EXPANDED STORY OF A HAUNTING COLLABORATION and Jerry Vermilye's BUSTER CRABBE: A BIO-FILMOGRAPHY!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews the CD soundtracks of 28 WEEKS LATER, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and many others!
Other contributors featured in this issue: Michael Barrett, John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, David Kalat, Charlie Largent, Tim Lucas, Constantine Nasr, Kim Newman, Eric Somer, Brett Taylor, and Sam & Rebecca Umland.


Issue 152
October/November 2009

While We Were Dreaming
Millennial Unreality at the Movies
Michael Barrett outlines possible new generic territory by exploring the ways in which 21st century cinema complicates, denies or just plain loses touch with reality!
DVD Spotlight
CRUISING
Drew Fitzpatrick on William Friedkin's controversial 1980 thriller, now made more controversial by editorial changes made to Warner Home Video's new "director's edition!"
Plus Reviews of...
FUNNY MAN, HOUSE OF DREAMS, THE LODGER, PATRICK, SIMON SAYS, THE VAMPIRA SHOW DVD, ICONS OF SCI-FI: TOHO COLLECTION, BUG, DEAD IN 3 DAYS, HOME SICK, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, NAKED RASHOMON, PLAGUE TOWN, REPULSION, LONDON IN THE RAW, PRIMITIVE LONDON, THE LONDON NOBODY KNOWS, LES BICYCLETTES DE BELSIZE, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.
Plus...
Ramsey Campbell on MUM AND DAD!
Douglas E. Winter on Mellotrons at the Movies!
J. Todd Kingrea reviews SACRED TERROR and Brett Taylor reviews ED WOOD: MAD GENIUS!
And...
Video WatchBlog--Guest Blogger David Kalat on CRESCENDO and the Warner Archive Collection!
AVI Watchdog--Brett Taylor on NIGHTMARE ANGEL!


Issue 151
September 2009

Down the Block from Bergman
"THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT"
and Beyond
Eric Somer traces the debt of Wes Craven's directorial debut to Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING and the films it has inspired, including THE NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS, CHAOS and the new LAST HOUSE remake!
DVD Spotlight
MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION
Denholm Elliott as Dracula!
Ian Holm as Frankenstein and Frankenstein's Monster!
Kim Newman reviews Network Video's 4-disc collection of the surviving episodes of a classic British teleseries!
Plus Reviews of...
THE CHECKERED FLAG, DOOR INTO SILENCE, KILLER'S MOON, MEGA SHARK VERSUS GIANT OCTOPUS, STORM TROOPERS U.S.A., THIRST, PAPRIKA, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, THE SHE-BEAST, THE ENTITY, GOLIATH AND THE BARBARIANS, GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES, LILIOM, LIFE THE WAY IT IS, THE REAPING, THE SINFUL DWARF, DOROTHY MILLS, SWAMP THING-THE SERIES: SEASONS ONE & TWO, TOKYO ZOMBIE, BLIND CORNER, SZAMANKA, YANKEE.
Plus...
Ramsey Campbell on PAPRIKA!
Douglas E. Winter on the 35th Anniversary trilogy THE PRISONER FILES!
Charlie Largent reviews CREEPY ARCHIVES and EERIE ARCHIVES!
And...
Video WatchBlog--Tim Lucas on Italian Soundtracks!
AVI Watchdog--Brad Stevens reviews Ingmar Bergman rarities!
All this and much, much more!
Other contributors featured in this issue:
Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, and Richard Harland Smith.


Issue 150
July/August 2009

The Superhero Blu Initiative: Rebecca and Sam Umland review the Blu-ray releases of 2008's top superhero blockbusters: THE DARK KNIGHT, IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK!
Let the Twilight In: Everybody likes one better than the other, but Stephen R. Bissette argues the equal importance and complementary qualities of 2008's young vampire phenomena, TWILIGHT and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!
DVD Spotlight
Kim Newman reviews the nine obscure mystery/detective features included in VCI's FORGOTTEN NOIR COLLECTORS SET SERIES 3!
Plus Reviews of...
QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SAW V: UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT, THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981), PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, WANTED, GAMERA THE BRAVE, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN), and AGE OF CONSENT, EXPOSED, DEADLY SWEET, THE ROMANCE OF ASTREA AND CELADON, LAST HOUSE ON THE BEACH, ALICE IN WONDERTOWN, HAND OF THE ASSASSIN, SUZIE HEARTLESS
Plus...
Ramsey Campbell on Georges Franju's classic JUDEX!
Douglas E. Winter on a three-disc box set of music from the TV classic THE PRISONER!
Brett Taylor on the autobiography of Ed Wood star Dolores Fuller!
...and Two All-New Columns!
Video WatchBlog--the print version of Tim Lucas' award-winning blog!
AVI Watchdog--Brad Stevens inaugurates a new column about rare films downloadable online from file sharing websites!
All this and much, much more!


Issue 149
May 2009

Stranger Than Truth: The Rise of 'Fictuality': J-HORROR author David Kalat's essay on reality trends in current fantastic cinema looks at the reasons for it, traces it back to its origins in the silent cinema, and considers how films like CLOVERFIELD, DIARY OF THE DEAD and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST have sharpened the cutting edge of horror and fantasy.
DVD Spotlight
HAMMER FILMS: ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION: Kim Newman reviews the latest batch of Hammer classics from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment: THE GORGON, THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB, SCREAM OF FEAR, and a version of Terence Fisher's THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL more complete than any previously released in England or the United States.
Plus Reviews of...
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in Blu-ray, BARRACUDA, BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE, BURST CITY, CAREFUL, CHOCOLATE, DEATH RACE: UNRATED, DONNIE DARKO THE DIRECTOR'S CUT in Blu-ray, DRAINIAC!, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, EDEN LAKE, ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V, THE FABULOUS BASTARD FROM CHICAGO, FORTRESS OF THE DEAD, FREDDY VS JASON in Blu-ray, THE FURY OF JOHNNY KID, THE ICE HOUSE, IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH, ISLAND FURY, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D , JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, LIFE THE WAY IT IS, MAGDALENA'S BRAIN, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, M SQUAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, NO MERCY, NO FUTURE, OUR MAN IN HAVANA, R-POINT, SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING, SEEDING OF A GHOST, THE SIGNAL, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, TIMECRIMES
And...
Award-winning novelist Ramsey Campbell on Juan Piquer Simon's PIECES.
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter's reviews the latest soundtrack CDs, including Hans Zimmer's THE DARK KNIGHT, John Murphy's SUNSHINE, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES and more.
Biblio Watchdog: A Super Hero selection of book reviews: SUPERMAN VS. HOLLYWOOD, JOHN PHILLIP LAW: DIABOLIK ANGEL and THE AMAZING TRANSFORMING SUPERHERO.
All this and much, much more!


Issue 148
April 2009

CHARLIE CHAN: Curtain Down at Fox: Kim Newman covers the last of the Sidney Toler programmers included in Fox's CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION VOL. 5: CHARLIE CHAN IN PANAMA, CHARLIE CHAN'S MURDER CRUISE, CHARLIE CHAN AT THE WAX MUSEUM, MURDER OVER NEW YORK, DEAD MEN TELL, CHARLIE CHAN IN RIO and CASTLE IN THE DESERT.
DVD Spotlight
KAIDAN: David Kalat discovers a copy of Hideo (THE RING) Nakata's 'lost' ghost story Kaidan and compares it to the earlier Nobuo Nakagawa film on which it is based.
Plus Reviews of...
88 MINUTES, ABOMINABLE, BACTERIUM, BAD BLOOD, Jack Arnold's BOSS (BOSS NIGGER), THE CHASER, DARK FORCES, DEAD SET, THE DEADLY DUO, THE DEVIL'S CHAIR, George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD, EAGLE SHOOTING HEROES, THE HEIRLOOM, HEROES OF THE EAST, MADHOUSE, Herschell Gordon Lewis' MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN, NEIGHBOR NUMBER 13, POLICE STORY 2, POPULATION: 1, RED, RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP, THE RUINS, SECRET THINGS, THE SKELETON OF MRS. MORALES, SLASHERS, STARDUST, Alex Cox's STRAIGHT TO HELL and WALKER, THE STRANGE VENGEANCE OF ROSALIE, THE TRIPPER, WAR OF THE LIVING DEAD, WINTERBEAST
And...
Ramsey Campbell on INTO THE MIRROR!
Douglas E. Winter's 'Audio Watchdog' look at the latest Italian horror and fantasy soundtrack CDs!
All this plus Biblio Watchdog, Letterbox and much, much more!


Issue 147
February/March 2009

MOTHER OF TEARS: THE THIRD MOTHER: A Video Watchdog Round Table Discussion: Maitland McDonagh makes a long-overdue return to our pages to discuss, dissect and analyze Dario Argento's latest release with Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith and Brad Stevens. Is it an unworthy disaster, a surrealist masterpiece, or something in between?
DVD Spotlight
Three by Jean-Pierre Melville
Rebecca and Sam Umland review the best of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Lino Ventura in these essential new releases from the master of French crime cinema: LeON MORIN, PRIEST, Le Doulos and Le Deuxi?me Souffle!
Plus Reviews of...
The TV remake of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN... Ed Wood's bestiality romance THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST... William Cameron Menzies' CHANDU THE MAGICIAN with Bela Lugosi... Wong Kar-wei's captivating and imaginative romance CHUNGKING EXPRESS... the Ballardian and Australian CRASH TEST... the contemporary giallo DARKNESS SURROUNDS ROBERTA... J. Carrol Naish keeps DR. RENAULT'S SECRET... we apply some critical soap to DRACULA'S DIRTY DAUGHTER... Vincent Price presages his classic Poe performances in the 1940s melodrama DRAGONWYCK... Miles Davis scores Louis Malle's directorial debut thriller ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS... Horst Tappert organizes THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY... Roddy McDowall reanimates a golem in IT!... Charlotte Gainsbourg's tense household is overtaken by a LEMMING... Anthony Hopkins and a scary ventriloquist's dummy double talk their way through MAGIC... THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB PRESENTS ANNETTE... Jacques Dutronc and Sophie Marceau make beautiful rhymes together in Andrzej Zulawski's MY NIGHTS ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOUR DAYS... Gillian Hills stars in the surprisingly erotic Granada Television family entertainment THE OWL SERVICE... in the near future, rock music converts the masses to conformity in Peter Watkins' PRIVILEGE... Kathryn Harrold tends to a psychic patient in THE SENDER... Oliver Reed pursues Carol Lynley into THE SHUTTERED ROOM... colors explode in the Wachovski Brothers' SPEED RACER... Ken Foree and Lynn Lowry return to the screen in SPLATTER DISCO... David Carradine stars in SUNDOWN: THE VAMPIRE IN RETREAT... Fred Olen Ray taps into the erotic side of anime in SUPER NINJA DOLL... an undead Elvis impersonator plays house in TRAILER PARK OF TERROR... and a strange albino ape turns amorous in THE WHITE GORILLA!
And...
Ramsey Campbell on the bizarre Turkish comedy-adventure KORKUSUZ KAPTAN SWING!
Books: Sam Umland reviews Taschen's latest piano-sized book THE INGMAR BERGMAN ARCHIVES, and Tim Lucas reviews Carl Wilson's LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE: A JOURNEY TO THE END OF TASTE. All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 146
December 2008

Harry Redmond Jr. : Last Survivor of Skull Island: Mark F. Berry interviews the last surviving member of the original KING KONG's special effects unit, who also has tales to tell about his special effects pioneer father and how they devised the cinematic illusions for SHE, THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII, LOST HORIZON and many other classics!
DVD Spotlight: Best Buy Exclusives: Kim Newman reviews three Double Feature discs first sold as Best Buy exclusives: MOON ZERO TWO / WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH, WORLD WITHOUT END / SATELLITE IN THE SKY and BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH / THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!!
Plus...
Minira, Prince of the Monsters, becomes the confidant of an imaginative latchkey kid in ALL MONSTERS ATTACK aka GODZILLA'S REVENGE... the Big G's metallic alter ego returns in TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA... VW gets its second shot at presenting reviews of BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! and CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS... CLASSIC BRITISH THRILLERS, a new three-disc set including two early Michael Powell films... Steve Miner remakes George Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD pretty much in name only... a lovesick documentarist turns his camera on his lesbian ex-wife in EXTREME PRIVATE EROS LOVE SONG 1974... Conrad Veidt inherits THE HANDS OF ORLAC... Chuck Connors is told by Enzo G. Castellari to KILL THEM ALL AND COME BACK ALONE... James Cagney (with the help of Bud Westmore's crew) becomes Lon Chaney, the MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES... rock video director Chris Boger tries his hand at THE MARQUIS DE SADE'S JUSTINE... Boris Karloff at his best in the original THE MUMMY, now available in an expanded two-disc edition... Guillermo del Toro produces another Spanish horror gem with THE ORPHANAGE... Ida Lupino sizzles in the film noir classic ROAD HOUSE... a terrifying prehistoric plot hatches in RODAN... Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson takes aim with his bow and arrow in THE SCORPION KING, and his origin story is told in THE SCORPION KING 2: RISE OF A WARRIOR... guitarist extraordinaire lends his soloing skills to experimental shorts and classic horror imagery in 'SOUNDS OF THE SURREAL' AND 'MONSTERS FROM THE ID'... Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh combine formidable forces in TAI CHI MASTER... a maniac in a Ronald Reagan mask sets about turning blue states into red states in THE TRIPPER... green and brown giants run amok through Japan in the delirious WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS... and Crispin Glover's remake somehow fails to improve on the original THE WIZARD OF GORE!
IMPORT REVIEWS of the indescribable UK TV cult experience GARTH MARENGHI'S DARKPLACE... and the diminutive Nelson de la Rosa goes for the cheese in RATMAN!
Plus...
Ramsey Campbell on Powell & Pressburger's THE SMALL BACK ROOM!
Anthony Ambrogio reviews the ultimate book on CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND!
Douglas E. Winter reviews the latest CD soundtrack releases, including SHE and WRONG TURN 2!
And Tim Lucas bids farewell to FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND's founding father, Forrest J Ackerman!
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 145
November 2008

DVD Spotlight : The Films of ROB ZOMBIE: It's high time that VW covered the work of this 21st century horror maverick, and Shane M. Dallmann is on the case with reviews of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS: UNRATED and HALLOWEEN: UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT!
GEORGES MeLI?S: First Man on the Moon: David Kalat reviews Flicker Alley's GEORGES MeLI?S: FIRST WIZARD OF CINEMA (1896-1913), the only truly comprehensive collection of short films by the father of fantastic cinema. In the process, he takes us back in time to origin of motion picture exhibition and discusses other relevant collections, including MeLI?S THE MAGICIAN, SAVED FROM THE FLAMES (1896-1944), THE MOVIES BEGIN: A TREASURY OF EARLY CINEMA (1894-1913), and more!
Cincinnati, Heaven and Hell: Tim Lucas reacts to achieving his 30 year dream of seeing SWEDEN, HEAVEN AND HELL with an appreciation that is part essay, part review, and part fever dream. Revised and re-illustrated from its original appearance on Video WatchBlog!!
Sex, Lies and Bikini Lines: A Swede's Response to SWEDEN, HEAVEN AND HELL: On the occasion of the classic mondo movie's first-ever release in Sweden, Lars Erik Holmquist takes the film to task for its flagrant distortions of fact and tradition!
Including reviews of...
BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE: THE COMPLETE SERIES THE LAST WINTER OM SHANTI OM 101 DALMATIANS - PLATINUM EDITION ROGUE ROUTE 66: SEASON ONE, VOLUME ONE SCARECROWS SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN SHANGHAI EXPRESS THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER THE TOYBOX WOLF CREEK
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on the recorded legacy of Joy Division!
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 144
October 2008

The Ubiquitous: DABBS GREER: M.J. Simpson offers a 1999 interview with the late star of 100 features (including HOUSE OF WAX, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE GREEN MILE) and close to 600 different television roles (everything from SPACE PATROL to PICKET FENCES) covering his entire, incomparable career!
DVD Spotlight: ICONS OF ADVENTURE: Bill Cooke reviews Sony's premiere collection of Hammer holdings, including widescreen presentations of THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY, THE PIRATES OF BLOOD RIVER, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS and THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES!
Including reviews of...
2103 THE DEADLY WAKE 6 FILMS TO KEEP YOU AWAKE ALUCARD BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: RAZOR: UNRATED EXTENDED EDITION BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! (incomplete - reprinted in issue 146) CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS (incomplete - reprinted in issue 146) CLOVERFIELD on Blu-ray DARK CHAMBER THE HOST I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOVE JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN THE LAST LEGION THE LUCK OF THE IRISH PARIS, JE T'AIME ROYAL FLASH SIMON, KING OF THE WITCHES THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN SODOM THE KILLER SPLATTER BEACH TRAPPED ASHES VENUS IN FURS (Massimo Dallamano version) THE VOYEUR THE WITCHING HOUR
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Cecil B. DeMille's shocking SIGN OF THE CROSS!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on the Ian Curtis/Joy Division biopic CONTROL!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of HAZEL COURT HORROR QUEEN and THE BIONIC BOOK: THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN AND THE BIONIC WOMAN RECONSTRUCTED!
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 143
September 2008

RODD DANA L The Actor with the 3-D Name: Michael Barnum interviews the American actor who spent the Fifties with Roger Corman, Herman Cohen and Bert Gordon, and the Sixties in Italy, making CLEOPATRA, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurospy flicks, and dubbing well over 300 movies!
DVD Spotlight: THE LAWRENCE JORDAN ALBUM: New contributor Michael Barrett reviews a lavish new box set that collects the outstanding work of the great animator!
Also reviewed in this issue...
THE BOOK OF THE DEAD THE BOOTH BLACK NIGHT CEMETERY OF TERROR CUJO HOUDINI THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH THE MASTER P2 PHASE IV SERENITY: COLLECTOR'S EDITION TOBOR THE GREAT THE VICTIM ... and many other new releases, including the Blu-ray import of Powell & Pressburger's BLACK NARCISSUS!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Michelangelo Antonioni's debut feature, STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on Claudio Simonetti's THE THIRD MOTHER and other new Italian soundtrack releases!
Biblio Watchdog: Brett Taylor on the book ORSON WELLES REMEMBERED!
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 142
August 2008

THE PRISONER: A New Order: Tim Lucas reviews Network Video's 40th anniversary upgrade of the classic Patrick McGoohan teleseries and proposes his own unique viewing order of the 17 episodes!!
THE ROUTE 66 MONSTERS: In 1962, Bob Burns presented the first-ever color photo of Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney in makeup as the Frankenstein Monster and Wolf Man in a centerfold of his magazine FANTASTIC MONSTERS OF THE FILMS. Now Bob unveils the other never-before-seen color shots taken at his request on the set of ROUTE 66's 'Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing' in an historic VW photo gallery feature!
DVD Spotlight: THE SKULL: Tim Lucas reviews this new release from Legend Films and explains why this little-known widescreen thriller may be the best of the post HORROR OF DRACULA Lee and Cushing pictures and the finest horror film Amicus ever produced!
Also reviewed in this issue...
AB-NORMAL BEAUTY ALL SOULS DAY BABY FACE BOOGEYMAN 2 CELLO EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS THE END OF AUGUST AT THE HOTEL OZONE FRANKENSTEIN FRANKENSTEINS BLOODY NIGHTMARE HALLOWED GROUND IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA THE GALAXY INVADER THE GLADIATORS KILLING SPREE KONG ISLAND THE QUIET EARTH PLAYROOM PUNISHMENT PARK RED-HEADED WOMAN RINGO KILL (NIGHT OF THE SERPENTS) SATAN'S PLAYGROUND SEE NO EVIL: THE STORY OF THE MOORS MURDERERS SOUTHLAND TALES SUFFOCATION James Whale's WATERLOO BRIDGE THRESHOLD VITAL WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE WHITE NOISE 2 THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW WRESTLEMANIAC
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell traces the influence of Antonioni's LA NOTTE on horror cinema!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews new CD soundtracks, including 28 WEEKS LATER and ALL ALONE IN THE DARK!
Biblio Watchdog: Brett Taylor reviews Rob Cohen's new book THE FILMS OF LARRY BUCHANAN: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION!
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 141
July 2008

Here Lies a Man Who Was Not of This Earth: A Eulogy for Charles B. Griffith: Justin Humphreys recalls his friendship with the late screenwriter of THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, A BUCKET OF BLOOD, ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS and many other Roger Corman classics, with quotations from his correspondence and descriptions of the movies that might have been!
DVD Spotlight: FOX HORROR CLASSICS: Bill Cooke reviews 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's collection of 1940s terror classics by cult director John Brahm: THE UNDYING MONSTER, THE LODGER and HANGOVER SQUARE!
Also reviewed in this issue...
THE AMICUS COLLECTION: ASYLUM -AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS! THE BEAST MUST DIE BEAUTY QUEEN BUTCHER BLOOD OF THE VAMPIRE THE CHAIN REACTION CHARLIE CHAN VOLUME 4: CHARLIE CHAN IN HONOLULU CHARLIE CHAN IN RENO CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND CHARLIE CHAN IN CITY OF DARKNESS DIVA DOLOROSA THE HELLFIRE CLUB HEROES TWO THE H.P. LOVECRAFT COLLECTION, VOLUME 1-4 THE INVASION INVISIBLE STRANGLER THE IRON ROSE THE MIST: TWO DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION THE NAKED PREY THE PINK PANTHER AND FRIENDS CLASSIC CARTOON COLLECTION: THE INSPECTOR (VOLUME 6) RAIDERS OF THE DAMNED THE SECOND COMING OF SUZANNE SHREK THE THIRD SPIDER-MAN THE HIGH DEFINITION TRILOGY SPIDER'S VENOM WITCHBOARD WITCHERY
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell looks back on one of Peter Sellers' breakthrough performances in John Guillermin's crime thriller NEVER LET GO!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter celebrates Digitmovies' 100th compact disc release with reviews of their most recent titles, including the coveted FEMINA RIDENS -- and also a limited release of Dave Neabore's score for LUCIO FULCI REMEMBERED!
Biblio Watchdog: Tim Lucas reviews A NEW HERITAGE OF HORROR: THE ENGLISH GOTHIC CINEMA by David Pirie and WILD BEYOND BELIEF! INTERVIEWS WITH EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS OF THE 1960s AND 1970s by Brian Albright
All this and much, much MORE!


Issue 140
June 2008

Bewitching Hazel: David Del Valle notes the recent passing of Hazel Court with an entertaining and sometimes moving memoir of his long friendship with the actress and her actor-director husband Don Taylor! Including Hazel's comments on films like THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and PREMATURE BURIAL, and co-stars Vincent Price and Anton Diffring!
Meiko Kaji: Woman with a Vengeance: Danish film scholar Rikke Schubart describes the unique and haunting appeal of the enigmatic star of the LADY SNOWBLOOD and FEMALE PRISONER SCORPION series!
Things From the Attic: CED VideoDisc: The Dawn of High End Video: Rebecca and Sam Umland look back at the introduction of letterboxing on home video--not on VHS, but on CED discs, a forerunner of laserdisc--with an archeological review of AMARCORD and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL!
DVD Spotlight: Kim Newman reviews rediscovered performances by Boris Karloff, Lee Marvin, George Reeves and others in SUSPENSE: THE LOST EPISODES, COLLECTION 1!
Also reviewed in this issue...: APARTMENT 1303, AQUARIUM, BLUE SUNSHINE, CHARLIE CHAN VOLUME 3: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, THE BLACK CAMEL, CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET, CHARLIE CHAN ON BROADWAY, CHARLIE CHAN AT MONTE CARLO, DEATH SENTENCE, THE DEVIL'S RAIN, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (David Hemmings version), THE DUNGEON OF DR. DRECK, GAMERA, SUPER MONSTER, THE HOUSE OF USHER, JEKYLL: SEASON 1, LIZ & HELEN (aka DOUBLE FACE), LOFT, METAL SKIN: SPECIAL EDITION, MONSTROID, THE NIGHT OF THE SORCERERS, PLANET OF DINOSAURS: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, THEY CAME FROM BEYOND SPACE, VAMPIRA: THE MOVIE, WITCH'S MIRROR, ... and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY on Blu-ray!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Jean Renoir's LE CRIME DE MONSIEUR LANGE!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews new soundtrack releases, including THE BLOB, Roger Corman's THE INTRUDER and more!
Biblio Watchdog: Brett Taylor reviews John Kenneth Muir's HORROR FILMS OF THE 1980s and David Kalat's A CRITICAL HISTORY AND FILMOGRAPHY OF TOHO'S GODZILLA SERIES!


Issue 139
May 2008

A 'DOCTOR WHO' Special!: Where to Start with DOCTOR WHO? The Best of the Third and Fourth Doctors: With more than 700 episodes in the original series alone, where should latecomers jump aboard the TARDIS? Sheldon Inkol recommends four Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker classics from the 1970s: 'Inferno,' 'Genesis of the Daleks,' 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang' and 'The Horror of Fang Rock'!
DVD Spotlight: DOCTOR WHO: THE COMPLETE THIRD SERIES: David Kalat pens an appreciation of David Tennant's third season as the BBC's most popular Doctor ever, and Tim Lucas adds a postscript of praise for the season's most acclaimed episode, 'Blink'!
PLUS!
THEY CAME FROM PROTELCO!: In this interview, British producer Richard Gordon tells Tom Weaver the inside story of the short-lived company responsible for producing ISLAND OF TERROR (starring Peter Cushing) and THE PROJECTED MAN (starring Bryant Haliday)!
THIS MONTHS REVIEWS INCLUDE:: Stephen King's 1408, Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE, Radley Metzger's CAMILLE 2000, Tobe Hooper's EATEN ALIVE, Jess Franco's EUGENIE DE SADE, The real Emmanuele directs LAURE, Crown International 'Grindhouse' classics MALIBU HIGH & TRIP WITH THE TEACHER, 1950s shockers THE RETURN OF DRACULA and THE VAMPIRE, SAW III: DIRECTOR'S CUT, SAW IV: UNRATED DIRECTOR'S CUT, Nobuo Nakagawa's SNAKE WOMAN'S CURSE, David Fincher's ZODIAC
...and many more... including the Paul Naschy double feature THE NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF and VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES on Blu-ray!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell takes on another Turkish turkey as The Iron Claw meets Fant?mas in DEMIR PENCE KORSAN ADAM!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews new soundtrack CD releases of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, FAHRENHEIT 451, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and more!
Biblio Watchdog: David Kalat, Tim Lucas and Brett Taylor review A YEAR OF FEAR: A DAY-BY-DAY GUIDE TO 366 HORROR FILMS by Bryan Senn, FANTOMAS IN AMERICA by David White, Staci Layne Wilson's 50 YEARS OF GHOST MOVIES and the uncredited picture/CD book DARIO ARGENTO!


Issue 138
April 2008

California Gothic: The Corman / Haller Collaboration: Roger Corman and his AIP art director Daniel Haller participate in a VW Round Table Discussion, about their classic Edgar Allan Poe series and other past projects, with fellow director-fan Joe Dante and moderator Lawrence French!
DVD Spotlight: UNIVERSAL HORROR CLASSIC MOVIE ARCHIVE: Bill Cooke reviews five of Universal's 1940s B-horror classics: MAN MADE MONSTER, HORROR ISLAND, THE BLACK CAT (1941), NIGHT MONSTER and CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN!
PLUS REVIEWS OF...: ALIBI, BASKET CASE 2, BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON, BLIND BEAST VS. KILLER DWARF, DEAD SILENCE (UNRATED), ELECTION, THE FORGOTTEN PISTOLERO, THE MAID, ONCE UPON A GIRL, RED ROAD, RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, SCREWED, SINGAPORE SLING, SPIDER FOREST, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, THE THIRD SECRET, TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE, TWIN PEAKS DEFINITIVE GOLD BOX EDITION, UNHOLY, THE UNHOLY FOUR, VON RICHTHOFEN AND BROWN, THE WAR IN SPACE, WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END.
And...
Tim Lucas reviews the return of Lamberto Bava to the horror genre with two imports, THE TORTURER and GHOST SON!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell praises Jacques Tourneur's classic Western CANYON PASSAGE!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews new soundtrack releases by Francisco De Masi, Ennio Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Mark Mancina and Enoch!
Biblio Watchdog: Anthony Ambrogio and Brett Taylor review FRANKENSTEIN: A CULTURAL HISTORY, THE MEXICAN CINEMA OF DARKNESS and EROTIC CINEMA!
All this and much, much MORE!
Other contributors featured in this issue: John Charles, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, David Kalat, Kim Newman, and Richard Harland Smith.


Issue 137
March 2008

A Very Special Event!
Available in Regular and Signature Editions!
Amy and Her Friends The ANN CARTER Interview Tom Weaver returns to our pages with another prize interview catch! In her first-ever career-length interview, the star of Val Lewton's THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE reminisces about her many onscreen friends (Simone Simon, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Muni, Sir Lancelot, Barbara Stanwyck and more), describes her participation in several other 1940s fantasy classics (I MARRIED A WITCH, THE BOY WITH GREEN HAIR, A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT and more), and shares the amazing story of her past fifty years! Illustrated with more than 40 rare and never-before-seen photos from Ann's personal collection!
Plus!
'Introducting Ann Carter' An essay-length appreciation of the actress by Tim Lucas.
And..
Tim Lucas reviews the new documentary VAL LEWTON-THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS and Lewton's recently restored and reissued Depression era novel NO BED OF HER OWN!
Reviewed in this issue: BLACK SHEEP, CAPTIVITY (UNRATED), THE FOOD OF THE GODS, HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN, HELP!, HOSTEL PART II (UNRATED), THE HOUSE ON SKULL MOUNTAIN / THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, KING BOXER, 5 FINGERS OF DEATH, ONE MISSED CALL, POPEYE THE SAILOR 1933-1938 VOLUME 1, THE PSYCHIC, BEATRICE CENCI, SAM KATZMAN: ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION, - CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN, - THE WEREWOLF, - THE GIANT CLAW, - ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU, TALES FROM THE CRYPT / THE VAULT OF HORROR, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND-30TH ANNIVERSARY ULTIMATE EDITION, GHOST SHIP.
...and many other exciting new releases!
Plus!
Ramsey Campbell on the Bizarre Turkish horror film THE SERPENT'S TALE!
Douglas E. Winter on a new boxed set of Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs!
All this and much, much MORE!
Other contributors to this issue: John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, David Kalat, Charlie Largent, Michael Lennick, and Kim Newman.


Issue 136
January/February 2008

Special GRINDHOUSE Issue!
GRINDHOUSE A VW Round Table Discussion Kim Newman, Stephen R. Bissette, Shane M. Dallmann and Tim Lucas put their heads together to weigh the pros and cons of the controversial GRINDHOUSE theatrical release and the separate home video issues of Quentin Tarentino's DEATH PROOF and Robert Rodriguez's PLANET TERROR!
DVD Spotlight: SCHOOLGIRL REPORT #1 and #2 Tim Lucas steps to the lectern to teach VW readers everything they always wanted to know about the ins and outs of Ernst Hofbauer's classic Seventies sexploitation film series-from its origins on the German bestseller list to its arrival on DVD from Impulse Pictures!
DVD Reviews in this issue include: ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, THE BLOOD ROSE, CHOSEN SURVIVORS, THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING, FIRE AND ICE, FLASH GORDON: SAVIOUR OF THE UNIVERSE EDITION, THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, HOME BEFORE MIDNIGHT, KARZAN, JUNGLE LORD, POLICE STORY, QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE, RETRIBUTION, SWORDSMAN II, A TOUCH OF GENIE, VIRGIN WITCH.
Plus!
John Carpenter's classic HALLOWEEN on Blu-ray!
Ramsey Campbell on Hayao Miyazaki's KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE!
David J. Schow reviews THE BATTLE FOR BOND: THE GENESIS OF CINEMA'S GREATEST HERO!
Audio Watchdog Douglas E. Winter reviews David Arnold's GODZILLA and the latest Bava soundtrack releases from Digitmovies!
All this and much, much MORE!
Other contributors featured in this issue: Anthony Ambrogio, John Charles, Bill Cooke, David Kalat, Charlie Largent, and Brett Taylor!


Issue 135
December 2007

The VW Interview: JUDI BOWKER: BEYOND ANDROMEDA: With her ethereal beauty and surprising depths of courage and strength, Judi Bowker became a fast fan favorite as the star of BROTHER SUN SISTER MOON, the Louis Jourdan version of COUNT DRACULA, and CLASH OF THE TITANS. Mark F. Berry makes his VW debut with an inviting profile and candid interview with one of the most beloved and respected British actresses to emerge in the 1970s!
DVD Spotlight: PAN'S LABYRINTH: Tim Lucas reviews Guillermo del Toro's latest and most celebrated addition to his filmography!
DVD Reviews: 1984 BEDAZZLED DARK SHADOWS - THE BEGINNING (COLLECTION 1) DEVILS OF DARKNESS DOCTOR STRANGE FEED FIDELITY (Andrzej Zulawski) 'G' MEN GODZILLA AND OTHER MOVIE MONSTERS GHOST RIDER HARD-BOILED HELLBOY ANIMATED: BLOOD & IRON THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM THE MANITOU STREETS OF FIRE VACANCY VIRGINS FROM HELL WITCHCRAFT WOMEN BEHIND BARS and much MORE! Plus!:
Ramsey Campbell on NIGHT OF THE EAGLE (BURN, WITCH, BURN)!
Douglas E. Winter on Simon Boswell's CLOSE YOUR EYES!
Kim Newman on Stephen Thrower's NIGHTMARE USA!
Tim Lucas on Tom Weaver and Michael & John Brunas' UNIVERSAL HORRORS and
Gary D. Rhodes & Richard Sheffield's BELA LUGOSI DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES! and, again, much MORE!


Issue 134
September/October/November 2007

EDGAR WALLACE: Your Pocket Guide to the Rialto Krimi Series: Kim Newman patrols all 33 films of the delightfully grisly and wickedly humorous West German horror-crime sequence, now available in state-of-the-art transfers in eight import DVD box sets from TOBIS/UFA Home Entertainment! Illustrated with amazing images!
INGMAR BERGMAN Tribute: Sam Umland goes solo to pay homage to one of our favorite filmmakers, a realist who brought to the screen some of its most penetrating scenes of horror, fantasy and dark psychology. Covered in this article are Bergman's classics THE SEVENTH SEAL, SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT, and a number of nascent gems collected in Eclipse's box set EARLY BERGMAN!
DVD Spotlight: INLAND EMPIRE: David Lynch is back with one of his most maddening mysteries yet! Kim Newman sorts through the rabbits to get to the core of this story of 'A Woman in Trouble'!
Dog Bytes: Al Adamson takes fairy tales into the 21st century and sets the cinema back 100 years in CINDERELLA 2000... But do we stop there? No, we proceed to cover the Al Adamson double feature FIVE BLOODY GRAVES and NURSE SHERRI... then Raymond Briggs' proto-SHREK childrens' book becomes a TV miniseries in FUNGUS THE BOGEYMAN... Orlando James learns to outrun a gigantic crocodile in PRIMEVAL... Hayao Miyasaka animates the classic fable of PUSS 'N BOOTS... and James Houghton protects a dysfunctional family from supernatural attack in SUPERSTITION!
DVDs (In-depth reviews): Glen Morgan remakes Bob Clark's other holiday classic BLACK CHRISTMAS... Bette Davis murders her twin sister to take her place in DEAD RINGER... Dan Grimaldi (THE SOPRANOS) invites women into his house and torches them alive in the sadistic '80s shocker DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE... more aspiring filmmakers try their hands at horror in the compilation FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE II... Hammer Films features American actors in four film noir B-pictures: THE GLASS TOMB (John Ireland), PAID TO KILL (Dane Clark), Terence Fisher's TERROR STREET (Dan Duryea), and WINGS OF DANGER (Zachary Scott)... Kara Hui Ying-hung scintillates in the HK action comedy MY YOUNG AUNTIE... Joan Crawford concludes an impressive screen career with Herman Cohen's TROG... plus an HD review of the new remake of THE HITCHER, and an Import review of the Tony Anthony Spaghetti Western BLINDMAN, featuring Ringo Starr!
Ramsey's Rambles: This month, Ramsey continues his fling with Simone Signoret with a discussion of Jacques Becker's period crime thriller CASQUE D'OR!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter spins some of the latest Italian movie soundtracks from Digitmovies, including SODOM AND GOMORRAH, WAR OF THE ZOMBIES and the Steve Reeves classic THE SLAVE!


Issue 133
August 2007

'THESE ARE THE DAMNED': The Restored Director's Cut Examined: Joseph Losey's 1961 Hammer film was mutilated for its theatrical releases both here and abroad and then disappeared from circulation for more than 20 years. With Sony's fully restored version now showing on TCM and rumored for DVD release in the near future, Tim Lucas takes an in-depth look at what's been put back!
DVD Spotlight: CHARLIE CHAN VOLUME 2: It's Kim Newman at the Movies as he reviews 20th Century Fox's second set of classic CHARLIE CHAN mysteries: AT THE CIRCUS, AT THE RACE TRACK, AT THE OPERA and AT THE OLYMPICS!
Watchdog News: A detailed report on the differences between the Spanish and English language versions of the Mexican horror-exploitation film NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES!
Dog Bytes: Capsule-length reviews of the recently rediscovered 'lost' Herschell Gordon Lewis sexploiter THE ALLEY TRAMP and its companion feature OVER 18... AND READY... then a steep turn toward the refined and magisterial Powell & Pressburger classic A CANTERBURY TALE... followed by another extreme turn to Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as a couple of cops on the make in CRIME BUSTERS... the critically acclaimed health care satire THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU... Mark Redfield ventures back to 19th century Baltimore to chronicle THE DEATH OF POE... the 1970s HK drive-in perennial FEARLESS FIGHTERS... India's first Miss World is terrorized by a man who won't stay dead in the Bollywood suspenser THE FOG... Godzilla returns to stomp Tokyo as well as Planet X in GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER and INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER... characters try to out-do one another in the Crazy department in MACHINES OF LOVE AND HATE... Ralph Fiennes teams with David Cronenberg for a memorable portrait of schizophrenia in SPIDER... and Nicolas Cage takes a most peculiar trip to Summersisle in Neil LaBute's remake of THE WICKER MAN! ('Oh, no! Not the bees! Not the bees!')
Things From the Attic: Richard Harland Smith emerges from a candle-lit trip into the upper tiers of his domicile with a three-part tribute to the films of Al Mulock and Pedro Mari S?nchez: FLYING FROM THE HAWK, REFUGE OF FEAR and A WITCH WITHOUT A BROOM!
DVDs: In-depth reviews of John Gulager's FEAST: UNRATED and James Gunn's equally slimy SLITHER... Joseph Cotten steals a million dollars bound for destruction to fund a new uprising of the Confederacy in THE HELLBENDERS... Tony Kendall and Brad Harris co-star in the trilogy of films composing THE KOMMISSAR X COLLECTION (KISS KISS... KILL KILL, SO DARLING SO DEADLY, and DEATH IS NIMBLE DEATH IS QUICK)... Gordon Liu wields the LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA... Retromedia pays tribute to a worthy subject in THE LON CHANEY COLLECTION (including MANFISH and INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN)... Lloyd Nolan embodies Brett Halliday's pulp hero in MICHAEL SHAYNE MYSTERIES VOLUME 1 (MICHAEL SHAYNE PRIVATE DETECTIVE, THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE, SLEEPERS WEST and BLUE WHITE AND PERFECT)... Martin Landau and Barbara Bain accept dangerous assignments from Steven Hill in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: THE COMPLETE FIRST TV SEASON... Tyler Tharp keeps the spirit of '70s horror alive in RETURN IN RED... strange things happen in a very peculiar way in THE COMPLETE SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH... Elliott Gould cuts in on a bank robbery to the intense displeasure of THE SILENT PARTNER... a New Yorker runs afoul of a voodoo sorcerer in SLIME CITY... variations of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Ape Man drops his loin cloth in the double feature TARZ, JANE & CHEETA and TARZUN AND THE VALLEY OF LUST... Elliot Ness cracks down on Prohibition era bootleggers in THE UNTOUCHABLES, SEASON 1, VOLUME 1, and AIP explores the dark side of the 1960s youth culture in WILD IN THE STREETS and GAS-S-S-S!
Plus: HD-DVD reviews of Alfonso Cuaron's science fiction gem CHILDREN OF MEN and Ben Affleck as George 'Superman' Reeves in HOLLYWOODLAND!
An Imports review of John Phillip Law's classic Spaghetti Western DEATH RIDES A HORSE!
Ramsey Campbell on Jean-Pierre Melville's newly restored masterpiece ARMY OF SHADOWS!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on Percepto's essential new box set: MAD, MOD & MACABRE: THE RONALD STEIN COLLECTION, including the full scores for such cult favorites as ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES, DEMENTIA 13 and THE TERROR!


Issue 132
July 2007

An All-Review Issue!
THE WILD WILD WEST - SEASON TWO: David J. Schow follows up his coverage of the first season of Michael Garrison's cult spy Western in VW #128 with a detailed overview of Season Two! Guests include Boris Karloff, Hurd Hatfield, Ida Lupino, Victor Buono, John Astin, Agnes Moorehead, and of course, Michael Dunn!
Dog Bytes: Bite-sized reviews of John Malkovich as Alan Conway, the man who challenged the world to COLOR ME KUBRICK... the 'Starlite Drive-In' double features of HUSTLER SQUAD & WILD RIDERS and MADMEN OF MANDORAS, THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN & THE DEVIL'S HAND... the atmospheric Korean horror thriller THE RED SHOES... Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry provide voices for the Canadian animation feature ROCK & RULE... Jonathan Yudis carries the torch for Russ Meyer in the effectively buxotic PERVERT!... there's a whole lot of flogging goin' on in the Shaw Brothers production THE SHADOW WHIP... Brandon Routh assumes the mantle of the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN RETURNS... and the Long Brothers brandish their weapons in VENGEANCE IS A GOLDEN BLADE!
Things From the Attic: By Popular Demand! Tim Lucas dusts off some wild, vintage VHS thrills as Paul Naschy adds more monster performances to his growing gallery in LYCANTHROPUS: THE MOONLIGHT MURDERS and THE MUMMY'S REVENGE... Edward D. Wood, Jr. teams up with MANSTER director Kenneth G. Crane for the unbelievable THE REVENGE OF DR. X... Jean-Louis Trintignant finds himself involved in a deadly affair with Carroll Baker in Umberto Lenzi's SO SWEET... SO PERVERSE... and Teri Tordai presides over Black Widow-like orgies and executions in TOWER OF SCREAMING VIRGINS!
DVD Spotlight: TARZAN COLLECTION VOL. 2: Bill Cooke swings back with a follow-up to his MGM TARZAN article for VIDEO WATCHDOG #114, a critical appreciation of Johnny Weissmuller's last half-dozen Tarzan adventures for RKO! Read all about TARZAN TRIUMPHS, TARZAN'S DESERT MYSTERY, TARZAN AND THE AMAZONS, TARZAN AND THE LEOPARD WOMAN, TARZAN AND THE HUNTRESS, and TARZAN AND THE MERMAIDS!
DVDs: In-depth reviews of Bob Kane's 'other' gift to posterity -- COOL McCOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIES... Christopher Lee stars in an Italian adaptation of Sheridan LeFanu's 'Carmilla': CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE (aka TERROR IN THE CRYPT)... David Cronenberg takes the fast lane to exploitation in his racing drama FAST COMPANY, and the high road to experimentation in STEREO and CRIMES OF THE FUTURE... Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy bring a touch of elegance to FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY... Nicole Kidman takes a walk on the wild side in FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS... the horror genre's favorite sisters return in the inspired sequels GINGER SNAPS 2 UNLEASHED and GINGER SNAPS BACK THE BEGINNING... Ishiro Honda makes a profound post-atomic statement with GOJIRA and Toho resurrects its thunder lizard for GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN and MOTHRA VERSUS GODZILLA... Vermont-based horror director Lance Weiler shows us THE LAST BROADCAST before inflicting a little HEAD TRAUMA... Japanese science fiction achieves new high notes of the bizarre in PRINCE OF SPACE and INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN... and Lucky McKee dares to probe the darkness of THE WOODS! Plus a detailed review of John Boorman's EXCALIBUR on HD-DVD!
Imports: Kim Newman reviews CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING and DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY!
Ramsey's Rambles: Join Ramsey Campbell for a hilarious viewing of Onar Films' incredible Turkish double feature of THE DEAD DON'T TALK and THIRSTY FOR LOVE, SEX AND MURDER!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of DONALD CAMMELL - A LIFE ON THE WILD SIDE... THE CHANGING VAMPIRE OF FILM AND TELEVISION... THE HELLRAISER FILMS AND THEIR LEGACY... THE WINSTON EFFECT: THE ART AND HISTORY OF STAN WINSTON STUDIO... and WOMEN SCIENTISTS IN FIFTIES SCIENCE FICTION FILMS!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter attends the latest work of Dominic Frontiere to surface on CD (including his score for the OUTER LIMITS episode 'The Forms of Things Unknown'), as well as the new-to-disc legacy of the Colpix label!


Issue 131
June 2007

A Toast to Curtis Harrington: Tim Lucas remembers the late director of GAMES, RUBY and WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HELEN? as one of horror cinema's first critics and preservationists, as an filmmaker, and as a friend.
Athens After Midnight: A Guide to Greek Fantastic Cinema: You've read all about the horror and fantasy cinemas of Spain, Italy, China and Mexico, but what about Greece? In a groundbreaking article full of information new to English reference, Dimitris Koliodimos explores more than a half-century of mind-bending film from the Mediterranean isles where myth and legend were born!
DVD Spotlight: CASINO ROYALE: Tim Lucas reviews Sony's standard, widescreen and Blu-ray discs of the 21st 007 adventure and explains why nobody does it better than Blu-ray!
Dog Bytes: Short form reviews! Alain Robbe-Grillet details a detective's dream encounter with a lady in distress (or is she a vampire?) in LA BELLE CAPTIVE... Philip Ko must battle an evil wizard in the mind-bending Shaw Brothers epic THE BOXER'S OMEN... he sucks and she... fights back in EMMANUELLE VS. DRACULA... the great Meiko Kaji completes her run from corrupt law enforcement in FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: BEAST STABLE and FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: GRUDGE SONG... one episode isn't enough, so we cover THE MILTON THE MONSTER SHOW THE COMPLETE SERIES... Jess Franco mixes Pauline Re?ge with his own Sadean tropes in THE SEXUAL STORY OF O... Terence Hill is the cop a bullet can't stop in SUPER FUZZ... and we revel in the extras included with Tobe Hooper's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 THE GRUESOME EDITION!
DVDs: In-depth reviews of TV's altogether ooky THE ADDAMS FAMILY (VOLUMES 1 and 2)... thought-provoking science-fiction comes to DTV with ASCENSION... the Dark Knight and the Man from Krypton raise the bar of TV toons in BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUMES 3 and 4 and SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOLUMES 1 and 2... Zalman King explores eroticism, vampirism, and many other isms in CHROMIUMBLUE.COM... Bollywood does its own version of THE EYE in NAINA... Paul Naschy plays three roles in VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES and directs himself as Waldemar Daninsky for the first time in THE NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF... and Robert W. Chambers' classic 'The King in Yellow' opens its gnostic realms to an unwitting artist's model in THE WEIRD TALE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1: THE YELLOW SIGN AND OTHERS!
Plus!
HD/BLU-RAY reviews of Terry Gilliam's THE BROTHERS GRIMM and Richard Linklater's Philip K. Dick adaptation A SCANNER DARKLY!
And IMPORT reviews of a new R2 Special Edition of Nicolas Roeg's classic 'DON'T LOOK NOW'... Enzo G. Castellari's Shakespearean Spaghetti Western JOHNNY HAMLET... and Noel Black's dark Americana gem PRETTY POISON!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell on Allen Baron's independent noir BLAST OF SILENCE!
Biblio Watchdog: Brett Taylor reviews new books on Philip K. Dick in the cinema, Hammer composer James Bernard, Mondo movies and Roman Polanski!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter on the latest spy-themed soundtrack releases, including David Arnold's CASINO ROYALE and Lalo Schifrin's THE LIQUIDATOR (with a theme song by Shirley Bassey)!


Issue 130
May 2007

In Remembrance of Freddie Francis: Ted Newsom pays his respects to the talented British director-cameraman responsible for the indelible images of films like THE INNOCENTS, PARANOIAC, THE SKULL, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and THE ELEPHANT MAN. Includes excerpts from Ted's interview with Francis himself!
In Search of Ganja & Hess: All Day Entertainment's David Kalat recounts the behind-the-scenes story of bringing a more complete version of Bill Gunn's renowned vampire classic to DVD!
DVD Spotlight: The Boris Karloff Collection: Kim Newman critiques Universal's welcome if somewhat inglorious tribute to their greatest horror star, with reviews of NIGHT KEY, TOWER OF LONDON, THE CLIMAX, THE STRANGE DOOR and THE BLACK CASTLE!
Dog Bytes: Short form reviews! Jason Statham must keep his (and your) heart rate up or die in CRANK... Leif Garrett and a group of psychotic kids terrorize a house of adults in DEVIL TIMES FIVE... Barry Prima wields a lustrous weapon in the Indonesian fantasy THE DEVIL'S SWORD... John Carradine shares the screen with Tina Louise and Julie Newmar in EVILS OF THE NIGHT... Doris Wishman explores (or exploits?) the transsexual subculture in LET ME DIE A WOMAN... Klaus Kinski and Tina Aumont seek to extend their LIFESPAN... and James Coburn acts with someone else's voice in the Italian 'Dirty Dozen' Western A REASON TO LIVE, A REASON TO DIE!
DVDs: In-depth reviews of all three titles in THE AZTEC MUMMY COLLECTION (THE AZTEC MUMMY, CURSE OF THE AZTEC MUMMY and THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY-in both their Spanish and English versions!)... Ulli Lommel's BOOGEYMAN 2 and BOOGEYMAN 2: DIRECTOR'S CUT... Hideo Nakata's directorial debut CURSE, DEATH, AND SPIRIT... Cameron Mitchell and Jayne Mansfield meet in Yugoslavia while filming DOG EAT DOG... all three titles in THE DR. MABUSE COLLECTION (THE RETURN OF DR. MABUSE, THE INVISIBLE DR. MABUSE and THE DEATH RAY MIRROR OF DR. MABUSE)... Robert Aldrich rides the action thriller to the end of the line in EMPEROR OF THE NORTH... Gordon Mitchell fuses pepla and science fiction in THE GIANT OF METROPOLIS (we review TWO versions!), while Gordon Scott fights a giant mollusc in HERCULES AND THE PRINCESS OF TROY... Darren McGavin keeps his stakes sharpened and his crucifixes shiny in the TV series KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER... Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh get all hopped up on horror in NIGHT OF THE LEPUS... Ray Milland tackles THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE... PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES' Angel Aranda invites some friends to his humble abode to spill SATAN'S BLOOD... in the tradition of Godzilla and Mothra, Toho unveils SPACE AMOEBA... and hippie bikers grow hairier in WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS!
Plus!
Import reviews of Johnny Depp in Emir Kusturica's surreal ARIZONA DREAM... Mario Bava's Le spie vengono dal semifreddo (the original Italian version of DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS)... and Massimo Dallamano's harrowing giallo WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO YOUR DAUGHTERS?!
Not enough? Sam & Rebecca Umland also bring you their detailed HD reviews of CONSTANTINE and the '50s science fiction classic FORBIDDEN PLANET!
Also...
Ramsey Campbell on Gaspar No?'s IRREVERSIBLE... Audio Watchdog Douglas E. Winter on the CD soundtracks of THE PRESTIGE, THE ILLUSIONIST and THE FOUNTAIN... book reviews of SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE AT THE CINEMA, THE MEXICAN MASKED WRESTLER AND MONSTER FILMOGRAPHY and CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES... the surprise return of 'Watchdog News'... and much, much more!


Issue 129
March/April 2007

THE DESCENT: United They Bite, Divided We Fall: Sam Umland and Richard HarIand Smith discuss the pros and cons of the Lionsgate horror hit, the latest work from DOG SOLDIERS writer-director-editor Neil Marshall!
DVD Spotlight: The SAW Trilogy: Shane M. Dallmann takes an in-depth, unbiased look at Lionsgate's other top horror franchise! Do SAW, SAW II and SAW III cut the mustard, or do they merely spray the catsup?
Dog Bytes: Love spells run amok in the Shaw Bros. classic BLACK MAGIC... Jack Nicholson makes his movie debut in the Roger Corman production THE CRY BABY KILLER... Linnea Quigley and Aldo Ray caution us DON'T GO NEAR THE PARK... we ponder the question of upgrading to the DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS... your worst fears about amusement park rides come true in FINAL DESTINATION 3... Roy Thinnes tracks a zombie in the Dan Curtis production THE NORLISS TAPES... kung fu zombies attack visitors to Thailand in SPIRITED KILLER... and a junkyard suffers a cheap hooch meltdown in STREET TRASH!
DVDs: In depth reviews of the Toho sci-fi tech spectacle ATRAGON... Warner Oland takes most honorable bite out of crime in THE CHARLIE CHAN COLLECTION VOLUME 1... Dark Sky Films enters the 'drive in double feature' game with CREATION OF THE HUMANOIDS (Andy Warhol's favorite movie!) and Antonio Margheriti's WAR BETWEEN THE PLANETS... Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino explore the dual meaning of the word HOSTEL... Zohra Lampert is tormented within a shred of her sanity in LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH... nature turns against campers in the Aussie horror item LONG WEEKEND... Patrick McGoohan stars in a new 'megaset' of the classic British spy series SECRET AGENT aka DANGER MAN... Hayata flashes his Beta capsule to become the kaiju-bashing superhero ULTRAMAN... Princess Dragon Mom unleashes her monsters against SUPER INFRAMAN... Toho apes STAR WARS in the kooky THE WAR IN SPACE... Plus: IMPORT REVIEWS of the French pulp hit ARSENE LUPIN... Nigel Kneale's rarely seen teleseries BEASTS and KINVIG... Russell Mulcahy's directorial debut RAZORBACK... and VW's first-ever HD review section!
Also
The long-awaited return of THINGS FROM THE ATTIC... Biblio Watchdog Tim Lucas on Richard Scrivani's GOOD NIGHT, WHATEVER YOU ARE: MY JOURNEY WITH ZACHERLEY, THE COOL GHOUL... Ramsey Campbell rambles on Max Oph?ls' THE RESTLESS MOMENT... Audio Watchdog Douglas E. Winter audits Scott Bradley's MGM Cartoon music, Armando Trovajoli's HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD, the MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. movie scores, and much, much more!


Issue 128
February 2007

Tony Russel: Our Man on Gamma I: He was the star of the cult classic THE WILD WILD PLANET, a swashbuckling villain on the classic Disney series ZORRO, Elvis Presley's bartender in KING CREOLE, a sword-and-sandal hero, and a movie dubber par excellence! Meet Tony Russel in this exclusive interview by Michael Barnum!
THE WILD WILD WEST: OUTER LIMITS COMPANION author David J. Schow sings the praises of his other favorite Sixties TV series in this extended review of the classic CBS-TV show's First Season-now on DVD!
DVD Reviews: Our trademark intensive coverage of Don Dohler's homemade horrorfest ALIEN FIEND (THE ALIEN FACTOR / FIEND)... Indian horror star Ajay Agarwal headlines two features (BANDH DAWARZA and PURANA MANDIR) in THE BOLLYWOOD HORROR COLLECTION VOLUME 1... Laura Gemser straps on the role that made her famous and infamous in BLACK EMANUELLE (soft and hardcore imports!)... Mexican horror finds its zenith in BLACK PIT OF DR. M, CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN and THE WITCH'S MIRROR... J-Horror returns in CURSED and PULSE... two from the late director William Girdler, DAY OF THE ANIMALS and GRIZZLY... some of Hollywood's finest special effects artists cut their teeth on the 16mm home movie project EQUINOX... Dr. Nadir looks for pregnable Earth women in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER... Halloween horror resurrects the Headless Horseman in THE HOLLOW... two from Jess Franco's seldom seen 1980s period, MACUMBA SEXUAL and MANSION OF THE LIVING DEAD... Boris Karloff wields his own unique brand of weird science in THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND and THE MAN WITH NINE LIVES... PULSE... vampire hunter Dr. Nietsche pounds some stakes during a SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES... the Asian dietary horror SLIM TILL DEAD... Barbara Stanwyck is troubled by threatening calls in SORRY, WRONG NUMBER... and much, much more!
Imports: Special Hammer Section: Detailed reviews of recent UK releases of Peter Sasdy's COUNTESS DRACULA and HANDS OF THE RIPPER (plus its German release version, HAND VOLLER BLUT), and four early Terence Fisher titles: STOLEN FACE... FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE... SPACEWAYS... and MASK OF DUST!
Audio Watchdog: Douglas E. Winter reviews the latest horror, cult and fantasy soundtracks, including Howard Shore's A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and Leigh Harline's THE 7 FACES OF DR. LAO!
Ramsey's Rambles: Ramsey Campbell wraps his mind around the bizarre spectacle of 3 DEV ADAM, a Turkish film that pits Captain America against Spider-Man!
Biblio Watchdog: Reviews of ROGER CORMAN: METAPHYSICS ON A SHOESTRING... JULES VERNE ON FILM: A Filmography of The Cinematic Adaptations of His Works, 1902 Through 1997... COUNT DRACULA GOES TO THE MOVIES: STOKER'S NOVEL ADAPTED, 1922-2003 Second Edition... MAKING FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE LEGEND OF CAMP BLOOD... and THE RING COMPANION!
This Issue's Contributors: Anthony Ambrogio, Michael Barnum, Stephen R. Bissette, Ramsey Campbell, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, David Kalat, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, David J. Schow, Richard Harland Smith, Brett Taylor, and Douglas E. Winter.


Issue 127
November 2006

BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS: Sheldon Inkol salutes 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment's long-overdue two-disc release of Russ Meyer's cult classic as a DVD worth waiting for!
In Search of Del Tenney: Auteur of PARTY BEACH: His work is immediately recognizable and consistent, but is Del Tenney one of the horror genre's auteurs? Tim Lucas screens VIOLENT MIDNIGHT, THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH, THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE, I EAT YOUR SKIN and DESCENDANT in search of the answer!
Hammer & Universal: A Marriage of Monsters: From THE BRIDES OF DRACULA to THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN, Bill Cooke's latest monster round-up attends the eight fright films that resulted when the world's greatest horror manufacturers joined forces in the early 1960s!
PLUS! JOE DANTE collects his final batch of retrospective reviews for the farewell edition of 'Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks'!
RAMSEY CAMPBELL on his 'favorite Horror-Western,' Anthony Mann's MAN OF THE WEST!
DOUGLAS E. WINTER on the latest crop of Euro cult soundtracks from Digitmovies, Goblin's reunion disc, and an assortment of Goblin tribute recordings!
BOOK REVIEWS of Doyle Greene's MEXPLOITATION CINEMA, Howard Hughes' ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE ITALIAN WEST, and more!
PLUS dozens of DVD reviews! Among the highlights: Bruce Campbell battles space termites in ALIEN APOCALYPSE; Alain Delon on both sides of the law in Jacques Deray's BORSALINO & CO. and FLIC STORY; Candy Samples, Uschi Digart, and Cheryl 'Rainbeaux' Smith bare their emotions in the sexploitation anthologies FANTASM and FANTASM COMES AGAIN; Howard Vernon, Rosalba Neri, and Barbara Bouchet are up to no good in the 'Euro trash must-see' FRENCH SEX MURDERS; John Carradine and Lon Chaney make a hoot out of an owl's ear in the mind-boggling GALLERY OF HORRORS; Reg Park appears in new and recycled Bava and Cottafavi footage in HERCULES THE AVENGER; Alan Steel crosses swords with Spanish rogues in HERCULES AND THE BLACK PIRATE; a hotsy-totsy android tears up a town in the Indonesian action rip-off LADY TERMINATOR; Joe D'Amato puts the 'horror' back in 'horny' in PORNO HOLOCAUST; Mary Woronov gives us a guided tour of PRISON A-GO-GO; Paul Bartel makes his directorial debut in the kinky thriller PRIVATE PARTS; sexploitation scrapes the bottom of a lager barrel in SS CAMP WOMEN'S HELL and SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP; Jess Franco experiments with carte blanche in 'The Sensation of '69,' SUCCUBUS; we enter the sensual world of Dr. Emy Wong in the hilarious YELLOW EMANUELLE; and we offer a crash course in the works of British shockmeister Pete Walker with our reviews of THE COMEBACK, DIE SCREAMING MARIANNE, THE FLESH & BLOOD SHOW, FRIGHTMARE, HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN, and HOUSE OF WHIPCORD! All this-and much, much more!
This Issue's Contributors: Ramsey Campbell, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Joe Dante, Sheldon Inkol, Tim Lucas, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith, Brett Taylor, and Douglas E. Winter.


Issue 126
September 2006

Edgar Wallace and the Paternity of KING KONG: Merian C. Cooper once declared that Edgar Wallace 'didn't write a bloody word of KING KONG.' Now, in a groundbreaking feature article, Tim Lucas refutes that statement by detailing Wallace's four-month stint as the film's first screenwriter, and by tracing Kong's bloodline to surprising ancestors in Wallace's own bibliography!
Francesco de Masi: The Noble Heart of Italian Film Music: Francesco de Masi died last November, bringing the curtain down on a long and distinguished record of service to the Italian popular cinema. In this article-part tribute, part personal memoir-John Bender reflects on de Masi's contribution to Italian horror, Italian pepla and, above all, the Italian Western!
DVD Spotlight: KING KONG: Tim Lucas reviews Universal's two-disc widescreen edition of Peter Jackson's KING KONG, of course!
Also reviews of ACE HIGH... THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON... THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MISS MARPLE MOVIE COLLECTION (MURDER AT THE GALLOP, MURDER AHOY)... BETTY... Radley Metzger's THE CAT AND THE CANARY... CLONUS... CHALLENGE OF THE TIGER... CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY... Umberto Lenzi's THE CYNIC, THE RAT, AND THE FIST... DEEP CRIMSON... DRACULA III LEGACY... FOR YOUR HEIGHT ONLY... two versions of GASLIGHT... JACQUELINE HYDE (unrated version)... Jeff Lieberman's JUST BEFORE DAWN... LIVING HELL... MPD PSYCHO 1-3... THE PREMONITION... SCARY TRUE STORIES... Walt Disney's original THE SHAGGY DOG... SHAOLIN VS EVIL DEAD... SORUM... A STUDY IN TERROR... TENEMENT - GAME OF SURVIVAL... TEN LITTLE INDIANS with Daliah Lavi and Shirley Eaton... WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?... and the latest 'Zatoichi' releases, ZATOICHI AND THE FUGITIVES (#18) and SAMARITAN ZATOICHI (#19)!
Plus ... The latest installments of JOE DANTE'S FLEAPIT FLASHBACKS... RAMSEY 'S RAMBLES (Ramsey Campbell)... AUDIO WATCHDOG (Douglas E. Winter)... BIBLIO WATCHDOG (book reviews)... and much, much more!
Other contributors to this issue: Anthony Ambrogio, John Charles, Bill Cooke, Shane M. Dallmann, Kim Newman, Richard Harland Smith and Brett Taylor.

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