As I set out to write this blog, I guess I have to ask this question. But those who like cult films, or have cult films of their own, already know the answer. It’s those films which we connect with, no matter what the critics say… films which we claim as our own, whether we…

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*contains spoilers This year of 1941 and the others are symbolised in Return to Peyton Place with the placement of cars. Selena drives an old 1941 series convertible just when the original movie was set, while the outsider Scandinavian ski instructor played by Gunnar Hellstrom (1917-2006 natural causes) drives a 1960 Renault which is a…

Read more The Genius of Writer Grace Metalious and Return to Peyton Place (1961) Part Two

*contains spoilers Was writer Grace Metalious (1924-64 cirrhosis) some sort of genius or was it the screenwriters which helped to make the movies based on her novels Peyton Place (1957) and Return to Peyton Place (1961) such memorable experiences which sit together with some kind of trashy perfection? They are not great movies, but in…

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*contains spoilers It seemed to immediately go pear-shaped with his appearance as a bad-tempered lover in the unremarkable The Young Lovers (1964) which was nothing in terms of quality when compared to his earlier role in star-studded The Interns (1962). By this stage, Nick should have perhaps taken the hint and gone back to television…

Read more The Cult of Actor Nick Adams as The Oedipal Rebel (Part Two)

*contains spoilers As we are told at the beginning of Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), mankind knows little about the mysteries of space and has “hardly been able to penetrate the unknown secrets!” This movie asks us “Why must we wait? Why not now?” as the voice of alcoholic actor Sonny Tufts (1911-70 pneumonia) narrates…

Read more The Cult of Actress Marie Windsor in Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

*contains spoilers Do you know The Three Sisters? No, they are not a wholesome singing group or a Motown invention… Otherwise known as The Three Mothers, they are evil witches from the Dario Argento (1940-) movie Suspiria (1977) and its remake (2018) of the same name… They can invade your mind and give you nightmares,…

Read more The Insidious Witchcraft and Toxic Femininity in Suspiria and its remake

*contains spoilers The movie Superintelligence (2020) shows us how a person who would otherwise be deemed ‘unremarkable’ could possibly be chosen as a test case over the goodness of humanity to an omnipresent artificial intelligence. This intelligence is weighing up whether to destroy humanity or to save it… Or just leave them to their own…

Read more The Superintelligence (2020) of The Twonky (1953) leads to TerrorVision (1986)