History

*contains spoilers WANTED – An imaginative writer for publicity work in a waxworks exhibition. So begins Paul Leni’s (1885-1929 blood poisoning, infected tooth) silent film from 1924 entitled Waxworks. Waxworks kicked off the Nightmares in Wax craze and it was one of the first horror anthologies. It’s really not that horrible. The first was another…

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*contains spoilers Another good movie to see about PTSD is Home of the Brave (1949) which features a black protagonist who is literally paralysed by PTSD from fighting the Japanese in World War II. Based on a play and produced by the socially conscious Stanley Kramer (1913-2001 pneumonia), it is one of the first movies…

Read more Journey’s End and the Horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Part Two)

*contains spoilers One of the first plays and movies to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Journey’s End by R.C, Sherriff (1896-1975 undisclosed) – has recently been remade as a fine movie. Admirably, the 2017 version of the film has been made in association with Combat Stress, the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans.…

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*contains spoilers Lash LaRue (1916/17- 1996 emphysema) was the man who taught Harrison Ford (1942-) how to use his whip for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). He was a B-grade cowboy star of the late forties and early fifties who never rose to the heights of Gene Autry (1907-1998 lymphoma) and Roy Rogers (1911-1998…

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*contains spoilers A quick look at Lucio Fulci’s (1927-96 complications of diabetes) and Umberto Lenzi’s  (1931-2017 undisclosed) The Houses of Doom movies otherwise known as La case maledette. These four films are probably only best known to completists of Fulci and Lenzi, they are an interesting part of their work, but strictly speaking they are…

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*contains spoilers Her Hollywood sojourn over, Hopkins sold her L.A. home to David O. Selznick (1902-65 heart attack) and moved to her New York apartment. There her parties continued with writers like John O’Hara (1905-70 heart failure) and Edward R. Murrow (1908-65 lung cancer, three packs a day), whose documentary on Hollywood McCarthyism in 1953…

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*contains spoilers Savage Intruder (1970) aka The Comeback aka Hollywood Horror House was the last movie for 1930s and 40s actress and Academy Award nominee Miriam Hopkins (1902-72 heart attack). Like Joan Crawford (1905-77 heart attack, maybe cancer), Hopkins had a long-running feud with Bette Davis (1908-89 breast cancer) and like those two actresses movies…

Read more The Cult of Miriam Hopkins and Savage Intruder (Part One)