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*contains spoilers The second serpent film Venom (1981), not to be confused with the 2018 superhero movie, has a great cast of British actors as well as German Klaus Kinski (1926-91 heart attack) and American semi-legend Sterling Hayden (1916-86 prostate cancer) in his last film appearance. What is basically a siege movie, with a snake…

Read more The Cult of Actor Sam Chew Jr. in Rattlers (1976) Part Two

*contains spoilers When did the supercomputer come into being? In fact, has a supercomputer already come into being? Like the movie Eagle Eye (2008), is there already a information gathering supercomputer which can think and pick on individuals – perhaps even determine the outcome of elections in various countries through fudging numbers fed into it.…

Read more The Supercomputer Cult of Colossus and Crosstalk (Part One)

*contains spoilers Penny finds Steiner’s office ransacked and the killer attempts to strangle her but she uses a blunt instrument and escapes him/her/neither. Here the music, or lack of it, drives the tension. Is a life without music/sex worth living? This element seems built in to the tension of the sequence. Of course, after another…

Read more Craig Lahiff’s Aussie Hitchcockian Double Bill (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Coda (1987) aka Symphony of Evil aka Deadly Possession and Strangers (1991) are two films directed by South Australian director Craig Lahiff (1947-2014). The titles of his movies were often one word and the pair of movies are often described by critics as sub-Hitchcock. I think they deserve more praise than that, considering…

Read more Craig Lahiff’s Aussie Hitchcockian Double Bill (Part One)

*contains spoilers He was an AC/DC (no, not the band) playboy whose persona would swing between jaunty cynicism to debonair gloom. This together with his modern flamboyancy didn’t really endear him to audiences with great popularity. But enter his gallery of movies, especially towards the end, and there are some minor classics. He is Laurence…

Read more The Cult of Laurence Harvey Forever a Dandy in Aspic (Part One)