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*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,…

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*contains spoilers It could be said that writer and director Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) movie Secret Friends (1991) is about the evolution of schizophrenia in the individual from childhood, where the beginnings are laid in the mind and, finally, how it hatches into adolescent or adult madness. It is also about the individual coming…

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*contains spoilers There is a tale behind the making of the Australian science fiction movie The Time Guardian (1987) and it is not a pretty one. I credit the film to director Brian Hannant (1940-) but he more or less disowns the final product… his only venture into fully-fledged feature directing. In fact, Hannant wouldn’t…

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Italian director Ivan Zuccon (1972-) is an experienced filmmaker who started his career with the short film Berenice (1997). He made several other short films before his interest in the American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft turned his mind to create horror movies related to that writer’s stories. His early features which were shot on video…

Read more Director Ivan Zuccon on H.P. Lovecraft and his Cult Film Career…

*contains spoilers The Australian exploitation film The Chain Reaction (1980) was, along with Mad Max (1979), a ground-breaking and extremely well-made genre film directed by Ian Barry (1946-). Barry, like George Miller on Mad Max (1979), created something with the vision of an Aussie Roger Corman, a low-budget masterpiece, which remains his best movie. But…

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*contains spoilers Producer and director Michael Laughlin (1943-) has been around since the late 1960s. He produced the highly praised Bryan Forbes (1926-2013 multiple sclerosis) directed film The Whisperers (1967) which earned Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976) an Oscar nomination. He also produced one of director Monte Hellman’s (1932-) finished products Two Lane Blacktop (1971). Raised…

Read more Director Michael Laughlin’s Strange Unfinished Trilogy

Ian Pringle is an Australian writer/director who began his career with a couple of shorts and the short feature Wronsky (1979). His first feature was The Plains of Heaven (1982) which is set in the highlands of Victoria. His follow-up to that was Wrong World (1985) which is a kind of road movie in the…

Read more Writer/Director Ian Pringle on The Prisoner of St. Petersburg and his Cult Career…