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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,…

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

*contains spoilers The British playwright Joe Orton (1933-1967 murdered) had the shortest of careers in the mid-1960s before his long-time lover Kenneth Halliwell (1926-67 sleeping pill overdose) hit him nine times on the forehead with a hammer in their London bedsit and then committed suicide. It is a part of the legend of Orton that…

Read more The Cult of Playwright Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane

*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…

Read more The Schizophrenic Cult of Director Dennis Potter’s Secret Friends (1991)

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 strong course language Haydn Keenan (1951-) is originally from Melbourne. He formed the company Smart Street Films with his friend Esben Storm while they were still teenagers and moved to Sydney to work for the Commonwealth Film Unit as you will learn from this interview… He made one of his first short films Stephany…

Read more Producer/Director Haydn Keenan on 27A and his Cult Film Career…

One title among the first wave of Cinemascope films from the studio which initiated the process, 20th Century Fox, was Garden of Evil (1954). This western, which is set south of the border, stars Gary Cooper (1901-61 prostate cancer), Susan Hayward (1917-75 lung and brain cancer), Richard Widmark (1914-2008 long illness), and Cameron Mitchell (1918-94…

Read more Director Henry Hathaway’s Garden of Evil (1954)

*contains spoilers Melbourne-based director/editor/producer/writer Brian Kavanagh (1935-) is one of the key filmmakers in the resurgence of the Australian film industry in the 1970s. His movie A City’s Child (1971) helped kick start the industry and he produced and edited that film along with supplying the storyline. But it is his work as a film…

Read more Director Brian Kavanagh on his Cult Movies A City’s Child and Double Deal…