The Devil’s Messenger (1961)

I know that Lon Chaney Jr.'s career highlight was being in the Universal monster movies. I realize that the end of his life seems sad -- he suffered from throat cancer and heart disease after decades of hard drinking and smoking. In fact, Robert Stack claimed in his autobiography that Chaney and Broderick Crawford were… Continue reading The Devil’s Messenger (1961)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Devil’s Hand (1961)

Also known as Witchcraft, The Naked Goddess, Devil's Doll and Live to Love, this black and white film is all about some people in Los Angeles who want to be ahead of the Black House's curve in San Francisco and start worshipping Satan...err, Gamba, the Great Devil God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9NUfNjTCqs Probably the most interesting thing that I… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Devil’s Hand (1961)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961)

This entry was written by Bill Van Ryn, who is behind the amazing Groovy Doom and Drive-In Asylum. Bill knows more about movies than probably anyone I've ever met before and teaches me something new every time we talk. Did you ever wonder what it takes to be a member of law enforcement in a… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory (1961)

BAVA WEEK: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Using some of the same sets from Hercules and the Conquest of Atlantis, Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace, Black Sunday) created a masterpiece with this film. Featuring Reg Park (who appeared in four Hercules films and was considered a mentor to Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Christopher Lee (The Satanic Rites of Dracula, The Wicker Man, everything good and right… Continue reading BAVA WEEK: Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: The Night Before Christmas (1961)

This movie is brought to you by our friend Paul Andolina, who created the website Wrestling with Film. He loves Russian and Christmas movies more than anyone I know. This is literally at the center of both of his loves, so I invited him to share it with all of you: As I sit at my… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: The Night Before Christmas (1961)