Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)

Jean Yarbrough started in the silent era of film, first as a prop man, then rising through the ranks of RKO throughout the 1930's until his feature debut, 1938's Rebellious Daughters. Throughout the 1940's, he was behind some of the most famous horror movies, including The Devil Bat and She-Wolf of London. He also directed Abbott and Costello… Continue reading Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967)

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Pete Stein asked for this movie and I was happy to write about it. Hope he enjoys this. Created before Polanski's U.S. debut, Rosemary's Baby, this film marketed by MGM as a farce, with twelve minutes cut from the film, an animated prologue added and both of the protagonists dubbed with cartoony and silly voices. This… Continue reading The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

Torture Garden (1967)

Torture Garden has everything you want in a portmanteau: the Amicus name. Freddie Francis directing. A cast packed with talent like Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance and Peter Cushing. A script by Robert Bloch. And the wraparound story of a sideshow run by Dr. Diabolo (Meredith) who reveals the fortune of five people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISP8E2AO7fo Enoch, the… Continue reading Torture Garden (1967)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Revenge of Dr. X (1967)

It's been said that this movie is based on a 1950s screenplay by Edward D. Wood Jr., but he isn't credited. He probably should be -- this has his weird hands all over it. Even stranger, the first American video release had credits for a completely different movie, the 1969 Filipino film The Mad Doctor of… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Revenge of Dr. X (1967)

King Kong Escapes (1967)

After 1962's Godzilla vs. King Kong, Japan had not had enough of the big ape. After all, Kong was the first beast to both defeat and not be killed by Godzilla. Four years later, Toho paired up with Rankin/Bass, the creators of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The King Kong Show, a cartoon where Kong battled aliens, monsters… Continue reading King Kong Escapes (1967)