Never Take Candy from A Stranger (1960) Cast: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis, Alison Leggatt, Bill Nagy, Janina Faye Director: Cyril Frankel Nutshell: A shocking departure for Hammer into taboo territory but crafted with admirable restraint and maturity. Way ahead of its time.   Never Take Candy from A Stranger is...
Motel Hell (1980) Cast:  Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Nancy Parsons, Dick Curtis Director:  Kevin Connor Nutshell:  a unique, quirky, dark humoured little entity was shockingly unlike all others of the era. "overlong and not all that funny either" Splatter Movies "scattered laughs and a lively finish fail to distinguish this gory horror comedy" Malitin's "gruesome...
Prophecy (1979) Cast: Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Richard Dysart, Ramona Hawks Director: John Frankenheimer Nutshell: Monster movie carries underlying "heavy" ecological message "Cardboard shocks" - Time Out "Dull" - Video Movie Guide "Ridiculous" - Maltin's "Unintentional comic highlights" - DVD Delirium "Laughable" - Blockbuster VIdeo "Ludicrous and cheap" - Splatter Movies "Director fails to come to grips"...
Crazy Love (1987) Cast: Joss De Pauw, Geert Hunaerts, Michael Pas, Gene Bervoets, Amid Chakir Director: Dominique Deruddere Nutshell: A delightful, bitter-sweet, tragic-comical fable - akin to Lynch at his best   This Belgian film based on the works of American author Charles Bukowski is about to be released on DVD in a swank...
Giant Claw, The (1957) Cast:  Fred Morrow, Mara Corday, Edgar Barrier, Morris Ankrum, Robert Shayne. Director: Fred. F Sears Nutshell:  American greatness under threat once again, this time from a Prehistoric Monstrous Buzzard with an appetite for human blood.  Either Earth (America) survives or its all over.   Inspired by the Japanese monster classic...
Scum of the Earth (1963) Cast: Thomas Sweetwood, Vickie Miles, Larry Wood, Mal Arnold, Sandy Sinclair Director: Hershell Gordon Lewis (as Lewis H. Gordon) Nutshell: Innocent young teen beauty is duped into the sleazy world of dirty pictures!   The obnoxious Mr. Lang heads a seriously smutty "modeling agency" which is no more than...
The Beast Within (1982) Cast:  Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Don Gordon, R. G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L. Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey Director: Philippe Mora Nutshell:  A woman is raped by a hideous creature and gives birth to a seemingly normal little boy who makes Rosemary's Baby and Damien look positively angelic.   A dark...
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Mariana Hill, Donna Wilkes Director: David Paulsen Nutshell: Cannon Films attempt to cash-in on the post Halloween boom features a stalk and slash whodunnit with Klaus Kinski and a whole lot of ham.   "Crap" - Slimetime "Gore galore with nary a plot in sight" - Blockbuster "Lurid Shocker" - Maltin's "Standard Mad slasher...
House on Sorority Row, The (1983) Cast: Kate McNeil, Eileen Davidson, Janis Ward, Robin Meloy, Harley Jane Kozak, Jodi Draigie Director:  Mark Rosman Nutshell: This Slasher arrived when the cycle had almost died and feels rather like Prom Night by way of Black Christmas with little original to offer and yet it...
Entrancing Dr Cassandra, The (1968) Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Neil Hamilton, Stafford Repp, Madge Blake, Alan Napier as Alfred. Guest Villains:  Ida Lupino as Dr. Cassandra Spellcraft & Howard Duff as Cabala Screenplay: Stanley Ralph Ross Director:  Sam Strangis Originally aired:  March 7, 1968   This 3rd Season single episode of the iconic 1960s...