Carroll Baker’s Gialli at the Drive-In Asylum

Over the years I have fallen completely in love with the Italian giallo film genre. From Bava to Argento to Fulci and beyond, I am positively hooked on the style and mood of these lurid, pulpy Italian films. A year or two ago I picked up Severin's gorgeous, six-disc box set The Complete Lenzi/Baker Collection. … Continue reading Carroll Baker’s Gialli at the Drive-In Asylum

Bad Girls We Love: Helga from Tammy and the T-Rex

Tammy and the T-Rex (1994) is one of my favorite examples of a lost cult classic rediscovered decades later by B-movie aficionados thanks to a boutique label restoring it for a Blu-ray release. I do not remember this movie from the nineties, but that’s probably because it came and went in a flash and barely … Continue reading Bad Girls We Love: Helga from Tammy and the T-Rex

A Sampling of Movies with Big Anniversaries This Year

As always, a new year brings with it new, milestone anniversaries. For instance, 2023 is the twentieth anniversary of Lost in Translation (2003), the thirtieth anniversary of Dazed and Confused (1993), and the fortieth anniversary of Scarface (1983). It’s also the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Last Days of Disco (1998), the thirty-fifth anniversary of two … Continue reading A Sampling of Movies with Big Anniversaries This Year

Thrill Me: Happy Birthday, Tom Atkins

A lot of Gen Xers grew up consuming a steady diet of the following: Kool Aid, Pixie Stix, humor magazines and comic books, and as many horror, fantasy, action, and other gritty and/or goofy genre movies as we could get our hands on. From Kurt Russell being the ultimate cool antihero in Escape from New … Continue reading Thrill Me: Happy Birthday, Tom Atkins

The Soothing Autumnal Chill of What Lies Beneath

Last October I wrote about why I love What Lies Beneath (2000), a film that’s long been an annual Halloween season watch for me. It’s beyond perfect for this time of year, especially with its autumn-in-New-England setting. Offering an exquisite lead turn by Michelle Pfeiffer, as a woman on edge trying to unravel a mystery … Continue reading The Soothing Autumnal Chill of What Lies Beneath