This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: Maniac (1980)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Maniac starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. This month’s offering looks at Maniac (1980) starring Joe Spinnell and Caroline Munro. It’s a film which has a huge cult following, with many of its fans citing it as far more than a just a standard horror/slasher film. Why does Maniac warrant a place in... Read More

Gather Round The Tele: Scrooge (1970)

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Gather Round the Tele gets into the holiday swing with Tim Wickens being visited by three ghosts.  No it’s just Scrooge (1970) directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and Alec Guinness. Do not let the fact that this is a musical frighten you off. Finney heads a first rate cast that includes Alec Guinness (Jacob Marley), Kenneth More (The Ghost of Christmas Present),... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: The Brides Of Dracula (1960)

The Brides Of Dracula

The 80 Years Of Hammer series concludes with Jonathon Dabell looking at The Brides Of Dracula starring Peter Cushing, David Peel and Yvonne Monlaur. It took time for Hammer’s brand of film-making to get the critical kudos it deserved The general public took to the films quickly, but critics were much fainter in their praise (at least, to begin with). With hindsight, few would... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

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On the twelfth and final day of Christmas FMV (via Dawn Dabell) gave us It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Henry Travers. No Christmas feature could possibly be complete without taking a look at one of the most loved Christmas films of all time. It is a film which often takes top spot in a rundown of the best festive films, and is classed as a... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: White Christmas (1954)

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On the eleventh day of Christmas FMV gave to us (via Jonathon Dabell) White Christmas starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. The first film ever shot in the Vistavision process, White Christmas was meant to be the third pairing of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (after Holiday Inn and Blue Skies), but Astaire wasn’t interested and asked to be released from his contract with Paramount.... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: One Magic Christmas (1985)

One Magic Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas FMV via (Dawn Dabell) gave to us One Magic Christmas (1985) starring Mary Steenburgen and Gary Basaraba. When you think of a Christmas film aimed at children, your mind normally conjures up images of happy families, children playing in the snow, maybe even a tree surrounded by lots and lots of presents. Add the Disney studios touch to the equation,... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: Gremlins (1984)

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On the ninth day of Christmas FMV gave to us (via Jonathon Dabell) Gremlins starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates. The master of parody Joe Dante and the master of popular entertainment Steven Spielberg combine their talents (Dante as director, Spielberg as one of the executive producers) for this cleverly assembled comedy-horror. Gremlins is a fun movie that delights in scenes... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

On the eighth day of Christmas FMV (via Dawn Dabell) gave to us The Nutcracker Prince (1990) starring Kiefer Sutherland and Peter O’Toole. For today’s 12 Days of Christmas offering we take a look at an animated adaptation of the classic fairytale The Nutcracker And The Mouseking by German author and composer, E.T.A. Hoffman. This is not the first adaptation of the story –... Read More

80 Years Of Hammer: Stolen Face (1952)

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80 Years of Hammer continues with Dawn Dabell looking at Stolen Face starring Lisbeth Scott and Paul Henreid. Once again Hammer and American distributor Lippert Pictures come together to create a film which has marketing appeal in both the UK and across the seas in the US by including some American talent on the cast list. In this case, Lisbeth Scott plays the leading lady (or more... Read More

12 Days Of Christmas: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

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On The Seventh Day of Christmas FMV (via Jonathon Dabell) gave to us The Muppet Christmas Carol starring Michael Caine, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been adapted for the screen more times than most books. When one hears that it is getting yet another rejig, one’s first reaction is to roll one’s eyes and mumble something to the... Read More