June 2nd, 2010

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Public Domain Horror Classics - "Carnival of Souls"

A forgotten B movie from 1962, "Carnival of Souls" was rediscovered by "Entertainment Tonight" in the late in 1980s. One can see the cinematic influence upon George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead."

Filmed in the midwest, this is an eerie visual experience, filmed in the land that was the backdrop for Truman Capote's non fiction thriller, "In Cold Blood." The church organ musical score adds to the dark mood.
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Public Domain Horror Classics - "Atom Age Vampire"

Despite the nuclear bomb fears suggested by the title, "Atom Age Vampire" has more in common with the Boris Karloff/Bela Lugosi Mad Scientist thrillers from the 1930s. A plastic surgeon with a Pygmalion complex invents a beauty treatment to remove scars. When a stripper is involved in a car accident, The demented doctor tends to the blond beauty.

There is a catch, the medicine needs the fresh glands from unsuspecting females. Since the surgeon had fallen in love with the stripper, the mad doctor has no qualms finding victims for his experiments. In his most stupid decision, the doctor samples his own medicine and becomes a monster.

An Italian film circa 1960, "Atom Age Vampire" suffers from bad dubbing. Yet, "Atom Age Vampire" has some great scenes and moody cinematography. However at 87 minutes, these scenes are too spaced apart to hold interest.
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Public Domain Horror Classics - "Creature from the Haunted Sea"

In his autobiography, Roger Corman has admitted that "Creature from the Haunted Sea" maybe his most personal movie. For the most part, "Creature from the Haunted Sea" is a fun movie with goofy characters and a goofier monster. Yet at 75 minutes, "Creature from the Haunted Sea" is 16 minutes too long with dialogue scenes that drone on and on.

Yet, if one looks at this movie as a Roger Corman home movie featuring leading man Robert Towne (future screen writer for "Chinatown") as an American Secret Agent investigating Cuban loyalists and American mobsters, this 1961 movie reflects the mood and concerns of the changing American culture.