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Happy Horror-ween!

In today’s world, sometimes, even horror movies can be more calming than our daily reality. Not all the time – only sometimes.

But that’s not the case this week.

This week, we prepare for Halloween with featuring four thrilling Classic Hollywood Horror films including Wes Craven’s cryogenic horror/thriller Chiller; Michael Anderson’s memorable psycho-thriller Dominique is Dead; George Romero’s All-American classic thriller Night of the Living Dead; and John Carpenter’s remake of the eerie Sci-Fi horror thriller Village of the Damned.

Daily “fresh new hell” be damned, for this week, we’ve got some really scary classic horror movies for you!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.



Wes Craven’s Chiller is a 1985 horror film starring Michael Beck, Beatrice Straight and Paul Sorvino telling a story of Miles Creighton, a corporate executive who relied on cryogenics to preserve his failed life, unexpectedly begins to thaw due to a machinery malfunction and returns to life, but not fully whole. He proceeds to wreak havoc at his inherited business and only after a series of mysterious deaths is Miles implicated leading to some pretty horrific scenes and events. This is a pure sci-fi thriller that Craven is so well noted for.

Dominique is Dead

Dominique is Dead is the 1979 Michael Anderson psycho-horror thriller starring Cliff Robertson and Jean Simmons where an American stockbroker in England drives his wife to commit suicide – or so he thinks! But he soon learns, it’s not all in his head!

Night of the Living Dead

George A. Romero’s 1968 independent horror film Night of the Living Dead stars Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea and tells the ghoulish story of seven people trapped in a farmhouse in Western Pennsylvania that is attacked by a large and growing group of unnamed “living dead” monsters. Completed on a $114,000 budget, the film premiered October 1, 1968 and became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. It has been a horror cult classic ever since.

Village of the Damned

John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned is a 1995 science fiction-horror film starring the late Christopher Reeve and Kirstie Alley along with Linda Kozlowski, Mark Hamill and Michael Paré. This 1995 remake tells the story of a quiet coastal California town that is visited by some unknown life form, which leaves all the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn’t take the “parents” long to realize that the kids are neither human nor are they humane.


Famed movie critic and gossip columnist Liz Smith on in NY Social Diary:

”Speaking of movies, I’ve recently been made aware of a new free streaming service called You bring it up on your computer. They show films as varied as Bardot’s “And God Created Woman” … ”A Farewell to Arms” … ”Another Man’s Poison” (Bette Davis’ wretched but entertaining follow-up to “All About Eve.”) … the vicious noir, “Detour” with the aptly named Ann Savage…”

Smith continues, “Best thing about that I’ve noticed is that most of their prints are quite good.”

Read Liz Smith’s entire column here.

Behold the Acting Genius of Warren Oates

With much more depth and courage than just his Western films portrayed him, Warren Oates gives some amazing performances in these four featured movies that helped raise him to movie icon level and influenced many contemporary grind-house directors like Tarantino. This week, we proudly present Warren Oates as he nails his characters in 1978’s China 9 Liberty 37; 1974’s Cockfighter; 1973’s Dillinger; and 1966’s The Shooting.

Behold the acting genius of Warren Oates.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

China 9/Liberty 37

China 9/Liberty 37 is the 1978 Monte Hellman western drama starring Warren Oates, Fabio Testi and Jenny Agutter where a convicted criminal befriends a miner holding out from selling his land to the railroad that he was hired to kill. He falls in love with the miner’s wife and all hell breaks loose in this western tale of deceit, infidelity, friendship and love – but most of all – redemption.


Cockfighter (also known as Born to Kill) is a 1974 action drama by director Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates, Harry Dean Stanton and featuring Laurie Bird and Ed Begley, Jr., telling the story of a down-and-out southern cocksman who aspires to win the Cockfighter of the Year medal, and although facing a mountain of adversities, will not let go of his dream.


In this 1973 biography of crime and action, John Milius directs an all-star cast of Warren Oates, Michele Phillips, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Geoffrey Lewis and John P. Ryan in the tale of the infamous American outlaw John Dillinger. Johnson plays the dedicated G-man Melvin Purvis, determined to bring down Public-Enemy-Number-One Dillinger and his gang of defiant bank robbers. Of the classic gangster thrillers of the ‘70’s, this is a ‘must see’ as Warren Oates nails-it as the irascible Dillinger.

The Shooting

Shot entirely in natural lighting on a budget of only $75K and a shooting schedule of only 3 weeks, The Shooting is a 1966 Western Drama directed by Monte Hellman and stars Warren Oates, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins and Millie Perkins. It tells the tale of a mysterious woman that manipulates two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme. An interesting aside – filmed in 1965 and shown in film festivals (favorably) in 1966, The Shooting is one of co-star Jack Nicholson’s earlier films – several years prior to his popular breakout role of hard-drinking lawyer George Hanson in Easy Rider in 1969 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

CLASSIC MUSICALS: Song and Dance Icons

Sometimes you feel like you just have to sing or dance! And this week is featuring four musicals with both singing and dancing by amazing stars in some pretty well-noted classic films. Sit back and enjoy as we present Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming in 1949’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker in 1947’s Calendar Girl, Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in 1951’s Royal Wedding, and June Allyson, Judy Garland and Lena Horne in 1946’s Till the Clouds Roll By.

These four wonderful classic musicals are guaranteed to have your toes tapping in no time!

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is the 1949 black & white Tay Garnett musical comedy starring Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming and tells the story of a blacksmith who, thrown from his horse in Connecticut circa 1912, wakes up in Arthurian Briton where he helps Camelot’s King Arthur save his kingdom from the evil wizard Merlin. There are also some terrific performances by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Rhonda Fleming and William Bendix.

Calendar Girl

Calendar Girl is the 1947 black and white Allen Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, Kenny Baker and William Marshall and tells the story of two best friends from Boston who come to Greenwich Village in 1900, one to become a famous artist, the other to become a famous composer. The composer falls in love with the girl next door, but unfortunately, she is charmed by his friend who has secrets he is reluctant to share with her.

Royal Wedding

Love and royalty are in the air with 1951’s Royal Wedding that is another Stanley Donen directed RomCom Musical that stars Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. Astaire and Powell play an American sibling song-and-dance team in London in 1947 when all of England is in a tizzy over the impending nuptials of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Powell’s character falls for the dashing Lord John Brindale played by Peter Lawford while Astaire’s character is equally smitten with the elegant and lovely Anne Ashmond played by Sarah Churchill. This film features Astaire’s iconic scene of dancing across the ceiling of a hotel room.

Till The Clouds Roll By

Till the Clouds Roll By is the 1946 Richard Whorf and Vincent Minnelli musical comedy starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Judy Garland telling the story of famed songwriter Jerome Kern’s charmed life leading up to his Broadway opening of “Show Boat.” Consisting of many musical numbers, the all-star cast includes a bevy of Hollywood talent including Kathryn Grayson, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, among many others.

Bad Girls: Cinematic Ladies and the Art of the Tease

Aside from the obvious sexual innuendo, some of the greatest actresses in Hollywood have taken on controversial roles of the “Bad Girl” in films because the script’s characters have depth, grit, purpose and commitment. Here are four “bad girl” films where the actresses made cinematic history with their outstanding performances and helped push the movie industry to developing “meatier” roles for women. This week, proudly presents Brigitte Bardot in 1956’s Mademoiselle Striptease, Marlene Dietrich in 1931’s The Blue Angel, Karen Black in 1973’s The Pyx, and Sophia Loren in 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Lean back and let these amazingly talented ladies entertain you.

Yours truly,
Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.

Mademoiselle Striptease

In Mademoiselle Striptease, the air is thick with innuendo, pratfalls and, of course, a strip-tease contest in this classic French sex-comedy. Originally titled Plucking the Daisy, this 1956 black & white comedy drama directed by Marc Allégret stars bombshell Brigitte Bardot in telling the story of a young girl – an aspiring writer – who side-steps some Parisian wolves as she unwittingly ignites hellfire in the minds of men from the Seine to the Sorbonne.

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!

The Pyx

The Pyx, with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber starring in this 1973 Harvey Hart horror crime thriller, is about a grizzly murder that puts an investigating detective in the middle of the occult surrounded by prostitution, drug addiction and conspiracy with all of her suspects mysteriously dropping like flies.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and consists of three hilarious short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.