I watched the 1957 American International Pictures “The Undead” fantasy/horror movie on Svengoolie. A beautiful woman, Diana Love/Helene, is sent back in time, via hypnosis, where she is suspected of being a witch. Quintus, the psychic researcher responsible now needs to go back to that same place in time to save her. The film is based on the 1950’s book “The Search for Bridey Murphy”(a case where a housewife claims to be in a past life) by Morey Berstein (businessman that pursued an amateur interest in hypnotism all the way back to 19th-century Ireland as he coaxed a young mother into recounting a previous life as a woman named Bridey Murphy). The Undead was originally titled “The Trance of Diana Love” and was filmed in a converted grocery store in 10 days. The movie was produced and directed by Roger Corman (“The Pope of Pop Cinema”, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Brain Eaters, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, Death Race 2000, Forbidden World, The Fantastic Four, Pit and the Pendulum).
I finished my hardcover book of I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels. He never discusses money, in the book, but his net worth is 8 million dollars that he made in an uncomfortable android costume making 9 major Star Wars films and voicing the character in countless other cartoons and shows. This book covers the British stage actors long career as the lovable C-3PO. In his own words he tells, fun behind the scenes stories from the movies, TV shows and other Star Wars events he attended since November 14, 1975. He pulls some of his lines directly from the scripts to paint pictures of what was happening at different periods. Even huge Star Wars fanatics admit they didn’t know some of the details he reveals. For me, I found him to be a shy, talented, humorous man that would be a pleasure to know. He really cared about the character he was pretending to be.
I watched this 1974 Americus Production, “The Beast Must Die” on Svengoolie. This British horror film, made at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middx, England, was directed by Paul Annett (English film and television director). A millionaire big game hunter invites a group of people to spend some time at his English mansion knowing that one of them is a vampire. He plans to find out which one is the beast and hunt them down.
I watched this 2002 movie, The Escapist on Netflix DVD. It stars Jonny Lee Miller (Hackers, Trainspotting, Dracula 2000, Mindhunters, Æon Flux, Endgame, Roger Collins in Dark Shadows, T2 Trainspotting, Dexter and Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, ) as the escape artist. An accomplished pilot, he ends up breaking out of several prisons, to get put in the worst prison, Sullom Voe, so he can revenge the brutal murder of his wife. The film was written by Nick Perry (British playwright and screenwriter).
I watched this 2011 Lionsgate, direct-to-video action film “Blood Out” on Netflix DVD. Directed by Jason Hewitt. his first, and produced by Michael Arata (was a detective in this movie, Another Dirty Movie, Déjà Vu, Ray, Runaway Jury). Blood Out is about a small town sheriff deputy, Michael Savion” who has to become a vigilante when his younger brother is killed through gang violence.
I watched this 1961 Universal International , B.H.P. Films Presentation, of “The Shadow of the Cat” on Svengoolie. It is a British horror film filmed at Bray Studios, England, and directed by John Gilling (Hammer Horror films, The Gamma People, High Flight, The Night Caller, The Plague of the Zombies, The Reptile, The Mummy’s Shroud). It was written by George Baxt and produced by Jon Penington. It is about a wealthy, elderly lady is murdered and the only witness is Tabitha, her cat and star of the movie, who now is tormenting the murderers who want her dead too.
I watched the Lionsgate 2011 Belgian-Dutch film “The Devil’s Double” on Netflix DVD. I was directed by Lee Tamahori (Once We Were Warriors, Along Came a Spider, Die Another Day, XXX: State of the Union) and written by Michael Thomas (Ladyhawke, The 33). Based on the true story of Uday Hussein, the playboy son of Saddam Hussein, who recruits an Iraqi soldier, Latif Yahia, who he knew from school, to be his body double.
I watched the 1933 restored version of the Warner Bros & The Vitaphone Corp. “Mystery of the Wax Museum” on Svengoolie. The preservation was done by UCLA Film & Television Archive and The Film Foundation, funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation. I’ll have to say the film looks and sounds wonderful.
I watched this 2019 British crime thriller, released in the UK by Warner Bros and in 2020 in the US by Aviron Pictures (Kidnap, Destination Wedding, A Private War, 2019 Serenity), “The Informer” on Netflix DVD. It is based on the novel “Three Seconds” by Roslund & Hellström (“Their novels put a particular emphasis in the roles of victim and perpetrator, offering a morally grey portrayal of motive and responsibility.”) and directed by Andrea Di Stefano (Italian actor and film director).
I watched the Associated Film Distributing Corp. 1964 horror film The Devil Doll on Svengoolie. It is about a ventriloquist, “The Great Vorelli” and his dummy Hugo who has an incredible show, leaving all in amazement. It seems there may be more to it than an act. The movie is directed by Lindsay Shonteff (known for low budget films in England) and produced by Richard Gordon (The Cat and the Canary, Inseminoid, The Haunted Strangler, Fiend Without a Face, First Man into Space, Corridors of Blood, Secrets of Sex, Horror Hospital).