In honor of Hallowe’en, we present a double feature that pairs up well with the novel we’ve slated for today’s review. Both of the adaptations of J. B. Priestley’s novel Benighted. We hope you enjoy this unusual pairing. The Old Dark House (1932) Synopsis: When three bedraggled travelers through stormy Welsh mountains find the creepy […]Read more "SHOCKtober: Old Dark House Double Feature"
Picture it: A drive through Welsh mountains, a terrible storm, flooded roads, no way to turn back no real way to proceed. But there! A house perched in the dark, a few windows ablaze with flickering electric light and at least a flutter of hope. Will the occupants provide shelter to weary travelers? Surely, they […]Read more "We Are For the Dark: J. B. Priestley’s Benighted"
Synopsis: When Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) goes missing during a family trip to Lake Mungo, her parents and brother are shocked. When a body is dredged up some days later, one which her father Russell (David Pledger) identifies as his daughter’s waterlogged remains, the family enters the grieving process. Unfortunately, not everyone in the Palmer […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Lake Mungo"
Synopsis: After a fire results in the death of the family matriarch and otherwise ruins situation normal, bewildered mathematics teacher and single dad Arthur Kriticos (Tony Shalhoub) finds himself at a loss for a way to provide a real home for his daughter Kathy (Shannon Elizabeth), son Bobby (Alec Roberts) and sassy nanny Maggie Bess […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Thir13en Ghosts"
Synopsis: When an absent-minded professor’s family gets their furniture taken away (again) because of inability to make payments, it is just in time for their young son’s birthday. Well, Buck Zorba (Charles Herbert) makes a wish that his family will get a house and furniture no one can take away. As he does so, a […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: 13 Ghosts"
Synopsis: When boyhood pals Bobby and Akkun decide to cross a mountain separating their village from the neighboring one, they do not expect to find a strange amusement park tucked away in the remote wilderness. However, that’s exactly what they do find. The place is called Violence Voyager, and it’s a park that encourages kids […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Violence Voyager"
Synopsis: Once upon a time, two young people—farmer Jean and ingénue Jeanne—fell in love and decided to marry. We might hope they lived happily ever after . . . Unfortunately, the medieval France they live in is ruled by a cruel Lord and a harsh Lady, and both they and their fellow villagers under the […]Read more "SHOCKtober Movies: Belladonna of Sadness"