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Spinster poetess Susan Grieve lives in a Manahattan apartment where naval hero Slick Novak comes with her for a nightcap. Next morning they visit her Connecticut farm where Novak tells her he always wanted to be a priest. After some turmoil she advises him to follow his dream which he does.
Cheerful outlaw Charlie Boles leaves former partners Lance and Jersey and heads for California, where the Gold Rush is beginning. Soon, a lone gunman in black is robbing Wells Fargo gold shipments. One fateful day, the stage he robs carries old friends Lance and Jersey…and notorious dancer Lola Montez, coming to perform in Sacramento. Black Bart and Lance become rivals for both Lola’s favors and Wells Fargo’s gold.
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) Robert Aldrich, Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol, Action, Drama, Romance
At the end of the Second World War six German ex-soldiers return to Berlin and set up as a bomb disposal group. The pressure of the dangerous work starts to affect them, the more so as they have agreed to pool half their pay so that if only one survives he takes it all. Casualties and friction are inevitable, and having to handle British 1000lb bombs seems particularly bad news.
The People Against O’Hara (1951) John Sturges, Spencer Tracy, Pat O’Brien, Diana Lynn, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
James Curtayne has retired from law but he returns to defend John O’Hara on a murder charge. Curtayne’s drinking and rustiness result in O’Hara’s being found guilty, but Curtayne makes further efforts to prove him innocent.
Stanley and Livingstone (1939) Henry King, Otto Brower, Spencer Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, Adventure, Drama, History
When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”) blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved. When Livingstone later dies, Stanley returns to continue the good doctor’s work (which, of course, never really happened).
The Old Dark House (1963) William Castle, Tom Poston, Robert Morley, Janette Scott, Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Punk Vacation (1990) Stanley Lewis, Roxanne Rogers, Don Martin, Louis Waldon, Crime, Action, Thriller
The tranquility of a small California hamlet gets ripped asunder after diner owner Mr. Kemper gets brutally murdered by a gang of vicious punks. Kemper’s eldest daughter Lisa vows to get revenge on the punks for killing her dad, but things go awry after Lisa winds up being abducted by the gang. This leads to an all-out war between the punks and the redneck town residents.
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008) Frank H. Woodward, Robin Atkin Downes, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, Documentary
Journey into the life and work of the weird fiction author who gave us the Cthulu mythos and inspired such notable horror authors as Stephen King, Robert Bloch, and Neil Gaiman. Though initially overshadowed by the masterfully morbid prose of author Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft’s writings have proven very influential, and can be seen in everything from movies (Re-Animator, Hellboy) to music (Metallica’s “Call of Cthulu) to video games Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth). Discover how an Old World xenophobe crafted one of literature’s greatest mythologies, and why his works continue to fascinate readers long after his untimely death as John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Peter Straub, and others reflect on Lovecraft’s crucial role in the history of horror fiction.
Tower of Evil / Horror on Snape Island (1972) Jim O’Connolly, Bryant Haliday, Jill Haworth, Mark Edwards, Horror
This gory low-budget British outing involves a team of archaeologists landing on fog-shrouded Snape Island – recently the site of a hideous double murder – in search of the tomb of a Phoenician chief and subsequently falling victim to an unseen maniac. Accompanying the shore party is a private detective (Bryant Halliday), hired by the family of the young woman suspected of the crimes (Candace Glendenning), who is determined to get to the bottom of the mysterious murders. Though it is eventually determined that the real killer is still at large, the archaeologists stubbornly refuse to abort their dig…and summarily suffer the consequences. Released originally in 1972, this crass, exploitative potboiler (based on a story by horror author George Baxt) found its way to American theaters in 1981 as Beyond the Fog in an attempt to cash in on John Carpenter’s 1980 film. Released later to video and cable as Tower of Evil.