• The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Here we go, guys. This one deserves its own national holiday… 20 years ago today, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU was unleashed upon a woefully unprepared movie-going public. Much has been said about the catastrophic production of the film—beginning under original writer/director Richard Stanley (who was fired after only 3 days of principal photography) and …

  • Happy Birthday to James Cameron (and to THE ABYSS, as well)

    Man, I really need to get on the ball with these anniversaries. Last week (August 9) marked 27 years since the release of THE ABYSS—easily the best of the many deep-sea adventure films to hit theaters in 1989—and yesterday marked the 62nd birthday of that film’s creator, James Cameron. Cameron has come under fire in …

  • 31 Years of FRIGHT NIGHT

    31 years is not exactly a milestone, but I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate FRIGHT NIGHT, which was released in theaters on this day back in 1985.   And what’s not to celebrate? The inspired vampire-next-door hook, the wonderful performances (particularly those of Roddy McDowall, Chris Sarandon, and Stephen Geoffreys), the terrific Brad Fiedel score, …

  • BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE

    Another random monster movie, and another (unexpected) link in the lineal chain from the drive-in cheapies of the ’50s and ’60s to the 1979 classic ALIEN: It’s BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE! Produced by Gene Corman (alongside uncredited brother, Roger), written by frequent Corman scribe Charles B. Griffith, and helmed by future Two-Lane Blacktop director Monte Hellman, …