Klaus Kinski as Ahmed Kortobawi

Today would have been Klaus Kinski’s 85th birthday if he were still alive. I’ve written birthday tributes to Klaus before but today I thought I’d share a little something about one of my favorite Klaus Kinski films, Jess Franco’s remarkable Venus in Furs aka Paroxismus (1969). From the DVD box: “Of all the twisted hits from cult director Jess Franco (SADOMANIA, 99 WOMEN), this is … Continue reading Klaus Kinski as Ahmed Kortobawi

Film Locations: Kensal Green Cemetery

“Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road… My friends we will not go again or ape an ancient rage, Or stretch the folly of our youth to be the shame of age. But walk with clearer eyes and ears this path that wandereth, And see undrugged in evening light the Decent Inn … Continue reading Film Locations: Kensal Green Cemetery

Something Is Always Left Behind

Images from A Place of One’s Own (1945) Summer officially makes way for autumn this week and in celebration of my favorite season I decided to write about the classic supernatural thriller A PLACE OF ONE’S OWN (1945) at the Movie Morlocks. This unusual British film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematographer Bernard Knowles and features an exceptional performance from Margaret Lockwood as a young … Continue reading Something Is Always Left Behind

Jess Franco’s Rites of Frankenstein (1972)

My love for Jess Franco definitely clouds any objective opinion I have about his work, but I truly believe that The Rites of Frankenstein (aka Les Experiences erotiques de Frankenstein, 1972) is one of the director’s most surreal and interesting efforts. Unfortunately this erotic horror film doesn’t really live up to what it could have been if Franco had access to a bigger budget and … Continue reading Jess Franco’s Rites of Frankenstein (1972)

Theatre of Blood

Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile. Filths savor but themselves. – King Lear: Act 4, Scene II The cast of Theater of Blood without Diana Rigg One of my favorite British horror films is the dark comedy Theatre of Blood (1973) so when the opportunity to contribute to the William Shakespeare Blog-a-thon arose I decided I would share some of my thoughts about the … Continue reading Theatre of Blood