DUELING DELONS: SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (1968)

  In the 1960s anthology (also known as omnibus or portmanteau) films became extremely popular and were attractive to producers who wanted to appeal to a broad range of viewers. The segmented format also encouraged audiences to make multiple trips to the concession stand, which pleased theater owners. Sex comedies were particularly trendy but the … Continue reading DUELING DELONS: SPIRITS OF THE DEAD (1968)

The 2012 San Francisco Fashion Film Festival

The inaugural San Francisco Fashion Film Festival takes place in April and they're screening one of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi films, Roger Vadim's BARBARELLA (1968) along with classics like ZIEGFELD GIRL (1941) and modern movies such as MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006) and THE MATRIX (1999). The originators kindly took the time to answer some of my questions … Continue reading The 2012 San Francisco Fashion Film Festival

Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

I recently learned that portions of Jean Prodromidès' sweeping score for Roger Vadim's Blood & Roses (Et Mourir de Plaisir; 1960) will be released on CD from Disques Cinémusique on March 20th. I've written about my appreciation for this fantastic vampire film at length before in a piece simply called Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses … Continue reading Blood and Roses: The Soundtrack

Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses (1960)

One of the my favorite vampire films is Roger Vadim's haunting and surreal Blood and Roses (Et mourir de plaisir, 1960), which recently made my list of “31 films that give me the willies.” Vadim's impressive horror film is equal to other revered classics made at the same time such as Georges Franju's Eyes Without … Continue reading Roger Vadim’s Blood and Roses (1960)

31 Films That Give Me the Willies

Top: House with Laughing Windows (1976), Deep Red (1975) Middle: The Seventh Victim (1942) Bottom: Black Sabbath (1963), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) I wasn't going to participate in Ed Hardy's 31 Flicks That Give You the Willies List due to suffering massive list-making burnout following the recent Favorite Foreign Language Film poll (which I … Continue reading 31 Films That Give Me the Willies