night of living dead:Night of Anubis

night of living dead:Night of Anubis(orginal title)

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Today I review the cult classic night of living dead. The original title was Night of Anubis as the original work print had that title on its reels. The lost work-print was cut and removed from screens before even released on screens. The new Criterion Collection version that is the closest we get to a director’s cut of night of the living dead contains the original work-print among many other wonderful extras about this marvelous classic. Night of the living dead is one of the finest horror movies ever made. I review night of living dead now for my blog.

night of living dead review

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Night of the Living Dead, was directed by George A. Romero is a horror masterpiece and a cult classic that still gets such high praise even today for its many wonderful traits. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living was released in 1968 as it turns 50 years old this year finally got its true directors cut this year under a release form Criterion this year which is the closest to recapturing the magic of the original classic movie screening of this magical gem.

The story of this movie is very basic, a group of random individuals happen to meet up at house to hide from flesh-eating entranced humans aka zombies. Bruce Capristo, the head of the makeup department did a great job at making the zombies look like normal people as they all look like such real people makes you feel for them even if they are flesh eating monsters about to eat people alive.

Duane Jones as Ben leads the pack with his remarkable role that really showcases such raw talent. Judith O’Dea as Barbra is marvelous she really is such a wonderful actress as who would forget the line they are coming to get you Barbara. Karl Hardman as Harry Cooper really shines in his role. Marilyn Eastman as Helen Cooper gives us a marvelous performance. I would say that the entire cast even supporting cast even bit players all give out marvelous acting performances that all do shine truly to bring to life this classic.

The wonderful directing by George A. Romero along with the marvelous screenplay by  John A. Russo  and George A. Romero that does such wonders to bring to bring to life a tale that is truly marvelous to watch unfold on the screen.

This movie showed something that could have only occurred pre-Watergate. At one point, the people trapped in the farmhouse discover a television and turn it on in search of news of what is going on. Something almost as remarkable to today’s audiences as the dead rising from their graves is seen to occur. In Washington, reporters confront a government official about the situation, the government official tells the reporters the truth, and everyone believes what the government has told them. All of this would be truly remarkable in today’s environment of mutual mistrust between citizens as we would doubt such things today but it does still feel so raw and real even now.

The sense of dread and bleak horror that seems comes off watching night of the living dead with moments that bring you hope to only to take it away from you. The movie makes most of the group of people that all have their own agenda that makes it feel so much more real and gripping and raw to watch unfold on the screen. We have war, pollution and division between the rich and the poor that always seems to be traits we have as a society through our values, culture and norms we create division among ourselves yet if we unite we can overtime such moments we can overcome anything. I feel it raises such a question, so in a way the movie is questioning our values as a society about race and other moral questions of our society. Night of the living is a classic movie that you simply should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

I walked with a zombie

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It’s undoubtedly the most atmospheric of the Lawton/Tourneur film collaborations as its told in flashbacks by y nurse Betsy Connell, Frances Dee. The horror aspects of I walked with a zombie is very minor in regard to its overall story. I walked with a zombie takes a different way of horror then most of the horror of universal horror of its day as it more what you don’t see that scares you in this film then what is seen by you. It doe harkens back to classic universal horror of the 1930’s its dreamlike approach to cinematic storytelling. This movie has Lyrical and atmospheric story-telling as this film uses very heavy use of that classic trait of story-telling trait.

This movie is a rehash of the Charlotte Bronte classic Jean Eyre in a classic sense. The supernatural and unknown is shown in the form of the Island’s native’s belief in Voodoo was shown in a way as how one can be put under its spell as its the original sense of zombies on the screen. This movie is an Eerie, poetic horror film with such rich black and white camera work that captures it in a richly psychological way. This movie is more about what the eyes do not see to scare you on screen. The acting performance of everyone shines in this movie as you watch it unfold on the screen.

Director Jacques Tourneur is perfectly in tune with his producer to unhinge the audience by way of an approaching dread we can’t see on the screen. The movie has haunting elegiac sequences linger long in the memory after you see this movie. This is a marvelous classic that was written by Curt Siodmak, the concept for the piece came about by way of a number of newspaper articles that were telling of voodoo and witchcraft in Haiti as this is simply a marvelous classic you should see today.

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Keeper of the Flame

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I review this classic movie starring Spencer Tracy today for my friends crystal kalyana’s  BLOGATHON today.   I would advise you to check out others form THE SPENCER TRACY AND KATHARINE HEPBURN BLOGATHON  today which is hosted by a dear friend today on her blog.  I review this classic movie now for my blog.

Keeper of the Flame review

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Keeper of the Flame is the second film starring the duo of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn on the screen. The first movie starring them both was woman of the year which was one amazing comedy classic. I would say many overlook keeper of the flame. Keeper of the Flame is a proto-film noir mixed gothic melodramas that foreshadowed the political paranoia genre to come on screens in years to come. Spencer Tracy’s reporter character gathers with other members of the press in a small rural inn, there to report on a vaguely described “American hero’s” funeral that has many dark seeds in this classic tale unfolds on the screen.

Kate Hepburn and Spencer Tracy make this thriller with their wonderful acting together on the screen. . The wonderful acting of Spencer Tracy and Kate Hepburn really makes this movie stand out among their movies. The supporting cast all give out wonderful performances.

This is the quintessential Spencer Tracy role for the screen. This movie is one of the best Spencer Tracy roles he ever did for the screen. George Cukor directs this classic that mixes noir elements with proto elements of political paranoia to craft a true masterpiece that you should see today.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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So today I talk about Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon today, a classic MGM horror movie that remains timeless today. I hope you check out other posts form this Blogathon today. So to review this classic movie now for my blog.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review

Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932’s great The Mask of Fu which is another classic movie by this classic studio. This version of the classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde story is more slow-moving and psychological than the other versions of this classic tale for the screen. It relies on a good cast that all give out wonderful performances. If you want horror but you will love it if you don’t mind a psychological approach.

Spencer Tracy plays the dual leading role giving it a good job of creating both personas. This movie is a perfect encapsulation of Stevenson’s original vision as Spencer Tracy gives us a closer to the book version of this evil side unleashed upon the screen. Tracy’s makeup is far less monstrous than that created for Fredric March ten years earlier but it is far better and closer to the book. Director Victor Fleming goes for exaggerations of Tracy’s features and the playing up of the psychological differences between Jekyll and Hyde. The first couple of transformations are played as dream sequences involving good girl Lana Turner and bad girl Ingrid Bergman. We don’t see the actual transformation until well on into the movie. So have big actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner in supporting roles giving out such wonderful performances for the screen.

It is a literary-based horror/drama that has wonderful acting and a wonderful story that unfolds upon the screen. Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography with Cedric Gibbons’ Art Direction and Edwin B. Willis Set Direction all recreate foggy Victorian London upon the screen. It’s simply a classic gothic tale that you will adore to see anytime.

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