Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) – Mario Bava

Reg Park stars as Hercules in the next film about the Devil’s Work in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Arriving home after his previous adventure, he learns that his beloved princess, Deianira (Lenora Ruffo) is in a supenatural coma, and that he, and his friends Theseus (George Ardisson) and Telemachus (Franco Giacobini) must venture…

War of the Colossal Beast (1958) – Bert I. Gordon

The monster mash continues as I work my way through the Atomic Mutations chapter in DK Canada’s very enjoyable, Monsters in the Movies. Bert Gordon returns to direct the follow-up sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man, but you don’t have to have seen the first one to wtch this one, as there’s a flashback sequence…

The Ape Man (1943) – William Beaudine

Bela Lugosi headlines another titles in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies as I continue my journey through the chapter on Monstrous Apes. This unusual little film, barely running an hour, tells the tale of Dr. James Brewster (Lugosi), who has a problem. It seems through some study, and research, and experimentation he’s transformed himself,…

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) – Nathan Juran

Setting aside the obvious whitewashing of the cast, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the next film in the Dragons & Dinosaurs chapter of DK Canada’s extremely entertaining Monsters in the Movies is a lot of fun. And one that I have a bit of a history with. Growing up we moved around frequently (being in…

Gorgo (1961) – Eugene Lourie

What would happen if England got in on the Godzilla craze? Well, I found out as I explored DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book and came across Gorgo as I continue to explore the chapters on dragons and dinosaurs. When a group of sailors capture a strange beast off the coast of Ireland and…

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) – Freddie Francis

The last vampire title for me to cover before I move onto the next spooky section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is an anthology film that is filled with familiar names and faces. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors boasts names like Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Christopher Lee, Micheal Gough, and Donald Sutherland….

Van Helsing (2004) – Stephen Sommers

After his fairly positive success with two Mummy movies, and the cult favorite Deep Rising, Stephen Sommers looked to do an homage to the Universal Monsters and hopefully launch a new tentpole franchise with the Hugh Jackman led Van Helsing. This is the next recommendation from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis,…

Atom Age Vampire (1960) -Anton Guilio Majano

Sometimes, bad is bad. And that’s exactly what I got into with this next title from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book written by legendary director John Landis. As I continue to work my way through the Vampire section of the book, I knew they wouldn’t all be good, but this one was a…

Blood of Dracula (1957) – Herbert L. Strock

I knew some of the films I would watch as I work my way through John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies (available from DK Canada) would be bad, I don’t think I was ready for how bad. Blood of Dracula is that bad. A horrible film that required a lot to drink in its hour…

The Vampire (1957) – Paul Landres

Don’t do drugs kids! That’s the message behind this horror gem from the 50s that is my next stop on DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by legendary director John Landis. Set in Smalltown, Anywhere USA, single father Paul Beecher (John Beal) is the local sawbones, and when he’s called to a scientist’s home to…

Batman: The Movie (1966) – Leslie H. Martinson

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book continues to give me tons of awesome things to watch or re-watch, seeing them in a new way. I’m definitely not the film reviewer I was when I was 20 (I wasn’t even blogging then), nor am I the same writer that I was when we started the blog (almost…

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Charles Barton

  The Frankenstein cycle in the Sci-Fi Chronicles books takes a quirky turn (and not for the last time) into comedy as the Monster tests out his comedy feet in this Universal classic that was my introduction to the original monsters. Costello’s brain is up for grabs as Wilbur (Costello) is watched over by Sandra…