Blu-Ray Review – Betrayed

Betrayed was Costa-Gavras's first fully American film: he made Missing previously with Hollywood money, but it was set in Chile and shot in Mexico, while Betrayed was set and shot in the good old US of A. It was written by Joe Eszterhas, who had already made his name as one of the highest-paid screenwriters … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Betrayed

Blu-Ray Review – Model Shop

Despite being heavily influenced by Hollywood films, almost none of the French New Wave directors of the '60s jumped over the Altantic and make films there. François Truffaut almost made Bonnie & Clyde; Jean-Luc Godard was also offered it, but turned it down. Jacques Demy is the only one to actually make a "Hollywood" film … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Model Shop

Blu-Ray Review – Secret Ceremony

In his “Trailers From Hell” for Secret Ceremony, Larry Karaszewski describes the films Elizabeth Taylor did from the late '60s onwards as almost their own genre—and he is onto something there. She was becoming increasingly bloated, as the booze and prescription drugs started to take their hold. She would end up being the first celebrity to openly … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Secret Ceremony

Blu-Ray Review – Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear

This is the fourth Hammer box set Indicator has released: four different Hammer films, mostly from the early ‘60s. The only ‘50s entrant is The Revenge of Frankenstein, which was the sequel to Curse of Frankenstein (unfortunately owned by Icon, so Indicator can’t license it). The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (a.k.a. House of Fright), … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear

Blu-Ray Review – The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

The Haunting of Hill House caused a sensation when it premiered on Netflix in October 2018, just in time for Halloween. It takes its title from the classic Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, which was adapted into one of the all-time classic haunted house films, The Haunting. However, despite some thematic similarities with both the source … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Haunting of Hill House (2018)