Doctor X
December 3, 2020

Doctor X (1932) is a pre-Code thrill ride that utilized two-color Technicolor, which if you’ve never seen anything in this format, it takes a second to enjoy it. From the first glimpse, it’s like a horrible attempt of colorization, then as your eyes adjust it’s like glowing sepia and cyan and is quite beautiful the…

March 19, 2020

Pre-code movies are always interesting to watch, though most of them I can’t imagine what they would’ve been rated back then. By today’s standards, they are totally G-Rated. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) isn’t one of those stories that are a secret to most people, well maybe to millennials. There’ve been several adaptations over…

The Vampire Bat
February 13, 2020

I vaguely remember seeing The Vampire Bat (1933) on a Sunday afternoon back in the early 1980s. The memory didn’t spark in me that Fay Wray was in it. (Whatever happened to Fay Wray?) But why would I remember that from a movie I saw when I was ten. This is a strange one with…

August 22, 2019

I cannot tell you how many years it’s been since I’ve seen The Invisible Man (1932), and I’d forgotten how wonderful this adaptation is. The effects are ingenious. When he takes the bandages from his head, it’s breathtaking. If they were to do it today, it’d be all CGI and gross. I love Una O’Connor,…

August 2, 2018

Oh Helen, it’s been such torture, I love you so. Frank Wemple The original The Mummy (1932) is something to see. Boris Karloff is the king of classic monsters, and plays three characters in this movie, though technically it’s only one. Ardath Bey is very creepy, and travels to a dig site to see Frank Whemple, who…

July 26, 2018

It’s amazing how influential movies are in today’s culture. Every time I walk into a Hot Topic or even World Market, there are bits of these guys flooding the shelves, especially at Halloween. And I also see the copy-cat aspects in other movies. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) is always something to watch when…

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