Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959)

PIETRO FRANCISCI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Italy/France/Spain, 1959.  Galatea Film, Lux Film, Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France, Urania Film.  Story by Pietro Francisci, Screenplay by Ennio De Concini, Pietro Francisci, based on the play Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles and The Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus.  Cinematography by Mario Bava.  Produced by Bruno Vailati.  Music by Enzo Masetti.  Production Design by … More Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia) (1959)

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House On Haunted Hill (1959)

WILLIAM CASTLE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  USA, 1959.  William Castle Productions.  Screenplay by Robb White.  Cinematography by Carl E. Guthrie.  Produced by William Castle.  Music by Von Dexter.  Production Design by Dave Milton.  Costume Design by Norah Sharpe, Roger J. Weinberg.  Film Editing by Roy V. Livingston. One of the most beloved of William Castle’s ghoulish horror films, set in a mansion … More House On Haunted Hill (1959)

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The Journey

BB (out of 5) A varied group of passengers are trying to catch a flight out of Budapest during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, informed that all planes are grounded and they are not able to leave as planned. Instead they are herded onto a bus and driven to the Austrian border, with the hope … More The Journey

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Sapphire

BBBB (out of 5) Solid police procedural written by Janet Green, about the investigation of a young woman who is found stabbed to death in Hampstead Heath.  Police immediately zero in on her boyfriend and interview her brother, looking into the girl’s life and friendships in the hopes of finding clues that lead to her … More Sapphire

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The Atomic Submarine

BB (out of 5) Submarines gliding through waters close to the North Pole are being destroyed by unknown forces, so the military places its best men aboard a highly defensive new battle machine and sends them in search of the problem.  What else but aliens in a giant, one-eyed pod are resting at the top … More The Atomic Submarine

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