The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

JACK ARNOLD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1957. Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on his novel. Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter. Produced by Albert Zugsmith. Music by Irving Gertz, Earl E. Lawrence, Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein. Production Design by Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen. Costume Design by Jay A. Morley…

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Tales of Terror (1962)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1962. Alta Vista Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Floyd Crosby.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Les Baxter.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso.  Film Editing by Anthony Carras. Highly entertaining triple dose of Edgar Allan Poe stories, all starring Vincent Price…

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What Dreams May Come (1998)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA/New Zealand, 1998.  PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Interscope Communications, Metafilmics.  Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra.  Produced by Barnet Bain.  Music by Michael Kamen.  Production Design by Eugenio Zanetti.  Costume Design by Yvonne Blake.  Film Editing by David Brenner, Maysie Hoy.  Academy Awards 1998.   Robin Williams plays a happy family…

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Somewhere In Time (1980)

JEANNOT SZWARC Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1980.  Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Matheson, based on his novel Bid Time Return.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Stephen Deutsch.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Seymour Klate.  Costume Design by Jean-Pierre Dorleac.  Film Editing by Jeff Gourson.  Academy Awards 1980.  Golden Globe Awards 1980. I call this one the Gone With The Wind…

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I Am Legend (2007)

FRANCIS LAWRENCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 2007.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Weed Road Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment.  Screenplay by Mark Protosevich, Akiva Goldsman, from the 1971 screenplay The Omega Man by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on the novel by Richard Matheson.  Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie.  Produced by Akiva Goldsman, David Heyman, James Lassiter.  Music…

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Stir Of Echoes (1999)

DAVID KOEPP Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1999.  Artisan Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Richard Matheson.  Cinematography by Fred Murphy.  Produced by Judy Hofflund, Gavin Polone.  Music by James Newton Howard.  Production Design by Nelson Coates.  Costume Design by Leesa Evans.  Film Editing by Jill Savitt.   Unfairly compared to The Sixth Sense, this low-key murder mystery…

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The Box (2009)

RICHARD KELLY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Warner Bros., Radar Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Darko Entertainment, Lin Pictures.  Screenplay by Richard Kelly, based on the short story Button, Button by Richard Matheson.  Cinematography by Steven Poster.  Produced by Richard Kelly, Dan Lin, Sean McKittrick.  Music by Win Butler, Regina Chassagne, Owen Pallett.  Production Design by Alec Hammond.  Costume Design by April…

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Jaws 3-D

B (out of 5) What a difference a director makes. Despite the fact that they’re using the same mechanical shark (charmingly named ‘Bruce’ by Steven Spielberg, after his lawyer) that terrorized hapless swimmers in the first two Jaws movies, this time it is filmed so poorly that that the creature looks toothless. In this lame-brained…

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