Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound (1990)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 1990.  The Mount Company.  Screenplay by Roger Corman, F.X. Feeney, based on the novel by Brian Aldiss.  Cinematography by Armando Nannuzzi, Michael Scott.  Produced by Roger Corman, Kobi Jaeger, Thom Mount.  Music by Carl Davis.  Production Design by Enrico Tovaglieri.  Costume Design by Franca Zucchelli.  Film Editing by Mary Bauer, Jay Cassidy.   Roger Corman returns…

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Tower of London (1962)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1962.  Edward Small Productions.  Story by Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell, Screenplay by Leo Gordon, F. Amos Powell, Robert E. Kent.  Cinematography by Archie R. Dalzell.  Produced by Gene Corman.  Music by Michael Andersen.  Production Design by Daniel Haller.  Costume Design by Marjorie Corso.  Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair. Vincent Price has no end of…

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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 at…

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The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1964.  Alta Vista Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Towne, based on the story Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe.  Cinematography by Arthur Grant.  Produced by Pat Green.  Music by Kenneth V. Jones.  Production Design by Colin Southcott.  Costume Design by Mary Gibson.  Film Editing by Alfred Cox.   Richly enjoyable horror classic inspired by the story by Edgar…

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Deathsport (1978)

ALLAN ARKUSH, NICHOLAS NICIPHOR Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B. USA, 1978.  New World Pictures.  Story by Frances Doel, Screenplay by Nicholas Niciphor, Donald E. Stewart.  Cinematography by Gary Graver.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Andy Stein.  Production Design by Sharon Compton.  Costume Design by Jane Ruhm.  Film Editing by Larry Bock.   David Carradine stars in this semi-sequel to Death Race 2000 as a “guide” in…

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The Trip (1967)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1967.  American International Pictures.  Screenplay by Jack Nicholson.  Cinematography by Archie R. Dalzell.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Electric Flag.  Production Design by Leon Ericksen.  Costume Design by Richard Bruno.  Film Editing by Ronald Sinclair.  Watching other people do drugs while you stay sober is boring, and trying get around this by using kaleidoscope effects…

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Gas-s-s-s (Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It) (1970)

ROGER CORMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1970.  San Jacinto Productions.  Screenplay by George Armitage.  Cinematography by Ron Dexter.  Produced by Roger Corman.  Music by Country Joe and the Fish.  Production Design by David Nichols.  Costume Design by Vana Carroll.  Film Editing by George Van Noy.   Roger Corman combines environmental activism, counterculture exploitation and something of a response to Easy Rider into a flat, forgettable…

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Battle Beyond The Sun (Nebo Zovyot)

BB (out of 5) Francis Ford Coppola was assigned the task of taking a Soviet science-fiction film that Roger Corman had purchased, dubbing English dialogue into it and adding footage of some very genitalia-influenced monsters at its climax.  The result is an unholy mess that will delight fans of B-level adventures of the era, about…

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Little Shop Of Horrors

BBBB (out of 5) The tremendously popular Broadway musical, based on the Roger Corman horror film of the same name, reaches the screen with fantastic results. Rick Moranis is heroically geeky as a florist’s assistant who finds a strange plant growing from the ground after a solar eclipse. Naming it Audrey II after the girl of…

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Apollo 13

BBBBB (out of 5) Ron Howard’s best film as director is this gripping account of the failed Apollo 13 mission that thankfully never claimed the lives of its astronauts but threatened to on many occasions. Tom Hanks heads up the operation as Jim Lovell, an astronaut who loses out on Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 trip to…

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A Decade Under The Influence

BBB (out of 5) The clips alone are reason enough to watch this invigorating documentary that hearkens back to the days when the major studios’ main goal was to make good movies as well as profitable ones. The film starts by showing the influence of European films of the sixties and goes through to the…

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Looney Tunes: Back In Action

BBB (out of 5) After movies like Space Jam and Monkeybone, the last thing we wanted any more of was live-action/animation combinations, especially ones with Brendan Fraser involved. How surprising, then, that this cute little comedy turns out to be charming and clever, not quite Roger Rabbit material but enjoyable nonetheless. The quirky and inventive…

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