Though he's most famous for his portrayal of Victor Laszlo in 1942's Casablanca, actor Paul Henreid took a few turns behind the camera as evidenced by this 1964 thriller starring Bette Davis as twins Margaret DeLorca and Edith Phillips. After landing the beau they both sought after by falsely claiming she was pregnant, Margaret lives a life of luxury as the wife of a wealthy man. Now, 20 years later, a broke and lonely Edith has returned for revenge. After killing the recently widowed Margaret, Edith assumes her identity with plans of living the life she feels she's deserved all along. But in order to pull it off, she'll have to play the role of Margaret connivingly enough to fool her servants as well as a local playboy and the police. Dead Ringer was remade in 1986 as Killer in the Mirror, a made-for-television movie starring Ann Jillian.
At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, The Strange World Of CJ, Awakening Of The Beast, End Of Man, Strange Hostel Of Naked Pleasures, Hellish Flesh
Street Date 27/07/2009
Publisher: Anchor Bay |
At Midnight Ill Take Your Soul (1964) This Night Ill Possess Your Corpse (1967) The Strange World Of Coffin Joe (1968) Awakening Of The Beast (1970) End Of Man (1971) Strange Hostel Of Naked Pleasures (1976) Hellish Flesh (1977) Hallucinations Of A Deranged Mind (1978) The Strange World Of Mojica Marins (2001)
Pigs and Battleships, The Insect Woman, Intentions of Murder
Street Date 19/05/2009
Publisher: Criterion |
In the 1960s, Japanese filmmakers responded to a stale studio system by looking for new ways to tell stories; Shohei Imamura was one of the leading figures of this new wave. With the three films in this set—Pigs and Battleships, The Insect Woman, and Intentions of Murder—Imamura truly emerged as an auteur, bringing to his national cinema an anthropological eye and a heretofore unseen taste for the irreverent. Claiming his interests lay in “the relationship of the lower part of the human body and the lower part of the social structure,” Imamura dotted the decade with earthy, juicy, idiosyncratic films featuring persevering, willful heroines. His remains a unique cinematic voice.
Seriously wounded in a skirmish with a group of bandits, Count Sigrido of Treviri (Alberto Lupo) is taken to the nearby castle of the Duke of Brabant, where he is tended by Duke's daughter Genoveffa (Maria Jose Alfonso). The 2 graudally fall in love and marry shortly after. Once back in Treviri, Sigfrido leaves for the Crusades and asks to his counselor Golo (Stephen Forsyth) to look after his wife while he's away. Attracted to Genoveffa, Golo tries to force his attentions on the Countess who rebuffs him. Golo then has her imprisoned and accused of adultery, until she is condemned to death.
The Gorgon, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Scream of Fear
Street Date 14/10/2008
Publisher: Columbia TriStar |
When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and sarcophagus back to England for tour and display. Once there, someone with murderous intent has discovered the means of waking the centuries dead prince... Scream of Fear: After narrowly surviving an accident in which she nearly drowned, the wheelchair bound Penny Appleby returns home to live with her widowed step-mother Jane on the French Riviera. She begins to question her sanity after several times seeing her father's corpse around the house and its grounds, and enlists the help of the friendly chauffeur Bob while attending Doctor Gerrard acts in a suitably sinister manner. No one is who they seem in this tale of intrigue and suspense. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll : Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. The Gorgon : In early-twentieth-century middle-Europe, villagers are literally becoming petrified. Although the authorities try to hush the matter up it is apparent that at the full moon, Medusa leaves her castle lair and anyone looking on her face is turned to stone. When this fate befalls a visitor, experts from the University of Leipzig arrive to try and get to the bottom of it all.
Dick has many things going for him. An orderly in a hospital, he is diligent and honest. He has many friends although he doesn't seem to be going along too well with his boss. But he is happy because he thinks he has the love of Nurse Agee. One often comes to discover things by accident. So Dick one day finds out Dr. Leung is trying murder a patient, Mr. Ho, at the request of her relatives. Mrs. Ho dies. Dick is determined to find out the truth. He asks Agee and another friend Amin to examine the corpse. But Agee actually is working for Dr. Leung, Amin is killed and the killers are all out to get Dick....
The Horror of Party Beach, The Curse of the Living Corpse, Violent Midnight
Street Date 25/03/2008
Publisher: Dark Sky Films |
Horror of Party Beach: 'Weird atomic beasts...who live off human blood!' prey in the 1960s cult classic once referred to as 'The First Horror Monster Musical.' A drag race between hot rodders and bikers winds up at a swingin' rock-and-roll beach party. Nearby, a barrel containing radioactive waste is unloaded from a passing ship, and plunged to the bottom of the sea. When it splits against a jagged rock, black liquid oozes onto a human skull. Suddenly, a vicious monster slowly twitches into life, and THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH is born! / Curse of the Living Corpse: In the true 'Old Dark House' tradition comes THE CURSE OF THE LIVING CORPSE, an early gore pic known as one of the first 'slasher' films ever made! New England, 1892. Family patriarch Rufus Sinclair has recently died and is comfortably resting in his crypt -- or is he? His bickering relatives assemble at the Sinclair estate for the reading of his will, which includes a number of strict demands to be followed to the letter. If not, Sinclair threatens to return to life and kill each of them in the manner that they fear most! Naturally, no one listens to the ominous warning and one by one, the murders occur in the most grotesque methods imaginable! / VIOLENT MIDNIGHT: In this Psycho-esque black & white thriller from Del Tenney, Elliott Freeman (Lee Phillips) is a Korean War vet-turned-painter who becomes the prime suspect in the brutal stabbing death of his model, Dolores (Kaye Elhardt). Did Elliott kill her to end their relationship? Or, did her ex-boyfriend, Charlie (James Farentino) murder her out of jealousy? Or, could it have been Professor Melbourne (Day Tuttle), a peeping tom with mysterious ties to the woman? Regardless, it's up to Elliott's attorney (Shepperd Strudwick) to clear his name and downplay his reputation as a one-man killing machine. / While Detective Parma (Dick Van Patten) chases down the leads, Elliott's half-sister Lynn (Margot Hartman), arrives to enroll at the local college. She's quickly befriended by Alice (Lorraine Rogers), a sexy young co-ed intent on seducing Elliott, who spurns her advances. Suddenly, Alice becomes the victim of a vicious stabbing and once again, all eyes turn to Elliott. How can he ever prove his innocence when everyone is against him ?
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