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Topic: psycho

The Terror / Dementia 13

Horror films get the good scrub-over they’ve always deserved


Horror

Rod Lott
Two Roger Corman classics from 1963, his own “The Terror” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13,” make their Blu-ray debut in — wait, hold up: What business does a pair of public-domain staples have in the high-def format of Blu-ray?
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Smile Jenny, You’re Dead

A compelling crime drama, even decades later


Thriller

Rod Lott
How ironic for this made-for-TV movie to sport “Smile” in its (incorrectly punctuated) title, because for network television — especially in 1974 — it’s remarkably morose.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011

Alfred Hitchcock: A Legacy of Suspense

How's 29 hours of Hitch suit you?


Thriller

Rod Lott
Alfred Hitchcock's early films are no stranger to bargain-priced box sets of DVDs, but not usually all in one place. Or almost in one place.
 
Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Period of Adjustment / Tall Story

Before she was a serious actress, Jane Fonda was seriously fun.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Now available from Warner Archive, 1962's "Period of Adjustment," is very much of its time: one where people would "drink a bicarb" for sour stomachs, where spouses slept in separate beds, where Jane Fonda was quite the cutie, despite near-beehive hair.
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?: Anniversary Edition

She's on Blu-ray, for starters.


Thriller

Rod Lott
Considered the granddaddy — er, make that grandmama — of psycho-biddy flicks, 1962's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? pits two old-Hollywood legends against one another, with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as the snarling Hudson sisters.
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Hitchcock

It’s less suspense and more family plot in this muddled biopic of the master of suspense.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Alfred Hitchcock was more than the master of suspense. The director of such landmark motion pictures as Rear Window and Vertigo was instrumental in devising the language of modern film. As such, it seems a cruel irony that a movie about him would be made by decidedly lesser filmmakers.
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stark words


CFN

Gazette staff
Just after Thanksgiving, Oklahoma Gazette devoted a cover story to the 50th anniversary of Stark Fear, a B-level slice of film noir primarily conceived and lensed in Norman by two University of Oklahoma faculty members.
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Psycho II / Psycho III / Bates Motel

We all still go a little made sometimes for Norman.


Horror

Rod Lott
Let's all acknowledge something right away: No matter who was involved creatively, no follow-up ever was going to match the greatness of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. When a film proves as revolutionary as that 1960 shocker was, the bar is set impossibly high.
 
Monday, September 23, 2013
 
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