Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) / Z-View

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

Director:  Charles Lamont

Screenplay:  John Grant from a story by Lee Leob

Stars:  Bud Abbott, Lou CostelloMarie Windsor, Michael Ansara and Richard Deacon.

The Pitch: “Hey, Abbott and Costello Haven’t Met the Mummy yet!”

Tagline: “It has been said that a man’s best friend is his mummy…”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Abbott and Costello are in Egypt… and they meet The Mummy.  Hilarity [ok, a fair amount of laughs] follow.


It Follows (2014) / Z-View

It Follows (2014)

Director:  David Robert Mitchell

Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell

Stars:    Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, and Olivia Luccardi.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a low budget horror movie – they almost always make money!”

Tagline: “It doesn’t think. It doesn’t feel. It doesn’t give up.”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

After having sex with a boy she really likes, Jay [Monroe] learns that he has passed a curse on to her. [Great choice in guys, Jay.]

“It” [the thing of the curse] will follow her, always walking but able to take different human forms and if it catches her, it will kill her.

Suddenly everyone walking towards her seems to have evil intent.  And at least one does!


The Car (1977) / Z-View

The Car (1977)

Director:  Elliot Silverstein

Screenplay: Dennis ShryackMichael ButlerLane Slate from a story by Dennis ShryackMichael Butler.

Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley RG Armstrong and Kim Richards.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a horror movie about a murderous car that may be possessed!”

Tagline: “There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no way to stop… The Car.”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

A mysterious black car is running down town folk in a small western town and it’s up to the sheriff to figure out a way to stop it!

The Car would have been the third or fourth feature at a Drive-In.


EW’s First Look at Pennywise from “It”

Image Credit: Marco Grob

Entertainment Weekly provides a first (and much bigger look) at Pennywise from director Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, It.

I like the look of Pennywise and the creepiness of the photo.  The bar has been raised, now it is up to the movie to meet or exceed expectations.

Hush (2016) / Z-View

Hush (2016)

Director:  Mike Flanagan

Screenplay: Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel

Stars: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., and Michael Trucco.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a woman in isolation stalked by a mad killer movie, but with a twist — the woman is deaf!”

Tagline: “Silence can be killer.”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Maddie is a deaf writer who decides to head up to her cabin to do some writing.  She believes the isolation will help.  Of course she wasn’t counting on a mad serial killer deciding to make her his next victim.

Clever twist on what could be a played out genre.  Contains some truly creepy scenes.


House of Horrors (1946) / Z-View

House of Horrors (1946)

Director:  Jean Yarbrough

Screenplay: George Bricker from a story by Dwight V. Babcock

Stars: Rondo Hatton, Martin Kosleck, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey and Alan Napier.

The Pitch: “Let’s make a crime movie!”

Tagline: “Meet…The CREEPER!”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Martin [De Lange] is a near broke artist who saves and befriends the infamous serial killer, The Creeper [Hatton].  Martin then gets The Creeper to begin killing all those who have wronged him.

When artist, Steven Morrow [Lowery] becomes the number one suspect for the killings, his girlfriend Joan Medford [Grey] begins her own investigation and that puts her on the Creeper’s kill list.

This is the second of three Creeper films starring Rondo Hatton.


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) / Z-View

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Director:  Dan Trachtenberg

Screenplay: Josh CampbellMatthew Stuecken and Damien Chazelle.

Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr.

The Pitch: “JJ Abrams wants to make a film in the Cloverfield Universe.”

Tagline: “Monsters come in many forms.”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Michelle [Winstead], after leaving her boyfriend, is involved in a terrible car wreck.  When she wakes up she is in an underground bunker with two men;  Howard [Goodman] and Emmett [Gallagher].  Michelle is told that she was saved by Howard who saw the wreck and brought to the bunker for her protection.

Emmett confirms Howard’s story and claims he forced his way into the bunker when the attack was just getting underway.  Because they are deep underground and the attack is on-going there is no way for Michelle to verify their story.  But why would they lie…

10 Cloverfield Lane is a throwback to great movie-making that doesn’t depend on special effects but instead relies on a good script and great acting.  I really, really enjoyed this movie and would love to see more Cloverfield yarns. (And this is coming from someone who did not like the original Cloverfield!)



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