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Strait-Jacket (1964)

Strait-Jacket (1964)

Country:  USA

Director:  William Castle

Main Stars:  Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson

Storyline:  After 20 years being the asylum for double murder Lucy Harbin returns home.

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Review (Spoils):  Lucy Harbin (Joan Crawford) has been locked up due to axing her husband and his lover. During the horrific murder her daughter Carol (Diane Baker) was the only witness. After 20 years she gets released and heads home to her daughter.  Carol is now a more mature woman and as soon as Lucy appears heads start to roll yet again in the town. The cops have one suspect of course!

This film is an amazing thriller and really enjoyable. Joan Crawford plays the perfect demented woman who has a lot of issues. Her acting is outstanding and she can wield an axe up there with a lot so the other classic horror characters.  The ending alone of this film is well worth the watch.

Rating:  Take the movie Dementia 13 and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and twisted it up with some good of Joan Crawford in a more evil way and this what you get.  A freaky and intense film!

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7/10 Beers!

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Country:  USA

Director:  William Castle

Main Stars:  Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Carolyn Craig

Storyline:  A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to 5 people to stay locked in a haunted house for one night as he and his wife have rented it.

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Review (Spoils):  Millionaire Fredrick Loren (Vincent Price ) and his 4th wife Annabelle (Carol Ohmart ) have rented the haunted house on the hill and have offered 10,000 to each person that survives the night. As the night prolongs the place gets creepier and the people suspect ghosts or the macabre Fredrick himself.  The film is done beautifully as the house is mostly bare and massive. The stars of the film of the film are Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart as their relationship is comical and at times very dark. Which explains why she is trying to murder the millionaire husband with her lover? The third star of the film is the young lady named Nora (Carolyn Craig) she plays the innocent co-worker of the millionaire and also gives her lungs the work over as a scream queen.

The film hangs like a murder mystery but at the same time it has classic scenes such as the acid pool in the basement, the old lady in the shadows, head in the suitcase and of course the classic  floating skeleton.

Rating:  This is Vincent Price at his best, full of mystery, macabre and slick in words. He steals the show and plays the words out beautifully in its own gothic way. This is classic horror at its best. Grab the beers and sit down and enjoy a classic as it comes for a black and white horror film.

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7/10 Beers!

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13 Ghosts (1960)

13 Ghosts (1960)

Country: USA

Director:  William Castle

Main Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Woods, Rosemary DeCamp

Storyline:  Dr. Zorba dies and leaves the house to his nephew and his family. What they did not know is Dr. Zorba was involved in the occult and 12 ghosts live in the house also.  The ghosts can be viewed only with special glasses and the main fortune is hidden in the house.

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Review (Spoils): This film was originally done in something called “Illusion-O” in which the people watching the film in the theatre had to wear special glasses to see the ghosts. This was not done in 3D but it was a very close technology.  Unfortunately for the review I have just a straight copy so maybe in the theatre I would have had a better perspective of what was being done and seen.

The storyline of the film is actually not bad but the transfer from the “Illusion-O” to black white is not very good and can be very distracting and fading. It’s too bad as the original was pretty sweet when it came out.  Sure some of the ghosts themselves were cheesy like the one with the lion but it is for what it’s worth and its 1960. Sure young Buck Zorbo (Charles Herbert) can be annoying after a while but his knockout sister Medea (Jo Morrow ) keeps the acting in control. The movie is not bad but when it comes to creepiness and scariness it is very lacking. The film almost seems humorist but for what it’s worth it is a classic as it was trying something new when it came to film and ghost stories.

Rating: When I think classic ghost films this one always gets missed in my mind. It could be the lack of fright or it could be because the remake is just as bad. 13 Ghosts is a classic horror film for what it did but as in a classic due to being chilling it is not.

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4/10 Beers!

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