The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

One really needs to acknowledge just how good Peter Cushing is in these films. I always feel like he's slightly underrated compared to the sexier, knighted, longer lived, Christoper Lee. But unlike Lee, you never see him in a movie where he really and genuinely cannot be bothered. Cushing always shows up, always gives his…

Horror Express (1972)

Or MUMMY ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS. The last couple of times I’ve seen Christopher Lee, he’s been playing Dracula – so it's thrilling to actually watch him engaged and interested in a role. In terms of sheer charisma, in terms of simple presence, it makes a huge difference to have him invested, not just showing…

Arrival (2016)

Thinking about ARRIVAL in the days since I saw it, I’m trying to remember the last time I watched a sci-fi movie which started out smart and just kept getting smarter. Most sci-fi films start off with a good idea, a hook they use to reel the audience in with. But most of them are…

Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Given that I haven’t really watched any of the Hammer Dracula movies since I was a little kid, I'd forgotten that a lot of them don’t give the title character much to do. Most of them, to be fair, make better use of the character than DRACULA – PRINCE OF DARKNESS does, but still –…

Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

I can remember being outraged by DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS when I saw it as a kid. There’s the title, there’s the fact that Christopher Lee’s name appears first in the credits in bigger font than everyone else's, and then there’s the obvious disconnect that Dracula himself doesn’t appear until half way through and even…

The Girl on the Train (2016)

One can't help thinking that if the novel of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN hadn't managed to strike a chord with the reading public at the exact right moment and become the thriller du jour, that it would have got the Ruth Rendell treatment with an adaptation on ITV on a Sunday night at nine.…

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

The first half hour of BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB is absolutely fascinating. After an ancient Egyptian opening which manages to be wordlessly creepy without ever leaving the studio, we then have the tale of a beautiful young woman seemingly exploited by all around her. Her father has a weirdly solicitous relationship with her, like…

The Witches (1966)

One reason for why this 1966 Hammer movie isn't that well known could be timing. This tale of a school teacher convalescing from a nervous breakdown, moving to an English country village and gradually realising that there's something dangerous and wrong in the very fabric of this country idyll, would have perhaps been more successful if…

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (2017)

I'm generally in favour of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL 2. It's amusing when it wants to be (in fact, I think it has more laugh out loud moments than a lot of recent comedies I've seen), it's exciting when it wants to be and it's far more affecting than I thought it would be.…

Twins of Evil (1971)

I've always had a soft spot for TWINS OF EVIL. When I was young I had a child's horror compendium which included a ten page comic-strip adaptation of it. The story concerns young beautiful twins arrive in a strange Eastern European town where one of them falls victim to a vampire. I must have read…