Mother Goose on the Loose (1942)

Mother Goose on the Loose (1942)
Article 6052 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-17-2022
Directed by Walter Lantz
Featuring the voices of Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Dick Nelson
Country: USA
What it is: Revue style Mother Goose pastiche

A series of gags involving Mother Goose rhymes are presented, often to a swinging beat.

It’s your basic somewhat uninspired array of themed sight gags. There’s a running gag involving Simple Simon, and gags pop up involving Mary’s little lamb, Little Bo Peep, Little Jack Horner, Jack Be Nimble, and an accelerated take on the House that Jack Built. The end result is what you’d expect, and none of the gags really come to life. Not a high point.

Perpetual Motion (1920)

Perpetual Motion (1920)
Article 6051 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-2-2022
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Featuring Roland Crandell and Max Fleischer
Country: USA
What it is: “Out of the Inkwell” episode

A crank inventor is fooled into believing he has created a perpetual motion machine by an animator. However, the clown created by the animator has a trick of his own up his sleeve…

The “Out of the Inkwell” series featured Koko the Clown interacting with real-life objects and people; the cast members listed above appear as characters rather than as voices. Throw in the perpetual motion machine and we’re nudging up against science fiction, though the fact that it doesn’t really work makes it only a nudge, but the fact that the machine interacts with the animated clown gives us plenty of fantastic content. Like most of the OOTI cartoons, this is amusing enough; I like the method Koko uses to repair his torn clown pants. Koko the Clown would reappear in the early Betty Boop cartoons, but would eventually be abandoned.

Pixie Land (1938)

Pixie Land (1938)
Article 6050 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-1-2022
Directed by Elmer Perkins
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
Country: USA
What it is: animated whimsy

While experimenting with formulas to grow and shrink things, a pixie inventor inadvertently causes a flea to grow to gigantic proportions. Will the pixies be able to save the land from this monster?

As an experiment, I wrote down a plot description of this short before I watched it to see if I would be correct. I was, more or less; the only thing I really got wrong was I thought the opening scenes would feature the pixies at play rather than at work. The cartoon is so-so; it does try for humor at times, mostly when it focuses on the dim-witted inventor, but ultimately there are few surprises in the cartoon. Oddly enough, IMDB claims that Mel Blanc supplies the voices of gnomes rather than pixies, though I have to admit I’m not sure if I have the insight to tell them apart.

Anna & Bella (1984)

Anna & Bella (1984)

Article 6049 by Dave Sindelar

Date: 4-1-2022

Directed by Borge Ring

Featuring the voices of Tonny Huurdeman, Annemieka Ring, Peter Ring

Country: The Netherlands

What it is: Poignant animated fantasy

Two old sisters sort through old photographs and joyfully recall their lives together. But not all memories are happy…
This Dutch animated short won the Oscar for best animated short film of its year, and it’s a worthy choice.  The fantastic elements do not manifest themselves until the second half of the short, when one extended memory engages in various fantastical metaphors; furthermore, there’s a final twist which clarifies from just which vantage point the sisters are reminiscing.  Despite the fact that it has a voice cast, there really isn’t any dialogue as such; no dubbing or subtitles were necessary here.  Children probably wouldn’t care for this one, and the animation style, though well done, may be a matter of taste.  Nonetheless, this short, both comic and poignant, is worth catching.

The Falcon in Mexico (1944)

The Falcon in Mexico (1944)
Article 6048 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 3-13-2022
Directed by William Berke
Featuring Tom Conway, Mona Maris, Martha Vickers
Country: USA
What it is: Mystery

The Falcon is under suspicion for the murder of an art dealer who has a painting supposedly from a painter who has died in Mexico. He flees to Mexico in order to clear himself and find the real murderer.

If I really squinted a lot, I might make the argument that the movie can be classified as horror since there seems to be a dead man walking about, but that would imply this movie is trying for effects it is not going for. In truth, there’s no fantastic content here to speak of, and the only reason I’m covering it is that the Lentz guides have a bad habit of including all the movies of certain series in which only one or two of them have sufficient fantastic content. Still, this is an entertaining little programmer, with Tom Conway giving a solid performance in the title role and a few interesting twists and turns in the plot. Nestor Paiva is also memorable as a persistent tour guide who attaches himself to the Falcon, though he has a secret of his own. If this entry is any indication, it looks like the Falcon movies make for an entertaining series.

Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe (1990)

Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe (1990)
Article 6047 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 3-6-2022
Directed by Damian Lee
Featuring Jesse Ventura, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Damian Lee
Country: Canada
What it is: Cheap SF actioner

A child with the ability to calculate the anti-life equation is born on Earth due to the machinations of an inter-galactic criminal. When the criminal returns to Earth to find the child and get the equation, an intergalactic policeman is sent to prevent it….possibly by killing the child.

According to IMDB’s trivia section, Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered the title role in this movie but turned it down in favor of doing TERMINATOR 2, a movie that has similar plot details. If this is true, the decision was a no-brainer; there was no way this cheap little Canadian film was going to look as impressive on his resume. The tagline was “An adventure across time and space” and it is deceptive; almost all of the action takes place on Earth, and outside of a couple of scenes that take place a few years earlier, the action mostly seems to occur over a span of two to three days. It’s a cheaply made Canadian-made film starring a wrestler with a rating of 2.9 on IMDB with poor action sequences, but at least it has a bit of a sense of humor; the scene where the villain has to deal with his restaurant bill is the best moment in the movie. The movie sets itself up for a sequel in the final moments, but unsurprisingly, none emerged. Not a cinematic high point.

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C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

The Cabbage Fairy (1896)

The Cabbage-Patch Fairy (1900)

La cabeza de Pancho Villa (1957)

Cabin in the Sky (1943)

The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Cabiria (1914)

The Cage (1966)

Caged Terror (1973)

Cagliostro (1910)

Cagliostro (1929)

The Calico Dragon (1935)

Calino a mange du cheval (1908)

Calino courtier en paratonnerres (1912)

Call Me Bwana (1963)

Call of the Savage (1935)

Calling Dr. Death (1943)

Calling Paul Temple (1948)

Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)

Camelot (1967)

Camera Makes Whoopee (1935)

The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912)

Camille 2000 (1969)

Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (1953)

Los Canallas (1968)

Canards Parisiens (1903)

Candles at Nine (1944)

Candy (1968)

Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Cannibal Girls (1973)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

The Cannibal Man (1972)

I Cannabili (1970)

Cannibals (1980)

A Canterbury Tale (1944)

The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)

Cape Fear (1982)

Capricorn One (1977)

Captain America (1944)

Captain America (1979)

Captain America Battles the Red Skull (1964)

Captain Applejack (1931)

Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)

Captain Mephisto and the Transformation Machine (1966)

Captain Midnight (1942)

Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)

Captain Sindbad (1963)

Captain Video, Master of the Stratosphere (1951)

Captive Wild Woman (1943)

Captive Women (1952)

The Capture of Bigfoot (1979)

The Car (1977)

Carefree (1938)

Carnival of Blood (1970)

Carnival of Souls (1962)

Carol for Another Christmas (1964)

Carolina Cannonball (1955)

Carousel (1956)

The Carpet of Horror (1962)

Carrie (1976)

Carry On Screaming (1966)

Carry On Spying (1964)

Carry On Up the Jungle (1970)

The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940)

Case of the Missing Hare (1942)

The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944)

The Case of the Smiling Stiffs (1973)

Casino Royale (1966)

The Cask of Amontillado (1954)

Il caso Valdemar (1936)

Casper Genie (1954)

The Castle (1968)

Castle in the Air (1952)

Castle in the Desert (1942)

Castle Keep (1969)

Castle of Blood (1964)

Castle of Evil (1966)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968)

Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

Castle of the Monsters (1958)

The Cat and the Canary (1927)

The Cat and the Canary (1939)

The Cat and the Canary (1978)

The Cat Creature (1973)

The Cat Creeps (1946)

Cat Feud (1958)

The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

Cat Girl (1957)

The Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971)

The Cat People (1942)

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Catacombs (1965)

Catching an Early Train (1901)

Cathy’s Curse (1977)

The Catman of Paris (1946)

A Cat’s Tale (1951)

Le cauchemar de fantoche (1908)

Cauchemar et doux reves (1909)

Cauldron of Blood (1970)

The Cavalier’s Dream (1898)

Cave of the Living Dead (1964)

The Cave of the Silken Web (1967)

La caverna de la bruja (1906)

Cemetery of Terror (1985)

Censored (1944)

Un centenar de juegos (1906)

The Centerfold Girls (1974)

Le cerceau magique (1908)

Certuv mlyn (1949)

C’est l’aviron (1944)

The Chain Reaction (1980)

The Chairman (1969)

The Challenge (1970)

The Challenge (1982)

Chamber of Horrors (1940)

Chamber of Horrors (1966)

Chandrasena (1935)

Chandu and the Magic Island (1935)

Chandu the Magician (1932)

Change of MInd (1969)

The Changeling (1980)

Le charcuterie mecanique (1895)

Chariots of the Gods (1970)

The Charlatan (1929)

Charley and the Angel (1973)

Charlie Boy / The Thirteenth Reunion (1980)

Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Charlie Chan at the Opera (1937)

Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum (1940)

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935)

Charlie Chan in Panama (1940)

Charlie Chan in Reno (1939)

Charlie Chan’s Murder Cruise (1940)

Charlie Chan’s Secret (1936)

Charlie Cuckoo (1939)

Charlotte’s Web (1973)

Charly (1968)

Charms (1973)

La charrette fantome (1939)

Le chat botte (1903)

Check and Double Check (1930)

The Cheese Mites, or Lilliputians in a London Restaurant (1901)

The Chemist (1936)

The Chess Player (1927)

The Chess Player (1938)

Le cheval emballe (1908)

Le chevalier de la nuit (1953)

The Child (1977)

Child of Glass (1978)

The Children (1980)

Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Damned (1963)

Children of the Full Moon / Visitors from the Grave (1980)

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)

Child’s Play (1954)

Child’s Play (1972)

Child’s Play (1984)

Chiller (1985)

Chimney Sweep (1906)

The China Syndrome (1979)

The Chinese Web (1979)

Ching Ling Foo Outdone (1900)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Choke Canyon (1986)

Chosen Survivors (1974)

Christine (1983)

The Christmas Angel (1904)

A Christmas Carol (1910)

Christmas Carol (1914)

A Christmas Carol (1923)

A Christmas Carol (1938)

A Christmas Carol (1951)

The Christmas Dream (1901)

A Christmas Dream (1946)

Christmas Evil (1980)

The Christmas Martian (1971)

The Christmas Miracle (1912)

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)

Christus (1916)

The Chronicles of the Gray House (1925)

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

La ciel sur la tete (1965)

La cigale et la fourmi (1927)

Cinderella (1911)

Cinderella (1914)

Cinderella (1899)

Cinderella (1950)

Cinderella (1977)

Cinderella, or The Glass Slipper (1907)

Cinderella, or The Glass Slipper (1912)

Cinderella 2000 (1977)

Cinderfella (1960)

Les cinq gentlemen maudits (1920)

Les cinq gentlemen maudits (1931)

Cinq minutes de cinema pur (1926)

Circle of Iron (1978)

Circus of Fear (1966)

Circus of Horrors (1960)

Cirkus Hurvinek (1955)

Cisaruv pekar a pekaruv cisar (1951)

La cite foudroyee (1924)

City Beneath the Sea (1962)

City Beneath the Sea (1971)

City Hall to Harlem in 15 Seconds, via the Subway Route (1904)

City of Fear (1959)

City of Lost Men (1935)

City of the Walking Dead (1980)

Civilization (1916)

Clair de Lune Espagnol (1909)

The Clairvoyant (1934)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994)

Class Reunion Massacre (1978)

The Claw Monsters (1966)

Claws (1977)

Claws (1982)

Claws for Alarm (1954)

The Climax (1944)

The Clock-Maker’s Dream (1904)

The Clock-Maker’s Secret (1907)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Clones (1973)

The Clone Master (1978)

The Clones of Bruce Lee (1981)

The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer (1974)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Clouds Over Europe (1939)

The Clown and the Alchemist (1900)

The Clown Murders (1976)

The Clutching Hand (1936)

The Cobra Strikes (1948)

Cobra Woman (1944)

The Cobweb Hotel (1936)

The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)

Coco (2017)

Les cocottes en papier (1909)

Coeur fidele (1923)

A Coffin for the Bride (1974)

The Cold-Blooded Beast (1971)

A Cold Night’s Death (1973)

The Cold Sun (1956)

Cold Sweat (1993)

The Collector (1965)

The College Girl Murders (1967)

Color Me Blood Red (1965)

The Color of Love (1975)

Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960)

Colossus and the Headhunters (1960)

The Colossus of New York (1958)

Colossus of the Arena (1962)

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

A Colour Box (1935)

Coma (1978)

Come rubammo la bomba atomica (1967)

The Comeback (1978)

The Comedy of Terrors (1964)

Comical Conjuring (1903)

Comin’ Round the Mountain (1949)

Comin’ Round the Mountain (1951)

Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953)

The Committee (1968)

The Company of Wolves (1984)

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Concerto per pistola solista (1970)

Condemned to Live (1935)

Condorman (1981)

Confidence (1933)

The Congress of Nations (1900)

The Conjuror (1899)

A Connecticut Yankee (1931)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)

The Conquer of Atlantis (1965)

Conqueror Worm (1968)

The Conquest of Mycenae (1963)

Conquest of Space (1955)

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

Conquest of the Pole (1912)

Conquistador de la luna (1960)

The Cook in Trouble (1904)

Cookin’ with Gags (1955)

The Cook’s Revenge (1900)

Cops and Robin (1978)

Le Corbeau (1943)

A Corny Concerto (1943)

La corona negra (1951)

The Corpse Grinders (1971)

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Corridor of Mirrors (1958)

Corridors of Blood (1962)

Corruption (1933)

Corruption (1967)

The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973)

The Corsican Brothers (1941)

Cosmic Journey (1936)

The Cosmic Man (1959)

The Cosmic Monsters (1957)

Cosmic Princess (1982)

Count Dracula (1970)

Count Dracula (1977)

Count Dracula and his Vampire Bride (1973)

Count Dracula’s Great Love (1972)

Countdown (1968)

Counterblast (1948)

The Country Cousin (1936)

Countess Dracula (1975)

Le courant electrique (1906)

La course aux potirons (1907)

Courtship of Miles Sandwich (1923)

A Coy Decoy (1941)

Crack in the World (1965)

Cracked Nuts (1941)

Crainquebille (1922)

Crash of Moons (1954)

Crashing Las Vegas (1956)

The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

The Craving (1980)

The Crawling Eye (1958)

The Crawling Hand (1963)

Crawlspace (1986)

Craze (1974)

The Crazies (1973)

A Crazy Composer (1905)

Crazy Knights (1944)

The Crazy Ray (1925)

Crazy Town (1954)

Creation de la Serpentine (1908)

Creature from Black Lake (1976)

The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Creature of Destruction (1967)

The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Creature of the Walking Dead (1965)

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)

The Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)

Les creatures (1966)

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)

The Creeper (1948)

The Creeper (1977)

Creepers (1985)

The Creeping Flesh (1973)

The Creeping Terror (1964)

The Creeping Unknown (1955)

CreepTales (2004)

The Cremators (1972)

Crescendo (1970)

The Cricket on the Hearth (1909)

The Crime Doctor’s Courage (1945)

Crime Doctor’s Man Hunt (1946)

Crime Doctor’s Warning (1945)

The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935)

Crimes at the Dark House (1940)

The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)

Crimes of the Future (1970)

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)

Criminally Insane (1975)

The Crimson Cult (1968)

The Crimson Ghost (1946)

The Crimson Pirate (1952)

The Crooked Circle (1932)

Crossroad (1928)

Crowhaven Farm (1970)

The Crucible (1957)

Crucible of Horror (1970)

Cruel Ghost Legend (1968)

Cruise Into Terror (1978)

Cry for the Strangers (1982)

Cry of the Banshee (1970)

Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

Crying Wolf (1947)

Crypt of the Living Dead (1973)

The Crystal Brawl (1957)

Cubby’s Stratosphere Flight (1934)

La cueva de Ali-Baba (1954)

Cujo (1983)

Cul-de-sac (1966)

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Cult of the Damned (1969)

Cupid Get His Man (1936)

Cupid’s Pranks (1908)

The Curious Case of the Campus Corpse (1977)

The Curious Dr. Humpp (1969)

The Curious Female (1970)

Curse of Bigfoot (1978)

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

The Curse of Nostradamus (1961)

The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957)

Curse of the Black Widow (1977)

Curse of the Cannibal Confederates (1982)

The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

The Curse of the Crying Woman (1963)

Curse of the Demon (1957)

Curse of the Devil (1974)

The Curse of the Doll People (1961)

Curse of the Faceless Man (1958)

Curse of the Fly (1965)

Curse of the Headless Horseman (1972)

The Curse of the Living Corpse (1964)

Curse of the Mummy (1970)

The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)

Curse of the Oily Man (1956)

Curse of the Stone Hand (1964)

Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)

Curse of the Undead (1959)

The Curse of the Vampires (1966)

Curse of the Voodoo (1965)

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Curse of the Witch (1927)

The Curse of the Wraydons (1946)

The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)

Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

Cyborg 2087 (1966)

The Cyclops (1957)

Cyclotrode ‘X’ (1966)

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Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)

Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)
aka Ator l’invicible
Article 6046 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Joe D’Amato
Featuring Miles O’Keeffe, Sabrina Stani, Ritza Brown
Country: Italy
What it is: Sword and Sorcery on a budget

Ator must fulfill his destiny by destroying an evil spider cult.

One of the worst acting performances I ever gave was for a radio play where we were instructed to read our lines as deliberately and slowly as possible. The reason? – the script was too short to fill in the thirty minute running time needed for the production. This is one of those movies that suffers from the same problem; there simply isn’t enough script to comfortably fill up an hour and a half of running time. That’s why there’s so much dead air in the movie (such as the scenes of the baby bear running through the forest) as well as lengthy pauses between lines of dialogue; they’re trying to pad it to acceptable feature length. Add to that a hero who looks more like the lead vocalist in an eighties hair band and a production singularly short in spectacle, and you have a pretty poor excuse for epic fantasy. Dull and silly.

The Beastmaster (1982)

The Beastmaster (1982)

Article 6045 by Dave Sindelar

Date: 2-19-2022

Directed by Don Coscarelli

Featuring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn

Country: USA / West Germany

What it is: Dr. Doolittle meets Sword and Sorcery

A warrior with telepathic ability over animals faces off against an evil high priest.
Though I think it runs a good 25 minutes too long (I’d do some trimming during the first hour of the movie), it’s hardly the worst Sword and Sorcery movie I’ve seen, but it’s hardly the best either.  There’s enough here to make for a decent time-killer; the final battle is fairly exciting, the stunt work is pretty good (especially during a sequence in which a fight takes place on the steep sides of a pyramid), and I don’t have any major problems with the cast.  I also like that the leopard looks a bit odd, and no wonder; it was actually a tiger dyed black, though the dye doesn’t surround the mouth in some scenes.  My biggest problem with the movie is that the story isn’t really all that interesting; it’s a standard issue Sword and Sorcery story.  Oddly enough, the opening prophecy turns out to not quite come true, but I suppose bringing a ferret into it would have only drawn laughs.

Beyond Evil (1980)

Beyond Evil (1980)
Article 6044 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-13-2022
Directed by Herb Freed
Featuring John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante
Country: USA
What it is: Witch possession

An architect and his wife move to an island and take up residence in a mansion believed to be haunted by a witch. The wife begins acting strangely…

You know, if your horror movie is traversing a much-worn plot path, it takes quite a bit of inspiration and novelty value to keep things fresh. And there are a few touches here that do add a bit of novelty to the proceedings, the most interesting one here being the role a wedding ring plays in the outcome. Unfortunately, any fresh ideas here can’t alleviate the lethargic unfolding of the story (which includes far too many vague and awkward conversations in which nothing is revealed) and its inability to mine suspense from the situation because it doesn’t realize that the audience is probably two steps ahead at every point. The end result is another one of those by-the-numbers horror movies that have minimum impact if any at all.