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The Babes in the Woods (1912)

Babes in Toyland (1934)

Babes in Toyland (1961)

The Baby (1973)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

The Babysitter (1980)

The Bacchantes (1961)

The Bachelor’s Paradise (1901)

Back From the Dead (1957)

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Planet of the Apes (1981)

Bad Bill Bunion (1945)

The Bad Lord Byron (1949)

Bad Ronald (1974)

The Bad Seed (1956)

The Bad Seed (1985)

Baffled (1973)

Bait (1954)

The Balcony (1963)

The Ballad of Tam LIn (1970)

The Ballet-Master’s Dream (1903)

Ballet Mecanique (1924)

Bambi (1942)

The Bamboo Saucer (1968)

The Band Concert (1935)

The Bandits of Corsica (1953)

Bang Bang Kid (1967)

Barbarella (1967)

Barbe-Bleue (1901)

La barca sin pescador (1964)

The Barefoot Executive (1971)

Barn of the Naked Dead (1974)

Barnyard Bunk (1932)

Baron Blood (1972)

Baron Munchhausen (1943)

Baron Prasil (1961)

The Baron’s African War (1966)

Barracuda (The Lucifer Project) (1978)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

Basket Case (1982)

The Bat (1926)

The Bat (1959)

Bat Men of Africa (1966)

The Bat People (1974)

The Bat Whispers (1930)

Bat Woman (1968)

The Batman (1943)

Batman (1966)

Batman and Robin (1949)

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)

Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)

Battle Beneath the Earth (1967)

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)

Battle Beyond the Sun (1962)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Battle in Outer Space (1960)

Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

A Bay of Blood (1971)

Be Patient, Patient (1944)

The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965)

Beanstalk Bunny (1955)

Bear Feat (1949)

Bear Shooters (1930)

Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

The Beast in the Cellar (1970)

The Beast Must Die (1974)

The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules (1963)

Beast of Blood (1971)

The Beast of Borneo (1934)

The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

Beast of Morocco (1966)

The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971)

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

The Beast that Killed Women (1965)

The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

The Beast With a Million Eyes (1955)

The Beast Within (1982)

The Beastmaster (1982)

Beatrice Fairfax Episode II: The Wages of Sin (1916)

Beau Brummel (1924)

The Beautiful Leukanida (1912)

Beautiful Dreamer (1952)

Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Beauty and the Beast (1962)

The Beauty of the Devil (1950)

Beauty on the Beach (1950)

Because of the Cats (1973)

Bedazzled (1967)

The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

The Bedford Incident (1965)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedlam (1946)

Bedlam in Paradise (1955)

Beer Parade (1933)

The Bees (1978)

Before Dawn (1933)

Before I Hang (1940)

Before Midnight (1933)

Begegnung im All (1963)

Beginning of the End (1957)

Begone Dull Care (1949)

Behind the Mask (1932)

Behind the Mask (1946)

Beiss mich, Liebling (1970)

Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Bell Book and Candle (1958)

The Bell from Hell (1973)

La belle au bois dormant (1908)

La belle au bois dormant (1935)

The Bells (1926)

Ben (1972)

Ben and Me (1953)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

Benvenuto Cellinie: or, The Curious Evasion (1904)

Berkeley Square (1933)

The Bermuda Depths (1978)

The Bermuda Triangle (1978)

The Bermuda Triangle (1979)

Berserk! (1968)

El beso de ultratumba (1963)

The Bespoke Overcoat (1956)

Betrayed (1944)

Betty Boop’s Crazy Inventions (1933)

Between Two Worlds (1944)

Beware Spooks! (1939)

Beware! The Blob (1972)

Beware the Brethren (1972)

Bewitched (1949)

The Bewitched Inn (1897)

Bewitched Matches (1913)

The Bewitched Traveller (1904)

The Bewitched Trunk (1904)

Beyond Atlantis (1973)

Beyond Belief (1976)

Beyond Evil (1980)

Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975)

Beyond the Door (1974)

Beyond the Moon (1956)

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Beyond the Universe (1981)

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

Bhooloka Rambhai (1958)

The Bibulous Clothier (1899)

Big Bad Sindbad (1952)

Big Boy Rides Again (1935)

The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)

The Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)

The Big Build-Up (1942)

The Big Bus (1976)

Big Fish (2003)

Big Foot Man or Beast (1972)

The Big Game (1972)

Big Jack (1949)

Big Meat Eater (1982)

The Big Noise (1944)

Bigfoot (1970)

Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster (1975)

The Big Swallow (1901)

Bikini Beach (1964)

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Billion-Dollar Limited (1942)

The Billion Dollar Threat (1979)

Billy the Kid Versus Dracula (1966)

Billy’s Seance (1911)

The Bionic Woman (1975)

The Bird Came C.O.D. (1942)

A Bird in the Head (1946)

The Bird Man (1935)

Bird of Paradise (1932)

Bird of Paradise (1951)

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

The Birds (1963)

Birds Do It (1966)

Birdy and the Beast (1944)

Birth of the Pearl (1901)

The Birth of the Robot (1936)

The Bishop Murder Case (1930)

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

The Black Abbot (1963)

The Black Camel (1931)

The Black Castle (1952)

The Black Cat (1934)

The Black Cat (1941)

The Black Cat (1966)

Black Cat (1981)

Black Christmas (1974)

Black Cobra (1976)

Black Dragons (1942)

Black Friday (1940)

The Black Hole (1979)

The Black Imp (1905)

Black Limelight (1938)

Black Magic (1944)

Black Magic (1949)

Black Magic Rites and the Secret Orgies of the Fourteenth Century (1973)

Black Moon (1934)

Black Moon (1975)

Black Noon (1971)

Black Orpheus (1959)

Black Oxen (1923)

The Black Panther of Ratana (1963)

The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959)

The Black Raven (1943)

The Black Rider (1954)

The Black Room (1935)

Black Sabbath (1963)

The Black Scorpion (1957)

The Black Sleep (1956)

Black Sunday (1960)

The Black Torment (1964)

The Black Widow (1947)

The Black Zoo (1963)

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

The Blackbird (1926)

Blackenstein (1972)

Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952)

Blacula (1972)

Blade Runner (1982)

Blake of Scotland Yard (1937)

The Blancheville Monster (1963)

The Blasphemer (1921)

Blast Off (1956)

Blind Date (1984)

Blinkity Blank (1955)

Blithe Spirit (1945)

The Blob (1958)

The Block Signal (1926)

Blondie Has Servant Trouble (1940)

Blondine (1945)

Blood (1974)

Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Blood and Lace (1971)

Blood and Roses (1960)

Blood Bath (1966)

Blood Bath (1976)

Blood Beach (1980)

The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

The Blood Drinkers (1966)

Blood Feast (1963)

Blood for Dracula (1974)

Blood Freak (1972)

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

Blood Link (1982)

Blood Mania (1970)

Blood of a Poet (1930)

Blood of Dracula (1957)

Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969)

The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972)

Blood of Nostradamus (1961)

Blood of the Iron Maiden (1970)

Blood of the Vampire (1958)

Blood of the Zombie (1961)

Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970)

Blood Orgy of the She Devils (1972)

Blood Relations (1977)

Blood Relatives (1978)

The Blood Rose (1969)

Blood Sabbath (1972)

Blood Shack (1970)

Blood Song (1982)

The Blood-Spattered Bride (1972)

Blood Stalkers (1978)

Blood Suckers (1972)

Blood Thirst (1971)

Blood Tide (1982)

Blood Voyage (1976)

Bloodbath at the House of Death (1984)

The Bloodbath of Dr. Jekyll (1981)

Bloodbeat (1983)

Bloodlust! (1959)

Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

Bloodthirsty Butchers (1970)

Bloody Birthday (1981)

The Bloody Judge (1970)

Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

The Bloody Vampire (1961)

The Blue Bird (1940)

The Blue Bird (1976)

Blue Demon contra cerebros infernales (1968)

Blue Demon contra las diabolicas (1968)

Blue Demon vs el poder satanico (1966)

Blue Demon y las invasoras (1969)

The Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

The Blue Light (1932)

Blue Sunshine (1976)

Blue Thunder (1983)

Bluebeard (1944)

Bluebeard (1963)

Bluebeard (1972)

Bluebeard’s Brother (1932)

Bluebeard’s Ten Honeymoons (1960)

Blues Busters (1950)

Boardinghouse (1982)

Bob Kick, the Mischievous Kid (1903)

Bob’s Electric Theater (1906)

Boccaccio ’70 (1962)

The Body Beneath (1970)

The Body Disappears (1941)

Body Double (1984)

Body Melt (1993)

The Body Shop (1973)

The Body Snatcher (1945)

Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

Bog (1983)

Bold King Cole (1936)

Bomba on Panther Island (1949)

Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)

Bombs Over London (1937)

Boo Moon (1954)

The Boogens (1981)

The Boogeyman (1980)

Boogeyman II (1983)

The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

Boogie Woogie Man Will Get You If You Don’t Watch Out (1943)

The Bookworm (1939)

Boom (1968)

Boom in the Moon (1946)

Born in Flames (1983)

Born of Fire (1987)

The Borrowers (1973)

Bosko in Bagdad (1938)

Bosko’s Mechanical Man (1933)

Boundin’ (2003)

A Bout with a Trout (1947)

Bowery at Midnight (1942)

The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)

Bowery to Bagdad (1954)

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

The Boy and the Pirates (1960)

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)

Boy Meets Dog (1938)

The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)

The Boy With Grain Hair (1948)

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Boys of the City (1940)

The Brahmin and the Butterfly (1903)

The Brain (1962)

The Brain Eaters (1958)

The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)

The Brain Machine (1956)

The Brain Machine (1977)

Brain of Blood (1972)

Brain 17 (1982)

Brain Smasher… A Love Story (1993)

Brain Twisters (1991)

Brainstorm (1965)

Brainstorm (1983)

Brainwaves (1983)

The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962)

The Brainiac (1962)

Brasil ano 2000 (1969)

The Brass Bottle (1964)

Brave Little Tailor (1939)

Brave New World (1980)

The Brave Tin Soldier (1934)

Brazil (1985)

Brenda Starr (1976)

Brewster McCloud (1970)

Brick Bradford (1947)

The Bride and the Beast (1958)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Bride of the Monster (1956)

The Brides of Blood (1968)

The Brides of Dracula (1960)

The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)

The Brides Wore Blood (1972)

The Bridge (1929)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Brighton Strangler (1945)

Bring Me the Vampire (1963)

Britannia Hospital (1982)

The Brood (1979)

Broom-Stick Bunny (1956)

Brother John (1971)

Brotherhood of Man (1945)

The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

The Brotherhood of the Bell (1970)

Bruce Gentry (1949)

La Bruja (1954)

La bruja negra (1907)

La Brulere de mille soleils (1965)

The Brute Man (1946)

The Bubble (1966)

Bubbles (1930)

Buck Rogers (1939)

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Bug (1975)

Bugs’ and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals (1976)

Bugs Bunny in King Arthur’s Court (1978)

Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937)

Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)

Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937)

Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)

Bulldog Drummond’s Peril (1938)

Bulldog Drummond’s Revenge (1937)

Bulldog Drummond’s Secret Police (1939)

The Bulleteers (1942)

Bully for Bugs (1953)

Buncoed Stage Johnnie (1908)

Bunny Hugged (1951)

Bunny Lake is Missing (1965)

Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Burned at the Stake (1981)

The Burning (1981)

The Burning Court (1962)

Burnt Offerings (1976)

Bury Me an Angel (1972)

Buster in the Jungle (1954)

Butterflies (1906)

Butterscotch and Soda (1948)

Byaku fujin no yoren (1956)

Byakuya no yojo (1958)

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American Gothic (1987)

American Gothic (1987)
Article 6039 by Dave Sindelar
12-26-2021
Directed by John Hough
Featuring Rod Steiger, Yvonne De Carlo, Sarah Torgov
Country: United Kingdom / Canada
What it is: Encounters with strange families

Several young adults taking an airplane trip find themselves stranded on an island whose only inhabitants are a family of God-fearing homicidal maniacs.

The beginning of this movie emphasizes that one adult has undergone the traumatic loss of her baby who drowned in a bathtub, a situation in which she herself was partially to blame. Given at that time I thought this movie was going to be just another slasher film of sorts, I thought this detail would prove to be just another pointless attempt at character development in a subgenre that has little use for it, but as a complete viewing made clear, this isn’t your usual slasher fare; at the point where most movies of this ilk are just finishing up, this one has a twist that adds a whole new act to the proceedings, one in which the death of the baby plays a crucial role in how the final act unfolds.

As a result, I found myself liking this one a lot more than I thought I would. Granted, there are a few problems; for one thing, the movie is fairly slow at getting off the ground. I also find it a bit difficult to believe that a family this God-fearing would tolerate either jazz music or dancing (especially of a scandalous dance like the Charleston), much less having a gramophone and records in the first place. I also find it hard to believe that the father’s last act would be as extreme as it is here, even considering what he has just undergone, though I know why it happens in terms of story. Still, despite its flaws, this is one of the more compelling movies about a homicidal family that I’ve seen.

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)
Article 6038 from Dave Sindelar
12-24-2021
Directed by Gary Nelson
Featuring Richard Chamberlain, Sharon Stone, James Earl Jones
Country: United States / Israel
What it is: trying to be an Indiana Jones movie

Allan Quatermain embarks on a hunt for lost city of gold in the hopes of finding his lost brother.

This sequel to KING SOLOMON’S MINES was filmed at the same time; both movies were hoping to cash in on the resurgence in popularity of old-time adventure films as a result of the popularity of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. However, when KING SOLOMON’S MINES failed to set the box office on fire, this one went directly to video in most places. The chintziness of the production is probably one of its biggest problems; some of the scenes involving miniatures are dreadful, and some of the costuming is horrendous, especially anything worn by Henry Silva. Still, I think the worst problem is that two of Quatermain’s companions are extremely irritating; the only reason the whiny girlfriend isn’t the most annoying thing in the picture is that the cowardly Arab is even worse. The fact that the big climax of the movie is devoid of any real thrills is another problem. Though fitfully entertaining, this movie is a dud.

So Does an Automobile (1939)

So Does an Automobile (1939)
Article 6037 by Dave Sindelar
12-23-2021
Directed by Dave Fleischer and Roland Crandall
Featuring the voice of Mae Questel
Country: USA
What it is: More anthropomorphic cars than you could shake a stick at

We visit Betty Boop’s Auto Hospital to find out how sick automobiles are tended to.

Most of the work of Dave and Max Fleischer could arguably fall into the world of the fantastic because they take place in what is clearly an alternate cartoon universe where practically any inanimate object can come to life. This one is packed to the gills with anthropomorphic cars, and even if the cartoon is only fitfully funny, it certainly satisfies in terms of weirdness. Betty is out of her usual costume here; she’s in a jumpsuit, sings a song, and mostly pops in to encourage sick cars to get better. The earlier Betty Boops are better, but I quite like this one, but I have a weak spot for those silly cartoon cars of the thirties.

Big Bad Sindbad (1952)

Big Bad Sindbad (1952)
Article 6036 by Dave Sindelar
12-20-2021
Directed by Seymour Kneitel, Willard Bowsky and Dave Fleischer
Featuring the voices of Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer and Mae Questel
Country: USA
What it is: Popeye the Recycler Man

While on a visit to a museum, Popeye tells his nephews about his encounter with Sindbad the sailor.

IMDB calls this the final cartoon directed by Dave Fleischer, but that hides a not-so-secret secret about this cartoon, which is to say that it mostly consists of footage from the 1936 opus, POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS SINDBAD THE SAILOR, arguably the best Popeye short. And I suppose if you wanted to catch highlights of that one rather than watching the complete sixteen minute cartoon, you might opt for this one. Still, I really find it rather tedious finding yet another Famous Studios cartoon that cuts corners by recycling earlier and better cartoons. I’ve already covered the earlier cartoon; this version is a unneeded redux.

Private Eye Popeye (1954)

Private Eye Popeye (1954)
Article 6035 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-18-2021
Directed by Seymour Kneitel and Thomas Johnson
Featuring the voices of Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer and Mae Questel
Country: USA
What it is: Popeye cartoon

Popeye is hired by Olive Oyl to protect a huge emerald from theft.

The fantastic content is a bit light here; it has a couple of moments that fit into the “spooky old house” category, and the butler seems to be driving a kind of rocket sled at one point. As for the cartoon itself, it does vary the formula that the Popeye cartoons were settling into; instead of Popeye having to contend with a competing Bluto, he has to deal with a larcenous butler. In fact, the cartoon may actually be a parody of Droopy cartoons; no matter what the butler does, he always finds Popeye one step ahead of him like Droopy is with his antagonists. Still, the butler’s reactions to Popeye’s appearance are a far cry from those of the similar characters in Droopy cartoons, making this a far weaker cartoon. All in all, this is another mediocre Popeye cartoon.

Spooky Swabs (1957)

Spooky Swabs (1957)
Article 6034 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-13-2021
Directed by Izzy Sparber and Thomas Johnson
Featuring the voices of Jackson Beck, Gilbert Mack, Jack Mercer
Country: USA
What it is: The last Popeye cartoon

Popeye and Olive Oyl are adrift on a raft when they find a ship, unaware that their find is actually haunted, and that its inhabitants don’t want to return to civilization.

The Popeye cartoons of the fifties were pale shadows of the ones made in the thirties, and this one is no exception. Still, they were the best thing Famous Studios were putting out at the time, and given that this was the last theatrical Popeye cartoon, one can’t help but feel a little sad at reaching the end of the line for one of animation’s beloved characters. The cartoon is mostly scenes of the ghosts terrorizing Popeye and Olive Oyl until Popeye eats his spinach and the ghosts get their comeuppance. Still, despite all the ghost action, by favorite bit is before the ghosts appear, and that is the running gag of how Popeye, Olive and their game of checkers react to the waves of the sea. The ghosts look a little bit like the grown-up ones you’d see in a Caspar cartoon. It’s certainly not a high point for Popeye, but it’s sad to see him go nonetheless.

Laser Mission (1989)

Laser Mission (1989)
Article 6033 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-12-2021
Directed by B. J. Davis
Featuring Brandon Lee, Debi A. Monahan, Ernest Borgnine
Country: West Germany, South Africa and USA
What it is: Action

A freelance spy is hired by the United States to find a kidnapped expert on laser technology. This leads to a lot of chase scenes and explosions.

This movie appears in a couple of collections that purport to be of science fiction movies, and the title certainly makes it sound like it belongs to the genre, but upon closer examination, there’s little more here than vague hints of Gizmo McGuffinry. I almost skipped reviewing this one altogether, but it’s been a while since my last one, and warning people of lack of genre content is an acceptable excuse. Brandon Lee was Bruce Lee’s son and like him, died at an early age. I’ve not seen any of his movies before, but if this is representative of his work, I haven’t missed much. I’m tempted to say that its sense of humor is the movie’s saving grace, but that’s wishful thinking. It’s an hour and a half of time-killer for the uncritical action fan.

Once Upon a Time (1937)

Once Upon a Time (1937)
Article 6032 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-16-2022
Directed by F. Lyle Goldman
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Public service driving safety cartoon

In the world of fairy tales, two demons (Carelessness and Discourtesy) escape from Pandora’s box and encourage residents to engage in reckless driving.

I was a bit surprised this cartoon was made during the thirties, as it has moments that feel like belongs to the psychedelic era of the sixties. Still, the style didn’t feel like the sixties either; in fact, it has rather a style of its own. This sense of style is what makes this cartoon rather fun; I quite enjoyed this despite its didactic quality. Worth checking out for those of us who like exploring the nooks and crannies of animation.

Jingles (1931)

Jingles (1931)
aka Mendelssohn’s Spring Song
Article 6031 by Dave Sindelar
11-15-2021
Directed by Herman Roessle
No cast
Country: USA
What it is: Odd but entrancing

Various insects cavort to the title tune.

The best moment comes early on when you find out that the object that appears to be a train turns out to be something else entirely. It’s a magical little moment, but it’s memorable enough that I decided at that moment that I really liked this cartoon. It’s a good thing it won me over early, though; it does have its problems, mostly in that they don’t know when to end certain sequences; the scene of the butterfly jumping from pole to pole gets old before it’s over. My copy is in black and white, but there are color versions, and the credits make a lot of noise about it, but it retains its charms even without the color. This one seems to hover somewhere in a world between your average theatrical cartoon and and some forms of abstract animations.