Phantom of the Opera (1943), a review by addicted2dvd
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
This spectacular retelling of Gaston Leroux's immortal horror tale stars Claude Rains as the masked phantom of the Paris opera house -- a crazed composer who schemes to make a beautiful young soprano (Susanna Foster) the star of the opera company and wreak revenge on those who stole his music. Nelson Eddy, the heroic baritone, tries to win the affections of Foster as he tracks down the disfigured "monster" who has begin murdering those who resist his mad demands. This lavish production remains a masterpiece not only of the genre, but for all time.
I am sure it is no surprise here... but I just could not get into this one. Way to much music for me to get past in this one. Not that I am surprised... that is why after having it in my collection for 4 years (in a classics boxset) I have never watched it till now. I was however... surprised to see something made in the early '40s to be in color. Of course I am not all that familiar with the classics so really have no idea when movies went color. But hey... at least I did make it through the whole movie.... though I was glad when it finally was over.
(From Classic Monster Movie Marathon on May 18th, 2008)
Bloody Birthday, a review by Jimmy
MOVIE / DVD INFO:
Title: Bloody Birthday (1981)
Director: Ed Hunt
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1:78.1
In 1970, three children were born during the height of a total eclipse of Saturn, the planet governing emotion. Ten years later these seemingly innocent children have become heartless killers able to move around under the radar of suspicion because of their youthful facades. What happens when a teenage girl and her younger brother stumble upon the horrible truth?
My Thoughts:The films with children killers are always a good watching, when they are well done evidently, because who can suspect a child of being evil. This one is part of the good one mostly because of the three child killers (Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne and Andrew Freeman) who gave quite a professional performance (to be honest child actor aren't that good most of the time and are annoying). Of course it's hard to believe that no one would catch or suspect them (even more after what they did to their teacher in the school), but it's a movie so who care... I like also how the movie end.
It isn't better than Who Can Kill a Child? but it's way better than Children of the Corn.
(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 14th, 2013)
"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom
1.21 Victoria's Secret - Part 2 (1995-05-11)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), Paul Haggis (Writer), David Shore (Writer)
Director: Paul Haggis
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Daniel Kash (Detective Louis Gardino), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Melina Kanakaredes (Victoria Metcalf), Denis Forest (Jolly Hughes), Shay Duffin (Father Behan), Lee Purcell (Louise St. Laurent), Joe Lisi (Lennox), Deborah Rennard (Dr. Esther Pearson), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Paulina Gillis (Maria), David Calderisi (Mr. Vecchio), Vito Rezza (Tony), Sam Moses (Mr. Mustafi), Bruce McFee (Moran), Victor Ertmanis (Staff Sgt. Meers), Kim Ange (Boswell), Sam Malkin (Brown), Arthi Sambasivan (Jasmine), Craig Eldridge (Criminalist), Reiner Schwarz (Peddlar), Bob Fisher (Bonilla)
Probably the most dramatic episode of the entire series. The friendship between Ray and Fraser will be tested hard in the following few episodes.
(From "Due South" marathon on July 27th, 2009)