Hercules

In the 50’s and 60’s, sword and sandal epics ruled the Italian movie scene and one of the biggest characters in that genre was, of course, Hercules.  Tons of popular Italian Hercules movies were made, so it makes sense that every so often there is an attempt to bring the character back to the screen.…

Woman of Straw

My wife reads a lot of mystery novels, so she’s very good at figuring out what’s going to happen in a story before she finishes reading it. When we watch movies together, she is often predicting the outcome while I remain clueless. I can predict the ending of stuff like “Titanic.” The ship sinks, that’s…

Rasputin, The Mad Monk

Remember when Disney made “Pocahontas?”  Since they had already used most of the traditional fairy tale princesses, they created their own with a character from history.  That’s basically what Hammer did for their 1966 film “Rasputin, the Mad Monk.”  Having already used most of the traditional monsters (Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy), they created their own…

Song of Nevada

I think the first time I remember hearing the name Roy Rogers was when my grandparents took me on a trip to Washington DC. We were having a hard time finding fast food restaurants that were in neighborhoods where you might actually want to stop and eat…except for the Roy Rogers chicken restaurants. We practically…

Tentacles

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.”  That was the tag line on posters for “Jaws 2” in 1978.  Truth is, copycats had already given several other reasons not to go back in the water by this point.  Of course, one of those films came to us courtesy of…