Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Donovan’s Brain *** (1953, Lew Ayres, Gene Evans, Nancy Davis, Steve Brodie, Tom Powers) – Classic Movie Review 5604

Lew Ayres brings surprising conviction to a silly role as Dr Patrick Cory, a surgeon who keeps a plane-crash dead millionaire’s brain alive in his lab and becomes possessed by it himself, taking on the […]

Jun, 14 · in Reviews

Black Friday *** (1940, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges, Anne Nagel) – Classic Movie Review 5603

Director Arthur Lubin’s 1940 Universal horror movie teams up Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi together again – though alas they don’t appear together – in an eerie, involving little horror chiller. It takes its place […]

Jun, 14 · in Reviews

The Lady and the Monster ** (1944, Vera Ralston, Erich von Stroheim, Richard Arlen) – Classic Movie Review 5602

The Lady and the Monster, starring Vera Hruba Ralston as Janice Farrell, is the second ‘Brain Movie’ after Black Friday (1940). The obviously weirdly popular idea, a cousin of the disembodied hand premise, was later […]

Jun, 14

Baby Driver *** (2017, Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Eiza González, Jamie Foxx) – Movie Review

Writer-director Edgar Wright’s trendy thriller motors along well, sometimes spectacularly well, for three quarters of its running time on its strong, quirky premise. Then, suddenly, it messes up a big action scene, with a trunk full of […]

Jun, 13

Crucible of Terror ** (1971, Mike Raven, James Bolam, Mary Maude, Ronald Lacey, Melissa Stribling) – Classic Movie Review 5601

The old House of Wax (1953) plot is revamped for co-writer/ director Ted Hooker’s fairly stirring 1971 British horror film starring former BBC radio disc jockey Mike Raven as a mad artist/ sculptor, who kills his […]

Jun, 13

The Island Monster [Il mostro dell’isola] * (1954, Boris Karloff, Franca Marzi, Renato Vicario) – Classic Movie Review 5600

Seeking new work, Boris Karloff tries his luck in Italy, and plays Don Gaetano in writer-director Roberto Montero’s scrappy and pretty awful 1954 Italian crime thriller. In the unsurprising original story by Carlo Lombardo, an […]

Jun, 13

The Mystery of Mr Wong *** (1939, Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Dorothy Tree, Craig Reynolds) – Classic Movie Review 5598

Despite his odd casting, Boris Karloff is good serious fun as Mr James Lee Wong, the Oriental detective, investigating a stolen gem and murder, in director William Nigh’s most entertaining and satisfying 1937 film version […]

Jun, 13

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