Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

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 · in Reviews

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

Mr Wong in Chinatown ** (1939, Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Marjorie Reynolds) – Classic Movie Review 5599

Boris Karloff continues to battle his odd and uneasy casting as San Francisco Chinese detective James Lee Wong, investigating an oriental princess’s death by poison dart in his hallway, in Monogram Pictures’ intriguing if modest […]

Jun, 13

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