Tag Archives: 1970s

Movie Microscope: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The works of Roald Dahl have inspired several films, but the best known of his works is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been adapted to film on two separate occasions. The first adaptation, directed by Mel Stuart in … Continue reading

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sometimes a cult classic is called such because only a few people have seen it, but all love it. And sometimes it seems that nearly everybody has seen it, but most people move onward while only a few love it. … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

There are a few ways to achieve cult status in film, and particularly in the horror genre. One is to be a very good film, such as Halloween. One is to be an extraordinarily bad film, such as Troll 2. … Continue reading

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A Clockwork Orange

1971 Best Picture Nominee One thing you have to give Stanley Kubrick credit for: his films are seldom easy to dismiss from one’s thoughts. I’ve seen four of his films now, and arguably the least memorable of them would be … Continue reading

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The Twelve Chairs

It took me a while to track down The Twelve Chairs for viewing. Indeed, if I hadn’t once decided to look up all the films that Mel Brooks had directed, it’s possible I might never have known it existed. It … Continue reading

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Horror Express

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without at least one campy horror film starring a master of the genre. In the case of Horror Express, a 1972 film by Eugenio Martín, we get two masters: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Cushing … Continue reading

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The Amityville Horror (1979)

The 1970s were an influential time for horror films. Many of the subtypes of the genre either got their origin during the decade, or at least received one of their most influential entries. The allegedly-based-on-a-true-story haunted house genre is no … Continue reading

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