Movie Review: Hands of the Ripper

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Hands of the Ripper (1971)
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Starring Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Marjorie Rhodes, Marjie Lawrence, Lynda Baron

A little girl named Anna, the young daughter of Jack the Ripper, witnesses her mother being murdered at the hands of her father, before he disappears into the night, forever gone and forever burning that memory into her psyche. Over a decade later, something triggers those memories in Anna and she becomes ‘possessed’ with some evil force and power, brutally killing the lady that had taken her in. When questioned by the police, she has no memory of it. Fascinated by her case, Doctor Pritchard decides to take her into his home and family to study her, trying to unlock the secrets in her brain, using the ‘newly’ discovered psychoanalysis techniques from a Dr. Freud. But before he can grasp what is going on inside this young woman’s mind, bodies start to pile up as something keeps triggering those memories and she becomes her father’s daughter again and again.

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Like Killer Animal Movies?

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If you are a fan of movies where the animal kingdom decides to turn the tables and go after humans, then here’s a book just for you. When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is now available through Amazon. Edited by Vanessa Morgan, cover art by Gilles Vranckx, this is a collection of authors and essays that take on a variety of beasties on a rampage against humanity. Now I will confess, I am one of authors that you’ll find in this book (covering the ultimate Turkey Day movie, The Giant Claw), but you will find a ton of great writers in here (a few names you might recognize from Hidden Horror!), writing about films like Alligator, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Grizzly, Of Unknown Origin, Slugs, Them! and so many more. There are titles that are campy and cheesy and others that are very serious.

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Fritz Weaver: Rest in Peace

fritz-weaver-ripThe acting world has lost another great talent recently, Fritz Weaver. Now he might not have  appeared in a ton of genre pieces, but he definitely did his share. He had little parts in plenty of sci-fi/horror TV shows, like the original Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Friday the 13th: The Series, Monsters, and Tales from the Darkside (which featured Tom Savini’s directorial debut). But he also appeared in a few feature film, like Demon Seed (1977). But for me, the role that I will always remember him from, which just happens to be one of my all-time favorites, the 1982 film Creepshow, where he plays Prof. Dexter Stanley, who comes face to face with the contents of The Crate!

This Tony award winning actor was known and praised for his word on the stage, which is a shame that he never made it bigger on screen. Weaver passed away last Saturday at his home, at the age of 90. Gone, but never forgotten. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

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So this post is a little later than we normally do, but after our four day weekend, where we worked probably more than we do during our normal work week, so getting anything done for the site, including a new photo, just wasn’t going to happen. But better late than never! Our last photo was from one of our Turkey Day titles that we watched a few days ago and is called The Witchmaker! Kudos to the following for getting it correct: Hoby Abernathy, Doug Lamoreux, Robert Leopold, Billy Norcera, and Michael Shields.

Now on to this week’s photo. It’s a classic and you will probably recognize the actor, but can you name the movie? Should be easy since he only made a couple of films, right?

Please remember not to post your answers here, but send us an email at jon@kitleyskrypt.com.

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Book Review: Horror Films FAQ

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Horror Films FAQ
By John Kenneth Muir
Published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2013. 383 pages.

With this title, we weren’t really sure what this book was actually about. The text on the front of the book says “All that’s left to know about slashers, vampires, zombies, aliens, and more”. Is it just a collection of questions answered that the FAQ in the title would imply? Actually no. But what it does give the reader is both a very interesting and entertaining read, as well as giving some great insight to some of our favorite movies.

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Horror History: Tom Conway

tomconwayTom Conway
Born Sept. 15th, 1904 – Died April 22nd, 1967

Older brother of actor George Sanders, Tom had to change his name after he lost a bet with his brother on who would change their name for show business.  Born in a wealthy Russian family that were forced to leave and move to England for some reason, political or otherwise.  While Conway appeared in quite a few films in his career, he never really hit the big time.  Even starring in 3 films for Val Lewton in the early ’40s, such as The Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), and The Seventh Victim (1943), his career just never took off or lasted that long.  Due to his failing eyesight and problems with alcoholism, worked started to get fewer and fewer.  He did appear in two films for Edward L. Cahn, The She-Creature (1956) and Voodoo Woman (1957).

The later part of his life was spend with very little money and even less fame.  At the end, he was found dead in his girlfriend’s bed, at the age of 62.  It is a shame that a somewhat talented actor who was doing pretty good at one point in his life, but possibly due to the alcoholism, it effected his career too much for him to stay working.  But at least we can still remember him and his work, even after all years later.

Movie Review: Creepshow

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Creepshow (1982)
Directed by George Romero
Starring Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King, Warner Shook, Robert Harper, Elizabeth Regan, Gaylen Ross, Tom Atkins

One question that horror fans get asked a lot is “what’s your favorite horror movie?” I know a lot of fans do have a particular one that is their favorite. For me though, it really would be impossible for me to narrow it down to even 20, let alone a single one. But I do know that if such a list was ever conceived in my brain, somewhere near the top would be George Romero’s Creepshow. In fact, it is my favorite of all of Romero’s work, even above Night of the Living Dead. Maybe it was because I saw this in the theater at the time my obsession with the horror genre really started to explode. Maybe it was the great mixture of horror and humor. Or the way it blended the world of horror comic books that I read as a child into the movie world in such a beautiful way. Whatever reason it might be, or all of them, I have loved this film since I first witnessed it in the theater back in 1982, and I still love it just as much today.

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