The Shadowcasting of the Runes

Longtime blogathon contributor Gareth’s Movie Diary never lets me down — here he casts a tender eye over Arletty’s final screen appearance.

And here is the download link for the third installment of The Shadowcast, a special Late Film edition in which Fiona, Momo and I look at FRIGHTMARE, the last horror release from Tigon Productions, TO THE DEVIL A DAUGHTER, the last Hammer horror film, and THE MONSTER CLUB, the very late last gasp of Amicus.

Things we failed to note:

  1. Two of the films, FRIGHTMARE and THE MONSTER CLUB, share a cinematographer, Peter Jessop.
  2. FRIGHTMARE had its sound dub done at Cinelingual, a slightly seedy postproduction house where I mixed my first short film. I was pleased to note that the sound effects are rubbish: the roaring log fire sounds like frying bacon.
  3. The Humgoo segment of MONSTER CLUB which we quote is narrated by John Normington.

Things we DO note:

Everything else.

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4 Responses to “The Shadowcasting of the Runes”

  1. Is Th Monster Club worth watching? I recently discovered Amicus this year (House That Dripped Blood, excellent; Tales from the Crypt, splendid pop art). Did they ever do anything else remotely as good?

  2. If you like Brit horror, most of their films are of some interest. Scream and Scream Again is the nastiest, with an odd sctructure and tone. I think you’d probably like Vault of Horror and The Torture Garden (Freddie Francis again). And we have, as you can possibly tell, some affection for the shonky-but-eager Monster Club.

  3. “Scream and Scream Again” is a dark delight. The script is by film critic Christopher Wicking. Fritz Lang cited it as a special favorite of his. The Creature was played by the brilliant, mysterious Michael Gothard

  4. Yes, and Wicking also penned To the Devil a Daughter. His fondness for mixing things up, telling stories out of sequence or weaving narratives together so you genuinely didn’t know where things were headed makes his movies more intriguing to watch than most of his contemporaries’.

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