Tag Archives: English

Val Guest – 80,000 Suspects (1963)

Synopsis:
British doctor Richard Johnson arrives in the city of Bath, where a smallpox epidemic has broken out. If he has any hope of stemming the disease, he must locate and isolate its source. As if he hasn’t got enough trouble on his hands, Johnson must contend with his failing marriage to Claire Bloom. Director Val Guest lifts 80,000 Suspects out of the ordinary with his inventive utilization of darkness and shadows.
— Hal Erickson. Read More »

Vincent Ward – The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

From IMDB:
“A tantalizing meditation on faith, mystery, and imagination.

Sometime in the Middle Ages, a group of men living in fear of the Black Death follow the visions of a nine year-old boy (Hamish MacFarlane) to go on a pilgrimage by digging a tunnel through the center of the earth (!) emerging instead in twentieth century New Zealand (!) where they try to complete their journey by erecting a cross atop a church steeple. A willing suspension of disbelief (or the kind of unquestioning faith that the main characters have) never hurts when watching something like this, but if you’re in the right frame of mind, this fable will gradually draw you into its tantalizing meditation on faith, mystery, and imagination.” Read More »

Tex Avery – Who Killed Who? (1943)

STORYLINE:
A man is murdered, and the detective tries to find out whodunit. But the house he’s investigating is decidedly haunted, and he never knows just what’s round the next corner… Read More »

Martin Ritt – The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

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Plot Summary from IMDb: Ben Quick arrives in Frenchman’s Bend, MS after being kicked out of another town for allegedly burning a barn for revenge. Will Varner owns just about everything in Frenchman’s Bend and he hires Ben to work in his store. Will thinks his own son, Jody, who manages the store, lacks ambition and despairs of him getting his wife, Eula, pregnant. Will thinks his daughter, Clara, a schoolteacher, will never get married. He decides that Ben Quick might make a good husband for Clara to bring some new blood into the family. Read More »

Jacques Lacerte – Love Me Deadly (1972)

Synopsis:
A grim tale of a lovely girl who likes to have sex with dead men (…erm…does rigor-mortis set in down there?). Through frequent visits to the local mortuary, she networks into a group of like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, her husband is unaware of her perversion and wonders why he’s not “getting any”. Read More »

James Dearden – Pascali’s Island (1988)

Synopsis:
‘Set in 1908 during decline of the Ottoman Empire. A dissatisfied spy for the Sultan, Pascali, offers his services as translator to a visiting archaeologist from Britain. Matters are complicated by the fact that the archaelogist falls in love with Pascali’s friend Lydia.’
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Lasse Braun – Victory for the Queen (1971)

Freyja is the Queen and leader of a group of Vikings who voyage along the coast of Normandy, plundering and ravaging the countryside. Ashore they discover two beautiful nuns who in the belief that they are alone kiss and caress each other. Freyja leads the attack and lets her warriors satisfy their desires with the nuns. But the Queen is a woman too … Read More »