Rampage (1988) Cast: Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell Director: William Friedkin Nutshell: Based on real life "Dracula Killer" Richard Chase's grisly murder spree   A non-descript, boy next door kind roams the streets of suburban Sacramento with an ominous ticking sound of a time bomb as accompaniment. The wild eyed young man arrives...
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) Cast: Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, John Huston Director: J. Lee Thompson Nutshell: Four sequels later, the Ape saga finally turns full circle.....dullsville   Battle For the Planet of The Apes is the fifth installment in the Apes series arriving just five of...
Targets (1967) Cast: Boris Karloff, Tim O'Kelly, Peter Bogdanovich, Director: Peter Bogdanovich Nutshell: Superb thriller - All American blue eyed boy "snaps" with murderous results   Targets announced Peter Bogdanovich as a director of prodigious talent way back in 1968 when guys like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese were finding their feet. This...
Final Conflict, The: The Omen III (1981) Cast: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow Director: Graham Baker Nutshell: Damien rises through the ranks and hopes to topple God in a coup d'etat   More Satanic silliness as a snarling Damien goes about his business preparing to topple the almighty in one, swift coup...
Funhouse, The (1981) Cast: Elizabeth Berridge, Wayne Doba, Syliva Miles, Kevin Conway Director: Tobe Hooper Nutshell: Another small gem of a freak show... highly recommended   Those expecting another Chainsaw Massacre or indeed yet another Halloween clone will be in for a severe disappointment - yet The Funhouse is entirely successful in what it...
May (2002) Cast: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris Director: Lucky McKee Nutshell: Wonderfully twisted modern fable is a bit like Carrie meets Frankenstein!   Donnie Darko and May might have got along like a house on fire had they met – both being somewhat weird, outcaste sorts and both carrying around some seriously...
Polyester (1981) Cast: Divine, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Tab Hunter, Mary Garlington, David Samson, Ken King Director: John Waters Nutshell:  Francine Fishpaw has the suburban life she yearned for but its not quite the blissful utopia she anticipated.     The film starts with an introduction to the William Castle inspired gimmick incorporated into this...
Fly, The  (1958) Cast: Vincent Price, David Hedison, Patricia Owens Director: Kurt Neumann Nutshell: Classic 50's horror film   The Fly is a Stupendous yarn which among other things brought the superlative talents of Vincent Price to the mainstream for the first time. Even though Price was not in a specifically horror oriented role, somehow his presence in this...
Impulse (1984) Cast: Meg Tilly, Tim Matheson, Bill Paxton, Hume Cronyn Director: Graham Baker Nutshell: great premise where Freud's Id takes over and people of a small community start going stark raving bonkers with more than an edge of nastiness   Impulse contains a very interesting premise and a few good scenes doesn't add up to a complete whole...
Nightmares in a Damaged Brain (1981) AKA Nightmare Cast: Sharon Smith, Baird Stafford, C.J. Cooke, Mik Cribben Director: Romano Scavolini Nutshell: infamous, grim and gory shocker was prosecuted as "obscene" in the UK   This early 80’s Psycho-slasher entry ranks with I Spit on Your Grave and Last House on the Left as the most notorious and reviled of...