Maniac (1963) Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse, Justin Lord, George Pastell Director: Michael Carreras Nutshell: twisting tale of conniving minds, lust, double cross and murder with picturesque Southern France as the scene.   Maniac was molded as another of Hammer’s new wave of psycho thrillers to emerge in the 1960s...
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) Cast:  Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold Director: John McNaughton Nutshell: often shocking and difficult to watch but brilliantly acted and depressingly honest glimpse into the life of a serial killer.   This film is as far removed from the glamour and gloss that is associated with...
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999) Cast: Helen Mirren, Katie Holmes, Michael McKean, Marissa Coughlan, Molly Ringwald, Barry Watson Director: Kevin Williamson Nutshell: Black comedy gone woefully off target   Films aimed at teenagers have been proliferating ever since Clueless from a few years ago hit the jackpot. Then, Scream established the teen market as an...
Along Came a Spider (2001) Cast: Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Michael Wincott Director: Lee Tamahori Nutshell: Thriller where Morgan Freeman reprises his role from Kiss the Girls   Morgan Freeman reprise's his role as uncanny detective Dr. Alex Cross in this prequel to the hit (and very drab) Kiss the Girls from a couple...
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) Cast: Jonathan Beck, Ray Wise, Travis Schiffner, Jaii Isaac Sanchez Director: Victor Salva Nutshell: Finally a Hollywood horror film that puts the "H' back into Horror! Top Draw   This sequel to the sleeper horror hit from 2001 arrives with a glowing reputation from insiders who have been fortunate enough...
Incredible Melting Man, The (1977) Cast: Alex Rebar, Michael Alldredge, Myron Healey, Jonathan Demme Director: William Sachs Nutshell: Astronaut zapped by deadly rays turns into vile Pizza-face Melting Man! "nothing exciting" Creature Features "wild stuff" Video Movie Guide "cheap" Maltin "tacky and bumbling" Time Out 1977 was the period in horror films when Hammer had fired its...
Faculty, The (1998) Cast: Piper Laurie, Robert Patrick, Famke Janssen, Josh Hartnett Director: Robert Rodriguez Nutshell: Scream meets Body Snatchers meets Breakfast Club "affable teen horror/sci-fi flick... if over reliant on big CGI set pieces" Empire "amounts to less than Scream and From Dawn To Dusk" Total Film "plays like an episode of Buffy after...
For Y'ur Height Only (1979) Cast: Weng Weng,  Yehlen Catral, Carmi Martin Director: Raymond Jury Nutshell: Can 2ft 9" Secret Agent "00" save the planet from the ghastly Mr. Giant!?   This totally insane Filipino secret agent movie starts rolling in typical Bond fashion with a sultry female number accompanying the opening credits that...
Friday the 13th 3D (1982) Cast: Dana Kimmell, Richard Brooker, Catherine Parks Director: Steve Miner Nutshell: Dreadful 3d installment of the popular Friday the 13th franchise. "standard Jason fare" Splatter Movies "strictly amateur in terms of acting and writing" Maltin's "more familiar repetitions" Blockbuster Video   The third installment in the Friday the 13th series follows an...
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) Cast: Amy Steel, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, John Furey Director: Steve Miner Nutshell: Uninspired retread proved extremely profitable and set the stage for many sequels to follow Listen to the great audio trailer for Friday the 13th Part II:   I have to admit being an avid Friday the...