Dogs (1976) Cast:  David McCallum, Linda Gray, Sandra McCabe, George Wyner, Eric Server Director:  Burt Brinckerhoff Nutshell:  Every pet owner’s worst nightmare.  Frighteningly inept   The poster of the horror movie Dogs has taken pride of place in my bedroom for as long as I can remember.  All horror movie poster aficionados have their...
Visiting Hours (1982) Cast:  Lee Grant, William Shatner, Michael Ironside Director:  Jean-Claude Lord Nutshell:  uninspired slasher fare that inexplicably got banned during the Video Nasties era.   Lee Grant plays a feisty feminist reporter bent on telling it like it is regardless of the feathers she may ruffle along the way.  Somewhere in a...
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...
Leeches (2003) Cast: Matthew Twining, Josh Henderson, Stacey Nelson, Tony Carroccio Director: David DeCoteau Nutshell: Steroid pumped leeches mutate into humongous, nasty bastards!   A modern day killer leech film – now there is a bit of a turn up. This creature feature by David DeCoteau (of Creepazoids, Nightmare Sisters, and Sorority Babes in...
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...

Drive-in Massacre (1976)

Drive-in Massacre (1976) Cast: Jake Barnes, Adam Lawrence, Douglas Gudbye Director: Stu Segall Nutshell: a movie that gives cheap a new meaning....hideous piece of tripe!   "we can't even recommend that you see this at a drive-in" Creature Features "if you're in the mood for a slasher film, you could do worse than this" Video...
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...