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White Zombie Review

Details:  Directed by Victor Halperin  Produced by Edward Halperin  Written by Garnett Weston (story and dialogue)  Starring Bela Lugosi, Mage Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, John Harron, and Robert W. Frazer  Released July 28, 1932  Length 1 hour 10 minutes   Break down:   The film follows Madeleine short and her fiancé Neil Parker as the couple travels to Haiti to be married. They are invited to …

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The 39 Steps Review

Details  Directed by Alfred Hitchcock  Screenplay by Charles Bennett, Ian Hay  Based on The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (1915)  Released on June 6 (UK), August 2 (US) 1935  Running time 86 minutes.  Cast Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, and Godfrey Tearle  Break Down:  The film opens in a packed theater located in London where a show is about to begin. …

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Review

Director: Stuart PatonProducer: Carl LaemmleWriter: Jules Verne and Stuart PattonReleased: December 1916Budget: $500,000Box Office: $8 millionCast:Allen HolubarCurtis BentonEdna PendletonJane GailMatt MooreWilliam, WelshDan Hanlon Breakdown:  The film is about a giant sea monster that is wreaking havoc on ships all over the seas. In an attempt to find out precisely what is going on, the US …

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Convict 13 Review

Directed and Written by Buster Keaton and Edward F. ClineProduced by Joseph M. SchenckEdited by Buster KeatonCast:Buster KeatonSybil SeelyJoe RobertsEdward F. ClineJoe KeatonLouise Keaton Buster Keaton is arguably the most known actor of the silent film era, along with Lon Chaney, Rudolph Valentino, and Fatty Arbuckle, of course. While Convict 13 is a tremendous early film, it’s …

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Dementia 13 Review

Details:  Directed by  Francis Coppola   Produced by  Roget Corman  Written by  Francis Coppola  Released  September 25, 1963   Running time  80 minutes.   Budget  $42,000  Cast  William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchell   Break Down:  A husband and wife go out late one night for a ride in their rowboat. While they are on the water, the couple …

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Dementia 13 (1963)

While out rowing in the middle of a lake after dark, John Haloran and his young wife Louise argue about his rich mother’s will. Louise is upset that everything is currently designated to go to charity in the name of a mysterious “Kathleen.” The argument, combined with the exertion of rowing the boat, causes John to have a heart attack. He informs Louise that, should he die before his mother, Louise will receive none of the inheritance, after which he promptly dies. Thinking quickly, the scheming Louise dumps his fresh corpse over the boat’s side, where it sinks to the bottom of the lake. Her plan is to pretend that he is still alive so that she can ingratiate her way into the will. She types up a letter to her mother-in-law, Lady Haloran, inviting herself to the family’s castle in Ireland while her husband is “away on business.”

The 39 Steps (1935)

A man in London tries to help a counter-espionage Agent. But when the Agent is killed, and the man stands accused, he must go on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring which is trying to steal top secret information.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

As Francis (Friedrich Fehér) sits on a bench with an older man who complains that spirits have driven him away from his family and home, a dazed woman named Jane (Lil Dagover) passes them. Francis explains she is his “fiancée” and that they have suffered a great ordeal. Most of the rest of the film is a flashback of Francis’s story, which takes place in Holstenwall, a shadowy village of twisted buildings and spiraling streets. Francis and his friend Alan (Hans Heinz v. Twardowski), who are good-naturedly competing for Jane’s affections, plan to visit the town fair. Meanwhile, a mysterious man named Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) seeks a permit from the rude town clerk to present a spectacle at the fair, which features a somnambulist named Cesare (Conrad Veidt). The clerk mocks and berates Caligari, but ultimately approves the permit. That night, the clerk is found stabbed to death in his bed.

White Zombie (1932)

White Zombie is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film independently produced by Edward Halperin and directed by Victor Halperin. The screenplay by Garnett Weston, based on The Magic Island by William Seabrook, is about a young woman’s transformation into a zombie at the hands of an evil voodoo master.
On 26 April 1929, Scotland Yard Detective Frank Webber escorts his girlfriend Alice White to a tea house. They have an argument and Frank storms out. While reconsidering his action, he sees Alice leave with Mr. Crewe, an artist she had earlier agreed to meet.