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Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
23 Jan 2019
Although Alf Garnett as a character belonged to the nineteen-sixties, under the tutelage of writer Johnny Speight and actor Warren Mitchell he proved unexpectedly long lasting, turning from the reacti...

Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
20 Jan 2019
There's some credible claim for Harold Pinter as the greatest British playwright of the twentieth century, and his prolific quality means there's plenty of material from him to judge by. He eventuall...

Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
1 Jan 2019
Weird science fiction at the movies fell out of favour in the nineteen-eighties and into the nineteen-nineties, certainly there was the occasional release that gathered some attention and higher profi...

Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
23 Dec 2018
When Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, it ushered in a new era of science fiction; yes, there were the movies that adhered to as much realism as they could muster, a...

Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
17 Dec 2018
Matt Frame is the Canadian director of the 80s slasher spoof Camp Death III in 2D!, a barrage of cheerful bad taste where no joke is too stoopid to include, and it has been picking up fans worl...

Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
13 Dec 2018
The history of urban myths informing horror movies has been one the film industry itself has been slightly reluctant to acknowledge, but the horror genre has benefited more than others, maybe more tha...

A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
2 Dec 2018
There was a time in Britain, from about the nineteen-fifties to the nineteen-seventies, when David Nixon was one of the most famous men in the country, although as is the way with many a huge celebrit...

Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
28 Nov 2018
If there was one thing you could rely on during the nineteen-fifties, it was science fiction movies were not always intended to fill you with awe, nope, they were intended to frighten the wits out of ...

The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
27 Nov 2018
For many decades, the British depicted their Empire in film as the heroes but come the nineteen-sixties a remake of Sanders of the River just wasn't going to cut it no matter how fashionable vi...

Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
26 Nov 2018
Not every movie star gets to go out on a high, and for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy their final roles in a film were of great embarrassment to them both, for everything involved with it seemed to go d...

The Big Grapple: Escape from New York and Its Influence
20 Nov 2018
"1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane." Whoever came up with the tagline for John Carpenter's Escape from New York truly e...

The Conquest of Everett: The Kenny Everett Video Show on DVD
15 Nov 2018
Kenny Everett (1944-95) was one of the most popular radio presenters ever to emerge from Britain, a regular on the airwaves on various stations for decades, but that was not only where he was to be fo...

Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
31 Oct 2018
Britain's Hammer Studios were to begin the nineteen-seventies seemingly geared up to continue as they had done in the sixties, churning out a bunch of horror pictures every year, and enjoying the frui...

Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
26 Oct 2018
The United Kingdom has, since the Victorian times saw P.T. Barnum and Buffalo Bill's shows imported, been fascinated by entertainment from the other side of the Atlantic, sure it's sometimes looked do...

You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
21 Oct 2018
From its beginnings in the early nineteen-fifties to its winding down almost four decades later, The Children's Film Foundation was a well-intentioned attempt to entertain Britain's kids specifically ...

If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
17 Oct 2018
Halloween, it is safe to say, was the movie that made John Carpenter's career, and once that slasher classic had been unleashed on the world there was great anticipation at what this new talent...

Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
12 Oct 2018
Horror and science fiction movies were as popular as they ever had been in the nineteen-eighties, particularly the ones out of the United States where state of the art make-up and visual effects were ...

Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
12 Oct 2018
Spiritualism, the idea that one can communicate with the spirits of the dead, had been around since the nineteenth century thanks to the worldwide sensation caused by the American Fox sisters who were...

3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
4 Oct 2018
When Edgar Allan Poe penned his horror story The Murders in the Rue Morgue, he would never have guessed at what he was about to unleash on the world. Yeah, yeah, it was essentially the first d...

When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
28 Sep 2018
Here's a question: you more or less know what you're going to get with a Jackie Chan film, certainly from his heyday in the nineteen-eighties and nineties. Loads of martial arts action, stunts only t...

Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
22 Sep 2018
Click here for Part One! The Goodies were midway through their run and at the height ...

Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
22 Sep 2018
Sorry to start out an article on The Goodies by mentioning Monty Python, but they both started around the same time on the BBC, 1970, and neither had sprung fully formed from the ether, as ther...

I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
21 Sep 2018
For some reason, much as horror and science fiction entered a mini-heyday in the late nineteen-seventies and early eighties, so did another genre: the British spy film. Obviously the most prominent o...

Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
18 Sep 2018
Black Shampoo (1976) "Mister Jonathan," as Jonathan Knight (John Daniels) is known to his beauty salon staff and patrons, is in great demand... in the sack. In fact, when MILF Mrs. Simpson ...

Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
18 Sep 2018
Invasion USA (1952) You've no doubt asked yourself countless times "How would I go about assembling a film with a variety of all-stars from existing Manor On Movies reviews?" Well, first ...

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