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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

Four Films Called ADAM

ADAM: a good title, I’d say, and one in which, needless to add, I have a more-than-passing interest

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CRUEL GHOST LEGEND

A 1968 film that until recently was thought “lost,” CRUEL GHOST LEGEND is a most engaging combination of the ghost and samurai Japanese movie tropes

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THE MARK

For sleaze fans this is a title of special interest, a hilariously overwrought Greek sexploitater from 1977

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ASYLUM

This 1972 documentary looks in on a most unique method of psychological treatment

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DEMON SEED–Novel, Movie and Rewrite

DEMON SEED began life as a 1973 paperback original, written by a young Dean Koontz, that was adapted into a 1977 movie and heavily revised in ’97

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AELITA

It’s a fact that science fiction dates faster and more dramatically than any other genre, especially when it hails from early-1920s Russia, as is the case with AELITA by Alexei Tolstoy

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CREEPSHOW

A most welcome reprinting of what until 2017 was one of Stephen King’s scarcest books

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PIEGE

A product of the late 1960s French avant-garde, marked by decadence, surrealism and a loose reworking of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

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MEMORIA

Quite simply one of the weirdest, most confounding movies of all time!

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BANDH DARWAZA

The infamous Ramsay Brothers made this 1990 horror fest, one of the last entries in India’s “Gloom Boom” period of genre cinema

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JOHN DOLLAR

Although I’m sure its author and publisher would be loath to admit it, this historical reverie is very much a horror novel

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The Curious Case of Jonathan Demme

The untimely demise of film director Jonathan Demme on April 26, 2017 has inspired a number of obituaries. All, unsurprisingly, have been downright orgasmic about his accomplishments.

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Remembered yet Better Forgotten: ILL-GOTTEN GAINS and CLAUDE’S CRIB

What do ILL-GOTTEN GAINS, a little-seen black and white indie, and CLAUDE’S CRIB, a short-lived USA Network sitcom, have in common?

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ESCAPE FROM HELL

Evangelical silliness about a subject that if you ask me should be more widely covered in Christian cinema: Hell

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491

It’s always interesting viewing a once-shocking film decades after the fact

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LOREN CASS

One of the most interesting independent films of the 00s, a severely uncompromising depiction of despair and desperation in an American suburb

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On GHOST IN THE SHELL, Whitewashing and the Way Things Are

The big movie-related controversy right now?  The alleged “whitewashing” of the currently-in-release high-profiler GHOST IN THE SHELL

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MONTANA GOTHIC

A fascinating, poetic and macabre novel that may be a masterpiece–and if it isn’t, it comes damn close

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THE SINGING, RINGING TREE

This 1957 East German children’s fantasy, adapted from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, is said to have freaked out many a youngster over the years

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PANIC IN HIGH SCHOOL

Before ELEPHANT and LESSON OF THE EVIL there was PANIC IN HIGH SCHOOL, a 1978 film co-directed by Japan’s Sogo Ishii, who was just 19 years old

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CRUEL GHOST LEGEND

A 1968 film that until recently was thought “lost,” CRUEL GHOST LEGEND is a most engaging combination of the ghost and samurai Japanese movie tropes

read more

THE MARK

For sleaze fans this is a title of special interest, a hilariously overwrought Greek sexploitater from 1977

read more

ASYLUM

This 1972 documentary looks in on a most unique method of psychological treatment

read more

AELITA

It’s a fact that science fiction dates faster and more dramatically than any other genre, especially when it hails from early-1920s Russia, as is the case with AELITA by Alexei Tolstoy

read more

CREEPSHOW

A most welcome reprinting of what until 2017 was one of Stephen King’s scarcest books

read more

JOHN DOLLAR

Although I’m sure its author and publisher would be loath to admit it, this historical reverie is very much a horror novel

read more

OVER MY DEAD BODY

This heavily illustrated overview of “The Sensational Age of The American Paperback” is hardly the definitive book on the subject

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The Curious Case of Jonathan Demme

The untimely demise of film director Jonathan Demme on April 26, 2017 has inspired a number of obituaries. All, unsurprisingly, have been downright orgasmic about his accomplishments.

read more