Author Archive: Mark R. Hasan

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CanCon 101: Changeling, The (1980)

CanCon 101: Changeling, The (1980)

October 13, 2018 | By

CanCon 101 spotlights one of the best ghost stories ever made, Peter Medak’s chilling THE CHANGELING (1980), new on Blu via Severin Films.

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BR: Changeling, The (1980)

BR: Changeling, The (1980)

October 13, 2018 | By

Even after the lengthy wave of 1980s gory drive-in shockers and the slasher craze (writer Gray penned the CanCon classiques Prom Night and Humungous; co-writer Diana Maddox The Amateur for the producers), The Changeling still retained respect from genre fans because of its unnerving story of a concert pianist…

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Much Khan: Genghis Khan (1965) + The Conqueror (1956)

Much Khan: Genghis Khan (1965) + The Conqueror (1956)

October 5, 2018 | By

Yes, it’s finally time to compare the legendary conqueror as portrayed by Omar Sharif in GENGHIS KHAN (1965) on Blu via Twilight Time + John Wayne in THE CONQUEROR (1956) on DVD via KOCH Media.

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BR: Genghis Khan (1965)

BR: Genghis Khan (1965)

October 5, 2018 | By

The 1960s was the decade where epics bloomed, ballooned, and died as superproductions were cranked out by studios and maverick indie producers, and Genghis Khan was designed to ride the wave furthered by Samuel Bronston…

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DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

DVD: Conqueror, The (1956)

October 5, 2018 | By

As the legend goes, in spite of protestations from director Dick Powell, himself a former actor and song & dance man (On the Avenue), Wayne insisted on making his last film for RKO The Conqueror, and with Howard Hughes still at the helm of the studio, what could go wrong?

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Disturbed in Noir: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) + Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Disturbed in Noir: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) + Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

September 21, 2018 | By

Two tales of the disturbed! Vengeance-fueled punk Tolly in Sam Fuller’s UNDERWORLD U.S.A (1961) + delusional babysitter Nell in Roy Ward Baker’s DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952), both on Blu from Twilight Time!

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BR: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

BR: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

September 21, 2018 | By

Sam Fuller’s early years as a crime reporter and flair for tabloid stories are especially pungent in Underworld U.S.A., a supposedly cautionary tale Everyone Must See! to alert themselves of the “threat to a nation” – criminal underworld profiting from drugs, extortion, and murder…

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BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

BR: Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)

September 21, 2018 | By

Before her career exploded, Marilyn Monroe appeared in a very low-key suspense drama, playing a deeply disturbed woman whose uncle foolishly thinks is cured and perfectly suited for babysitting the daughter of a wealthy couple…

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Piranha 2: Shades of The Abyss and James Cameron Archetypes

Piranha 2: Shades of The Abyss and James Cameron Archetypes

September 12, 2018 | By

Look – It’s an unnecessarily detailed review of James Cameron’s official directorial debut, PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING (1981), new on Blu from Shout.

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BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

BR: Piranha 2 – The Spawning (1981)

September 12, 2018 | By

The differing versions of Piranha 2 are almost as fascinating as the making of James Cameron’s first feature as director, and Shout’s new Blu-ray rights a lot of wrongs for a sequel that’s almost as fun of the 1978 original…

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