Richard Harland Smith
Richard Harland Smith I began writing about movies in 1997, when I contributed an article on the Technicolor and black-and-white versions of Michael Curtiz' DOCTOR X (1933) to issue 42 of Video Watchdog magazine. Joining the VW "Kennel" in 1999, I reviewed movies on VHS tape and DVD, as well as books, while branching out to contribute to such collections as NORTH AMERICAL FILM DIRECTORS: A WALLFLOWER CRITICAL GUIDE, BRITISH AND IRISH DIRECTORS: A WALLFLOWER CRITICAL GUIDE, THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, "HEY, KIDS, COMICS!" TALES FROM THE SPINNER RACK, and VAMPIROS AND MONSTRUOS: THE MEXICAN HORROR FILM OF THE 20TH CENTURY. A founding moderator of the Mobius Home Video Forum, I also wrote liner notes, box copy, and supplemental material for such DVD companies as Anchor Bay Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, Synapse Films, Severin Films, and NoShame Films. I have recorded audio commentaries for the DVD releases of THE DEVIL BAT, THE DEATH KISS, DERANGED, BURNT OFFERINGS, TWICE-TOLD TALES, DONOVAN'S BRAIN, MALATESTA'S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD, BLOOD AND LACE, and PANIC IN YEAR ZERO!
Posts by Richard Harland Smith

Oh, it’s wall to wall problem children this week on TCM Underground! Horror movies have long availed themselves of the iconography and sacraments of the Catholic Church, whose essential mystery has been exploited by film directors to ramp up whatever horrors the screenwriters have devised. Churches and their adjoining hallowed grounds became a battle theatre […]

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Neither of the features that comprise our TCM Underground lineup this weekend is new to Turner Classic Movies but the pairing of them is likely to raise eyebrows and emotions in light of certain current events — in particular, a highly-publicized court case involving a California man’s sexual assault of an unconscious woman (and his […]

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Shock Cinema turns 50 this year – not half a century, mind you, but 50 issues. I’ve been reading this mag since it was mimeographed on a turtle’s shell — that’s how I remember it, anyway — and let me tell you, boils and ghouls, what a sweet ride it has been. As entertainment journalism degrades […]

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We’re bringing back a couple of party favorites this week on TCM Underground – like Hell we are!

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In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, TCM Underground has a 3-day pass and will be absent — with leave — to clear the deck for a lineup of movies about men (and women) in war. As the son of military parents (my father was a sergeant, my mom a corporal), we always had […]

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All too often we throw around the word “amateur” when we want to insult someone’s work as being slipshod or coarse, forgetting in our insistence on authenticity and professionalism that the word is derived from the Latin root “to love.” This week on TCM Underground, we focus our programming on Sid Laverents. Hobbyist. Movie maker. […]

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If you’ve grown tired of all the repeats here at TCM Underground lately, oh brother have we got something very special for you this week!

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 I don’t mean his old underwear – how weird would that be? No, I mean the short films that David Lynch made before he went long form with ERASERHEAD (1977) and wormed his way into our collective unconscious. 

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Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, those dogged documentarians who have brought added value to such special edition Blu-ray/DVD releases as VCI Entertainment’s GORGO (1961) and THE NAME OF THE GAME IS KILL! (1968), Scream Factory’s THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (1970) and FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM (1987), Synapse Films’ TWINS OF EVIL (1971) and HANDS OF THE RIPPER (1971), Kino-Lorber’s MADHOUSE (1973), and Full Moon’s TOURIST TRAP (1979) and TRANCERS (1985) […]

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It’s always a party when Larry Cohen is in the house.

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