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

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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Some movies I know just to leave the Hell enough alone.

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Just when you thought it was safe to rent a creepy old country house at a surprisingly affordable rate…

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  Have you checked the children… for signs of possession?! 

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This week on TCM:U, a double feature of blaxploitation… well, we really can’t call them classics, can we? But wait…

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