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. In 2013, I recorded an audio commentary for the Kino-Lorber Blu-ray of THE DEVIL BAT.
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Mexico becomes ground zero for an all-out turf war between the intergalactic forces of Christmas and the Devil himself. No, seriously, that’s what happens. SANTA CLAUS (1959) Cast: Jose Elias Moreno (Santa Claus), Jose Luis Aguirre (Pitch), Armando Arriola (Merlin), Cesareo Quezadas (Pedro), Lupita Quezadas (Lupita), Nora Veryan (Lupita’s Mother), K. Gordon Murray (English Language Narrator). […]

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A bogus psychic and a Native American medicine man combat an ancient entity of unimaginable power. THE MANITOU (1978) Cast: Tony Curtis (Harry Erskine), Michael Ansara (John Singing Rock), Susan Strasberg (Karen Tandy), Stella Stevens (Amelia Crusoe), Jon Cedar (Dr. Jack Hughes), Ann Sothern (Mrs. Karmann), Burgess Meredith (Dr. Snow), Paul Mantee (Dr. McEvoy), Jeanette Nolan […]

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Just because I’m TCM Underground’s new bitch, that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about my cultural obligation to share good news about the good stuff. Steve Puchalski’s new SHOCK CINEMA is making the rounds, just in time for the Yuletide!

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A rich girl from Beverly Hills and a poor boy from Venice Beach become partners to win a roller boogie contest and save a local skating rink from being torn down by unscrupulous developers. ROLLER BOOGIE (1979) Cast: Linda Blair (Terry Barkey), Jim Bray (Bobby James), Beverly Garland (Mrs. Barkley), Roger Perry (Mr. Barkley), Jimmy Van […]

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A grieving mother’s wish brings a soldier back from the war… and the dead. DEATHDREAM (1972) Cast Richard Backus (Andy Brooks), John Marley (Charles Brooks), Lynn Carlin (Christine Brooks), Anya Ormsby (Cathy Brooks), Jane Daley (Joanne), Henderson Forsythe (Dr. Allman), Michael Mazes (Bob), Arthur Anderson (Postman), Jeff Gillen (Bartender), Bob Clark (Officer Ted), Mal Jones (Sheriff). […]

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  A journalist and a blind man join forces to stop a serial killer in Rome. Cast: Karl Malden (Franco Arno), James Franciscus (Carlo Giordani), Catherine Spaak (Anna Terzi), Pier Paolo Capponi (Superintendent Spini), Horst Frank (Dr. Braun), Rada Rassimov (Bianca Merusi), Tino Carraro (Dr. Terzi), Cinzia de Carolis (Lori), Aldo Reggiani (Dr. Casoni), Carlo […]

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TCM Underground, Saturday November 15th, 2014: IT’S A SMALL WORLD, 11:00pm PST/2:00am EST. Directed by William Castle. Cast: Paul Dale, Lorraine Miller, Will Geer, Nina Koshetz, Steve Brodie, Anne Sholter, Todd Karns, Margaret Field, Shirley O. Mills, Tom Brown Henry, Harry Harvey, Paul E. Burns. Having spent his childhood hidden away from society by his […]

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TCM Underground, Saturday November 8th, 2014: BLOODY BIRTHDAY (1981), 11:30pm PST/2:30am EST. Directed by Ed Hunt. Cast: Lori Lethin, Julie Brown, Jose Ferrer, Susan Strasberg, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jacoby, Andy Freeman, KC Martel, Joe Penny. In suburban Meadowvale, three children born during an eclipse are celebrating their tenth birthday by raining terror down upon their […]

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There’s something about slipping on a mask that changes a person, something in the blood, something that reacts to a race memory of ritual, to a time when we were all more personally connected to this world. That’s why so many of us love Halloween, a Pagan custom (Kirk Cameron be damned – both on […]

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Wrap your head around this: the word “brain” appears in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus just once. Chapter 4, to be precise, in a throwaway line about everything that dies with a man’s body. The business of the Frankenstein Monster getting a bad start in life due to the implantation of […]

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