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.
Posts by Richard Harland Smith

Now that TCM Underground is taking a little summer break, I finally have a chance to get around to my mail. The latest issue of Shock Cinema dropped in over the transom so long ago, it seems to me, that I hope it’s still on the newsstands (you know, because it’s 1945 and you all still […]

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It’s appropriate that TCM Underground is showing VANISHING POINT (1970) this week, as vanish is what TCMU is about to do… to make room for Summer Under the Stars. Hey, we love Summer Under the Stars and full days devoted to our favorite actors… but no weirdo movies for over a month hurts. It hurts! The […]

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Blame the Brothers Grimm (go ahead — blame them! They’re German!) but for my money you just can’t put a foot wrong by sending teenagers or young adults or even thirtyish people cast as twentysomethings out into the woods to meet the Devil or sundry agents of Big Evil. I’m hard-pressed to think of any […]

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Tune in to TCM on Saturday night at 11pm (PST)/2am (EST) for a double shot of swampy sensuality and kudzu-choked carnality with occasional violence. 

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Nearly forty years after the advent of Blaxploitation, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish the parodies (CLEOPATRA SCHWARTZ, BLACK DYNAMITE) that followed from the genuine articles (CLEOPATRA JONES, BLACK SHAMPOO) that broke out of the Hollywood studio system in the 1970s to appeal an African-American movie-going demographic accustomed to searching high and wide for racial representation […]

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Previewed during the 2014 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival and launched properly the following June, the TCM Movie Locations Tour is now a year old. Seats are available and all lights are green… 

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In the mythical city of Din, two garbagemen try to stop an evil despot from plaguing the citizenry with eternal nightmares.  Cast: Lorenzo Music (Ralph, the All Purpose Animal), Marshall Effron (Synonamess Botch), James Cranna (Rod Rescueman/Scuzzbopper/Frivoli Foreman/Street Preacher), Julie Payne (Flora Fauna), Hamilton Camp (Greensleeves), Paul Frees (Narrator/Chief of State/Judges/Bailiff), Judith Kahan (The Fairygodmother), […]

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When his wife and son are brutalized by thugs and a corrupt criminal justice system puts the perpetrators back on the street, a family man turns vigilante to find some measure of bloody justice. Cast: Robert Forster (Eddie Marino), Fred Williamson (Nick), Woody Strode (Rake), Rutanya Alda (Vickie Marino), Don Blakely (Prago), Willie Colon (Rico), […]

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A bogus psychic and a Native American medicine man combat an ancient entity of unimaginable power. 

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Members of a Florida rock band use their skills at taekwondo to combat a ninja drug cartel on the mean streets of Orlando. Cast: Y. K. Kim (Mark), Vincent Hirsch (John), Joseph Diamand (Jack), Maurice Smith (Jim), Angelo Janotti (Tom), Kathy Collier (Jane), William Ergle (Jeff), Si Y Jo (Yashito), Woo-Sang Park (Uncle Song), William […]

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