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

Earlier this week my friend Bill Ryan posted to his Facebook page an image of John Barrymore from the 1920 silent version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE. Bill did this to point attention to his review of Kino-Lorber’s Deluxe Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray on his film blog The Kind of Face You Hate, which […]

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I came of age as a movie lover in the early 70s, a great time for slim softcover film books packed with useful information and plenty illustrations calculated, it seemed to me, to bend impressionable minds toward the iron will of cinema. At some point between the ages of 9 and 10, I cleared the […]

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Ever since I wrote about THE GREEN SLIME a few weeks back I’ve been thinking of space travel. Not actual space travel (boring!)… and not the sort of premium space travel that we’re shown via movies on the order of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), STAR WARS (1977), or GRAVITY (2013). No, I mean rather low budget Eisenhower era space […]

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Even if there were a place left in this world where it might still be possible for Joan Crawford to get a fair trial post-MOMMIE DEAREST (1981), there exists no such venue in which to defend her for TROG (1970). 

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This… … not this. 

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My Mom gave me the gift of THE GREEN SLIME (1968) this Christmas… and I was a child again. 

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I was asked recently — it being the season to be jolly and all — about my favorite Christmas movie and after a moment I said, or typed, “SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT!” I surprised the questioner. I surprised myself. Mind you, I’ve always liked this very strange and haunting 1972 movie, a proto-slasher film that […]

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Remembered today as a radio pioneer, and as the creator of the creepy anthology series LIGHTS OUT! (an influence on Rod Serling’s TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT GALLERY), Arch Oboler turned his hand in 1944 to the medium of motion pictures. His second go as a writer-director was BEWITCHED, a trim little B film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in July of […]

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I’ve been on an island horror movie kick lately. An island setting can really goose the claustrophobia factor of certain horror movies, limiting the free range of the characters and forcing the protagonists into closer proximity to the lurking fear. THE GHOST BREAKERS (1940) and ISLAND OF TERROR (1965) and WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (1976) and SHOCK WAVES (1977) […]

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Now that Thanksgiving is toast, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas… and if you’ve got stockings to fill, why not fill one with the latest issue of Shock Cinema? It always feels like 8am on December 25th when this mag is in the house, so chock full, so chock-a-block it is with grindhouse goodness, Psychotronic excess, […]

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