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

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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This week on TCM Underground, a double dose of essential American indie filmmaking at its most denatured and daring.

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This week’s TCM Underground double feature of Penelope Spheeris’ THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART III (1998) and Jonathan Kaplan’s OVER THE EDGE (1979) goes out to all the expectant first-time parents out there! 

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Having paid her own way through UCLA’s film program with waitressing gigs and founded her own Los Angeles film production company through a winning combination of guts, initiative, and resolve, Penelope Spheeris never had much of a taste for compromise. She turned down an offer to make fast cash directing a porno movie to self-fund […]

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