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What's the Matter with Helen? & Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
What's the Matter with Helen? & Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £8.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two little gems, 2 July 2010
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Let me start with "Whoever Slew Auntie Roo". The film is loosely based on the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, and can best be summed up as a psychological horror flick. It contains some of the essential ingredients of a good horror film, including the big scary mansion, a séance, a rotting corpse, together with a host of oddball characters. Shelly Winters plays Auntie Roo, a wealthy widow with time and money to play with. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, the picture isn't quite as rosey as you might think. You see, Auntie Roo lost her daughter, Katherine, very suddenly some time ago, and has never quite come to terms with what really happened. Cue the orphans. In the festive spirit, Auntie Roo invites some children from the nearby orphanage to her mansion (aka the gingerbread house) to celebrate Christmas. And when they arrive, Auntie Roo sets her sights on one little girl called Katy. What follows is a deadly game of cat and mouse. I won't give any more of the plot away, so give this film a go and find out for yourselves.

Next under the spotlight, "What's the matter with Helen?". Also starring Shelly Winters (as Helen Hill), and co-starring the illustrious Debbie Reynolds (Adele Brackner), this film follows the lives of two mothers trying to escape from the publicity of a shameful truth. Their respective sons are convicted of murdering a girl called Ellie Banner at the outset of the film, and someone, somewhere, wants revenge for Ellie's death. Consequently, Helen and Adele go into hiding and start a new life together in Hollywood. Problem solved. Or is it? Over time, Adele begins to realise that Helen is perhaps not quite as stable as she thought. Gradually, Helen's fragile and disturbed mental state begins to seriously affect her behaviour, and the consequences are deadly. Overall, this is an enjoyable watch, and there are one or two great moments of suspense (and tap dancing!).

If you buy this DVD, I would suggest that you watch "What's the matter with Helen?" first. That way you'll have the better of the two films still to look forward to when you're done!


Berserk ( Berserk! ) ( Circus of Terror )
Berserk ( Berserk! ) ( Circus of Terror )

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is it about the circus?, 1 July 2010
Joan Crawford stars as Monica Rivers, a domineering circus owner/ringmaster with one thing on her mind: money. When a killing spree breaks out, and members of the troupe start dropping one by one, everybody becomes a suspect (including Ms. Rivers). There are one or two very entertaining moments, and for an obviously low-budget production there are enough famous faces in it (Joan Crawford, Diana Dors) to save it from the clutches of obscurity. However, for a horror/slasher film, I didn't find it particularly scary or suspenseful. If, like me, you enjoyed the recent BBC television series, Psychoville, I suspect that you'll enjoy this film too.


The Nanny [DVD] [1965]
The Nanny [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Bette Davis
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars What ever happened to Susie Fane?, 1 July 2010
This review is from: The Nanny [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Nanny is organised. Nanny is dependable. Nanny is scary. Bette Davis shines in this brilliant Hammer film as the Nanny of children's nightmares. Before I go on, I must declare an interest; I am a huge Bette Davis fan. Nevertheless, objectively speaking this film is a terrific example of the suspense/horror genre, and although it may be considered "tame" by today's standards, it is sure to get your heart beating just that little bit faster. The pace of the film is just right and, while the ending might leave the viewer feeling a little bit flat, as a whole this film truly delivers on style, substance, and (no pun intended) execution. In case you've got absolutely no idea what the film's about, I'll give you a quick synopsis. Nanny used to look after Virginia Fane when she was a little girl, and then she looked after Virginia Fane's son, Joey, when he was a little boy. When Joey returns home from a kind of rehabilitation boarding school for disturbed young children, he begins to think that Nanny is trying to poison him. As the suspense mounts, the viewer is never quite sure which of the two actually poses the bigger threat. After all, Joey's behaviour isn't exactly normal, and Nanny has loyally attended to the family's needs for two generations. I won't give any more of the plot away (so don't ask!). But I will leave you with this thought: what ever happened to Susie Fane? (Joey's little sister). Watch the film to find out!


What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1962]
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Bette Davis
Offered by Gaming_Universe
Price: £14.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll tell you what happened to Baby Jane...she got old!, 1 July 2010
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I note that there are already many reviews of this movie, and so I shall try to keep this one relatively short and sweet. Or should I say short and sour? Since What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is so well known, I am not going to go over the entire plot, or set out its production history. Instead, I am just going to draw the reader's attention to one aspect of what I call "the downstairs story". Baby Jane (Bette Davis) is a former child star who once outshone all of the other children, including her sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford). Unfortunately for Jane, and this is a problem experienced by many child stars no doubt, over time Jane's looks began to fade, her voice to crack, and her fame to dwindle. After years of obscurity and heavy drinking, Jane decides that the time has finally come to revive her old act. Dressed up like a very frightening porcelain doll, complete with dangling locks and dancing shoes, Jane rehearses in the living room while her newly-appointed pianist bemusedly observes the spectacle. Spinning and twirling across the room, Jane sings the lyrics, "I've written a letter to daddy", with a twinkle in her eye and a wrinkle (or two) beneath. This scene is perhaps the most iconic of the film's many wonderful scenes, and certainly one of my favourites. It beautifully blends the comic and the tragic, and sums up Jane's character all at once - delusional, sentimental, and desperate. Every time I watch it I get shivers, which is quite remarkable given how many years ago the film was made. In summary, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? is essential viewing for all movie lovers, and is almost guaranteed to leave you wanting more...


Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice? [1969] [DVD]
Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice? [1969] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Geraldine Page

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind Alice. Whatever happened to Claire Marrable?, 29 Jun. 2010
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Though you would be forgiven for thinking that Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? is the undiscovered sequel to the better known (and very brilliant) Bette Davis film, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the two films are unrelated (though they share the same producer) and very different in terms of plot, style and tone. Saying that, if I were a housekeeper I'd be feeling equally nervous working for either of the two film's leading ladies! From the moment that I sat down to watch Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice?, I was captivated by Geraldine Page's calculating and savage portrayal of Claire Marrable - an isolated widow with more than just her husband's death on her mind. I'm not going to tell you what happened to Aunt Alice...mainly because I'm more interested to know what happened to Claire Marrable (you'll know what I'm talking about when you've watched the movie). All I will say is that if you're in the mood for a camp horror flick/black comedy, or just curious to know what actually happened to Aunt Alice (and no, she didn't become a politican), then this is the film for you.


9 (Nine) [DVD]
9 (Nine) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £3.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere over the rainbow...there's a great big killing machine!, 2 Mar. 2010
This review is from: 9 (Nine) [DVD] (DVD)
This is a truly inspiring animation and well worth the 80 minutes or so of your time that it takes to watch it. The premise of the film is that all natural life (man and beast alike) has been destroyed by man-made machines turned killers, and the only surviving traces of humanity - and, indeed, the only hope for humanity's resurgence, - are to be found in 9 mysterious dolls (I call them dolls, but robots or toys or creatures would all be equally appropriate descriptons). I was particularly impressed by one scene, in which the surviving dolls, thinkng that they have destroyed the Mother Machine, momentarily relax to the dulcet tones of Judy Garland's "Somewhere over the rainbow"; only to realise, before the music has had time to play out, that the lullaby world alluded to in the lyrics is not quite as real as it seemed. This is one of the eeriest and most beautifully conceived moments I have ever had the pleasure to experience on film, and alone makes this animation stand out from all the others. The visuals are quite breathtaking, and the pace of the film is just right. In my view, 9 gets a 10 out of 10!


Connie and Carla [DVD] [2004]
Connie and Carla [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Nia Vardalos
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £6.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like Romy and Michelle...with songs!, 19 April 2006
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Connie and Carla is a camp rhapsody of song, make-up, and drag. The leading ladies in this film have truly outstanding musical voices, and enough energy to lift anyone's spirits after a long day at work. I recommend you make yourself some popcorn, take out a bottle of wine, slip into something comfortable, and then sit down to an hour and twenty minutes of pure entertainment. The film follows in the footsteps of camp classics like Romy and Michelle and Sister Act, and is packed with all the ingredients you would expect to find in a light-hearted all-American comedy: the not-so-scary gangsters, the hazardous road-trip, the blossoming romance, the occasional melodrama,singing, dancing, and not forgetting - did I already mention them? - drag queens. As Connie and Carla go on the run after witnessing a mob killing, they find sanctuary in a drag club (don't we all). In need of a job, and desperate not to be hunted down by the bad guys, they audition for a drag show...and the rest, as they say, is hysterical. The DVD has some juicy extras, including some deleted scenes and commentary. I always enjoy a good bit of camp, but maybe that says more about me than the film...? Happy viewing!


Connie & Carla [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Connie & Carla [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by passionFlix UK
Price: £6.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like Romy and Michelle...with songs!, 19 April 2006
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Connie and Carla is a camp rhapsody of song, make-up, and drag. The leading ladies in this film have truly outstanding musical voices, and enough energy to lift anyone's spirits after a long day at work. I recommend you make yourself some popcorn, take out a bottle of wine, slip into something comfortable, and then sit down to an hour and twenty minutes of pure entertainment. The film follows in the footsteps of camp classics like Romy and Michelle and Sister Act, and is packed with all the ingredients you would expect to find in a light-hearted all-American comedy: the not-so-scary gangsters, the hazardous road-trip, the blossoming romance, the occasional melodrama,singing, dancing, and not forgetting - did I already mention them? - drag queens. As Connie and Carla go on the run after witnessing a mob killing, they find sanctuary in a drag club (don't we all). In need of a job, and desperate not to be hunted down by the bad guys, they audition for a drag show...and the rest, as they say, is hysterical. The DVD has some juicy extras, including some deleted scenes and commentary. I always enjoy a good bit of camp, but maybe that says more about me than the film...? Happy viewing!


The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [1975]
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Single Disc Edition [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tim Curry
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.99

38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly, slowly, it's too nice a job to rush, 5 July 2005
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) is difficult to describe, yet so easy to indulge in. If you like a bit of camp, singing, perversion, muscle, transvestism, dancing, parody, and Tim Curry, then this is the film for you! With many wonderful lines, and superb song lyrics, I cannot help take RHPS with me wherever I go, whether it be quoting Frank 'N' Furter's lines (and doing the mock Chelsea accent) at unsuspecting friends - 'You must be awwwfully proud of him Janet' - or singing to an audience of imaginary Transylvanians in the shower - 'I'm a sweet transvestite' (though I'm not, of course). The plot is less Rocky, more Mocky Horror, which only adds to the general sense of decadence in Frank's castle, and from beginning to end the audience is taken on a hedonistic ride into the mind of Richard O'Brien's fantasy world (I'm very grateful). As the film and theatre show are so well known, there is not much point in re-telling the story, but I can hopefully add some light "over at the Frankenstein place". The lips we see in the opening credits belong to the show's creator, and the castle in which the fun takes place really exists in Windsor (it is now a hotel, and very nice too!). You might want to look out for some typical B-movie editing problems, such as the magically disappearing/reappearing carpet in the "Time Warp" scene (look closely), and the trickle of blood at the Freezer's entrance (Eddie is killed inside!), but I can't help think that such mistakes add to the charm - as Frank would say, 'Well, how nice!" Tim Curry has a truly sensual voice, and legs that any woman OR man would die for, while Susan Saradon, Little Nell, and Barry Bostwick never fail to entertain - '[Riff Raff, from inside the front door] You're wet. [Janet, at the doorstep] Yes, it's raining. [Brad, also at the doorstep] Yes. [Riff Raff] Yes.' In the end, the film speaks for itself, so I don't have to (doesn't mean I won't). Buy it, watch it, re-watch it, get your friends to watch it, and before long you'll be preaching to the converted! Have fun.
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Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Annie Hall [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Woody Allen
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £3.75

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "La Di Da", 30 May 2003
This review is from: Annie Hall [DVD] [1977] (DVD)
What is there to say? If you haven't seen this film, you really don't know what you're missing. This is Allen's most celebrated masterpiece, and shows Diane Keaton and Woody at their best (Keaton's singing voice is as uplifting as her acting!). The relationship between Alvy Singer and Annie Hall is portrayed with the closest attention to detail, so that whether it is waiting in line to see a movie, buying books for one another, persuading Annie to take up an academic course or photographing Alvy during a very amusing lobster incident, the result is highly effective. You know, it's like the old Groucho Marx joke: "I don't want to join any club that will take me as a member"; this is Alvy's maxim; a man who is never satisfied, but always wants invitations! Annie, the nightclub singer, is, at the same time, just like Alvy and nothing like him - what is it they have in common? The answer is their individuality. From the moment Annie utters her non-sensical phrase, "La Di Da", Alvy is in awe. It is a relationship of mutual appreciation as much as it is companionship. The relationship is doomed to fail, but the journey from friendship to love, and love to friendship, and - guess what? - friendship to love again is compelling to watch. Alvy can't communicate with other women in the way that he does with Annie, to the point that there is no room for laughter: [Alvy] "I haven't been myself since I quit smoking" [Some girl] "O, when did you quit smoking?" [Alvy] "Sixteen years ago" [Some girl] "Wait, I don't get it. Is it a joke?". Well, you decide. This film is one on many levels, with Freudian undertones, and musical overtones, and each viewing is a new experience. What if Annie had married Alvy, for example? Her name would, ironically, be Annie Singer! See this film, or don't call yourself a Woody Allen fan!


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