Archive for Suspense

You’ve Never Met Her Type Before! (October, 1952)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2016 by WB Kelso

 
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Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) 20th Century Fox Film Corporation / P: Julian Blaustein / D: Roy Ward Baker / W: Daniel Taradash, Charlotte Armstrong (novel) / C: Lucien Ballard / E: George A. Gittens / M: Lionel Newman / S: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft, Donna Corcoran, Jim Backus, Elisha Cook Jr.

Second Run Showcase :: Cowboy Sings while the Cat Screams — With Laughter! (October, 1940)

Posted in 1940-1949, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2015 by WB Kelso

 
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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Terror So Sudden There is No Time To Scream! (June, 1980)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Thanks to a prolonged production history, Silent Scream, being almost two years in the making, technically, predates most of its true Stalk ‘n’ Slash brethren — and some would claim it isn’t even a slasher at all. Eh, they might have a point; but I think there are enough elements present in the film to qualify. And I’d go into greater detail as to why or why not but this movie is about one of dozen or so aborted extended reviews that I have actual delusions of finishing someday. For now, I’ll just say I like the movie quite a bit, but the actual production, I think, proves far more interesting than the finished product.
 
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Silent Scream (1980) Denny Harris Inc. :: American Cinema Releasing / EP: Denny Harris, Joan Harris / P: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat / AP: Leslie Zurla / D: Denny Harris / W: Ken Wheat, Jim Wheat, Wallace C. Bennett / C: Michael D. Murphy, David Shore / E: Edward Salier / M: Roger Kellaway / S: Rebecca Balding, Barbara Steele, Yvonne De Carlo, Brad Rearden, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Proto-Slashers :: Evil Cannot Die — It’ll Just Scare the Seeds out of Your Pumpkin! (February, 1979)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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A Halloween costume contest? In February? For this thing? Kinda makes you wonder if the theater knew what kinda film they had on their hands. But in the Capitol Theater’s defense, I don’t think ANYBODY knew what hit them when John Carpenter’s Halloween spread across the country like wildfire as prints were biked from city to city because no studio would distribute it. Halloween is also a definite transition piece in the Stalk ‘n’ Slash genre. Often imitated, but never bettered, this amazing film will, indeed, scare the seeds out of your pumpkins.

Other Points of Interest:

Film review of Halloween at the Brewery.

Poster campaign for Halloween at the Archive.

 
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Halloween (1978) Falcon International Productions :: Compass International Pictures / EP: Moustapha Akkad, Irwin Yablans / P: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / AP: Kool Marder / D: John Carpenter / W: John Carpenter, Debra Hill / C: Dean Cundey / E: Charles Bornstein, Tommy Lee Wallace / M: John Carpenter / S: Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Tony Moran, Nick Castle

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Proto-Slashers :: … And He Still Lurks the Streets of Texarkana Today! (February, 1977)

Posted in 1970-1979, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown was Texarkana mini-movie mogul Charles B. Pierce’s follow up to his wildly successful crypto-zoological expose, The Legend of Boggy Creek. And cashing in on his own pseudo-documentary template, here, Pierce tells the tale of the Phantom Killer, who murdered five people in the late 1940’s and was never caught. And thanks to some savvy TV-spots and some striking promotional art, the image of the masked killer left a lasting impression on many children of the 1970’s, even though Pierce basically chucked out the facts and fabricated most of the story, including the most unique kill in screen history, helping to usher in the era of found-object killers, when our Phantom takes out a victim with a trombone.
 
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The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) Charles B. Pierce Film Productions :: American International Pictures / EP: Samuel Z. Arkoff / P: Charles B. Pierce / D: Charles B. Pierce / W: Earl E. Smith / C: Jim Roberson / E: Tom Boutross / M: Jaime Mendoza-Nava / S: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem, Charles B. Pierce

What Happened on Their Honeymoon? Terror Instead of Love! (December, 1956)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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These ads are posted in honor of one of my favorite websites reviewing one of my favorite Wait. Whoa! What?! movies of all time. Please read it, too, won’t you? Thank you.

Julie (1956) Arwin Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) P: Martin Melcher / D: Andrew L. Stone / W: Andrew L. Stone / C: Fred Jackman Jr. / E: Virginia L. Stone / M: Leith Stevens / S: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy, Jack Kelly, Ann Robinson

Entering the 3rd Dimension :: You’ll FEEL the Cold Terror of the Unknown Reaching Out for YOU! (August, 1953)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 
The Maze (1953) Allied Artists / EP: Walter Mirisch / P: Richard V. Heermance / D: William Cameron Menzies / W: Daniel B. Ullman, Maurice Sandoz (novel) / C: Harry Neumann / E: John C. Fuller / M: Marlin Skiles / S: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, Hillary Brooke, Lilian Bond

Jeopardy (1953) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / EP: Charles Schnee / P: Sol Baer Fielding / D: John Sturges / W: Mel Dinelli, Maurice Zimm (novel) / C: Victor Milner / E: Newell P. Kimlin / M: Dimitri Tiomkin / S: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker, Paul Fierro

Take a Trip Around the World with Murder! (May, 1931)

Posted in 1930-1939, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

Famous Firsts: Warner Oland’s first appearance as Charlie Chan.

 
Charlie Chan Carries On (1931) Fox Film Corporation / P: Hamilton MacFadden / D: Hamilton MacFadden / W: Barry Conners, Philip Klein / C: George Schneiderman / E: Alfred DeGaetano / M: Samuel Kaylin / S: Warner Oland, Joan Garrick, Marguerite Churchill, Marjorie White, George Brent

Mightiest of Motion Pictures! Now At Popular Prices! (October, 1952)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) Paramount Pictures / P: Cecil B. DeMille / AP: Henry Wilcoxon / D: Cecil B. DeMille / W: Fredric M. Frank, Barré Lyndon, Theodore St. John / C: George Barnes / E: Anne Bauchens / M: Victor Young / S: Charlton Heston, Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame, Lawrence Tierney, Jimmy Stewart

For the Love of Hitchcock :: The Most Intense Suspense, Excitement, Emotion Ever Generated by a Motion Picture (July, 1958)

Posted in 1950-1959, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by WB Kelso

 

“He did nothing. The law has little to say on things left undone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 
This post is part of the For the Love of Film Blogathon, a new age telethon to raise funds for The National Film Preservation Foundation to help bring The White Shadow (a/k/a White Shadows), an early silent film that a certain master of suspense did just about everything for except direct — assistant director, screenwriter, film editor, production designer, art director, and set decorator, to the streaming masses and help defray the costs of adding a new musical soundtrack.
 

 
There’s no donation too small, folks. So please, click on the link above, wherever you see it this week and give what you can. Thanks. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page. Big thanks, as always, to Ferdy on Film, The Self-Styled Siren and This Island Rod for throwing such a wide net for contributors. Until tomorrow, then, I bid you all a good ev-ah-ning.
 

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Vertigo (1958) Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions :: Paramount Pictures / P: Alfred Hitchcock / AP: Herbert Coleman / D: Alfred Hitchcock / W: Alec Coppel, Samuel A. Taylor, Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel) / C: Robert Burks / E: George Tomasini / M: Bernard Herrmann / S: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones, Lee Patrick