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Blood of the Vines – Psycho

by Randy Fuller

Putting the blood in Blood Of The Vines, we’ll take a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. That’s not red wine swirling down the shower drain.  This movie made so many people afraid to take a shower that stocks probably soared for underarm deodorant. Brutal murders are nothing in movies these days, but the graphic nature…

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Blood of the Vines – Bell, Book and Candle

by TFH Team

Kim Novak and James Stewart may have been feeling a bit dizzy from “Vertigo” when they teamed up again less than a year later for “Bell, Book and Candle.”  This romantic comedy is set in Manhattan, during the Christmas season.  The story revolves around a subculture of witches there.   Despite the beautiful cinematography, the backdrop…

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Blood of the Vines – Black Christmas

by TFH Team

For the Trailers From Hell gang, nothing gets us in the mood for the holidays like a yuletide slasher movie.  “Black Christmas” was directed by Bob Clark in 1974.  Nine years later he would settle in to a more conventional view of the holiday season with “A Christmas Story.”   Ralphie would have peed in…

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Blood of the Vines – Three Days of the Condor

by TFH Team

It would happen this way: You may be walking one day and a car will slow down beside you. A door will open and someone you you know – perhaps someone you trust – will smile and offer you… a bottle of wine. The 1970s brought a new kind of spy movie to us –…

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Blood of the VinesThe Nutty Professor

by TFH Team

Good and evil are depicted to some degree in almost every movie.  I tend to view any character drinking wine as “good,” which leads to some confusion when screening “Rosemary’s Baby.” In “The Nutty Professor,” Jerry Lewis portrays both good and evil in his dual role as the goofy chemistry prof and his suave, slick…

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Blood of the Vines – Champagne Murders

by Randy Fuller

With a title like “Champagne Murders” it should come as no surprise to find that the movie is a French murder mystery. The lead character is a Champagne dealer who sustains a blow to the head and can’t take care of his business anymore. Some would argue that people enter the wine business after a…

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Blood of the Vines – King of Comedy

by TFH Team

In Martin Scorsese’s “King of Comedy,” Robert De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a demented fan obsessed with the late-night talk show host played by Jerry Lewis.  If De Niro’s digs in Taxi Driver creeped you out, what did you think of his basement room in this movie?  The fake talk show set – complete with…

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Blood of the Vines – Cat People

by TFH Team

Wine Goes to the Movies with Now And Zin and Trailers From Hell In “Cat People,” a man marries a woman who is afraid she will become a killer cat if she has sex with her husband. That’s right, she thinks if she lets herself be a “panter,” she’ll turn into a “panther.” Maybe a…

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Blood of the Vines – Grand Theft Auto

by TFH Team

When Ron Howard’s first film, “Grand Theft Auto,” was made, I thought great wine was the Spanada my mom kept in the fridge.  I don’t know how mom would feel about her favorite beverage being relegated to the category of “bum wine,” but at  $7.70 for a magnum, it would seem to come in on…

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Blood of the VinesThe Third Man

by TFH Team

When we talk about wine, the talk always turns to Pinot Noir. It’s considered by many wine snobs to be the grape that’s hardest to get into the bottle, but the most expressive of the conditions from which it comes. If you’d like the full-length lecture, just ask the nearest wine snob. Make sure you…

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Blood of the Vines – King of Comedy

by TFH Team

In Martin Scorsese’s “King of Comedy,” Robert De Niro plays Rupert Pupkin, a demented fan obsessed with the late-night talk show host played by Jerry Lewis.  If De Niro’s digs in Taxi Driver creeped you out, what did you think of his basement room in this movie?  The fake talk show set – complete with…

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Blood of the Vampire

by Glenn Erickson

The man with eyebrows that can kill!  Not really, but that’s the impression given by the poster illustration. The Baker/Berman producing team gave their Hammer/Terence Fisher imitation a decent production — good color, autopsy-grade gore, female victims in low-cut gowns — but neither Jimmy Sangster’s script nor the flat direction bring it to life. Donald…

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