Articles by Charlie Largent

Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!

Starting out in 1939 as the little studio that could, Hammer would finally make their reputation in the late fifties reimagining Universal’s black and white horrors as eye-popping Technicolor gothics – their pictorial beauty, thanks to cameramen like Jack Asher and Arthur Ibbetson, was fundamental to the studio’s legacy. So it’s been more than a…

How Much Shock Can You Stand?

Ghosts are famous for their flexibility, spiraling through keyholes and up from the floorboards in search of their next mark. But movies about ghosts can be flexible too. Three classics of the genre, The Uninvited, House on Haunted Hill and The Innocents, demonstrate that there’s more than one way haunt a house. These films never…

Blood Feast

Blood Feast Blu-ray Arrow Video 1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017 Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis) Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis 1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell…

Othello

Othello Blu-ray Criterion 1952 / Black and White / 1:33 / Street Date October 10, 2017 Starring Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheál MacLiammóir Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Anchise Brizzi, George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Oberdan Troiani Written by William Shakespeare (Adapted by Orson Welles) Edited by Jenö Csepreghy, Renzo Lucidi, William Morton, Jean Sacha Produced by…

The Hidden

The Hidden Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1987 / Color /1.78:1 / Street Date October 4, 2017 Starring Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Nouri Cinematography by Jacques Haitkin Written by Jim Kouf Produced by Stephen Diener, Dennis Harris, Jeffrey Klein Directed by Jack Sholder After a demanding evening spent bumping and grinding at The Harem Room, a…

Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper Blu-ray Criterion 2016 / Color / 2.4:1 widescreen / Street Date October 24, 2017 Starring Kristen Stewart Cinematography by Yorick Le Saux Written by Olivier Assayas Produced by Genevieve Lemal Directed by Olivier Assayas Written and directed by the French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper is the story of a young woman in…

Don’t Torture a Duckllng

Don’t Torture a Duckling Blu-ray Arrow Films 1972 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / Street Date October 2, 2017 Starring Barbara Bouchet, Florinda Bolkan, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas Cinematography by Sergio D’Offizi Written by Lucio Fulci, Roberto Gianviti, Gianfranco Clerici Film Edited by Ornella Micheli Produced by Renato Jaboni Music by Riz Ortolani Directed by…

THE WONDERFUL WORLDS OF RAY HARRYHAUSEN, VOLUME ONE: 1955-1960

Since the early days of home video Ray Harryhausen’s films have been a lightning rod for companies eager to one-up the competition with bigger and brighter releases of the beloved animator’s work. Located in the UK, Powerhouse/Indicator is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with lavishly appointed blu ray sets each featuring three of…

The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher  Blu-ray Criterion 2001 / 1:85 / Street Date September 26, 2017 Starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, Annie Girardot Cinematography: Christian Berger Film Editor: Monika Willi, Nadine Muse Produced by Veit Heiduschka Music: Martin Achenbach Directed by Michael Haneke Her face merely a mask just waiting to crack along with her sanity, the…

David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life  Blu-ray Criterion 2016 / 1:75 / Street Date September 26, 2017 Starring the One and Only David Lynch Cinematography: Jason S. Film Editor: Olivia Neergaard-Holm Produced by Josefine Bothe Music: Jonatan Bengta Directed by Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Holm Twin Peaks: The Return recently ended its 18 hour…

La Poison

La Poison  Blu-ray Criterion 1951 / 1:33 / Street Date August 22, 2017 Starring: Michel Simon, Germaine Reuver Cinematography: Jean Bachelet Film Editor: Raymond Lamy Written by Sacha Guitry Produced by Jean Le Duc, Alain Poiré Music: Louiguy Directed by Sacha Guitry   One of the most insightful commentaries on Sacha Guitry’s La Poison can…

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)  Blu-ray Twilight Time 1972 / 1:85 / Street Date July 18th, 2017 Starring: Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds Cinematography: David M. Walsh Film Editor: Eric Albertson Written by Woody Allen Produced by Jack Brodsky, Elliott Gould Music: Mundell Lowe…