NIGHT TIDE
1961, AGFA, 84 min, USA, Dir: Curtis Harrington

Director Curtis Harrington’s debut indie feature is a masterpiece, a haunted, poetic hymn to the dark world of the fly-by-night carnival, lonely midways at dawn and the siren call of eons-old passion spawned by the devils of the deep blue sea. In a fond nod to Val Lewton and Jacques Tourneur’s CAT PEOPLE, at-loose-ends sailor Johnny Drake (Dennis Hopper) falls in love with sideshow mermaid Mora (Linda Lawson), who may just somehow be related to the real thing. Shot in and around Santa Monica and Venice Beach in the beat culture’s heyday, the film continues to exert a strong spell, and is brimming with the heady atmosphere of bygone coffeehouses, poet hipsters, languid jazz and bongos on the shore. With Luana Anders, Gavin Muir. "Captures an intangible quality of what Santa Monica was like in the early ’60s. Quite apart from Los Angeles, it was a quiet residential community. The funfair pier has just the right air of seedy despair about it. Everyone seems to be living just off the mainstream." - Glenn Erickson, DVD Savant.


AMITYVILLE 3-D
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Self-confident writer Tony Roberts and wife Tess Harper purchase a house made infamous by haunted activity but refuse to believe that it is inhabited by ghosts. Eerie manifestations bring the realization that supernatural phenomena still exist within the dwelling, as "The Demon" rises from a bottomless well in the basement. With Candy Clark, Lori Loughlin and Meg Ryan.


FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR
LA MARCA DEL HOMBRE LOBO
1968, Garagehouse Pictures, 78 min, Spain/West Germany, Dir: Enrique López Eguiluz

Famously mistitled (there is no mention or appearance of Frankenstein in the film), FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR is considered one of the holy grails of cult cinema and a must-see experience for horror fans in its original 3-D format. Paul Naschy, Spain’s favorite horror movie star at the time, plays a werewolf desperate to find a cure for his condition. Unfortunately, he finds a couple willing to help for all the wrong reasons.


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