The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror, 1949)

This is a public domain film that has been poorly served on DVD, appearing in a number of crappy editions from bottom feeder companies like Alpha and VCI. Now Columbia has somehow been persuaded to release a very nice quality … Continue reading

Saturday Matinee: The Maze (1953)

The Maze is a gothic horror thriller directed by William Cameron Menzies, who has become one of my favorite figures in classical Hollywood. The movies he directed are always visually amazing, which makes sense for someone whose background (and main … Continue reading

Things to Come (1936)

H.G. Wells apparently hated Fritz Lang’s science fiction epic, Metropolis (1927), and considered it an attack on science. When he was given control of the production of Things to Come, he told director William Cameron Menzies that he wanted to … Continue reading