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Village of the Giants (1965) starring Tommy Kirk, Beau Bridges, Ron Howard, by Bert I. Gordon

Village of the Giants

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Village of the Giants (1965) starring Tommy Kirk, Beau Bridges, Ron Howard, by Bert I. Gordon

In Village of the Giants, delinquent teenagers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall. They then proceed to take over a small town. And dance. A lot.

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Two on a Guillotine (1965) starring Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero

Two on a Guillotine

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Two on a Guillotine (1965) starring Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero

In Two on a Guillotine, the daughter of a deceased stage magician must spend a week in a haunted house to receive her inheritance. Romance & mystery follow.

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I'll Take Sweden, starring Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld, Frankie Avalon, Dina Merrill

I’ll Take Sweden

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I’ll Take Sweden (1965), starring Bob Hope, Tuesday Weld,  Frankie Avalon,  Dina Merrill

In I’ll Take Sweden, Bob Hope will do almost anything to keep his impressionable teenage daughter (Tuesday Weld) from marrying her lazy boyfriend (Frankie Avalon), even if it means moving to Sweden.  But then he has to worry about a handsome Swede …

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Die, Monster, Die (1965) starring Nick Adams, Suzan Farmer, Boris Karloff, Freda Jackson

Die, Monster, Die

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Die, Monster, Die (1965) starring Nick Adams, Suzan Farmer, Boris Karloff, Freda Jackson The title, Die, Monster, Die is very misleading and the movie is much… Read More »Die, Monster, Die

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

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Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) starring Peter Cushing, Neil McCallum,  Christopher Lee, Roy Castle, Max Adrian, Donald Sutherland

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors was Amicus’ first attempt at an anthology of 5 horror stories, with a very good framing device. The entire film takes place on a train, where 5 gentlemen  — total strangers —  sit together and wait to reach their destination. To pass the time, these passengers each have their futures foretold by a 6th individual; a quiet, mild man named Doctor Sandor Shreck (Peter Cushing) — Shreck being the German word for “terror”. He relies on a deck of Tarot cards to tell the future. The Doctor instructs each reluctant participant to tap the deck three times; after, the first four images dealt tell the listener his fate. While an extra fifth card explains how it can be avoided.  The five stories foretold are:

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She, starring Ursula Andres, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee

She

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She (1965) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Ursula Andres

Set in Palestine in 1918 “She“, relates the story of three wartime buddies — Major Horace Holly (Peter Cushing), Leo Vincy (John Richardson) and Job (Bernard Cribbons), who at the end of the war find themselves in the Middle East with no real desire to return home to England. Encountering a beautiful and mysterious woman called Ustane (Rosenda Monteros), one evening in a nightclub Leo is lured away and then knocked out. When he comes to, he discovers himself in a strange house where he encounters another beautiful woman, who calls herself Ayesha (Ursula Andress) — She who must be obeyed.

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Spaceflight IC-1 (1965) starring Bill Williams, Norma West, John Cairney, Linda Marlowe

Spaceflight IC-1

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Spaceflight IC-1 (1965) starring Bill Williams, Norma West, John Cairney, Linda Marlowe Spaceflight IC-1 seems to be about mankind’s first attempt at interstellar colonization.  It also appears to be… Read More »Spaceflight IC-1

Dear Brigitte (1965) starring James Stewart, Glynis Johns, Billy Mumy, Fabian, Ed Wynn, Jesse White

Dear Brigitte

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Dear Brigitte (1965) starring Jimmy Stewart, Glynis Johns, Billy Mumy, Fabian, Ed Wynn, Jesse White

Dear Brigitte is a funny family comedy, dealing with the Leaf family, headed by Dr. Robert Leaf (Jimmy Stewart).  He’s the proverbial absent-minded professor, a poet who loves art and music, and dislikes the hard sciences.  When his young son Erasmus (Billy Mumy) turns out to be a mathematical prodigy, it causes him no end of consternation.  Vina Leaf (Glynis Johns)  plays the loving mother.  Cindy Carol plays the older sister (who uses her brother’s math skills to do her homework.  And later the homework of her boyfriend, Fabian, which leads to people wanting to use him to win at the race track.

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