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Dracula A.D. 1972

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 10 - 2013

Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Director: Alan Gibson
Writers: Don Houghton
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Christopher Neame, Caroline Munro and Stephanie Beacham



The Plot: Dracula A.D. 1972 begins the same way that one expects a Hammer vampire movie to end, with a grand battle between Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) and Count Dracula (Christopher Lee). As the two wage war whilst riding through the wilderness in a carriage, it derails and ultimately leads to both of their deaths. Once Dracula dies, via a broken spoke from a wheel that is jammed straight through his heart, one of his followers comes along and secretly scoops up his ashes. He then sneakily buries Dracula’s ashes only a few feet away from Van Helsing’s grave. We then skip forward one hundred years to wild and vibrant 1972 Britain. Here we meet a gang of friends comprised of social misfits. They are continually crashing parties, having fun, and generally living the rock & roll lifestyle. Within this group we meet the relative newcomer Johnny Alucard (Christopher Neame) who bares a shocking resemblance to the previous follower of Dracula who buried the great vampire’s ashes next to Van Helsing’s grave. Also within this group is Jessica Van Helsing (Stephanie Beacham), the great-granddaughter of the original Van Helsing. Her father, Lorrimer Van Helsing (also played by Peter Cushing), has continued on with the family legacy and is now one of the world’s most formal leaders within the study of occult activities. As one might derive, Johnny Alucard hasn’t joined Jessica Van Helsing’s group of friends for no reason in particular. He has some shady goals in mind, and after hosting a black mass near the grave of Dracula, Britain will once again be haunted by a Vampire plague.


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Bay of Blood

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 9 - 2013

Bay of Blood (1971)
Director: Mario Bava
Writers: Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, Sergio Canevari, Dardano Sacchetti, and Franco Barberi
Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Laura Betti, and Claudio Camaso



The Plot: Our film begins, as all great stories do, with an elderly woman being strangled with a noose by her husband. Although this may seem cliche, A Bay of Blood isn’t afraid to switch things up! So, we then watch as the deceased woman’s husband is killed by a faceless assailant immediately after he finishes the job. This new killer then drags the murdering son, Fillipo, out to the bay that their home sits upon, leaving the police to find a forged suicide note that tries to explain the elderly woman’s death. Meanwhile, Fillipo’s body is not found during the investigation. Our film then skips forward in time and we meet four young teens who are hoping to spend their weekend partying by the bay, unfortunately they are instead hunted down and murdered one by one. In a very violent sequence of events that are not foreshadowed in great detail, the movie dispatches all four of the teens as they become part of the bodycount building up around this bay. We then meet real estate agent Frank and his wife Laura who are interested in some property by the bay, and as the film unfurls, through them we will witness why all of this undue carnage has been taking place.


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Night of Horror

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 7 - 2013

Originally Written by Prof. Aglaophotis


Night of Horror (1981)
Director: Tony Malanowski
Writers: Rebecca Bach, Tony Malanowski, and Gae Schmitt
Starring: Steve Sandkuhler, Gae Schmitt, Rebecca Bach, Jeff Canfield, and Tony Malanowski.



The Plot: Our story begins with a man named Steve, who recounts his latest woes with his ambitious friend Chris. Chris wants Steve to keep their band going, but Steve has some reservations on account of his latest funk. Apparently, he’s been going through hard times ever since a trip he and his friends made to the Virginia countryside. Steve’s problems sprung-up during an RV trip he and his half-brother took as part of an inheritance matter from the death of their father.

Jeff also takes his wife Colleen along with her friend Susan. However, on their way to the inherited property, our four travelers encounter strange phenomena that forces them to spend a night out in the woods. It is here in the woods that Colleen’s dormant telepathic abilities awake in the presence of the restless spirits residing there.


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Conjuring, The

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 3 - 2013

The Conjuring (2013)
Director: James Wan
Writers: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor, and Ron Livingston



The Plot: Our film begins in 1971 and follows the young couple Roger (Ron Livingston) and Carolyn (Lili Taylor) who move into a new home with their five daughters. The home is a large countryhouse that seems to fit their every need. Everything seems perfect until Carolyn awakens with strange bruises on her body, and shortly thereafter they find their pet dog dead in the yard. This turns out to only be the beginning of their problems. Soon enough, various supernatural events turn their new home into a living nightmare. All clocks within the house stop at the exact same time, and pretty soon clapping and giggling can be heard throughout every room. The children begin to see demonic creatures, and all inhabitants are living in eternal fear. Eventually Carolyn reaches out to paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Lili Taylor), who hesitantly take on their case. Expecting to find noisy pipes or a drafty home, they instead stumble upon one of the clearest cases of demonic activity that they have ever come across. As Ed and Lorraine try to appeal to the Catholic church in order to clear an exorcism, they must try and protect Roger and Carolyn’s family from these demonic beings that have latched onto their family.



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Halloween Horrors begin, but first a message from our sponsors…

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 1 - 2013
Halloween Horrors 2013


As has been customary here at Varied Celluloid, nearly since its inception, the month of October will be filled with horror movie reviews. Unfortunately, due to offline circumstances, this may be our most relaxed Halloween Horrors yet. Reviews are forthcoming, but this will not be a year that ends with 31 movie reviews. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t have some fun!

The Trashy Trio While I am speaking directly to you, the reader, I would like to plug another venture that I (webmaster Josh!) am currently a part of. Earlier in September, I joined forces with two friends in order to start a new podcast called The Trashy Trio. This show will focus on trashy and sleazy movies that might not otherwise be talked about within respected company. These are movies that we feel deserve some kind of critical attention, even if we haven’t seen them, but are usually left alone due to their content. In our first episode we discussed the Jean Rolling title Schoolgirl Hitchhikers and in our second outing we talked about the Ruggero Deodatto classic, The House on the Edge of the Park.

So, if you’re interested in hearing my Southern accent, or you are looking for a podcast that covers trashy movies, give us a listen on Stitcher, iTunes, or the previously linked libsyn blog!

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