Flashback Films – Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970).


Flashback Film – Bad Ronald (1974) (TV)

Cover of "Bad Ronald"

Cover of Bad Ronald

OK, I have a confession to make. I have never seen the Made for TV horror movie Bad Ronald, the one with Scott Jacoby as a creepy guy who kills a mean girl so his mother locks him up in a closet so he doesn’t get arrested but she dies and he is still there when a new family moves in…

But I LOVE this music video made from it. And, anyway, I think you don’t need to see it after seeing this. Oh yeah, have patience, watch it on YouTube, thanks.

Flashback Film – Freaks (1932)


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To be honest, Freaks is only a horror movie of sorts, and towards the end. But this amazing film by Tod Browning does the opposite of what standard horror films did and still do: the most frightening people are not the strangest looking. They are the ones who want us to fear them.

I have inserted a review from Cinemassacre Monster Madness:

Flashback Film – King Kong (1933)


Cover of "King Kong"

Cover of King Kong


The original King Kong is the best.

I wasn’t too unhappy with the one from a few years ago, but not too pleased, either.

Don’t even ask about the 70s version. I wrote a negative review of it for a 7th grade English assignment where I presented the events of the movie as a mock news story in the format of a photocopied newspaper cover. Wish I still had THAT.

Look at those tags. I have no idea how those get generated. “Allegedly Unethical Firms”? “Canada”? OK.

Flashback Film – Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Edward Scissorhands

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Edward Scissorhands has one of the most darling “monsters” and one of the kindest”mad scientists” you could find. I like the High Gothishness of the movie. Yeah, it is dated. Johnny Depp is basically playing Robert Smith. The part with Winona Ryder playing a really old lady at the end never worked. But I love the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari meets My Three Sons aesthetic.

Man, Depp is so young here.

Oh, this pre-dates when “kooky characters set to Danny Elfman music” became a standard trope for movie trailers. So it seems like a retread but at the time it was quite fresh.

Flashback Film – Carrie (1976)

Cover of "Carrie (Special Edition)"

Cover of Carrie (Special Edition)

Carrie (1976).

I saw this when I was 13. It had gone from first run feature to second feature on a double bill. It was playing with the rather forgettable Audrey Rose. I really wanted to see Carrie, but it was rated R, so I convinced my mom to take my friend and I to the show because Audrey Rose was directed by a family friend. I kept thinking through the whole thing “this isn’t so scary”, “it is more sad and tragic but kind of funny, too”. Ha ha ha. I had nightmares about that ending for years. The movie is an extreme downer, as it basically posits that being a girl or a woman is pure, inescapable Hell, regardless of whether you are the Queen Bee, the Wannabe or the Total Outcast, and regardless of whether you are a teen or an adult.

My mom never forgave me for dragging her to this movie: she found it highly disturbed and disturbing.

I still think this Brian De Palma classic is the best Stephen King adaptation ever done.

Flashback Film – The Birds (1963)

Cover of "The Birds (Collector's Edition)...

Cover of The Birds (Collector's Edition)

The Birds remains one of my favorite Hitchcock films (after Vertigo). The special effects seem a little dated, but it still works.

Flashback Film – The Wild Angels (1966)

Wild Angels ( "We want to be free... Free...

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The Wild Angels is one of Roger Corman‘s best, and it has a terrific soundtrack to boot.

Some might say – for biker film, how could you ignore Easy Rider?


For one, they are riding bikes, but they are not really Bikers.

For another, while Easy Rider has a classic soundtrack, the Wild Angels has a great original soundtrack by Davie Allan and the Arrows that is kind of hotrod-surfer on acid.

This is the prototype for Peter Fonda‘s character in Easy Rider, anyway, and though Easy Rider has Toni Basil, THIS has Nancy Sinatra. Awesome.

Check out the dialogue.

Woman of the Day – Mary Harron

Mary Harron has taken on film projects that seem not typically “feminine” – and for that I applaud her. American Psycho is one of the funniest movies made about a serial killer. I do not think it would be half as funny if directed by a man. I Shot Andy Warhol is also one to check out. A couple of brave projects that could have gone very bad in the wrong hands.

Mary Harron at

Mary Harron at



My friend Nasher shared his blog with me. It documents the making of one of his films in Bath, UK in the 70s. Great documentation, engaging to read.