Movie Diary 10/31/2013

Nebraska (Alexander Payne, 2013). For the first 20 minutes, I was thinking, “Well, too bad, Payne has made his first dud.” It gets better. And by the time we reach the final 20 minutes, it lifts onto another plane.  (full review 11/15)

Pit and the Pendulum (Roger Corman, 1961). Vincent Price in full crowing glory. You have to sit through 45 minutes of people walking through the castle, with a few flashbacks to liven things up. Gets pretty wacko toward the end, plus a zinger of a final shot. Seeing this on (possibly network?) TV as a kid, I worried about whether the pit was worse than the pendulum, but probably settled on the latter. Anyway, lost some sleep because of it.

Paranoiac (Freddie Francis, 1963). Early Oliver Reed, echoes of Psycho, some truly weird little touches. Plus, I don’t believe I’d ever seen this Hammer picture, so – good enough for Halloween.

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