Movie Diary 8/5/2019

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957). A triumph of special effects and philosophy, in Richard Matheson’s story about how unexpected calamity can change a person. A film that, among other things, truly wastes no time, even when it slows down for the little man’s life in the gigantic basement.

Bay of Blood aka Twitch of the Death Nerve (Mario Bava, 1971). Groovy design, cheesy murders, and an array of zooms. Lots of people getting what they deserve in this kill-spree. The title (the Twitch one, that is) haunted my adolescent imagination from the time a neighbor kid asked me whether I’d seen the movie (how would I have seen the movie?), and in some ways the film itself does not quite live up to that shiver.