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  • House of Dreams

    House of Dreams

    Back in 2019, I stumbled on House of Dreams while looking for either 1960s regional horror movies, movies made in Indiana, or both. I had read the Bleeding Skull review long before, but had filed it away and mostly forgotten about it. Once it was back on my radar, I ended up buying the DVD from Alpha Video and was pretty floored--here was a completely independent horror feature production made in Indiana that had its premiere in September of 1963.…

  • Red Roses of Passion

    Red Roses of Passion

    ★★★★

    Carla (Patricia McNaire) is tired of her prudish aunt and cousin cramping her style when she brings men home. A friend takes her to meet Martha (Helena Clayton), a fortune teller who runs an all-female cult that worships "the spirit of Pan" out of the back room of her storefront. Martha suggests a way for Carla to put Tracey (Laura London) and Julie (Bella Donna) in their place, and at first Carla is pleased with the results. Her aunt and…

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  • Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear

    Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear

    I just learned that Douglas Burke is touring a 35mm print(!!?!!?!?!) of the black and white version (!!!?!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!) of this movie, and I need everyone to write impassioned letters to any local independent cinemas that have access to 35mm projection begging them to book it. Because my GOD, if you've only seen the color digital version of Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear, have you really seen Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear?

  • Haunted Indiana

    Haunted Indiana

    Haunted Indiana was produced for WTTW Indianapolis, and legend has it that it only aired once on that channel in 1981. It terrified so many kids that WTTW never ran it again, but by some miracle it resurfaced last year thanks to what is very likely the only copy remaining on Earth. It's a deeply endearing and mostly pretty tame anthology of shorts based on "folk tales" from around Indiana. "Tame" that is until the final story, which is almost…

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  • Song of the Blind Girl

    Song of the Blind Girl

    A list of 20 things filmmaker Tom Charley ("ctom") does not appear to know, understand, or believe, based on the content of this film:

    1. Generally speaking, night is the part of the 24-hour cycle when it is dark outside.

    2. The human gestational period is 9 months.

    3. Waterboarding.

    4. Hospitals.

    5. Fall and Winter are the seasons when the weather is coldest.

    6. Props.

    7. Abortion.

    8. The difference between "thousands" and "millions."

    9. It is considered poor…

  • 2025: The World Enslaved by a Virus

    2025: The World Enslaved by a Virus

    "Communism is all over the place."

    This movie suggests the coronavirus pandemic is a worldwide globalist conspiracy to establish a One World Order where everyone must speak English, and Christianity, ice cream, and funerals are all outlawed. It does this mostly through endless scenes of people sitting around in a big room in a basement and just talking and talking and talking. There are long follow shots of people walking where the camera is set at ass level; after a…