Category Archives: Robin’s Underrated Gems

Castor’s Underrated Gems- The Super Cops (1974)

Prefaced with candid interviews from the real-life subjects, Greenberg and Hantz, the busts and cumulative crime-fighting of the duo is genuflected with a flamboyantly cyclonic, pungently funny, rollicking stranger-than-fiction saga. When the instructor heeds “don’t look for trouble”, the next … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- The Delicate Delinquent (1957)

In his first loopy, albeit winsome solo outing, Jerry Lewis fraternizes with his co-stars with a constraint on his mugging abandon. He might be a porcine screen hog but he milks every ounce of chortles from his potent chemistry with … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Deal of the Century (1983)

The commercial parody for the Peacemaker military jet (with “Someone to Watch Over Me” in the background) is intelligently acrid view of the American desire for orbiting safeguards against their enemies. Maybe I’m predisposed to unsung satires from SNL alumni … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Nightmare at Noon (1988)

As the nuclear-slush green credits roll, one distinction that immediately transfixes your attention will be the music score which is co-composed by the now legendary percussionist Hans Zimmer. As with most of his accompaniments, the enthusiastically ballistic, ultimately anticlimactic Nightmare … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Race with the Devil (1975)

In the second of three co-starring collaborations, Peter Fonda and Warren Oates are the prey in the jubilantly scuzzy rollercoaster Race with the Devil which was paid homage in Drive Angry and Red State. The film capitalizes on the Satanic … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Night of the Demon (1980)

Not to be confused with the pluralized Halloween-soiree movie, Night of the Demon is a cloddish, tactless 1980 “video nasty” on a shoestring budget about a series of mutilations via Sasquatch. All of the Pacific Northwest attacks are eyewitness accounts … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

More a feature-length fan film than a studio-financed blockbuster, Godzilla: Final Wars amalgamates all the iterations of Gojira into a free-for-all brawl. It’s a colossally metastasizing, caffeinated jamboree that not only enmeshes every incarnation of the atomic menace but it … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Wounds (2019)

It is quite egotistically haughty for the film to fade to black with a Joseph Conrad quote from ‘Hearts of Darkness’. Afterwards, Babak Anvari tinges the film with a psychotropic, Stygian William S. Burroughs aroma around Rosie’s, a cockroach-festering tavern … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Trick (2019)

The horror icons of our youth have faded into oblivion and in order to prefabricate another one in modern times is an onerous task. “Trick” Weaver is the latest in the trend alongside Victor Crowley, Adam Green’s sinewy backwoods demon. … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

Yet another Godzilla movie in this Halloween marathon and like much of the Millenium series by Toho, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. doesn’t dither away. Within the span of two minutes, Mechagodzilla is undergoing a restoration and Godzilla himself is awoken from … Continue reading

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