Category Archives: Robin’s Underrated Gems

Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)

Before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and after Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper was a WWF wrestler on the precipice of crossover stardom. Honestly, his husky screen presence and luxurious blonde locks in both They Live (spawning Duke Nukem catchphrase “I’ve … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Scars of Dracula (1970)

A spurious bat on a string flaps into Dracula’s castle and expectorates blood onto the Count’s desiccated ashes. Voila, the baron has risen again but the low budget restrictions are definitely evident this time around. When the irate townspeople cordially … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Fade to Black (1980)

Movie buffs are often portrayed as cloistered introverts whose only prism through life is a silver screen. I, for one, can occasionally become fixated upon an era or filmography of an auteur to the point of insalubrious mania. Fade to … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Little Monsters (2019)

On the heels of Zombieland 2: Double Tap, another undead farce could be an insurmountable stretch for viewers to rekindle for. Haven’t we lampooned, spoofed and tar-and-feathered the whole sect of flesh-eaters yet? Could there possibly be another oblique angle … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Man’s Best Friend (1993)

With Victorian pictures of canines throughout the centuries, Man’s Best Friend is already laughably pretentious. The insistently obtrusive and downright ear-ravaging score from Joel Goldsmith is another misstep. Writer-director of the equally underwhelming Child’s Play 2, John Lafia is utterly … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

F.W. Murnau’s 1922 picture was a revolutionary landmark for the silent film era and it was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which is why the monikers (a giggling Renfield is still intact) and situations have been slightly modified … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – The Relic (1997)

Peter Hyams is not only a director but he is also his own cinematographer. One of his stipulations with this film is that it not be deluged with artificial lighting. Because of that, the film oozes nyctophobic atmosphere as the … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Hallow’s Eve Gems – A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987)

Normally, I would be beleaguered about the prospect of a belated, mostly disconnected sequel to a beloved 1978 miniseries. However, the X-factor is Larry Cohen’s name across the credits from his penmanship to his direction. Cohen is always a distinctively … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

For members of the audience who are hazy on the details of Tom Holland’s masterstroke Fright Night, Tommy Lee Wallace rejiggers a highlight reel during the opening therapy sessions in which Charley Brewster’s (William Ragsdale) vampiric battle is expostulated by … Continue reading

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Castor’s Hallow’s Eve Duds – In the Tall Grass (2019)

Not all Stephen King short stories should be cushioned and expanded to feature length. Although this adaptation of a 2012 novella is a father-son collaboration with Joe Hill, the film itself is an interminable, lackluster hodgepodge of King’s previous motifs … Continue reading

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