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One Million Years B.C. Review


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My two-year old daughter got a kick out of the claymation dinosaurs and I enjoyed Raquel Welch's fur bra and pantie outfit, but let's face it, One Million Years B.C. is a ridiculously guilty pleasure -- at best. The only spoken dialogue is narration -- the story, of a man kicked out of his tribe who hooks up with Welch's beachdwellers, only to do battle with his old tribe and lots of clay creatures (including giant turtles and iguanas) is told completely through grunting and chest beating. Though in the case of Welch, this can be a good thing.

The Mask Of Satan (Black Sunday) (1960) Review


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Mario Bava's first film is gorgiously photographed and often eerie, but it fails to scare much by today's standards. Barbara Steele plays two roles -- one a long-dead witch and the other her princess descendent, for whom the witch is reborn after 200 years in the grave to, for no other reason than to kill her for eternal life, etc. Bava proved a real ability with the camera here, but the predictable and derivative story (with more than a few shades of Nosferatu) makes it decidedly dull.

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