Rankings (Auteur Division: Mario Bava)
Black Sunday (1960)
Not sure what I love most: the masks, Steele, or the mise-en-scène. Regardless, this sole Bava classic provides one of contemporary horrors most enviable complete packages.
Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
This sumptuous Bava was the first screening at the Egyptian Theater’s Bava-fest, and my socks were knocked off! (But, thankfully, not because it was freezing inside the theater.)
5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
A swingin’ fun sexy-island-cabin-time for hip moderns, only with an immensely inscrutable plot.
Lisa and the Devil (1973)
Telly Salavas is in this, and apparently he’s sprinkling sleeping dust over the whole damn thing cuz I was consistently zonking out.
Rankings (Actor Division: Lon Chaney)
Where East is East (1929)
Conflates Orientalism with lusty sexuality, as those silent pictures were wont to do, but Chaney is always a treat to watch sweat and wince through any film.
West of Zanzibar (1928)
This time Chaney’s in Africa, so, um, yeah you can guess how that goes (hint: it features paralysis and white savior shit). But you can’t argue with the aesthetics of these silent Chaney features:
Rankings (The Rest–Yes, I Watched a Lot this Week)
Craig’s Wife (1936)
A woman’s weepie, which is often enough for me to endorse, but cinching my top slot here by Rosalind Russell effectively making you hate her damn guts.
The Hidden (1987)
I happened to be on this very street, at Miceli’s, the same week I watched this hybrid sci-fi/cop procedural film. It makes me sad that the Harem Room is “lost” and instead, just past the light on Hollywood Blvd., this corner of Hollywood “gained” the Rusty (fucking) Mullet 😦
The Mask (1994)
You probably, like me, are in your 30s and remember this somewhat fondly. Instead, you should remember moments like this (see: below) are more common than anything vaguely “smokin’!”