Rankings (This Time, Only First and Worst)
The Night Walker (1964)
I have a lot to say about this criminally overlooked William Castle film, but most of that can wait until a certain academic book on the filmmaker comes out next summer. For now, consider that the Germans dubbed him “Shock-Meister,” and that this film contains this image:
Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)
If you think Fred Olen Ray is a sort of VHS William Castle, you’ve never watched this film. I’m sorry, but one needs to set boundaries when it comes to Eddie Deezen.
More Rankings (The Three-Way Tie Division)
Crime of Passion (1957)
What a week for my ongoing, one-sided love affair with Barbara Stanwyck!* For this particular domestic noir, I loved that Raymond Burr was the beguiling Other Man.
*She also starred in The Night Walker, to be clear.
House on Haunted Hill (1958)
Echo Park (1986)
Despite my usual assortment of random films, this was the strangest thing I watched all week. Really.