31 Weeks to Halloween: The Mummy's Hand (1940)

Out of the forbidden past... rises an ancient curse.. to destroy all who dare to learn... time's most amazing mystery! Earlier in the year 1940, audiences saw the release of The Invisible Man Returns and just a few months later, Universal Pictures was back with another film in their monster franchise: this time a spin-off of the Mummy monster! The Mummy's Hand was the second Mummy movie to be released by the studio, and many people consider it to be a sequel to the original 1932 film, even though it contains zero references to the earlier film , as well as zero characters or anything associated with the plot line. While Boris Karloff was the "original" Mummy character, Tom Tyler takes on the

1BR

Starting over in a new city, all by yourself can be very hard... or it could be a nightmare. Unfortunately for the main character of the mind numbing thriller 1BR, she learned that lesson the hard way after moving into her new complex and things take an unexpected, sinister turn for the worst. The film was written and directed by David Marmor and while it seems our main character Sarah (perfectly played by actress Nicole Brydon Bloom) has moved into the perfect new community, she has no idea the physical and mental torture she's about to endure to be a part of that community. The film definitely takes some pretty epic twists and turns throughout its hour and a half runtime, and it has plenty

The Jack in the Box

One of the great things about horror is its ability to take basic objects and turn them into murderous villains. Tomatoes, sofas, and even tires; horror has brought new life to these basic everyday items and helped create nightmare fuel out of them. There's plenty of films based around childhood toys like dolls and puppets (Child's Play, Annabelle, Puppet Master, Dead Silence) but last year, a new UK film debuted on streaming services entitled THE JACK IN THE BOX where its evil villain is - you guessed it - a jack in the box; and turns out the movie is pretty fucking awesome. I've been pretty eager to check this one out since the trailer looked pretty promising, and it's been sitting in my w

31 Weeks to Halloween: The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

They hear him! They feel him! But they can't stop him! We're well underway on our countdown to Halloween night with yet another Universal Monster movie; for the ninth film in our countdown, we're taking a look at The Invisible Man Returns from 1940 - the sequel to The Invisible Man that came out seven years earlier with amazing success. Universal brought in horror legend Vincent Price for the film - who always adds a little extra awesome to the movies he's in - and the movie ended up being pretty well received. By this point, Universal was really starting to feel the warm reception of their monster movies, and The Invisible Man Returns was no exception. While it feels like there's actually l

A Nun's Curse

Horror films that have a basis in religion always catch my eye; over the last few years we've been doing Soulless, we've looked at countless nun and religious nut films, and they usually always make for a pretty great watch. Such is the case with the new film A NUN'S CURSE; I've been pretty hyped all week to finally get a chance to sit down and watch this, and I gotta admit, this film is fun. A Nun's Curse was written and directed by Tommy Faircloth, and they enlisted the help of one of horror's favorite women - Felissa Rose - to help bring this wicked nun story to life, and it's a pretty awesome story that translates really well to film! While A Nun's Curse isn't anything groundbreaking or

31 Weeks to Halloween: Son of Frankenstein (1939)

New terror - loosed upon a startled world! Soulless Cult's weekly countdown to Halloween featuring all thirty classic Universal Monsters movies is really starting to ramp up as we enter our eighth film in the line-up: 1939's Son of Frankenstein! This film is the third in the Frankenstein series, and was the last in the series to feature the iconic (and true) face of the Monster, Boris Karloff. What makes the cast just that much better is Universal brought in a face that, by then, was well known to classic horror fans: Bela Lugosi, who played Count Dracula just eight years earlier. Lugosi was brought on to portray an aged Ygor as he welcomes Baron Wolf von Frankenstein (played by Basil Rathbo

31 Weeks to Halloween: Dracula's Daughter (1936)

She gives you that weird feeling! The weekend is here yet again, and with it comes another Universal Monster movie to celebrate here at Soulless Cult; this week, we're checking out Dracula's Daughter, the direct sequel to the iconic Dracula film from 1931. The film is apparently based on a deleted chapter from the Dracula novel written by Bram Stoker, but the film doesn't resemble the novel's contents, so take that as you will. Dracula's Daughter, however, is definitely a very interesting follow-up to the very successful vampire film which saw Bela Lugosi as the legendary Count Dracula. I say interesting because while the film is obviously about the daughter of Dracula, it's worth noting tha

The Lodge

As we approach the halfway point of 2020, I've been looking back at some of the awesome films I've checked out this year already and quite honestly, after finally seeing THE LODGE this past week, this film takes the cake for the first half of 2020 for me. What a fucking ride this film is; I knew I needed to see this movie when I first saw the trailer last year, and for whatever reason (limited theater showings I believe) I just never got the opportunity to check this bad boy out and man, have I been missing out. The Lodge is the modern day The Shining and it is fucking brilliant in every way possible. It's been days now since I've seen it and I still cannot stop thinking about the wicked sto

31 Weeks to Halloween: Werewolf of London (1935)

"Beware the stalking being! Half human - half beast!" Another week close to Halloween, another weekend to celebrate the classic Universal Monsters of the first half of the 1900s. Last weekend, we saw true terror meet its mate in The Bride of Frankenstein, but this Saturday we're focusing on the mindblowing transformation of Wilfred Glendon (played by Henry Hull) from man into beast in Werewolf of London. The film was released in 1935 through Universal Pictures and was the first mainstream Hollywood film to feature a werewolf; a pretty notable achievement because many people unfamiliar with this film would assume that title would go to The Wolf Man - which wouldn't be released for another six

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