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David Von Pein

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    Mooresville, Indiana USA
  1. Thank you, Hookshot, for sharing your "Exorcist" experience. P.S. --- Be sure to NOT visit my webpages devoted to this film. If you do, you might find yourself sleeping with the light on all over again.
  2. TikiSoo, I can understand the need for a groundskeeper (or "caretaker") even when a house has been vacant for years. The grass is going to grow whether anyone is inside the dwelling or not. But the need for a maid or a housekeeper to come to work every day of the week in order to work inside a completely empty house is something that seems totally unnecessary to me. And although she doesn't expressly come out and say so in the film, I get the distinct impression from the way Mrs. Dudley talks to the ghost hunters in "The Haunting" that she has established a normal routine and habit for servi
  3. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / The Haunting (1963) "The original 1963 The Haunting is a masterpiece of suspense. We don't see any floating spirits, and we don't get to see a dozen or so teenagers chopped into mince meat either. And that's the beauty of it. Our imaginations are brought to the forefront throughout this whole movie. Excellent black-and-white photography and some chilling music add to the eerie proceedings, plus some fine acting is on tap as well. A fine, subtle acting performance is turned in by Rosalie Crutchley (as Mrs. Dudley, the housekeeper who refuses to stay in
  4. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / Experiment In Terror (1962) "Experiment In Terror is a brilliant and compelling black-and-white thriller. It makes you squirm in your seat from the extraordinarily eerie beginning right through to its climax. .... [This film] has everything a great suspense thriller needs -- a fine cast of characters, great actors to portray them, a first-class script which builds mounting tension and drama, superb on-location scenery, and a goose bump-raising musical score from one of the best composers ever [Henry Mancini]." -- David Von Pein; November 2005 Amazon.c
  5. DVP-Video-Audio-Archive.blogspot.com / The Exorcist (1973) "['The Exorcist'] is a movie that possesses that magic combination of elements to unsettle almost anyone watching it. .... In my view, some of the most chill-inducing scenes in the movie are BEFORE Regan [Linda Blair] becomes fully possessed by evil forces. For example, there's a scene in which Regan's mother [Ellen Burstyn] enters Regan's frigid bedroom and tucks her daughter in. The camera stares directly into Regan's sleeping face as Miss Burstyn leaves the room. Then we see that Regan wasn't asleep at all, as her eyes suddenly
  6. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) "I can watch 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' over and over again, and never get tired of it. .... The movie contains several wonderfully subtle moments where we can sense the true 'alien' status of Klaatu [Michael Rennie]. One such well-scripted occasion is when Klaatu/Carpenter opens up a musical box and is a bit surprised and amused when he hears a tune coming from within this odd object. The idea of a box that emits music had been completely alien to him. .... [This film] has stood the test of many decades' worth of tim
  7. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / The Clock (1945) "A tender and refreshingly simple romantic drama has been woven around a soldier on a forty-eight-hour furlough in Manhattan and his chance meeting with a lonely girl, in the new Metro film, 'The Clock'. .... The atmosphere of the big town has seldom been conveyed more realistically upon the screen than in this picture. .... Director Vincente Minnelli has recorded the pulse beats of Manhattan...with electrifying effect. The sound track of this film is a composition in itself, not just a mechanical device. .... 'The Clock' is the kind of pictu
  8. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / Airplane! (1980) "Airplane! has jokes—hilarious jokes—to spare. It's also clever and confident and furiously energetic." -- The New York Times; July 2, 1980 tcm.com/tcmdb/title/66945/Airplane!
  9. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / The Blues Brothers "What's a little startling about this movie is that all of this works. .... Director John Landis has somehow pulled it together, with a good deal of help from the strongly defined personalities of the title characters. [John] Belushi and [Dan] Aykroyd come over as hard-boiled city guys, total cynics with a world-view of sublime simplicity, and that all fits perfectly with the movie's other parts. There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy." -- Roger Ebert; 1980 RogerEbe
  10. Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / Cape Fear (1962) "1962's 'Cape Fear' should certainly keep any first-time watcher on pins and needles. Watch and see how it suspensefully unfolds. Many memorable scenes await the viewer. The film holds up very nicely the 23rd time it's viewed as well. A classic always does. .... As the film opens, we see a cigar-smoking Max Cady walking toward the courthouse to meet his "prey" (Gregory Peck, playing "Sam Bowden"). Cady's self-assured gait and somewhat cocky manner, as we watch him leisurely making his way down the street, give us a good indication as to the kind
  11. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 --- "APOLLO 13" (1995).... Classic--Movies.blogspot.com / Apollo 13 Music Score: http://app.box.com/shared/Apollo 13 Music TCM's entry for this film: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/67523/Apollo-13
  12. Also see: Classic-Movie-Trailers.blogspot.com/The City Of The Dead (aka: Horror Hotel) To answer NipkowDisc's earlier question (which Nipkow later deleted, which probably means "Nip" obtained the correct answer independently, but I'll answer it anyway after reading Nip's post via e-mail notification)--- The full title of the film, as released in England in September 1960, is "THE City Of The Dead", which can also be confirmed by the title card used in the film (shown below). Thanks. And Godspeed.
  13. classic--movies.blogspot.com/2011/01/airport.html
  14. 20 years old this year -- "The American President" -- starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. One of my favorites: Classic--Movies.blogspot.com/The American President Theme Music: http://app.box.com/s/jze1s95ujaf7j14cpvicqadpx4217iyb TCM Page: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/18848/American-President-The
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