Circus Of Horrors goes beyond its title and initial billing as a horror movie to today being appreciated as a story about evil men manipulating wounded – and societally less powerful – women. The movie is also a commentary on society’s infatuation with physical appearances. Plus, it will creep you out – in a good way.
Death On The Nile is a triumph of adapting Agatha Christie’s genius to the movie screen – or in this case, a great restoration on Blu-Ray. This movie is a shotgun blast of great actors: Peter Ustinov, Jane Birkin, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Olivia Hussey, George Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Jack Warden and other stars. Any Agatha Christie tale guarantees a good time. This cast makes this experience a marvelous cinematic journey.
The Go-Between can be watched as a tense “romance story” and a scathing indictment of the British class system of the last century, but Alan Bates and Julie Christie bring their characters to life with an artistry that viewers from any culture can appreciate. And the heat, the heat of the plot and the characters, oh that heat.
Don’t Look Now is perhaps the strangest and most shocking movie from the 1970s. You will never guess how it ends, and sometimes – like its characters – you will not be certain what’s going on. A story set in grief, hope and horror from the great author Daphne du Maurier, this is modern conscious filmmaking with everything from time-flips to camera angles enhancing the surrealistic plot. This is a movie to be seen if you want to see what movies can do, and it’s worth however it makes you feel. The famous love scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie is honest, erotic and powerful.
The Mirror Crack’d flashes its wonderful creativity from the moment you see its abbreviated title. This is classic Agatha Christie starring one of her most beloved characters: Miss Marple, whose unassuming savvy uncovers murder and more in an “ordinary” British village. This is a great British mystery movie with a wonderful cast dominated by Americans: Angela Lansbury, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Curtis. We watch Agatha Christie movies for a good time, and this movie delivers.
Evil Under The Sun gives us movie watchers fun under our sun no matter what time of day or size of screen we use to watch this wonderful high-tech restored masterpiece of mystery and characters from the mind of Agatha Christie. In this movie, Peter Ustinov is Christie’s famous moustached detective Hercule Poirot, while with that detective at a crime-scene, luxury hotel are actors who’ll steal your eyes: Jane Birkin, James Mason, Roddy McDowall, Diana Rigg, Colin Blakely, and Maggie Smith.
Murder On The Orient Express from Agatha Christie created an entire genre of “on the train” movies, and this lovingly restored version of her classic tale is a gem of a movie. Director Sidney Lumet assembled a cast of movie stars so big it’s hard to believe: Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman (who won an Oscar for this work), Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Widmark and Michael York. And at the center of the movie, Albert Finney creates his version of detective Hercule Poirot that feels dead on true. This is the Agatha Christie movie adaptation to see above all others.