George Hilton strikes a familiar pose in George Hilton

Last of the Badmen

July 13, 2017 Matt Blake 1

Last of the Badmen is a bit of a favourite of mine, and shows George Hilton at his best with a performance that seems to encapsulate the intriguing divisions within his acting persona.

Murderous games are afoot in The Sweet Body of Deborah

The Sweet Body of Deborah

July 8, 2017 Matt Blake 0

In many ways The Sweet Body of Deborah can be seen as an archetypal pre-Argento giallo. The motivating factors are greed, lust and hatred rather than pseudo-psychological disturbance.

Carmen Maura in batty biddy mode in La promesa

La promesa

July 4, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Here’s another entry in the ‘batty biddy’ cycle of films (see also the recent Italian production The Butterfly Room and, of course, the great grandmummy of them all, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?).

George Blagden and Shaun Dooley in Blood Moon

Blood Moon

June 29, 2017 Matt Blake 0

One of the most positive developments in the world of cinema over the past few years is the resurgence of the western genre. At one point last year cowboys seemed to be literally falling out of the sky: Slow West, Salvation, The Dark Valley, The Hateful Eight and so on.

Ana de Armas as 'Rosa Neri' in the enjoyable Blind Alley

Blind Alley

June 11, 2017 Matt Blake 0

aka El callejón Director: Antonio Trashorras Writer: Antonio Trashorras Stars: Ana de Armas, Diego Cadavid, Leonor Varela Blind Alley, aka El callejón, is another film […]

Believe it or not, this is the most interesting picture I can find for Poker with Pistols

Poker with Pistols

June 5, 2017 Matt Blake 0

Suave, milk-drinking Bronson Terrail (George Hilton) arrives in town and immediately challenges the local cardsharp Lucas (George Eastman) to a game of poker. Much to everybody’s surprise, he wins.

Rupert Evans in The Canal

The Canal

June 1, 2017 Matt Blake 0

British ghost stories tend to break down into two basic types. On the one hand, you have your ‘gothic’ haunted house horrors, which are generally set in enormous country piles and often – although not always – in the past.