Summer is upon us now. The best way to avoid the sweltering
temperatures and surprise rainshowers it brings is to stay at home, close to
your well-stocked home video library.
Here’s a dozen titles to consider for viewers interested
in the lesser-known or forgotten corners of commercial cinema. Highlights include a campus unrest drama with
a musical score by Meat Loaf songwriter Jim Steinman, a chilly bio-engineering
thriller/thoughtpiece from the pen of Michael Crichton and a film with Richard
Burton playing a closeted gangster. You also get two early directorial vehicles
from future Cannon Films honcho Menahem Golan, one of them a Jewish gangster
biopic with Tony Curtis and Milton Berle!
Please note that Dark
Night Of The Scarecrow has received a full-length review at Schlockmania
since these capsule reviews were written – just click on its title below to
access the feature review.