Alexander On Film

Alexander On Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Chris Alexander
Rating Title/Year Author
Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019) Chris Alexander An intimate, riotous, affectionate and ultimately profoundly sad essay that is an essential watch not just for horror history fans, but for anyone remotely interested in the waning days of the anti-establishment, Hollywood fringe maverick. EDIT
Posted Feb 11, 2020
The Turning (2020) Chris Alexander This is a sophisticated work of dread, decay, brooding mood and abstract storytelling coated in the sheen of a simplistic spook show. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2020
Hitch Hike to Hell (1977) Chris Alexander By conventional standards, the shoestring-budgeted HITCH HIKE TO HELL isn't a particularly well produced work. But man, does it pack a disorienting, primal punch. EDIT
Posted Jan 7, 2020
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) Chris Alexander If you can suspend your disbelief, the lousy make-up doesn't detract from how beautiful, moving and loving a tribute to Chaney's legacy the film is. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
Sole Survivor (1984) Chris Alexander SOLE SURVIVOR is a supremely slow, obscenely eerie exercise in dread, one that manages to reference Rod Serling, Ingmar Bergman and George Romero, sometimes within the same scene. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2019
Killer Nun (1978) Chris Alexander Anita Ekberg screws the scenery in this wonderfully tasteless shocker. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2019
Toys Are Not for Children (1972) Chris Alexander TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN is a kind of masterpiece, I'm just not sure what kind. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2019
Satan's Slave (1976) Chris Alexander Warren's films offer nothing save 90 minutes (or less) of pure, down and dirty phantasmagorical escapism; well-crafted genre romps made to distract, shock and titillate. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) Chris Alexander You don't walk away from this tale titillated. You don't walk away outraged. You don't walk away shocked. You walk away...empty. And that's exactly how it should be. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
The Devil's Own (1966) Chris Alexander THE WITCHES is no pandering horror-hagsploitation potboiler. It's something far more evolved and interesting EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972) Chris Alexander Those of you out there who get-off on the lowliest of inept genre stuff will love the Hell out of it. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
The Hunger (1983) Chris Alexander We know that the hunger of the title isn’t just a hunger for blood, it’s a hunger to hold on to life, to love, to all of those moments that make us what we are, in that brief period of our lives that we shine, when we are at our best. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2019
Jack the Ripper (1959) Chris Alexander This is an essential piece of Ripperphilia on film and just an all-around killer bit of sordid period-piece horror. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
The House That Jack Built (2018) Chris Alexander By the time the movie literally goes to Hell and stings its Baroque finale with the funniest closing credits music ever, you'll feel very much like the director has smashed you square in the face with cinema itself. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
Nightwing (1979) Chris Alexander NIGHTWING isn't a great horror movie per se, but it's a pretty great movie full stop, one that deserves a much bigger cult fanbase. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2018
Mandy (2018) Chris Alexander The film just feels alien. It feels evil. It courses with a sort of seething darkness and descends into such brain-swelling madness that you can almost smell it. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2018
Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) Chris Alexander An almost experimental, totally unpredictable and fever-pitched horror-western that seems beamed-in from another dimension. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2018
Psychomania (1971) Chris Alexander From its first dreamy frames, with its gang of leather clad, skull faced bikers poured into black leather, cinema history has never seen the likes of a picture quite as unapologetically mental as PSYCHOMANIA. EDIT
Posted Oct 11, 2018
The Velvet Vampire (1971) Chris Alexander It's Yarnall who draws all eyes to her like bugs to bright lights... EDIT
Posted Oct 10, 2018
Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975) Chris Alexander Ferrare makes for an unforgettable villain/victim; when she kills, she's savage and yet we empathize with her plight. EDIT
Posted Oct 8, 2018
Circus of Horrors (1960) Chris Alexander The movie really works primarily because of Diffring's truly magnetic performance, a complicated turn that sees his Rossiter/Schuler veer between sympathetic and sociopathic. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Laissez bronzer les cadavres (2017) Chris Alexander A perverse, kinetic shot of celluloid psychosis that doesn't give a damn what your expectations are or what popular tastes demand. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
The Ultimate Thrill (1974) Chris Alexander Braeden and Ekland offer complex performances that are unsettling in their suggestiveness. EDIT
Posted Sep 21, 2018
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) Chris Alexander It's a mean, oppressive film that feels exhaustively claustrophobic, its action centered on a sterile city block and scattered, computer-soaked offices and labs. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Chris Alexander Suffers from Jaws 2 syndrome, attempting to replicate the beats of the first film too closely with much of the same cast reprising their roles and character ticks and because of that, it simply doesn't have its own fingerprint. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) Chris Alexander Battle ends with a deep sense of melancholy and grace, a timeline defying notion that Caesar's decency in fact altered the course of history. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Planet of the Apes (1968) Chris Alexander Whether you've seen it 100 times or for the first time, that final shot is unforgettable, in both aesthetic and meaning. A perfect film. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2018
Strait-Jacket (1964) Chris Alexander (Crawford) may have been mourning her glory days and miserable that the bloom was off her rose, but she remained until the end a major artist and a consummate professional. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2018
The Keeper (2004) Chris Alexander The Keeper is junk, sure. But it's sublime and strange and hugely entertaining junk and kind of floats in its own awesomely tacky orbit. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2018
Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? (2016) Chris Alexander It's probably the most unnecessary and unwanted remake in film history and yet Franco plays it straight (ahem) and respectful. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2018
It's Alive! (1974) Chris Alexander It's Alive is a marvel, with a solid performance by Ryan and a mesmerizing score by the late, great Bernard Herrmann. EDIT
Posted Aug 11, 2018
Tattoo (1981) Chris Alexander As Kinksy, Dern offers the best of what he can do, giving us a character who is in some respects, neither man nor monster, but a different species entirely. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2018
Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) Chris Alexander This is a mean, violent picture. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
The Brides of Dracula (1960) Chris Alexander Fisher directs like a bat out of hell, the movie looks sumptuous...Hammer at its best. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
Horror of Dracula (1958) Chris Alexander Lee is effortlessly cool, fluid and dangerous... EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2018
The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1975) Chris Alexander It all climaxes in one of the most affecting, tragic and strangely beautiful final acts I've ever seen a horror movie. If you can even call THE WITCH FROM THE SEA simply a horror movie. It is one, but it's so much more... EDIT
Posted May 30, 2018
Kill and Go Hide (1976) Chris Alexander Bloody, sloppy, strange, serious, sometimes too somber but always more than a little bit spooky... EDIT
Posted May 25, 2018
() Chris Alexander There's so much to savor, including the lilting, romantic and delightfully tacky Garry Mills song "Look for a Star", and of course the endless array of violent, theatrical murders... EDIT
Posted May 16, 2018
Nosferatu (1979) Chris Alexander A stark statement about how sometimes a brief life filled with warmth, love, beauty and belonging is better than an endless one filled with nothing but want. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2018
The Halfback of Notre Dame (1996) Chris Alexander Each one of Franco's movies is a piece of a larger puzzle, a brush stroke on a massive, complex canvas and a tapestry of passion that has never been equaled. But Sadist is certainly among his best pictures. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2018
Scalpel (1977) Chris Alexander It's like someone hired Jess Franco to direct an episode of Love, American Style. EDIT
Posted Mar 4, 2018
Not as a Stranger (1955) Chris Alexander When the final moments of the movie wind down and Marsh finally fully hits the wall and Mitchum finally dissolves, it's startling and heart-wrenching. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2018
Eaten Alive! (1980) Chris Alexander Eaten Alive is a revolting gem of cartoonish depravity and yes, the titular promise of characters being consumed while conscious does in fact play out... EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2018
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) Chris Alexander There's nobody to really root for in this movie, just a joyless bunch of terrified, damaged, working class hypocrites who offer up their children to the alter of Christ without conscience...and suffer gravely for it. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2018
La Novia Ensangrentada (The Blood Spattered Bride) (Blood Castle) (1972) Chris Alexander The Blood Spattered Bride is a film that demands attention, discussion and analysis. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2018
Showgirls (1995) Chris Alexander What Verhoeven and Eszterhas are doing here is painting a sperm and blood-stained black velvet painting of a festering sore of a world; an empty, black hole that sucks in delusional, naive, men and women, turning them into meat-puppet mulch... EDIT
Posted Feb 6, 2018
Daughters of Darkness (1971) Chris Alexander Daughters of Darkness is a pitch perfect exercise in mood, tone and tension and, if you're willing to let it work you over, it casts a slick, strange and chilly spell that sticks long after the screen has faded to red. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2018
Tango 2001 (1974) Chris Alexander Kinky and thoroughly entertaining romp is indeed perverted, ripe as it is with murder, deviant sex, voyeurism, necrophilia and worse... EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2018
Legend of the Werewolf (1975) Chris Alexander Legend is a well paced, blackly humorous, creepy and oh-so-very British slice of rough-around-the -edges, modestly budgeted Gothic horror. EDIT
Posted Jan 20, 2018
The Elephant Man (1980) Chris Alexander The Elephant Man is a perfect movie and, as John Hurt once said "If you're not moved by the time The Elephant Man is over...then you're not someone I want to know." I agree. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2018