Thursday, March 4, 2021


Scattered among the pages of this interesting UK film 'zine, FILMS AND FILMING (March 1969) are numerous pictorials and reviews of horror films. The theme of the issue is violence in the movies and there are a number of examples that discuss this subject, both with text features and pictorials.

Violence in all its forms has been a major element in films throughout their history, and especially these days where about the only places you can't find it are period dramas and comedies. Besides telling the stories of battles and westerns, violence can be seen in everything from Kung Fu movies to murder mysteries.

Violence, especially if it is done properly, can both thrill as well as shock audiences (Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO comes to mind). It is also a device to create tension and anxiety in the viewer. Oftentimes, especially in horror films, violence is depicted merely to gross the audience out, which is the aim of many filmmakers.

Monster content included in this issue are reviews of ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE FLESH EATERS, and BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH, a photo feature on HORROR HOUSE starring the lovely and free-spirited Jill Haworth (using the UK working title THE DARK, and a handful of other monster photos used in a couple of other articles.

NOTE: Take a look at the back cover shown in tomorrow's post where there is a quarter-page ad promoting Roger Corman's DUNWICH, which of course, was released as THE DUNWICH HORROR. It also announces Peter Fonda, who was replaced by Dean Stockwell to play the lead as Wilbur Whateley. Fonda no doubt pulled out because he had better roles to fill after receiving critical acclaim in 1969's EASY RIDER.

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