Sunday, December 5, 2021

Feedback: Times Horror Movie Picks Up Horrible Treat

Something really scary

As for the “badly unsung horror films” [Oct. 31 by Sonaiya Kelley, Jen Yamato and Dawn Burkes]: As a horror fan, I was thrilled to see a lot of suggestions that I hadn’t heard of. Thanks for this.

Two that I would add are unmarked sequels to well-known films.

Be sure to watch Psycho IV: The Beginning, filmed on cable TV, directed by Mick Harris (co-author of your article) and written by Joseph Stefano, who adapted Hitchcock’s Psycho. It is a prequel and the third sequel, in which Norman Bates calls up a talk show on the radio that focuses on the mother’s murder or matricide.

The Exorcist III is sure to cause nightmares. Directed by William Peter Blatty, from his novel Legion, this is his sequel to The Exorcist. It’s only worth looking at Brad Duriffe’s lineup as the Gemini Killer, but there are many other truly terrifying moments.

Jeff Rack


Please mention Scanners, Fallen, Omen, Exorcist, Jeepers Creepers, and Hunger.

Gary Glasser

Bully billionaire?

Regarding Carolina A. Miranda’s “Dark Days at UCSB” column [Nov. 2]:

Why UC Santa Barbara Allowed Itself to Be [cowed] into submission to a 97-year-old bully billionaire? Let [Charles] Munger lives in a building with almost no windows, so he can personally experience his architectural projects.

As a parent of four children, I NEVER (and yes I yelled about it) would NEVER allow or pay for my child to live in the future Mangera.

Diane Cullen
Brumfield, Colorado.

The Mistress of Darkness saves the day

I especially liked James Reed’s review of Cassandra Peterson’s memoir, Your Cruel, Elvira. [“Elvira Steps Out of the Darkness,” Oct. 31]…

I was the screenwriter for The Bob Hope Show in the early 80s when Peterson was a guest on our annual Halloween Special.

As the customer in Hooray, Peterson says Hope, who plays The Coach bartender, “Nice suit. Who is your undertaker?

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The show was recorded on Friday, and the next day, actor Nick Colasanto, the real Cheers bartender, died of a heart attack.

Hope immediately called the writers to provide Cassandra with an alternate line to duplicate the original. She perfectly read the new line – “Nice suit. Is your make-up artist gone? “

A talented actress and consummate professional, Cassandra saved the show.

Robert L. Mills
Studio City

The darkest day in history

As an observer of the 1971 uprising in Attica and an unnamed contributor to Stanley Nelson’s documentary Attica, I am writing about a review of Roxanne Hadadi’s film. [“‘Attica’ Will Rattle You. As it Should,” Oct. 29]…

In short, it was masterful, reflecting the thoroughness and thoroughness with which this excellent film was produced. The survey exposed the racism and brutality of the authorities they used to run the prison and plan a bloody attack to get it back.

Against the unanimous advice of observers, Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered the attack, which killed and injured not only many unarmed prisoners, but also the prison’s own guards and captured workers.

With puddles of blood and mud on the ground, the responsible persons allowed the ensuing massive torture.

It is a pervasive crime that the Attica of America continues to be inhuman prisons, held together by racism and fear.

Lewis Steele
New York, NY

Revisionist criticism?

Regarding Justin Chang’s Dune Raises Dust Review [Oct. 22]: Is it really necessary to cast the adaptation of David Lynch’s “Dune” under the bus to serve the relentless promotion of the new version of Denis Villeneuve?

It may have been a bit too camp for serious science fiction scientists, but it’s far from terrible.

David Eccles
Lake Hughes

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