A further selection of cuttings from movie magazines of the 1970s...
|Films and Filming, January|
Looking though these magazines, my favourite pictures have been the glimpses of directors on set with the cast, probably shot specifically for these monthly magazines. Here's John Hough and Pamela Franklin in Elstree Studios, on the set of The Legend of Hell House. Hough had directed Twins of Evil for Hammer Films, and was about to have an American adventure making the high-speed road movie Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.
|Films and Filming, February|
Meanwhile, Andy Warhol finally made an interesting movie, after the endless, literally navel-gazing arthouse, here's a bucket of gore with someone else directing - Paul Morrissey, who also made Blood For Dracula with much of the same cast. Films and Filming's affinity for front cover nudity was similarly unflinching when it came to blood. Luckily their covers weren't in colour any more, or there might have been more of a problem.
|Films and Filming, July|
Inside this issue, six pages of photos, with young Udo Kier as the Baron, and a fake head courtesy of Carlo Rambaldi, who'd soon be making aliens for Steven Spielberg and a full-size animatronic robot of King Kong. Flesh For Frankenstein was also filmed in a very effective 3-D process, later used for Friday The 13th - Part III.
|Films and Filming, July|
|Photoplay Film Magazine, August|
After the films, stories of the Apes were popular enough to move onto a TV series, a cartoon series and a comic book. This was a successful sci-fi franchise that pre-dated Star Wars.
Battle for the Planet of the Apes was released in local cinemas on a double-bill with this deadly-slow underwater adventure The Neptune Factor. Thank you for that...
This cheap advert for the first UK run of The Last of Sheila fails to mention the superb cast, such as James Mason and Raquel Welch, rather underselling it.
Vincent Price and Peter Cushing pose for publicity photographs for what was eventually titled Madhouse. Based on a novel called Devilday, it was filmed as The Revenge of Dr Death.
Ever wondered why cult films failed at the cinema? As seen in the double-bill posters in my 1971 round-up, the support feature could be damaging to the fortunes of the main film. The sci-fi adventures of psychedelic anti-hero Jerry Cornelius, as directed by Robert 'Dr Phibes' Fuest seems completely at odds with Hong Kong period softcore.
Previous magazine Flashbacks:
Lawrence of Arabia and more from 1963
Blow Up, The Trip... from 1967
Barbarella, Witchfinder General... from 1968
Rosemary's Baby, When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth, Women In Love... from 1969
M*A*S*H and more Myra Breckinridge... from 1970
The Devils, Deep End, double-bills... from 1971