The Damned (W.Germany/Italy, 1969)

… from Professor Spool’s archive. Same title, different film! We now bring you a review of the second of two films released in the sixties entitled The Damned (read part 1 here.). ‘You must realise that today in Germany anything can happen, even the improbable…’ This line, spoken after about the first ten minutes, sets […]

The Damned (UK, 1963)

……from Professor Spool’s archive Either end of the 1960s decade saw the release of films both entitled The Damned. The first was located in a contemporary England, the latter set in Nazi Germany. Into the Retroscope will provide you with a review of each film, with this initial article focusing on the earlier movie. From the […]

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Alphabetic Index of Film and TV reviews 0-9 80,000 Suspects (UK, 1963) A B C Chijin no Ai (Japan, 1967) D Damned, The (AKA These are the Damned, UK, 1963) Damned, The (West Germany/Italy, 1969) Department S (UK, 1969) E Et Mourir de Plaisir (Blood and Roses) (France, 1960) F G H Haunting, The (UK, […]

Twins of Evil (UK, 1971)

A predictably plotted Hammer vampire film with a decadent atmosphere, two former Playboy Playmates and a surprising amount to say about the nature of human evil. Twins of Evil is the third and final Hammer film to be based (loosely) on Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. It is a sequel of sorts to the novella- featuring […]

Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla

A Tale of Two Carmillas- part 2: The Vampire Lovers (1970)

The second film in this analysis of two film adaptions of the gothic vampire novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. The first part of this article dealt with a little known French adaption of the classic short story (if you haven’t already- read Part 1 here). Next, we will look at the more widely released […]

Annette Vadim as Carmilla
Annette Vadim as Carmilla in Et Mourir de Plaisir. (Paramount/Media Target)

A Tale of Two Carmillas- Part 1: Et Mourir de Plaisir (Blood and Roses, 1960)

An analysis of two film adaptions of the gothic vampire novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. Predating Dracula, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1872) has continued to provide inspiration for many vampire films and has spawned various adaptions. It is a short story set in 19th century Styria about a young woman called Laura who becomes […]