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Burkes and Hares

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

How do you like your bodysnatching movies? Classy; sexy; or featuring 007 and Jean-Luc Picard? Does anybody remember The Bride (1985)? It’s a remake of The Bride of Frankenstein, re-imagined as a feminist parable, with Sting in the role of Doctor Frankenstein, and Flashdance’s Jennifer Beals as his hot female monster. Clancy Brown’s in there too, as Frankenstein’s original monster, …

The Video Vulture Survival Guide for 19th Century Floozies

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

Keeping women of negotiable virtue safe since 1828!   Having just watched The Flesh And The Fiends (1960) and the 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde in one day, I have come to two conclusions: Number one: these are both really, really good movies. Seriously, you have to rent them. Like, right now. Number two: the heroines of …

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The Worst Oscar Winner of All Time

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

  Have you heard of the Academy Award-winning film The Crunch Bird (1971)? It’s a two-minute-long cartoon based on an off-colour joke. Here, let me save you the Googling and describe the entire film: So a woman is looking for a gift for her hard-to-please husband. She spots a mean-looking bird in a pet shop. The pet shop guy tells …

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Pope-Up Video

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

  – The Jeweller’s Shop (1988): This turgid drama was adapted (under “strict Vatican supervision”) from a play by Karol Wojtyla, who wrote it before he changed his name to Pope John Paul II. (I guess his parents weren’t named Mr. and Mrs. II after all….) Now, you’ve got to be curious about a movie that’s written by the Pope. What kind of fabulous …

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Plastic Spoons, “Scotchka”, and Football

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

The Video Vulture finally experiences The Room The last time I ever visited Calgary’s late, lamented Uptown Theatre, the nice lady at the ticket booth asked me if I wanted any plastic cutlery. I was puzzled. A big handful of picnic flatware was proffered, and I stood there for a second and a half, wondering what the hell was going …