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You’re all mad! Mad, I tell you!

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

Anchor Bay Entertainment continues to put out fantastic DVD versions of many of my favourite movies. (It’s almost as if they were reading my column!) Take the Mad Mission series, for instance. I spent years tracking down second-hand tapes of the first three Mad Mission films, and now Anchor Bay has released them not only in their original widescreen format, …

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Books into Film

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

Bringing novels to the big screen the right way… and the wrong way The African Queen (1951): The most important difference between the book The African Queen and its film counterpart is that at the end of the book, the main characters die. This comes as quite a shock to fans of the movie (and all right-thinking people are fans …

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The Nonsensical Cut-and-Pasteness of ULTRA WARRIOR

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

  *ULTRA WARRIOR* (1993) “Hey John, you must have seen Ultra Warrior, right?” “Huh? No, not yet.” “It’s this terrible science fiction film that?s been pieced together out of dozens of other movies.” “Cool!” “We’re gonna watch it again tonight. Come on over and see how many of the stolen scenes you can recognize. We need an expert.” “Righto.” Throwing …

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Hail Mary, Full of Grace! Evil Brains from Outer Space! Holy Fiend Without a Face!

In From the Vault by John Tebbutt

Ahh… evil brain movies. Where would we be without them? We probably have novelist/screenwriter Curt Siodmak to thank for starting this gruesome genre – he wrote the best-selling novel Donovan’s Brain in 1942. This story has been made into a movie at least three times: The Lady and The Monster (1944), Donovan’s Brain (1953) starring Nancy Reagan(!), and Vengeance (aka …