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Picnic (1955) starring William Holden Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This rather dated and overly melodramatic adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is redeemed by some beautiful cinematography and Susan Strasberg's turn as a shrewd, brattish tomboy. Also starring Kim Novak and William Holden.

William Holden and Kim Novak in Picnic

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The Old Dark House (1932) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Once considered a lost film, this overlooked entry in the filmographies of James Whale and Boris Karloff is an exquisitely atmospheric and playful mix of horror, black comedy and melodrama.

Gloria Stuart and Boris Karloff in The Old Dark House (1932)

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's controversial adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play of homosexuality and lobotomies heavily emphasises words to paint pictures, yet still manages to be impressively cinematic.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer

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Flowers in the Attic (1987) starring Louise Fletcher Blu Ray (Arrow)

Jeffrey Bloom's toned-down adaptation of V.C. Andrews' popular novel about incest and child abuse manages some gothic atmosphere but suffers from poor dialogue and implausibilities.

Louise Fletcher in Flowers in the Attic

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The Vikings (1958) Blu Ray (Eureka!) starring Kirk Douglas

An old-fashioned but highly enjoyable Norseman epic directed by Richard Fleischer, also starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Kirk Douglas in The Vikings

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​Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

Delirious and perverse "missing child" thriller from director Otto Preminger is a bona fide cult classic.

Keir Dullea in Bunny Lake is Missing

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​Cat People (1942) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Here, kitty kitty! A horror classic gets a superb Criterion treatment.

Simone Simon in Cat People

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