Movies – D

Deathmaster, The (1972)

A coffin washed ashore on a Californian beach contains the corpse of Khorda, a vampiric guru. Resurrected, the undead fiend takes over the head of a hippie commune – and starts to vampirise the members one by one. Khorda Robert Quarry Pico Bill Ewing Rona Brenda Dickson Pop John Fiedler Esslin Betty Anne Rees Monk(…)

Deathtrap (1982)

Sidney Bruhl’s reputation as a playwright is on the line when another of his plays is panned by the critics. Admitting that he would do anything for a hit, Bruhl (Michael Caine) is forced to rely on his sick wife for financial support. Then one of his former students (Christopher Reeve) sends him a script.(…)

Debbie Does Dallas (1978)

Debbie Benton (Bambi Woods) is the captain of her high school cheerleading squad and has been accepted to try out for the Texas Cowgirls. Her parents disapprove, though, and refuse to pay the fare to Texas. In a bid to help Debbie, her cheerleader friends Lisa (Georgette Sanders), Roberta (Misty Winter), Tammy (Arcadia Lake), Pat (Kasey(…)

Deconstructing Harry (1997)

Woody Allen’s tumultuous private life seems to spill sourly into this bad-taste story about a novelist, Harry Block (Allen), whose friends and relatives are used as thinly-disguised characters in his books, despite screams of protest from those he exploits (Judy Davis and Kirstie Alley among them). But they can’t hate him more than he hates(…)

Decoy For Terror (1967)

No-budget Canadian horror flick (also known as The Playgirl Killer) about a deranged artist with a nasty habit of killing and freezing his models when he loses patience with their squirming and pouting. Cool climax: a power outage causes one model, frozen and posed with a bow and arrow, to release the arrow, killing the artist who’s(…)

Deep End (1970)

Deep End (1970)

This quirky black sex comedy is one of the great lost films of the late 1960’s. From Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, Deep End captures the sense of impending dread and spiritual breakdown at the end of the decade like no other movie. Set in London but largely shot in Munich, and featuring a memorable, sexually predatory(…)

Deep Impact (1998)

TV reporter Jenny Lerner (Téa Leoni, pictured at right) believes she is tracking down a sex-scandal story of Presidential indiscretion, until she discovers a huge comet is on a collision course with Earth. Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall) is the astronaut leading a mission to intercept the threat in space. The chilling gravity of the situation is hauntingly evoked by(…)

Deep Six, The (1958)

When Alan Ladd turned producer/star through his Jaguar company just after his career peaked with Shane (1953), he stuck to formula film-making with old cronies. The Deep Six is a wartime drama starring Ladd as Alec Austen – a Quaker who is bound by his religion to be a pacifist. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, he is called(…)

Deep Throat (1972)

Deep Throat (1972)

Linda Lovelace (pictured above) received plenty of notoriety for her performance in Deep Throat, the first hardcore porn film to be released in commercial movie houses in the USA. Directed by Gérard Damanio and filmed in a Florida hotel, the movie follows the erotic adventures of a young woman (Lovelace) who is disappointed to find herself surprisingly(…)

Deep, The (1977)

The second of a watery trilogy of films deriving from the novels of Peter Benchley (Jaws came before it in 1975, and The Island after in 1980). Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte starred as Gail Berke and David Sanders, a couple of treasure-seekers who became entangled in voodoo and drug smuggling off the coast of Bermuda.    With 40%(…)

Deer Hunter, The (1978)

One of America’s first attempts to deal with the Vietnam War on film, Michael Cimino’s masterpiece is long and richly rewarding. It seemed America was finally ready for a film about the horrors of the Vietnam War, aimed squarely at the heart of blue collar middle American values. Everyone remembers the iconic shot of Robert(…)

Defector, The (1966)

Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who’s recruited by a shady CIA agent, played by Roddy McDowall, to help with the defection of a Russian scientist. Clift passed away less than three months after this film was completed. Prof. James Bower Montgomery Clift Counselor Peter Heinzmann(…)

Defending Your Life (1991)

Writer-Director Albert Brooks plays Daniel Miller, a divorced L.A. advertising executive who dies in a crash with a bus while driving his BMW convertible and singing along to a CD of Barbra Streisand showtunes. Next stop for Daniel is Judgement City, where the freshly dead all wear kaftans called “tupas” and ride trams between antiseptic(…)

Defiant Ones, The (1958)

A self-avowed “message” picture, Stanley Kramer’s The Defiant Ones deploys a potent symbol of American race relations: two convicts, one white and one black (Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier) are chained together when the truck taking them to prison turns over. Both men harbour racist feelings, and at first they want only to separate – but, appropriately(…)

Delicatessen (1991)

Creatively combining genres – post apocalyptic sci-fi, black comedy and sweet romance – and offering audiences an impressively oddball collection of sounds, colours, actors and images, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s inspired film Delicatessen was the recipient of several European awards and anticipated the pair’s subsequent collaboration, The City of Lost Children (1995). Jeunet would(…)

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