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Just For Fun (1963)

The Prime Minister (Richard Vernon) is angling for the youth vote but (stupidly) cutting the amount of pop music on television. Teenagers decide to reject the various political parties and form their own, drafting in a...

From Beyond the Grave (1973)

From Beyond the Grave - originally titled The Undead and also known as The Creatures, Tales from Beyond the Grave, and Tales from the Beyond - was the last of the Amicus anthology films. Peter Cushing...

Vault of Horror (1973)

This Amicus film begins with shots of the Houses Of Parliament and stirringly ominous music from Douglas Gamely. The camera pans across the Thames to a high-rise tower by the river and we meet the...

What Became Of Jack and Jill? (1972)

In order to collect his gran's inheritance money, lazy, amoral John Tallent (Paul Nicholas) and his sexy but cold-as-ice girlfriend Jill Standish (Vanessa Howard) try to induce a heart attack in his 78-year-old grandmother, Alice...

City of the Dead, The (1960)

In 1692 a witch named Elizabeth Selwyn (Patricia Jessel) is burned at the stake but summons supernatural powers to save herself. Three years later a new wave of blood sacrifices breaks out in the village that...

House That Dripped Blood, The (1970)

The third in the Amicus anthology series, The House That Dripped Blood was allocated a budget of £500,000 and filmed at Shepperton Studios. The four stories are all set in and around the same spooky Home...

Touch Of Love, A (1969)

Rosamund (Sandy Dennis) is an independent-minded young woman studying for a doctorate in London. She spends a lot of time in the British Museum. After a fumble with journalist George (Ian McKellen in his movie debut),...

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The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” returns to #1

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