Pause It: A Bucket of Blood

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A statue of a disfigured man. His expression anguished, his skull cracked open there is a certain grotesqueness to his stony stare. In fact, the macabre statue is actually the work of one...

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Pause It: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actor Kevin McCarthy yells at indifferent drivers as they whiz by him on a busy freeway. In hard-bitten director Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the situation is fraught with tension...

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Pause It: It! The Terror from Beyond Space

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Two astronauts exit the space hatch and take their first cautious steps along the exterior of a spacecraft in director Edward L. Cahn’s sci-fi monster flick, “IT! The Terror From Beyond Space” (1958)....

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Pause It: Blast-Off

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A line of uniformed soldiers stand at attention awaiting orders from their superior (Stratford Johns) in director Don Sharp’s Blast–Off [AKA Those Fantastic Flying Fools] (1967). Dressed in a striking red coat, Johns’s...

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Pause It: Hoodlum

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Gangster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) embraces love interest Francine Hughes (Vanessa Williams) on a lamp-lit street in director Bill Duke’s Hoodlum (1997). Shown here as three consecutive frames, the succession of images...

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Pause It: Stone Cold

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Actor Brian Bosworth handles a giant Komodo dragon in director Craig R. Baxley’s, Stone Cold (1991). On set, between takes, the job of overseeing animals goes to the animal wrangler. The wrangler is...

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Pause It: Black Caesar

PAUSE IT: What do you see? A busy New York City street in director Larry Cohen’s, Black Caesar (1973). Fred Williamson, Black Caesar himself, stumbles to the ground. Wounded, the scene is bloody and harrowing. Cohen plays the scene...

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Pause It: Joe

PAUSE IT: What do you see? Peter Boyle pictured here as the titular lead, Joe, in the midst of a phone conversation. There is a mood of paranoia and unease as the shot is framed at a remove with...

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