The director is Satan! (So what else is new?) A family member is nuts! (Happens in the best of ’em.) Captain Kirk’s an a-hole! (Yeah, well, George Takei knew this way ahead of you.) That can only mean one thing: It’s “Public Domain Panic II,” the newest installment of our newest fill-in series, in which the Cinefantastique Online gang discuss films that have lapsed into (or in some case, have been deliberately placed in) the public domain, and are readily available via such outlets as low-priced DVD sets, Pub-d-Hub, and archive.org. This time around, Steve Biodrowski offers up the mind-blowing Danish silent horror documentary HAXAN; Lawrence French highlights Francis Ford Coppola’s visually stylish PSYCHO knock-off, DEMENTIA 13; and Dan Persons chips in with the ambitious Finnish STAR TREK fan send-up, STAR WRECK: IN THE PIRKINNING.
Then, Dan relates his experience trying to watch the new horror film THE TORTURED, and also gives a capsule review of the home-vid post-apocalyptic satire, THE FP. Also: What’s coming to theaters next week.