Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Lonesome 2021

- American Western 2022

- The Outwaters 2022

- Murder, Anyone? 2022

- The First Fallen 2021

- Credits Among Friends 2022

- The Long Dark Trail 2022

- A Woman Kills 1968

- The Way Out 2022

- Alive 2023

- Horror-Scopes 2023

- Toga 2023

- The Opener 2022

- Teddy Told Me To 2022

- Free to a Bad Home 2023

- Rusty Blade 2022

- Alchemy of the Spirit 2022

- Genevieve Rises 2023

- The Last Deal 2023

- Night Hunt 2022

- Petit Mal 2022

- Dollface: Terror on Route Nine 2020

- FredHeads 2022

- Happy FKN Sunshine 2022

- Bermuda Island 2023

- Bezos: The Beginning 2022

- The Ghosts of Monday 2022

- Townhouse Confidential 2022

- Private 2022

- Lady Terror 2022

- On the Trail of Bigfoot: Last Frontier 2022

- Those Who Call 2021

- Bring Out the Fear 2021

- Back to the Wharf 2020

- In the House of Paper Flowers 2018

- Twisted 2022

- Inside the Beauty Bubble 2021

- The Anchor 2022

- Firenado 2022

- Edge 2022

- Amber Road 2022

- Prince of the Crimson Void 2022

- Rickshaw Girl 2021

- Fang 2022

- Lost in Terra Dimension 2022

- Brightwood 2022

- Freeze 2022

- Dragon Eats Eagle 2022

- I am DB Cooper 2022

- Death of a Rockstar 2020

- Mister Creep 2022

- Shadows 2020

- Chasing the Ghost 2022

- Disregard 2023

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

The Scottish Play

USA 2020
produced by
Tony Glazer for Choice Films
directed by Keith Boynton
starring Tina Benko, Peter Mark Kendall, Will Brill, Geraint Wyn Davies, Ali Ahn, Willie C. Carpenter, Madeleine Lodge, Paul Alexander Nolan, Alex Esola, Brit Whittle, Ben Getz, Gordon Tashjian, Carolyn Seiff, Kerry Flanagan, Kirsten Doyle, Mark Johannes, Mary Anisi, Raith Kell, Spencer Cohen
written by Keith Boynton, music by Michael Ford, Andre Fratto

Shakespeare, Macbeth

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!

Sydney (Tina Benko) is a successful film and TV actress - who just needed to get away from Hollywood for a bit, so she accepted an engagement for a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth in a small New England town. And it really works in her favour that the leading man, Hugh (Geraint Wyn Davies), is an old friend of hers, and she finds it easy to be on the same page with the young director, Adam (Peter Mark Kendall). So despite the alleged "curse of Macbeth", what could go wrong, right? Of course, there are minor mishaps during the first few days of rehearsals, but nothing that's too much out of the ordinary, and suddenly nothing that leaves any real damage. Then though one night, Sydney bumps into a man (Will Brill) talking only in iambic rhyme who claims to be William Shakespeare. Of course she finds the claim ludicrous at first but over the next few days he makes her believe. And Shakespeare has one problem: Despite Macbeth having turned out to be one of his most famous and most recognizable plays, he has never really liked what he has written, claiming he was too short on time - which is why he has time and again sabotaged performances of the play and pretty much created its notoriety as a cursed play. But, having been in limbo for about 400 years, he has long written another version of the play which he calls definite, which he hands over to Sydney to pass on to Adam, for him to put on this version. Now Sydney's blown away by the new version, and Adam really likes it as well - but says he can't put it on because he's been hired to direct Shakespeare's play and doesn't believe Sydney's story about Shakespeare's ghost. Now seeing that Adam has refused to put on the new version, Shakespeare pretty much goes berserk on stage during the next rehearsal unit - but how is that to convince a non-believer?


Now I have to admit, Macbeth was always my favourite of Shakespeare's plays (with plenty of runners-up of course), so the premise of this movie already intrigued me, what indeed if Shakespeare never liked this particular play of his, and would it explain the (alleged) curse? Now this film packs the very premise into a rather sweet comedy that at times tries a bit too hard to be unoffensive and keeps the funny-factor on a moderate level throughout - so much so that the IMDb lists the movie as drama -, but it sure has its amusing bits, but what really makes the movie is its performances that work rather beautifully when the actors are in their Macbeth characters as well as when they go for naturalism - it's basically just a joy to see this ensemble act, especially in a story that seems to have to levels of reality just as this one.


Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan



Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky ?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Scottish Play
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Scottish Play here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Scottish Play at

Thanks for watching !!!



Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from




On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD