TWO NIGHT MOVIES IN ONE NIGHT ON THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE!

This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been for one of our episodes, as we’re showing two movies that have obsessed me for years. Join us this Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page at 8 PM East Coast Time! To make sure you know when the show begins, “like” the page so you get an alert.

First up is three movies in one — Night Train to Terror. You can watch it on Tubi.

If you haven’t watched our show, we do a pre-show warmup all about the first movie, show you an ad gallery of theatrical and drive-in appearances of that movie and then show you how to make a cocktail to go with it. We encourage responsible drinking as well as staying up all night to watch weird films.

This week’s first recipe:

Night Trainwreck to Terror (based on this recipe)

  • 1 oz. vanilla rum
  • .75 oz. triple sec
  • .75 oz. Kaluha or creme de cacao
  • 7-Up or your favorite lemon-lime soda
  • Sweet and sour mix
  1. Pour the first three alcohol-based ingredients into a glass with ice.
  2. Add a quick splash of the soda, then fill up the rest with sweet and sour.
  3. Everybody’s got something to do, everybody but you. Now stir it up and drink.

Our second movie is one that will decimate your mind. We’re going to Italy by way of Virginia Beach with Night Killer. You can also watch this on Tubi.

You’re going to need a strong drink to make sense of this, if you choose to have a beverage. We’ve got you covered.

Night (Pain) Killer

  • 1.5 oz. Kraken rum
  • 1.5 oz. peanut butter chocolate moonshine
  • 5 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. cream of coconut
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt
  1. Fill a shaker with ice, rum, moonshine, the juices and cream of coconut. Shake it as rough and hard, like you’re the night killer murdering a dance school instructor.
  2. Throw your jeans in the toilet — it’ll make sense once you see the movie — then pour into a glass.
  3. Drop in a small amount of grenadine, along with a dusting of nutmeg, a pinch of salt to give you the taste of a beach filled with pills and a cherry because you deserve it.

We can’t wait to see you next Saturday!

You should totally buy both of these movies. You can get Night Train to Terror from Vinegar Syndrome and Night Killer from Severin.

Giallo Week recap 3: Friday and Saturday

This is our final recap for Giallo Week! If you’re looking to watch some giallo for yourself, here are some places to go:

Giallo Realm: This YouTube page has a ton of giallo and krimini — many of the movies from this week appeared there — and is always updated.

Severin: They’ve released so many great giallo, like The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh and the Lenzi/Baker Box Set. You can see all of their giallo offerings right here.

Vinegar Syndrome: This company releases so many astounding VHS era favorites, but they’ve also released two Forgotten Gialli sets — see our updates for Volume 2 here — and are about to unleash a third.

Shudder: In December, Shudder had a giallo Christmas, adding so many classic films to their streaming service. Beyond just getting Joe Bob here, there are so many movies worth watching.

Diabolik DVD: If you’re looking for a giallo from anywhere in the world, this is where to go to get it.

Tubi: Tubi has most of the classics — lots of Argento — and some deep cuts too, all for free with ads.

Here are the movies we covered on the last two days of Giallo Week:

FRIDAY

  • Scorpion With Two Tails: Sergio Martino returns to the form he helped popularize with a 1980’s TV movie turned theatrical release. We’re sharing two looks at this movie!
  • The Rain Killer: An American giallo with a surprising cinematographer.
  • Delitto D’autore: A giallo with pretensions to high class, as a wealthy countess has been warned of the deadly penalty if she gives away a valuable painting.
  • La Controfigura: After being murdered in a parking garage, a man on the edge of death reflects on the sins of his life.
  • La Polizia Brancola Nel Buio: With a title like The Police Are Blundering in the Dark, this one summarizes every giallo police force there is.

SATURDAY

  • Profumo: This has nothing to do with the British sex scandal and may have been the scummiest giallo/erotic thrill I’ve seen…until one of the later films on this list.
  • Ciak Si Muore: A giallo that takes place on a movie set, the title of this film Clap, You’re Dead, refers to the “clapper” that filmmakers use.
  • Der RächerThe Avenger: A killer is slicing the heads off of his or her victims, then sending them right to Scotland Yard.
  • Mystère: Carole Bouquet is a high class call girl caught up in both a Eurospy and giallo film at the same exact time.
  • Sekkusu hantâ: Sei kariudoSex Hunter was inspired by Suspiria and is the film that I feel takes the title of scummiest giallo. (well, there’s also Giallo In Venice and Play Motel). Actually, it’s a pinky violence movie, but I felt compelled to include it.
  • The New York Ripper: Herbert P. Caine contributed another look at this rough Lucio Fulci film.

If you would like to request a film or write about it yourself, just reach out! We’ll be having another Giallo Week before the end of the year. You can see all of the giallo we’ve covered at Letterboxd.

Don’t forget — this Saturday at 8 PM EST, we’ll be watching Bog and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh on the Drive-In Asylum Double Feature on this Groovy Doom Facebook page. If you’re readng this on Saturday, when it’s posting, go watch it now!

Giallo Week recap 2: Wednesday to Thursday

This is our second recap of Giallo Week. If you’re as big a fan of these movies as we are, please check out the Gialloholics Facebook group. There’s always great conversation there and fun people.

In the last 48 hours, we’ve watched the following:

WEDNESDAY 

THURSDAY

  • Im Banne des UnheimlichenUnder the Spell of the Uncanny (or The Zombie Walks and The Hand of Power) is a great Edgar Wallace film with a memorable skull-faced villain.
  • La Pelle Sotto Gli ArtigliThe Skin Under the Claws is a science fiction zombie giallo with Gordon Mitchell in it. That sentence is pretty much why I watch movies.
  • Abuso di Potere: A great car chase, insurance fraud and a downer ending are all in this film.
  • Massacro: Another Lucio Fulci presents movie, this time directed by noted scumbag Andrea Bianchi, the maker of Burial Ground and Strip Nude for Your Killer.

Want to see more of the giallo films we’ve covered? Check our Letterboxd list.

Don’t forget — this Saturday at 8 PM EST, we’ll be watching Bog and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh on the Drive-In Asylum Double Feature here.

Giallo Week recap 1: Sunday to Tuesday

Thanks for being with us all week as we cover some of our favorite giallo films.

I’d like to give a shout-out to Giallo of the Month Club, which you can find on Twitter and Instagram, with the episodes available on Spotify (and anywhere else you listen to podcasts). The last show about The Red Queen Kills Seven Times is a must-listen.

So far this week, we’ve covered the following:

SUNDAY

  • Lipstick and Blood: Lindsay Shonteff stops making Bond ripoff films long enough to make a scummy and shoddy SOV that’s either a satire or he’s swine.
  • Last Stop on the Night Train: You may only know Macha Méril as the doomed psychic of Deep Red, but here she’s the maniacal woman behind a series of escalating bursts of sadism.
  • Senza via d’uscita: Marisa Mel in a pre-Argento giallo that feels more krimini than Crystal Plumage.
  • Al Tropico del Cancro: Anita Strindberg goes on vacation to Haiti and discovers a miracle drug, murder and mondo footage.
  • Le Seuil Du Vide: Threshold of the Void is about art and a room for rent with an unending abyss within a locked room.

MONDAY

  • Extrasensorial: Michael Moriarty in an Alberto Martino-directed giallo about twins? You know it.
  • The Killer Is On the Phone: Telly Savalas is the killer. He never uses a phone. Don’t let that stop you from watching this.
  • Senza Sapere Niente Di LeiWithout Knowing Anything About Her is an arty pre-Argento take on form, with love and insurance fraud the tale.
  • L’occhio Dietro La PareteEyes Behind the Wall is a sexualized nightmare of voyeurism, loneliness and, well, John Phillip Law full-frontal nudity.
  • Una Jena In Cassaforte: Some of the wildest fashions you’ll see in a giallo are in this story of a team of bank robbers trying to split up some diamonds.

TUESDAY

  • Non Aver Paura Della zia Marta: Lucio Fulci presented this Mario Bianchi written and directed movie, also known as Murder Secret.
  • Marta: This really could be Marisa Mel week. This is the best acting I’ve seen of her. This time, she’s a woman on the run falling in love with a man who may or may not have killed his last wife.
  • The Man with the Glass Eye: An Edgar Wallace krimini.
  • La Orca: A Patty Heart-style kidnapping gone wrong.

If you’d like to see all of the giallo films we’ve covered, check our Letterboxd list.

Don’t forget — this Saturday at 8 PM EST, we’ll be watching Bog and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh on the Drive-In Asylum Double Feature on this Groovy Doom Facebook page.

WE’RE HEADING TO ITALY AND THE SWAMPS ON THIS WEEK’S DIA DOUBLE FEATURE!

We’re back this Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page at 8 PM East Coast Time! Make sure to “like” the page so you get an alert when we go live throughout the night.

You can join us in between the films for chat and discussion on the two films we’re showing, ask questions, request movies for next week, learn how to make our drink recipes and see ad galleries for each film!

Up first, Sergio Martino’s The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, which you can watch on Tubi and Shudder (or buy the blu ray from Severin).

For those of us who enjoy a drink with our film — please drink and watch giallo responsibly — here’s a cocktail. And if you’re drinking with giallo, you know that only J&B will do.

The Strange Cola of Mrs. Wardh (tweaked from this recipe)

  • 1 1/2 oz. J&B Scotch
  • 5 oz. cola
  • 4 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
  • An orange wedge
  1. Put on your black leather gloves and use a switchblade to slice an orange wedge.
  2. Fill a tall glass with ice and pour in the J&B and cola.
  3. Add the bitters, then squeeze in the orange juice and use the rest of teh wedge for a garnish.

Up next, it’s Bog, which you can watch on Amazon Prime.

Here’s a drink perfect for that film.

Bog Water (tweaked from this recipe)

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Midori
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 3 oz. Squirt soda (or any lemon-lime/grapefruit soda)
  1. Shake vodka, midori and lime juice with ice, then pour into a glass.
  2. Stir in soda and enjoy.

See you on Saturday!

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY FOR THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATUTE

This Saturday, we’re back for the very first show of the year on the Groovy Doom Facebook page at 8 PM East Coast Time! Make sure to “like” the page so you get an alert when we go live throughout the night.

Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead? Lady Frankenstein!

Need a drink? Please do it responsibily!

Tania’s Science Project (tweaked from this recipe)

  • 1/2 oz. blue curacao
  • 3/4 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. lemon-lime soda
  1. Mix alcoholic ingredients with ice in a shaker.
  2. Pour into tall glass filled with ice and top with juice and soda.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

It’s double Frankenstein night, so get ready to enjoy even more sleaze with Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks.

Count Frank’s Freaky Fizz (based on this recipe)

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Midori
  • 2 egg whites
  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, Midori and egg whites in a shaker.
  2. Shake it as if you were Marshall the monster and you have a townsperson around the throat (for a minute or more).
  3. Strain into glass and spoon on foam.

You can watch this on Tubi or the Internet Archive.

Airline Disasters TV Movie Round-Up

Here’s our round up of all the network TV, cable, and theatrical airline disaster movies of the ’70s — and beyond — that we’ve reviewed during this end of the year “TV Movie Week.”

The Doomsday Flight (1966)
Terror in the Sky (1971)
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)
The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974)
Murder of Flight 502 (1975)
Mayday at 40,000 (1976)
SST Death Flight (1977)
The Crash of Flight 401 (1978)
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)
Concorde Affaire ’79 (1979)
Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)
Fire and Rain: The True Story of Flight 191 (1989)
Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 (1990)
The Tragedy of Flight 103 (1990)
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)
Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (1993)
Skyjacked (1972)

Watch the Series: Airport
Airport (1970)
Airport 1975 (1974)
Airport ’77 (1977)
The Concorde . . . Airport ’79 (1979)

And the retro-flicks!
Exorcism at 60,000 Feet (2020)
Airline Sky Battle (2020)

About the Author: You can learn more about the writings of R.D Francis on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies.

Want more ways to write for us?

We’re always looking for more writers to be part of the site. Sure, we don’t pay, but we’re willing to let you write about just about any movie that you want to, at any length and in any style or format. We get around 700-1000 visitors a day and share our reviews on Letterboxd, IMDB, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, so your work will get an audience.

Beyond the Mill Creek month in February, here are the theme months that we’re planning for 2021:

January 3 – 9: Japanese films (all of the Tomie movies are already covered, as well as sure absolute insanity like Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, the Yokai Monsters and Sweet Home). Due January 2 at the latest.

January 10-16: Giallo movies (we’ve covered tons of these movies, but we’re digging deep to watch Tropic of Cancer, Edgar Wallace German movies and more). Due January 9 at the latest.

January 17-23: Mexican movies (Santo, Blue Demon, monsters and anything else you’d like to see). Due January 16 at the latest.

January 24-30: Matriarchy movies (women in charge, in space, in the jungle and anywhere they want to go, including Fire Maidens from Outer SpaceCat-Women of the Moon and many, many more). Due January 23 at the latest.

February: Mill Creek Month

March 1-6: Drugs! Any drug movie you’d like to share with us, due by the end of February.

March 7-13: Weird docs and educational films: It’s time to learn the wrong things about the right subjects. Due March 6 at the latest.

March 14-20: Regional Horror: The small town and state drive-in movies of the past, made for a small audience that the rest of the world discovered much later. Due March 13.

March 21: The movies of Barry Mahon. Due March 20.

March 28- April 3: The movies of Ray Dennis Steckler. Due March 27.

April 4-10: Post-Apocalyptic movies: We’ve done so many of these, but hey, let’s bring ’em back! Due April 3.

April 11-17: Ancient Future: Remember when they said the internet was going to look way crazier than it did? Think HackersThe Net and anything cyberpunk! Due April 10.

April 18: Lee Majors week! We’re pretty much full here, but if you have a different. take on Lee, go for it! Due April 17.

April 25-May 1: TV movies: This is pretty much all we watch, so bring it! Due April 24.

We have so much planned this year and want you to be a part of it. Either comment here or write to us at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com.

If you have an idea outside of this, please just tell us. We’re always happy to feature any writer, as long as you’re not linking to things for sale (unless you’re a video label or director). We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Mill Creek Month! Writers Wanted!

All during the month of February we are reviewing Mill Creek box sets and we’re looking for writers to help us! This is a great opportunity to write for the site and have a movie already selected for you. Movies are on a first ask basis. There’s no limit on length and as long as you get the review to us by the dates noted alongside the box sets, noted below. To claim a movie, comment here or on our social pages. You can also email us at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com. We’ve provided the IMDb and Amazon links for each box set to help you choose your films.

Thanks — we can’t wait to have you write on our site! Hurry up! They’re going fast! Here’s what’s left on each of the sets.

B-Movie Blast — All reviews must be in by January 23rd
Almost Hollywood (1994)
Escape From Hell Island (1963)
Indian Paint (1965)
Las Vegas Lady (1975)
Lena’s Holiday (1991)
My Tutor (1983)
Rivers of Fire and Ice, aka African Safari (1968)
Santee (1973)
Secret File: Hollywood (1962)
Weekend Pass (1984)
IMDb / Amazon

Gorehouse Greats — all reviews must be in by February 10th
Blood Mania (1970)
Terrified (1963)
IMDb / Amazon

Excellent Eighties — all reviews must be in by February 14th
Act of Love (1980)
Choices (1981)
Christabel (1988)
Cold War Killers (1986)
Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982)
Dog Day (1984)
A Hazard of Hearts (1987)
Intimate Agony (1983)
Lady and the Highwayman (1989)
Lamb (1985)
Laser Mission (1989)
Mesmerized (My Letter to George) (1984)
Minor Miracle (1983)
Portrait of a Showgirl (1982)
Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983)
Savage Journey (1983)
Scandal Sheet (1985)
Shadows in the Storm (1988)
Somewhere, Tomorrow (1983)
A Time to Die (1982)
Toby McTeague (1986)
The Train Killer, aka Vladukt (1983)
Twisted Obsession (1989)
We Think the World of You (1988)
When the Bough Breaks (1986)
IMDb / Amazon

John Doe Week Round Up!

Image courtesy of photographer Allen J. Schaben for a May 2020 Los Angeles Times article by Randall Roberts/font overlay by PicFont.

It was long overdue. Everyone reviews the music career of the man born as John Nommensen Duchac in 1953, but few, if any, have examined his acting career. So B&S About Movies took up the challenge because, well, we love John’s acting gigs as much as his music.

That’s right, we love ya’, John! May you have many more films and albums to add to your career. And when you finish your starring role in your currently-in-production 82nd project, D.O.A. – The Movie, B&S About Movies will be the first to review it.

Courtesy of theejohndoe.com; John’s latest album from 2016.

Here’s a list of the films we reviewed:

The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Urgh! A Music War (1981)
Salvador (1986)
X: The Unheard Music (1986)
Border Radio (1987)
Salvation! (1987)
Slam Dance (1987)
Great Balls of Fire (1989)
Road House (1989)
A Matter of Degrees (1991)
Pure Country (1992)
Roadside Prophets (1992)
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Georgia (1995)
Black Circle Boys (1997)
Touch (1997)
Vanishing Point (1997)
Black Cat Run (1998)
Brokedown Palace (1999)
Forces of Nature (1999)
Knocking on Death’s Door (1999)
The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)
Sugar Town (1999)
Gypsy ’83 (2001)
The Red Right Hand (2001)
Torque (2004)
Ten Inch Hero (2007)
Man Maid (2008)
Pleased to Meet Me (2013)
Zombex (2013)
You’re Gonna Miss Me (2017)
My Little One (2019)

Flicks we wanted to review, but were unable to locate VOD/PPV screeners or DVDs:

Under the Gun (2002)
Red Zone (2003)
Hated (2012)

The rest we didn’t get to due to time and/or lack of VOD/PPV screeners:

Scorpion Spring (1995) — trailer
The Price of Kissing (1997)
Drowning on Dry Land (1999)
MTV’s Wuthering Heights (2003)
The Sandpiper (2007)
Absent Father (2008)
All Creatures Here Below (2018) — trailer

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of rock ‘n’ roll, be sure to check out our “Rock ‘n’ Roll Week” tribute round ups from July 2020 and September 2020 featuring over 100 film reviews. And John’s A Matter of Degrees was part of our week-long review of radio station flicks, which you can catch up on with our “Exploring: Radio Stations on Film” featurette. Same goes for The Red Right Hand, which was part this year’s October “Slasher Month” of reviews.

There’s faux rock stars . . . and there’s Teddy Connor of Wotan.

Courtesy of Gregory Hill Design/NBC-TV/Law & Order.
John’s latest book from 2019.

About the Author: You can learn more about the writings of R.D Francis on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies and publishes on Medium.