TABLOID WEEK: Bud and Lou (1978)

This movie crushed me as a child. I had always loved Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, watching their thirty-six films on Sunday mornings, right after Ma and Pa Kettle films. Seriously, weekends in Pittsburgh in the 1970's and 80's were amazing. You stayed up all night watching Chiller Theater and then woke up late and took… Continue reading TABLOID WEEK: Bud and Lou (1978)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha (1995)

In case Piranha wasn't enough for you, Roger Corman produced this 1995 Showtime movie that's a shot for shot remake of the original. It gets better -- or worse -- because instead of shooting new special effects for the film, Corman recycled the special effects and the screenplay from the original minus the humor. If you listen… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha (1995)

LOST TV WEEK: The Covenant (1985)

In the mid-1980's, prime time soaps like Dynasty and Dallas were still big news. I can see the meetings on this potential series in my mind: what if we took some Dark Shadows, a little bit of Satanic panic and then mixed them all in with the greed of the Me Decade? The potential for a series was here,… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Covenant (1985)

LOST TV WEEK: Dead of Night (1977)

Much like Trilogy of Terror, Dead of Night is made up of tales written by Richard Matheson (the first segment is based on a Jack Finney story) in a portmanteau format. Originally airing on March 29, 1977, this TV movie is not as well remembered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8zI6uytlbk There are three stories: "Second Chance," where Ed Begley Jr. buys… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: Dead of Night (1977)

LOST TV WEEK: The Gladiator (1986)

Here's the IMDB description of this TV movie/pilot: "A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges." Sounds like a Mad Max clone, right? But what if I told you that it starred Ken… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Gladiator (1986)

LOST TV WEEK: The Possessed (1977)

Originally airing on May 7, 1977, The Possessed is the kind of movie where you say, "This would be a good series." That's because it's a back door pilot for a show that never happened. I really wish that it would have. Kevin Leahy (James Farentino) is a Catholic priest who has fallen from his faith. He… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Possessed (1977)

LOST TV WEEK: Poor Devil (1973)

Sammy Davis Jr. battled racism throughout his career, even from the wings of the stage as his Rat Pack cohorts would call him racist names like smokey. In an interview with Roots author Arthur Haley in Playboy, the entertainer talked about the first time he came up against his race: in the Army. He was beaten for looking… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: Poor Devil (1973)

LOST TV WEEK: The Norliss Tapes (1973)

Occult investigator Norliss has disappeared but left behind a series of tapes (get it?) that tell the stories of his many adventures, like when he met a widow and her undead artist husband. Originally produced as a series pilot by NBC, it ended up airing as a TV movie on February 21, 1973. Written by William F. Nolan (Logan's Run, Trilogy of… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Norliss Tapes (1973)

LOST TV WEEK: Good Against Evil (1977)

Originally airing on May 22, 1977, this attempt at a weekly series comes from director Paul Wendkos (The Mephisto Waltz, Secrets, Haunts of the Very Rich) and Hammer veteran Jimmy Sangster (The Legacy; Scream, Pretty Peggy; Horror of Dracula; The Revenge of Frankenstein). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juP4_O4EpdU I was really excited about the potential of this one, which promises from its Amazon listing… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: Good Against Evil (1977)

LOST TV WEEK: Baffled! (1973)

Believe it or not, there was once a time when Star Trek wasn't a movie franchise and its stars had to find other projects. For Leonard Nimoy, that meant plenty of TV movies, including this pilot for a British show that wasn't bought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8By-fCGpiFM Race car driver Tom Kovack (Nimoy) begins to see psychic visions, causing… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: Baffled! (1973)