Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)

The last film Richard Donner would make before The Omen, Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic is a hard-hitting made for TV movie all about how easily teens in the 1970's could become full-fledged alcoholics before they even graduated high school. It's written by Richard and Esther Shapiro, who would go on to create Dynasty. Sarah Travis (Linda Blair!)… Continue reading Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Originally airing on October 24, 1981, Dark Night of the Scarecrow was directed by Frank De Felitta, who wrote Audrey Rose and The Entity. It was originally intended to be an independent film, but was bought by CBS. Somewhere in the Deep South, a mentally challenged giant named Charles Eliot "Bubba" Ritter (Larry Drake) becomes friends with… Continue reading Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018)

Written by Nick Antosca (whose series The Act has just finished on Hulu) and directed by E. L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the final season of Channel Zero presents an intriguing premise in its first episode: a newly married couple is given the husband's childhood home. One day, a door that was never there before just shows up.… Continue reading Channel Zero: The Dream Door (2018)

Terror at London Bridge (1985)

Originally airing on November 22, 1985 on NBC, this made for TV movie was written by William F. Nolan, who wrote the novel Logan's Run, as well as the scripts for The Norliss Tapes, Burnt Offerings and Trilogy of Terror. It was directed by E. W. Swackhamer, whose credits include episodic television across all genres. Also known as Bridge Across… Continue reading Terror at London Bridge (1985)

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)