Stepfather 3 (1992)

Can you keep a good stepfather down, despite him being shot and stabbed in the heart multiple times? Of course not. That's why even if Terry O'Quinn isn't coming back, his character definitely will in this made for HBO movie. Yes, Gene Clifford has survived being stabbed with a clawhammer in the heart and went… Continue reading Stepfather 3 (1992)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Tommyknockers (1993)

While known primarily as a horror writer, the novel The Tommyknockers was a rare science fiction novel from Stephen King. However, the novel was written while King was struggling with addiction and is packed with metaphors for dealing with substance abuse. The writer said, "The Tommyknockers is an awful book. That was the last one I wrote… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Tommyknockers (1993)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Stephen King’s It (1990)

Tommy Lee Wallace has made many lasting contributions to genre filmmaking, first on John Carpenter's Dark Star and Assault on Precinct 13 before appearing as The Shape/Michael Myers in the original Halloween, writing Amityville 2: The Possession, co-writing and directing the original Fright Night Part II and acting and being part of the effects team for The Fog. But this film cements… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Stephen King’s It (1990)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Stand (1994)

The unabridged version of the stand is 1,152 pages. How do you film that? How do you capture everything? This 1994 miniseries -- originally airing from May 8 - 12 of that year -- made a valiant effort. It's nearly impossible to get in every character from the book, but that doesn't mean that… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: The Stand (1994)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Originally airing on May 7, 1991 on CBS, this TV movie adaption of King's short story was originally going to be part of Cat's Eye. The story was originally published in Cavalier Magazine and is part of the short story collection Night Shift. Jim Norman (Tim Matheson, Buried Alive) has moved back home to become a teacher, years… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

Ira Levin's 1972 novel, The Stepford Wives, and the 1975 movie that was based on it are both cultural phenomena. Even the phrase "Stepford wife" has entered into our lexicon. So why did things have to stop after one movie? Luckily, NBC aired this sequel on October 12, 1980. Whereas the original Stepford wives were androids, the… Continue reading Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)

1972. TV movies. Celebrities. The occult. Oh man, when I add up all the elements of the stew that makes up Haunts of the Very Rich and the broth tastes succulent! Director by Paul Wendkos, who also was behind the supernaturally tinged The Brotherhood of the Bell, Good Against Evil and The Mephisto Waltz, not to mention the 1985 remake… Continue reading Haunts of the Very Rich (1972)

Midnight Offerings (1981)

Vivian Sotherland (Melissa Sue Anderson, Happy Birthday to Me) starts this movie in front of a pentagram, conducting a ritual that will send one of her teachers up in flames and keep her boyfriend David (Patrick Cassidy, brother of Shaun and half-brother of David). Light the black candles, it's time for witchcraft in the 1980's suburbs!… Continue reading Midnight Offerings (1981)