The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

I think I've figured out the difference between today's "elevated horror" and the more traditional horror that we so often write about on these pages. The slasher killers of my childhood didn't have complicated backstories or motivations, at least at first. The Shape killed because he was a killer. Leatherface and his family killed and… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

DOCUMENTARY WEEK: The Source Family (2012)

People always wonder, why would someone join a cult? How could someone give away so much of their freedom to get nothing back into return? A few minutes into watching this film and your answer will not be so clear. https://vimeo.com/58953915 The Source Family was an attempt at creating a utopia. Between a famous health… Continue reading DOCUMENTARY WEEK: The Source Family (2012)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Sins of the Past (1984)

A group of call girls all decide to quit the business when one of them is killed. They change their names, leave town and make lives for themselves over the next 13 years. Then, one of them is killed and the rest soon learn that her killer is looking for the rest of them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_aA0ZQn6ko… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Sins of the Past (1984)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: The Midnight Hour (1985)

With so much of television now just fodder for streaming services, we may never have the days of Halloween specials and strange movies like this ever again. The world is a worse place for this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lppIONZVsb0 Originally airing on ABC on Friday, November 1, 1985, The Midnight Hour is all about five teenagers causing hijinks in Pitchford Cove.… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: The Midnight Hour (1985)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

On a rainy night, six priests battle the infamous Amityville House until a demon finds its way into a lamp. That lamp is later sold in a yard sale for $100 to Helen Royce (Peggy McCay, TV's Days of Our Lives) and her friend Rhona. That very same lamp gives Helen deadly tetanus, killing her nearly… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Summer of Fear (1978)

Also known as Stranger in Our House, Summer of Fear is based on Lois Duncan's 1976 young adult novel. Duncan also wrote the books that the movies I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin were based on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeDCg1CiXvA Originally airing on October 31, 1978 on NBC, this Wes Craven-directed film is all about Julia (Lee Purcell, Necromancy), who… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Summer of Fear (1978)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Invitation to Hell (1984)

If seeing the names Robert Urich, Joanna Cassidy, Susan Lucci and Wes Craven all together on one movie doesn't get you interested, I have no idea why you're reading this site. This movie is everything ridiculous and awesome and wonderful about why I watch these kinds of movies. To wit, Robert Urich donning a spacesuit… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Invitation to Hell (1984)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Killdozer (1974)

Originally airing on February 2, 1974 on ABC, this Theodore Spurgeon adaption answers the question we've all been asking: "Who would win in a fight to the death – a man or a bulldozer?" Sure, a mysterious meteorite is behind it all, but this one's really all about machine on man violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU73kzrhWig This one has… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Killdozer (1974)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: High School U.S.A. (1983)

Once upon a time, when network TV actually mattered, they'd gather all of their stars once a summer and put them in a TV movie. Or they'd grab the cast of Facts of Life and send them to France. It was a big deal to me when I was a kid. And there are kids growing… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: High School U.S.A. (1983)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Buried Alive (1990)

Before he became known for his adaptions of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, as well as his work on The Walking Dead TV show, Frank Darabont wrote the screenplays to Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors and the remake of The Blob. This film was the first he'd ever get the chance to… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Buried Alive (1990)