2019 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 17: And Soon the Darkness (1970)

DAY 17. EVIL IN BROAD DAYLIGHT: Scary stories aren't just for the night time. A movie that's referred to as "a sun-drenched nightmare" on its poster, Robert Fuest's And Soon the Darkness is nearly forgotten today, which is a real shame. Fuest is probably better remembered for The Abominable Dr. Phibes and Dr. Phibes Rises Again than he… Continue reading 2019 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 17: And Soon the Darkness (1970)

No Blade of Grass (1970)

About the Author: You can read the music and film criticisms of R.D Francis on Medium and learn more about his work on Facebook. . . . Cue the obligatory, budget-conscious voice over-photo montage (bellowing smokestacks, animal carcasses, muddy water, etc.) of a ravaged Earth (in the “future” of 1972; again “budget”) as we learn… Continue reading No Blade of Grass (1970)

The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970)

Otherwise known as The Italian Stallion, this movie was a big deal in the mid-1970's, with its urban legend stretching well into the 1980's. Basically, it's a soft core movie with a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone in the lead, but there were rumors that it originally had hardcore penetration scenes. That's since been debunked. Stallone made this… Continue reading The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970)

Black Brigade (1970)

Originally entitled Carter's Army, this made for TV movie debuted on ABC on January 27, 1970. It was written by David Kidd, who would also write The Swinging Cheerleaders, and Aaron Spelling, who would go on to dominate 1970's TV with Mod Squad, The Rookies, S.W.A.T., Starsky and Hutch, Family, Vega$, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart and many more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h_HkTT-gG4 Captain Beau Carter (Stephen… Continue reading Black Brigade (1970)

American Horror Project vol. 2: Dream No Evil (1970)

Arrow Video's American Horror Project is dedicated to "its mission to unearth the very best in weird and wonderful horror obscura from the golden age of US independent genre moviemaking." The second volume -- the first had Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)Malatesta's Carnival of Blood, The Witch Who Came from the Sea and The Premonition --… Continue reading American Horror Project vol. 2: Dream No Evil (1970)

Satanis: The Devil’s Mass (1970)

This 1970 documentary about Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan that was directed and produced by Ray Laurent, whose only other credits involve editing some films, including one of the Lemon Grove Kids films that Ray Dennis Steckler directed. Within this movie, there's plenty of ritual footage, as well as interviews with LaVey, his… Continue reading Satanis: The Devil’s Mass (1970)