Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

Harry Thomason and his wife, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason created TV's Designing Women and were a 1990's power couple, playing a major role in getting President Bill Clinton elected. But way before that, he wrote and directed this Rod Serling narrated film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIqeEdM-nAM This movie presents its tales as true, set up by not one narrator, but two. Yes, Rod… Continue reading Encounter with the Unknown (1973)

Wicked Wicked (1973)

I'm constantly on the hunt for certain movies. Ever since I saw the trailer for this -- the only film to ever be shot in Duo-Vision -- I've been on the hunt. Finally, in an Exchange store on a Sunday afternoon, my patience was rewarded. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5e3ttvlymI The Grandview is one of those gorgeous California hotels… Continue reading Wicked Wicked (1973)

BIKER WEEK: Psychomania (1973)

Is there such a thing as a perfect movie? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you ask me, this combination of the occult and biker culture ranks really close. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc8bHG4VB2w Tom Latham (Nicky Henson, Witchfinder General) leads The Living Dead, a motorcycle gang that causes trouble and occasionally dabbles in black magic. The worm filled apple didn't fall far… Continue reading BIKER WEEK: Psychomania (1973)

The Exorcist (1973)

What do you write about a movie that pretty much created modern horror? Sure, you can point to Night of the Living Dead and even Carnival of Souls as starting points, but from a mainstream blockbuster perspective, this is where the rules of modern supernatural horror begin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsbc508UgIE Inspired by William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel, which itself… Continue reading The Exorcist (1973)

Horror High (1973)

When horror movies have socially maladjusted kids getting abused by popular football players while showing how attractive girls can still fall for them, they're playing directly to their demographic. How many fright fans felt the same way or endured the same stings and arrows as the hero of this film? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BONFjQbxOHw Everybody beats the shit… Continue reading Horror High (1973)

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

Once you watch this film, you'll wonder -- just how did this play on TV? It was part of the 13 titles included in Avco Embassy's Nightmare Theater package syndicated in 1975 (the others were Marta, Maniac Mansion, Night of the Sorcerers, Fury of the Wolfman, Hatchet for the Honeymoon, Horror Rises from the Tomb, Dear Dead Delilah, Doomwatch, Bell from Hell, Witches Mountain, Mummy's… Continue reading Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

The ABC Movies of the Week for November 24, 1973, Scream, Pretty Peggy was directed by Gordon Hessler, who was behind films as diverse as In 1969, The Oblong Box, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park and Sho Kosugi's introduction to the U.S., Pray For Death. It was written by Jimmy Sangster (who directed Hammer's Lust for a Vampire and… Continue reading SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

For the first installment of our return to the wonder of TV movies, Bill Van Ryn from Drive-In Asylum and Groovy Doom returns to tell us about one of his favorite movies. Considering the reputation of 1973’s Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as a TV movie that forever scarred some impressionably young viewers, it's surprising that the movie… Continue reading SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

MARIO BAVA WEEK: Kidnapped/Rabid Dogs (filmed in 1973, released in 1998)

Lisa and the Devil was shelved after a negative reception at the Cannes Market. A Bay of Blood was a box office disappointment. So Mario Bava decided to do something unlike any of his other films -- developing a "poliziotteschi" film. According to Roberto Curti's Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980, poliziotteschi films "generally featured graphic and brutal violence, organized crime, car… Continue reading MARIO BAVA WEEK: Kidnapped/Rabid Dogs (filmed in 1973, released in 1998)