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. 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. 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? 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)

BAVA WEEK: Lisa and the Devil (1973)

By the late 60's, a series of commercial failures caused Mario Bava to lose his deal with American International Pictures, but the successes of Twitch of the Death Nerve and Baron Blood turned his fortunes around. Now, he was allowed to make movies without studio interference. Bava was allowed to create Lisa and the Devil as a non-commercial film, but… Continue reading BAVA WEEK: Lisa and the Devil (1973)

FORGOTTEN HEROES: 3 Giant Men (1973)

In the world of Turkish cinema, Spider-Man leads a gang of counterfeiter who use murders people with outboar dmotors, axes and man-eating guinea pigs. Santo is a secret agent who rarely wears his mask and puts things directly into his pants, pockets by damned. And Captain America doesn't have a shield, smokes and brings his… Continue reading FORGOTTEN HEROES: 3 Giant Men (1973)