CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Medusa (1973)

In Greece, a stewardess is murdered by a masked maniac, with the authorities feeling like it can only be one of two people: a drunken American playboy (George Hamilton) and a murderous gangster (Cameron Mitchell). Yes, the Mill Creek Chilling Classics set really knows how to give you quite the mix of films! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwNAPOvJo7w According to… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Medusa (1973)

The Student Teachers (1973)

Man, these student teachers. They're changing the old ways of high school and making it better -- well, maybe more interesting -- for the hip now generation. The sequel to Roger Corman's The Student Nurses, this movie is all about the issues, man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZvCFfKQfjs Directed and co-written by Jonathan Kaplan, who would go on to direct The Accused,… Continue reading The Student Teachers (1973)

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

Originally airing on Wednesday, October 10, 1973 -- and also known as Nightmare in Europe -- 45 years have done nothing to hide to hide the weirdness and ability to frighten that this TV movie possesses. Sally Farnum (Kim Darby, who started her career in True Grit and has appeared in memorable roles in Better Off Dead and Halloween: The… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

EVEN MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Soylent Green (1973)

As we were rewatching this film last week, Becca said, "It always seems so hot in this movie, everyone is sweating all the time." And I replied, "Yeah. We're kind of living in it now." Yep, other than turning people into food and my stairwells being filled with sleeping people, the world of Soylent Green feels like… Continue reading EVEN MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Soylent Green (1973)

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)