The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

Directors are notoriously horrible to the actors in their films. Witness the way Friedkin treated the cast of The Exorcist or how Hitchcock told Tippi Hedren that mechanical birds would be used in a scene in The Birds, only for real ones to be used in an incident that she described as “brutal and ugly and relentless."… Continue reading The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

Based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey (whose novel Flight into Danger was adapted into Zero Hour! (as well as a later TV movie using the original title) which was later remade as Airplane!, which is also a parody of these films, but more about that later), these four films go from class to cash-in. And the worse they… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Airport

FUCKED UP FUTURES PART 2: Zardoz (1974)

What movie would Sean Connery choose to follow up his run as James Bond with? Well, it's The Offence, but this was his second movie after. And it's definitely the first film John Boorman did after Deliverance. What they created was a film that absolutely cannot be easily explained. I've watched it in the double digits and… Continue reading FUCKED UP FUTURES PART 2: Zardoz (1974)

SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: All the Kind Strangers (1974)

Let's not judge Burt Kennedy for directing the Hulk Hogan vehicle Suburban Commando. Let's remember him for something much better -- All the Kind Strangers. Written by Clyde Ware -- a writer/director/producer who worked on shows like Airwolf and Gunsmoke, as well as TV movies like The Hatfields and the McCoys and The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd -- this… Continue reading SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: All the Kind Strangers (1974)

The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (1974)

No matter what title you watch this movie under --  from the original Spanish title, No Profanar el Sueño de los Muertos (Don't Disturb the Sleep of the Dead) or alternates like Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, The Living Dead, Breakfast at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window -- it's an intriguing slice of early 70's shock. At once… Continue reading The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (1974)

Magdalena, Possessed by the Devil (1974)

What would a German ripoff of The Exorcist look like? That's an important question to ask. And when I describe ripoffs of said film, I always say, "You know how in The Exorcist, it's still somewhat of a classy movie. What if it wasn't? Wouldn't that be awesome?" Most people, sane people, at that point say, "No.… Continue reading Magdalena, Possessed by the Devil (1974)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Black Christmas (1974)

Based on a series of Canadian murders and the urban legend of calls coming to a babysitter from within the house (also see When a Stranger Calls), Bob Clark and A. Roy Moore created what many feel is one of the precursors to the slasher film genre. Bedford is a small college town, complete with a… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Black Christmas (1974)