Spasmo (1974)

Giallo intrigues me because you often have an unreliable narrator whose credibility has been seriously compromised. In a 1981 study, William Riggan analyzed several types of unreliable narrators and in this film, I feel that we're dealing with one of those types, the madman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyiLMz0xM5I We open on a couple who is getting ready to… Continue reading Spasmo (1974)

Frightmare (1974) vs. Frightmare (1983)

There are two movies named Frightmare. Both are enjoyable on their own merits, despite the fact that Prism re-released the 1974 film as a sequel to the 1983 one, which makes no sense. Whether you choose an older British cannibal or a movie star who seems to defy death, both films are quite entertaining. Consider… Continue reading Frightmare (1974) vs. Frightmare (1983)

MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Chosen Survivors (1974)

Hours before a nuclear attack, couples that have been matched by computer are taken to an underground shelter so they can eventually repopulate the Earth. A great plan, if it wasn't for the vampire bats! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3KURv9ftyQ Starring Jackie Cooper (Superman), Richard Jaeckel (Grizzly), Bradford Dillman (The Swarm), Star Trek: TNG's Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick (who has an amazing scene… Continue reading MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Chosen Survivors (1974)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Deathdream (1974)

Sure, Bob Clark did A Christmas Story. And he did Porky's. But man, did he make some dark films along the way, like Black Christmas and this one, which totally grabbed me by the throat and kept me thrilled from start to finish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSi43oYTJ6E Andy Brooks has been killed by a sniper in Vietnam. Yet as he dies, he… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Deathdream (1974)

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)