The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is not a movie. It is a force of nature. Where Night of the Living Dead took 1960's horror past giant monsters and gothic monsters into modern concerns within the conceit of zombies. This film doesn't need to exist within the supernatural. In fact, it's so outside the realm of the unreal that… Continue reading The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


I've been obsessed for years with the trailer and artwork for this movie. Throw in the fact that it has 70's teen idol Leif Garrett amongst its cast of pint-sized psychopaths and it seems like a recipe for my kind of movie insanity. However, I just never found the time to sit down and watch… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Devil Times Five

2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 6: Legacy of Satan (1974)

Day 6 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge is here. The theme? 666. El Dia De La Bestia: The more Satanic, the better. Well, this one is a Satanic movie made by a pornographer, so why not pile all of our sins in at once? That pornographer is writer and director Gerard Damiano (Deep Throat). This… Continue reading 2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 6: Legacy of Satan (1974)


Originally airing on February 2, 1974 on ABC, this Theodore Spurgeon adaption answers the question we've all been asking: "Who would win in a fight to the death – a man or a bulldozer?" Sure, a mysterious meteorite is behind it all, but this one's really all about machine on man violence. This one has… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Killdozer (1974)

2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 2: Phase IV (1974)

We're on day 2 of the Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge! The rules for today? DAY 2: SHE BITES: Scientists should not fool with mother nature but they do and bad things happen. I've always wanted to watch Phase IV, the lone directorial effort of famed graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass. Bass was best known for his… Continue reading 2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 2: Phase IV (1974)

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. 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! 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)