2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 14: The Four of the Apocalypse…(1975)

Day 14 of the Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge is Westerns. Hats and boots are a must on this trail, y'all. Yeehaw! I chose Lucio Fulci's Four of the Apocalypse..., which was made years before he became known as the Godfather of Gore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebT4Ygr-oJI Salt Flats, Utah. 1873. Professional gambler Stubby Preston (Fabio Testi, Contraband) is arrested the moment… Continue reading 2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 14: The Four of the Apocalypse…(1975)

2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 8: Eyeball (1975)

The Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge for today is THE EYES HAVE IT. This pick must have an eye specific scene. I've already covered the granddaddy of all eye torture, Fulci's Zombi, as well as his other paean to ocular decimation,The New York Ripper. There's also Demonia, where nuns eat a dead baby's eyeballs. And Cat in the Brain,… Continue reading 2018 Scarecrow Psychotronic Challenge Day 8: Eyeball (1975)

The Night Child (1975)

Also known as The Cursed Medallion, this Italian ripoff was directed by Massimo Dallamano (What Have You Done to Solange?). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuRoXowHtkM Richard Johnson (The Haunting and Dr. Menard from Zombi 2) is a BBC filmmaker working on a documentary about demonic images in paintings. His daughter Emily (Nicoletta Elmi, Who Saw Her Die?, Deep Red) is having nightmares about how her mother… Continue reading The Night Child (1975)

BIGFOOT WEEK: The Legend of Bigfoot (1975)

According to The Weirdest Movie Ever Made, the book we reviewed at the start of the week, the Patterson-Gimlin film may have made Patterson rich, but Gimlin at first wanted nothing to do with it. Yet according to author Phil Hall, "After Patterson’s death, Gimlin approached his former partner’s widow, Patricia Patterson, regarding the failure to… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: The Legend of Bigfoot (1975)

BIGFOOT WEEK: Curse of Bigfoot (1975)

This movie lies to you from the very moment it begins. First off, it's barely a movie, clicking in around 59 minutes. And when you get to the real heart of the movie, it's not even about Bigfoot! It's really about a mummy coming back from the dead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZYeSZDwKyQ A high school biology class --… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: Curse of Bigfoot (1975)

BIGFOOT WEEK: The Werewolf and the Yeti (1975)

Let's step away from Bigfoot to speak on werewolves. Specifically, a werewolf named Count Waldemar Daninsky. Over twelve movies, his origins have changed as many times as his films have alternate titles. Here, in the eighth film in the series (also known as The Curse of the Beast, Night of the Howling Beast and Hall of the Mountain King),… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: The Werewolf and the Yeti (1975)

BIGFOOT WEEK: The Mysterious Monsters (1975)

At the start of this movie, Peter Graves looks right at the camera and totally bullshits you: “Scientists representing the world’s most foremost research centers took part in the examination of the evidence. The facts that will be presented are true. This may be the most startling film you’ll ever see.” Get ready for another piece of… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: The Mysterious Monsters (1975)

I Don’t Want to Be Born (1975)

Also known as The Devil Within Her, The Monster and Sharon's Baby, this mid-70's film plays it so straight that it can't be anything but a parody of The Exorcist. Yet here it is -- screaming in your face, full of bad accents and horrible sex scenes, so earnest that it makes you want to believe that you can't help… Continue reading I Don’t Want to Be Born (1975)

DEADLY GAME SHOWS: Death Race 2000 (1975)

There are people that say there's no such thing as a perfect movie. Those people have never seen Death Race 2000, a film that's packed with pop culture references, ultraviolence, black humor, political commentary and great character moments. After the "World Crash of '79", the United States government declares martial law. To keep the people happy,… Continue reading DEADLY GAME SHOWS: Death Race 2000 (1975)

Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)

Ōkami no Monshō was a two-volume manga published in 1970 and then re-created in 2007. This film version -- which wildly differs from its inspiration -- hit Japanese screens in 1975 and stars Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist (and the inspiration for a marijuana nickname) Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba. And it's one of… Continue reading Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope (1975)