BIGFOOT WEEK: Creature from Black Lake (1976)

If I've learned anything from my week of watching Bigfoot movies, it's that Yankees aren't wanted in the places where Bigfoot resides. You can also rewrite that sentence to cover city folks aren't wanted when Bigfoot decides to walk on through Western Pennsylvania or Southeastern Ohio. This one is all about two dudes: Rives (John… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: Creature from Black Lake (1976)

The Premonition (1976)

A foster mother has The Premonition: her new daughter's unstable biological mother is going to come and take her away. It comes true, so what happens next? PS - it's beyond the power of an exorcist in only the way that an exploitation movie poster can promise. Originally released as part of Arrow Video's American… Continue reading The Premonition (1976)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Bugsy Malone (1976)

I often write about movies in the middle of the night, when the rest of the world is asleep. Sometimes, a movie will seem like a dream instead of something real. Imagine a musical gangster movie starring all child actors with music by Paul Williams. Yet, wonder of wonders, this movie actually was filmed. Sir… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Bugsy Malone (1976)

LARRY COHEN WEEK: God Told Me To (1976)

According to Larry Cohen, God is one of the most violent characters in literature. Take that insight, toss in some Chariots of the Gods, a little police procedural and a gradually involving drama that ends up taking over the life of the hero and you have God Told Me To. New York City in the 1970s.… Continue reading LARRY COHEN WEEK: God Told Me To (1976)

AMERICAN GIALLO: Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Bill Van Ryn writes the film blog Groovy Doom, admins the Facebook page of the same name, and publishes the horror and exploitation fanzine DRIVE-IN ASYLUM.  Alfred Sole's 1976 horror thriller Alice, Sweet Alice is that rare horror flick that contains several twists and turns, yet holds onto its ability to shock and disturb even… Continue reading AMERICAN GIALLO: Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

FUCKED UP FUTURES: Logan’s Run (1976)

In the 23rd century, life is total pleasure. Except, you know, you die when you're 30. If you can live with that, you can be part of Logan's Run. 1970's science fiction -- pre-Star Wars is intellectual, overthought and sometimes, really slow. That's my best explanation of this film. If you're expecting an action-packed rollercoaster of a film, you're… Continue reading FUCKED UP FUTURES: Logan’s Run (1976)

PAPERBACKS FROM HELL WEEK: Burnt Offerings (1976)

I have said it before. I will say it again. If you find yourself a character in a 1970's horror movie and an Old Hollywood actor, particularly Burgess Meredith offers you something that sounds way too good to be true, you are going to die. Mark my words. You are going to die and your… Continue reading PAPERBACKS FROM HELL WEEK: Burnt Offerings (1976)