Alice or the Last Escapade (1977)

A French surrealistic retelling of Alice in Wonderland with Sylvia Kristel in the lead? It's as if a message from space was sent directly to my brain, demanding that I stop whatever I was planning and sit inches from my TV and yelling out every translated word via closed captioning. Alice Caroll is leaving her… Continue reading Alice or the Last Escapade (1977)


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

SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Curse of the Black Widow (1977)

To end our second week of made for TV movies, Bill Van Ryn from Drive-In Asylum and Groovy Doom is back! Dan Curtis was responsible for delivering a number of memorable genre productions. Cult TV series “Dark Shadows” is definitely his most successful and enduring endeavor, but he got a couple of other major lobbies into his lengthy career… Continue reading SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Curse of the Black Widow (1977)

MANGIATI VIVI: Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

Legend has it that David Cronenberg for the idea for the torture TV channel that lends its name to his opus Videodrome from this Joe D'Amoto film, which is also known as Trap Them and Kill Them. Think of this -- a film that upset Cronenberg for its mash-up of snuff, cannibalism and sex. Take it from me.… Continue reading MANGIATI VIVI: Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

TOBE HOOPER WEEK: Eaten Alive (1977)

Tobe Hooper followed up The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with another film that examined the horror and depravity that existed with South Texas. Texas Chainsaw Massacre co-writer Kim Henkel was inspired by Joe Ball, the Alligator Man, who owned a live alligator attraction in the 1930s. Despite being suspected of several murders, legend had it that Ball would feed the dead women to… Continue reading TOBE HOOPER WEEK: Eaten Alive (1977)