Tourist Trap (1979)

According to It Came from the 80s!: Interviews with 124 Cult Filmmakers, Tourist Trap was originally going to be directed by John Carpenter. However, co-writer J. Larry Carroll was unhappy with how much he wanted, so he nominated his writing partner David Schmoeller (Puppetmaster and the movie that led to Please Kill Mr. Kinski, Crawlspace) to direct. Along the… Continue reading Tourist Trap (1979)

AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Encounters in the Deep (1979)

After an engaged couple mysteriously disappears in the Bermuda Triangle, her father organizes an expedition to get to the truth. And the truth? Extraterrestrials are carrying out studies on the human race! The best part of this movie is the opening, where a monologue starts us off, quoting from several books over UFO footage. This has… Continue reading AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Encounters in the Deep (1979)

AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Up from the Depths (1979)

Brought to you by the "father of redneck cinema," Charles B. Griffith, this movie is more Jaws than Creature from the Black Lagoon. Griffith was told to make an action movie, but he got a depressing looking creature and decided to make a comedy. By the time he flew back home, producer Roger Corman had already recut… Continue reading AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Up from the Depths (1979)

SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

When it comes to the biggest TV movies of all time, you have to include Steven Spielberg's Duel on the list. A battle between Dennis Weaver and an 18 wheeler for a taunt 74 minutes that stayed in viewer's minds for way longer. That leads us to this film, which originally aired on CBS on September… Continue reading SON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIES WEEK: Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

ATTACK OF THE CLONES: The Black Hole (1979)

The Black Hole is more than just the first Disney movie to be rated PG and to feature swearing (as well as one of the most expensive they'd produced at that point). It's also a dark film, one closer to Event Horizon than Escape from Witch Mountain. The USS Palomino is near the end of its long… Continue reading ATTACK OF THE CLONES: The Black Hole (1979)

ATTACK OF THE CLONES: The Humanoid (1979)

There are times that films feel like gift packages wrapped up for just me and my insane taste in movies. Let me tell you all of the ways that The Humanoid makes me want to fall to my knees and give thanks: it's an Italian ripoff of Star Wars directed by Aldo Lado (Who Saw Her Die?, The… Continue reading ATTACK OF THE CLONES: The Humanoid (1979)

Fascination (1979)

Jean Rollin was a master of the fantastique, the way that the French refer to a mixture of science fiction, horror and fantasy. What's the difference between fantastique and fantasy? The former is more concerned with the intrusion of supernatural phenomena into an otherwise realist narrative. In this genre, the supernatural may be met with doubt,… Continue reading Fascination (1979)