Imagine a movie that starts with a fourteen year-old girl being killed by a faceless maniac wearing a black leather glove with razor-tipped fingers. If you're ready for that before the first credits roll, then you're ready for The Demon. That very same killer then kills a trucker, steals all his money and gets a place in a… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Demon (1979)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH – another take on Driller Killer (1979)

John S Berry says that he's a pretty low key guy. He has a few articles on the Rupert Pupkin Speaks site. I asked him to tell me a little more about himself and he replied that he loves bargain bin horror movies, his cat Walter, Terry Gordy and most people. One of my favorite… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH – another take on Driller Killer (1979)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Driller Killer (1979)

Before Ms. 45, The King of New York and Bad Lieutenant (a film that rivaled The Car for my grandfather's affections), Abel Ferrara directed and starred in this film, which was classified as a video nasty. It's also fallen into the public domain, which is why it's on the Chilling Classics set. Reno Miller (Ferrara, using the… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Driller Killer (1979)

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)