The Changeling (1980)

Peter Medak has one of the most all over the places IMDB credit pages ever. He's directed everything from the Peter Sellers Satanic farce The Ruling Class to the made-for-TV movie The Babysitter to Zorro, The Gay Blade; The Krays; Romeo Is Bleeding; Species II and episodes of The Wire and Carnivale.  Here, he made a "based on true events" tale… Continue reading The Changeling (1980)

Hero At Large (1980)

Martin Davidson directed the teen classics The Lords of Flatbush and Eddie and the Cruisers, but today we're talking about his lone superhero movie, an early entry in the form that starred Three's Company lead John Ritter and Anne Archer. Obviously, the success of Superman had a lot to do with this movie. Steve Nichols (Ritter) is a struggling… Continue reading Hero At Large (1980)

Super Fuzz (1980)

Sergio Corbucci is known for making some of the most violent spaghetti westerns ever committed to the screen, including Django, The Mercenary, Navajo Joe and The Great Silence. In fact, his contributions to exploitation film are so important, he received a special thanks at the end of Kill Bill Volume 2. He was also known for the exact opposite type of… Continue reading Super Fuzz (1980)

Hawk the Slayer (1980)

Terry Marcel also was behind Prisoners of the Lost Universe, The Last Seduction II and Jane and the Lost City (he was also A.D. on The Pink Panther series of films, as well as Straw Dogs) but today, we're going to discuss his 1980 sword and sorcery epic Hawk the Slayer, which predates the Conan ripoff film cycle. The wicked… Continue reading Hawk the Slayer (1980)

New Year’s Evil (1980)

By 1980, every holiday was taken. All writer and director Emmett Alston had left was New Year's Evil. It would have to do. TV's most beloved punk, Diane "Blaze" Sullivan ("Pinky" Tuscadero from TV's Happy Days) is getting ready to count the night down from a Hollywood hotel. Things are great until Evil himself call, saying… Continue reading New Year’s Evil (1980)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: House of the Dead (1980)

I'm so glad that I got Bill Van Ryn to write about this movie! If you like what he has to say, check out his other projects like the website Groovy Doom and the zine Drive-In Asylum. Thanks again for your multiple articles and sharing everything else out, Bill! Ultra low budget films really turn me on… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: House of the Dead (1980)