Hangar 18 (1980)

Sunn Classic Entertainment may have made Grizzly Adams, but they were really known for four-walling theaters, renting them and making all of the money. The films they showed tend toward conspiracy theories, starting all the way back in 1975 with The Outer Space Connection and continuing with In Search of Noah's Ark, The Lincoln Conspiracy, In Search of Historic Jesus, The Bermuda… Continue reading Hangar 18 (1980)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Prom Night (1980)

After failing to sell Halloween producer Irwin Yablans on his pitch for a movie, director Paul Lynch ran with the suggestion that he set his film during a holiday. A prom seemed like a pretty big event and it tied in well with a story writer Robert Guza had created that was all about childhood trauma… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Prom Night (1980)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Funeral Home (1980)

Oh Canada.Your horror movies are so strange, so unlike anywhere else, as you remain such a polite country, our neighbor to the north. What strange horrors have you brought to me today? Oh look -- it's 1980's Funeral Home, otherwise known by the much better title Cries in the Night. Heather (Lesleh Donaldson, Curtains, Happy Birthday to Me) is… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Funeral Home (1980)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Terror Train (1980)

Jamie Lee Curtis. A train. A murderous slasher. And David Copperfield. Yes, Terror Train is unlike any other slasher that ever came before or since. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUnXVqQaPag Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, who was also in the chair for Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, this movie was totally conceived as Halloween on a train. Jamie Lee had just finished filming Prom… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Terror Train (1980)

AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Did Roger Corman sit in a room screaming, "Make me more amphibian monster movies NOW!" into the telephone? Because this week, that's the feeling that I'm getting. This time, Barbara Peeters got the call (Joe Dante turned this one down), although the final film was nothing like she wanted it to be and she tried --… Continue reading AMPHIBIAN WEEK: Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Satan’s Mistress (shot in 1980, released in 1982)

I was watching Amazon Prime the other night and thought I was watching Demon Seed with Julie Christie. Nope. I was really watching this film. I thought with the end of the rental era that box art would never confuse me again! I was wrong! Lana (Lana Wood, elder sister of Natalie, who is better known… Continue reading Satan’s Mistress (shot in 1980, released in 1982)