PURE TERROR MONTH: Don’t Answer the Phone (1980)

If any movie has earned being on the video nasty list -- this one is on the Section 3 group of films, which couldn’t be prosecuted for obscenity but were liable to be seized and confiscated under a less obscene charge -- it's this movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn1mt0MzWOg This is the scummiest movie I've ever seen outside… Continue reading PURE TERROR MONTH: Don’t Answer the Phone (1980)

The Silent Scream (1980)

Rebecca Balding seems like someone who could have been a scream queen, between appearances in this movie, the made for TV movie Deadly Game and The Boogens. That said -- this movie ended up changing between it being shot and shown in theaters. Diane McBain (Wicked Wicked) was originally cast as a police detective but the first… Continue reading The Silent Scream (1980)

Maniac (1980)

William Lustig took the profits from 1977's Hot Honey to make this guerilla shot piece of sleazy, slimy slasher brilliance. The other money came from half of star Joe Spinell's salary from Nighthawks and British producer Judd Hamilton came up with the rest of the money (around $200,000) with one condition: his then-wife Caroline Munro would be… Continue reading Maniac (1980)

The Prey (1980)

For some reason, old Hollywood actors often show up in slashers. Jackie Coogan, whose career stretched from silent films to playing Uncle Fester on The Addams Family to, well, The Prey appears in this, his last film. Coogan also was the reason for the California Child Actors Bill, the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers,… Continue reading The Prey (1980)

Cruising (1980)

Despite being appraoced with New York Times reporter Gerald Walker's 1970 novel Cruising several times, William Friedkin (The Exorcist, Sorcerer and perhaps not as successfully, Jade) wasn't interested. He changed his mind after an unsolved series of murders in New York's leather bars. Articles by Village Voice journalist Arthur Bell helped inform this film, as well… Continue reading Cruising (1980)