Kill or Be Killed (1980)

Martial arts movies make little to no sense most of the time. Then, there's this movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTWutgUNNRM Steve Chase is a martial artist who goes to the desert for what he thinks is an Olympic style meet. Nope. An ex-Nazi general was defeated at the 1936 Olympics by a Japanese martial artist named Miyagi, so… Continue reading Kill or Be Killed (1980)

Terror on Tour (1980)

"The Clowns are a rock group on their way up the ladder of success. In their macabre makeup, it is impossible to distinguish one from the other. Their incredible stage performance center around sadistic, mutilating theatrics and eventually, real murders begin. The police are called in and consider the band members prime suspects until they… Continue reading Terror on Tour (1980)

BIGFOOT WEEK: Night of the Demon (1980)

As I worked on Bigfoot Week, I turned to Phil Hall’s The Weirdest Movie Ever Made for guidance. All it said about this movie was "the 1980s started with another vicious Bigfoot attacking humans in Night of the Demon (1980)," so I didn't expect much. I have to tell you, my mind still hasn't fully comprehended what… Continue reading BIGFOOT WEEK: Night of the Demon (1980)

Without Warning (1980)

While other men hunt, an intergalactic hunter has come down from the stars to track the most dangerous game, invisibly hiding until it can kill them with its throwing star weaponry. The creature is played by Kevin Peter Hall. But this isn't Predator! This came out seven years earlier! This is Without Warning! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEfiNxMsI_0 The film opens… Continue reading Without Warning (1980)

DEADLY GAME SHOWS: The Gong Show Movie (1980)

It's hard for me to explain the cultural behemoth that The Gong Show was when it debuted. Originally airing on NBC from June 14, 1976 to July 21, 1978 (and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980), the show was basically a talent contest with celebrity judges that graded the talent and could gong -- meaning they'd have… Continue reading DEADLY GAME SHOWS: The Gong Show Movie (1980)

The Unseen (1980)

Danny Steinmann started his directing career with the adult movie High Rise and worked on the films Savage Streets and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning along the way. After that film, he was injured in a bicycle accident and was unable to return to directing. He also produced the Gene Roddenberry made-for-TV movie Spectre. Today, though, we're… Continue reading The Unseen (1980)

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)