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! 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)


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)