MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

In his series, My Year of Flops, Nathan Rubin said, "It's telling that when a filmmaker succeeds in running his own studio, it's because he's learned to let his inner businessman veto his inner artiste. Coppola ran Zoetrope with his heart. It nearly destroyed him." One from the Heart wasn't just director Francis Ford Coppola's dream project.… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

Saturday the 14th (1981)

Real-life husband and wife Richard Benjamin (Catch-22 and the original Westworld) and Paula Prentiss (The Stepford Wives) play John and Mary, who have inherited his uncle's house in Eerie, PA. If that line made you laugh, then Saturday the 14th is for you. Along with their kids Debbie and Billie, they try and fix the house up. But… Continue reading Saturday the 14th (1981)

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 1

At this point, this is the longest that we've ever gone without a Friday the 13th film since the break between Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X in 1993 and 2001. But at one point, these movies owned the box office, with one nearly every summer from 1980-1989. Why did people love them so much? And what were… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 1

Midnight Offerings (1981)

Vivian Sotherland (Melissa Sue Anderson, Happy Birthday to Me) starts this movie in front of a pentagram, conducting a ritual that will send one of her teachers up in flames and keep her boyfriend David (Patrick Cassidy, brother of Shaun and half-brother of David). Light the black candles, it's time for witchcraft in the 1980's suburbs!… Continue reading Midnight Offerings (1981)

This House Possessed (1981)

A rock star has a nervous breakdown and decides to recuperate in a remote house. Yet he finds himself asking, "Am I insane? Or is this house haunted?" Just by reading the title of this movie, I think you know the answer. Gary Straihorn (Parker Stevenson, former husband to Kirsty Alley and one of TV's Hardy… Continue reading This House Possessed (1981)

LARRY COHEN WEEK: Full Moon High (1981)

Four years before Teen Wolf (and 24 years after I Was a Teenage Werewolf), Larry Cohen wrote, produced and directed Full Moon High, a comedic take on what it'd be like to be a werewolf in high school. Ironically, it came out in the same year as An American Werewolf in London, covering some of the same ground, but… Continue reading LARRY COHEN WEEK: Full Moon High (1981)