The Monster Club (1981)

The final movie directed by Roy Ward Baker (Asylum, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires) and produced by Milton Subotsky (who was behind Amicus along with Max Rosenberg), this portmanteau film is based on the stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes. While it all feels like an Amicus film, it is not. But don't hold that against it.… Continue reading The Monster Club (1981)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: The Last Shark (1981)

Appearing under a variety of titles, like Great White, The Last Jaws, Jaws Returns and L'ultimo Squalo, this movie made $18 million in its first month of U.S. release. Universal Pictures had been trying to block Film Ventures from even releasing the film in America, but the request was denied in U.S. District Court. However, about… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: The Last Shark (1981)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

Any movie that starts with a couple taking off their scuba equipment to make love underwater inside sunken ship and then being devoured by a school of mutant flying piranha before a James Bond style graphics sequence is immediately going to rocket to the top of any to watch list there is. Get ready: Pirahanha II:… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Piranha II: The Spawning (1981)

LOST TV WEEK: The Phoenix (1981)

Long ago, in a remote corner of the world, ancient astronauts landed from a distant planet with a gift for mankind...the Phoenix. For a thousand years, he has waited...suspended in time. Now, he's awakened to complete his mission. He searches for his partner, Mira. For only she knows his ultimate assignment on Earth. Dependent on… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Phoenix (1981)

LOST TV WEEK: The Best of Times (1981)

Before Mandy. Before The Wicker Man. Before Face/Off. Hell, before Fast Times at Ridgemont High and anything else he did, Nicholas Cage appeared in this blast of odd, a failed TV pilot from 1981 that was supposed to be the Laugh-In for the video generation. This absolute mess was directed by Don Mischer, who today is better known for… Continue reading LOST TV WEEK: The Best of Times (1981)