Three movies in one! Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) Grand Theft Auto (1977) Eat My Dust (1976)

About the Author: R.D Francis is the writer of The Ghosts of Jim Morrison, the Phantom of Detroit, and the Fates of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Tales from a Wizard: The Oral History of Walpurgis. Both non-fiction works explore the myth and mystery behind the 1974 album, Phantom’s Divine Comedy: Part 1—an album many believed… Continue reading Three movies in one! Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) Grand Theft Auto (1977) Eat My Dust (1976)

Ghost Story (1981)

John Irvin directed Arnold in Raw Deal and Swayze in Next of Kin, as well as Hamburger Hill and several documentaries. He was asked to direct the film by producer Burt Weissbourd, who loved his direction of Haunted: The Ferryman, a British made-for-television movie. Based on Peter Straub's book and written by Lawrence D. Cohen (Carrie, The Tommyknockers, the TV… Continue reading Ghost Story (1981)

Carnival Magic (1981)

Al Adamson should have never made a children's film. This is the man who made Psycho a Go-Go, two different softcore movies with flying hostesses (The Naughty Stewardesses and Blazing Stewardesses), the staggering Dracula vs. Frankenstein and a Filipino horror movie that was dubbed, tinted in neon hues and released as Horror of the Blood Monsters. And oh, by… Continue reading Carnival Magic (1981)

Mystics In Bali (1981)

You think that American genre cinema is the absolute peak of weirdness? You study Italian horror, post-armageddon movies from the Philippines and Japanese musicals about murderous families and you think you've seen it all. Then you discover this movie, straight out of Indonesia, where low-budget exploitation films like this -- that said, there's no real movie… Continue reading Mystics In Bali (1981)

Hell Night (1981)

Tom DeSimone started his directing career in gay porn as Lancer Brooks, creating the first homosexual film with dialogue and a plot with 1970's The Conversation before going mainstream and making Chatterbox. After this film, he'd be behind such greats as Reform School Girls and Angel III: The Final Chapter, as well as uncredited direction on another fabulous… Continue reading Hell Night (1981)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Originally airing on October 24, 1981, Dark Night of the Scarecrow was directed by Frank De Felitta, who wrote Audrey Rose and The Entity. It was originally intended to be an independent film, but was bought by CBS. Somewhere in the Deep South, a mentally challenged giant named Charles Eliot "Bubba" Ritter (Larry Drake) becomes friends with… Continue reading Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

Shock Treatment (1981)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show may have failed when it was first released, but somehow, midnight showings have kept it in limited release four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in history. In 1979, writer/cast member Richard O'Brien wrote a sequel called Rocky Horror Shows His Heels. I remember reading about this… Continue reading Shock Treatment (1981)