Gunan, King of the Barbarians (1982)

Franco Prosperi made his name directing Italian crime action films, but he also found his way into working in other genres, like 1978's The Last House on the Left clone The Last House on the Beach, 1973's parody The Funny Face of the Godfather and two Conan ripoffs, 1983's Throne of Fire and this obscure piece of weirdness,… Continue reading Gunan, King of the Barbarians (1982)

WATCH THE SERIES: Beastmaster

If you had HBO (Hey, Beastmaster's On) or TBS (The Beastmaster Station) in the 1990's, then you're probably excited to read this. The Beastmaster series of three films ran pretty much non-stop on those channels, even if the first movie wasn't a success. Just like Phantasm, Beastmaster came from the mind of Don Coscarelli. While he was only involved… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Beastmaster

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

When Robert E. Howard created Conan, it was popular for its time as a pulp character. By the time of his creator's suicide in 1936, Conan had appeared in 21 complete stories, 17 of which had been published, as well as a number of unfinished tales. After years of the copyright to the character passing around, Lancer released a… Continue reading Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Tenebre (1982)

By 1982, Dario Argento had moved beyond the constraints of the giallo genre he had helped popularize and started to explore the supernatural with Suspiria and Inferno. According to the documentary Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo (which is on the Synapse blu ray of this film), the failure of Inferno led to Argento being kindly asked -- or… Continue reading Tenebre (1982)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Panic (1982)

Also known as Bakterion, Nightmare Killing and even Zombie 4 in Greece, this film was directed by Tonino Ricci, Fulci's assistant director on White Fang and Challenge to White Fang. It all starts with lab rats going nuts and killing one another, which was not what I was planning on watching while I ate my breakfast while watching this.… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Panic (1982)

DEATH WISH WEEK: Death Wish 2 (1982)

Paul Kersey can't catch a break. Seriously, in this sequel, he goes through the Trials of Job all over again. You think he went through some bad stuff in the first movie? Michael Winner is just getting started putting our vigilante hero through hell on earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdlGpQmfvwk Paul has taken his daughter Jordan and moved… Continue reading DEATH WISH WEEK: Death Wish 2 (1982)

DOCUMENTARY WEEK: The Killing of America (1982)

If you think the United States is in bad shape today, perhaps you should check out this film, made well beyond the news bubble and the 24/7 headline cycle. The 1970's were fucking bleak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsa7Fzu-xWk If you thought mass shooters were because of video games or that we just suddenly became a more violent society,… Continue reading DOCUMENTARY WEEK: The Killing of America (1982)