Tenebrae (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 Tenebrae (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)

EVEN MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: 2020 Texas Gladiators (1982)

This movie starts with a long battle after the end of the world, bringing you in before there's even any story. Who even cares if there's a story? People are getting killed left and right! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMI09tcp3o4 We have 5 heroes here -- who would assume are the Texas Gladiators. They are Nisus (Al Cliver, Endgame, Warriors of… Continue reading EVEN MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: 2020 Texas Gladiators (1982)

The Entity (1982)

When Becca and I first started dating, we looked for this movie on DVD everywhere.  That's when we learned one of the mysteries of collecting films. Once you find something, it seemingly shows up everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfro7WO8YJg The Entity was directed by Sidney J. Furie (Iron Eagle, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace) and written by… Continue reading The Entity (1982)

One Dark Night (1982)

Before directing Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI - a divisive film in the series due to its humor but also one of the better Friday films -- Tom McLoughlin wrote for Dick Van Dyke, worked with Woody Allen on his science fiction comedy Sleeper, appeared as the robot S.T.A.R. in The Black Hole and played the Katahdin in Prophecy. This is… Continue reading One Dark Night (1982)

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

King Cromwell (Richard Lynch, Bad Dreams, God Told Me To) has come the whole way to Tomb Island to find Xusia (Richard Moll, contractually obligated to be in all 1980's sword and sorcery movies, although a bad reaction to the contacts needed for his makeup caused Moll to only physically appear in the opening scene), a dead… Continue reading The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)