Basket Case (1982)

Frank Henenlotter is an instrumental figure in grindhouse and exploitation film lore. In addition to rescuing many low-budget sexploitation and exploitation films from being destroyed, he made three Basket Case movies, Brain Damage and Basket Case. This is one of the few movies that upsets Becca so much that she refuses to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEkg5MEeirk Duane Bradley arrives… Continue reading Basket Case (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

In the interview he did with us this week, Teen Movie Hell author Mike "McBeardo" McPadden said that "All previous teen comedies lead to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and all subsequent teen comedies have proceeded forth from it." In his 1981 book, future director Cameron Crowe went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego… Continue reading Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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 --… Continue reading Tenebre (1982)