Frightmare (1974) vs. Frightmare (1983)

There are two movies named Frightmare. Both are enjoyable on their own merits, despite the fact that Prism re-released the 1974 film as a sequel to the 1983 one, which makes no sense. Whether you choose an older British cannibal or a movie star who seems to defy death, both films are quite entertaining. Consider… Continue reading Frightmare (1974) vs. Frightmare (1983)

MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Warrior of the Lost World (1983)

Three things got me to watch this film: Persis Khambatta. Donald Pleasence. Post-apocalyptic. Then I found out that Fred Williamson was also in it and I raced to find this. Perhaps I shouldn't have been so hasty. Released as Il Giustiziere Della Terra Perduta (Vigilante of the Lost Earth) 4 years after Mad Max and 2 years after The Road… Continue reading MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Warrior of the Lost World (1983)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Curtains (1983)

After the box office success of Prom Night, producer Peter R. Simpson wanted to create an "adult" slasher. After three troubled years, he had this film, which didn't do all that well with audiences or critics. That said -- after years of cable viewing and even more years where the film wasn't available on DVD,… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Curtains (1983)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Christine (1983)

Christine was not a film John Carpenter had planned on directing, as most of his films were personal projects, not just jobs. But after the poor reception that The Thing received, he needed a project that would jump-start his career. It may not be frightening. But sometimes, you need to make money to live on.… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Christine (1983)

Mausoleum (1983)

Susan Nomed (Playboy Bunny Bobbie Bresee, Ghoulies) was only ten-years-old when her mother died. During the funeral, she ran from her family to the mausoleum, where the fog rolls in and a demon calls out to her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbDIm4b98Yo Now, twenty years later, she's the heiress to her family's fortune. She's also married to Oliver Farrell (Marjoe Gortner, Starcrash), who is… Continue reading Mausoleum (1983)