Blood Theater (1984)

If you're looking for unique deaths, Blood Theater has them. Fried by a popcorn machine, electrocuted by a film projector, smoke inhalation from burning film and various stabbings ensure that the Beverly Warner Theater -- where Xanadu was filmed -- is awash in the blood. The only good reason to watch this one is Mary Woronov, who plays Miss Blackwell, who… Continue reading Blood Theater (1984)

J’ai rencontré le Père Noël (1984)

Simon isn't going to have a good Christmas. He's bullied by his fellow classmates and the janitor, who throws spackle at his face. Oh yeah -- his parents have also been kidnapped in Africa and the French government isn't going to negotiate with the people who did the deed. Yep, it's enough to make you take your friend Élodie and sneak… Continue reading J’ai rencontré le Père Noël (1984)

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Devilfish (1984)

Call it Monster Shark. Call it Monster from the Red Ocean. Or Devouring Waves. Even Shark: Red in the Ocean. By whatever name you call Lamberto Bava's (credited as John Old Jr.) undersea monster film, it's still pretty ridiculous. But then again, you're not coming to an Italian shark movie to get high art. Based on a story by Luigi… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Devilfish (1984)


Is Bill Rebane a horrible filmmaker or a secret genius? If we're to go by Blood Harvest, I lean toward the latter. However, every single other one of his films that I've watched so far has left me feeling like that movie is his lone success, his moment where the hundreds of monkeys all writing… Continue reading CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Game (1984)

WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part one

I'll admit it. I'm guilty. I've unfairly maligned this franchise because of where it ended up versus where it began. And it's time that I rectified that situation. Over the past few weeks, I've been watching them all over again from the beginning and have come to change my opinion. Well, at least until the… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part one


A group of call girls all decide to quit the business when one of them is killed. They change their names, leave town and make lives for themselves over the next 13 years. Then, one of them is killed and the rest soon learn that her killer is looking for the rest of them.… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Sins of the Past (1984)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Invitation to Hell (1984)

If seeing the names Robert Urich, Joanna Cassidy, Susan Lucci and Wes Craven all together on one movie doesn't get you interested, I have no idea why you're reading this site. This movie is everything ridiculous and awesome and wonderful about why I watch these kinds of movies. To wit, Robert Urich donning a spacesuit… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Invitation to Hell (1984)


Remember when I said, we'll get to the sequel to W Is War in the future? The future is now. And in this future, everyone will ride a tricycle with armor and flames all over it. After World War III, the planet is destroyed. But on an island in the Pacific, some survive in a… Continue reading EVEN MORE FUCKED UP FUTURES: Mad Warrior (1984)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn started as a short story first published in Penthouse Magazine that was later collected in the 1978 book Night Shift. It's a story incredibly similar to Tom Tryon's novel (and the film) The Dark Secret of Harvest Home. You could also draw parallels to Narciso Ibáñez Serrador's Who Can Kill a Child? or Village of the Damned.… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Children of the Corn (1984)