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)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

Nelvana was a Canadian animation powerhouse in the 1980's, producing the Boba Fett cartoon in the Star Wars Holiday Special, Droids, Ewoks and even the live action Whoopi Goldberg movie Burglar. Along the way, Nelvana's franchises have been shown on over 360 television stations in more 180 countries, in approximately 50 languages. But their first major film was Rock… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 2

By 1984, Jason wasn't going anywhere, even if every single sequel promised his final kill or the final chapter or the end of the series. As they say in pro wrestling, red means green. And Jason was bringing in plenty of both. (PS - We have an article on Jason in wrestling right here!) Friday… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 2

FUCKED UP FUTURES PART 2: Warriors of the Wasteland (1984)

After 1990: The Bronx Warriors, director Enzo G. Castellari created this film, originally entitled The New Barbarians. The title change reflects the name New Line Cinema would use when they released the film in the United States. This movie checks off nearly every box when it comes to what it'll take to get me to love a… Continue reading FUCKED UP FUTURES PART 2: Warriors of the Wasteland (1984)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

At one point in this movie, Santa Claus gets shoved down by Billy, our hero, and he yells, "What the hell is wrong with that kid?" And I yelled in defense, "Santa raped his mom, you fucking asshole!" Merry Christmas, everyone, it's time to descend into the absolute nadir of scummy movies and watch something… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Gremlins (1984)

If I haven't mentioned it before, I love Joe Dante's films. They're all unique and all somehow straddle the line between being mainstream pieces of cinema and anarchic bites against the very hand that feeds them. Gremlins is a great example. On the surface, it's a cute film for the kids, complete with a cute… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Gremlins (1984)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)

A guy in a Santa suit has sex with a woman in a filthy alley before they're both killed by a man in a grinning see-through mask. Another Santa has his head impaled by a spear while his daughter watches. And yet another has his face grilled while roasted chestnuts on an open fire. Scotland Yard… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)

FULCI WEEK: Murder Rock (1984)

Lucio Fulci wanted to make a giallo. But then Flashdance happened and the producers knew Keith Emerson (yes, the Keith Emerson from Emerson Lake and Palmer) and the result was...Murder Rock! Or Murder-Rock: Dancing Death! Or Slashdance! Or The Demon Is Loose! We start at the Arts for the Living Center in New York, where Candice (Olga Karlatos, the… Continue reading FULCI WEEK: Murder Rock (1984)