They’re Playing with Fire (1984)

Hikmet Avedis was the director of 1974's The Teacher. Howard Avedis is the director of this film (as well as Mortuary). They're similar films. And the same person. So there you go. This movie is all about Jay (Eric Brown, Private Lessons), who gets caught up in a film noir-like murder mystery. And see, you thought that this… Continue reading They’re Playing with Fire (1984)

The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

According to David Carradine's book Spirit of Shaolin, he called out Roger Corman before shooting began on this film, telling him that this was just a ripoff of Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai epic Yojimbo. Corman replied, "Yes, it is rather like Yojimbo." Carradine then said, "It's not like Yojimbo. It is Yojimbo." That's when the Corman… Continue reading The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCiZJWRgTQ8 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcprOSjYUQ4 Based on a story by Luigi… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Devilfish (1984)

CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: The Game (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)