LEAGUE OF FORGOTTEN HEROES: Tex and the Lords of the Deep (1985)

"They say he came from the north, like the ice wins that sweep the prairies during the great winter. Tex Willer. From the furthest reaches of the Silver Mountains to the birth of the Blue River of the long canoes, his name was spoken with respect. Death rode at his side, ready to strike anyone.… Continue reading LEAGUE OF FORGOTTEN HEROES: Tex and the Lords of the Deep (1985)

LEAGUE OF FORGOTTEN HEROES: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

It's the same story we told about The Shadow. After Burton's Batman, Hollywood wanted tentpole movies that could make sequel after sequel. So why not turn to men's paperbacks, like The Destroyer, a series of 152 books written by the team of Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir (as well as some ghostwriters) that have 30 million books in… Continue reading LEAGUE OF FORGOTTEN HEROES: Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

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

LARRY COHEN WEEK: The Stuff (1985)

I fear sounding like a broken record, but Larry Cohen's films contain themes that stay timeless, regardless of when they were released. Take The Stuff for example -- consumerism, corporate greed, celebrity culture, junk food -- none of the theme in this film have gone away. If anything, they've only increased in importance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sZUj9_UMWw The Stuff… Continue reading LARRY COHEN WEEK: The Stuff (1985)

AMERICAN GIALLO: Blackout (1985)

Douglas Hickox directed one of my favorite films, Vincent Price's Theater of Blood. And he also directed this -- a TV movie turned video store favorite thanks to its striking box art. Joe Steiner (Richard Widmark, whose portrayal of Tommy Udo in Kiss of Death would inspire Eric Binford in 1980's Fade to Black) is a cop who can't let… Continue reading AMERICAN GIALLO: Blackout (1985)

CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Santa Claus the Movie (1985)

After the father-and-son production team of Alexander and Ilya Salkind finished up with Superman III and Supergirl, what else was left but to explain the mysteries of Santa Claus to children all over the world? Who should direct should an endeavor? How about John Carpenter? No, really. However, the auteur wanted to have a hand in the writing, musical… Continue reading CHRISTMAS CINEMA: Santa Claus the Movie (1985)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Silver Bullet (1985)

Silver Bullet may be based on King's Cycle of the Werewolf, but there are so many deviations and changes from the story, one could say that they're both stories about a werewolf in a small town and get away with it. It's probably best to experience both of them, as they cover some of the same story… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Silver Bullet (1985)

STEPHEN KING WEEK: Cat’s Eye (1985)

Cat's Eye takes three Stephen King stories, "Quitters, Inc.", "The Ledge" (both from Night Shift) and "General," an original story. The three tales are connected by a cat, who is involved in the first two stories but becomes the main character in the final part of the film. That cat starts as a stray who is chased by… Continue reading STEPHEN KING WEEK: Cat’s Eye (1985)