Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

After Easy Money, Saturday Night Live veteran James Signorelli directed one more film. This one -- starring Cassandra Peterson as her Elvira character. In 1981, six years after Sinister Seymour, the producers of LA's Fright Night decided to do another show and asked Vampira -- Maila Nurmi -- to help them with the project. There were creative differences -- supposedly… Continue reading Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

High Spirits (1988)

Peter Plunkett is the owner of an Irish castle that's seen better days. However, it's the only employment for many of the local villagers. But now, he's in debt to an Irish-American businessman named Brogan, so Plunkett has one last plan: to transform it into the most haunted castle in Europe. That means making ghost costumes for everyone that works there, but… Continue reading High Spirits (1988)


When I was 16 years old, I probably watched Phantasm II every single day. Honestly, I was completely obsessed with the film and its gliding metal spheres that promised destruction every time they whizzed past the screen. At that stage of my life, I hated where I was and couldn't wait to be where I was… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Phantasm

BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Night of the Sharks (1988)

One would imagine that by now, I wouldn't be snowed by a great poster. But nope. This Italian-Spanish-Mexican film is proof that if the poster looks awesome and has sharks murdering people, I will ignore all the warning flags and dive right into a movie that lulls me into a fugue state of sheer pain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1FRNyIhjXk… Continue reading BASTARD PUPS OF JAWS: Night of the Sharks (1988)

Grotesque (1988)

Sometimes, you encounter things on Amazon Prime that you feel were made for just you. Take this 1988 forgotten horror movie, which stars Linda Blair and Tab Hunter as family members at war with a gang of street punks while something even more terrifying waits in the wings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfenBtoqBvw An insane woman tells a deformed… Continue reading Grotesque (1988)

Scarecrows (1988)

Five well-trained paramilitary operatives have stolen $3 million dollars from Camp Pendelton and taken two hostages: a pilot and his daughter. As they force them to fly them out of the country, one of them steals the cash and parachutes out into a dark and foggy field. That sets the stage for Scarecrows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAa5K-NrBqM After landing… Continue reading Scarecrows (1988)

Hobgoblins (1988)

Directed, written, and produced by Rick Sloane, Hobgoblins rises above expectations -- I was thinking this was just another Gremlins rip-off -- to be about diminutive furry wish-granting beasts that look a lot like my cat Norris. I think that's a compliment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiwsQBjDpQo Security guards are working at an old movie studio which has a vault of… Continue reading Hobgoblins (1988)