WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part two

In our last post, we got into the origin of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Now, sadly, we start to discover why -- and when -- the series started to go downhill. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child - 1989 What can you say about a movie where the director, Stephen Hopkins (Predator… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: A Nightmare on Elm Street part two

The Church (1989)

Michele Soavi directed four horror films from 1987 to 1994, starting with Stagefright and ending with Cemetary Man that continued the rich tradition of Italian horror. With training from Joe D'Amato and Dario Argento, as well as second unit work on two Terry Gilliam films, he emerged as a unique presence with an eye that combines those aforementioned traditions… Continue reading The Church (1989)

GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

On a rainy night, six priests battle the infamous Amityville House until a demon finds its way into a lamp. That lamp is later sold in a yard sale for $100 to Helen Royce (Peggy McCay, TV's Days of Our Lives) and her friend Rhona. That very same lamp gives Helen deadly tetanus, killing her nearly… Continue reading GRANDSON OF MADE FOR TV MOVIE WEEK: Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989)

MARK GREGORY WEEK: War Bus Commando (1989)

When I was a very young child, my grandfather would come home from working night shift at the J&L Steel Mill and sit in front of the TV drinking Pabst and watching war movies. The entire house would be bathed in blue light and the sounds of machine gun fire. Forty some years later and… Continue reading MARK GREGORY WEEK: War Bus Commando (1989)

NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Things (1989)

So many of the films that I love, I learned about from the zine Cinema Sewer. Generally, if Robin Bougie recommends a film, you know you're in for something astounding. And if he recommends a film while also warning you off from it, then you're probably going to get something that scars you for life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiqSuC8KkNU… Continue reading NORTH OF THE BORDER HORROR: Things (1989)

Zombi 4: After Death (1989)

Director Claudio Fragasso refers to this film as the "last gasp" of Italian zombie movies. If you're expecting Zombi, well, let's not forget the movies that Claudio has blessed us with, both by himself and with Bruno Mattei: Beyond Darkness/La Casa 5, Troll 2, RoboWar, Rats: Night of Terror, The Other Hell and Shocking Dark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJyZH6JiBT4 The movie starts as researchers discover… Continue reading Zombi 4: After Death (1989)

Shocking Dark (1989)

"Venice before the year 2000. Squares, museums and churches. Tourists crowd the streets. Venice is threatened by the high tide. The seaweed is killing the oxygen in the waters and the putrid waters are corroding the foundations of the city. This is Venice today. What will happen tomorrow?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdId8qqGTfM Say what you will about Bruno… Continue reading Shocking Dark (1989)

WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 3

After years of hating the franchise, Paramount finally decided to give the Friday the 13th series a higher quality of budget and directors. Hey -- it only took six movies! Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood - 1988 Associate producer Barbara Sachs helped dream up several concepts for this film and according to writer Daryl… Continue reading WATCH THE SERIES: Friday the 13th part 3