Dec 17

Deadly Friend

deadlyfriendGenre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: USA

Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Matthew Laborteaux, Kristy Swanson, Michael Sharrett, Anne Twomey, Anne Ramsey

 

She can’t live without you

 

Paul Conway is a young brainiac who has been able to develop artificial intelligence and use his knowledge to create a robot that he calls B.B., who is able to learn new skills and communicate with Paul and other humans.

Paul, his mother and B.B. moves to a new city where Paul has gotten a good job at the local college to further explore his knowledge. His world is soon turn upside down when he has to deal with the loss of both B.B. and his new friend Samantha. He refuses to accept the death of his two best friends and decide to use his knowledge to try to bring them both back… with Samantha’s dead body as the vehicle.

Wes Craven has always been a hit or miss horror director who will deliver one or two great films per decade, but also a big amount of crappy ones. Deadly Friend, based on a novel by Diana Henstell called Friend and I guess Deadly was put in front to make it seem more horror.

Dec 08

Same Time, Next Year

sametimenextyearGenre: Drama / Comedy
Year: 1978
Country: USA

Director: Robert Mulligan
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Alan Alda, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby, Cosmo Sardo

 

Anniversaries should be spent with the one you love… Even if you aren’t married to them

 

Can adultery be ok in some situations? Say you are in a relationship or even better, a marriage where the romantic part of the love has gone. Is it ok to act on your heart if it wants passion from another person than your wife or husband?

Same Time, Next Year explores this without being judgemental. Instead the makers of this film is able to deliver a funny and sweet love story about a husband and wife that are in love with each other instead of the ones they got married with.

Based on a stage play by Bernard Slade, the film tells the story of George and Doris, two young ones who meet at a dinner and shortly after decide to have a night of passion together. The day after, they both panic and confide in each other that they are in fact married. Even so… they cannot resist the idea of not seeing each other again and decide that they will meet once every year at the same cabin.

Nov 25

The Mountain of the Cannibal God

mountainofthecannibalgodGenre. Horror / Action
Year: 1978
Country: Italy

original title: La Montagna del Dio Cannibale
aka: Primitive Desires, Prisoner of the Cannibal God, Slave of the Cannibal God

Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Claudio Cassinelli, Antonio Marsina, Franco Fantasis

 

When the price of lust is death…!

 

Susan is desperate to find her lost husband Henry, who has gone missing deep in the jungle of New Guinea where he has been exploring unknown territories since he works as an anthropologist. She recruits the help from her brother Arthur and together they head out to New Guinea to locate her missing husband.

The locals are wary about helping her out because of their beliefs that the mountain in the jungle is cursed, but she is able to assemble a crew thanks to the help of Professor Edward Foster, who joins them on their mission. Their adventure in the jungle will not be easy and they will be lucky to survive from the horde of dangerous wildlife and human life…

Nov 20

The Funhouse

thefunhouseGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Carnival of Terror, Funhouse: Carnival of Terror

Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Shawn Carson, Jeanne Austin, Jack McDermott, Cooper Huckabee

 

Something is alive in the funhouse… something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror!

 

Amy Harper is a young lady going on date with Buzz. Together with another couple they decide that it’s a good idea to go to the local carnival that are only there for a few days. Amy’s little brother Joey knows that she lied to her parents when she told them they where going to the cinema instead of the carnival, so he sneaks out to follow them to the carnival to see what they are up to.

The carnival is filled with strange, sleazy and weird carnies, even more than what you would expect at a carnival. The four decides that it would be a great idea to spend the night at the carnival. They hide inside of the scary funhouse til the carnival closes, spying on the carnies when they see that one of the freaks that have been walking around in a Frankenstein mask is trying to pay a lady for sex. Before they even get undressed, he “finishes” and he wants his money back. When the lady refuses, he gets mad and kills her. The teens have seen enough and are now trying to get out of the place, but they have been spotted and will not be able to get out without a fight.

Nov 19

Frozen Scream

frozenscreamGenre: Horror
Year: 1975
Country: USA

Director: Frank Roach
Starring: Renee Harmon, Lynne Kocol, Wolf Muser, Thomas Gowan, Wayne Liebman

 

A Real Chiller!

 

Tom Girard is fearing for his life. He thinks some weirdos in black hoods are out to get him. One night they get him and kills him in front of his wife Ann. Detective McGuirre tries to figure out what has happened (while also narrating over the movie, including scenes with dialogue) and we find out that Tom’s body has been used in an experiment where an evil doctor inject people with a fluid to increase the healing process goes wrong and the subjects turn into zombielike creatures. Oh, and there’s a cult involved here somewhere aswell.

The plot is hard to follow and banal. The zombies are supposed to be soulless, but here every character seems like they have just been injected with some freezing fluid to make them look cold. The dialogue sucks and the acting is terrible. It looks like they are reading off the script while shooting, which probably also was the case. The editing, sounds, pace sucks. It’s just a terrible and amateurish film.

Nov 18

The Toolbox Murders

toolboxmurdersGenre: Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

Director: Dennis Donnelly
Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicolas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly

 

Bit by bit… by bit he carved a nightmare!

 

A killer runs loose on an apartment complex in Southern California. The women of that resides there gets killed off one by one in gruesome ways. The body of one of the girls doesn’t show up and the police tries to find out if it’s related to the murders and if they can find her body… or what’s left of it!

The Toolbox Murders is a serial killer movie that was influenced by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and has a reputation of being very violent and brutal. It is one of the Video Nasties movies and it has also been banned in my very own Norway and refused classification in Australia.

The first thirty minutes of the movie shows the killer brutally slaying several young girls with nearly no dialogue or any character development going on. The murders are done well and the nail gun murder is especially memorable. After this the movie switches tone and focus completely and goes from being a slasher movie to becoming a psychological thriller instead.

Nov 17

Night Warning

nightwarningGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: USA

aka: Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker, Nightmare Maker, The Evil Protege, Thriller to Death

Director: William Asher
Starring: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis, Julia Duffy

 

She was lonely. He was all she had. No-one would take him from her – and live...

 

Night Warning starts with a family who gets in a car accident and the only survivor is the child Billy. We then cut several years ahead and Billy is now 17 and has been raised by his aunt Cheryl ever since the accident. Billy is now a promising basketball player and is hoping to get a college scholarship. His aunt Cheryl however is not to pleased about the possibility of her only family member leaving the nest. The thought of being left alone drives her crazy and she starts to break all sorts of boundaries to keep her beloved Billy at home… forever.

Night Warning plays like a demented made for TV movie, but with a hint of slasher in the last 20 minutes. It’s character and plot driven and could also be classified as a bloody psychological thriller. Susan Tyrrell (Flesh+Blood, Rockula) does a fabulous job as the crazy aunt Cheryl. It’s a treat to see her work and she is just simply excellent in her role. Jimmy McNichol (Stranded, Smokey Bites The Dust), who portrays Billy, also delivers a good performance, making the character come across as complex and believable.

Nov 15

Axe

axeGenre: Horror
Year: 1977
Country: USA

aka: California Axe Massacre, California Axe Murders, Lisa Lisa, The Axe Murders, The Virgin Slaughter

Director: Frederick R. Friedel
Starring: Leslie Lee, Jack Canon, Ray Green, Frederick R. Friedel, Douglas Powers

 

Total terror – you’ll be scared to breathe..!

 

The three gangsters Steele, Billy and Lomax are on the run after beating a man to death. They drive out to the countryside to try to seek out a hiding place that can provide them with some food and shelter until the cops give up trying to find them.

They come across an isolated farm where they find exactly what they want. The farm is ran by a young girl named Lisa, who is also taking care of her paralyzed grandfather. The criminals quickly take charge on the farm and forces Lisa to do whatever they want. They never did expect that Lisa has a few issues herself and that the tables can turn quickly, depending on who is holding the axe.

If you think these newer neo-grindhouse films represent the old Grindhouse movies, then think again. Axe is a perfect example of how a Grindhouse film was back in the late 70’s. It’s cluttered, very low budget and almost amateurish made. Well, I guess the last part is still being kept alive in these newer so-called Grindhouse films.

Nov 11

The Burning

theburningGenre: Horror
Year: 1981
Country: USA

aka: Cropsy

Director: Tony Maylam
Starring: Brian Matthews, Leah Ayres, Brian Backer; Larry Joshua, Jason Alexander

Don’t look, he’ll see you. Don’t breathe, he’ll hear you. Don’t move… you’re dead!

 

The Burning is loosely based on Cropsy (which was also the original title of this film), an urban legend tale that has been told around camp fires for many years. A prank goes wrong when the caretaker of Camp Blackfoot ends up being horribly burned and hospitalized for five years. When he is released back into society, he is badly disfigured by the burns and has to hide himself to avoid scaring others.

As anyone would do after five years in a hospital bed he goes down some sleazy big city streets (New York?) and finds himself a hooker. Even the hooker can’t stand the looks of him and at that point he gives up any hope of being a regular guy. He murders her in a brutal way and then heads back the Camp Stonewater (not sure why they changed the name though) to take revenge on any teens that sets their foot at the place.

Nov 10

Anthropophagus

anthropophagusGenre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country Italy

aka: Anthropophagous: The Beast, Anhropophagus: The Grim Reaper, Man Eater, The Beast, The Grim Reaper, The Zombie’s Rage

Director: Joe D’Amato
Starring: Tisa Farrow, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini, Mark Bodin

 

It’s not fear that tears you apart… it’s him!

 

Anthropophagus starts with a young couple walking through a small village and going to the beach. The guy stays on the beach, listening to his high-tech Walkman while the lady tests the water. The woman is attacked in the water and the monster emerges from the water in a very Godzillaesque fashion. Whatever music the young bloke was listening to would also be his last and this opening scene sets off this notorious shocker of a movie.

We then get familiarized with a group of tourists who get stranded on an abandoned island. When one of them (a pregnant one I might add) disappears, they suspect that there might be someone else on this island. Who is it, what does it/she/he want? And is it the reason why this entire island is abandoned?

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