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Updated: 2017-11-19T20:19:34.558-05:00

 



Movie Ad of the Week: PLAY DEAD w/ SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1986)

2017-10-16T11:01:56.302-04:00

The three-screen Sunset Drive-in theater in Colchester, VT ran a double bill of Troma horror films on May 16, 1986. PLAY DEAD, shot in 1981, stars Yvonne De Carlo as a wealthy woman with supernatural powers who uses her pet rottweiler Greta to kill off her family members over a past misdeed. The second feature, Richard W. Haines' SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1984), was filmed around the New York tri-state area mostly in 1981, with some additional scenes shot in 1982 to expand the film to feature length.




Movie Ad of the Week: THE HUNTER WILL GET YOU (1982)

2017-10-16T10:59:35.920-04:00

L'ALPAGUEUR/THE HUNTER WILL GET YOU! (1976), an action thriller from France directed by Philippe Labro and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bruno Cremer, opened in Tallahassee, FL on November 28, 1982.




Movie Ad of the Week: REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE (1977)

2017-10-16T10:59:14.057-04:00


A double bill of REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE and THUNDERFIST opened at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit on October 12, 1977.

REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE is TIE HAN (1973) a.k.a. THE IRON MAN, starring Yu Wang (Jimmy Wang Yu).

The second feature, THUNDERFIST, is originally titled ZE WANG and is also known as DEATH BLOW. Rated PG and advertised as "the first kung fu karate motion picture for family audiences," it first appeared in U.S. theaters in October 1973 from Artisan Releasing Corporation, a short-lived distribution company that also released THINGS FALL APART, DON'T LEAVE GO MY HAND (a.k.a. BLACK HOOKER), a reissue of the concert film SOUL TO SOUL, and possibly a second martial arts film called THE COBRA KNOWS NO MERCY. The head of Artisan was jazz pianist James LaMont Johnson, whose LaMont Johnson Quintet did the music for THUNDERFIST. Johnson later ran two other exploitation film distribution companies, Twin World Films (BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD) and Elmark General Film Corporation (WHEN DRAGONS COLLIDE), and passed away in 1999 at age 58.




Movie Ad of the Week: THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW (1970) a.k.a. JUST THE TWO OF US (1973)

2017-10-16T10:59:04.356-04:00


THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW, "a tormentingly sensitive love story" co-written and directed by Barbara Peeters, opened in Philadelphia on December 2, 1970.


By the time Harry Novak's Box-Office International re-released the film in 1973 as JUST THE TWO OF US, Peeters was working for Roger Corman and had directed BURY ME AN ANGEL for his New World Pictures. The ad above is from the Montgomery, Alabama opening on July 6, 1973.




Movie Ad of the Week: JAWS OF THE BLACK DRAGON w/ BAMBOO TRAP and FIERCE KUNG FU BROTHERS (1979)

2017-10-16T10:58:52.623-04:00


A triple bill of kung fu movies from Ark Films opened at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on December 19, 1979.

JAWS OF THE BLACK DRAGON is SHI BA YU LUO HAN a.k.a. EIGHTEEN JADE ARHATS, THE EIGHTEEN JADE PEARLS and 18 CLAWS OF SHAOLIN (1979).

BAMBOO TRAP is a Filipino production originally titled MABABAGSIK NA ANGHELAND and also known as THE BLACK PANTHER OF SHAOLIN (1975), starring Leo Fong and Ron Van Clief.

FIERCE KUNG FU BROTHERS is TIAN YA GUAI KE Y ZHEN FENG a.k.a. GOLD CONSTABLES and THE NINJA PIRATES, which most sources claim is a 1981 film but here it is in downtown Detroit at the end of 1979.




Movie Ad of the Week: OOPSIE POOPSIE (1981) a.k.a. SEXPOT (1984)

2017-10-16T10:58:42.601-04:00


The Italian comedy LA PUPA DEL GANGSTER/THE GANGSTER'S CUTIE (1975), starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and based on the Cornell Woolrich short story "Collared" (originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 1949), opened in Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 25, 1981.


A couple of years later, Joseph Green Pictures brought it back to Florida as SEXPOT. It opened in Tallahassee on May 18, 1984.




Movie Ad of the Week: EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER (1982)

2017-10-16T10:58:32.201-04:00


EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER (1980), a.k.a. EMANUELLE: QUEEN OF SADOS and EMANUELLE THE SEDUCTRESS, is a Greek knockoff of the Italian "Black Emanuelle" films starring Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, and Gordon Mitchell. A Harold Marenstein presentation, it was released in the U.S. with a self-applied X rating through Chris Warfield's Lima Productions (Marenstein, former president of Rizzoli Film Distributing and vice president of Cinemation Industries, was Lima's general sales manager). This ad is from the Philadelphia opening on October 8, 1982.




Movie Ad of the Week: THE DRAGON AND HERCULES TEAM UP (1981)

2017-10-16T10:58:18.607-04:00


A double bill of "Dragon" kung fu movies from Ark Films opened at the Video Park Drive-In Theatre in Odessa, TX on December 4, 1981. We're still trying to ID the second feature, but THE DRAGON AND HERCULES TEAM UP is JUAN XING QUAN FA YU FA (1978) a.k.a. WAYS OF KUNG FU.




Movie Ad of the Week: COUNSELOR AT CRIME (1975)

2017-10-16T10:58:04.063-04:00


Alberto De Martino's IL CONSIGLIORI (1973) -- starring Tomas Milian, Martin Balsam, Francisco Rabal and Dagmar Lassander -- was released in the U.S. by Joseph Green Pictures as COUNSELOR AT CRIME. This ad is from the Santa Cruz, CA opening on September 10, 1975.




Chris Robinson's long-lost horror thriller THE INTRUDER coming soon from Garagehouse Pictures!

2017-08-09T11:02:35.017-04:00

Garagehouse Pictures to bring THE INTRUDER, a lost, never-before-released horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo and Ted Cassidy to Blu-ray in August 2017!THE BACKSTORYIn 1975, actor-director-producer Chris (STANLEY, TWELVE O’ CLOCK HIGH) Robinson accepted an offer from his brother to make a film for $25,000 dollars – but he had to script, cast and begin shooting the film in a matter of weeks! Robinson gathered together a cast of veteran professionals on both sides of the camera with whom he had worked with on previous projects, and the result was THE INTRUDER, a bloody Agatha Christie-style mystery horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed). Never distributed theatrically in the '70s due to disagreements among the distributors, the only 35mm print of the film disappeared before it could debut on the home video market. Since the film’s elements were later found to be destroyed, it seemed this modest little chiller would never be seen or heard of. The film was never listed on any of its star’s filmographies, nor did it have an entry on imdb.com. The film was buried in the past until 2012, when film collector and Garagehouse Pictures owner, Harry Guerro, discovered the film among piles of rotting 35mm film prints in a desert storage facility. Chris Robinson, who had long since given up hope the film would ever be found, was stunned upon learning of its recovery and the film’s long-overdue release was planned.THE FILMMickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed) star in a story of greed, murder and irrational madness. The lust for gold brings eleven visitors to a remote island retreat, but an unseen, seemingly unstoppable evil follows to stalk them one by one. The bodies don’t stop dropping until the final shattering conclusion. Who – or what – is the intruder? One thing is for certain: it will not stop until it kills them all.Pre-dating the slasher movie craze that would become popular several years later, THE INTRUDER is a bloody Agatha Christie-style horror thriller with a body count that rivals FRIDAY THE 13TH and BAY OF BLOOD, with creepy photography by Jack (DERANGED, DEATHDREAM) McGowan. Garagehouse Pictures is pleased to introduce Chris Robinson's never-before-released 1975 proto-slasher on Blu-ray, in a painstakingly restored High Definition transfer from the only 35mm film print in existence.FEATURE SPECIFICATIONS AND EXTRASTransferred in 4K from the only 35mm film printSound digitally remastered from the original optical tracksPresented in its original aspect ratioAudio commentary with Chris RobinsonArchival interview with Chris RobinsonLiner notes by Harry GuerroGaragehouse Pictures trailersAll new artwork by Stephen RomanoAll regions1975 / 87 mins. / Color / Mono / 1.85:1 / Not RatedBlu-ray street date: 8/1/2017Now available for pre-order through Diabolik DVD.ABOUT GARAGEHOUSE PICTURESSince December 2015, Garagehouse Pictures has been dedicated to seeking out, restoring and preserving rare and lost horror and cult movies for release on Blu-ray. The more obscure and unknown the film is the better. Their first release was Paul Kyriazi’s missing 1984 martial arts comedy NINJA BUSTERS, followed by THE SATANIST, the lost Satanic sexploitation film from Zoltan G. Spencer. THE DISMEMBERED, a forgotten regional Philadelphia-shot horror comedy, was also recently uncovered and released for the first time ever. In addition to the endangered features, Garagehouse Pictures is also responsible for TRAILER TRAUMA, a popular series of three spectacular volumes (and counting!) of HD trailer compilations.For more information about THE INTRUDER and other Garagehouse Pictures releases, please visit our web[...]



Movie Ad of the Week: THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE w/ A PLACE FOR THE DEAD (1972)

2017-07-16T09:16:32.696-04:00


Two extremely obscure movies that were made in the 1960s by writer-producer-director Gary Travis opened at the Fox Drive-In in Aiken, South Carolina on Sunday, June 25th, 1972. THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE, starring Alan Hale, Jr. and Judith Arthy, is a black comedy that Travis filmed in Yugoslavia in early 1968. The second feature, A PLACE FOR THE DEAD, must have been shot even earlier, considering co-star Linné Ahlstrand (who was Playboy's Miss July 1958 and appeared in THE BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE and Herschell Gordon Lewis' LIVING VENUS) succumbed to cancer in January 1967. Neither of these are in the IMDb, but THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE will be showing at the Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday, July 8th. Big thanks to Mike MacCollum for bringing this show to our attention. For more info, check out the ad below or the Drive-Insanity webpage (Another rarity coming to the Skyline is William Rotsler's SHANNON'S WOMEN on August 5th).





Movie Ad of the Week: JAWS meets CLAWS (1977)

2017-06-18T09:53:58.193-04:00


One day in Ogden, Utah about 40 years ago, this happened.

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The Endangered List (Case File #163)

2017-06-15T08:33:17.749-04:00

In the early morning of September 9th, 1960 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah, Mickey Thompson became the fastest man in the world. Behind the wheel of his Challenger 1 - a long, sleek streamliner powered by four GMC 6-71 supercharged Pontiac engines (one for each wheel) – he broke the land speed record by going 406.6 miles per hour. If you’re having a difficult time wrapping your head around that number, think of it this way: he traveled the length of two football fields in one second flat. By the time his autobiography was published by Prentice Hall in January 1964, he had amassed close to 200 international and American land speed records and established himself as not only one of the most innovative and competitive people in racing but an extremely successful businessman.Anyone interested in learning how one documentary about Thompson (THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE) became another documentary about Thompson (MICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE), both of them so obscure that neither is listed in the Internet Movie Database, then we highly recommend the article "Rage in the Cage: The Making of a Mickey Thompson Documentary," which can be found in the new issue of The Journal of Interstitial Cinema (#6). Order it here!THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE (1983)StarringMickey ThompsonLarry HuffmanPat ButtramAppearing in"The Celebrity Challenge"James BrolinRuth BuzziTroy DonahueDan HaggertyKent McCordMartin MilnerKen NortonTed NugentDenver PyleArnold SchwarzeneggerDick SmothersElke SommerClint WalkerProduced and DirectedbyEd ForsythAssociate ProducerGary CrutcherPhotographed byGary FosterHenning SchellerupMusic Composedand ConductedbyBill LooseSpecial MusicbyTed NugentAssistant to the ProducerGary FosterAdditional CinematographersCraig Stewart, Jr.Fred BaileyJeff NolkeMarty ZimmermanDon WymanGarry OversbyPete KallionGlen RolandRick HasseloDavid WaelderCamera AssistantsMarty BivensDon HaleStill PhotographersGene EsquivelBill GrovesProduction Sound MixersJohn VincentDavid BrunoPost Production SupervisorLee FrostSound Effects EditorsEddie GilbertCal HaasStan MarkelDerek ScottMusic EditingHigh Note ProductionsNegative CuttersBrian KingTed SawickiUnit ManagerMarland ProctorHistorianCollene CampbellTechnical AdvisorGary CampbellTitles and OpticalsTitle HouseSound Re-recordingGlen Glenn SoundLaboratoryConsolidated Film IndustriesAnM.T. - A.E.presentationRunning time: 86 minutesMICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE (1985)StarringMickey ThompsonHosted byLarry WilcoxNarrated byThomas BrownDirected byLee FrostProduced byGary FosterMusic Composed byBill LoosePresented byRLF EnterprisesMPAA rating: PGWant to learn more about THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE and MICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE? Don't miss "Rage in the Cage: The Making of a Mickey Thompson Documentary," an exciting article that can be found only in the latest issue of The Journal of Interstitial Cinema (#6). Order it here![...]



KILLERS ON WHEELS in 35mm on 7/13 at the Nitehawk!

2017-06-15T06:23:31.897-04:00


Wow, check this out: Temple of Schlock founder Chris Poggiali will be at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 13th, to introduce a rare 35mm showing of the amazing KILLERS ON WHEELS! This event, part of the “The Deuce” screening series, is expected to sell out, so get your tickets now! HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS collides with STRAW DOGS and LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT in this brutal biker flick from Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers Studios. A series of increasingly hostile run-ins between a gang of rowdy Yamaha riders and two young couples staying at an island vacation home leads to deaths by electrocution, fire, boiling oil, broken glass, harpoon gun, and even outboard motor! In other words, this is more top-notch schlock from the director of THE BOXER'S OMEN! Plus, you get a snappy soundtrack of stolen music ranging from Piero Piccioni's "Identikit 2" and Herbie Hancock's "Heartbeat" to Lalo Schifrin cues swiped from KELLY'S HEROES. This is the very same, extremely rare English-dubbed 35mm print that played the grindhouses of 42nd Street! The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and, as always, there will be prizes afterwards. For more details, head over to the event page.




Movie Ad of the Week: ATOKA (1979)

2017-06-15T06:23:14.804-04:00

The country music festival "48 Hours in Atoka" occurred on Labor Day weekend 1975 (August 30-31) on a 1,500-acre tract of cleared land in Atoka county in southern Oklahoma, halfway between Tulsa and Dallas. Tickets were $10.00 and attendees were advised to bring their own food, which they could then cook over a 100-foot-long flaming pit. The musical performances ran 48 hours straight and included such acts as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Freddy Fender, and Hoyt Axton. Postmortem news coverage, some of it extremely negative, reported the attendance as anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000. Filmmaker Robert Hinkle and his camera crew were in the crowd that weekend, and four years later, a film titled ATOKA opened in select theaters (The ads above & below are from Phoenix, AZ during the weekend of June 8th, 1979).Salem, OR - September 19, 1979Shreveport, LA - November 4, 1979[...]



Mystery Movie solved! KUNG FU KIDS (ca. 1973)

2017-06-15T08:50:52.956-04:00


Three and a half years ago we posted this Mystery Movie entry about KUNG FU KIDS, an Asian fantasy film released in the U.S. as a kiddie matinee during the height of the '70s kung fu craze. Three months ago we found out that it was distributed by Aquarius Releasing, and had also played kiddie matinees as SUPERBOY AND SUPERGIRL AGAINST THE 7 MONSTERS (The ad below right is from a booking in Westfield, NJ during the weekend of October 19-21, 1973).

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Not long after I posted this update on Facebook, Jeff Goodhartz of Weng's Chop magazine wrote in and suggested that perhaps KUNG FU KIDS was a "Watari" movie from Japan. Five seconds of online scanning brought us the answer: KUNG FU KIDS (or SUPERBOY AND SUPERGIRL AGAINST THE 7 MONSTERS) is actually the Toei production FEI LONG WANG ZI PO QUN YAO (1970), a.k.a. THE MAGIC SWORD OF WATARI, GOLDEN BOY SUBDUES MONSTERS, and WATARI AND THE SEVEN MONSTERS. Thanks, Jeff!




3-DEMENTIA! coming to Philadelphia on July 16th!

2017-06-15T06:22:42.261-04:00

3-DEMENTIA! is a series of cinematic events spotlighting rare 3-D movies from the last 40 years – First screening to take place at International House Philadelphia on July 16, 2017For nearly twenty years, Exhumed Films has been the premier cult movie cooperative in the Philadelphia area, screening literarily hundreds of horror, sci-fi, and exploitation classics on the big screen. Now, Exhumed Films brings their audience a new dimension in genre cinema: 3-DEMENTIA! Is a major retrospective of 3-D films from the past four decades. The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realms of horror, science fiction, and action/adventure films. Some of the most infamous and beloved 3-D titles in history were released during thisera; the majority have not seen the light of the projector bulb in over 30 years, but they are ready to be re-discovered! 3-DEMENTIA! will spotlight some of the most famous films from the era, as well as some extreme rarities.The first 3-DEMENTIA! screening will take place at International House Philadelphia’s Lightbox Film Center (3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104) on Sunday, July 16. This five film marathon begins at 12 noon and runs until approximately 10:00 PM. Tickets are $40 for general admission to all five movies. The features will be projected from original 35mm film prints using state-of-the-art 3-D technology and high quality 3-D viewing goggles.Exhumed is also pleased to announce that filmmaker Worth Keeter, who shot more 3-D films than any other director in history--will be on hand to introduce two of his movies and discuss the heyday of 3-D mania!3-Dementia! will feature the following flicks:FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III 3-D1982 / 35mm / Dir. Steve Miner / 95 minutesWhile not necessarily the most original installment in the series, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III is arguably the most influential slasher sequel of all time due to its introduction of the iconic hockey mask that would soon become a horror movie hallmark. Moreover, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III features some of the most entertaining 3-D gags in cinema history. The story, though, is nothing new: unstoppable killer Jason Voorhees, apparently recovered from his injuries at the end of the last film, finds a new slew of torpid teens to terrorize.TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS1983 / 35mm / Dir. Ferdinando Baldi / 97 minutesThe 1981 3-D Spaghetti Western COMIN’ AT YA! was a financial success that effectively started the 3-D resurgence of the 1980’s. The filmmakers behind that hit followed it up with TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS, an action/adventure film clearly inspired by RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Tony Anthony stars as a soldier of fortune that assembles a team of thieves with the goal of stealing a set of mystical gems. The quest leads them to creepy caves and booby-trapped fortresses, setting the stage for a series of inventive 3-D gimmicks. Indiana Jones it ain’t, but TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS is nevertheless an enjoyable artifact from a bygone era.ROTTWEILLER1983 / 35mm / Dir. Worth Keeter / 89 minutesProducer/actor Earl Owensby created a series of low budget regional genre films throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, and even built his own soundstage in North Carolina to accommodate his productions. When the 3-D craze of the early 1980’s began to take hold, Owensby quickly jumped on the bandwagon, bringing along his longtime collaborator, director Worth Keeter. Their first foray into the realm of 3-D was ROTTWEILLER (aka DOGS OF HELL), a horror thriller about a murderous pack of killer canines. Owensby stars as a small town sheriff who must defend the co[...]



Movie Ad of the Week: TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN COBRA (1984)

2017-06-15T06:22:32.293-04:00

Taking a break from their long run of Shaw Brothers acquisitions, World Northal launched the stateside release of Antonio Margheriti's I CACCIATORI DEL COBRA D'ORO in New York City as THE HUNTERS OF THE GOLDEN COBRA in March 1984. Four months later the movie turned up in Jackson, MS on July 13th, 1984 as TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN COBRA, with the new title pasted onto the existing one-sheet (see below). The second feature was SHOGUN WARLORD, the 1981 re-release of the really weird Shaw Brothers-Wolf C. Hartwig merger VIRGINS OF THE 7 SEAS, which Film Ventures had first released in the U.S. as THE BOD SQUAD and we reviewed here. In theater one, an Italian muscleman pic from Cannon, THE SWORD OF THE BARBARIANS, which has never been released on home video in the U.S.

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Movie Ad of the Week: JIVEASSP (1976)

2017-06-15T06:22:22.427-04:00

This forgotten concert film starring Larry Raspberry & the Highsteppers -- the "world's most famous (unknown) rock & roll band" according to Creem magazine -- also features appearances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Leon Russell and Professor Longhair. There's no IMDb entry, but the few credits we have for JIVEASSP are as follows: it was produced by Jack Canson, directed and photographed by Richard Kooris, and edited by Ted Nicolaou. The ad above is from the Lubbock, TX opening on August 27th, 1976. Raspberry is selling a VHS of JIVEASSP on his website. The trailer can be seen here.Del Rio, TX - August 27th, 1976Harlingen, TX - September 3rd, 1976Longview, TX - September 17th, 1976Salina, KS - October 8th, 1976Colorado Springs, CO - October 15, 1976Fort Myers, FL - November 12th, 1976Los Angeles - March 10th, 1977[...]



The Endangered List (Case File #162)

2017-05-23T11:03:27.708-04:00

Never released on any home video format or shown on TV: the 1976 re-release version of THE FINAL COMEDOWN (1972), with additional scenes directed by Allan Arkush.BLAST(1976)StarringBilly Dee Williams (Johnny Johnson)D’Urville Martin (Billy Joe Ashley)Celia Kaye (Rene Freeman)Raymond St. Jacques (Imir)Sam Laws [appears in BLAST version only]R.G. Armstrong (Mr. Freeman)Maidie Norman (Mrs. Johnson)Ed Cambridge (Dr. Smalls)Billy Durkin (Michael Freeman)Morris D. Erby (Mr. Johnson)Pamela Jones (Luanna)withCal WilsonJohn JohnsonRhonda BrownClifford ChoiceMarlene CzerninNate EsformesNana FitzSam GilmanJarrod JohnsonAndrzej KrakowskiJudy MorrisErnest RobinsonClifford StrongHerman WashingtonVernon WatersWritten, Produced, DirectedbyFrank Arthur Wilson[Oscar Williams and Allan Arkush]Cinematography byWilliam B. KaplanStunt Coordinator/Stunt DriverConrad E. PalmisanoAdditional Photography [BLAST version]Roderick YoungEdited byDick Van Enger, Jr.Music byWade MarcusPerformed byGrant GreenProduction ManagerAndrzej KrakowskiSound Effects EditorRichard SperberStunt CoordinatorErnest RobinsonFirst Assistant CameraClifford MosbyGripBob WardenMusic SupervisorDonald C. HahnMoog SynthesizerEdd KalehoffMusic ArrangerWade MarcusMusic EditorMichael McCroskeyRunning time: 75 minutesMPAA rating: RReleased byNew World Picturesexcerpt from"Roger to Rookies: Make it Cheap"by Patrick GoldsteinAmerican FilmJanuary-February 1985, pg.36-43Detroit - May 31, 1972Detroit - November 24, 1976[...]



Movie Ad of the Week: The Many Faces of PEOPLETOYS (1974)

2017-06-15T06:22:11.893-04:00


The "psycho kids on the rampage" shocker PEOPLETOYS -- which Sean MacGregor began directing but David Sheldon finished -- opened in Hampton, VA on May 10, 1974. The film apparently didn't do much business under this title...


...so distributor Jerry Gross retitled it THE HORRIBLE HOUSE ON THE HILL and tried a new ad campaign modeled after THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and its effective "It's only a movie, only a movie, only a movie..." tag line. The ad above is from Pittsburgh, PA on November 1st, 1974.


A year later, Gross was playing the film in some territories as 5 O'CLOCK KILLERS. Here it is in Kokomo, IN on October 15th, 1975.


After Gross' company Cinemation Industries went bankrupt in early 1976, Seymour Borde & Associates acquired the movie and rechristened it DEVIL TIMES FIVE, the title it's retained for over 40 years. Above is the ad for its Bakersfield, CA opening on February 11, 1977.




Movie Ad of the Week: WITHOUT A STITCH (1970) a.k.a. THE GOLDEN VIRGIN (1973)

2017-06-15T06:22:02.883-04:00


The English-subtitled sex comedy WITHOUT A STITCH, a Jack H. Harris import from Denmark starring Anne Grete ("pronounced GREAT!" as the ads state), opened in Pittsburgh, PA on May 20th, 1970. The X rating was self-imposed. Grove Press published the paperback tie-in edition of Jens Bjørneboe's source novel.


Three years later, still in its subtitled form, the film turned up in San Antonio, TX as THE GOLDEN VIRGIN, advertised again with a self-applied X even though Harris submitted it for a rating the same year (1973) and it received an R.




Movie Ads of the Week: PAPERBACK HERO (1974) a.k.a. ROUGHNECK (1975)

2017-06-15T06:21:49.835-04:00


PAPERBACK HERO, a Canadian-made drama starring Keir Dullea and Elizabeth Ashley, opened in Reno, NV on June 19th, 1974.


It was still knocking around the country eight months later when it arrived in St. Cloud, MN on February 7th, 1975.


Nine months after that, it hit Indianapolis under the title ROUGHNECK on November 28th, 1975.




Movie Ad of the Week: DIGITAL KNIGHTS (1984) a.k.a. THE DUNGEONMASTER (1985)

2017-06-15T06:21:07.100-04:00


Filmed under the title RAGEWAR by seven directors (including visual effects master David Allen, makeup and special effects artist John Buechler and producer Charles Band), the episodic fantasy adventure DIGITAL KNIGHTS opened in Newport News, VA on August 24th, 1984.


Five months later (January 18th, 1985) the film opened in Shreveport, LA and other cities as THE DUNGEONMASTER with a different campaign sometimes featuring the disclaimer "This motion picture is not related in any manner to the TSR, Inc., game entitled 'Dungeons & Dragons' or any characters contained therein."




Movie Ad of the Week: HIT MAN (1985) a.k.a. AMERICAN COMMANDOS (1986)

2017-06-15T06:20:52.219-04:00


The Bobby A. Suarez action flick HIT MAN, co-written by Suarez and Ken Metcalfe (WARRIORS OF THE APOCALYPSE) and starring Chris Mitchum and John Phillip Law, opened in Fort Lauderdale, FL on November 15th, 1985.


Six months later (May 2nd, 1986) the movie arrived in Philadelphia as AMERICAN COMMANDOS, the title it retained for cable showings and home video.