Archive for John Dunning

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Six of the Most Bizarre Murders You Will Ever See! (June, 1981_

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Egads, but this is getting depressing. Here we have a film with perhaps the most iconic image in all of Stalk ‘n’ Slashdom and what do we get? We get another cut and paste hack job of the title only. You will see four of the lamest ads ever. *sigh* (That’s me shaking a fist at you, Ghost of the Conestoga 4.)


Now. I do remember the Trib, my old hometown newspaper, used that provocative art when Happy Birthday to Me ran at the Strand or the Rivoli back in 1981. And this streak of bad luck has me hoping the majority of these things played at the Capitol or the Grand here in the Island or this is gonna get pretty boring pretty darn quick.


Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Happy Birthday to Me at 3B Theater.

Poster campaign for Happy Birthday to Me at the Archive.

Happy Birthday to Me (1981) The Birthday Film Company :: Canadian Film Development Corporation :: Famous Players Ltd. :: Columbia Pictures / P: John Dunning, André Link / AP: Stewart Harding, Lawrence Nesis / D: J. Lee Thompson / W: John C.W. Saxton, Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond / C: Miklós Lente / E: Debra Karen / M: Bo Harwood, Lance Rubin / S: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Tracey E. Bregman, Matt Craven, Sharon Acker, Lawrence Dane

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: There’s More than One Way to Lose Your Heart… (March, 1981)

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From the rustic setting, to the kills, to the killer’s raison d’etre, a person could do a lot worse than the original My Bloody Valentine as far as cinema slashers go. Funded by the profits made off of Columbia for delivering the Scooby-Dooesque slasher, Happy Birthday to Me, the Canadian based Cinepix shot this leaner, meaner and grittier fright flick for Paramount that I think marked the apex of these Canuxploitation body count movies. Possessing some surprising intelligence — when compared to other Stalk ‘n’ Slashers, mind you — the film also has a bit of a mean streak to it, especially in the uncut version (– with nine-minutes of grue patched back in), that I really dig, and thus, places it several notches above its killing kin.

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for My Bloody Valentine at the Archive.

My Bloody Valentine (1981) Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) :: Famous Players :: Secret Films :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Lawrence Nesis / P: John Dunning, André Link, Stephen A. Miller / D: George Mihalka / W: John Beaird, Stephen A. Miller / C: Rodney Gibbons / E: Gérald Vansier, Rit Wallis / M: Paul Zaza / S: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Alf Humphreys, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy