Archive for Middle Age Crazy

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: It Takes All Kinds of Critters to Make Farmer Vincent Fritters (November, 1980)

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Another round of cut ‘n’ paste repeaters. The film played for three weeks but that’s it as far as the ads are concerned. Feh. Anyhoo … Cinematic Team Jaffe, consisting of father Herb, and sons Robert and Steven-Charles, had already scored a couple of sci-fi hits in the late 1970s with Demon Seed and Time After Time before cashing in on the Stalk ‘n’ Slash box-office phenomenon. The end result of which, Motel Hell, suggests maybe they should have stuck with the other genre. Yeah, not a big fan. But, the pervading black comedy and satirical elements of this culinary enterprise is championed by others but came off kinda dumb to yours truly. (The film’s fault or mine, I leave for you to judge for yourselves.) Team Jaffe would ultimately rebound when switching over to vampires as the decade progressed with Fright Night and Near Dark. And for the record: Fritter — ‘a small mass of fried or sautéed batter often containing fruit or meat.’
Motel Hell (1980) Camp Hill :: United Artists / EP: Herb Jaffe / P: Robert Jaffe, Steven-Charles Jaffe / AP: Austen Jewell / D: Kevin Connor / W: Robert Jaffe, Steven-Charles Jaffe / C: Thomas Del Ruth / E: Bernard Gribble / M: Lance Rubin / S: Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, Nina Axelrod, Paul Linke, Wolfman Jack

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: All Aboard … If You Dare! (September, 1980)

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Terror Train is another slasher that proved a lot better than I remembered it being when I watched it again about a year ago. But while the movie was enjoyable, the ads for it’s first run kinda stink. Yeah, the quality of the old Conestoga Four ad mats definitely took a nose dive when the 1980’s hit, with these hastily hacked and pasted together montages, which is both embarrassing and kinda sucks for ad hunters like myself. Feh.
Terror Train (1980) Astral Bellevue Pathé :: Sandy Howard Productions :: Triple T Productions :: 20th Century Fox / EP: Lamar Card, Daniel Grodnik / P: Harold Greenberg / D: Roger Spottiswoode / W: T.Y. Drake / C: John Alcott / E: Anne Henderson / M: John Mills-Cockell / S: Ben Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Hart Bochner, David Copperfield, Derek McKinnon, Sandee Currie

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Every Girl is Frightened the Night Before Her Wedding. But this Time … There’s a Good Reason! (September, 1980)

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He Knows You’re Alone is a moderately effective slasher that has grown on me as I’ve gotten older. Seemingly hampered by a goofy romantic subplot necessitated by the killer’s fixation on killing brides-to-be, to be fair, this thread is salvaged because stars Scardino and O’Heaney honestly sparked the old chemistry set with ease. Still, I think we should all be thankful most police investigators in real life don’t mimic their brethren in these things. *sheesh* Also of note, even though the movie trumpets itself as being the first onscreen appearance of Tom Hanks, he’s in it for like 10 seconds; and honestly, the filmmakers probably would’ve been better served, notoriety wise, if they had actually been the film where Hanks was hacked to pieces with his head in the fish tank, too. Thus and so, I recommend the movie immensely as long as you all promise to stop the film with about 30 seconds to go and dump the stoopid twist for the sake of stoopid twist only ending.
He Knows You’re Alone (1980) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / EP: Joseph Beruh, Edgar Lansbury / P: George Manasse, Robert Di Milia, Nan Pearlman / D: Armand Mastroianni / W: Scott Parker / C: Gerald Feil / E: George T. Norris / M: Alexander Peskanov, Mark Peskanov / S: Caitlin O’Heaney, Don Scardino, Elizabeth Kemp, Tom Rolfing, Lewis Arlt, Patsy Pease, Paul Gleason, Tom Hanks