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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Final Body Count.

Posted in 1980-1989 with tags on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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When I first took a stab at a Stalk ‘n’ Slash retrospective on the old site a couple of years ago, I went in very excited, with high hopes, and a keen interest to dig into the fossil records of one of my favorite cinematic genres. A genre I literally grew up with and simply adore. However, I was soon to get a harsh lesson in economics, regional distribution, and the booming home video market which found most titles I was hunting for never playing here or skipping a theatrical run altogether and going straight to video. The 1980s also saw the death of the Grand Island Twin Drive In, first shoring up to one screen for a couple of seasons before closing down completely in 1983. (By then, it was a ghost of its former self anyway, rarely  getting any new content, just films immediately shifted over from the hardtops with the occasional all night horrothon or a sexploitation blowout.) To make matters worse, by 1984, both the Capitol and Grand theaters had shuttered up as well, leaving the multiplexes, the Conestoga 4 and the newly birthed Island Twin, as the only game in town. And with these limited screens and seemingly infinite runs for some films, who played for months and months on end, and not just the blockbusters, either, leaving no slots open for other product, which is why you only see the Stalk ‘n’ Slashers that were either produced by the majors or picked-up and distributed by them because that’s all there was. It was really depressing. This is also why the 1980’s have been relatively ignored or neglected on this site and why the 1990s and beyond will never see the light of day here because there’s nothing to show but boring info-boxes. Yeah, as you can see by the last few posts, with the decade barely half over, we’ve already entered the dire info-box age of movie ads, where you’d get the title and showtimes only. Sure, you’d still get something splashy on Fridays for the new premieres, and two more repeaters for Saturday and Sunday, but that was it. Luckily, we won’t be dwelling on this sad state affairs. For I have come to praise the Stalk ‘n’ Slash Cinema, not bury it. (And besides, we still have nearly seven decades of product to sift and dig through for your viewing pleasure.) I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little harrowing personal trip down memory lane. We’ve got one more batch of Halloween Midnight Spook Show ads to post this month, and then we’ll be taking a couple of weeks off to recharge before posting will resume sometime in November. Until then, stay cool, Boils and Ghouls.

 
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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: If Jason Still Haunts You … You’re Not Alone (March, 1985)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Wow. Didn’t realize (or, more than likely, had completely forgotten) that the Friday the 13th franchise was already up to Part V before Freddy Kreuger finally showed up in A Nightmare on Elm Street … Often vilified by franchise fans the Vth and Jason-less entry in the Friday the 13th canon has been gaining some traction in a lot of circles, lately, and is being remembered with more fondness as opposed to ‘Well, that sucked.’ Originally intended to star Corey Feldman, who couldn’t since he was shooting The Goonies, and with every intention to let Jason remain dead and replace him with Tommy Jarvis, director Danny Steinmann was charged to deliver a whodunit with a shock or death every 7 to 8 minutes. Once completed, the film was subsequently hammered by the MPAA, who really started to crack down on these Stalk ‘n’ Slashers after the much publicized outcry over the Christmas ruination of Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). 16 separate scenes had to be watered down, and it took nine submission attempts before Paramount finally got their R-rating. A direct sequel was planned with Tommy taking up the mask but the fans ultimately rejected this notion and Jason Vorhees was destined to return in Part VI.
 
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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Terror Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Frank Mancuso Jr., Timothy Silver / D: Danny Steinmann / W: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Danny Steinmann / C: Stephen L. Posey / E: Bruce Green / M: Harry Manfredini / S: John Shepherd, Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Juliette Cummins

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: If You Don’t Wake Up Screaming You Won’t Wake Up at All! (March, 1985)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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“It was a series of articles in the LA Times; three small articles about men from South East Asia, who were from immigrant families and had died in the middle of nightmares — and the paper never correlated them, never said, ‘Hey, we’ve had another story like this.'”

                                                                  — Wes Craven

 
Those newspaper articles in question were about Cambodian refugees, who had fled from Pol Pot’s bloody and devastating Khmer Rouge, which makes for an oddly fitting double-feature in these ads with A Nightmare on Elm Street being paired with Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields. According to the stories, several men refused to sleep, citing overwhelming nightmares — and when they finally did, they apparently died in their sleep; the victims of acute heart failure. That’s right: they were literally scared to death by their dreams. Dubbed Asian Death Syndrome, this sudden, unexplained, and lethal phenomena were also attributed to a combination of Post-Traumatic Stress and a genetic disorder known as Brugada Syndrome, the leading cause of SUDS, kinda the adult version of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Combine that notion with a haunting pop song by Gary Wright and an old high school bully named Fred Krueger, and, well, here ya go.
 

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Smart Egg Pictures :: Media Home Entertainment :: New Line Cinema / EP: Stanley Dudelson, Joseph Wolf / P: Robert Shaye, Sara Risher / AP: John H. Burrows / D: Wes Craven / W: Wes Craven / C: Jacques Haitkin / E: Pat McMahon, Rick Shaine / M: Charles Bernstein / S: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, John Saxon, Ronee Blakley, Amanda Wyss, Robert Englund

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: Do You Dare Attend this All-Night Splatter Fest?!? (July, 1984)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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One last Friday the 13th All-Night blow out for our Stalk ‘n’ Slash Retrospective.

 
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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: They’re Out for Blood! Don’t Let Them Find You! (May, 1984)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Our first feature features a trio of all-star psychos who escape from the nuthouse to terrorize their psychiatrist and his family in their secluded house, followed by some excellent Spam in a Cabin hi-jinx  courtesy of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and the Bruce, which FINALLY found its way to the Island.
 
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Alone in the Dark (1982) Masada Productions :: New Line Cinema / EP: Benni Korzen / P: Robert Shaye / AP: Sara Risher / D: Jack Sholder / W: Jack Sholder, Robert Shaye, Michael Harrpster / C: Joseph Mangine / E: Arline Garson / M: Renato Serio / S: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz, Deborah Hedwall

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: This Gore-o-Rama Will Make Your Flesh-Dance! (May, 1984)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Flesh-Dance? Ah, Flashdance. Now I get it. Anyhoo … After a couple of Lucio Fulci and Bruno Mattei zombie flicks, this outstanding marathon ends with two more supernatural thrillers with definite Stalk ‘n’ Slash overtones.
 
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Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: This Is the One You’ve Been Screaming For! (April, 1984)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Final chapter? Pfft. Hah!

 
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Friday the 13th the Final Chapter (1984) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / P: Robert M. Barsamain, Lisa Barsamian / P: Frank Mancuso Jr., Tony Bishop / D: Joseph Zito / W: Barney Cohen, Bruce Hidemi Sakow / C: João Fernandes / E: Joel Goodman / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Peter Barton, Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: 22 Years Later, Norman Bates is Coming Home. (May, 1983)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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If you believe the rumors, Robert Bloch, unhappy with the state of formulaic horror films, penned a novel, Psycho II (1982), which showed Norman Bates escaping from an asylum so he can head to Hollywood and knock off those filming a bio-pic based on his homicidal exploits because it wasn’t hewing close enough to what really happened (– but not before he makes a pitstop to take out Lila and Sam Loomis, who married after the grisly events of Psycho, which, you may recall, Bloch wrote the screenplay for.) This, in turn, in a true testament to the box-office results of the Stalk ‘n’ Slash boom that Bloch was aping, found Universal resurrecting the Psycho franchise to cash in on both. And to their credit, not only did they get the rights from Paramount, they also managed to talk Tony Perkins into reprising the role of Norman Bates, and the movie turned out much better than Bloch’s novel, which I found to be pretty freakin’ terrible.
 
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Psycho II (1983) Oak :: Universal Pictures / EP: Bernard Schwartz / P: Hilton A. Green / D: Richard Franklin / W: Tom Holland / C: Dean Cundey / E: Andrew London / M: Jerry Goldsmith / S: Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: They Thought They Were Alone. (May, 1983)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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Joe Giannone’s tale of Madman Marz is an odd movie filled with odd characters played by odd actors plugged into an odd plot with an odd killer doing odd things. Not that THAT’S a bad thing, I just found it to be really, well, really odd. Not terrible. Just odd. Yeah. Odd.
 

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Madman (1982) The Legend Lives Company :: Jensen Farley Pictures / EP: Sam Marion / P: Gary Sales / D: Joe Giannone / W: Joe Giannone, Gary Sales / C: James Lemmo / E: Daniel Loewenthal / M: Stephen Horelick / S: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Jan Claire, Paul Ehlers

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: A New Dimension in Terror… (August, 1982)

Posted in 1980-1989, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2013 by WB Kelso

 

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If it weren’t for the Jason-less installment in A New Beginning and the whole mountain of stupid that was Jason takes Manhattan (– not to mention that piece of @#$% Platinum Dunes put out a few years ago), Friday the 13th Part 3 3D would probably be championed as the worst of the franchise that is very dear to me. I honestly don’t know what triggered the resurgent 3-D boom in the early 1980’s, but several serial sequels serendipitously lined up to have another consonant added to their third installments. And to add insult to injury, for those of us who always preferred Mr. Potato Sack Head, even the Hockey Mask is all Shelley’s fault. Thanks a lot, jerk.
 

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Friday the 13th Part 3 at the Brewery.

 

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Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (1982) Jason Productions :: Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Lisa Barsamian / P: Frank Mancuso Jr., Tony Bishop / AP: Peter Schindler / D: Steve Miner / W: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson / C: Gerald Feil / E: George Hively / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Jeffrey Rogers, Richard Brooker, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner