1980

Humanoids From The Deep (1980) AKA “Monster”

Humanoids From The Deep (1980) Cast: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow Director: Barbara Peeters Synopsis:  fishy scientific games produce Mutated Salmon Monsters with girls on their mind!  Delirious Horror Romp with ace monsters and tongue firmly embedded in cheek.  Near Classic.     These are difficult times for the sleepy fishing town of Noyo where work is increasingly scarce an...

Smuggler (1980)

Smuggler (1980) Cast: Nimmi, Badar Munir, Mansoor, Ishrat Chaudhary, Nayyar Sultana, Mustafa Qureshi Director: Javaid Sajjad Nutshell:  A Smuggler is torn to choose between a life of crime or one of a dutiful son and brother.     The film starts off on a very grim and serious tone with a written monologue and a booming voice over on screen that at firsts showers all participants of the f...

Fade to Black (1980)

Fade to Black (1980) Cast: Dennis Christopher, Mickey Rourke, Gwynne Gilford Director: Vernon Zimmerman Synopsis: Shades of Phibes and The Theatre of Blood and a pre-cursor to Scream and Se7en.   “promises to be sublime, turns gradually to ridiculous” Time Out  “a poor man’s Rear Window” Creature Features  “interesting idea ruined by excessive violence̶...

Hell Doll (1980)

Hell Doll (1980) Starring: Fonna Pura, Badin Dadayin, Faulad Khan Director: Ch. Malik Butt Tondwallah Synopsis: Cursed Oxfam ragdoll turns vengeful instrument of hell in this rare shocker     Haughty socialite with time to kill has nothing better to do than admire her designer furniture and read her sex novels while waiting for her mid day liaison with Randy Andy the garbage collector. W...

Attic, The (1980)

Cast: Carrie Snodgress, Ray Milland Director: George Edwards Synopsis: unusual psychodrama about mousy woman enslaved by cruel father   “a notch or two above routine” Maltin “falls flat on its face” Video Movies Guide “points for ambition if not execution” Blockbuster Guide “intriguing” Creature Features   This fairly obscure 1980 film has ...

Schizoid (1980)

Cast: Klaus Kinski, Mariana Hill, Donna Wilkes Director: David Paulsen Nutshell: Cannon Films attempt to cash-in on the post Halloween boom features a stalk and slash whodunnit with Klaus Kinski and a whole lot of ham.   “Crap” – Slimetime “Gore galore with nary a plot in sight” – Blockbuster “Lurid Shocker” – Maltin’s “Standar...

Blood Beach (1980)

Blood Beach (1980) Cast:  David Huffman, John Saxon, Mariana Hill, Burt Young Director:  Jeffrey Bloom Nutshell:  Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water…..you can’t get across the beach!”   A movie that I first noticed playing on Tremont Street in Boston at a fleapit theatre that signaled the starting point of the cities notorious “combat zone”, known les...

Guest House (1980)

Guest House (1980) Cast: Prem Kishen, Padmini Kapila, Vijayendra, Sujit Kumar, Komila Wirk Directors: Tulsi & Shyam Ramsay Music Director: Bappi Lahiri Nutshell: Filthy dead chopped limb rises-up-in-vengeance yarn from the Ramsays!   A run down guest house in the middle of nowhere attracts fewer and fewer clients and is thus threatened by closure. The lazy owner and his evil cohorts opt f...

Children, The (1980) AKA Children of Ravensback, The

Children, The (1980) AKA Children of Ravensback, The Cast: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett Director: Max Kalmanowicz Synopsis: Deadly leak from Nuclear plant turns cherubic tots into Atomic-Zombies!   This is a fairly obscure little shocker from 1980 that was totally forgotten in the wave of slasher and gore films that swept the market in the post-Halloween (1978) period. The Children...

Phir Wahi Raat (1980)

Phir Wahi Raat (1980) Cast: Rajesh Khanna, Kim, Danny, Aruna Irani & Shashikala as Pagal Aunty Director: Danny Denzongpa  Nutshell: Inspired by Hammer’s Paranoic – a well mounted chiller has a great first half, then it all goes woefully wrong   Asha (Kim) suffers from recurring nightmares where after walking through several corridors and various stairways she finds herself tra...

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