1981

King Cobra (1981) AKA Jaws of Satan.

King Cobra (1981) AKA Jaws of Satan Cast:  Fritz Weaver, Gretchen Corbett, Jon Korkes, Norman Lloyd, Diana Douglas, Christina Applegate Director: Bob Claver Nutshell: :  A train crash unleashes a horrible slithering Satanic Curse with catastrophic effect.     King Cobra begins with a train rattling along and two inebriated men, one an employee of a rag tag circus are busy playing dice wh...

Just Before Dawn (1981)

Just Before Dawn (1981) Cast: George Kennedy, Chris Lemmon, Jamie Rose, Director: Jeff Lieberman Synopsis: Yet another Friday the 13th meets Deliverance scenario – but utterly dull     This was one of many Friday the 13th inspired spin-offs that was churned out hastily in the early 80’s in an attempt to cash in on the slasher craze kick started by Halloween in 1978. The film, direc...

Pit, The (1981)

Pit, The (1981) Cast: Sam Snyder, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits Director: Lew Leham Nutshell:  A sex obsessed 12 year old kid discovers some new friends in a Pit and kills to feed their appetite while exacting his own personal revenge.     Jamie is a 12-year-old boy with sex on the mind.  He is a clearly a bit of a loner who lives largely in a world of a his own.  He doesn’t have any ...

Evilspeak (1981)

Evilspeak (1981) Cast: Clint Howard, R. G. Armstrong, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Don Stark Director: Eric Weston Nutshell: Computer Nerd turns to satanism to get revenge from his tormentors “fast moving tale will keep you gripped throughout” Video Nasties “slightly disgusting” Creature Features “formulaic to the point of tedium” See No Evil “I̵...

Hand, The (1981)

Hand, The (1981) Starring: Michael Caine, Andrea Marcovicci, Annie McEnroe, Bruce McGill Director: Oliver Stone Synopsis: Comic strip writers severed hand returns from the undergrowth for justice!   “silly and nasty” Time Out, “dull” Video Movies Guide, “embarrassment” Maltin, “very silly “ Blockbuster Guide, “sleep inducing “ Horror...

Dahshat (1981)

Starring: Navin Nischal, Sarika, Om Shivpuri, Nadira, Madan Puri Director: Tulsi & Shyam Ramsay Music Director: Bappi Lahiri Synopsis: Mad scientist has tables turned on him with truly horrifying results   Another early Ramsays effort which like so much of their stuff, takes its cue directly from Hammer’s Dracula series. The opening scenes are strongly reminiscent of Dracula Prince ...

X-Ray (1981)

X-Ray (1981) Cast: Barbi Benton, Jon Van Ness, Chip Lucia, John Warner Williams Director: Boaz Davidson Nutshell: There is a jilted killer running amok in a hospital where our Playboy centerfold is the damsel in distress.   “Ample displays of Benton’s uncovered anatomy” – Splatter Movies “A chamberpot of cliches” – Creature Features     The movie...

Madman (1981)

Madman (1981) Cast: Alexis Dubin, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass, Seth Jones, Paul Ehlers Director: Joe Giannone Nutshell: Drive-in style horror makes Friday the 13th appear well acted and polished!     Madman was conceived in the wake of and indeed in awe of Friday the 13th a film whose storming success had given Indie films a new lease of life and some much needed street cred. Friday the 13th...

Mangalsutra (1981)

Mangalsutra (1981) Cast: Rekha, Anant Naag, Om Shivpuri, Prema Narayan, Madan Puri, Jagdeep Director: B. Vijay Nutshell: South horror drama takes a leaf from The Exorcist but none of the potency     This south horror-drama from Madras was one of several of the rapidly proliferating Exorcist spin offs produced in India in the late 70’s and early 80’s. First of all we had the enjoyable Jad...

Amin – The Rise & Fall (1981)

Amin – The Rise and Fall (1981) Starring: Joseph Olita, Geoffrey Keen, Dennis Hills, Leonard Trolley Director: Sharad Patel Synopsis: Rip roaring piece of ace Blaxploitation based entirely on fact – Amazing!   “For voyeurs only” Maltin  “Voyeuristic” Blockbuster Video  “Well made and engrossing” Video Nasties  “Compelling” DVD Deliri...

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