Night School (1981)

What do The Thorn Birds and Night School have in common? Well, one features a crazy religious love conundrum and plenty of praying, while the other features no religion and plenty of preying and a little crazy love, and therein lies the conundrum.

Both star the thinking man’s Kelly LeBrock—Rachel Ward—and the latter is what we’re revisiting in this space. At one point, Night School (UK title: Terror Eyes—get it?) was one of those films that became so hard to find that you might […]

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American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993)

Back in the summer of 1991, James Cameron’s Terminator 2 blitzed the mainstream movie industry.

Not only was it the most expensive and impressive looking film in history, it was a breathtaking exercise in action as terrifying as it was ironic, taking an already winning formula and flipping it on its head. Not only would this ingenious turnabout wow audiences the world over, its influence would inspire a multitude of low-budget production companies looking to cash in on its popularity […]

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Adventure – Atari VCS 2600

Grandson: Grandpa, what were fantasy-adventure games like back when you were young? Way back in 1979?

Grandpa: Well, sonny, there was this one particular game on the Atari VCS called Adventure that was kind of like your own grandpappy but in video game form. Today we may show our age and may not look too impressive anymore but when we were young we were quite the catch. We also managed to sire a bunch of young ‘uns for better or worse (no offense to you sonny […]

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VHS Revival’s Bizarre Movie Posters 2

Promotional posters are an essential part of any successful movie. Not only do they offer the public its first visual insight into an upcoming picture, they help to promote its genre and theme, as well as the marquee attractions whose job it is to convince eager fans to part with their hard-earned cash.

Posters can make or break a movie. From the crudely drawn, minimalist posters of the late 19th century, the art form would grow in both scope and impact […]

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Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Friday the 13th Part 3 feels about 20 minutes too long, and there is a very specific reason for this.

With the series already becoming tired after only two instalments, Paramount decided to cash-in on the Reagan-era 3-D movie fad, a dismal period which included the likes of Jaws 3-D and the woefully absurd Amityville 3-D, an atrocity which featured some of the shoddiest practical effects ever created live in your living room. 3-D sequels were a sign of desperation for any stale franchise (think Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare), and […]

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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition (SNES)

The key ingredient that allows a game to stand the test of time is playability, and NBA Jam: Tournament Editon has it in abundance.

Back in 1994, the Super Nintendo had long since usurped the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive as the world’s most popular home video console, introducing a whole host of stellar titles which went a step further in bringing the arcade arenas to the comfort of your very own living room […]

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Franchise Your Way

1992 was the year of my greatest existential crisis.

This crisis was not brought about by such trivial concerns as mortality, the nature of evil, or humanity’s place in the universe. No, the source of my angst was far more pressing. It was Alien 3.

Let me elaborate. James Cameron’s Aliens was, and still is, my favorite movie. The film is very important to me for both personal and artistic reasons. The ending left me feeling as warm and hopeful as little Newt tucked into her hypersleep cocoon. After such a satisfying conclusion, how could I resist another chance to see Ripley […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the So Bad it’s Good

If the grind-house laid their claim back in the 70s, Cannon Films had theirs in the mid-80s with the VHS era.

Not so much a film company at that point, but rather a genre unto themselves. Aerobic-instructor ninjas, Vietnamese prison camps, inner-city gangs, vigilantes, breakdance battles, arm wrestling, excessive rape, Chuck Norris, 357 Magnums,and Superman questing for peace, these are just a few of the things that come to mind when the name Cannon Films pops up. They spit out classics faster than the bullets from a Charles Bronson hand cannon […]

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