Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: The Initiation (1984)

Poster for The Initiation (1984)The Initiation (1984) by #LarryStewart
w/ #DaphneZuniga #VeraMiles #CluGulager

Sorority pledges, including an amnesiac who has been plagued by a horrifying dream her entire life, are stalked by a mysterious murderer in a deserted department store where they are completing a hazing ritual.

”They pledge themselves to be young, stay young… and die young.”

#Horror #Slasher
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

It’s no secret that I love slasher films. I saw films like Halloween (1978)  and Terror Train (1980) when I was fairly young and I was hooked. I watched every made for TV movie that was remotely slasher like (and there seemed to be a bunch back then that were trying to appeal to slasher fans – like Hotline (1982), which I wrote about in passing a while back). And, of course, I rented every slasher film that was available at my local video store.

The Initiation (1984) is one that I remember hearing about – and maybe seeing the ad for in the newspaper – but I didn’t get a chance to watch it back in the 1980s. I’m not sure if my local store didn’t have it – or maybe only had it on VHS (I had a Betamax back in those early days) – but for some reason it eluded me.  Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Poster for The Giant Gila Monster (1959)The Giant Gila Monster (1959) by #RayKellogg

w/#DonSullivan #FredGraham

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

“The Biggest Terror Ever Unleashed on the Screen!”

“Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!”

#Horror #SciFi
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

My friend Den pointed out to me that the titular beast in The Giant Gila Monster (1959) is not actually a Gila monster. Not being an expert on lizards and such, I looked it up.  According to Wikipedia, it’s a Mexican beaded lizard. Go figure. I guess The Giant Mexican Beaded Lizard didn’t sound as good as The Giant Gila Monster. Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Poster for Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) by #BernardLKowalski
executive producer: 
#RogerCorman

w/#KenClark #YvetteVickers

“Massive Blood Sucking Monsters!”

“Fear will pierce your flesh… Until every nerve in your body… EXPLODES!”

#Horror #SciFi
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) is another movie that sits right in the sweet spot of what #NotQuiteClassicCinema is all about. It’s a movie that could have been shown on Not Quite Classic Theatre back in the 1980s – and maybe it was. I wish there was a way I could go back and look up all the titles that I may have watched back in those days. Alas, TV was a fleeting thing back then. Once the TV Guide (or TV Scene in my house) went into the garbage, that was it. All you had left was your memories. Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: Sting of Death (1966)

Poster for Sting of Death (1966)Sting of Death (1966) by #WilliamGrefé

w/#JoeMorrison #ValerieHawkins #DeannaLund

and special singing musical guest star #NeilSedaka!

A group of college students on spring break in the Florida Everglades run afoul of a giant jellyfish monster.

#Horror #SciFi
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

I’ve probably rambled on about having “bad movie nights” with certain friends of mine before. One of those friends, whom I’ll call Den (since that’s his name), used to go straight for the New Release shelf whenever we would go to rent movies together. I, on the other hand, used to go to the more unusual corners of the store: the Horror section (not so unusual), the Cult section (a little more offbeat) and the Something Weird Video section (yes, they had their own section, like Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorcese – and it was fairly off-the-beaten path for most customers). Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970)

Poster for Hell's Bloody Devils (1970) Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970) by #AlAdamson

w/ #BroderickCrawford #ScottBrady #KentTaylor

“They’re MADMEN on MOTORCYCLES!“

“See – Barbaric Brutality! Female Love Slaves! Spectacular Action!”

“Isn’t that the most wonderful chicken you ever ate?”

#Crime #Bikers
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

I’m going to keep this fairly short. Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970) is another Al Adamson special; a film that he created out of an older film (in this case, The Fakers / Smashing the Crime Syndicate (1968), which I wrote about a few weeks ago), by adding some newly shot footage to it. As I noted at the time:

The Fakers (1968)… doesn’t even get it’s own page on the IMDb. It’s simply referred to as an alternate title for Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970). This can’t be true. Al Adamson shot a bunch of footage involving bikers and added it to The Fakers (1968) in order to cash in on the popular biker genre – or so I’ve heard. There isn’t a single biker to be found in The Fakers (1968), so how can it be the same movie? Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: Rolling Vengeance (1987)

Poster for Rolling Vengeance (1987)Rolling Vengeance (1987) by #StevenHilliardStern

w/ #DonMichaelPaul #LawrenceDane #NedBeatty #LisaHoward

A truck driver builds a special truck to get revenge on the rednecks who killed his family.

“Always use the right tool for the job.”

#Action #Revenge #Canada
#Canuxploitation
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

Perusing the shelves of my local video stores, I would often see VHS copies of both Rolling Vengeance (1987) and Rolling Thunder (1977). I knew that one of them was supposed to be good, but which one was it…? Unsure, I would often pass both of them up and rent something else. Eventually, I figured out that Rolling Thunder was the more admired of the two – and it is indeed a very good movie. But any title that includes the word Vengeance is automatically appealing to me. So, when I found a reasonably priced VHS tape of Rolling Vengeance in a bargain bin, I grabbed it and headed for the till. Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: The Black Sleep (1956)

Poster for The Black Sleep (1956)The Black Sleep (1956) by #ReginaldLeBorg

w/ #BasilRathbone #AkimTamiroff #LonChaneyJr #JohnCarradine #BelaLugosi
Also featuring #TorJohnson!

“Out of the evil brain of a twisted scientist comes a fantastic robot army – crushing all barriers…feeding on beauty – lusting to claw the world apart!

“The Terror Drug That Wakes the Dead!”

#Horror #SciFi
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

I’m not sure how I’d never seen The Black Sleep (1956) before last week. It’s got an amazing cast of horror heavyweights, including Bela Lugosi in his last completed performance. Yes, he appears in Ed Wood’s Trashterpiece Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957), but as well all know, his part was finished by Ed’s wife’s chiropractor(?!) after Lugosi died.  Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: Invasion from Inner Earth (1974)

Poster for Invasion from Inner Earth (1974)Invasion from Inner Earth (1974) by #BillRebane

Pilots and their passengers, who are  are stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness, begin to hear strange reports over their radio. Soon they find that they are at the mercy of an alien death ray.

“They’ve been waiting millions of years for this moment”

“THEY!”

#Horror #SciFi
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

As I said in my post about Monster a Go-Go (1965), I’ve enjoyed other movies by Wisconsin filmmaker Bill Rebane, including The Giant Spider Invasion (1975), Blood Harvest (1987) and The Alpha Incident (1978). Like Monster a Go-Go, I had never seen Invasion from Inner Earth (1974) before picking up a copy of Weird Wisconsin: The Bill Rebane Collection on Blu-ray. In fact, one of the things that attracted me to the box set was the fact that it contained a bunch of Bill Rebane movies that I had never seen. Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)

Poster for A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975)
AKA Una libélula para cada muerto by
#LeónKlimovsky

w/#PaulNaschy #ErikaBlanc #ÁngelAranda

A killer cleans up the streets of Milan by murdering those considered to be deviants and leaving behind an ornamental dragonfly, soaked in the blood of the victim.

#Horror #Spanish #Giallo
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

A Dragonfly for Each Corpse (1975) is very different from the last Paul Naschy film I watched (and wrote about). I am referring to Hunchback of the Morgue (1973), which is one of my favourite Paul Naschy films. It may in fact be the first Paul Naschy film that I ever saw… Continue reading

Friday Night At The Home Drive-In: The Fakers / Smashing the Crime Syndicate (1968)

Poster forn The Fakers (1968)The Fakers / Smashing the Crime Syndicate (1968) by #AlAdamson
w/#BroderickCrawford #ScottBrady #KentTaylor

A syndicate dealing in counterfeit bills is unaware that a man they are in business with is a double agent for the FBI. Or…

Two agents tracking down Nazi war criminals unite to stop the syndicate from distributing counterfeit U.S. currency.

#Crime #Action
#NotQuiteClassicCinema
#FridayNightAtTheHomeDriveIn

The Fakers (1968) is not a movie that I’d ever heard of before – and I’m an Al Adamson completist. It doesn’t even get it’s own page on the IMDb. It’s simply referred to as an alternate title for Hell’s Bloody Devils (1970). This can’t be true. Al Adamson shot a bunch of footage involving bikers and added it to The Fakers (1968) in order to cash in on the popular biker genre – or so I’ve heard. There isn’t a single biker to be found in The Fakers (1968), so how can it be the same movie? Continue reading