The Seventies were a great era for TV movies. But I think I’ve mentioned that before. A family is off on vacation in the mountains, exploring a cave, when a mysterious flash fills the sky. The Father and his two children seem unaffected, but their guide dies not long afterwards and his body quickly turns […]Read more "Where Have All the People Gone? (1974)"
There sure were a lot of post-Apocalyptic films in the Seventies! I really wouldn’t even want to guess how many. We tend to think of the genre as starting with Mad Max and The Road Warrior, but it goes the whole way back to the silent era, and they were pretty heavy on the ground […]Read more "Ravagers (1979)"
I quite liked this one. There, I said it. It isn’t a great film. It isn’t even a particularly good one. Heck, it’s more like one of those Italian post-Apocalyptic films than anything else, even if it was made in Bronson Canyon, not too far from Hollywood. But it makes up for all the familiarity […]Read more "Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)"
This is depressing. I just saw a seemingly endless list of other post-Apocalyptic films by Cirio H. Santiago. What is far more depressing is that several of them were actually earlier than The Sisterhood, so he had practice before he made this one. And perhaps most depressing of all is that he kept making them […]Read more "The Sisterhood (1988)"
There are movies that could only have been made in the Seventies. Now we need to say certain things about this one right up front: The star of this film is a giant truck. It’s called the Landmaster, and the legendary prop designer Dean Jeffries (yes, the guy who built the cars for Blade Runner) […]Read more "Damnation Alley (1977)"
A barbarian army has laid siege to the stronghold of a group of powerful telepaths, in the hope of seizing their secret treasure. So the telepaths go out and find the one man for the job, who will have to wipe out their army single-handed. No big deal, right? This is one of the best […]Read more "Interzone (1987)"
This is a post-Apocalyptic Italian version of Rambo. There really isn’t a lot more you need to know about it. Sure, there’s a lot of talk about nuclear war, and the familiar warlord type trying to rule what’s left of the world, but you know sooner or later, the big, bare-chested guy is going to […]Read more "Rush (1983)"
It is the year 2025, and the biggest sport on TV is the endless series of competitions called “Endgame“, where a man is pursued by three hunters and has to either escape or kill them. Now, if this sounds familiar, most of you will probably assume that they stole it from The Running Man. Which […]Read more "Endgame – Bronx lotta finale (1983)"
It was perhaps the finest moment in John Carpenter’s career. Just three years after the surprise success of his genre-defining serial killer film, Halloween, with a couple of TV movies and an interesting ghost story (The Fog) in between, John made one of his most famous films, the Eighties movie of Eighties movies, Escape from New […]Read more "Escape from New York (1981)"
Every now and then, you find a movie which just doesn’t have the faintest clue what it is. This is one of them. It has the uneasy distinction of being one of the first movies Charles Band‘s Empire Films turned out — and it features virtually everyone who would go on to be one of […]Read more "Ragewar [The Dungeonmaster] (1984)"