Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Video Nasties #118 – Graduation Day (1981, Herb Freed)

‘You have lovely eyes. `My sister had eyes like yours. She’s dead now.’ Oh look, another slasher. Listen, I love a slasher movie as much as the next guy, but 1981 is beginning to take its toll. Graduation Day starts … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #117 – The Funhouse (1981, Tobe Hooper)

‘Who will dare to face the challenge of the Funhouse? Who is mad enough to enter that world of darkness?’ 1981 was truly the year of the slasher movie, and The Funhouse has a higher pedigree than most – directed … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #116 – Frozen Scream (1981, Frank Roach)

‘Immortality? Why would anyone wanna live in a world like this?’ Not me! Jesus Christ, Frozen Scream. This is a tough one, because the film is just a big muddled nonsense. The dialogue is frequently indecipherable, and the story slips … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #115 – Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, Steve Miner)

‘That’s my good boy. That’s a good boy. That’s my Jason.’ If you ignore the first fifteen minutes of Friday the 13th Part 2, then you are left with an almost perfect distillations of the slasher movie formula – seventy-three … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #114 – Final Exam (1981, Jimmy Huston)

‘It’s happening…the psychopaths are here!’ Final Exam is a delightful coming of age movie set on the last day of high school. Our colourful cast of characters includes nerdy Radish, (smart mouth and obsessed with serial killers) and Courtney, the … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #113 – Evilspeak (1981, Eric Weston)

‘Coopersmith…what the devil do you think you’re doing?’ And here we are back in major studio territory, the unlikely culprits this time being Warner Bros. Unlike the same year’s The Funhouse though, Evilspeak was successfully prosecuted, no doubt due to … Continue reading

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The Video Nasties #112 – The Evil Dead (1981, Sam Raimi)

‘We can’t bury Shelly…she’s a friend of ours.’ Well, is there anything left to say about Sam Raimi’s low budget horror masterpiece? Stephen King called it a ‘black rainbow of horror,’ which is such a good description that I’m tempted … Continue reading

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