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10 Ridiculous (But Awesome) Horror Movie Tag-Lines of the 1980s

     
 

IF the Seventies proved a fertile time for imaginative horror filmmakers, the 1980s very much represented a new age of plenty, a span wherein every idea that had worked in a … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


The Day of the Animals: The 5 Strangest ‘Revenge-of-Nature’ Movies of the 1970s

 

 

IT’S not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

In the seventies, science fiction and horror filmmakers were certain that mankind was going to soon face his comeuppance for polluting and over-populating Mother … (read more)

Posted: 30th, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback | Comment (1)


The 5 Greatest Episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 – 1981)

 

 

AS impossible as it is for me to believe, Glen Larson’s version of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 – 1981) turns thirty-five years old this year.

Today, this cult-TV series … (read more)

Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2)


‘The Same Animals…Only Functioning Less Perfectly:’ The Five Most Underrated George A. Romero Movies

 

GEORGE Romero’s impressive movie-making career stretches back to the Pittsburgh area in the late 1960s and spans over forty years.

Like many horror filmmakers of his generation, Romero has seen his share … (read more)

Posted: 20th, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment


Horror TV Boom: The 5 Best X-Files Knock-offs From The 1990s  

 

CHRIS Carter’s landmark TV series The X-Files (1993 – 2002) proved not only a ratings blockbuster throughout the 1990s, but a cultural phenomenon too…the Star Trek of the Clinton Age, essentially.  … (read more)

Posted: 12th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (4)


You Don’t Dare Kill It: The 5 Best Alien (1979) Knock-Offs of the 1980s  

 

RIDLEY Scott’s Alien (1979) dramatically altered the template for horror films set in outer space. For example, the blockbuster film was among the first (after Dark Star [1975] to suggest that … (read more)

Posted: 7th, June 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


The Devil Made Them Do It: The Five Best Exorcist (1973) Knock-Offs

 

WILLIAM Friedkin’s The Exorcist — based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty — quickly became one of the first genre blockbusters of the seventies, and a generational touchstone to … (read more)

Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6)


All Broken Up Inside: The Five Most Shocking Character Deaths in Cult-TV History

 

 

WILLIAM Shakespeare once wrote that “the valiant taste of death but once,” while cowards die “many times” before their actual demise.

Audiences of cult TV classics might also be said to die … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (5)


The Five Most Underrated Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

 

 

IFStar Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994) did not have the words “Star” and “Trek” in the series title — or the good fortune to air on TV the … (read more)

Posted: 21st, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (10)


The 5 Greatest Giant Monster Movies of All-Time

 

GARETH Edwards’ Godzilla opens this week in theaters, and the question remains: will the new film assume its place among the classics of the giant monster movie genre, or falter badly … (read more)

Posted: 16th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


The 5 Greatest Godzilla Movies Ever Made

 

 

SINCE  his first silver screen appearance in 1954, Toho’s giant monster Godzilla has starred in more than two dozen epic movies.

The big green lizard has been featured as a terrifying villain, … (read more)

Posted: 14th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


May the Force Be With Them: The 5 Best Star Wars Knock-Offs of the Seventies and Eighties

 

WHEN George Lucas’s space fantasy Star Wars premiered in the summer of 1977 – and promptly became the highest grossing film in history – it was only a matter of time … (read more)

Posted: 14th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


The 5 Most Underrated Brian De Palma Thrillers

 

SINCE the early seventies director Brian De Palma has crafted many intense and highly cerebral thrillers.

Alas, such efforts are often dismissed by critics as being overly imitative of Alfred Hitchcock’s films and … (read more)

Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4)


Five Sci-Fi TV Series that FOX TV Axed Before Their Time

 

JUST this week, Fox Television announced the cancellation of the high-profile series Almost Human (2013 – 2014), a science fiction endeavor starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, and executive-produced by … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2)


The Five Most Underrated John Carpenter Movies

 

JOHN Carpenter’s film career has had its critical ups and downs, but time – the final arbiter of success, perhaps – has been almost universally kind to the vast majority … (read more)

Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (8)


“If He Fires Me, I’ll Thank Him For It”: Five Great Character Moments in the Timothy Dalton James Bond Era

 

 

In broad terms, the Timothy Dalton era of James Bond films dispatched with the cheeky humor, super-heroics, and comic-book villains of the Roger Moore era, and attempted to reground Ian … (read more)

Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6)


The Five Most Underrated Slasher Films of the 1980s

 

FOLLOWING the incredible box-office and critical success of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978), the slasher film quickly became the go-to-format for up-and-coming horror filmmakers in the 1980s.  These films had titles … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3)


Back from the Dead: The 5 Lamest Horror Movie Monster Resurrections

 

THROUGHOUT cinematic history, our most beloved monsters — from Dracula and The Wolf Man to Freddy Krueger and King Kong — have returned again and again to haunt our nightmares, … (read more)

Posted: 16th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1)


Through a Glass Darkly: 5 Horror Films and TV Episodes about Mirrors

 

THE painter Pablo Picasso once asked who can see the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter.

Popular horror films and television programs have long highlighted all three … (read more)

Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (3)


The Five Most Shocking Death Scenes Of The ALIEN Franchise

 

FOUR movies strong, and spanning three decades (the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s), the cinematic Alien saga — consisting of Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997) … (read more)

Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


A Vital History of Captain America at the Movies and on TV

 

WITH Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) shattering box office records this weekend, it is an opportune time to recall that this iconic Marvel superhero — and symbol of non-ironic Americana — … (read more)

Posted: 9th, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2)


5 Sci-Fi TV Series Scuttled by Second Season Changes

WE might accept as axiomatic the belief that patience is a virtue. However, over the decades, several notable and even celebrated science fiction TV series have failed to live up … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (7)


5 Sci-Fi Movies That Didn’t Deserve the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Treatment

 

TO the delight of virtually everyone, the late, great Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988 – 1999) seems to be experiencing something of a pop culture resurgence these days.

April 1st  of … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, April 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (13)


5 Movie Maniacs From The 1980s That Wanted To Be Freddy Krueger

 

 

THERE’S an old saying that goes: “if you’re going to take a shot at the king, make sure you don’t miss.”

Such words of wisdom also apply to the movie monsters … (read more)

Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)