Category: 1979


Jaws of Satan (1979)

Meteor (1979)

The Driller Killer (1979)

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The Warriors (1979)

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Savage Weekend (1979)

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Ring of Darkness (1979)

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Don’t Go In the House (1979)

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Jackie Coogan (1914-84)

Jackie Coogan (1914-84)

In our last poster collection we ran into Jackie Coogan in Mesa of Lost Women (1953); here are several of his other films. Best known as “Uncle Fester” from the original Addams Family sit-com (1964-66), he was, however, on film from 1919 to 1984, after being discovered by Charlie Chaplin himself when Coogan was just 5 years old.

Exploitation fans will note his role in a couple “teenage angst” films of the 50s, some shlocky sci-fi, some awful sex comedies in the 50s and 60s, and finally turning toward horror in the twilight of his career. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 69 after a heart attack.

Also, Yvonne Craig's first film--you know her as Batgirl from the 1960s Batman series.

1957. Also, Yvonne Craig’s first film–you know her as Batgirl from the 1960s Batman series.

Evidently, the term "weedhead" did not stick.

1958. Evidently, the term “weedhead” did not stick.

Another Jack Arnold joint--he also directed High School Confidential, It Came From Outer Space, and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.

1958. Another Jack Arnold joint–he also directed High School Confidential (1958), The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), and It Came From Outer Space (1953).

Starring the quite white Julie London as the biracial wife.

1959. AKA, The Color of Her Skin, also stars the quite white Julie London as the biracial wife.

When seen in the original theatrical release, audience members were given free "beatnik dictionaries", to decipher "beat" terms and catch-phrases.

1959. When seen in the original theatrical release, audience members were given free “beatnik dictionaries”, to decipher “beat” terms and catch-phrases.

AKA: Teacher vs. Sexpot; The Beauty and the Robot; Sexpot Goes to College; and Teacher Was a Sexpot. All could be porn parodies today.

1960. AKA: Teacher vs. Sexpot; The Beauty and the Robot; Sexpot Goes to College; and Teacher Was a Sexpot. All could be porn parodies today.

First B-movie comedy to riff on Castro, only one to make it a comedy. If by "Girls Take Over" you mean girls are present a party for some soldier dudes in last 15 minutes of the film, then this is aptly named.

1962. First B-movie comedy to riff on Castro, only one to make it a comedy. If by “Girls Take Over” you mean girls are present a party for some soldier dudes in last 15 minutes of the film, then this is aptly named.

Film release delayed for three months when Note Dame University took studio to court for using NDU's name.

1965. Film release delayed for three months when Note Dame University took studio to court for using NDU’s name. Written by William Peter Blatty.

Briefly, a "Video Nasty."

1979. Briefly, a “Video Nasty.”

Coogan's last project, shot in 1978, but not released until '84.

1984. Coogan’s last project, shot in 1978, but not released until ’84.

400px-SS-CC-M1911-01I’ll just come out and say it: I keep a candle lit for Ms. Caffaro. If you do too–and you know who you are–why don’t you spend the next eight hours watching all the Cheri Caffaro films I was able to find on YouTube. You’ll know where to find me:

Let’s start with 1971’s Ginger. I’ve written about this one before, but may find the need to revisit this later this year.

79425-up-your-alley-0-230-0-341-cropHer next outing was with the late Haji in Up Your Alley also from 1971, but sadly this gem is not uploaded just yet. If you can find it, look for Uschi Digard (scroll down to #8, yes this is a side project of mine) and Luanne Roberts of Trader Hornee fame.

In 1972, Cheri returns to her roots with the second installment of the Ginger trilogy, The Abductors. Raunchier, and down-n-dirtier than Ginger:

download (2)Girls Are For Loving, from 1973, the last Ginger flick is also not (yet) available online. Sounding like porn in both title and dialogue–and acted to about the same quality–we get these choice bits of dialogue:

I want that dame spread – not dead.

and:

I don’t mind giving my bod to him, in the name of the flag of course . . . Let’s just say I like to fuck a lot.

It does not get better than this, folks!

This brings us to the last of Cheri’s (available online) on camera roles, in Savage Sisters from 1974, co-starring blaxploitation actress (and Bond Girl from the year before in Live and Let Die) Gloria Hendry, and the ubiquitous Sid Haig:

download (3)Cheri’s last on-camera film was a reprise–in all but name–of her earlier Ginger films, Too Hot to Handle from 1977. This was one of a plethora of exploitation films shot on location in the Philippines, and if you weren’t already crushing on Cheri, she did her own stunts!

From here, Cheri moved behind the camera and helped produce a couple silly flicks: H.O.T.S. in 1979 and The Demons of Ludlow  from 1983.

H.O.T.S. starred no less than three Playboy centerfolds, a Miss USA, and a couple veteran B-movie/sexploitation actresses . . . and Danny Bonaduce.  Sign me the fuck up.

Sadly, Cheri does not bow out of her film career on a high note. Demons of Ludow  is a boring mess of a horror film–a bit of a departure from her earlier oeuvre, featuring a haunted upright piano. Maybe it would have been better if the haunted piano was a grand piano.

Nowadays, and for most of the past twenty years or so, Cheri has been out of the public eye. She reportedly didn’t care for being type-cast as an exploitation babe, and the producing gig didn’t come to much, and apparently she removed herself from the film industry.  This coming April, she’ll turn 70. Would love to see her give some interviews on the occasion . . .

Here are the first four contests in my better-late-than-never Grindhouse Brackets.  “Submitted for your approval,” in the words of the late great Rod Serling, are the trailers for these fine flicks below. You’ll also find a poll embedded under each match-up to record your votes, which will remain open only for the next 168 hours (or, one week from today)! I’ll close these polls then, and move on to the next four matches at that point. Without further ado, today’s lineup:

Classic 1950s Horror/Sci-Fi
First up, we pit the never-should-have-been-remade science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) against the equally classic The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954):

Horror From the 1980s, or Close Enough
Next, let’s put Christine (1983) against The Amityville Horror (1979), for more current match-up featuring inanimate objects. Amityville is not technically from the 80s, but it might as well be:

Shlock on Wheels!
Thirdly, how about a motorcycle-themed Troma vs. Herschell Gordon Lewis slugfest, with Chopper Chicks in Zombietown (1989) vs. She-Devil On Wheels (1968):

Animals On the Loose!
Lastly for this time, we have a couple wild animal faves, both from The Year of Our Lord, 1976: