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Aug 8, 2022

“You see my dear, immortality exacts a handsome price. Both for those who must claim it and those who must pave the way.” Seems like a simple equation. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out Tom Savini as the ripper in this straight-to-video effort, The Ripper (1985).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 212 – The Ripper (1985)

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An old antique ring turns a college professor into a homicidal maniac when he puts it on. The ring originally belonged to Jack the Ripper, and the Ripper’s spirit possesses whoever wears it.

The Ripper caught Chad’s eye as it had many times on the video rental store shelf, but this time he went for it. The verdict? He’s never seen such a long, drawn-out movie where entire scenes were of no use and were stretched out for no reason. He chose this movie for the 80s Grue Crew because of the presence of Tom Savini, who plays the title character, but he wasn’t enough to outweigh the bad.

Bill also loves Tom Savini, but not this film in which even the padding is padded and long dialogue scenes go nowhere. On the plus side, the effects work is fairly well done for lowbudget gore. Agreeing with Chad and Bill, Jeff describes the script as mundane with very bad jokes. He likes the general idea of the story but the execution needed to capitalize on that idea is missing from The Ripper.

If you’re a Savini completist or just want to see what the 80s Grue Crew is talking about, at the time of this writing, The Ripper can be streamed from Tubi and Screambox.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be The Deadly Spawn (1983), filmed in artist Tim Hildebrandt’s house and featuring the effects of John Dods!

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Jul 25, 2022

“By pick, by axe, by sword, bye-bye!” They forgot by pitchfork, by gaff hook, and by pointy coat hooks. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out the mutilations in The Mutilator (1984).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 211 – The Mutilator (1984)

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A college student, who accidentally killed his mother as a child, decides to take his friends to his father’s fishing cabin during fall break, not knowing that his crazed father is stalking the place.

 

Crystal chose The Mutilator when she saw that a sequel had just wrapped filming and is scheduled for a September 2022 release. According to her, this is not a case of so-bad-it’s-good, it’s just bad. It’s strange and weird and there are no surprises in the story. On the plus side, there is some decent gore.

Chad views The Mutilator as a cross between a Mentos commercial and Growing Pains (TV Series, 1985-1992). In other words, it’s not good. He’s also puzzled by the lead not being bothered at all by the deaths of friends. However, it’s great to see some of Mark Shostrum’s early effects work and there are some creative kills. The actors in The Mutilator give it the old college try with their attempts at campy humor but they are not supported in their efforts by the script, according to Jeff. For him, the only positive is Mark Shostrum’s effects work.

To summarize, your 80s Grue-Crew is none too enamored with The Mutilator, but if you’re a Mark Shostrum fan or want to prepare for the sequel’s release, you might still want to check it out. As of this writing, The Mutilator is available to stream free with ads from Tubi and from multiple subscription services, including Shudder and Arrow. In terms of physical media, The Mutilator (2-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD ] is available from Arrow Video.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be The Ripper (1985) “starring” Tom Savini!

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Jul 11, 2022

“Release the Kraken!” Chad does his best impression of James Mason doing Laurence Olivier in recreating that iconic command. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they get pretty wound up discussing Ray Harryhausen’s last feature film, Clash of the Titans (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 210 – Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Perseus must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save Princess Andromeda.

 

Ray Harryhausen is the reason Bill is involved in filmmaking, so it makes sense that Clash of the Titans is his choice for the 80s Grue-Crew. He looks in wonder at the brilliant-in-every-way Medusa sequence and voices his appreciation for how producer Charles Schneer enabled Harryhausen to make the movies he did.

Chad was bored out of his mind during the first half of Clash of the Titans but it picked up for him once the journeys and quests begin. The scenes with Medusa are thick with tension, the witches and Calibos are amazing, and he always loves Burgess Meredith. Even though Clash of the Titans is pretty bad in some places, Crystal loves it wholeheartedly. She sees it as an awesome epic with just enough whimsy to balance the scares. And, oh yeah, Medusa! For Jeff, there are opportunities with the back and forth manipulations between the gods to energize the first half of Clash of the Titans, but they aren’t put to good use. He is all aboard with the Medusa appreciation, calling it one of the quintessential stop motion sequences in movies.

The 80s Grue-Crew are universally pleased that Harryhausen was able to go out on a high note with a bigger budget film. At the time of this writing, Clash of the Titans is available to stream from HBOmax and multiple PPV, and on physical media as a Warner Brothers Blu-ray. 

If you are interested in more of Ray Harryhausen’s work, check out the following Decades of horror episodes:

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be The Mutlilator (1984). Oh-oh.

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Jun 27, 2022

“Why do you keep telling me to go on with those pills? I feel fine. I never felt better! My nerves are fine the way they are!” If you moved into a house in the middle of a cemetery with an actual tomb inside the house, and it was the site of a murder-suicide, your nerves might be shot too. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out the final entry in Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy, The House by the Cemetery (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 209 – The House by the Cemetery (1981)

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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

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The House by the Cemetery, aka Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title), is Jeff’s pick and he loves it. Despite the weird voice dubbed for Bob, the young boy in the story, he digs the atmospheric music, the long-drawn-out kill scenes, and what turns out to be a fairly coherent story, at least for a Fulci film. Crystal also loves The House by the Cemetery. Besides having maggots, gruesome kills, a weird story, and a creepy kid, it’s very well shot. 

The little boy is not cute, according to Bill, and he too describes the horrible voice dubbing of said boy. Though The House by the Cemetery is not his favorite of the trilogy, he still thinks it’s pretty cool. Despite the frequent scenes of characters walking around the house calling out names, it is pretty to look at and really well made.

The Decades of Horror Grue Crews always have something to say about Lucio Fulci’s work. Here are the Decades of Horror episodes discussing Fulci’s work:

As of this writing, The House by the Cemetery is available to stream from Shudder. In terms of physical media, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs from Blue Underground are available.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be Clash of the Titans (1981) with a stellar cast and, of course, the magic of Ray Harryhausen!

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May 30, 2022

“You know, I mostly get your basic dorks around here. They seem to gravitate toward me… I don’t know why!” Hmmm. Guys go to a strip joint looking for a stripper and find vampires? May the dork be with you. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out the force of nature known as Grace Jones in Vamp (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 207 – Vamp (1986)

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Two fraternity pledges travel to a sleazy bar in search of a stripper for their college friends, unaware it is occupied by vampires.

 

Crystal is a big Grace Jones fan so it’s no surprise that Vamp is Crystal’s pick. She has such a good time laughing along with this movie that she enjoys it just as much, maybe more, watching as an adult.  She describes Grace Jones as a work of art in Vamp and gives Gedde Watanabe a big thumbs up for his performance.

Chad’s view of Vamp is that if you love cheesy, 80s horror, there’s not much to criticize. There’s a lot of silly 80s stuff, but it’s good silly 80s stuff. He loves Robert Rusler, Chris Makepeace, Grace Jones, and, of course, the vampires! Vamp is an odd little, very 80s film according to Bill and he likes the Nosferatu-like vampires. Grace Jones has such a [resence and her dance is iconic. Jeff is also in awe of the performance given by Grace Jones and is impressed with the effects work. To his surprise, he kind of got into the college-guy humor in Vamp.

The 80s Grue-Crew universally enjoys Vamp!  If you hear anything that sparks your interest, Vamp is currently available to stream from Tubi (free w/ads) as well as a variety of subscription and PPV options. If physical media is your thing, Vamp is available as a Special Edition [Blu-ray] from Arrow Video and as a Blu-ray from Image Entertainment. That’s all “as of this writing,” of course.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad will be Evil Dead Trap (1988), a no-holds-barred journey into J-horror courtesy of Toshiharu Ikeda.

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May 16, 2022

“I mean, in a sense, we’re all vampires.” Everyone is draining the life out of everyone else in one way or another? Hmmm, that’s a dark take, but a fair point. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they drain everything possible from Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985).

Decades of Horror 1980s
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A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.

Lifeforce is the first of three films Tobe Hooper made with Cannon, followed by Invaders From Mars (1986) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). As Bill’s pick, it’s a film he frequently revisits trying to understand the choices made during its making. He’s always liked the film, even while feeling a bit baffled. Chad first read about Lifeforce in Fangoria. He loved how crazy and wild it was when he first saw it and he still does. Chad’s never quite sure what he thinks of Steve Railsback’s performance because to him, he’ll always be the Charles Manson he portrayed in Helter Skelter (1976). The excellent practical and visual effects are what pull Jeff into this movie. 

All three of this episode’s Grue-Crew compare Lifeforce to the feel of Hammer’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and indeed, may have been a better picture if Hooper had gone full-Quatermass. And of course, they all agree that Mathilda May is phenomenal at portraying the female vampire with style and grace while spending nearly the entire film unabashedly nude.

For other Decades of Horror discussions of Tobe Hooper films (and Quatermass and the Pit to boot), checkout the following episodes:

If you so desire, at the time of this writing, you can stream Lifeforce from Tubi and PlutoTV with ads, or from various PPV streaming services. If physical media is what trips your trigger, Lifeforce (Collector’s Edition) (4K UHD) is scheduled for release May 24, 2022 from Scream Factory. And let’s face it, it’s always time to revisit Tobe Hooper’s films.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal will be Vamp (1986), featuring a speechless Grace Jones. 

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May 2, 2022
“He was my patient for fifteen years. He became an obsession with me until I realized that there was nothing within him, neither conscious nor reason that was… even remotely human. An hour ago, I stood up and fired six shots into him, and then, he just got up and walked away. ” He shot him! Six times! …or was it seven? Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they count the shots The Shape takes from Dr. Loomis in Halloween II (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 205 – Halloween II (1981)

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While Dr. Loomis hunts for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, and The Shape is not far behind her.

Halloween II, the sometimes denigrated sequel to the original, is Jeff’s pick. The film picks up right where Halloween (1978) left off but with much more of an 80s slasher feel than the first entry in the franchise. Jeff laments the “apparent” loss of Dr. Loomis and thinks Laurie Strode is more of a target than an active participant. Crystal advises viewers that if they watch Halloween II without thinking too much, they’ll have a good time. She doesn’t care one way or the other about the reveal that Laurie is Michael’s sister and points out Michael’s move into the realm of the supernatural with his ability to survive umpteen point-blank gunshots.

Chad is glad Halloween II is different from the first entry in the franchise. To his mind, it would have failed if the filmmakers had tried to copy John Carpenter’s seminal work. He agrees that the filmmakers beefed up the gore and the violence to compete with early 80s slashers. He liked it coming out of the theater in 1981 and he still likes it. Though admittedly not fond of the Halloween franchise, Bill enjoys Halloween II more now than when he first saw it. He still doesn’t care for the Laurie-is-Michael’s-sister twist, pointing out that the idea doesn’t really go anywhere in this specific movie.

Collectively, your 1980s Grue-Crew enjoy Halloween II and though admitting it doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor, give it a hearty recommendation. Hey! It’s Halloween! At the time of this writing, Halloween II can be streamed from Shudder and Tubi (w/ads) and is available on physical media as a SHOUT! Factory Collector’s Edition [4K UHD] and on Blu-ray as a stand-alone or in a variety of box set combinations from multiple companies.

For more Halloween franchise-related podcasts, check out these episodes from the Gruesome Magazine family of podcasts:

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill will be Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985). 

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave them a message or leave a comment on the gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Apr 20, 2022

“One tiny little hole in a fucking toe of his suit, man. No bigger than your dick. Yeah, the way the ocean came in, the pressure just crammed his whole body up into his helmet in a matter of seconds. We just buried his helmet.” Too much information? Yeah, thought so. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they take a deep sea dive with Leviathan (1989), one of the many underwater-monster-themed films released during 1989-90.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 204 – Leviathan (1989)

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Perched on the hull of a wrecked Soviet freighter, a team of deep-sea miners led by head oceanographer Steven Beck comes face to face with a mutant creature that’s the product of a failed genetic experiment.

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Chad is a natural-born monster kid from way back so it’s not surprising that Leviathan is his pick. Even though it’s obviously derivative of several other SF-horror films, he still enjoys it. He loves the comedic moments and doesn’t get enough of the nasty, icky, gooey, and creepy Stan Winston Studios-designed creature. 

Crystal liked Leviathan when she first saw it and she still likes it, for telling a compelling story that makes sense, for its effects work, and for its phenomenal cast, especially Peter Weller. On the other hand, Bill thinks Leviathan is a little too formulaic, holding very few surprises. Even though all the parts are there for an excellent movie — writers, directors, cast, cinematographer, and effects — it seems like there is something missing. Jeff had a fun time with Leviathan and he, too, loves the cast. He has no trouble believing they had spent six months together at 16,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. A dash of Alien, a pinch of The Thing, and a smidgen of The Fly all added to the fun for him.

If you’re pining for a sea monster movie, Leviathan is a fun ride. As of this writing,  Leviathan is currently available to stream free with ads from Tubi & PlutoTV and on a variety of subscription and PPV streaming services.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff will be Halloween II (1981). Spend mid-Halloween’s Eve with Laurie, Michael, Dr. “I shot him six times!” Loomis, and the gang for this fiery treat.

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Apr 6, 2022
“For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. …” Well, if it’s written, I guess it must be the real deal. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they boldly venture to the Dark Country to get a gander at Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning in Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985).

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Episode 203 – Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)

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A man discovers that his sister was a werewolf, and helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and eastern Europe.

 

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf is Crystal’s pick so obviously, this movie is awesome! She gets a kick from the werewolf orgy and the hot girls, and, of course, Christopher Lee looks awesome in his new wave sunglasses and his clubbing outfit. She even finds herself frequently singing the theme song.

On the other hand, Chad hates Howling II, with the exception of Christopher Lee. He just can’t get past the beginning of the movie which presents itself as a direct story sequel to The Howling (1981). Otherwise, he might be able to appreciate it as a trashy B-movie. Bill doesn’t love it near as much as Chad does, describing Howling II as failing on every level. In his view, the street puppets are scarier than any of the werewolves. Jeff had managed to avoid Howling II… until now. He laments the lack of consistency in the look of the werewolves and hated the cheesy re-creation of Dee Wallace’s character’s death from The Howling.

If you’re a fan of Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf like Crystal is, rejoice! At the time of this writing, the film is available to stream with ads from Tubi and PPV from iTunes.

For more adventures in lycanthropy, check out these other Decades of Horror episodes:

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Leviathan (1989), starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Lisa Eilbacher, Michael Carmine, Meg Foster, Ernie Hudson, and Hector Elizondo.

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Mar 24, 2022
“Mm, I see. So, Jane, what you do here, in effect, is count boners.” Will one hand be enough? You know. The fingers. Will the fingers on one hand be enough for counting? Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they dream a little dream with you and the star-packed cast in Dreamscape (1984).

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Episode 202 – Dreamscape (1984)

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A man who can enter and manipulate people’s dreams is recruited by a government agency to help cure the President of the United States of his nightmares about nuclear war but stumbles upon an assassination plot

Dreamscape is a Decades of Horror 1980s double-tap, first covered in episode 100 by Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Thomas Mariani. This time around, Dreamscape is Bill’s pick and he was sucked in by the glowing nunchucks in ads. Although the cast is great, it doesn’t hold up as much as Bill wishes it did and it is far too obvious who the bad guys are.  Having said that, it is still a very 80s movie and he would like to see it remade.

Chad thought Dreamscape was great at the time and he still enjoys it even though not everything holds up. In his view, it was hard to pull off everything they were trying to incorporate with the budget they had to work with it. On the other hand, Crystal thinks Dreamscape holds up just fine and she rewatches frequently. Even so, she too would like to see it remade. Jeff still really, really likes it and loves the melding of stop motion animation and other practical effects. He doesn’t appreciate Dennis Quaid’s girl-killer smile but otherwise thinks the cast is incredible.

Regardless of whether or not you’re in the “holds up” or “doesn’t hold up” camps, Dreamscape is a fun 80s flick that tries hard to be a lot of things. At the time of this writing, it’s available to stream from Tubi and Kanopy, and on physical media as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory. 

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), also known as Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch. Discussing this masterpiece should be howling good fun. …sorry.

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Mar 7, 2022

“It's not you, Ferdy. I'm just not used to being chased around a mall in the middle of the night by killer robots.” Don’t worry. It won’t last long. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  - as they head right back to a very familiar mall in Chopping Mall (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 201 – Chopping Mall (1986)

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A group of young shopping mall employees stays behind for a late-night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

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Jeff chose Chopping Mall based on connections to the 80s Grue-Crew’s last two episodes, namely Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney, Mary Woronov, and the Sherman Oaks Galleria. For him, the cast and the shout-outs to other horror movies are the best parts of Chopping Mall. Even though there’s no “chopping” taking place, it’s a fun flick.

Androids are more Crystal’s thing than killbots, but she still enjoys this entertaining movie. Does it go without saying that Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney are really cute in Chopping Mall? Yes, but it needs saying anyway and Crystal obliges. Chad likes the references and nods to other movies and the exploding head kill. In the end, he calls Chopping Mall pure Jim Wynorski cheese. Limburger cheese. After pausing for a discussion about Limburger cheese, Bill reveals that he doesn’t find the kind of robots found in Chopping Mall to be very scary. That being said, the film has a following and a lot of people have a kind of nostalgic fondness for it. And he loves the cameos by folks like Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Mel Welles, and Gerrit Graham.

If you haven’t seen Chopping Mall for a while or you’re a big Chopping Mall fan, now might be a good time to make another trip to the mall. As of this writing, Chopping Mall is available to stream on Shudder and a variety of other subscription services or free streaming services with ads. It’s also available on physical media as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Vestron/Lionsgate.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be Dreamscape (1984). Welcome to their nightmare!

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Feb 7, 2022

“Well, how about the hard-on I got? Is there a statistical correlation for that too?” Will you calculate the standard deviation while you’re at it? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr, along with special guest Ralph Miller - as they take a goo-filled trip to From Beyond (1986)!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 199 – From Beyond (1986)

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A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

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From Beyond is Chad’s pick and the first time he saw it, he was flabbergasted by the special effects, the gore, and the goo! He still loves it today, adding that the pacing delivers one flabbergast right after another and the acting - Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, and Ken Foree - is great. Bill loves the great cast and the practical effects of From Beyond but laments how the color scheme hid some of the details of the monsters. In case you haven’t realized it by now, Crystal has a definite thing for Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. She also loves From Beyond’s memorable effects and the way the body horror progresses throughout the movie, becoming more and more gruesome. Jeff loves From Beyond too, agreeing with everyone on the excellence of the effects and the cast. Ralph, who worked on the “shrimp monster’s” animatronics for John Buechler’s MMI, loves Barabara Crampton’s impressive performance portraying her character’s arc. Ralph admits he’s a creature person and loves the creature designs as the special effects units do their best to materialize Lovecraft’s imaginings in From Beyond.  

Stuart Gordon, H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli, Brian Yuzna, Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree, Ted Sorel, and some of the best effects this side of The Thing! So what are you waiting for? As of this writing, From Beyond is available to stream from Tubi and PlutoTV and as PPV on Amazon and Vudu. 

This episode is a “double-tap” for From Beyond. Check out a previous 1980s Grue-Crew discussion on the film at Episode 129 of Decades Of Horror 1980s, 28 January 2018.

You can also check out our partial career overview of Ralph Miller’s special effects work in Episode 155 – Decades Of Horror 1980s, 7 May 2020

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. Next up is the podcast's landmark 200th episode. The subject film has been chosen by our listeners and viewers in polls on Patreon, YouTube, and Facebook, and will be Night of the Comet (1984)! You won’t want to miss the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew’s discussion of the film whose working title was Teenage Mutant Horror Comet Zombies. What else could you ask for from an 80s horror flick?

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Jan 24, 2022

“It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time.” Everybody sing! Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween … Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  - as they give evidence to their belief that every day is Halloween by covering Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) in January.

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Episode 198 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is Crystal’s pick and it has always been her favorite of all of the followups to the original Halloween (1978) and loves it just as much today as the first time she saw it. Those who know Crystal know she has a thing for androids and that goes for Tom Atkins and Dan O’Herlihy as well. Chad is really into this “no Michael Myers” concept of Halloween III and an anthology-like series of Halloween movies. He loved H3 the first time he saw it and he loves it still. For Bill, there’s a huge dropoff in the sequels to Halloween (1978). As for H3, he had to get over the “no Michael Myers” hump, and even though the story makes no sense, he now enjoys it more each time he sees it. H3’s 14-time repetition of its famous jingle annoyed Jeff to no end when he first saw the movie. But like Bill, he now enjoys the film and even the jingle.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch gets a universal thumbs-up from your 1980s Grue-Crew! If you haven’t seen it for a while, or if it previously left a bad taste in your mouth, it might be time to check it out again. After all, it’s only 280 days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…

At the time of this writing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is available for streaming on multiple PPV services and on physical media as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition from Shout! Factory.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be From Beyond (1986). Lovecraft, Gordon, Crampton, and Combs for episode 199!

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Jan 10, 2022

“All we need is a little order around here.” And Jerry Blake is just the guy to make that happen! Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr along with Vanessa Thompson -  as they revel in Terry O’Quinn’s stellar performance in The Stepfather (1987).

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Episode 197 – The Stepfather (1987)

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After murdering his entire family, a man marries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

 

The Stepfather is Bill’s pick and he is still super impressed by Terry O’Quinn’s performance in the title role, a character who is one step ahead of every other character in the film. What makes it even more chilling for Bill is that the story could really happen and indeed, it did. Chad is also wowed by O’Quinn’s performance which includes everything from subtle touches to all-out, over-the-top insanity. Crystal wasn’t available for this episode but Decades of Horror 1980s alumnus, Vanessa, stepped up to participate. She loves the opening scene and recognizes O’Quinn’s fantastic, unhinged performance as the driving force in The Stepfather, a film that is very uncomfortable to watch and puts the viewer on edge in a subtle way. Much to Jeff’s liking, The Stepfather puts its big reveal in the opening scene, leaving the audience in suspense while the other characters are unsuspecting of the potential violence and evil they are facing. Of course, he, too, loves the nuances and outright insanity of O’Quinn’s performance.

The Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew are universally impressed with The Stepfather and highly recommend a watch, whether for the first time or a rewatch. As of this writing, The Stepfather is available for streaming from Shudder, Kanopy, and Peacock as well as other streaming services, and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

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Dec 28, 2021

“I think this place is possessed by demonic demons.” “Your head's going to be possessed by the butt of this gun if you don't shut up.” Sounds like a typical conversation while hunting demonic scarecrows in the dark. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Scarecrows (1988), a movie that saw a limited theatrical release in one theater… in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Episode 196 – Scarecrows (1988)

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Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows.

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Scarecrows is Jeff’s pick. He just couldn’t resist a movie released only in Des Moines and, as it turns out, he kind of likes it, especially the effects and the nighttime camera work. It’s better than Bill thought it was going to be even though there’s no real explanation for the supernatural occurrences except… occult! He describes Scarecrows as fairly well made and technically sound with good effects work. Chad, too, is pleasantly surprised with Scarecrows. He felt like he was transported back to a theater in the 80s watching a cheesy movie with outstanding makeup effects.

If you’re up for a trip out to the country for an encounter with a supernatural pickup and possessed scarecrows, as of this writing, Scarecrows is available to stream on Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, the 2015 Shout Factory Blu-ray is out-of-print.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be The Stepfather (1987) starring Terry O’Quinn. Nothing says psychotic family member like the holidays.

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Dec 13, 2021

“Now let me get this straight. You're telling me that these, these things are inside the Golden Gate Bridge, one. Two, that they only come out at night. And three, that they're responsible for the death of fifteen or more kids and three of my police officers? [breaks down laughing]” What’s so hard to believe about that? It is 80s horror, you know. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they journey to the Golden Gate Bridge to battle monsters who are inexplicably known as Neon Maniacs (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 195 – Neon Maniacs (1986)

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A group of teenagers in San Francisco discovers a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

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Neon Maniacs is Chad’s pick and he thinks it’s pretty cool. He loves the randomness of the story and let making sense be damned. Where do they come from? Why do monsters who can be destroyed by water live underneath a bridge? No one knows. Crystal loves Neon Maniacs, especially the music and the battle-of-the-bands sequence. Calling the story nearly nonexistent, she still thinks it’s awesome. Bill likens monsters vulnerable to water living under a bridge to vampires hiding in a garlic factory over a silver mine where they make crucifixes. According to Bill, Neon Maniacs is typical 80s horror with an ending that seems to be building up to something and then… fade to black and go home. Though the story is filled with huge holes and the police are more clueless than usual, Jeff had fun with Neon Maniacs, watching it with a big smile on his face.

Though Neon Maniacs is not a good movie by any measure, it is a fun watch. If you choose to do so, it is currently available to stream on Tubi and on YouTube, and on Blu-ray as Spanish or German imports.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be Scarecrows (1988), mostly because its one-theater theatrical release was in Des Moines, Iowa. 

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Nov 29, 2021

“Oh, good! So you've taken to our local specialty. Pickled earthworms in aspic is not to everyone's taste, I can tell you.” By the way, aspic is a savory jelly made with meat stock, set in a mold, and used to contain pieces of meat, seafood, eggs, or, apparently, earthworms. Sound better now? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a trip into the bizarre world of Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988).

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Episode 194 – The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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When an archaeologist uncovers a strange skull in a foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further inexplicable occurrences.

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The Lair of the White Worm is Crystal’s pick, but alas, she was unavailable and we had to go ahead without her. Chad’s first impression is along the lines of, “It’s a Ken Russell movie alright.” It starts with finding a skull in the field and just keeps getting weirder and weirder and more phallic and weirder and more phallic and... Bill is a big fan of Russell’s Altered States (1980) and loves this weird, 1980s slice of Ken Russell with its neat, little take on the legend of the Lampton Worm (D’Ampton Worm, get it?). In his view, the best thing about The Lair of the White Worm is Amanda Donahoe. Sammi Davis’s performance was an unexpected treat for Jeff and he loved the commonsense approach to fighting the “snake people.” Rather than a high priest reading an incantation from a volume of forgotten lore, the film’s heroes resort to snake-charming with a bagpipe, followed by releasing a mongoose and throwing a hand grenade, both having been hidden in Angus’s (Peter Capaldi) sporran.

If you’re in the mood for some Ken Russell bizarre hallucinations/dream sequences, gratuitous nudity, and what-the-f***ery, The Lair of the White Worm should be just the ticket. At the time of this writing, The Lair of the White Worm is available to stream on Amazon Prime and a variety of other free-with-ads or PPV services, as well as on physical media as a Blu-ray from Vestron Video and Lionsgate.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Neon Maniacs (1986). Here on Decades of Horror 1980s, we do love films with “maniac” in the title. 

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Nov 15, 2021

“Wakey, wakey. Hands off snakey!” Wait, what? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a trip down under for Razorback (1984), some genuine, original, Ozploitation.

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Episode 193 – Razorback (1984)

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As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.

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Razorback is Bill’s pick and he thinks it might have been the first VHS he rented after he got a player. He was expecting a giant pig running around killing people but what he got was a movie directed by a guy who directed all his favorite music videos. It’s very stylistic, beautiful, desolate, scary, and weird, and he likes it! Crystal didn’t know what to expect but she really enjoys Razorback. The performances are wonderful and she likes the clever way the boar sequences are edited as well as the amazing fog machine! Or was it fifty fog machines? Chad also rented Razorback and the style really grabbed him. It was apparent to him that Russell Mulcahy had done a lot of music videos. There was no reason for all the backlighting and fog but it looked cool as hell. Jeff absolutely loves Razorback, calling it a visual feast and a lot of fun.

Razorback is a must-see in the canon of Ozploitation films. At the time of this writing, it is available to rent from several streaming services and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988), starring Amanda Donohoe and Hugh Grant. Mm-mmm.

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Nov 1, 2021

Hank: “Look at that hair.” Frank: “You look at the hair.” Hank: “I'm looking at the hair.” Frank: “Yeah, I'm not looking at the hair.” Hank: “She got pretty hair.” Frank: “Mm-hmm.” Would you trust Hank and Frank to protect the citizenry from the children turning everyone into crispy critters? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a look at a Grue-Believer recommendation, The Children (1980).

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Episode 192 – The Children (1980)

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A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

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The Children is Jeff’s pick, based on a viewer/listener’s recommendation that the Grue-Crew finally found online. This one had one of Jeff’s phobias from way back (the “what if you weren’t you” trope) which always gives him the heebie-jeebies and to top it off, kid killers, kids killed, and monster kid dismemberment. Chad had a tough time getting into it. He thought The Children had a good concept but didn’t have the budget to see it through. Right off the bat, Crystal knew The Children was going to get weird because it doesn’t make any sense. Even so, she did enjoy parts of it. Bill likes The Children for what it is and suggests it would make a great, weird-kids, 1980s double feature with The Pit (1981).

This one’s for you, Evil! Though not the best film, the 80s Grue-Crew can see how The Children could definitely freak out someone who saw it when they were a kid and it’s worth a watch. At this writing, The Children is available to stream on YouTube and some PPV services and is also available as a Blu-ray from Troma

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Oct 18, 2021

"He was here before Christ, before civilization. He was king here! Rawhead, that's what they called him! RAWHEAD!" Okay, okay. Call him Rawhead, already. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they visit rural Ireland with Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex (1986) on episode 191 (even though Jeff calls it episode 190).

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Episode 191 – Rawhead Rex (1986)

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An ancient creature called Rawhead is awakened from its slumber near an Irish village and goes on a rampage killing anyone in sight.

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Chad, like most of us, is a big fan of Clive Barker’s work and Rawhead Rex is his pick. As is often the case, the movie varies from the story even though Clive Barker wrote the screenplay. Chad admits it’s not very good but he still has fun with it because it brings back memories of having fun going to monster movies with his buddies. Crystal, also a Clive Barker fan, loves the movie but thinks it would be even better if it had a more of a Barker feel to it. She does love the monster and its glowing eyes. Rawhead Rex doesn’t feel like Clive Barker according to Bill and though he loves the original story, he hates the movie. And don’t get him started on what he calls the big goofy monster and the limited movement of its mouth. For Jeff, Clive Barker’s prose has a definite feel and tone which is missing in Rawhead Rex. On the plus side, he enjoyed Ronan Wilmott’s over-the-top performance as the church’s verger and Rawhead’s disciple.

If you’re a Clive Barker completist or just love 1980s monster movies, Rawhead Rex is currently available to stream on Shudder, AMC+, Spectrum, and Arrow subscription services as well as on a Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

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Oct 4, 2021

"I can't exist by myself because I'm afraid of myself, ...because I'm the maker of my own evil." This quote is a pretty good metaphor for the theme of this movie… maybe? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they relish Metrograph’s brand new 4K restoration of Possession (1981), Andrzej Zulawski’s brilliant and demented film.

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Episode 190 – Possession (1981)

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A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

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Chad first saw this film at a drive-in theater when he was a teen and thought it was incredibly boring. This time around, he found the relationship split brought to life to be incredibly intense with the camera work adding to the claustrophobic feel. Crystal loved it as well, calling Possession brilliance wrapped in a madness spiral with an amazing monster. Generally, Bill is not a fan of “artsy-fartsy European” movies, but he agrees with Crystal that Possession is a masterpiece even though he is not sure if he understands it or if he is supposed to understand it. He calls Isabelle Adjani’s performance in this strange, well-directed, beautiful film to be one of the bravest he has seen. Jeff loves this film and is extremely excited to have the chance to cover it. He is delighted with the new 4K restoration from Metrograph which is far superior to the Blu-ray release in his collection.

If you’re interested in checking out this incredible 4K restoration of Possession, and you should be, it opens theatrically and digitally exclusively at the Metrograph October 1-14 and in theaters nationwide on October 15.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, and will be Rawhead Rex  (1986).  Really! They’re not kidding this time. You won’t want to miss that one!

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NOTE: The images below are from prior releases and not from the new 4K restoration.

Sep 20, 2021

"Smokes. Smokes, I got joints and bags. Nickel and dime bags. Gold Colombia smoke. I got acid, blotters, rainbows, windowpanes, speed, downs …” This goes on at some length so you’ll just have to check out the podcast to hear Chad do the whole spiel. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they play a-tisket, a-tasket with Frank Henenlotter’s Basket Case (1982).

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Episode 189 – Basket Case (1982)

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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

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Crystal is a big Frank Henenlotter fan so it’s no surprise that Basket Case is her pick and she still loves it, calling it super weird and super messed up. She also recommends the Joe Bob Briggs treatment, currently available on Shudder. Chad rented Basket Case as a VHS tape and he fell in love with it. He appreciates the way Henenlotter brings the oddest concepts to life and is able to mix just the right amount of comedy with horror. Back in the day, Bill used to hang out in Glens Falls, NY, one of the filming locations for Basket Case. Not surprisingly, the scene depicting “the boys” aunt reading to them while they sit in her lap always gets to him. Jeff is most impressed by the special effects found in Basket Case and all for a budget of $35,000.

Basket Case is currently available to stream on Shudder on a Blu-ray disc form Arrow Video.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film will be a special treat! Gruesome Magazine and the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue Crew have been given advanced access to a new 4K restoration of Andrzej Żuławski's POSSESSION (1981) starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. This new restoration of the film opens theatrically and digitally exclusively at Metrograph October 1 and in theaters nationwide October 15. You won’t want to miss that one!

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Sep 7, 2021

"Do you like washing me?" Knowing this is a 12-year-old boy talking to his adult babysitter definitely ramps of the cringe quotient. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they brave the cringe found in The Pit(1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 188 – The Pit (1981)

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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

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The Pit is Bill’s pick and he describes it as a fascinating mess of a movie that epitomizes that certain something indicative of low-budget, Canadian horror movies of the time. Crystal loves The Pit because it is so cringy and gross, adding that the hypersexual kid is disgusting yet compelling. The Pit would’ve been loved by 15-year-old Chad but it is a tough watch for him now, especially with the annoying kid as the main character. Jeff agrees that The Pit is a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be, citing how the music often doesn’t fit the scene.

If you’re a fan of low-budget 80s trash, check out The Pit. As of this writing, The Pit is available for streaming on Shudder and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from KL Studio Classics.

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Aug 23, 2021

"Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand deaths, each more horrible than the last!" Seems like once would be enough. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they walk behind the rows in search of “He Who” in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 187 – Children of the Corn (1984)

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A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believes that everyone over age 18 must be killed.

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Jeff picked Children of the Corn thinking he might have missed something in his original viewing, which was not favorable. He is, however, disappointed to find his assessment hasn’t changed. He calls Isaac (John Franklin) and Malachi (Courtney Gains) the best things about the film but laments the filmmakers didn’t stick with the original script or something closer to King’s short story. Crystal saw Children of the Corn when she was a little kid, probably too little she admits, and she loved the idea of kids ruling the world. She still loves the film but goes so far as to say it does suffer a bit now. Hating it then and still not thinking too much of it, Chad felt cheated by the ending. He did find the character of Isaac mesmerizing but he still doesn’t understand why Children of the Corn is sometimes referred to as a classic. Bill loves King’s original story and is irritated with the film when almost immediately he realizes it doesn’t follow the story’s plot. He likes the film's title, the poster, and the great folk horror mythology of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” but, in his view, the filmmakers made too many bad choices.

If you are so inclined, Children of the Corn is currently available for streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Special Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video. 

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be The Pit (1981)..  You won’t want to miss that one!

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Aug 9, 2021

"I hate 'em when they ain't been shaved."  Take that however you want. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they check out Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987), a western-tinged vampire film starring Bill Paxton and Lance Henrickson.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 186 – Near Dark (1987)

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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

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Near Dark is Chad’s pick and he loves the dirty, gritty, and nasty version of vampires depicted in this modernized western, calling it one of his favorite vampire movies. Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack is also a big plus in Chad’s book. Crystal loves a good vampire movie and ranks Near Dark alongside Fright Night (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987). For her, Bill Paxton’s performance is a big part of what makes this movie so good and, of course, Adrian Pasdar’s presence in the cast doesn’t hurt either. Bill loves how Near Dark nails the kind of miserable, addictive, grimy existence vampires would have instead of glorifying them. He also thinks the film is perfectly cast, especially the Aliens (1986) alumni. Jeff also loves Bill Paxton’s performance and points out this is the last film produced by DEG before it went bankrupt, severely hampering the film’s marketing.

The 80s Grue-Crew also recommends the first Decades of Horror 1980s podcast on Near Dark, recorded live from DragonCon 2017 and featuring Thomas Mariani, Christopher G. Moore, Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and special guest C. Robert Cargill. You can check it out at Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 116.

If you haven’t seen it for a while or maybe if it just slipped through the cracks for you, Near Dark is currently streaming on Shudder. Check it out! 

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be Children of the Corn (1984). You won’t want to miss that one!

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave them a message or leave a comment on the gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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