Archive for the 1980s Category

“Satan’s Blade” (1984) — “That’s the one about the mountain man whose spirit still roams through these hills!”

Posted in 1980s, Haunting/Possession, Horror, Slasher with tags , , , , on October 17, 2015 by Fringe Void

Directed by L. Scott Castillo, Jr.

A knife is thrown from off-screen. It sticks in a tree, then pulses red to signify, I don’t know, it’s possessed or something. Opening credits.

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Clownhouse (1989)

Posted in 1980s, Clown, Horror with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by Fringe Void

Sorry, I died there for a month and a half…

Directed by Victor Salva

Like most kids from my generation who grew up hearing stories of John Wayne Gacy, or having seen Tommy Lee Wallace’s sterling two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It, young Casey is terrified of clowns.

Clownhouse begins in a fairly predictable way — with a nightmare. Casey is dazedly wandering around his huge Hollywood home (Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola’s home) in that signature, half-conscious being beckoned by an invisible force kind of way horror characters tend to. The storm outside blows an illustration of an angry clown against his window. He pees himself, then wakes up in a sweat. Continue reading

U.F.O. Abduction (1989)

Posted in 1980s, Alien Abduction, Found Footage, Horror, Sci-Fi with tags , , , on October 4, 2014 by Fringe Void

Directed by Dean Alioto

A pair of title cards allege “The uncut video footage [we] are about to see contains the most important evidence yet made public regarding [the UFO] phenomenon… On the evening of October 8, 1983, a young man was videotaping his niece’s fifth birthday party. As the night’s strange occurrences took place, he kept his video camera running, recording the entire event.”

The young man in question is sixteen-year-old Mike Van Heese (director Alioto). His footage begins at the dinner table where he, his two older brothers, their girlfriends, his mom and the five-year-old niece alluded to in the titles appear to have just finished eating. Cake is brought in, the birthday girl blows on her candles, and out cuts the power.

While checking their fuse box, the brothers Van Heese see a blinding red light by the ol’ Johnson house. “Let’s go check it out.” one suggests. Continue reading

Battle Royal High School (1988)

Posted in 1980s, Action, Animated, Fantasy with tags , , , on July 24, 2014 by Fringe Void

Directed by Ichirô Itano

A fighter in a leopard mask named Riki Hyoudo (not to be confused with King from the Tekken games, or Tiger Mask, the pro wrestler) has single-handedly whooped his high school karate club. “The entire karate club is dead meat.” he boasts. Last in line is Captain Baba, the coach. “I want to be the best fighter in the entire world…” Riki tells him. “After I’m done with you, my study of unconventional techniques will continue!” Well, Riki kicks his ass, earning the respect of his classmates whilst causing Cap’n Baba to resign (and most likely commit seppuku) in shame. Continue reading

Sweet Home (1989)

Posted in 1980s, Haunting/Possession, Horror with tags , , , on April 30, 2014 by Fringe Void

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

TV producer Kazuo, his daughter Emi, reporter Asuka, art preserver Akiko and all-purpose chauffeur/camera guy Taguchi negotiate the keys to an old mansion they don’t know is haunted so they can restore a long-lost fresco, as well as shoot footage for a documentary on it.

“Thirty years ago, the genius artist, Ichirou Mamiya, died here.” Asuka states. “Since then, the Mamiya family had no one take over the house. For 30 years, no one has entered this mansion.” Continue reading