Sunday, September 30, 2012
How big of a star was Fred Williamson on Friday, December 21, 1973? Big enough for two of his action vehicles to open in New York on the same day! American International unveiled HELL UP IN HARLEM, their quickie sequel to BLACK CAESAR, opposite Universal's internationally shot karate/superspy flick THAT MAN BOLT. The Daily News even pitted the two films against each other by running their opening day ads on the same page.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
BLACK CHARIOT (1971)
Barbara O. Jones
Written, produced and directed
Robert L. Goodwin
Third World Distributors & Malcolm Berkley
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
John C. Lange's animated 7-minute short JOSHUA AND THE BLOB (1972) -- a follow-up to his JOSHUA IN A BOX (1969) -- was acquired by Jack H. Harris Enterprises, submitted to the MPAA for a G rating, and used as an added bonus with SON OF BLOB (a.k.a. BEWARE! THE BLOB) for some theatrical bookings.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Duke Mitchell's THE EXECUTIONER -- better known as MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE -- carries a 1978 release date on the IMDb, but above is the ad for its world premiere as LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON at the Globe (a Times Square porno house) on December 19, 1974. By August of '75 it had been retitled MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE and was playing the Skyway Drive-In in Las Vegas (co-feature: WHITE LIGHTNING) as well as two theaters in Washington, D.C., where it was co-billed with VOODOO HEARTBEAT.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Just For the Hell of It! (J4HI!) sent us this cool ad mat a couple of weeks ago to use for a future "Updating the IMDb" entry, but the title is so rare that we thought it should get its own post. American International Pictures released Pete Walker's HOUSE OF WHIPCORD beginning in November 1974, but by July '75 it had been retitled STAG MODEL SLAUGHTER by United Producers for select territories like Texas, where we found it co-billed with HELL HOUSE GIRLS, a re-release of SCHOOL FOR UNCLAIMED GIRLS (AIP's version of Robert Hartford-Davis' THE SMASHING BIRD I USED TO KNOW). United Producers performed another facelift on Walker's film and in December '75, a year after its stateside debut, it was re-released again as THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S MODELS, paired with HOOKERS REVENGE (a retitling of THEY CALL HER ONE-EYE) on a double bill that played successfully through the rest of the decade.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
This all-nighter in Cleveland ran all of the movies advertised, but other dusk-to-dawn shows that played across Pennsylvania and Ohio (and parts of Wisconsin) during the 1981 and '82 drive-in seasons evidently did not. Does anyone else remember catching "5 Deranged Features" or similar, questionable programs in the early '80s?