Monday, September 19, 2016

Mystery Movie solved! GIRLS IN BONDAGE (1979)



Over six years ago, we posted a Mystery Movie entry for the HOUSE OF SHAME/GIRLS IN BONDAGE double bill in which we surmised that one of these films, probably HOUSE OF SHAME, was a re-titling of THE CULT (a.k.a. THE LOVE CULT, THE MANSON MASSACRE and TOGETHER GIRLS). It turns out we were partly correct. Thanks to the tireless efforts of T.O.S. correspondent Mike MacCollum, who attended the Pandemonium Picture Show event at the Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville, IN this past weekend, we now have confirmation that GIRLS IN BONDAGE is another title for THE CULT. Thanks, Mike!

One down, one to go. Now what film do we think is hiding behind the HOUSE OF SHAME title? Our guess: THE HOUSE THAT VANISHED.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Movie Ad of the Week: UNDERGROUND HI-JACK (1975)



UNDERGROUND HI-JACK is a title United Artists used in the newspaper ads for THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE when the film opened in Kansas City, MO on January 25, 1975.


Under this title, the film returned to KC on February 3, 1976 as the third feature to WIPEOUT! and RIPPED OFF, two Italian imports from Cinema Shares.


WIPEOUT! is Fernando Di Leo's THE BOSS, starring Henry Silva, Richard Conte and Gianni Garko. Based on Peter McCurtin's novel Mafioso, it was filmed in 1972 but first released in the U.S. in 1975. RIPPED OFF (a.k.a. THE BOXER) was shot in Albuquerque in 1971 as TOUGH GUY but released in Italy as UN UOMO DALLA PELLE DURA (A MAN WITH THICK SKIN). Another stateside '75 release, it stars Robert Blake, Catherine Spaak, Ernest Borgnine, Gabriele Ferzetti, and Tomas Milian.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Movie Ad of the Week: BAD GIRLS DORMITORY (1986)



The micro-budgeted women's prison pic BAD GIRLS DORMITORY, filmed in New York City in 1984 by the husband and wife team of writer-director Tim Kincaid and producer Cynthia DePaula, opened in five theaters in the New York City area on March 28, 1986.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Movie Ad of the Week: RAW NERVE (1991)



Glenn Ford's final theatrical feature, the David A. Prior low-budgeter RAW NERVE, opened in seven Los Angeles area theaters (including the Egyptian!) on June 28, 1991.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Movie Ad of the Week: BRAINWAVES (1982) a.k.a. MIND GAMES (1983)



Motion Picture Marketing opened Ulli Lommel's horror pic BRAINWAVES in Cincinnati, OH on November 19, 1982. When their promo campaigns failed to impress Lommel, MPM returned both this film and THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR to him so he could seek distribution elsewhere. Theatrical bookings for THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR were handled by Cineworld Pictures, while BRAINWAVES was picked up by Comworld Pictures and rechristened MIND GAMES (It was later edited for a PG rating and re-titled SHADOW OF DEATH). Both films were released on videocassette by Embassy Home Entertainment.


MIND GAMES in Decatur, IL - April 22, 1983


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mystery Movie solved! KUNG FU COPS (1975)



Thanks to the ad above (Louisville, Kentucky - January 28, 1977) and additional help from Video Watchdog's John Charles, we've come to the conclusion that KUNG FU COPS is the U.S. release title of NAN ZI HAN (1973), a.k.a. SMUGGLERS and KUNG FU GANGBUSTERS.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Endangered List (Case File #150)




THE GREAT BALLOON RACE (1977)

Starring
Chris Robinson
Frank Gifford
Terry Moore
Ted Cassidy

Special Appearances
by
Cab Calloway
Phyllis Diller
Bert Parks
Frankie Laine
Norm Crosby

Produced by
Paul Holm

Written and Directd
by
Chris Robinson

MPAA rating: PG

Release dates
January 3, 1977 (Palm Beach, FL)
April 29, 1977 (Boca Raton, FL)