Sunday, October 15, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: PLAY DEAD w/ SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1986)


The three-screen Sunset Drive-in theater in Colchester, VT ran a double bill of Troma horror films on May 16, 1986. PLAY DEAD, shot in 1981, stars Yvonne De Carlo as a wealthy woman with supernatural powers who uses her pet rottweiler Greta to kill off her family members over a past misdeed. The second feature, Richard W. Haines' SPLATTER UNIVERSITY (1984), was filmed around the New York tri-state area mostly in 1981, with some additional scenes shot in 1982 to expand the film to feature length.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: THE HUNTER WILL GET YOU (1982)


L'ALPAGUEUR/THE HUNTER WILL GET YOU! (1976), an action thriller from France directed by Philippe Labro and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bruno Cremer, opened in Tallahassee, FL on November 28, 1982.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE (1977)



A double bill of REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE and THUNDERFIST opened at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit on October 12, 1977.

REVOLT OF KUNG FU LEE is TIE HAN (1973) a.k.a. THE IRON MAN, starring Yu Wang (Jimmy Wang Yu).

The second feature, THUNDERFIST, is originally titled ZE WANG and is also known as DEATH BLOW. Rated PG and advertised as "the first kung fu karate motion picture for family audiences," it first appeared in U.S. theaters in October 1973 from Artisan Releasing Corporation, a short-lived distribution company that also released THINGS FALL APART, DON'T LEAVE GO MY HAND (a.k.a. BLACK HOOKER), a reissue of the concert film SOUL TO SOUL, and possibly a second martial arts film called THE COBRA KNOWS NO MERCY. The head of Artisan was jazz pianist James LaMont Johnson, whose LaMont Johnson Quintet did the music for THUNDERFIST. Johnson later ran two other exploitation film distribution companies, Twin World Films (BARN OF THE NAKED DEAD) and Elmark General Film Corporation (WHEN DRAGONS COLLIDE), and passed away in 1999 at age 58.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW (1970) a.k.a. JUST THE TWO OF US (1973)



THE DARK SIDE OF TOMORROW, "a tormentingly sensitive love story" co-written and directed by Barbara Peeters, opened in Philadelphia on December 2, 1970.


By the time Harry Novak's Box-Office International re-released the film in 1973 as JUST THE TWO OF US, Peeters was working for Roger Corman and had directed BURY ME AN ANGEL for his New World Pictures. The ad above is from the Montgomery, Alabama opening on July 6, 1973.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: JAWS OF THE BLACK DRAGON w/ BAMBOO TRAP and FIERCE KUNG FU BROTHERS (1979)



A triple bill of kung fu movies from Ark Films opened at the Fox Theatre in Detroit on December 19, 1979.

JAWS OF THE BLACK DRAGON is SHI BA YU LUO HAN a.k.a. EIGHTEEN JADE ARHATS, THE EIGHTEEN JADE PEARLS and 18 CLAWS OF SHAOLIN (1979).

BAMBOO TRAP is a Filipino production originally titled MABABAGSIK NA ANGHELAND and also known as THE BLACK PANTHER OF SHAOLIN (1975), starring Leo Fong and Ron Van Clief.

FIERCE KUNG FU BROTHERS is TIAN YA GUAI KE Y ZHEN FENG a.k.a. GOLD CONSTABLES and THE NINJA PIRATES, which most sources claim is a 1981 film but here it is in downtown Detroit at the end of 1979.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: OOPSIE POOPSIE (1981) a.k.a. SEXPOT (1984)



The Italian comedy LA PUPA DEL GANGSTER/THE GANGSTER'S CUTIE (1975), starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and based on the Cornell Woolrich short story "Collared" (originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 1949), opened in Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 25, 1981.


A couple of years later, Joseph Green Pictures brought it back to Florida as SEXPOT. It opened in Tallahassee on May 18, 1984.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER (1982)



EMANUELLE'S DAUGHTER (1980), a.k.a. EMANUELLE: QUEEN OF SADOS and EMANUELLE THE SEDUCTRESS, is a Greek knockoff of the Italian "Black Emanuelle" films starring Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, and Gordon Mitchell. A Harold Marenstein presentation, it was released in the U.S. with a self-applied X rating through Chris Warfield's Lima Productions (Marenstein, former president of Rizzoli Film Distributing and vice president of Cinemation Industries, was Lima's general sales manager). This ad is from the Philadelphia opening on October 8, 1982.