universal_marker-2

116: AS ABOVE SO BELOW and PHENOMENA (1985)

It’s off to the Catacombs of Paris to decipher what the title AS ABOVE SO BELOW is supposed to friggin’ mean. And then, THE NIGHTMARE CLOSET creaks open to reveal bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. And a monkey. Also, quickie reviews of ALYCE KILLS and ANTISOCIAL, a tribute to JOAN RIVERS and the music of THE LINE-UP/THE SOULFUL.

summer_fear-alterna-poster

Episode 115: SUMMER OF FEAR (1978)

It seems fitting that I mark the end of the season with WES CRAVEN and LINDA BLAIR’s made-for-TV terror treat, SUMMER OF FEAR (aka “Stranger in Our House”).
Black magic, bad perms and implied incest abound in what was presenting to the unsuspecting public as “suitable family entertainment”.

deadlyfriend

Episode 111: DEADLY FRIEND with Twisted Kid Radio

I’m sitting down with JAY EMMITT and MATT from TWISTED KID RADIO to talk about WES CRAVEN‘s teenage non-sexbot cautionary tale, DEADLY FRIEND. This is actually from their episode, but I’m sharing it here with you along with the sordid details of my voyage of international embarrassment.

picnic

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975)

On Valentine’s Day, 1900, a group of students from an exclusive girls’ college have a picnic at the titled rock in the Australian bush country.
Things turn tragic when three students and a teacher go exploring the upper regions of the cliffs and simply vanish without a trace.
Forever.