Tonight movie: Witchboard, from 1986.
Here’s a plot synopsis, stolen from Ed Sutton on IMDB:
At a party, a guest brings out a Ouija board, and they attempt to contact a spirit he knows. The spirit does appear, but it becomes apparent to the one who brought the Ouija board that this is an evil spirit that is impersonating his spirit, and despite warnings not to use the board alone, a woman uses it alone, and becomes harassed by the evil spirit, his goal to possess her so he can walk the earth again.
Well okay there, Ed. You sold me. Everyone make popcorn, we’re about to watch Witchboard.
Tonight’s movie: The Omen, from 1976.
A classic, and it still holds up. If you’ve only ever seen the 2006 remake, trust me, the original is way, way better and so much more effective. I’m not just saying that to be one of those guys. (Though it’s worth noting that you’ll need to be patient with this flick. It’s on the slower side for sure.)
If you’ve already seen The Omen one too many times, may I suggest Damien: Omen II? I rarely see people talking about the 1978 sequel, but I actually like that one even more than this movie. Worth tracking down!
Here’s The Making of Terminator, from 1984:
As the 22-minute runtime suggests, it originally ran as a television special. I was a huge sucker for similar “making of” specials as a kid, which always felt like a big deal, no matter how interested/disinterested I was in the particular movie. Course, I’m still way into The Terminator, so this one sounds like a win.
Well, given the subject of today’s main site article, tonight’s video was an easy pick:
Brian “The Boz” Bosworth stars in Stone Cold, the 1991 box office bomb slash cult classic. It’s a big, loud, dumb movie, but it knows it is, and that’s the fun.
It reminds me of one of those movies my old neighborhood pals would’ve loved. They were “good ol’ boys,” if you’ll take my meaning — the kinds of kids who almost definitely grew up to be huge Nascar fans and who now drink Budweiser exclusively. (I remember tagging along with them to see Best of the Best II in theaters, if that’s any indication.)
It’s also one of those films that practically screams “early ‘90s HBO.” I’m sure that Stone Cold’s reputation was mainly built on late night cable television. I can just picture twelve-year-old me, sitting there with the Boz and a bottle of Mistic.
From the “you kind of have to watch it once” category, here’s The Devil’s Rain.
Starring William Shatner and Ernest Borgnine (!!!), The Devil’s Rain was released in 1975, and you’d never mistake it for anything other than a ’70s horror movie. It was literally and figuratively dark, dismal yet cheesy, and produced on the cheap. It even had the depressing twist ending — a real hallmark of the era.
I have seen this one, but all I really remember is the ending, which has become somewhat famous for its… erm… over-the-topness. Otherwise, this is just your run-of-the-mill “satanists secretly run the town” story, with the added bonus of Actual Satan being part of the festivities. (Not really, but Borgnine’s character came pretty close.)
It’s the kind of movie best served late at night when you’re waiting for the NyQuil to kick in.