Remember When Compilations of 80s Horror Movies Were Movies?

In the early 80s two movies were released that attempted to showcase and sort of dissect contemporary horror movies. Today this might seem strange to you kiddies, after all horror movies have been around since your parents were small children, telephones were still bolted to the walls of houses, cars were actually made out of metal, and the early 80s equivalent to email was a thing Hunter S. Thompson called a Mojo. 

Yes the world is much different place now than it was, and movies, horror movies in-particular are no exception.  So here are two horror movies that were quite entertaining in their own way, yet did almost nothing to create original content. They simply took excerpts from all the popular, and sometimes not so popular, films from previous years, threw in a connecting arc (one a move theater, the other a video store) and off they went. 

Terror on Tape
       
Released in 1983 and classified as a documentary (that’s a stretch) the story, if memory serves, is about random people who go into a video store looking for a movie to rent and end up being exposed to various clips by the wacky and insane clerk. 

Note for those born after 1990 – at one time people actually had to go into a store and browse through the selection when renting a movie. Don’t understand? It’s like Redbox only there isn’t a box, nothing is red, and there were no such thing a touch screens. 

Anyway…check out the picture above for the list of movies included in the compilation, oh sorry I mean’t to say documentary.
  1. Suicide Cult
  2. Alien Prey
  3. Frozen Scream
  4. Nightmare
  5. Scalps
  6. The Slayer
  7. Eerie Midnight Horror Show
  8. Cathy’s Curse
  9. Return of the Aliens Deadly Spawn (Awesome film!)
  10. City of the Walking Dead
  11. Color Me Blood Read
  12. 2000 Maniacs
  13. Blood Feast
  14. Vampire Hookers
  15. Madhouse Mansion
  16. Bloodtide
  17. To the Devil, A Daughter
and many many more… 

Terror in the Aisles 

This movie was released in 1984 and it’s pretty clear the filmmakers saw Terror on Tape and realized they could make a much better film in the same style with almost no effort whatsoever. 

The first thing they did was hire some actual talent in Donald Pleasence and Nancy Allen. Not sure? Try Prince of Darkness, Halloween (the one Rob Zombie’s Halloween is based on) and Robocop. Oh and if you haven’t seen the shower scene in Dressed to Kill, you haven’t seen Nancy Allen. 

The movies used to compile the clips on this one are much better films, more widely known, and the arc story actually tries to emulate a documentary style. 
Movies included are:
  1. Halloween
  2. Cat People
  3. The Fog 
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  5. Night of the Living Dead
  6. Psycho
  7. Jaws 
  8. Jaws II
  9. The Brood
  10. The Fury
  11. Christine
and a whole lot more. 

It also has one of my favorite quotes of all time,
 “Don’t drop the knife…asshole.”     

Hard to find both films. VHS copies still exist in some strange out of the way corner of the world, and Terror in the Aisles is available on DVD, though out of print. So good luck, but it’s worth seeing them if you get an opportunity. 

Movie Review – Scanners (1981)

It may seem as if this site has a fetish for all things David Cronenberg, and maybe it does. I’ll need to ask it. 


The simple fact is Cronenberg is a talented film maker who in the 70s and 80s produced some fantastic and highly entertaining movies

Scanners is definitely one of his better films. A thriller with both political and spy undertones the movie is violent, gory, and has Michael Ironside. 

How can it be bad, it has Michael Ironside. There are no bad movies with Michael Ironside. 

Updated and remastered versions are now available either Blu-ray or digital, and although a tad bit expensive at around $34, it’s still a great movie to have in your collection. 

Q: You never said what the movies about?
A: Uh, scanners. Duh.      People with psychic powers. Telepathy, telekinesis, telephonosis, teleplayitis, tele… No, those last two aren’t real. 

Q: What is your favorite line from the movie?
A: “Alright, I’m going to suck your brain dry.”

Q: I heard it’s really gory. Is that true?
A: Let me put it to you this way….

You might lose your head over it.
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Book Reviews On The Way


After careful consideration on whether or not to include book reviews on this blog we’ve come to conclusion the cool shit is, in fact, cool shit regardless of the format.


Reading certainly isn’t as popular as watching movies and TV programs, or playing video games. We know this, we understand words are scary.


Scary or not we are going to begin providing reviews of books and short stories that fall within the scope and/or theme of this site. There is already a page detailing several highly recommended books, and although it also serves as a plug for our amazon associates page, we wouldn’t have placed the recommendations there if we didn’t truly love them and want to spread them to the rest of the world.


So if you are a reader, or at least literate enough to enjoy the written word from time to time please take a look at our book reviews when they post. Most are available on Kindle for a decent price and all of them have stories and worlds any insane person would love to get lost inside.


Thank you.


-Matt and The Butcher-

Reviews where the corpse is still kicking.