Out, 1982, Eli Hollander (dir.), Peter Coyote, O-Lan Jones, Jim Haynie, Scott Beach, Danny Glover, Grandfather Semu Haute. Title â€œDeadly Drifterâ€ appears before title sequence. 1:23.
Whatâ€™s this movie about? Itâ€™s about 83 minutes: An old joke, but the most applicable one in this case. After a bewildering viewing experience, a bit less so because the â€œexperimentalâ€ nature of the film became fairly obvious, a visit to IMDB was a bit helpful. This is probably misplaced in the megapack: Itâ€™s certainly not a standard â€œTV movieâ€ (particularly not with certain key language early on that isnâ€™t acceptable on network TV, but perfectly appropriate to the flick). Itâ€™s an indieâ€”a little indie: IMDB says the total budget was $25,000, including blowup to 35mm, and that most actors worked for free. Great cast, pretty much incomprehensible plot, having something to do with underground conspiracies and ESP. I think. â€œDeadly Drifterâ€ was apparently added by a distributor; the director hates it, as itâ€™s misleading. The jacket blurb calls this a comedy, but that doesnâ€™t work either (particularly with at least one implied murder). Read the outraged rave reviews at Amazon: Maybe you have to have eyes to hear and ears to see what this pictureâ€™s really about. Or, to put it in a timely fashion: Far out, man. $0.75.
Good Against Evil, 1977, color, Paul Wendkos (dir.), Dack Rambo, Elyssa Davalos, Richard Lynch, Dan Oâ€™Herlihy, Kim Cattrall. 1:24.
Start: A mother gives birth and is somehow frightened into falling down stairs and dying. A shadowy figure notes that the baby is Theirs. Next: Baby all grown up, independent young woman, meets guy, they fall in loveâ€¦but, oops, sheâ€™s supposed to marry Satan. Things get really confusingâ€”and she winds up disappearing, while the guy finds another Satan-bound child and a priest exorcises that one, sound effects and all. Meanwhile, the womanâ€™s gone, and the sometimes-interesting movie trails off in a cloud of talk. Why? It was a pilot for a TV series, presumably chasing the woman and her evil captors. Fortunately, the series never got made. Decent cast, mediocre acting, no ending. Arrgghâ€¦ $0.75.
Congratulations, Itâ€™s a Boy, 1971, color, William A. Graham (dir.), Bill Bixby, Diane Baker, Karen Jensen, Jack Albertson, Ann Sothern, Darrell Larson, Tom Bosley. 1:13.
Bill Bixby as swinginâ€™ bachelor as they were supposed to be in the early â€˜70sâ€”until a young man turns up who he fathered in a one-night stand. Various melodramatic hijinks ensue. But look at the cast: This crew wouldnâ€™t make a really bad movie, and itâ€™s mostly pleasant enough fluff. $1.00.
Snowbeast, 1977, color, Herb Wallerstein (dir.), Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, Sylvia Sidney. 1:26.
Set in a ski resort town (Sylvia Sidney as the matriarch of the principal resort) starting the annual festival that keeps things workingâ€”when a young woman disappears and the matriarchâ€™s son (and manager of the resort) finds a bloody jacket. As the plot progresses, itâ€™s clear that thereâ€™s a â€œsnowbeastâ€ on the looseâ€”maybe not a Sasquatch, because everyone knows theyâ€™re all gentle creatures, and this oneâ€™s a semi-intelligent killer. Great scenery, lots of ski and snow scenes, and the pictureâ€™s better than it has any right to be. $1.25, mostly for the scenery.
But wait, there’s more! If any of you have been following this series of posts, you may notice that–unlike all the other megapack reviews–every single disc in this collection has had exactly four movies. Not one of them has squeezed in an extra short flick.
So how do they get to call it “50-Movie All Stars Collection”? Simple. This time, there’s a 13th disc in the twelve-disc pack, one-sided, with the last two movies.
The first of which is universally beloved by American football fans of a certain age; extra credit to whoever names the TV movie before I post the reviews toward the end of next week!
Oops: The movie I was thinking of–which actually has nothing at all to do with football, but will always be associated with football–isn’t the movie I’m watching. The one I’m thinking of had a one-word title and dates from 1968. The one I’m watching adds “The new adventures of” and dates from 1978. Never mind.