Road Games Theatrical Poster (1981)

There are many movies I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to watch at the 62 Drive-In as a kid, I think a lot of these films my Father wanted to see and since I had no babysitter I guess he just hoped that I wouldn’t grow up to behave like the serial killer in Richard Franklin’s awesome Australian thriller, Road Games.

Starring Stacy Keach (Mike Hammer, Escape From L.A., King Lear) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, True Lies), the film dealt with a truck driver named Patrick Quid (Keach) in Australia who becomes involved with a hunt for a serial killer after he picks up the hitchhiking Pamela ‘Hitch’ Rushworth (Curtis). I want to avoid spoilers but you can tell by the trailer it’s an 80’s flick.

Cult Fiction offered the film on DVD but sadly I believe it’s out of print and seems to demand some high prices on Amazon.Com. I’ve always liked Stacy Keach and I think he is really hitting his stride as he gets older, even if his work in movies and TV are now mostly character parts, he is always a solid actor.

He has a new film that is debuting on the Syfy channel tonight at 9/8c, Storm War!

I can say in all honesty I’m excited to see this movie, it looks like a ton of fun!

A big thanks to Crime Critics for uploading the Road Games trailer over on YouTube.

Retroist Halloween Podcast

Retroist Halloween Podcast

Welcome to the Retroist Halloween Podcast, by “Halloween”, I am of course referring to the John Carpenter classic, “Halloween”. This is one of my favorite horror films. It is the perfect film to watch during the Halloween season. After I tell you a little story about my experience with the film, I talk about the movie itself. I talk about the conception, creation and reception of this horror classic. Then I move on to the actors involved, its abbreviated shooting schedule, the great music it has and of course its legacy of sequels and remakes.

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Coming Soon (1982)

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Halloween Movie Madness III marches on! Today’s movie is the 1982 cult classic horror “documentary” “Coming Soon”. The film is hosted by Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis and is mostly a compilation of highlights from tons of Horror and Sci-Fi trailers from the past. The movie has a heaping helping of schlock from the past with a few newer movies (new at the time) thrown in for good measure. Now I am not sure it was every theatrically released, I remember watching it on HBO or Showtime when I was a kid, but I liked it then and I like it now.

I am not sure why exactly, the whole movie is basically an advertisement for Universal Studios work and it includes an oddly out of place E.T. Vignette, but it is very entertaining. So, I enjoyed it a great deal and would actually like seeing more more advertainment like it in the future.

Coming Soon has still not been released on DVD, but you can still pick it up on VHS. It is totally worth it.