Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Kingdom of the Spiders’


With the resounding success of the world’s first mega-blockbuster, Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws, the mid-to-late seventies were inundated with the “When Animals Attack” genre.   Within a span of four years more than a dozen films were released where nature struck

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Slumber Party Massacre’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Slumber Party Massacre’

1982’s Slumber Party Massacre is completely summed up in its three word title.  It’s a by the numbers slasher that contains zero originality or flare, and proves to be a generic bore of a film.  With so many interesting, if not

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Electra Glide in Blue’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Electra Glide in Blue’

James William Guercio’s Electra Glide in Blue is a slightly odd film to categorize.  At its core it’s a 70s bike flick, but tonally, it’s all over the place.  It originally premiered at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival and was

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘The Burning’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘The Burning’

In 1978 a little movie called Halloween was unleashed onto the world and it changed the face of horror as we know it.  Though there were movies like it in the past, Halloween defined the slasher film and resulted in

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Street Trash’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Street Trash’

There are so many films that came out during the 80s that just seem to so perfectly encapsulate the era, it’s hard to think of any other decade that had such an overt cinematic style.  The birth of VHS paved

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Vanishing Point’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Vanishing Point’

One of my favorite films of the 70s has been, and always will be, Vanishing Point starring Barry Newman and Cleavon Little.  Released in 1971 by director Richard C. Sarafian, this road movie takes the car chase concept to

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Dead End Drive-In’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Dead End Drive-In’

Dead End Drive-In is a nice little piece of schlock hailing from Australia and released in 1986.  The director, Brian Trenchard-Smith released a number of great exploitation flicks, most notably 1983’s BMX Bandits and the gloriously pointless Stunt Rock. Though

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Road Games’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Road Games’

Road Games is a little known Australian gem from 1981 directed by Richard Franklin (Cloak and Dagger) and starring Stacy Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. While this film seems like a Rear Window clone on the surface, there’s

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘The Harder They Come’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘The Harder They Come’

Perry Henzell’s 1972 film The Harder They Come may not be considered a grindhouse film in the traditional sense, however the cult status this film received, along with the fact that it was one of the original midnight

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Death Race 2000’

Grindhouse Weekly – ‘Death Race 2000’

Death Race 2000 is a very interesting piece of schlock that came out in 1975 and was directed by Paul Bartel, who also directed a fantastic little film called Eating Raoul. The top billed actor in this film was David Carradine