Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

1981 was the year of the werewolf at the movies. It saw the release of such films as An American Werewolf in London, Wolfen, and, of course, Joe Dante’s The Howling. To this day, people love the mix of horror and Dante’s unique comic sensibilities. When it came time for the 1985 sequel, there was…

Reform School Girls

There are a lot of dark corners to the human brain. Somewhere back there is the part that has a fascination with women behind bars. The “Women in Prison” genre has long been a favorite of B-movie producers. Producer/director Roger Corman certainly put out his share of these films. So it seems only fitting that…

They’re Playing with Fire

The general premise of having a somewhat awkward high school or college-aged guy end up in a steamy relationship with an older woman is one that has been used a lot in raunchy teen films. Think movies like My Tutor, or Private Lessons. In fact, in 1984 the star of Private Lessons, Eric Brown, appeared…

Battle Beyond the Stars

After “Star Wars” hit it big in 1977, sci-fi was in again, and studios scrambled to get outer space adventure films into the pipeline.  Of course, Roger Corman was one of them.  1980’s “Battle Beyond the Stars” was his biggest production to date, but it was a familiar story.  Screenwriter John Sayles turned to Akira…

Hercules

In the 50’s and 60’s, sword and sandal epics ruled the Italian movie scene and one of the biggest characters in that genre was, of course, Hercules.  Tons of popular Italian Hercules movies were made, so it makes sense that every so often there is an attempt to bring the character back to the screen.…