Rental Regrets: The Supernaturals (1986)

Back in the day, I was a VHS renting madman.  That sounds a lot more ominous than it is.  Basically, I’ve rented a lot of horror movies in my lifetime – more specifically from the 80’s and early 90’s when renting movies was actually a thing.  But there were always those movies that eluded me for one reason or another.  I could never quite pull the trigger and rent them.  And because of that, I’ve had regrets that haunt me in the deepest channels of my mind.  Maybe not that dramatic, but regrets can still be a bitch.  The next movie on the rental regrets list:  The Supernaturals.

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That’s still one of the best looking VHS covers of all time in my book.  So why didn’t I ever rent The Supernaturals?  Possibly because there wasn’t enough gore on the back of the box.  I do like my gore.  Or maybe because I was prejudice against Civil War zombies? Who knows.  The story itself sounded simple enough:  Rebels were slaughtered during The Civil War and over one hundred years later, those rebels come back to get revenge on the innocent descendants of their murderers.

The bad news is that The Supernaturals has never seen a proper DVD or Blu-ray release.  The good news is that the VHS rip of the film can be seen on Youtube if you search for it.  So guess who’s going to be watching that VHS rip while drinking a beer or two very soon?  This guy!  That’s right – I don’t want to hold onto these regrets for too long. If you’ve seen this movie, feel free to share your thoughts.  I do know that LeVar Burton of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation fame is in it.  But even more random is that Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees is also in it.  The hell you say?  Oh wait – I have proof!

Ebay Find Of The Week: ‘Mountaintop Motel Massacre’ Promotional Poster!

So you’ve just moved into your new place.  You’re looking for that special something to spruce it up and really make a statement for when you have people over for entertaining. Maybe a nice fern plant?  A beautiful shag rug perhaps?  Well, those are both great options, but if you really want to grab the attention of your visitors, why not go bold and add this to your living area:

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Oh yeah!  It’s perfect!  Granted, your guests might immediately walk away from your new home or possibly curse at you, but I bet you’ll be the only one on the block with a Mountaintop Motel Massacre poster hanging on their wall.  Yes, this 1986 terrible but entertaining slasher movie has it’s own unique charm – and also a pretty amazing poster to boot.  And if you’ve got about $70 to spare, you can hit up eBay right HERE and grab it while it’s hot.  You might want to wait for the price to drop a bit, but I guess you really can’t put a price on something this special anyway, right?  That Evelyn is a real looker btw.

Great Moments In Horror Hair History: William Katt

1976 was a monumental year, because that was the year that I was born.  Not trying to sound narcissistic, but I wouldn’t be giving you this insightful and sometime boring blog if I hadn’t been brought into this world.  But in 1976, something else was given to us.  Something more amazing and inspirational than myself.  Yes, that’s right – we were blessed with William Katt’s hair in the classic horror movie, Carrie:

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That’s right – the only thing that could upstage Sissy Spacek’s freckles would be that lovely blonde head mop up there in that photo.  William Katt would later go on to transition himself and that hair into The Greatest American Hero television show, but we’ll mostly always remember him as Tommy Ross – the nice guy who wanted to take Carrie to the prom and instead got knocked out on stage by a bucket full of pig’s blood.  Sadly in 1986, William Katt would cut most of his luscious locks off for the horror movie, House.  And he would replace the attention of that with this shirt:

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I’m sure you’re at as much of a lose words as I am.  So I’ll just let that image marinate in your brain for a little bit.  It was the 80’s, but some things are unforgivable, even during clothing-challenged decades.  But anyway – that shirt does not in any way deter me from having William Katt enshrined into the class of Great Moments In Horror Hair History!  Unfortunately his V-neck shirt is not going to be enshrined into anything.

Horror Hijinx: ‘Sally’s Demon Transformation’ From ‘Demons 2’ (1986)

Who needs a college football championship game when you have the amazingly bad Demons 2?  Yes, last night I revisited the sequel to one of my all-time favorite horror movies ever, 1985’s Demons.  Oh sure, Demons is not Academy Award level cinema by any means – but it’s fun, gory as hell, and has a great soundtrack.  And it has Bobby Rhodes.  I hadn’t watched Demons 2 in a long time, so imagine my pleasant surprise that I was inspired enough the morning after to write this post.

Hilarious bad dubbing aside (as with most Italian horror movies), Demons 2 has an arsenal of ‘so bad it’s good’ moments.  And thankfully after watching this movie again, I now have an arsenal of content for my site in the near future.  It’s clear from the get-go, that Demons 2 is the red-headed stepchild of Demons.  And it’s ok with that, which makes it even better.  Oh I’ll talk about the dog transformation scene, the baby demon scene, and even the reemergence of actor Bobby Rhodes as a gym instructor at a later date – but today it’s all about Sally’s demon transformation scene:

Oh lord.  Now you know you can’t help but laugh when that prop head of Sally pops up.  This sequel pretty much tries to follow Demons beat for beat, as Sally’s transformation (especially the teeth part) mimics Carmen’s from the original almost to a tee.  The effects are definitely cheaper this time around, but it works because the movie itself is, well…..cheap.  God bless the 80’s though, because it was acceptable to be and look cheap back then, especially in horror movies.  Therein lies the charm, my friends.  And Demons 2 is full of it.  Charm that is.

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Great Moments In Horror Hair History: Tawny Kitaen In ‘Witchboard’ (1986)

In the still of the night I hear the wolf howl, honey – sniffin’ around your door!!!!!”  Sorry, I had to get my quick Whitesnake karaoke fix in written form considering I’m about to do a story about Tawny Kitaen who was famous for sexing it up in their videos.  We’re strictly talking hair here though, which in many ways can be equally as sexy.  In 1986, Tawny and her ginger locks starred in Kevin Tenney’s underrated horror flick, Witchboard.

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Breathtaking.  When Tawny wasn’t fighting off the powers of an evil Ouija board in the movie, she was flaunting her 80’s hair around like nobody’s business. And what a mesmerizing mane it was.  It’s not everyday that hair takes center stage over a murderous Ouija board, but in this case it did.  And I for one, had no complaints at all.  So with that being said, I can easily announce that Tawny Kitaen’s hair in Witchboard was a Great Moment In Horror Hair History!  Now let’s reminisce and watch her have some fun on top of some automobiles.

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Steamroller Death’ From ‘Maximum Overdrive’ (1986)

There is a problem that is plaguing the world that no one seems to want to talk about.  And that problem is:  Steamrollers.  Not just any kind of steamroller though, because that would be boring.  I’m talking about the kind of steamrollers that are able to operate on their own and hunt down small kids who play Little League baseball and then run them over.

On this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday, I’m taking a trip to Stephen King’s first and only time in the director’s chair.  It’s all about Maximum Overdrive and even though Mr. King should definitely stick to writing and leave the directing to someone else, he sure knows how to film a kid getting squashed by a maniacal steamroller.  Feast your eyes below and pour some liquor out for that little guy while you’re at it.