Wacko (1982)

I Saw a Film! And it's a surprisingly good spoof of a slasher film from schlock-master Greydon Clark, who produced a few films that made Mystery Science Theater 3000 history. It's definitely got a lot of crude humor, and there are a lot of very low-brow jokes, but there's such a range, and so many…

Foxtrot (1976)

I Saw A Film! Half expecting a battlefield war film (my initial reference for Foxtrot was military radio talk for F), I was mildly surprised to realize it was more of a "stranded on a desert isle" sort of film but, wrapped around fleeing the middle of Europe during WWII. Which, I'd have to say…

Top Secret! (1984)

I Saw A Film! Now this is how you do an irreverent, all in, comedy. A couple days ago I watched and lamented the sad lack of humor in Transylvania 6-5000 which was made right around the time this excellent war spoof was put together. Do all the jokes land? No! But there are so…

Black Flag Live (1984)

I Saw A Film! This is just a straight up concert film, mostly a single camera angle from the heyday of Black Flag, by this time in their third or fourth, but many will argue, best iteration. It was right around the time friends and I saw them, and having never actually seen images of…

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

I Saw A Film! Jeff Goldblum (one of the creepy rapists in Death Wish) and Ed Begley Jr. (Maria Bamford's dad on Lady Dynamite) are sent by Norman Fell (the landlord in The Graduate) to write a crap story for a crap newspaper in Transylvania, which is inhabited by John Byner, the ever cute Carol…

Fear City (1984)

I Saw A Film! A kind of excuse to show off naked ladies and have a thriller, with a killer on the loose, with a sort of karate vs. boxing match for the finale. I often remark that people who enjoy these sorts of action films, that culminate in some variety of fist-fight, but don't…

City of the Living Dead (1980)

I Saw A Film! At best an Italian village, really. A town of folks with very red eyes loses a priest to suicide by hanging and slowly, very slowly, late-night-insomnia-slowly, develops a kind of undead problem. Christopher George, forever the Rat Patrol dude, is a crusty journalist investigating, or so it seems, a pair of…

The Last Shark (1981)

I Saw A Film! Italian Jaws! with Vic Morrow as the requisite "Quint" character and James Franciscus the father of a cute daughter involved with the wind-surfers. We spend a lot of time studying the remains of the one surfboard bitten in half, scene after scene showing off the teethmarks. Then we look at pictures…

Season of the Witch (1972)

I Saw A Film! Here we have a George Romero film following up on the heels of cheap zombie success. This is also a very cheaply made film, relying heavily on musical tension and snapping awake from unnerving dream sequences. It is the story of a sad housewife abused by husband, lured by the promises…

The Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

I Saw A Film! Another stylish Italian murder fantasy involving gorgeous lady victims and a distracting soundtrack with loads of strings and pounded pianos. Even the homes of these ladies are fantastic, crazy split levels, with huge open floor plans and lots of art. The killer, as is required, doesn't just kill but torments as…