It has been a couple of weeks since I have given my psychotic shout out to films that celebrate the kray-kray! So it is time to bring to light several of those tales of twisted and demented delights that only the truly up-in-the-minds can appreciate. These films focus on the persona’s of the depraved and homicidal. Check them and out and let this Saturday be a truly Psychotic Saturday!
1. The Last Horror Film (1982)
Vinny is obsessed with famous actress Jana Bates and is determined to have her star in his movie. He travels to the Cannes Film Festival in France to try and convince her. Unfortunately, he goes about things in a rather unprofessional manner and people involved with Jana Bates begin to disappear. “The Last Horror Film” was directed by David Winters and stars Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, Judd Hamilton and Devin Goldenberg.
2. Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)
In New Orleans a serial killer wearing a welder's mask strikes during the Mardi Gras festival. He goes into a bar and asks for the "most evil" prostitute he can find. He then takes her to a basement where he ties her up and cuts off her limbs and genitals. He then kills more prostitutes to get their hearts to sacrifice to an ancient Aztec goddess. A policeman who uses a prostitute as a lover and source of information then hunts down the killer based on her tips. Directed by Jack Weis and stars Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo and Laura Misch Owens.
3. The Zodiac Killer (1971)
The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent, truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop? Directed by Tom Hanson and stars Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch, Tom Pittman and Bertha Dahl.
4. Three On A Meathook (1972)
Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens, but the father helps his son as he has in the past. When the boy meets a girl and begins falling in love, the father worries about a repeat performance. Directed by William Girdler and stars Charles Kissinger, James Carroll Pickett, Sherry Steiner and Linda Thompson.
5. The Fiend / Beware My Brethren (1972)
Led by a sinister minister, a controlling religious sect called the Brethren has taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a spiraling descent into madness and murder. No woman is safe when Kenny's religious mania overpowers him and leads to a rampage of carnage and chaos! Directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Patrick Magee, Tony Beckley, Percy Herbert and Madeleine Hinde.
6. Welcome To Arrow Beach (1974)
A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to some very strange goings-on. Directed by Laurence Harvey and starring Laurence Harvey, Joanna Pettet, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland and Meg Foster.