I have searched all over the internet trying to find the title to four movies I caught on T.V. when I was younger. I found the answer to the first – TOBE HOOPER‘s INVADERS FROM MARS (I always remember the people getting sucked down into the vortexes of sand). But I can’t find the answer to these other three. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much.
In the first movie, I remember a group of people, possibly older teenagers, in a room that has a television and an evil-looking man appears on the television, maybe to give them directions or taunt them or something. The room might have been some type of mausoleum or something, as I seem to remember there being a coffin in the room, and I think there was a lot of dry ice fog. The only other thing I remember is that I think the rest of the movie is simply the people getting killed in the house in various ways. The movie was very dark and I think one scene was of someone getting crushed to death by a floating coffin, maybe? I think somebody may have fallen down the stairs as well.
The second movie I remember even less. The main thing I remember was that a nurse was trying to kill some students in a high school and she killed one student by throwing a pole vaulting pole that had a sharpened end a very long distance and killing a student in front of some lockers.
Finally, the last movie was featured on Svengoolie. I’ve looked at the list of movies that have been featured on Svengoolie, but none seem to match this. It was an older movie about an artist who killed people and hid the bodies in these large, reddish monster sculptures he made. I remember the sculptures were very mottled in appearance.
That’s all I remember! If anyone can help I would really appreciate it!
UNK SEZ: I’m pretty confident that the first one you mentioned is FRIGHTMARE a.k.a THE HORROR STAR from 1982. The film’s villain makes an appearance at his own funeral via a taped message on a television, a woman is smashed under a coffin AND dry ice abounds everywhere. Check out the detailed synopsis over at HYSTERIA LIVES and check out the trailer below…
…As for the second film you mentioned I’ll let Aunt John handle that one, it’s one of his favorite movies of all time!
AUNT JOHN SEZ: Mike, I can say with the utmost certainty that your second trauma stems from the 1982 all-star slasher spoof PANDEMONIUM. Unfortunately, this chestnut has never made it to DVD and I can’t seem to find my VHS copy anywhere here in the Kindertrauma Castle to grab the scene you are talking about. Anyhows, here’s the trailer:
And here’s another classic scene with CAROL KANE, EILEEN BRENNAN, and some dirty pillows:
UNK SEZ: The third film you’re looking for sounds a lot like ROGER CORMAN‘s BUCKET OF BLOOD but you mentioned red clay and that one is in black and white. If the trailer below doesn’t ring a bell, maybe one of our knowledgeable readers has a better guess?
UPDATE: Although FRIGHTMARE is correct, Mike tells us that the second film he was looking for was actually FATAL GAMES from 1984 (kudos to reader Magired for solving that one!). He has also confirmed that the third film is 1973’s SCREAM PRETTY PEGGY, thanks go to our old pal Senski of HEART IN A JAR for figuring that one out (and Craig for backing him up!). Thanks to all who helped Mike solve his trio of mysteries, check out the comments for further details!-UNK