Nerveo-Rama at the Toledo DIs Aug 17, 1979 plus State of the Screen

•March 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment


It has been a long time since I posted something here, and it’s mainly due to actually trying to get some internet based contacts and even trying to spark up a Facebook page. for you, here’s a great four film show of Horror flicks that are pretty damn cool together for a good Summer night out!

This seriously is almost like the three film show in the Metro Detroit area around the same time I wrote about a while back, but there are a couple of major changes. The Toledo and Detroit shows both had The Hills Have Eyes and The People Who Own the Dark, but in the Glass City, there was a four flick feast that included The New House on the Left which might have been maybe Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood, which has been retitled a number of times or more likely The Night Train Murders, and Alice Sweet Alice, which already had a small cult reputation thanks to the slight appearance of Brooke Shields.

The Free Funeral gimmick was not used in the Toledo area as well, but there was free coffee or at the Parkside Corn on the Cob and Watermelon!

Once again, seriously, be on the lookout for a Facebook page and possibly more to come! Stay tuned.

Let’s Hear it for the CHEERING SECTION!!!…and see them go to the Devil with SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS!!! Detroit Metro Area, 1978

•March 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Just before the “Blizzard of 1978″ seriously hit the Metro area, Harry (brother of William!) Kerwin’s Cheering Section hit the Detroit Metro area with 1/20/78 being it’s first Friday. Distributed through Dimension Pictures in one of it’s final years of being a strong Independent (Skin-Dependent!) film company. Although not in this ad (it was the Detroit News, so expect a little prudishness in the 76-82 ads from there), the reported tagline was that “They put the F and U and N in FUN” obviously with the F and U being potentially offensive to maybe a reader somewhere…maybe. Of course, the programming focus was at few Drive Ins were open at the time ready to play that film and the flick that was a re-titled print of Kerwin’s other Dimension flick, deadbeat, which seriously was 180 different from what the ads showed as it was a Rape and Brotherly Revenge flick with an appearance by the one and only William Kerwin himself.

You could see them, but you could also catch The Guy From Harlem at the Adams and Norwest, too! then again, if you’re sane, you might just want to stay home and catch the Late Show…maybe, unless if you have that too hot for her parents date or still having the jones to catch yet another Cheerleader flick (which, if you’re reading this, you’re possibly that type!)

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Greydon Clark’s Satan’s Cheerleaders played the Metro Area on 7/8/77, Distributed through World Amusements, and was one of the most mentioned films of the 70′s Exploitation history just for the title alone although it’s rating history from getting a PG to a more bankable R is a good piece of trivia. You have to admit that some of the sights are pretty nice to look at and the lame jokes that are a must for these films might give you a chuckle. With stars like John Ireland as the Sheriff B.L. Bubb (Drum roll, please!) and Jack Kruschen as the Janitor who is made fun of my our cute group who wants to show the Cheerleaders a “Hell” of a good time at an alter with his wife (Yvonne De Carlo) helping out, there’s not much of a chance that this is going to go into Schoolgirl Report fun and games, but it’s a nice time waster at the Drive In.

Come on, you can’t resist this!!! Cheesy Disco Music, cute women, classic stars slumming it, John Carradine…it may not be Drive In Double Platinum, but it’s like a decent soda that needed a little something extra from the back seat cooler to make it go down good. Sadly, in the Metro Area, it was teamed up with the very tame Weekend With the Babysitter, making it a major miss for the Bel Air, Blue Sky, and Holiday although the Grand Circus Downtown Detroit had it with Mean Johnny Burrows and the Jolly roger DI had it with at least The Teacher – you would have had better luck with Ruby with To the Devil a Daughter at a number of other theaters that weekend…but that was just the first sighting.

The film also got a mention in the Satanic Panic book Satanism Today by James R Lewis.

Here is a clip of the “Virgin Sacrifice”!

According to Shock Cinema #29′s interview with Clark, he likes the film and it was the one where the budget went to to $75,000 due to getting some stars that some viewers might have been familiar with. Although it is an official PG, it was one of the few films that had to be re-rated to get an R that meant more $$$ at the Drive Ins, this is where the re-issue comes in.

Fast forward to 9/22/78…

In the wonderful world of classic Exploitation, even if the film failed to make that much of an impression, it always had a second chance to win the audience. Teaming up Satan’s Cheerleaders with Cheering Section with an updated tagline and adding Cherry Hill High to the program, things turned a little more focused. Alex Goitein’s film about a bunch of Cheerleaders trying to lose it was perfect Drive In fare and was one of the examples of sleazy Late 70′s Cannon before the company went into their Golan and Globus era of The 80′s. Sadly, this only hit two DIs in the area

B-Horror Class-Sick The House of Exorcism, the first Run Detroit Toledo connection, 1976

•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

B-Horror Class-Sick The House of Exorcism, the first Run Detroit Toledo connection, 1976

From it’s very artistic beginnings as Lisa and the Devil, the classic Mario Bava film that went nowhere in an exploitation driven market, The House of Exorcism played very well in the B houses and Drive Ins thorough the next couple of years. The Telly Savalas/Elke Sommer film may have it’s critics with Bava fans and rightfully so as it cheapened the classic original cut, but to B Movie fans it is a very good example of what happened after The Exorcist. Distributed through Peppercorn-Wormser in The US, this had quite a sales program.

On 6/27/76, this is what it was like in the Metro Area Hard Tops:
W/ Devil’s Nightmare (remember what I said about this being a popular B?) – Adams, Norwest, Northgate, Quo Vadis.

W/Race With the Devil – Camelot
W/ Nightmare in Wax (yes, the old Crown-released 1969 film) – Wyandotte Annex

Metro Area Drive Ins:
W/ Devil’s Nightmare – Bel Air, Blue Sky, Wayne, and Westside
W/ Race With the Devil – Jolly Roger
W/ The House That Dripped Blood and Asylum – Mount Clemens

In the next week, it was only at the Adams, showing that after Beyond the Door, you could tell that Exorcist style films were starting to go on their way out, especially after Warners re-issed the original article for a successful 1976 run.

In the Toledo Area, it only received a small play, but it was at the Colony, that favorite place for Horror films before it’s 1981 closing, with it’s Friday being 7/30. It only lasted one week.

Later on, it would hit the Detroit Area again for the Halloween season at the Fox, earning a very small mention in the Detroit News’ Halloween movie report “For Telly Savalas fans”. It’s B was the Night Child, fittingly enough as it was a VFI release.

Later it would hit the Franklin Park DI in Toledo on 11/26 with Last House on the Left.

It would play as a B now and then after that, creating a very small cult for the film.

Hte regional trailer featuring Donn Davison.

Beyond the Door – an Early 1976 Detroit Second Run Play

•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Beyond the Door - an Early 1976 Detroit Play

Just a small post-script to the last post with a Second Run for the then-popular Beyond the Door which did some good business in the Detroit area originally, although my research for the Metro area is from 1976 due to the resources. On Feb. 1, 1976, Beyond the Door was still playing the Detroit area, and in this case right at the heart of Downtown in the Grand Circus Park area at the Palms with another 70′s Possession hit, 1974′s Dimension-Distributed Abby. Later on, Beyond the Door will be paired off with FVI’s other possessed flick, The Night Child.

B-Horror Classic Beyond the Door – How It Played the Toledo Area, 1975

•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment


A new feature is about to be tested at the Scene – How It Played. My Test Area of Toledo is somewhere I like to use for the answer is usually short and sweet enough for practice. Following up on Manson and Blood Feast, here’s Beyond the Door, a film that has been always been seen as a rip of The Exorcist, but in my eyes it’s more of a Rosemary’s Baby wanna be than anything else.

On 8/15/75, thinking that the Wed. of that week had to be 8/13 (this was back when “Start” days were in the middle of the week if I’m correct…I research Fridays due to the Midnight Movies on weekends) the Juliet Mills starring shocker first appeared in Toledo at the Colony, always the best place for a Horror film to be played in the Glass City once the major screens passed it up. In a way, it was seen as the dumping ground for the film the Indoor Franklin Park cinema passed onto that place near the Secor/Central corner – it also played the iconic Halloween on it’s first run in the area!

The film was Distributed in The States through the Atlanta-based Film Ventures Inc., who were about to move to LA soon after this and the success of Grizzly. It was directed by Monte Hellman and Robert Barrett while Produced by Ovdio G Assonitis. Although FVI won the US argument against Warner Brothers over the alleged ripping off of The Exorcist, reportedly the Italian wing payed in 1979 (I have to get my Boxoffice Magazine notes for that story).

In this part of a Cinefear interview with Donn Davison, who worked for FVI back in the day, he mentions about the film.


By 9/6, after a very successful run, you could see it with The Devil’s Wedding Night, Distributed through Dimension. Although it was a long run, the audience was starting to thin out and a Double Feature was brought in to at least save it’s final week playing there. Directed by Luigi Batzilla, and possibly the best known of his career although trash film fiends also known him for SS Hell Camp and the one and only Nude For Satan, plus reportedly Co-directed by Cult Legend Joe D’Amato, it was a perfect Double for Beyond the Door.


By 9/20, the Jesse James and Parkside DIs were playing it with one of the all time Favorite Second Features, the one and only Devil’s Nightmare from 1971 with Erika Blanc! Distributed through Hemisphere in it’s next to final round (the last days in my opinion were all of those European Tickets to Hell plus one of those Mysteries of the Universe films this time with William Shatner hosting). Directed by Jean Brismee, from what one knows the last film on the resume, it would go onto play as a second feature quite a bit.

NMD Presents Perverted Trio That’s Your Ticket to Hell (but You Don’t Care!) – Detroit Area 10/29/76

•February 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

NMD Presents Perverted Trio That's Your Ticket to Hell (but You Don't Care!) - Detroit Area 10/29/76

Aaaaaaah, The 70′s!!! A decade that may have had some of the worst music to ever top the charts, but also some of the most sleaziest films to play outside! A lot of those films are seriously in the category of flicks that will send you straight to hell in today’s time and place considering the subject matter even if you know damn well that the ladies on display are clearly of age.

NMD was the company of one Nick Demetroules who used to work for Jerry Gross’ early years but decided to get into the game himself. In a way, you could see the reasons – owning your own show instead of working with a visionary Exploitation Salesman who might have been a headache to work with after all those years and also just keeping to the Burger, Fries, Drink of the still ready to program sleaze-a-ramas that played the Drive Ins and second division theaters through The 70′s before something called Star Wars killed the fun and games – no dismissal of that epic flick, but you knew that it was the one after Jaws to start a bigger budgeted and more family-ready game in American Cinema.

The history of NMD reads like a small fraction of 70′s Sleaze Cinema:
Invasion of the Blood Farmers – Ed “Blond on a Bum Trip” Adlum’s failed low budget Horror

The Co Ed Murders – The 1979 Pick-Up Re-Issue of Massimo Dallamano’s Cult Classic if Italian Sin-ema better known as What Have They Done To Your Daughters when released by Peppercorn-Wormser back in ’77.

The New Adventures of Snow White – The 1979 Re-issue of Cinemation’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales for Adults.

Plus, not even wrapping it up but topping almost everything it released, these three Drive In favorites all in one show that’s possibly the best of the lot!

The first to be released in this trio was Anton Holden’s (remember him from Aroused?) infamous Teenage Tramp, which got rated circa 5/72 as an R and starred Robin Lane who went from Dark Shadows to this and Incoming Freshmen. Teenage Hitchhikers was reportedly released in the Summer of 1975, Directed by Gerri Sedley. Naughty School Girls was released by NMD in 1976 after a small run as The Blazer Girls through Levitt-Pickman in 1975 and brought to the Drive Ins later in the year.

TOLEDO NOTE: Starting with this, I will plan to fuse together a Detroit-Toledo connection that shows how these films traveled between the two cities. In this case: A little earlier before this Metro Detroit Drive In appearance on 10/15/76, the Toledo area had only Naughty Schoolgirls and Teenage Tramp at the Miracle Mile and Maumee Drive Ins.

Swiss Exploitation with a High Creep Level (and a US Sales Gimmick)! The Molesters plays The Esquire, Toledo May 8, 1964

•February 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Swiss Exploitation with a High Creep Level (and a US Sales Gimmick)! The Molesters plays The Esquire, Toledo May 8, 1964

Sittlichkeitsverbrecher was the original title of this film and Franz Schnyder was it’s Director. This was one his last films, which seemed to be trying to make some kind of film that would travel outside of Switzerland after years of various movies that only did any kind of business in his native country, and it could be said that this serious film was also made with New York’s 42′nd Street sleaze halls in mind. According to Something weird Video, the US version also has added footage of Darlene Bennett with a whip attacking Gigi Darlene – adding footage to sleaze was certainly a common practice back then.

There was a time when a lot of sick topics were all over the Exploitation map, several of them not being the kind you really want to see. The advertising for this film may have promised something more on the line of Olga’s House of Shame, those who seen the trailer knew that this was going to be a different ride all together, although sadly it was not going to be a pretty picture. Picked up by the one-film Aristocrat Films in The US, this was a Dramatic look at the procedures of INTERPOL and the capture of sex offenders…while choosing stuff that would bring in those offenders in the theater! Yikes! No wonder why there was a “Stranger Danger” Safeguard Whistle as the gimmick…obviously 1,000 women did not choose to see the film, I guess.

Only in The 60′s that a film about this sordid topic would aim for both the Arthouse and Grindhouse, but in Toledo, it just went down to the Grind at the Esquire, which would later be known for it’s Adult films after 1969. In The 70′s, all pretense was thrown out and the Exploitation was packed frame to frame, making this one of the more serious films that brought a strong creepiness to the table.

The Gayety was playing House on Bare Mountain and the Westwood was playing the Tony Perkins/Orson Wells showcase The Trail, so it was up to another theater to play something like this. The whistle for the first 1,000 women who saw this was clearly a good idea, considering the type of people who might want to see this films.

As you can tell, the film was a fail, playing one week (or sometimes two week) engagements with a subject that was pretty repulsive for areas that were not in New York. The Black and White style was perfect for the ugliness and occasional campy humor – check out the courtroom scene about the “Raspberry Mole” being the major clue to capturing one of those ultra creeps! Throw in possibly some influence through the classic film M, and some attempts at courtroom Drama, and there you have it.

Considering the Stranger Danger all through this film, the US Distribution company decided to promote it with a more familiar kind of image.


Checking on the IMDb, most of the actors here would only have this film on their listing…sometimes I can understand the reason. You really don’t want to have a character like a victim like these as your first role.


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