Flashback

That Time Tom Savini Set Letterman’s Hand on Fire, Brought Texas Chainsaw 2 FX…

On episode 74 of The Bloodcast, I told of a story about how I was “inspired” by Tom Savini’s appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman which led me to try my own “fire effect” in high school. Good times. That Savini appearance I spoke of happened in ’87, but it wasn’t the first time the maestro of gore stopped by Letterman’s show. Savini was welcomed on in 1986, the year Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 hit theaters and the year his Scream Greats Vol. 1 hit VHS.

Savini proved to be a fun guest, trotting out his gruesome creations from TCM 2 for a live studio audience – not to mention a late-night television viewers! – to gawk at (“This is just sickening, isn’t it!” Letterman says).

1984 Flashback! Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Turns 30!

A birthday snuck by us! Yesterday – April 13th – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (the fourth film in the long-running slasher series) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Hailed by many as the best installment in the franchise, the film was directed by Joseph Zito, starred Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover and Kimberly Beck and introduced horror fans to Tommy Jarvis, a character who would resurface a few times in the series. To celebrate this birthday, let’s reflect with some videos. Does The Final Chapter? rank as your favorite in the series?

1983 Flashback! Siskel & Ebert Skewer Horror Sequels!

Research yields some fun stuff on YouTube and while sifting through information for a future article, I happened upon this “worst movies of 1983” episode of Siskel & Ebert in which the two popular film critics destroy two 3D horror films that were released that year. Care to guess which ones?

Two things: I love looking back on old Siskel and Ebert reviews. Second, this hails from a time when film critics took no issue with citing the “worst” films of the year. That has significantly changed in the film critic circles, especially those in the online community, that feel pooling “worst” lists is insensitive to the craft and hard work that goes into making movies.

Friday the 13th Flashback! Commander USA’s Intro for Part 3!

Now this brings me back. Way back. A little something fun to share with you this weekend. It’s the intro to Commander USA’s Groovie Movies when Friday the 13th Part III aired on the USA Network.

This clip features the whole 10 minute intro even comes with commercials, making this an extra vintage treat.

1985 Flashback! That Time Vincent Price Looked Back on The Exorcist, Frankenstein

?Hey, remember when Vincent Price was hired to play host to a few horror-related segments on Entertainment Tonight? I don’t, but apparently he did back in 1985. That was when the evening, long-running entertainment show decided to reflecting on the “masters of horror” and enlisted Price to carry audiences through a series of retrospectives.

1988 Flashback! Check Out This ET Preview of Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & The…

Poking around online doing some research, I came across this video on YouTube which is Entertainment Tonight previewing the summer movies of 1988 like The Blob and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4!

The piece features interviews exclusive to ET and some fun behind-the-scenes footage. See Kevin Dillon (Entourage) really sell why he wanted to star in The Blob and listen to Justin Klarebeck of Dream Quest Image talk about the FX of Nightmare 4. The video also hints that we’ll see something about Phantasm II, but there’s no actual footage.