Psychotronic Films You Should Watch

This page will be an increasing list of the films that we’ve written about here.

A*P*E

Producers: KM Yeung and Paul Leder
Director: Paul Leder
Screenwriters: Paul Leder and Reuben A Leder
Starring: Rod Arrants, Joanna Kerns, and Lee Nak-hoon

Summary: Parody of King Kong.

See: Writing About A*P*E

Attack of the Puppet People

Producer: Bert I Gordon
Director: Bert I Gordon
Screenwriter: George Worthing Yates (story by Bert I Gordon)
Starring: John Hoyt, John Agar, June Kenney, Michael Mark, and Jack Kosslyn

Summary: A desperately lonely doll maker shrinks people to doll size so that he will never be lonely. Eventually, the dolls attempt to escape.

See: Writing About Attack of the Puppet People

Bloody Mallory

Producers: Oliver Delbosc, Eric Jehelmann, and Marc Missonnier
Director: Julien Magnat
Screenwriters: Julien Magnat and Stéphane Kazandjian (from an original idea by Julien Magnat)
Starring: Olivia Bonamy, Adria Collado, Jeff Ribler, Valentina Vargas, Laurent Spielvogel, Julien Boisselier, and Thylda Barès.

Summary: French demon fighters go in search of kidnapped pope. They are led by Mallory who unknowingly married a demon and then killed him on their wedding night. As a result, she has been corrupted by Evil blood, which she must face in this silly, but oddly profound, fun ride.

See: Writing About Bloody Mallory

Bubba Ho-Tep

Producers: Jason R Savage and Don Coscarelli
Director: Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli (from Joe R Lansdale’s novella)
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce, Bob Ivy, and Daniel Roebuck.

Summary: The real Elvis changes places with an Elvis impersonator. Decades later he finds himself in a retirement where a black man who believes he is JFK fight a mummy that is feeding off the souls at the home. It makes more sense than you would think.

See: Writing About Bubba Ho-Tep

Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

Producer: George Barry
Director: George Barry
Screenwriter: George Barry

Summary: A bed is possessed by a demon — or something. Art film mascaraing as horror. A must see.

See: Writing About Death Bed: The Bed That Eats

Elvira Movies

Producers: various
Director: various
Screenwriter: Cassandra Peterson, John Paragon, Sam Egan
Starring: Elvira

Summary: two films starring Elvira — comedic horror at its best.

See: Elvira Movies

Horrors of Spider Island

Producers: Gaston Hakim and Wolf C Hartwig
Director: Fritz Böttger
Screenwriter: Fritz Böttger
Starring: Alexander D’Arcy, Helga Franck, Harald Maresch, and Barbara Valentin.

Summary: a dance troupe gets stranded on an island with a large spider. Man turned monster threatens the rest of the female cast. Mostly, a lot of women in their underwear engage in catfights. Better than it sounds..

See: Writing About Horrors of Spider Island

Ishtar

Producer: Warren Beatty
Director: Elaine May
Screenwriter: Elaine May
Starring: Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani, Charles Grodin, and Jack Weston.

Summary: Silly, sweet film about two incompetent songwriters who get caught up in international intrigue while working in Morocco.

See: Writing About Ishtar

Krippendorf’s Tribe

Producer: Larry Brezner
Director: Todd Holland
Screenwriter: Charlie Peters (based on the Frank Parkin novel)

Summary: Screwball comedy about an anthropologist who heals his family’s pain at the loss of their mother by inventing a New Guinea tribe.

See: Writing About Krippendorf’s Tribe

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Creator: Jeff Rice
Producers: Dan Curtis, Cy Chermak, and Paul Playdon
Director: Various (Notable: Don Weis, Allen Baron, Alex Grasshoff, Don McDougall)
Screenwriters: Various (Notable: Richard Matheson, David Chase, L Ford Neale & John Huff)
Starring: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, and many others

Summary: stories of an old style newspaper man who is constantly uncovering bizarre stories that always get suppressed.

See: Writing About Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Night Gallery

Creator: Rod Serling
Producers: Jack Laird and William Sackheim
Director: Various (Notable: Jeannot Szwarc, Jeff Corey, Gene Kearney, Jack Laird, Jerrold Freedman, John Badham, Steven Spielberg, John Astin)
Screenwriters: Various (Notable: Rod Serling, Jack Laird, Gene Kearney, Alvin Sapinsley, Halsted Welles, Richard Matheson)
Starring: Various

Summary: a horror television series featuring between one and four stories per episode. It ran from 1969 through 1973 with a total of 44 episodes, most of them hour long.

See: Writing About Night Gallery

Omega Doom

Producers: Gary Schmoeller and Tom Karnowski
Director: Albert Pyun
Screenwriters: Albert Pyun and Ed Naha
Starring: Rutger Hauer, Anna Katarina, and Norbert Weisser

Summary: A post-apocalyptic remake of Yojimbo. A badass robot, Omega Doom, walks into a town caught in the middle of a war between two rival robot gangs. Omega Doom sets the gangs against each other freeing the town.

See: Writing About Omega Doom

The President’s Analyst

Producer: Stanley Rubin
Director: Theodore J Flicker
Screenwriters: Theodore J Flicker
Starring: James Coburn, Godfrey Cambridge, Severn Darden, Pat Harrington, Walter Burke, and William Daniels.

Summary: a psychiatrist becomes the president’s analyst but finds he can’t take it and runs away. Spies the world over go looking for him Funny social satire.

See: Writing About The President’s Analyst

Robot Monster

Producer: Phil Tucker
Director: Phil Tucker
Screenwriter: Wyott Ordung

Summary: Typical 1950s B sci-fi film, but with a gorilla in a diving helmet as the monster.

See: Writing About Robot Monster

Roger Corman Poe

Producers: Roger Corman, James H Nicholson, and Samuel Z Arkoff
Director: Roger Corman
Screenwriters: Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell, R Wright Campbell, Robert Towne, and Paul Mayersberg
Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson

Summary: eight films mostly based on Poe stories. All excellent.

See: Writing About Roger Corman Poe Cycle

Space: 1999

Creator: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
Producers: Gerry Anderson (Executive Producer); Sylvia Anderson (Year One), Fred Freiberger (Year Two)
Director: Various (Notable: Charles Crichton and Val Guest)
Screenwriters: Various (Notable: Johnny Byrne, Terence Feely, Fred Freiberger, Donald James, Christopher Penfold, and Anthony Terpiloff)
Starring: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Barry Morse, and Catherine Schell

Summary: a group of people are stranded on Moonbase Alpha after an explosion throws the Moon out of Earth’s gravity, traveling through the universe visiting various planets along the way.

See: Writing About Space: 1999

Turbo Kid

Producers: Anne-Marie Gélinas, Ant Timpson, Benoit Beaulieu, and Tim Riley
Directors: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Screenwriters: Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffery, and Michael Ironside.

Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world, a teenager must survive with the help of a “friend robot” Apple and arm wrestling champion Frederic as they fight against authoritarian leader Zeus.

See: Writing About Turbo Kid

The Twilight Zone

Producer: Rod Serling
Directors: various
Screenwriters: Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, others
Starring: many

Summary: Science fiction and fantasy episodes. Every episode stands alone.

See: Writing About The Twilight Zone

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