Psychotronic Films You Should Watch

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

A*P*E
A parody of King Kong — in particular the 1976 Dino De Laurentiis blockbuster. People always get confused thinking that filmmakers were trying to make great films when they were just taking the piss at what they saw as pretentious filmmakers. This is a film you really have to see.
Attack of the Puppet People
A Bert I Gordon classic: a desperately lonely doll maker shrinks people to doll size so that he will never be lonely. Eventually, the dolls attempt to escape.
Demolition Man
It’s a big-budget Joel Silver action film. But it is filled with so much wit and charm, you can’t help but love it. And we answer the ultimate question: what ever happened to Spartan’s daughter? Admit it: you want to know!
Lady Frankenstein
An early 1970s take on the old classic. A surprisingly good and creepy film. Made in Italy, it even stars Joseph Cotten. It’s a film you’ll want to watch more than once. In addition to discussing the film, I provide a time-stamp table comparing the short and long versions.

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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