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  • The Night They Took Miss Beautiful

    The Night They Took Miss Beautiful

    ★★½

    Talk about stacking the deck. It isn’t melodramatic enough that the bad guys in THE NIGHT THEY TOOK MISS BEAUTIFUL hijack a handful of sexy beauty pageant finalists, but one of the passengers just happens to be carrying a deadly bacteria developed as a biological weapon!

    Though director Robert Michael Lewis (PRAY FOR THE WILDCATS) said years later that he hated the film and didn’t want to make it, he sure had an eye for casting the leading ladies: pre-DALLAS…

  • Class of '74

    Class of '74

    ★★★

    General Film Corporation, an independent distributor co-owned by former PERRY MASON producer Arthur Marks, got its start by releasing this mild exploitation drama, which bears directing credits for Marks and Mack Bing (ALL THE LOVING COUPLES). THE CLASS OF ‘74 was no standard collaboration, however. Marks purchased the rights to Bing’s sexploitation movie GABRIELLA, GABRIELLA, wrote a new script around some of the scenes, brought back a few of the actors (including star Barbara Mills), hired some new actors with…

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  • Action U.S.A.

    Action U.S.A.

    ★★★★½

    Only watch this if you love car chases, car jumps, car explosions, car smashes, and burning men.

  • Invasion of the Star Creatures

    Invasion of the Star Creatures

    ½

    Goddamn this wretched science fiction comedy created by a pair of Roger Corman actors. Jonathan Haze, the star of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, wrote the story and screenplay, which was originally titled MONSTERS FROM NICHOLSON MESA as a tribute to AIP head honcho James H. Nicholson. Bruno ve Sota, whose Corman credits include A BUCKET OF BLOOD and THE WASP WOMAN, directed the film, his third and last as a director. INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES is worse than any…