FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

May 8, 2014

Please excuse me while I old everywhere

I spent some time yesterday using my Personal Computer like a microfiche, searching newspaper archives of my hometown slice o' southeastern Connecticut for horror movie ads. I don't know why, really, but these are the kinds of things I do. It was terribly exciting, although not as exciting as using an actual microfiche. But then, what is? Maybe chewing a cinnamon-flavored gum, but I wouldn't know as I prefer mints.

Anyway, I found a whole bunch and ugh, there were horror movies everywhere back then. I know I saw most of fact, that Poltergeist drive-in show was the one where I made my mom take me to the concession stand after the face-peeling scene because I was so sure I was gonna barf. And geeez, a two-theater theater showing only Friday the 13th and The Changeling?? The days, those sure were them.


Chris Otto said...

1. This was a trap! Clearly THE CARE BEARS MOVIE II advertisement was the most terrifying thing in this lineup.

2. I miss newspaper movie ads.

Anonymous said...

I'm part of what seems to be a whole generation for whom Stripes was the first R rated movie seen in the theater.

I think the only R rated movies I snuck into as a tween were teenage comedies and the odd war movie. All my R rated horror watching was on cable.

W.B. Kelso said...

As a Public Service Announcement (and a totally shameless plug) for those of you, like me, who miss the days of vintage movie newspaper ads please check out the new and improved Scenes from the Morgue.

Of particular interest, our Slasher Marathon:  Stalk 'n' SlashCinema.

W.B. Kelso said...

As far as mismatched double-features go, I believe the oddest I found so far in the Morgue is either the Drive-In Combos of THE EXORCIST and John Wayne's CAHILL: U.S. MARSHALL, ELVIS ON TOUR and NIGHT OF THE LEPUS, and most mind-boggling of all, a two-punch combo of MAN FROM DEEP RIVER and CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

JugendZ said...

Fuck this shit. I just realized the local newspaper doesn't have movie ads anymore. I used to wait the whole week for Friday paper to get my scissors on them and now I'm told there haven't been any in over ten years. If I still ordered the paper I'd quit it.

John K. said...

I love these old ads. How fantastic that studios used to care about the artwork used to promote a film in a newspaper...those days are gone.