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"When A Stranger Calls" is unequivocally the most frightening movie that "After Dark" magazine has ever seen. I didn't know magazines attended movies, so this was a learning experience for me. September 1979, Pittsburgh, PA
"The Legacy" opened in the US a whole year after the UK release, which I don't really understand. "The Amityville Horror" was out at the same time, which means Pittsburghers had to choose which moustache they were going to see, Sam Elliott or James Brolin. "The Amityville Horror" has "Don't Open The Window" as a co-feature and a couple other good screamers, too. September 1979
The director of "Shock Waves" and "Eyes of a Stranger" brings us "King Frat", a farting contest movie that might have been inspired by "Animal House". Some of the drive-in co-features were interesting, including "Last House on the Left Part II" - which was sometimes "Bay of Blood" and sometimes "Night Train Murders". A lovely exploitation grab bag, if you will. August 1979, Pittsburgh, PA
"Asylum" is back in the Burgh in its edited form as "House of Crazies", paired with "Beast in the Cellar" for an interesting double feature at one drive-in. The other offerings aren't too shabby either. November 1979, Pittsburgh, PA
"Windows", not a Bill Gates film, hung around the downtown Fulton for a few weeks in March 1980, only one week at the other theaters that showed it.
Hector plus Farrah, sittin' in a tree, here's an ad for "Saturn 3"! I was going to say robots can't mate with human beings, but then I remembered "Demon Seed", so I guess anything is possible! February 1980, Pittsburgh, PA
After its limited December '78 engagement at the Gateway in downtown Pittsburgh and the two Showcase Cinema locations, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is back for a neighborhood run in just six theaters, February 1979. I love this alternate ad design, even more so than the original ad campaign.
If it were not so, Shick Sunn Classics would not have told us, that's my motto. "The Bermuda Triangle" swears it all really happened in Pittsburgh, January 1980.
Ilsa's back, with a secret new name in one of the movies - that Ilsa triple spotted at a single drive-in a few posts ago must have been a precursor to the reissue of these two as a double feature in Pittsburgh, November 1979.
Al Pacino discovers disco + poppers in "Cruising", which opened on four screens in the Pittsburgh area in February 1980.
Look what the Egg Man brought with him today! Another one of '79's enduring classics cracked open in Pittsburgh, May 1979. And get ready for a shock, Ed Blank loved it! Like "Halloween", "ALIEN" was one of those movies that took a while for some critics to appreciate, but Ed was right there. Spoiler alert: Ed redeems himself even further from that "Halloween" review disaster by writing a glowing review of another 1979 smash - coming right up!
"Humanoids From The Deep" played Pittsburgh April 1980 - no downtown engagement, straight to the neighborhoods and drive-ins.

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If it were not so, Shick Sunn Classics would not have told us, that's my motto. "The Bermuda Triangle" swears it all really happened in Pittsburgh, January 1980.
"Humanoids From The Deep" played Pittsburgh April 1980 - no downtown engagement, straight to the neighborhoods and drive-ins.
"The Legacy" opened in the US a whole year after the UK release, which I don't really understand. "The Amityville Horror" was out at the same time, which means Pittsburghers had to choose which moustache they were going to see, Sam Elliott or James Brolin. "The Amityville Horror" has "Don't Open The Window" as a co-feature and a couple other good screamers, too. September 1979
Ilsa's back, with a secret new name in one of the movies - that Ilsa triple spotted at a single drive-in a few posts ago must have been a precursor to the reissue of these two as a double feature in Pittsburgh, November 1979.
"Asylum" is back in the Burgh in its edited form as "House of Crazies", paired with "Beast in the Cellar" for an interesting double feature at one drive-in. The other offerings aren't too shabby either. November 1979, Pittsburgh, PA
"When A Stranger Calls" is unequivocally the most frightening movie that "After Dark" magazine has ever seen. I didn't know magazines attended movies, so this was a learning experience for me. September 1979, Pittsburgh, PA
Look what the Egg Man brought with him today! Another one of '79's enduring classics cracked open in Pittsburgh, May 1979. And get ready for a shock, Ed Blank loved it! Like "Halloween", "ALIEN" was one of those movies that took a while for some critics to appreciate, but Ed was right there. Spoiler alert: Ed redeems himself even further from that "Halloween" review disaster by writing a glowing review of another 1979 smash - coming right up!
Hector plus Farrah, sittin' in a tree, here's an ad for "Saturn 3"! I was going to say robots can't mate with human beings, but then I remembered "Demon Seed", so I guess anything is possible! February 1980, Pittsburgh, PA
After its limited December '78 engagement at the Gateway in downtown Pittsburgh and the two Showcase Cinema locations, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" is back for a neighborhood run in just six theaters, February 1979. I love this alternate ad design, even more so than the original ad campaign.
Al Pacino discovers disco + poppers in "Cruising", which opened on four screens in the Pittsburgh area in February 1980.
"Windows", not a Bill Gates film, hung around the downtown Fulton for a few weeks in March 1980, only one week at the other theaters that showed it.
The director of "Shock Waves" and "Eyes of a Stranger" brings us "King Frat", a farting contest movie that might have been inspired by "Animal House". Some of the drive-in co-features were interesting, including "Last House on the Left Part II" - which was sometimes "Bay of Blood" and sometimes "Night Train Murders". A lovely exploitation grab bag, if you will. August 1979, Pittsburgh, PA