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DRIVE-IN MASSACRE (1976)

drive-in-massacreDRIVE-IN MASSACRE (1976) – Category: Gimmick movie worth watching once, but never again.   

This movie has that certain charm to it that most low-budget 70s horror films possess. When watching Drive-In Massacre you can’t help but reflect on the fact that the talent of John Carpenter is the only thing separating his milestone film Halloween from the many other 1970s slice and dice films like this one. 

The plot of Drive-In Massacre involves a serial killer who strikes only at drive-ins and, in the tried and true custom that countless subsequent slasher films would follow, he thrives on killing couples who are making out. At least at first. The killer’s motive varies throughout the movie, but the murder weapon remains a sword.  Continue reading

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AIHEC COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DECIDED

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Sisseton Wahpeton College MustangsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The AIHEC (American Indian Higher Education Commission) College Basketball Tournament’s format starts with Pool-Play followed by the more familiar playoff format. The last two teams standing this year were the SISSETON WAHPETON COLLEGE MUSTANGS and the TURTLE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MIGHTY MICKINOCKS.

At Halftime the Mustangs led the Mighty Mickinocks 53-45 then went on to win this action-packed game by a Century-Club score of 109-87. Sisseton Wahpeton College’s Derrick McCauley was named the Tournament MVP. In the Semifinals the Mustangs defeated the three-time defending National Champions the Salish Kootenai College Bison. * THE MUSTANGS ARE THE AIHEC CHAMPIONS *      Continue reading

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HEX (1973)

Cristina Raines

Cristina Raines

HEX (1973) Category – Enjoyably bad movie but not fun-bad enough to earn my highest rating        Hex, which was also released under the title The Screaming, belongs to that joyously bizarre subgenre of motorcycle horror films.  

That  peculiar cinematic niche also plays home to flicks like Werewolves On Wheels, about a biker gang that hassles Satanists who transform them into werewolves, to Psychomania, about a biker gang that forms a pact with Satan  which permits them to commit suicide and then return from the grave as invincible, soulless marauders and to Blood Freak, about a biker who turns into a turkey monster (no, really).   

Hex trumps all of those other films for sheer weirdness, partly because it is set in the early 1920s and partly because its western locale makes it a candidate for my Weird Western series during the Frontierado Holiday season during the summer.

The underrated beauty Cristina Raines stars in this incoherent mishmash as Oriole, a half-breed witch who uses the Native American magic taught to her by her father to defend herself and her sister Acacia from a roaming biker gang.  Continue reading

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NCAA AND NJCAA DIVISION THREE COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPS CROWNED

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North Lake College BlazersCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Cinderella 5 seeds – the NORTH LAKE COLLEGE BLAZERS – were still dancing and took on the 2nd seeded ELGIN COUNTY COLLEGE SPARTANS for the title.

The Blazers put the Spartans on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 31-25 advantage. After the break North Lake College carried through on that warning, defeating Elgin County College by a final tally of 69-59. Ayo Dada led the Blazers with 16 points and his teammate Dare Brazeal notched a Double Double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. * THE BLAZERS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA DIVISION THREE *   Continue reading

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NCCAA DIVISION ONE COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPS CROWNED

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Colorado Christian University CougarsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams standing in this Division’s National Tournament were the top seeds – the COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY COUGARS – and the 6th seeded OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS.

The Cougars got almost more than they could handle from the Trailblazers in the opening Half and led by a mere 39-37 score at the break. From there Colorado Christian University began inching away from OCU, ultimately winning the game 83-74 to take their 2nd national title in the past 3 years. The Cougars were led by Brett Brady with 20 points and 7 rebounds. * THE COUGARS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA DIVISION ONE *   Continue reading

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KING OF DARKNESS: CENTAUR COMICS SUPERHERO

Everywhere you turn these days you see superhero movies and/or series. Balladeer’s Blog examines another neglected superhero from Centaur Comics.

King of Darkness 2KING OF DARKNESS

Secret Identity: Bruce King, radio engineer.

Origin: Bruce King’s experiments with ultra-short radio waves led him to some incredible discoveries. Utilizing his finds he built what he called a Black-Zero Transmitter, donned a costume and took to the skies to fight crime with his new inventions.

First Appearance: Amazing-Man Comics #24 (October 1941). His final Golden Age appearance came in 1942. 

Powers: The King of Darkness’ Black-Zero Transmitter enveloped him in a field of darkness – which he called “a queer pillar of darkness.” This field/ pillar which surrounded the King of Darkness enabled him to fly by negating gravity and to shoot black rays from his hands. Continue reading

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NAIA ELITE EIGHT AND MORE …

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Life University Running EaglesELITE EIGHT, FIRST BERTH – The (3) LIFE UNIVERSITY RUNNING EAGLES managed a minor upset against the (2) HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS.

The Royals were on top of the Running Eagles 36-32 at the break, but from there Life University (No affiliation with the School of Hard Knocks) played a game for the ages, overtaking Hope International and squeezing out an 80-78 triumph. Jonathan Beausejour and Dalarian Williams each notched 20 points for the Running Eagles while adding 8 and 4 rebounds respectively.     Continue reading

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