The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: ‘Fatal Games’ (1984)


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Editor’s Note: Due to a CMS error, the Chronicles of Horror Movie Night from two weeks ago posted as last week’s and this one was missing from the system until now. We apologize, but hey, double entries from Damon in a single week is nothing to complain about, right? Enjoy, kiddies.

After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

Fatal Games' VHS Cover

In the grand pantheon of the horror genre there are many subgenres. From werewolves, to ghosts, to Satan, and all the way to zombies, you would think the bases would be covered. But no, you can delve even deeper into sub-subgenres. Take slashers for instance. Not only can you classify something as a slasher, but they can be supernatural, realistic, camp terrorizers and, yes, even sports related. This week at HMN we witnessed the sheer power of a gymnastics based slasher film from 1984 called Fatal Games that will leave you in stitches and in shock.

The Chronicles of Horror Movie Night: Creepozoids (1987)


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After starting in Washington D.C. nine years ago Horror Movie Night has expanded to include chapters in Austin, Dallas and Chicago. Horror’s Not Dead’s own Brian Kelley is the originator and programmer of this illustrious weekly Wednesday night tradition which features a “classic” horror film. Each week I will be reviewing/commenting on the past week’s selection so do your best to find the film, most of which have not made it past VHS, and follow along. Better yet, start your own chapter!

Creepozoids VHS Cover

I have four words for you that should give you all you need to know about this week’s film: directed by David DeCoteau. I’ll wait while it all sinks in your brain.

That name is infamous in the world of cheap, quick and direct-to-video titles. This man got his start as a production assistant at New World Pictures with the great Roger Corman over thirty years ago. Not long after, he would hook up with Charles Band at Empire Pictures and start his directing career. This led to numerous ventures with Band and he even followed him over to Full Moon Entertainment. If you’re not familiar with DeCoteau, it’s all right. I won’t hold it against you, but he did direct the great Dreamaniac (1986), which was on the HMN schedule back in May. This time we have met up with an older and wiser (HA!) director and his 1987 film Creepozoids. The magic is, as you might suspect, stupefying.




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