Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Havoc: The "Never Got Made" Files #37 - #40



#37 - DRACULA FEVER

So much cocaine flowed to the brains of Hollywood execs in the 70s that someone thought a rock 'n roll Dracula film would be great.  "Hey, the kids love-ah the rock 'n roll and they love-ah the Dracula!"  DRACULA FEVER was advertised in 1980 but the "horror musical" never got made.  Never to let a ridiculous idea die, Hollywood kept the idea alive and the Cannon boys delivered the Drac rocker ROCKULA in 1990.


#38 - MURDER AT THE DISCO DOWN

What could be worse than a Dracula rock picture?  How about something that looks like a slasher set in a disco? Actually, I'd totally dig that.  But, alas, the only victim here was disco as it was declared dead in the late 70s when this was advertised.  It was supposed to be a Matt Cimber picture.


#39 - THE GOLEM

Charles Bronson was Cannon's go-to guy when it came to projects no one wanted, but even this sounds pretty wild for Chuck.  Advertised in the late 1980s, THE GOLEM was (most likely) a take on the German silent horror film about ancient Jewish legend of a stone statue protector/vigilante that comes to life.  Who knows?  The only thing certain is Bronson would probably play a cop.  It never got made so audiences didn't get to see the stone face off between Bronson and the titular monster.


#40 - THE TOTEM

This is the kind of stuff that keeps Video Junkie honcho Tom up at night - more films produced by Canadian Pierre David.  THE TOTEM was advertised in 1982, right around the time writer David Morrell's FIRST BLOOD was big.  Morrell's novel centered on a small town in Wyoming that experiences a supernatural virus that causes the folks to be crazed, primal killers.  THE CRAZIES, what?  Regardless, this would have been pretty cool in the early 80s in the right hands.

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