Scribbled by William S. Wilson
#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.