TV Guide Ads for TV Movies (1980 – 1984)

calendar girls 1979

The Night the City Screamed 1980

deadly lessons ad 1983

demon murder case ad 1983

demon murder case ad 1983-2

Calendar Girl Murders premiered on April 8, 1984. So as not to offend friend J., I’ll mention that the guy who played the commander in Space Camp gets first billing. The woman on the bottom right with the poofy hair is Sharon Stone. Robert Beltran (Chakotay in Star Trek: Voyager) and Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) also star.

The Night the City Screamed premiered on December 14, 1980. “A massive blackout plunges an American city into a night of terror.” Raymond Burr is the Mayor. David Cassidy plays somebody. I’m not taking the bullet on this one.

Deadly Lessons premiered on March 7, 1983. The young lady staring out of the window is a pre-Bad Boys, pre-War Games Ally Sheedy. Many movies and TV episodes in the early ’80s featured young women being stalked and killed—“knocked off, one by one”—by various psychos. It’s a variation on the slasher film, and I think a case can be made that the sub-sub-genre was an expression of male anxiety over women becoming increasingly independent. The Howling (1981), adapted by John Sayles, is a brilliant send-up of the morphing sexual politics of the time.

The Demon Murder Case premiered on March 6, 1983. It’s based on the Demon Murder Trial, “the first known court case in the United States of a lawyer claiming his client was innocent due to demonic possession.” The “possessed” killer is played by Kevin Bacon.

(Images via Nostalgic Collections/eBay and Randy Rodman/eBay)

8 Responses to “TV Guide Ads for TV Movies (1980 – 1984)”


  1. 1 Anon April 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Alien! For the love of god, he was in Alien! I guess Space Camp is better then Poltergeist 3.

  2. 2 2W2N April 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Let’s not forget Poison Ivy, with Drew Barrymore.

  3. 3 Anon April 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Are you kidding me? I’m still trying to forget.

  4. 4 2W2N April 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Poison Ivy or Prometheus, if you had to rewatch one?

    • 5 Anon April 10, 2013 at 4:15 am

      I hate Drew Barrymore more than I hate bad Sci-Fi. I’ll have to rewatch Prometheus. Maybe I can find another 30 things horribly wrong with the script.


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