April 10, 2016

Jack's Dungeon of Death: an Interview with John F. Kearney

The detective business has been slow recently. Lotta door knocking, not a lot of answering. I feel like a canvasser. So, desperate for an interview, I decided to pose questions to my reliable first cousin, once removed— "exploitation veteran" John F. Kearney.

Actor John F. Kearney playing a priest in the Gary Graver "classic" SOCIETY AFFAIRS (1982)
Actor John F. Kearney in Gary Graver's SOCIETY AFFAIRS (1982)

March 5, 2016

What the Hell Happened to LIFE ON THE EDGE (1992)?

Jeff Perry, Andrew Prine, Martine Beswick, Denny Dillon, Thalmus Rasulala, Greta Blackburn, Jennifer Holmes, Jennifer Edwards in LIFE ON THE EDGE (1992)
What the hell happened to LIFE ON THE EDGE (1992)
I've been morbidly curious about a little lost film called Life on the Edge (1992) for a while now. Supposedly, it was this low-budget, sophomoric, USA Up All Night-type satirical yuck-fest about flakey New Age Angelenos at a party who get trapped in a hillside canyon house after a major earthquake, and hilariously raunchy shenanigans ensue. Fairly typical, right? Nothing spooky here. But get this: it's a lost film because, after its brief theatrical run, it was most likely buried in someone's basement because nobody saw, or heard, from it again!

February 29, 2016

Lost Actor Found: Lolita Lorre from SCREAM FOR HELP (1984)

Lolita Lorre and David Allen Brooks in a scene from SCREAM FOR HELP (1984) - courtesy of Lorimar PIctures
Lolita Lorre and David Allen Brooks in SCREAM FOR HELP (1984)
"Whatever happened to Lolita Lorre?" I often wonder.

Well, not that often. But every couple of years, I like to revisit her classic home-invasion thriller, Scream for Help (1984). This god-awful UK/US co-production was an adolescent favorite of mine. I'm not sure why. HBO had it in constant rotation in the late-1980's, and it had lots of nudity and violence. So yeah, not sure why it appealed to me.

February 22, 2016

Lost Actor: What Happened to Peter Carpenter?

Handsome shot of Peter Carpenter from the film BLOOD MANIA (1970)
Peter Carpenter in BLOOD MANIA (1970)
Peter Carpenter was a young-ish actor who starred in two exploitation classics—Blood Mania (1970) and Point of Terror (1971)—before vanishing from the face of the earth—leaving behind very few hard facts in regard to his life and death.

"Whatever happened to Peter Carpenter?" I often wonder.

Well, not that often. But every now and then, I check in with my sources to find out if any new light has been shed on this enigmatic, obscure star of yesteryear.

February 15, 2016

Cult Actors: Donna Wilkes

A headshot of actress Donna Wilkes from the very late 1970's.
"Good. Then I'll see ya at the dock at eight."
Until a few years ago, Donna Wilkes was something of a mystery. Donna shot to fame as Jackie Peters, "the chick who won’t stop screaming” in Jaws 2 (1978). She then guest starred in just about every TV series known to man before immortalizing herself in Angel (1984), starring as a “high school honor student by day, Hollywood hooker by night.” 

Then, she vanished! Or, she didn't vanish so much as she just stopped acting in films for a while.

February 8, 2016

Film Locations: Original BOARDINGHOUSE (1982) for Sale

The Hoffman House from the 1982 shot-on-video horror classic, Boardinghouse (1982)
The titular Hoffman House in BOARDINGHOUSE (1982)
It's been a slow week at Kearney Investigations. But I did find this cool Redfin listing for the original "Hoffman House"—that "10-bedroom" hotbed of love, lust, and telekinesis from the 1982 shot-on-video horror classic Boardinghouse (1982).

February 1, 2016

Cult Actors: Lisa London

Susan Kiger, Lisa London, Pamela Jean Bryant, and Kimberly Cameron star as the "titular" H.O.T.S.
Promotional still from H.O.T.S. (1979)
I've always had a thing for H.O.T.S. (1979). It played constantly on USA Up All Night during my childhood, and it almost seemed like a kid's movie. Seriously, if you cut the boobs out of H.O.T.S., you've got a very short, but very entertaining viewing experience for the entire family.

January 18, 2016

We're on the Case in 2016

Some guys at the Smithsonian Institute poke around in file cabinets.

Congratulations, and welcome to the 'soft launch' for Kearney Investigations, LLC. We hope you enjoy your time here. There are lots of surprises in store this coming—