Friends, in past articles I have mentioned how my Father and I would make sure to catch Sneak Previews on the local PBS station every Sunday evening before it was time to turn in for the night. My Father as a matter of fact rarely agreed with a review by Gene Siskel, especially with films in the horror genre. In fact at times I couldn’t help but wonder if he somehow enjoyed going off on a rant when the iconic critic delivered a verdict against a movie he had enjoyed. It was in 1982 when Siskel and Ebert left the popular series due to what seems to be a rather heavy-handed attempt at them accepting a new contract – the result was a brand new show called At the Movies. To be fair it was pretty much the same successful format they had made use of with Sneak Previews – including the best and worst films of a particular year – although as usual the two critics didn’t always see eye to eye.
For this particular episode of At the Movies, which originally aired on January 14th of 1983 – Siskel and Ebert chose ten pictures from 1982 for their “Stinker List”. Obviously when this episode was first broadcast, there were more than a few on this list that I had not seen, or even would have had interest in seeing due to being the ripe old age of ten at the time.
So which movies from 1982 were considered cinematic waste by Siskel and Ebert? The list includes Inchon, If You Could See What I Hear, Yes, Giorgio, Porky’s, Amityville II: The Possession, Six Weeks, Halloween III: The Season of the Witch, Grease 2, I Ought to Be in Pictures, as well as Partners.
Now I will admit that I strongly disagree about Halloween III: The Season of the Witch, I have always been rather fond of that film, and the attempt by the filmmakers to make the Halloween series into an anthology series of films. But without further ado, grab a bowl of popcorn and your favorite beverage and prepare to travel back to 1982 with Siskel and Ebert.