Commander USA’s Groovie Movies

“For those who don’t remember USA in the Eighties, it certainly wasn’t known for being quality television. In fact, it seemed like they bought truckloads of the most f***ed up horror movies at the cheapest prices possible, edited out the swear words and fogged out the boobies, and then aired them in the middle of the day for all the children in the world to watch. In fact, I’m pretty sure Commander USA’s lead-in was The Smurfs.

It was glorious television.

Jim Hendricks played Commander USA, a sardonic middle-aged, cigar chomping superhero. In some ways he was a cross between Schneider from One Day at a Time and the Comedian from Watchmen – only cooler. And despite his humor and levity, there was something really sinister about the movies he presented. Even as a kid, I felt like I shouldn’t be watching half of the movies he showed, not only because some were legitimately frightening, but because they felt inappropriate. Commander USA movies felt like the movies that were on the top shelf in the horror section at the video store; you know, the ones in the oversized box with warnings all over the cover and a sticker telling you how many countries the movie was banned in.”

written by Christian Dumais

I couldn’t have written it better myself. Here’s a list of movies presented by Commander USA.

A Polish Vampire in Burbank
Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas, The
Alligator People, The
Alone in the Dark
An American Werewolf in London
Andy Warhol’s Dracula aka Blood for Dracula
Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein
Aztec Mummy, The
Black Carrion
Black Cat, The
Blood and Roses
Bloodbath at the House of Death
Blood Beast Terror, The
Blood of Nostradamus, The
Blood Song
Bloody Vampire, The
Boogeyman, The
Brainaic, The
Brute Man, The
Captain Kronos,Vampire Hunter
Cat People
Cave of the Living Dead
Children, The
Child’s Play
Clonus Horror, The
Contraption, The
Corvini Inheritance, The
Countess Dracula
Crawling Eye aka The Trollenberg Terror, The
Creature Wasn’t Nice aka Spaceship or Naked Space, The
Cry Wolf
Curse of Frankenstein, The
Curse of Nostradamas
Curse of the Aztec Mummy
Curse of the Cat People, The
Curse of the Crying Woman, The
Curse of the Doll People
Curse of the Vampire
Dance of the Dwarfs
Dark Forces aka Harlequin
Day Mars Invaded Earth, The
Deadly Mantis, The
Death Kiss, The
Death Valley
Devil Bat, The
Devil Bat’s Daughter, The
Devil’s Gift, The
Devil’s Nightmare, The
Devil Times Five
Doctor of Doom
Dracula’s Dog
Exorcism at Midnight
Fiend Without a Face
Fifth Floor, The
Flying Serpent, The
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Fräulein Doktor
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part III
Funeral Home
Genii of Darkness
Great Alligator, The
God Told Me To
Hands of the Ripper
Hangar 18
Hearse, The
Hercules in New York
Horror of Dracula
Horror of the Blood Monsters
Horror of the Zombies
Horror Planet aka Inseminoid
House of Psychotic Women
House of the Long Shadows
House of 1,000 Dolls
House Where Evil Dwells, The
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
I Walked with a Zombie
In Search of Dracula
Invasion of the Vampires
Island Claws
Island Monster
It’s Alive
J. D.’s Revenge
Late Nancy Irving, The
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
Little Shop of Horrors, The
Living Coffin, The
Living Head, The
Loch Ness Horror, The
Mako, The Jaws of Death
Man and the Monster, The
Man and the Snake, The
Mark of the Devil
Mark of the Vampire
Monster Demolisher, The
My Bloody Valentine
Pack, The
Possession of Joel Delaney, The
Premonition, The
Psychotronic Man, The
One Dark Night
Q, the Winged Serpent
Return of the Vampire, The
Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy, The
Samson vs. the Vampire Woman
Samson in the Wax Museum
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Scared to Death
Simon, King of the Witches
Space Children, The
Student Bodies
Swamp of the Lost Monster
Tales That Witness Madness
Taste the Blood of Dracula
The Terror
They Still Call Me Bruce
Three in the Attic
Trick or Treats
Toxic Zombies
Undersea Kingdom
Unseen, The
Up in the Cellar
Vampire, The
Vampire Bat, The
Vampire Circus
Vampire’s Coffin, The
War of the Colossal Beast
What’s Up, Tiger Lily?
Witchmaker, The
Witch’s Mirror, The
The Woman Who Came Back
World of the Vampires
Zombies on Broadway
Zorro’s Black Whip


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