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Friday, April 25, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: V is for Videodrome!


1983




A typically challenging David Cronenberg movie - this one combining his patented "body horror" with some still topical ideas regarding cable television and what might be termed taboo entertainment.



When cable station exec James Woods discovers a secret satellite channel called Videodrome serving up real sex and violence to its subscribers, he starts investigating, little knowing what's in store for him when he starts tuning in...



Co-starring Sonja Smits and Debbie Harry (of Blondie fame) - this is the best kind of disturbing movie - with some incredible Rick Baker makeup effects. Recommended for those so inclined.




Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: U is for Up the Creek!



1984




Take a couple of guys from National Lampoon's Animal House (Tim "Otter" Matheson and Stephen "Flounder" Furst) and one guy from Porky's (Dan "Pee-Wee" Monahan) - put them in a raft race with your standard issue military school jackwagons among others - and let the shenanigans begin!



There's nothing too surprising about this R rated slob comedy -  but it's pleasantly played and was shot in some beautiful locations in Oregon - and female lead Jennifer Runyan - now married to Roger Corman's nephew and sporting a Corman at the end of her name - is "introduced" here and is very cute. What more could anyone ask?








Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: T is for Tarantula!



1955




I have been a fan of the 1950's Big Bug movies since I was a little kid catching them on TV. This is pretty much my favorite. John Agar and the gorgeous Mara Corday run away from Leo G. Carroll's ever growing arachnid - a byproduct of an experiment to end world hunger.




Director Jack Arnold does his job well - the effects are cool - the story is interesting - and the cast is good - including a young Clint Eastwood, who turns up near the end of the movie:





But he is only seen flying his plane with this oxygen mask on - still - there's no mistaking those eyes - or his voice.








Until next post - you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: S is for Shock Waves!



1977


The same year he'd done Star Wars - Peter Cushing came to Florida to film this cool little low key horror flick. He plays a psycho Nazi scientist (redundant, I know) hiding out on an uncharted island off the coast of Florida since WWII ended thirty years ago. Then boat captain John Carradine's engines conk out - and he and his passengers end up on the island with Cushing - and his experiments - aquatic Nazi zombie troopers. Let the mayhem begin.



Oh yes...there will be blood.





Until next post, you Can Poke Me With An Aquatic Nazi Zombie Trooper, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: R is for Radioland Murders!



1994





 Fair Disclosure - I worked on this movie. I was the key production assistant for the second unit, and a day player production assistant for first unit. I will tell the whole story of my work on this movie - and why it was made - in one of my upcoming "I Was A Teenage Production Assistant" posts. Suffice to say it's an interesting tale (to me, anyway).

But what you have here is a big, sprawling, and frenetic George Lucas production with an incredible cast - here's SOME of the people in this movie:


Brian Benben

Mary Stuart Masterson

Ned Beatty

George Burns

Scott Michael Campbell

Brion James

Michael Lerner

Michael McKean

Jeffrey Tambor

Stephen Tobolowsky

Christopher Lloyd

Larry Miller

Anita Morris

Corbin Bernsen

Rosemary Clooney

Bobcat Goldthwait

Robert Walden

Dylan Baker

Billy Barty

Tracy Byrd

Candy Clark

Anne De Salvo



That's right - I worked on George Burns's last movie. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!



Some may find it too fast paced and over the top - but I think it's a funny movie - so I say - check it out!



Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A-Z Challenger 2014: Q is for Q - The Winged Serpent!






Here's another rather glorious poster for a stop motion animated monster movie - like the C post The Crater Lake Monster - but this time the movie is very cool.


The always quirky Larry Cohen wrote, produced, and directed what is essentially a 70's style character driven crime drama of a second rate criminal (Michael Moriarty) that just happens to have a flying reptilian beastie in it too. Girlfriend Candy Clark and cops David Carradine and Richard Roundtree add to the fun.


I'll say this for Q - you've never seen a movie quite like it!




Until next post you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!

Friday, April 18, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: P is for The Pirate Movie!



1982



All right - I know - it's a really goofy movie - but that's the point! Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance becomes a big hit on Broadway. Movie rights are sought after and secured - a very theatrical looking version went before the movie cameras with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt starring.



Then for some bizarre reason these filmmakers were undaunted and decide to film a spoof version - with parody songs and pop culture gags that were decades ahead of those "______ Movie" flicks that were coming out every couple of months a few years ago. This movie beat The Pirates of Penzance to theaters by about six months. Neither did very well at the box office, though this one had a long second life on HBO and other pay cable services throughout the 80's.


It's got an entertaining cast and was lushly shot in Australia - gorgeous scenery and solid production values make this one of my favorite WTH curio movies.





Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Pirate, Cause I Am Outta Here!