Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Video Vault of Mora Tau 12/17/14!

It's that holiday time of year - so let's look back to some of those wonderfully cheesy holiday specials from back in the day!

Perhaps the most infamous holiday special of all time...

Here's a night of holiday themed shows...

And three straight hours of music and comedy - back when the term "variety show" wasn't a bad thing...

I used to be glued to stuff like this as a kid - but none of the modern ones catch my attention at all, I'm afraid.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #194!

The Leopard Man  (RKO Radio Pictures, 1943)
 Another corker Val Lewton/Jacques Tourneur thriller - this one a pretty creepy flick with a small town menaced by an escaped leopard - or is it? Could the killer knocking off townspeople be walking around on two legs? Well worth checking out to see which...

The Dirty Game  (American International Pictures, 1965)

Another spy flick pushed into production thanks to the success of 007 - this one tells three short spy stories as narrated by peripherally involved Robert Ryan. I haven't seen it - but with that cast it should at least be watchable.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare  (New Line Cinema, 1994)

Afetr several increasingly dreary sequels - Wes Craven returned to the franchise he inadvertently created and breathed new life in with a wild meta tale about Wes Craven making a new Nightmare movie with Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund - only this time, Freddy's real and he's going to kill the very people who originally gave him cinematic life! Add this to the short list of fully recommended Nightmare movies - for the record, that's the 1984 original, Part 3 (The Dream Warriors), and this one.

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 12/13/14!

Who cares what picture we see?

Larry Hagman would have - as long as we didn't ask on Sunday - so we're going with this one:

One of my very favorite movies of all time. I first saw it on the big screen - front row center. Then some time later we had installed cable in our house and weird things were going on - there was a programming feature that showed a movie not yet available to HBO or Showtime Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday night, then not the next Thursday, but the Thursday a week later. Four showings - and I watched every one of them when they showed Superman. Then Showtime showed it a couple of months after that - and I watched every showing I could.

I'm guessing I saw it a dozen times or more by the time Showtime took it off the schedule. Already by this time I could recite the movie's dialogue line for line. I still can - with a few dozen more viewings in the years since.

However, I promise I won't do that if you want to come watch it with me - from a nice DVD box set - unless you want me to...

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Celebrity Endorsement: Ken Foree!

I first enccountered Ken Foree - on BETA - watching Dawn of the Dead in the early 80's...

I've since seen him in scads of other movies and TV shows, and it's always cool when he shows up...

He usually plays men of few words - and he applies that same principle in endorsing pop culture blogs...

Thanks, Mr. Foree!

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Maniacal Movie Poster Monday #193!

Theme Week!
3 posters, 1 movie!

Let's check out three different posters for the same 50's Creature Feature - with Ray Harryhausen special effects.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms  (Warner Bros., 1956)

I don't have a favorite here - they're all cool posters as far as I'm concerned.

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

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 12/6/14!

Who cares what picture we see?

This blog's buddy Lisa London most certainly does - so we are picking this one tonight...

As the poster clearly indicates - here's a movie inspired by the success of Animal House the previous year. The inspiration doesn't stop there - H.O.T.S. turns to the distaff side giving us four gorgeous young women who have been bullied by the rude sorority girls on campus - so they start their own sorority - which is the basic plot of Animal House too.

Regardless of all that - H.O.T.S. carves its own place in cinema history - because it gives us the incredible Lisa London as O'Hara - vivacious, luscious, and funny. Of course, this blog is also a big fan of Susan Kiger - after her amazing turn in Andy Sidaris's Seven and cementing her sexy screen persona here.

Basically I could watch those two ladies read the phone book for an hour and a half - but H.O.T.S. is a fun romp - and you get familiar faces like Lindsay Bloom, Danny Bonaduce, Ken Olfson, and Dick Bakalyan as well.

I just added the DVD to the video vault - and you can join me for a watch of this flick anytime - even tonight - if you want to brave the cold to see H.O.T.S.!

And if you'd like to read this blog's interview with Lisa London, go HERE.

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pit Stop!

Georgia Peaches  (New World Television, 1980)

Before the Camera:

Tanya Tucker  (Hard Country)
Teri Nunn  (Thank God It's Friday)
Dirk Benedict  (Battlestar Galactica)
Sally Kirkland  (Big Bad Mama)
Lane Smith  (Red Dawn '84)
Dennis Patrick  (House of Dark Shadows)
Noble Willingham  (Blind Fury)
Bob Hannah  (Invasion USA)
Jerry Rushing  (Rottweiler)
Burton Gilliam  (Blazing Saddles)

Behind the Camera:

Directed by Daniel Haller

Produced by Roger Corman

Written by Mick Henderoth, Monte Stettin, and William Hjortsberg

Story by Mick Henderoth, Monte Stettin, and Lois Luger

Back in the day, if there was a hit movie in theaters – the next fall there would be at least one very similar TV show on one of the networks. And if that show ht big, usually there would be at least one attempt to replicate that hit on another network. (And the odds would be pretty good that the late great Glen Larson would be the creator of one of the TV shows. But I digress.) Star Wars --and-- Battlestar Galactica (ABC) --and-- Buck Rogers (NBC). Raiders of the Lost Ark --and-- Tales of the Gold Monkey (ABC) --and-- Bring ‘Em Back Alive-(CBS). Smokey and the Bandit --and-- Dukes of Hazzard-(CBS)--and-- Knight Rider-(NBC). Dukes was such a big hit for CBS there was another attempt to duplicate its success – on the same network! It seems Roger Corman decided this might be a good time to get into the television business, and partnered with the Columbia Broadcasting System to produce a pilot for another good ol’ boys and their souped up car vs the law show – only in this case they also borrowed a bit from Three’s Company and had two good ol’ girls teamed up with one guy and a souped up car.
Georgia Peaches, indeed.

Teri Nunn (later the lead singer of the pop group Berlin) plays Sue Ann Peach – owner and proprietor of The Georgia Peaches – a car repair garage. She and her boyfriend Dusty Tyree (Benedict) also run some shine on the side. Sue Ann’s sister Lorette (Tucker) has been off pursuing her dream of becoming a country western singer but has come home just in time to help Sue Ann and Dusty battle the evil Vivian Stark (Kirkland) who wants to buy the land the Georgia Peaches garage sits on for her own nefarious purposes – including drug running. After Stark frames the sisters and Dusty and gets them carted off to jail, Federal agent Randolph Dukane (surely meant to be DuQuesne – but maybe that’s a simplified spelling) (Smith) steps in and recruits the trio as off-the-book agents to help him get the goods on Stark and her partners Jarvis Wheeler (Willingham) and Wade Holt (Patrick). Much sneaking around and fast driving ensues.

I can't see how this could have gone over as a series - it's so similar to The Dukes of Hazzard it doesn't manage to scratch any itch Dukes missed - but then who could have ever thought there could be 3 CSI's, 4 Law and Order's, and 3 NCIS's all on at the same time? The main draws here are Benedict and the stuntwork - the ladies are cute - and wear some 70's TV sexy stuff - but their acting is not all that great. The bad guys are fun - and Smith brings some sparkle to his Fed role - so that helps too. In the end - it's weird watching a Corman movie like this which reeks of the drive-in but has no nudity or softcore sex scenes, but if you're a Dukes fan you'd probably enjoy this flick - and if you're into car chase movies it's also recommended. If you're not in either of those camps - this is probably one for you to miss.

Let's Get Out of Here ?

At about 21:56 Tanya Tucker throws in a "just" but definitely wants to leave the jailhouse.

Eye Candy ?

I usually have some pictures to illustrate - but there's not a lot to choose from on the interweb. I'm still giving it to Tanya Tucker, Teri Nunn, and Sally Kirkland - all in great early 80's TV fashion - welcome to the list, ladies!

Buddha Man's Capsule Review

Buddha Man says "The Georgia Peaches may not be a classic,
but it's not the pits, either!"

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