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Goblintrain

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  1. OMW! What is TCM coming to? Stop and think about the consequences for TCM if they did what you suggested? LOLOLOL!!! Actually TCM does show several of those movies from time to time, but without the MST 3000 crew. One that immediately comes to mind is "Tormented", which is actually quite a good movie on its own. However, thats actually just whyi like the MST 3000 Tormented a lot because the crew is poking good jokes at a decent movie. Good movie, and good mockery too!

     

    Funny, another one that falls in the same category, "the Killer Shrews". Sure the thing looks cheesy now but i always enjoyed that one as a child before MST 3000. Yet MST gave it new life, made it timeless with the Killer Shrew song.

     

    Now for two genuinely bad movies that MST made great through humor, "Dead Talk Back" -how can any one forget MST crew spoofing the Grateful Dead, and the robots Jerry Garcia solo!! The other, which is right at the top of my list -"Wild World of Bat Woman" A 30 pound butt stuffed in 20 pound butt pants! :)

     

     

     

     


  2. In response to the original poster, you mentioned Night of the Hunter. I felt Robert Mitchum was especially effective on this one as well as Cape Fear because him as a villain is just so twisted wrong. He had that likeableness, that quality of "o theres ol Uncle Mitchum" -though no relation to me -that seeing him portray an evil minister in Night of the Hunter, or a depraved pedophile on cape fear was just one of those experiences that turned my world upside down. Everything was wrong, these things aren't supposed to happen! It really worked.


  3. Just wanted to throw in a plug for this old western because i'm really not a John Wayne fan. This movie has so many things going for it, that to this day when i watch it i just forget that JW is even there. Mr Brennan as Stumpy is iconic, and with Dean Martin in the picture, you know they are about to break out into a song, and the movie sure doesn't let you down there. After a while, it is like if John Wayne shows up onscreen, ya thats fine, your welcome here too! :)


  4. Is it just me, or does any one else think this was the worst western ever. It even could not be salvaged by the great Lee Van Cleef. Seriously, i will be sitting on the couch watching this one, and when the star of the film appears, i will announce to every one "here comes Stupid!"


  5. You know, the more that i think about it, i said in my original response to this thread that i couldn't pinpoint what i thought worked for Twilight Zone over Night Gallery, but i think i can offer one part of it today. It is the B&W format. For me anyway, the black and white helps me just settle down and appreciate the plot of a story, as if some one were reading to me from a book. I love color format too, but it is a whole different kind of experience, much more sensual than cerebreal. The good writing of the Twilight Zone episodes was, imo, really assisted by that mellow visual format of black and white. Lol, i hope that explanation came out making at least a little bit of sense.


  6. Tough question, because there have actually been several movies that scared me very bad for different reasons. The Universal frankenstein movies are better every time i see them, timeless -but were always more disturbing than scary. I remember as a child, crying when the monster would be destroyed.

     

    Scary takes a little more explanation. The very first movie i ever saw in theatre was Alien, and damn! I was grabbing my daddies hand the whole time! Not too long after that i saw John Carpenter's the Thing, with a friend, but i didn't have any one to hold onto that time.

     

    Later in the 80's "Dreamscape" came out. The armagedon scene with the burnt up children in the closet has haunted me all my life. I am middle aged now, but still can not sleep in a room with an open closet. For weeks after i saw that movie i was so traumatized that i had to sleep on the livingroom couch. That is how bad it scared me. But keep it in context too, we were in the late years of the cold war with the USSR, Reagan was making tough foreign policy, and i was feared to my core that we all were going to go up in a blaze of nuclear glory. I have been clinging to my guns and religion ever since! :)

     

    Years later, i remember seeing The Ring. I thought it was going to be about some peice of cursed jewelry, i never fathomed that the ring was that last halo of light an unwanted child saw at the bottom of a well as the lid was placed over it. When i left the theatre, it was EMPTY. I drove all the way home, streets EMPTY! It was so sureal, i was wondering if maybe i had actually died in that near-miss colision from earlier that day, and was some lost ghost wandering the highway. That was an incredible experience to take back from a movie.

     

    But Alien, the Thing, Dreamscape, The Ring... all of those are about shock value and the context of when i veiwed them. Scared the hell out of me, and left an impression, but they don't still hold the same value when i see them now.

     

    For a movie that continues to get more creepy every time i see it: The Shining, with Jacky boy! It is just too plausible. Most of us have probably brushed shoulders with Jack plenty of times, or even flt like we might become him. Worse yet, we might even like it! Damn scary scenario for an adult!

     

    On the side, i used to have a vhs recording of The Shining i made during a blizzard in Denver. It had the weather warnings running across the bottom of the screen. Priceless! But i accidentally recorded over it, go figure! :)


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    Dont forget, one of the best things about Twilight Zone was Rod Serling's moral commentaries on each episode. In retrospect, i look back and still feel the gravity he could conjure with a gentle word where in real life, i would get the daylights beat out of me to reinforcer the same lesson. I'm sure that a lot of the rest of you know what i'm talking about too! :)

     

     


  8. Lolololol.... ty for your reply. I usually reserve guilty pleasure classification for "pretty white kids with problems" movies, especially if they envolve cheerleaders. Trust me, a cheerleader never was caught in the same room with me, even when i was young enough that i might be seen with one; and in real life she would probably bore me if i had to listen to her for more than 30 seconds. But for guilty pleasure movies, nothing better. I am still intoxicated with a girl that has a big nose and wears glasses! I met her in kindergarten! :)

     

    However, The House that Screamed is not a guilty pleasure movie in my estimation. It is just contains some taboo themes that need to be brought out in the open and discussed. Keep in mind, the girls in this school are being abused. They are victims with no viable choices. I originally watched it because i enjoyed the eye candy of Maribel Martin on "Blood Spattered Bride" and "A Bell From Hell". She is quite a bit younger in this movie, maybe 14 or 15, but delivered what i bet is probably the best slow-motion death scene in cinema history. i expected a 70's style exploitation flick in this one, but was pleasantly surprised that it was just a genuinely good movie.

     

    There was an interesting chat about this movie on IMDB, go to this title and check the discussion. Apparently most of what is missing from the newer releases of the movie were lost due to film damage. So the claim goes. My gut is that it got too sticky litigation wise to include everything originally there because of child exploitation concerns. And i'm completely fine with that, Lord knows our children need all the protection we can offer them. Either way, it is still a great film, well worth watching.

     

     


  9. When i was a child, i really enjoyed Night Gallery, but upon seeing them again as an adult, most of them didn't age well. Agreed though, some really were excellent. The show wasn't alltogether bad, just inconsistent. Can't pinpoint what it was about Twilight Zone though that was so different to Night Gallery, but some how it never gets old for me. I can still watch the Twilight Zone marathons all day long when they air on tv from time to time.


  10. Yup, always loved this movie too. Was my first experience with Arjento, and i see all his movies i can since. All of his movies, regardless of their flaws have scenes you will remember for the rest of your life.. Young, beautiful Jennifer Connely falling in the pool of guts in Phenomenon, the ravens identifying the killer in Opera, etc etc. One of my favorites though is Cat o Nine Tails though, largely because of the outstanding performance of the fellow playing the blind detective (can't remember his name but wonderful, wonderful actor). But for eye candy, Susperia has to be the most beautiful picture Argento has done,


  11. Hi, i absolutely love this movie, and though i imagine its usually classified as horror, it is certainly obscure enough to be a cult film. While i would love to actually buy it at some point, i am thinking i ought to view the full 104 minute version of it, as apparently the version offered by tcm is 98 minutes. As surprisingly good as the version i saw still was, it felt like there was a scene or two missing or shortened. Does any one have enough familiarity with this film to describe the differences between the original 104 minute version and the current 98 minute version offered in the tcm catalog?

     

    Thanks in advance, Goblintrain

     

    Edited by: Goblintrain on Aug 26, 2011 7:26 PM

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