Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Night at the Movies 12/20/14!

Who cares what picture we see?

I know Robert Culp would - he was that kind of guy - so we're picking this one...

I first saw previews of this movie when it aired on Spike TV - I think it may have premiered there. I thought it sounded goofy and fun, so I tracked it down on disc and watched it - and thought it was pretty marvelous.

The plot is truly clever - Santa Claus is actually the son of Satan - and after losing a wager a millenium ago was cursed to be the bright and cheerful bringer of gifts to the children of the world - for 1000 years.

The 1000 years are up.

Now Santa is free to do what he really wants to do - kill everyone he can get his hands on. In the bulky form of wrestler Bill Goldberg - he's damned good at it too.

His only opposition is young Nicholas Yuleson (hm, that's an interesting name) and his girlfriend Mary - and Nick's granddad (the late great Robert Culp) who might know more about all this than he lets on.

It is indeed goofy, and a little gory - but that's all to the good - and there's some wonderful touches, like a stop motion segment calling back to those classic Christmas TV specials like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town - and the sardonic sense of humor is something to counter the sweetness of the holiday - and we could be checking it out on the DVD in the video vault - any time - including this very evening - if you'd like to jump in your slay...er, sleigh... and come see me...

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

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!