Posts Tagged ‘Cult Films’

My guest this week is none other than actor Christine Nguyen. She’s been in a ton of movies including mainstream flicks like The Hangover Part II and III, and Get Him to the Greek, as well as cult classics like Attack of the Killer DonutsVigilante Diaries, and Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre.

Christine has also starred in a whole bunch of TV shows including Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels, CSI, and Dexter. She’s done so many projects and worked with some pretty incredible people so trust me when I tell you that there’s some top notch stories to be heard on this episode.

Christine is an absolute sweetheart and I am so happy she found the time in her hectic schedule to sit down and have this chat. Armed with a positive mental attitude and an infectious personality, this episode is a real hootenanny of fun times and great conversation about rad music and movies. Definitely one of my favourite guests to have on the show.

You can listen right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

You can find Christine’s IMDB page HERE.

You can buy The Christine Nguyen Collection DVD through Amazon right HERE.

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In this week’s special episode Andrew and Damo interview writer and producer Enzo Tedeschi, and actress Bel Deliá of the 2011 Australian horror film, The Tunnel. Both Enzo and Bel take us not only behind the scenes but also through many stories and amusing anecdotes on the making of this classic cult film. This interview doesn’t feature a lot of music, in fact we only play two songs because we feel the conversation is a free flowing chat that we didn’t want to break up as to not break your concentration. Budding film makers and actors alike will find this interview both informative and enjoyable. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

 

Julie K Smith

This week I interview B-Movie legend, Julie K Smith about anything and everything to do with her lengthy career and we try to cover it all from Penthouse to Parody movies and everything in-between. Julie has been in a whole bunch of classic films and has been a fave actress of mine for many years. Never did I think I would ever have her as a guest on the show but alas, the planets aligned correctly and things happened and the lovely lady herself agreed to come on the show and chat with me thus fulfilling a life long dream. I should also point out that Julie also handpicked all the music for this show too! She gave me quite an eclectic list and while I couldn’t play everything, I definitely played a great selection from the list that she gave me that need to be heard by all. This interview is a great chat about all things Julie and if you’re a fan of her work, you’re going to love this one. Have a listen now by clicking on THIS LINK. (more…)

BURIAL GROUND: The Nights Of Terror (1981)
Directed by: Andrea Bianchi
Review by Michele.

Having paid a full two dollars, I expected a lot from Burial Ground: Nights of Terror. Boy was I wrong. I have half a mind to return to the pawn shop from which it was purchased and demand at least fifty cents back.

To start with the film was originally done in Italian and then transferred to badly dubbed English, Godzilla ain’t got nothin’ on you Burial Ground.

An overzealous professor unwittingly unleashes a horde of flesh eating zombies on a group of socialites made of three couples and one woman’s pervy son, can we say mommy issues? This concept I can get behind. What I cannot abide, is the inconsistency with which these zombies are portrayed. Like why would a zombie strangle a dude? No, I can’t find an explanation for that. Also, like since when do zombies all group together to try and use a giant log to break down a door?

In the end, the four surviving members of this tragic event seek solace in a monastery where they find…? You guessed it zombie monks. You’re so smart. The kid turns into a zombie and eats his mom, though maybe not in the way we all know he wanted to. A couple of people get put through a table saw by the zombies, cos what’s it worth being an undead zombie if you can’t be a little inventive with your meals. Every single person becomes a zombie. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Though maybe they weren’t talking about zombies.

All in all I give Burial Ground: Nights of Terror 3 out of 5 hooded zombie monks. If nothing else you can play a fun game of trying to see which zombie has the worst special effects makeup.

Honestly, how could you go wrong with a made-for-TV movie titled Sharknado that stars Beverly Hills 90210 hack Ian Ziering and Josie and the Pussycats own Tara Reid? Add some terrible acting, awful one liners and a great storyline about tornadoes and sharks attacking the California coast line and you’re sure to have some ridiculously good times.

Fin Shepard (Ziering) owns a bar by the beach. Suddenly there’s a shark attack on the beach and all hell breaks loose when a shark comes flying through the window of the bar due to an insane storm that is ravaging California. Along with his sultry bikini clad bar tender, Nova Clarke (Cassie Scerbo), and his Aussie mate Baz (Jaason Simmons) they head inland to save Fin’s family played by Tara Reid and two other randoms playing his kids. The streets are flooded and there are sharks everywhere. It’s kinda ridiculous and you have to suspend disbelief but who cares, you’re watching a movie called Sharknado so you expect awesomeness.

They aim to get to higher ground and they go to a flying school, build bombs and take on the sharknados (there’s now 3 of them). They came up with some ingenious plan to drop bombs into the tornadoes and they will blow them up as apparently science says that you can blow up tornadoes and they stop being tornadoes. Or something.

I won’t spoil it for you but let me just say that this movie was a good time. It’s a nice pisstake on the disaster film genre of which there are many. It’s good humour with some classic moments thrown in. The effects aren’t bad and in blu ray, this movie looks sweet as! There’s tons of action, some nice bloody shark killings and a lot of moments that will make you laugh at the films shameless parody of all that is wrong with Hollywood. I had fun watching Sharknado and I really am looking forward to seeing Sharknado 2. How bad could it be?

The Blu Ray looks stunning and the extras include commentary with the cast and crew, a gag reel, and a making of Sharknado featurette.

I give Sharknado a whopping 4 Cassie Scerbo’s out of 5.

How could you not like a movie called Sharktopus? I mean, really? Even better is that the legend known as Roger Corman produced it. Now anyone who loves a good B-Movie will probably already know that Roger Corman is one of the most successful independent film makers of all time. Author of the incredible book “How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood And Never Lost A Dime”, the auteur has dished out a whole slew of low budget films and they all have one thing in common; they’re highly entertaining.  The dude just knows how to make a fun and enjoyable movie and this is where Sharktopus swims in.

Before I even watched the trailer for this, I knew exactly what I was in for and sure enough, there we have it. Sharktopus is a half shark, half octopus sea monster that was invented by a group called Blue Water who were hired by the military to build some crazy weapon that they could control. Nathan Sands (Eric Roberts) and his daughter Nicole (played by cute Thai model, Sara Malakul Lane) are the brains behind the creation of Sharktopus and they are indeed proud of their work. Sadly for Nicole, her dad’s a prick who tweaked Sharktopus’ details behind her back and as you would expect, shit goes horribly wrong. It’s remote control device gets knocked off it’s body by some dudes taking their speedboat for a ride and all hell breaks loose as Sharktopus goes from being a hunter to a crazed killer. See, you love it already!

They hire Andy Flynn (Karem Bursin) who used to work for them to help capture Sharktopus. Blue Water tempt him with cash which he gladly accepts until he unfortunately witnesses his buddy, Santos (Julian Gonzalez Esparza), get killed by the unforgiving creature right before his eyes. Flynn snaps and no longer cares about the money as he is out for blood and to put a stop to Sharktopus once and for all. While all this happens, there is of course a news reporter named Stacy Everheart (Liv Boughn) who obviously wants her story on the escaped monster. She, along with her cameraman, Bones (Héctor Jiménez), does whatever it takes to get it, even if that includes acquiring the help of washed up drunken fisherman and Sharktopus eyewitness, Pez (Blake Lindsey), who when not looking at sea creatures, can’t keep his eyes off Everheart’s “rack” (I really hate that term, just sayin’).

Anyway, Sharktopus has no shortage of girls in bikinis, there’s lots of bloodshed, and heaps of people die. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s also a half shark, half octopus sea monster that is just hilarious. You have to see this thing run on the beach. This movie really is a barrel of laughs. A black comedy horror that you will definitely enjoy if you like TV movie styled b-grade cheese that is what it is. Even ole Corman himself makes an un-credited cameo in true Hitchcock style while watching some cute gal in a bikini use a metal detector when suddenly Sharktopus appears and takes her away to the depths of the ocean. Or something. Corman then picks up some doubloon that she found, tries to eat it and walks off. You know, I have always wanted to go visit Roger Corman while traveling in the USA and tell him how much I appreciate his work. I really should do that someday. But I digress…

The problem with ‘critics’ today is they want everything to be all flashy and big budget looking and they have no respect for the genuine love and good times put into movies like this 90 minutes of hilarious nonsense. You just don’t go into watching a movie called Sharktopus and expect the production values of Titannic. Sure, the CGI effects of Sharktopus look a bit dodgy but would you expect anything else? Of course not! Is Sharktopus the next Creature From The Black Lagoon? Possibly. I know for a fact that if I was to have a horror sea monster movie night at Casa Del Long Gone Loser Office, Sharktopus would definitely get a viewing over the likes of CFTBL. Nothing against CFTBL but this is just a lot more fun and nobody turned into a computer at the end (Yes, LUCY, I’m looking at you!).

The only downfall with this Blu Ray release is that there are no extras besides commentary and a trailer. The transfer isn’t bad for the most part (a few places looked kinda flat but those scenes aren’t important, they were just establishing shots), and the sound is great. The Blu Ray could have benefited with some making of docos or featurettes and cast interviews cos it really would be amusing to hear what the actors themselves think of this movie.

I give Sharktopus seven news reporters covered in blood that are trying to get a story out of ten.

 

For those in Australia, you can buy your very own copy of Sharktopus on Blu Ray from JB Hi Fi or for the rest of the world, Amazon is your friend.

There are some movies that just stay with you through life. For me, Christine is most definitely one of those movies. John Carpenter’s adaption of the Stephen King novel is a bonafide classic from the moment the credits role. It has everything; a great story, a killer car (literally), memorable characters, classic dialogue, an abundance of violence, bloodshed and, of course, some cute girls (Kelly Preston and Alexandra Paul) thrown in for good measure.

The movie is a well told story about Dennis Guilder (a football jock and a ladies man) and his best mate, Arnold ‘Arnie’ Cunningham. While on their way home from their first day back at school, Arnie sees a car for sale; a 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. The car belonged to the brother of this crazy old guy named George LeBay (played by Roberts Blossom) who tells Arnie it’s $300, but $250 for him. Without hesitation and against Dennis’ better judgement that he could get a decent car for that kind of money (I don’t know what world he lived in but who am I to argue with Dennis), Arnie buys the car and the crazy old guy calls Dennis a “shitter” for trying to talk him out of selling it to Arnie on the grounds that Arnie’s just a stupid kid. Poor Arnie! Things get worse as Arnie’s parents don’t approve of his new purchase and therefore he takes the car to an auto wreckers called Darnell’s so he can work on it away from the evil watchful eyes of his unfair parents.

While Christine looks like a heap of junk to begin with, after some hard work scrounging through Darnell’s junk pile and grabbing a hub cap, the car cleans up well and is absolutely stunning. It’s sure to please any car enthusiast. It is possibly one of the greatest cars to have ever become a screen icon and I’m sure nobody sees a 1958 Plymouth Fury these days and doesn’t make the connection between the car and this film, unless of course they haven’t seen it and that indeed is a travesty in itself. If you’re one of these people, do yourself a favour because it’s brilliant and you’re currently failing at life. Hell, if Arnie knew about this, he’d call you a “shitter” and Christine would probably curse you and play some Little Richard.

Not to give the game away too much but one night, Christine gets trashed by the school bullys and Arnie goes crazy bonkers and becomes possessed by his car. Any person that comes between Arnie and his car not only gets called a “shitter” but they start finding themselves dead, or at least injured. Actually, there’s a lot that one can learn from the dialogue of Christine. For example, this movie was the first time I ever heard the term “Cuntface” used and the delivery by Cunningham’s highschool bully, Buddy Repperton, is nothing short of brilliant. In true American cinema style, no one actually looks young enough to still be in highschool, but it doesn’t matter cos Moochie gets cut in half and they had to wipe up his legs with a little shovel, as investigator Rudolph Junkins (played by Harry Dean Stanton) explains to Arnie outside school. Oops, spoiler alert! I’ll stop there. So how do they stop him? How does Arnie go from being a nerd with a penset in his left pocket to being the guy with the coolest car and the hottest babe in school? How do they stop him? How do they stop Christine? All valid questions and you should watch it yourself to find your answers.

I had this movie on VHS for years and then eventually got it on DVD and then jumped at the chance to own it on Blu Ray. They have a done a good job on the transfer and the sound is amazing. Backed by a great soundtrack of classic 50s rock n roll, Christine sounds pristine. This is a fantastic transfer and seeing it in such definition is a blessing. Sure, some films rely on the grittiness of VHS to give it that real feel of the movie but Christine has benefitted from this, mostly in the sound department cos really, it’s just that good. Well played to those involved.

The Blu Ray extras are similar to the DVD release and include audio commentary, 20 deleted scenes and three featurettes. Still a healthy addition to one of my all time favourite cult movies, the only difference being that they’re in HD which is never been a bad thing.

Again, if you haven’t seen Christine, well you are doing yourself a great disservice. Easily one of the best Stephen King books put to film and John Carpenter is no doubt pleased with the results of this classic piece of cinema in all it’s Blu Ray HD glory.

Maybe I am biased because I love the car and this movie is part of my growing up but regardless, I give Christine ten lunches in brown paper bags destroyed by Buddy Repperton in the workshop out of ten. There is no reason to fault this film as it encompasses everything that is great about 80s horror.

You can buy Christine on Blu Ray through JB Hifi (Australia) or through Amazon (rest of the world). It’s cheap. Buy it!