Movies, Movies, And More Movies

Found myself on the run again but my motorcycle crashed into a barbed wire fence

I could’ve sworn you were following me in a run away soviet submarine

I saw your face in the rearview mirror, I turn around and your not there

Now I’m trapped in a building and I’m tied to the top

An I’m trying to make it out before the bomb goes off

I think I know, its like id seen it all before

And I think I know

So please keep quiet don’t spoil the ending”

Stuck In A MovieThe Aquabats!

Here is a list of some of my favorite movies. It is not exhaustive, but it is extensive. I decided to put them in release order. I’m going to keep it to only one or two sentences for each movie due to the length of the list. I hope you find this interesting. Enjoy!

The Wolfman (1941) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034398/ – Classic Horror

In my opinion, this is the best werewolf movie ever made. Even better than The Howling (1981) which is a great film as well. 

Forbidden Planet (1956) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049223 – Classic Science Fiction

The best science fiction film ever made in my humble opinion. It has action, drama, and a strong message.

Green Slime (1968) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064393 – Science Fiction Horror

Crazy science fiction fun. I watch it whenever I just need a good escape.

Star War: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684 – Science Fiction

The best of the original trilogy. Some much happens in this film.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971 – Action Adventure

The first of the Indiana Jones films. Saw it in theaters. I still watch it every chance I get.

The Thing (1982) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787 – Horror

This movie freaked me out and grossed me out at the same time. I love it.

Strange Brew (1983) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086373 – Comedy

I love The Great White North and Bob and Doug McKenzie. This movie is awesome.

Ice Pirates (1984) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087451 – Science Fiction Comedy

A great cast. Lots of fun action. Worth a watch if you can find it.

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089907 – Horror Comedy

Punks vs the undead. There is no better zombie movie.

Night Of The Comet (1984) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087799 – Science Fiction Horror Comedy

Two military brats vs a world of mutants and evil scientists. What could be better?

Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090728 – Action Fantasy Comedy

Best spoof of Kung Fu movies ever made.

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091419 – Musical Comedy Horror

Technically a remake of The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960), but far superior in every way as far as I am concerned.

Prince Of Darkness (1987) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093777 – Horror

Although it is heretical to the Christian faith, I love this movie. It is a thinking man’s horror.

Die Hard (1988) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095016 – Action

Bruce Willis’ big breakout movie role. It’s not Christmas without a viewing of this film.

Tremors (1990) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100814 – Action Horror

Best American giant monster movie and series. Love the whole franchise. Great cast.

Hudson Hawk (1991) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102070 – Musical Action Comedy

Bruce Willis as a singing thief. What could be better?

Deep Rising (1998) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118956 – Horror

A great sea-borne horror movie. It stars Treat Williams and Kevin J. O’Connor, how could that be better.

The Matrix (1999) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093 – Science Fiction

Keanu Reeves best film after Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). No spoilers. Just watch it.

Hellboy (2004) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167190 – Action Horror Comedy

Ron Perlman is one of my favorite actors. Him as Hellboy is a dream come true.

Hot Fuzz (2007) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425112 – Police Comedy

Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s second movie as a team. This is my favorite police comedy.

The Avengers (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228 – Super Heroes

There is something magical about this movie. None of the other Marvel films eclipse it. 

The Cabin In The Woods (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259521 – Horror

Best horror movie ever made.

Dredd (2012) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343727 – Cyberpunk Action

Judge Dredd as he should be done. Great Movie.

Hellboy (2019) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2274648 – Action Horror

Although it does not have Ron Perlman in it, it is still an awesome film. Great cast and story.

Steampunk Revolution?

“We’ve got a steampunk revolution

We’re tired of all your so-called evolution

We’ve darted back to 1886

Don’t ask us why; that’s how we get our kicks”

Steampunk RevolutionAbney Park

I have admired Steampunk from afar for a while now. I’ve enjoyed the costumes, the machines, the music, and the creativity. I’ve read a few steampunk books. I ran one of the many steampunk role-playing games a long time ago. In fact, I recently discovered Professor Elemental’s steampunk-flavored hip hop. But in the end, I really don’t get it.

Was the age of steam really that great? I refer, of course, to the Victorian era. (And I hate to break it two you, but most of our electric power is still generated via steam. It is just heated by more sources than coal.) 

Don’t get me wrong. The Victorian era was an era of discovery and adventure. The world was still a big place then. It took a long time to travel from country to country. Ships and trains ruled the day. Much of the world was still unexplored.

What is steampunk trying to capture or recapture? 

Is it the romance of the Victorian era or the adventure or the discoveries? Or is it just a DIY movement with cool fashions? Or is it to satisfy a deep need in some of us to explore that modern life can’t satisfy?

I thought about putting together a costume and going to a steampunk event or two, but I would just be a poser. (I could see myself getting into a steampunk role-playing game, but I’m not sure I’m qualified to run one.) So I guess I will have to content myself with listening to Abney Park and Professor Elemental and admiring steampunk creations in pictures and videos.

A Circus Every Saturday Night

“Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the circus at the end of the world! Tonight, for your pleasure, we will laugh, and cry, and dance, and sing, but don’t worry! None of it means a thing!”

The Circus At the End of the WorldAbney Park

I sit in my living room in my comfy chair watching Revenge Of The Creature (1955) as I write this. Am I watching TCM or FXM? Nope. I’m watching Svengoolie.

So what is Svengoolie? Svengoolie is a horror host. More specifically, he is a character on a TV show that shows classic (and not so classic) horror and science fiction movies. The show, of the same name, is currently aired nationally on MeTV and locally in the Chicago area

What is a horror host? Well, a horror host is a TV personality that hosts horror movies. They usually introduce the film then break-in before or after the commercial breaks and give you info on the film or make fun of it or both. Other examples of horror hosts are Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs.

I’ve loved horror hosts and classic horror films since I was a child. I watched many classic horror and science fiction films on the Vegas Vampire’s show growing up. I still love horror hosts and the classics of horror and science fiction. Hence watching Svengoolie every week.

I could type all night about classic horror films and horror hosts, but instead, I’ll point you at good sources for information on the topic horror hosts:

And finally, I’ll leave you with the Trailer for American Scary: