Posts Tagged ‘shaun of the dead

29
Oct
08

Off the Trick or Treatin’ Path: Chas’ Halloween Movie Picks

Officially endorsed and sanctioned by Chas, here are my movie suggestions for Halloween:

 

“28 days later” (2002) – A bike courier (Cillian Murphy) wakes up 28 days after being side-swiped. Walking around, he finds that he’s one of the few not infected by the Rage, a virus that turns people into wild, thrashing, meat-craving zombies.

 

 

 

“An American Werewolf in London” (1981) – John Landis wrote and directed this tale of two American guys hiking through England; one winds up dead, the other a werewolf. Known for its transformation scene, the movie won Rick Baker an Oscar for makeup. After watching, remember to stay clear of the moors.

 

 

“Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’” (1992) – Francis Ford Coppola gave us his rendition of Bram Stoker’s story, with Gary Oldman playing the title character. Also stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. Worth the rental, if not owning.

 

 

 

“Event Horizon” (1997) – The Event Horizon was a spaceship built to bend time and space in order to travel. It disappeared 7 years ago, and has mysteriously reappeared. A salvage crew, and the ship’s designer, go to find out what happened. When they find out what really happened, they do everything they can in order to escape.

 

 

“The Fog” (1980) – A John Carpenter movie, this deals with Antonio Bay and its celebration of its founding. Problem is, a crew that shipwrecked in the bay 200 years earlier has returned to exact their revenge for the gold taken from their ship to build the town. It’s the first movie in which Janet Leigh and her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, appeared together in.

 

 

“In the Mouth of Madness” (1995) – Another John Carpenter movie with Sam Neill as an insurance fraud investigator hired to find reclusive horror writer Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow) Creepy, based on the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. “Do you read Sutter Cane?”

 

 

 

 

“Session 9” (2001) – Brad Anderson directed movie about a hazardous materials crew cleaning out the abandoned Danvers State Mental Hospital. And then it all goes wrong. Stars David Caruso, Josh Lucas, and Peter Mullan. “Hello Gordon…”

 

 

 

And just for fun…

 

“Army of Darkness” (1992) – The third of the “Evil Dead” movies, Ash (Bruce Campbell) is sent back to the Medieval Ages. When he accidentally releases the forces of evil, it’s up to him and his chainsaw to rectify everything before being sent back to the present. “Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.”

 

 

“Shaun of the Dead” (2004) – Simon Pegg stars as Shaun, and Nick Frost is his best friend Ed. Together, they must fight to stay alive against a world turned to –literal- zombies. Some of the best parodying/spoofing of the zombie genre.

 

 

 

“Student Bodies” (1981) – Early Eighties spoof of the horror/slasher genre. “The Breather” goes around creatively killing high school kids having sex. Trivia note: the voice of the “Breather” was done by Richard Belzer.

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10
Jun
08

Queen at the Movies (a Top 5 list)

The British rock band Queen, lead by late singer Freddie Mercury, contributed some of the most popular and memorable music to the world from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Whether you were at a sports game and heard “We Will Rock You,” or “Another One Bites the Dust,” or sat through “Highlander” (which they soundtracked), Queen’s presence in pop culture has been widely acknowledged. Today, I list the Top Five Uses of Queen Music in the Movies:

 

“Blades of Glory” (2007) – Will Ferrell and Jon Heder are ice skaters who hatch a plan to resurrect their careers by joining up for a “couples” ice skating event. While you know this is a Will Ferrell movie (and that he’s gonna find a way to win) the actual surprise (or maybe not) was their choice for the music to skate to: Queen’s “Flash” theme (for the movie “Flash Gordon”). The bass drum and piano chord opening made the entire scene worth it.

 

“Shaun of the Dead” (2004) – When Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his friends are holed-up in the Winchester Bar, Shaun finds that not only does he have to fight off the undead outside, but the bar’s owners are undead and they’re inside. The jukebox kicks on and begins playing Queen’s, “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and Shaun and friends are beating the male owner of the Winchester on the head with sticks and shovels, while his girlfriend and mom sit on the side bopping along to the music. “Kill the Queen!” “What?!?” “The jukebox!” Good double-entendre there.

 

“Grosse Pointe Blank” (1997) – Martin Blank (John Cusack) returns to his hometown from a 10-year sojourn and is sent to kill the father of his love interest (Minnie Driver), as well as watching out for a hitman sent to kill him, Federal Agents, and rival hitman Dan Akyroyd. In one scene he attends his 10-year high school reunion and is talking with a former classmate who introduces him to her kid. Martin stares at the kid, possibly pondering the miracle of life. Enter Queen’s “Under Pressure.”

 

“Iron Eagle” (1986) – When Col. Ted Masters (Tim Thomerson) is caught and taken hostage in the Middle East, it’s up to his son Doug (Jason Gedrick) and friend Chappy Sinclair (Louis Gossett, Jr.) to hack into computers, scramble some jets, and complete a covert rescue mission. And when you’re blowing up bad guys and their equipment, you may find yourself kicking-on your cassette player and dispensing justice via Queen’s “One Vision.” Just maybe.

 

“Wayne’s World” (1992) – It’s just another day in the life of Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and pal Garth Algar (Dana Carvey). When they go to pick some friends of their up, what music is better to blast in the Mirthmobile than Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody?” A huge song in the UK upon its original release, the song did moderately okay in the United States. With its use in “Wayne’s World,” the song’s re-release shot it to #1 on the Billboard Charts. “Magnifi-co-oh-oh-oh…”