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Posted by Mr Roxy 2004-01-11 18:59:32


My favorite rotten movies of all time are

1. Plan 9 From Outer Space
2. Night Of The Ghouls
3. Robot Monster
4. The Creeping Terror
5. The Terror of Tiny Town
6. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
7. Glen or Glenda
8. The Saved Hitler's Brain
9. White Pongo
10.Bride of the Gorilla

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-11 19:31:34


Day of the Triffids (possible musical subject?)

....and Blonde Venus - I never get tired of it! Perfetc for an Off-Broadway camp musical. Dietrich's "Hot Voodoo" entrance was recreated with Uma Thurman in Batman and Robin.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-11 20:26:07


I often remember The Tingler w/Vincent Price.

The theatre seats were supposed to vibrate when the Tingler was crawling around on screen. The Tingler looked like a rather large lobster tail. Oh, and I think the B&W film did some blood red tinting when Vincent's wife was in peril for her life.

Who cares to remember the William Castle films. House on Haunted Hill. In my local theater a skeleton was suspended behind the curtain next to screen and at certain times during the film the curtain would open and the skeleton would extend out into the audience on a wire. It was laughable then.

Broadway Bulldog

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-11 20:32:17


The Tingler is a classic! Judith Evelyn is fabulous in it, as the mute who can't scream, gesturing like Norma Desmond in her silents. Wife of an uptight projectionist (!), who grows the beef tenderloin, I mean, Tingler, on her spine, has it cut out only to crawl around the floor of the local Rialto. "Rotten" movie? Does my vivid description make it sound like ... like a "B" movie? I think NOT. A favorite from my childhood.

My favorite Oh-to-live-and-screw-around-in-NY-City turkey I have a warm spot for: "The Best Of Everything," with Joan Crawford, Hope Lange, Diane Baker, et al. And Johnny Mathis singing the treacly song. Rent it, you youths. That's the NY many of us aspired to! Yes, even having Joan Crawford as a boss.

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Posted by Mr Roxy 2004-01-11 20:37:21


Hey Bulldog, I love William Castle movies. I remember the Tingler & HOHH & both the publicity stunts you mention. How about "13 Ghosts" with the Ghost Viewer ( released on DVD with the viewers )& Mr Sardonicus & the famous "Punishment Poll" ( only 1 ending was shot but who cares)

There was a movie a few years ago paying homage to Castle called "Matinee" with John Goodman as the Castle charactor

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-11 21:23:52


Auggie...That's right. she was a mute, of course, she couldn't scream. I actually happened to like the film. It was more cheesey than rotton.

I loved 13 Ghosts, Rox. I saw that bout 7 times.

Bulldog.

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Posted by iflitifloat 2004-01-11 21:44:06


The Killer Shrews gets my vote. Little shaved poodles with fangs running around wreaking havoc. Circa 1959.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-11 21:48:48


The House on Haunted Hill is my all-time favorite horror flick. It was the first scary movie I ever saw. My father and I watched it on TV and the witch floating out of the closet scared the pee out of me. My father tells the skeleton story all the time (he saw it in the theatre). You can see the point where it happens in the film because there is this long pan of the cellar towards the end where nothing is happening on screen.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-11 22:11:45


Killer Shrews ? I never heard of that one. Damn, sorry I missed it. I used to see all those flicks, too.

My best friend's dad owned one of the 3 local movie theatres. But I always paid. We just went alot, lol.

Bulldog

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-12 07:00:04


Two words: COBRA WOMAN.

Oh, Auggie! THE BEST OF EVERYTHING is one of my special faves. "You and your rabbit-faced wife can go to HELL!"

LOVE HAS MANY FACES with Lana Turner and bikini-clad "Huge" O'Brian. FOXFIRE with Jane Russell and shirtless Jeff Chandler.
And THE FEMALE ANIMAL with Hedy Lamarr and Jane Powell (as Hedy's DAUGHTER) fighting over nearly-nude George Nader.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 08:18:43


The Killer Shrews is a great movie. Bad great I mean.

There is a movie called legend of bogie Creek, or something like taht which has been featured on Mystery Sciene Theater 2000. It's a lot of fun to watch with the MYST 2000 characters giving their commentary.

Night Of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Pink Flamingos, I Spit On Your Grave would all be on my list. There was a badly done movie a while back...hopefully someone can ermeber the title...It was the alst movie Bette Davis ever did, it shortly before her death while she was very ill and looked terrible. She played a chain smoking evil witch who marries a widower much to the dismay of his grown children

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Posted by ErikJ972 2004-01-12 08:31:45


Orion....
Night of the Living Dead is widely considered to be a horror classic and I'm not sure I would list it under the category of "rotten" movies...or movies so bad they are good.
I think my pick would have to be Mommy Dearest. That movie never fails to cheer me up when I'm in a bad mood.

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Posted by JohnPopa 2004-01-12 08:35:55


Have you SEEN "Night of the Living Dead?" Trust me, it fits in this category. It's notoriety has nothing to do with its quality.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 08:37:31


I put that one on the list because it really is a cheaply made movie even though it has become a classic. I don't think it was ever meant to be a great movie. It just gained taht status over teh years. i sometimes think that the genius in it was unintentional

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Posted by JohnPopa 2004-01-12 08:46:44


I offer up the opus THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT starring one Casey Kasem as our hero, Bruce Dern as the tragic scientist genius and Pat Priest, she of Marilyn Munster fame, as his damsel in distress.

When I met Pat at a comic book convention and had her sign the video she laughed, shook her head and said 'there's always one of you with this.'

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-12 08:53:15


Master: Where are Hugh O'Brian and George Nader when you need them? Or ... Stephen Boyd (in The Oscar? Or anything?)

Stephen made me want plastic surgery as a kid, so I could have a cleft chin. But Michael Jackson got there first.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 09:00:38


What about the movie with Rosie Greer where a white bigot gets a head transplant from a black guy. They end with two heads that are always fighting each other. Or, the one where the guy saves his fiancee's head after it is severed in an accident. He intends to transplant it onto a body. The head sits in a pan of fluid throughout the movie conversing with the guy. I wish I could remember the names of these movies. It's too early and I haven't had enough coffee yet to get the brain working.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 09:21:18


I also need to add Trilogy Of Terror with Karen Black.

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-12 09:45:10


THE THING WITH TWO HEADS is the fiulm you are thinking of, Orion dear!

MOMMIE DEAREST is in a class by itself.

And Hugh O'Brian has his own website (where you can order pricey photographs, but alas, not such niceties as his underwear)- and he founded H.O.B.Y.: Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership.

And I KNOW it is a perfectly honorable organization with laudable goals, but I am sorry... I can't help giggling. It's all too nifty.org!

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Posted by papalovesmambo 2004-01-12 09:53:28


i humbly submit the classic revenger, "i spit on your grave," and the first "toxic avenger" (or anything from troma for that matter).

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-12 10:12:45


Where was the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership when I was a youth? Damn, I might've turned out so differently.

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Posted by bongoboy 2004-01-12 10:28:55


I've got two.

1) Reform School Girls W/ Wendy O'Williams
favorite quote..."Let's beat the Sh*t out of each other!!!"

2) The Lonely Lady w/ Pia Zadora
favorite scene...sexual assault by a garden hose

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Posted by ErikJ972 2004-01-12 10:58:09


I'd also like to add my choice for best movie about rotten movies. I love Ed Wood. I'm excited for the upcoming special edition release on DVD.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 11:37:51


orion59 - Bette Davis film could be the made-for-TV Burnt Offerings (which scared me as a kid) or Watcher in the Woods, maybe?

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 11:41:03


Bongo, I was suprised it took someone so long to bring up the sublime Lonely Lady. There are too many scenes to mention but the pool scene and the shower/breakdown scene are two of my very favorite pieces of film ever put to celluliod. And that theme song...WOW!

Mister Matt, I too had horrible nightmares from HOHH. That witch haunted me for years. Really. I was a very impressionable child and my cruel older brothers (the straight ones, of course) tricked me into seeing it. They said it was a comedy with Abbott and Costello. I left the theatre in tears. They of course, thought it was hysterical. It was not till I was grown that I had the nerve to watch it again and realized how bad and campy it was.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 11:50:54


No, the Bette Davis movie wasn't either of those. This one was a really campy, badly made cult film. It was called Stepmother, or something similar to that. It's so much fun if you find it anywhere. One scene has the daughter running to her room crying over the fact that her father has just married this evil little chain smoking creature. The girl starts lamenting to a picture of her dead mother in a frame on her dresser, talking about how cruel and evil this woman is...camera pans in to show the picture is Joan Crawford. Classic camp.

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Posted by bongoboy 2004-01-12 11:53:12


Yes, Suleen...I think it's time for another viewing of Lonely Lady...it's been WAY too long!!!

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 12:05:13


Orion, could this be it?

http://imdb.com/title/tt0098649/

WICKED STEPMOTHER

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 12:08:53


Yeah, that's it.

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-12 13:27:49


I almost forgot:

SCORCHY with Connie Stevens (as federal undercover agent Jackie Parker) and Cesare Danova. Highlight: A heart-stopping climatic chase with golf carts.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 13:41:06


Bay City Roller with Raquel Welch. I saw this movie a dozen times when I was a kid.

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 13:42:23


I caught the end of one of the Best of the Worst TV movies on cable yesterday. Tori Spelling in MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP WITH DANGER?
Also a candidate for worst title.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 13:47:01


that's a Lifetime movie, you have expect it to be bad. All their movies are bad. They always star Valerie Brtenelli, Michelle Lee or Nancy McKeon...once in a while Markie Post and Judith Light for variety...and they almost always have bad titles. Although, "Mother May I Sleep With Danger" has got to be the worst.

I have to admit though, their have many Sunday afternoons taht i have gotten sucked into a Lifetime in spite of myself. They can be a fun guilty pleasure.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 13:59:40


Then of course, there's my favorite bad 80s films - Flash Gordon and Xanadu. I've seen both hundreds of times.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 14:05:32


Sextette with Mae West and You Can't Stop The Music with The Village People

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Posted by SonofMammaMiaSam 2004-01-12 14:12:39


Flesh Gordon

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Posted by TheaterBaby 2004-01-12 14:43:10


I love Lifetime movies. I think one of my favorite would have to be, "A Face To Die For."

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 14:44:27


Wanna see a train wreck? Rent HUDSON HAWK!

http://imdb.com/title/tt0102070/

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 14:46:08


Whatever happened to the original cut of Flesh Gordon? The only version I've ever seen available has all the good stuff edited out, but occasionally you'll catch a fleeting glimpse of something that shouldn't have gotten past the censors.

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Posted by SonofMammaMiaSam 2004-01-12 14:47:05


Does anyone remember "THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD"? What ever happened to Debralee Scott?

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 14:52:35


Whatever happened to Michael Sarazzin? He was a cutie.

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Posted by bongoboy 2004-01-12 15:12:43


I remember "Peter Proud". I read the book after I saw the movie. I don't remember it being that bad...I guess I liked the idea of reincarnation.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 16:12:00


I think I saw Peter Proud. It sounds very familiar.

I'm trying to remember the name of a 70s movie I saw on TV as a kid that haunted me for years. All I remember is the final scene in which a young woman in a white robe is advancing towards someone with a knife and she removes her wig to reveal she's......a man? someone he knows? I don't remember, but teh expression on the psycho's face was burned into my brain forever.

I also remember another 70s flick about a clay scuptor who hid his victims in his works (not unlike House of Wax). Same movie as above? I don't think so, but it scared me, too.

And believe it or not, I actually remember seeing The Fearless Vampire Killers (aka Dance of the Vampires) on TV. I couldn't have been more than 5 years old. I only remember something about a frozen man with bite marks on his neck and flashes of the ballroom scene.

I would love to find all these and watch them again now that I'm older.

PS - Burnt Offerings with Bette Davis was pretty bizarre and creepy. Remember that scary driver who kept popping up? He was as bad as the video-camera guy in Lost Highway.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 16:17:05


I remeber the Fearless Vampire Killers.

I also remember a really horrible movie called The Fan in which Lauren Bacall plays a Broadway star being stalked by a psychotic killer. The best scene in this movie was Lauren doing her big cheesy Broadway showstopper, Hearts Not Diamonds. She craoked and hit every sour note she could find while chorus boys and girls danced around her in a number that was part Chorus Line and part Sigfried and Roy. A terrible movie worth seeing for a laugh and especially worth it for Broadway fans.

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Posted by Elphie 2004-01-12 16:18:19


Favortie Rotten Movies
1) Scary Movie- Top Choice!
2) Dick- Its not really stupid, but just because it seems to be about two ditzy high school teens- it got a bad image
3) Bring It On
4) Not Another Teen Movie
5) Saving Silverman
6) Drop Dead Gorgeous

All those stupid teen movies make me laugh.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 16:49:47


Wasn't The Fan with the dreamy Michael Biehn?

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-12 17:50:49


Yes he was in The Fan. I think he played the psychotic stalker.

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Posted by Mr Roxy 2004-01-12 18:41:05


To Orion 59

The 2 headed mess was " The Thing With 2 Heads " (Clever title)

There is also "Myra Breckenridge" ( The Gone With The Wind " of turkeys) . There is also a soft porn movies called " Chatterbox". The title says it all

Back in the mid 1980's, we had the World's Worst Film Festival in NYC. People flocked to it knowing they would see all turkeys. There were more turkeys on display than on Thanksgiving

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-12 18:56:55


"The best scene in this movie was Lauren doing her big cheesy Broadway showstopper, Hearts Not Diamonds. She craoked and hit every sour note she could find while chorus boys and girls danced around her in a number that was part Chorus Line and part Sigfried and Roy."
Orion59

"It's always fun to hear Lauren Bacall sing, and she's in good, sardonic form, joining Barrett for a combination of "You Haven't Changed at All" (The Day Before Spring) and "I Remember It Well" (Gigi).
Ken Mandelbaum (reviewing Brent Battett's new CD on Broadway.com

Hmmm...makes you think, don't it. What exactly does Ken mean by "fun?"

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Posted by DofB5 2004-01-12 18:59:32



"Whatever happened to Michael Sarazzin? He was a cutie."

Did anyone ever see "Frankenstein: The True Story"? I liked that version very much. It made so much more sense to me to have a handsome "monster" instead of the old flat top model to start out with. I mean, if your going to go to the trouble of making something, aren't you going to make it the best you can?

It would be more understandable to see him evolve or mutate or whatever you want to call it, into something else.

Michael Sarazzin did an outstanding job of playing the handsome “monster” who couldn’t understand why Victor, the man who was so proud of him to begin with, turn against him.

I wonder if this is on DVD someplace? I wouldn’t mind seeing it again.


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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-12 19:21:21


The Fan has some of the strangest moments captured on film during the 80s. Bacall's first rehearsal with gushing gypsies, when she begs them to be patient (!) because the musical theater is terra nova for her. The show itself, including that "Hearts, Not Diamonds" number (with a chorus chanting "A remarkable woman IS!"), is a sort of cheeseball version of LADY IN THE DARK mixed with outtakes from ALL THAT JAZZ. Bacall wears satin pajamas in something like a jail cell. Whats startling is how it points up Bacall's limitations, and it came out just as she opened in WOMAN OF THE YEAR on b'way. (OT: my favorite Bacall musical moment recorded, "God damn it! I AM! The Wo-MAN! OF! The! YEEEEEEAR!")

The whole show-within-a-movie was filmed in the old Entermedia, down on the lower East Side, and bears no resemblence to a broadway house. Her final confrontation with pouty Bien, when she bravely talks him down, ascends to camp heaven.

I think I know way too much about this movie.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-12 20:35:30


DofB5 - I saw Franenstein - The True Story ages ago on TV. I remember thinking, "He doesn't look like Frankenstein at all!" I found it to be much creepier than any other Frankenstein film I've ever seen. Something about the way it was filmed. It wasn't much on makeup or special effects. It just had this really eerie feeling about it played with subtle honesty that just made me want to go wash out my head with a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-12 23:39:35


THE CARDINAL w/Tom Tyron before he wrote dirty books.

It was a bad movie at the time but perhaps improved with age especially since Criterion has distributed it on DVD.

HURRY SUNDOWN with Jane Fonda, directed by Otto Premminger. (I still can't believe he was sleepy with GYPSY.)
A modern story of the true South. ugh!

Bulldog

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-13 08:02:45


The Cardinal? Is that the old Montgomery Clift movie? That was a great movie.

Auggie, Don't feel bad knowing too much about The Fan. I'm impressed that anyone would know so much about uch a bad movie. I recently came across a used copy on vhs in a small video store that was going out of business. I was so thrilled to find it. I hadn't seen it in years. They were selling it for 3.99. I have played the Hearts Not Diamonds number over and over since I aquired it beacuse, as Mendelbaum said, it is FUN to hear Bacall sing.

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Posted by ghostlight 2004-01-13 08:18:38


I love The Cardinal too! I certainly wouldn't rank it in this category.

Plan 9 definitely gets my #1 bad movie vote. Its hilarious to watch.

Anyone ever see Scanners? It was awful. Heads explode - literally! This list is cracking me up!! Blasts from the past. I'll be hitting the library/video store this weekend to look for some of these winners.

Orion- Bay City Rollers -ROFLMAO!!

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-13 08:55:39


Thanks Orion. I was gonna delete my "Fan" post, it looked like it was written on speed.

As for "The Cardinal," it was a favorite in my childhood. Does anyone else remember the haunting musical score? It was infectious and beautiful. And it was a movie with an intermission! Remember those? I also recall that Romy Schneider was the Temptation, and that Carol Lynley played both his sister, and later his gown up neice, who survived because they couldn't crush her skull to save the sis's life, because that would be a Cardinal Sin. Something like that. I cried and cried when I was 12. The damned thing is never on TV.

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-13 09:51:07


The FAN's awful musical number brings to mind TORCH SONG and the equally jaw-dropping "Two-Faced Woman"!

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-13 15:17:12


Not to mention the intentionally bad "Songbird". The 80s musical version of Sweet Bird of Youth featured in Death Becomes Her. I love it when they break out into disco. It made me want to see the whole show.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-13 21:47:03


I didn't make it clear that THE CARDINAL was a favorite of mine, too. I saw the film about 5 times. It was generally panned when it opened which I intended to convey. The score was indeed haunting Auggie. It was written my Jerome Moross who:

"...wrote music for a variety of different media, but seemed most at home composing ballets. He dabbled in Broadway show music (notably 1954's The Golden Apple) and in classical forms, and, between 1948 and 1969, he wrote a series of motion picture scores...

Moross also wrote the score for THE BIG COUNTRY, that terrific Western.

Bulldog

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-13 22:07:25


James Moross. I will look it up, Bulldog. Thank you. I would've sworn it was an Elmer Bernstein type or the equiv. (in terms of profile.) I can hum the predominate theme in my head as I type this. Amazing, the things that stick. Again, it's odd, no? That the film never surfaces on TV?

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Posted by Mrs B 2004-01-13 22:47:04


Does anyone know the name of the television movie where Linda Purl and Shaun Cassidy played mentally challended people in love? That ended his career as an "actor" pretty quickly.

And "Lace"- "Which of you bitches is my mother?"

I want Phoebe Cates to attend the get together and say that to someone.

My best friend (like an American Rupert Evert) read me chapters from a book called SCREENING ROOM- it was very rude and very funny. We only read the chapter on SOUND OF MUSIC but I want to read more of it.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-13 23:03:29


Auggie, BTW, It's Jerome. I corrected my mistake. My fingers were doing their own thing as I thought his name.

Bulldog

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Posted by MasterLcZ 2004-01-13 23:14:46


Have people forgotten SHOWGIRLS so soon?

"I'm not a STRIPPAH, I'm a DANCE-AH!"

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-14 01:15:19


Here you go, Mrs.B. LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE

http://imdb.com/title/tt0079471/

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-14 08:32:41


The Cardinal may have been panned by critics when it first came out but I never thought of it as a bad movie in the same sense as some of the others we've listed here. Of course, the fact that as a child I thought Montgomery Clift was the most handsome man in the world probably taints my opinion of any movie in which he starred.

The Queen of Mean, anyone?
Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-14 09:26:45


To those who posted about Movies of the Week, you missed the definitive star: Meredith Baxter Birney. She had breast cancer, mental illness, bullemia, she killed her husband, she (fill in the blank). Here's to you, Meredith. A bland blonde who was every network's idea of Everywoman, clearly. The WASPy chameleon from hell.

My favorite MOW is actually pretty damned good. THE QUEEN OF MEAN, with Suzanne Pleshette wearing fake teeth to chomp down the hotel walls as she plays Leona Helmsley. Anyone else like that one? I used to show that and MOMMIE DEAREST as a double feature. I love Suzanne, particularly in the scene where she chews out her son because his thievery threatens to come between her and Harry H (well played, by a befuddled Lloyd Bridges). The way she snarls, "If you screw this up for me, I'll hang you out to dry!" is chilling.

QUEEN OF MEAN is a grabber, though afterwards, you feel like you've been rolling around naked on a bed of NY Posts.

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-14 09:29:53


Orion, I think you are confusing THE CARDINAL with I CONFESS. Tom Tyron was in THE CARDINAL, Clift in I CONFESS.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-14 09:38:51


OMG, you're right Sueleen. I am thinking of I Confess. I'm so bad at remembering movie titles.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-14 10:27:57


Mrs B - Shaun Cassidy and Linda Purl were in "Like Normal People"

I wish someone knew the name of the 70s movie I described with the psycho girl in the attic that removes her wig wearing a white nightgown. I think she turned out to be a man in drag. I really want to see that again.

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Posted by Auggie27 2004-01-14 11:40:09


Matt, maybe you want to take this 70s movie up with a therapist? Yikes, maybe it's ... a dream! Who is that nightgown clad drag queen in the attic?

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-14 11:49:15


Maybe it was Namo. I'm sure he'd like to get in a few stabs.

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Posted by lassy 2004-01-14 12:57:25


Orion,

I saw Trilogy of Terror a few years ago and I still can't get the image of a grinning Karen Black with a spear out of my mind.

I never understood why anyone would want to stalk Lauren Bacall in The Fan. I read the novel after I saw the movie. Creepy. Like a message board sometimes.

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Posted by orion59 2004-01-14 13:17:09


lassy, that was the other thing about The Fan that I found unbelievable. A young good looking guy becomes infatuated with her, an old, nicotine stained, gravely voiced diva witch.

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Posted by DofB5 2004-01-14 20:07:24


I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers that movie, Mister Matt. I do wish they would release it to DVD. I'd kinda like to see it again.

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Thanks!
Posted by Mrs B 2004-01-15 00:38:24


Thanks to Sueleen and Mister Matt for the assist on the name of the movie!

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-15 23:22:01


QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE starring Zza Zza Gabor. As Maltin describes it, "Manned rocketship from Earth is abducted to Venus, where the planet is ruled entirely by women."

Smelly silliness in Cinemascope. And it was.

Bulldog



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Posted by son_of_a_gunn_25 2004-01-15 23:31:13


This will probably show just how young I am but has anyone seen the movie Mac and Me? I have to say I don't think its a very good movie but I love it. I went for years remembering having rented it when I was really small and watching it but could not remember the name. Then destiny brought me to the bargain bin at Walmart and there it was, and it all came flooding back. I loved the dance number in McDonald's. It was cheesy but I loved it!

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Posted by Javi 2004-01-19 03:58:38


Mister Matt, I can't let you suffer any more sleepless nights. Is the movie you are referring to Brian De Palma's 'Dressed To Kill'?

Plot: Sexually bored housewife Kate Miller allows herself to be picked up in an art gallery by a complete stranger for a afternoon's casual sex back at his apartment. But as she leaves she is hacked to death in the elevator by a woman in a blonde wig and dark glasses wielding a razor. The police suspect callgirl Liz Blake who was leaving another apartment at the same time. Liz teams with the Kate's teenage son Peter to find the real killer and clear herself.

Javi

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Posted by RobbO 2004-01-19 08:11:48


"I Saw What You Did...and I know Who You Are," starring an aged and progressively drunker Joan Crawford wearing a chandelier for a necklace.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-19 10:35:41


Javi - No it wasn't, but thanks for trying. This film was much earlier. Probably early 70s. A very strong image occuring in an attic of a "woman" (actually revealing herself to be a man in drag)in a white nightgown holding a wig in one hand and a knife in the other advancing on her victim with a very disturbing pyschotic expression on his/her face.

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-19 13:39:54


Perhaps one of the PSYCHO sequels?

Not to be confused with Joan Crawford's STRAIGHT JACKET. The extreme precurser version of MOMMIE DEAREST.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-19 14:30:53


No. The Psycho sequels didn't start until the 80s. I don't think there was anyone as renown as Crawford in this film. ARRRRGHH!!!! It's driving me crazy! I can visualize the whole thing. It may have had something to do with a babysitter (perhaps in the title?).

It's like that other film with the sculptor guy who encased his victims in clay (and it wasn't House of Wax). I know the main character was a popular actor at the time - late 60s early 70s. The typical lead female discovers them by accidentally knocking one over in his studio and starts screaming. Of course, she cannot get away because he is walking very slowly towards her. No matter how fast the victims run, they will never get away and the killers just sort of stroll along...

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-19 14:49:57


Matt. I wasn't suggesting it was Crawford's STRAIGHT JACKET. I was simply adding that film to the list.

As for the sculture who murdered his victims and encased them in clay...I saw that too, numerous times!..I can see one statue with the pizza pie thing stuck in its skull...it was very similar in tone to the original LITTLE SHOP.

I suspect the name'll come to me.

Bulldog

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-19 17:45:58


I'm so glad someone remembers at least one of the films I was talking about. I was beginning to think I was going nuts.

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Posted by SueleenGay 2004-01-20 01:08:01


Hey Matt, I was thinking about your nightmare and wondered if it was the TV show Night Gallery? That show scared me when I was a kid and a lot of the images from some of those episodes scared me for years. Could that be what you are thinking of? Or did you see this in a theatre?

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-20 13:07:15


SueleenGay - No. I remember they were those cheesy Saturday Afternoon movies. You know the ones. Low-budget uknown flicks they assume no one will watch because they shouldn't be sitting in front of a TV in the middle of a Saturday. Something like "Horror at 37,000 Feet" or "The Babysitter".

Cheesey Saturday Movies
Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-20 21:32:39


Speaking of cheesey Saturday afternoon films, I always recall The 30 Foot Brid of Candy Rock

Only film starring Lou Costello without Bud Abbott. This 1959 film had Dorothy Provine enlarged to gigantic proportions.

Remember Dorothy from TV's "The Roaring Twenties"?

The sequel was to have been a porn flick "The 30 Foot Bride meets the Incredible Shrinking Man" till the producer realized this was a common occurance and no one was going to pay for what they could see at home for free.

Bulldog

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Posted by Broadway Bulldog 2004-01-20 21:59:05


Here you go Matt. I knew I'd find it. Now how could it have been so difficult? The title came to me immediately...

A Bucket of Blood (1959)


Walter Paisley, nerdish waiter at a Bohemian cafe, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady's cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor - but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing...

Gee, sounds a bit like LITTLE SHOP...hmmmm.

Bulldog


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Posted by Javi 2004-01-21 06:48:38


Mister Matt, let's try this again because I'm really worried about your sleepless nights he he he he. Is the movie you're thinking of 'Don't Open The Door' (1975)? Here's the plot:

From imdb:
The plot deals with a curvaceous blonde named Amanda returning to her hometown to care for her sick grandmother. Years ago her mother was stabbed to death there by an unknown slasher. Once she is back at the house, a freaked out transvestite starts axing random folks and calling Amanda, seducing her and whispering perverse lines over the phone.

HIGHLIGHT: Even though I was expecting it, it was still kinda creepy when that mannequin turned out to be the museum director in drag. Holy cross-dressing psychopaths, Batman!

Javi

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-21 07:37:07


Bulldog - I'm going to check out Bucket of Blood. I'm not sure if that's it, but it sounds right. The funny thing is, my father always talks about seeing that movie at the drive-in as a double-feature with 2000 Maniacs when dating my mother.

Javi - OMG!! I sure that's it! The thing about the mannequin sounds exactly like the scene I remember! Now I just have to see if I can find a copy...

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Posted by Javi 2004-01-21 07:51:35


Mister Matt, you're in luck! Deep Discount Dvd has 'Don't Open The Door' DVD for just $5.99! I'm about to order 'Camp' and 'Spellbound', I might just order a copy of that movie as well. :)

Javi

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Posted by Mister Matt 2004-01-21 11:06:33


I'm afraid I'll have to get this one. Thank goodness it's so cheap, but I can't wait to see it again.