Followers of this site know of my bi-annual tradition of the Turkey Day Marathon, which is always a lot of fun. There really is something to be said about a film that might have tried so hard to be good, but just missed the bullseye. Or in some cases the dart board entirely! But as I’ve always said, if we’re still entertained, then it can’t be a bad movie. Now these aren’t movies that just terrible, but ones that you actually do love to watch. Over nearly two decades, we’ve been watching a lot of Turkeys during those events, not to mention the ones that we watch on a regular basis, and they never lose their charm.
So… let’s hear some of your favorite Turkeys? Would it be Robot Monster? The classic Ed Wood epic Plan 9 from Outer Space? Maybe sometime a little more modern day, perhaps? For me, a lot of these films seem to bring back my childhood, making me feel like a little kid again amazed at what I’m seeing on the screen. The floor is now yours to stand proudly and say “MY FAVORITE TURKEY IS….. AND I LOVE IT!
For today’s favorite question, we’re going with something more traditional. Zombie films are extremely popular and there are so many really good ones, maybe it might be tough to chose a favorite. Maybe this will help a little bit.
This is what I’m classifying as a zombie film: they must be the living dead. They don’t have to be flesh eaters, but they must be the dead. Simple enough? Will everyone be picking Night of the Living Dead? Dawn of the Dead? Fulci’s Zombie? Or is your favorite a little more obscure? So let’s hear from you in the comment section below.
For me, growing up in the early ’70s, Made-for-TV Movies were the shit! So many great ones coming through the airwaves into our home. Granted, many of them were thanks to Dan Curtis, but that is beside the point. What was one that you saw on TV, that was MADE for TV and you would consider it your favorite?
Dial in and post your answers below.
In 1985, I worked in a movie theater, that was lucky enough to have Re-Animator playing at it. That was my introduction to Stuart Gordon. It would be another 17 years before I actually meet the man, but by that time, I had seen all of his feature films and more than a few of them, seeing them multiple times. Seeing Re-Animator back then was amazing because I had never seen anything like it before. The gore, the nudity, the humor, was all so over the top, but still effective all the way around. This film was definitely a fluke either, because Gordon continued to create more and more pictures that were just as entertaining and effective, each and every time.
But as we all know already, we have lost this great talent, when he passed away yesterday, at the age of 72. The first time I got to meet him, it was at the Gateway Theater in Chicago for a small movie convention/film fest. They were screening Gordon’s latest film Dagon (2001) on the big screen. In his introduction, he was so happy and thankful for this screening because he used to come to this very same theater as a kid and watch movies, so to be able to see his own film on the same screen just thrilled the hell out of him. But he was so friendly, talkative, and just a nice guy, not the kind you’d think would be responsible for the horrors that he directed on screen! I had met him a few times over the years, and he was always just as kind and approachable. He definitely is a talent that is going to be missed. But thankfully, we can all bust our From Beyond (1986), or Dagon, the wacky Space Truckers (1996) or even Stuck (2007) and see the wonderful art he has left for us to continue to enjoy.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family during this difficult time.
Okay, this one is going to be a fun one, and one that I think is going to have a lot of you thinking. Obviously from the photo above, this might give you a little hint in just what I’m thinking of when I say a “W-T-F Creature” category. We all know our traditional monsters: vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein’s Creature, zombies, etc. What I’m looking for here is something original and completely off the grid when it comes to the Monster Family Tree. But it has to be a Monster! Something that is killing off people and needs to be destroyed by the end of the film. I’m looking for something creative and making you bust our the “Never Seen THAT Before” checklist. Make sense?
Now, because we know Carpenter’s The Thing is probably going to be on a lot of people’s list, let’s take that one off the board and see what else you can come up with that is a favorite of yours.
Let’s here those thoughts?
Just as an FYI, one of the things you can do while sitting at home is making sure you have placed your vote for this year’s Rondo Awards. Yes, we are nominated in two categories, Book of the Year for our book Discover the Horror, and Best Column, They Came from the Krypt in HorrorHound, and would love your vote. But there are plenty of other great and talented people in all the categories that would love your vote as well. Continue reading
For our first Favorite Question, we’re going to go with something easy.
What is your favorite ghost story or haunted house movie? The reason I combined them because sometimes a ghost story doesn’t necessarily take place in one location. Or sometimes a haunted house doesn’t even involved a ghost. But I think you get the idea.
So feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Let’s get this conversation going!!!