Posts Tagged ‘Fast Times At Ridgemont High’

night of the cometKelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) was recently local to me when she appeared at Rock And Shock in Worcester, but unfortunately I did not get to meet her. I had seen her in many films, but the one film that I did not get to see her in until today was the 1984 horror comedy Night Of The Comet. All of California and most of the country I believe is excited because a rare comet is about to pass the Earth. Everyone is making a big deal about it except for two sisters in Samantha (Maroney) and Regina Belmont (Catherine Mary Stewart). When both sisters wake up the next day, they realize that everyone is gone and that they have been turned to dust thanks to the comet, but whoever was only exposed a little bit is being turned into zombies and there is a group of evil scientists looking for survivors who weren’t exposed. The film also stars Robert Beltran (Lone Wolf McQuade) as Hector, Sharon Farrell (Arcade) as Doris, Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000) as Audrey White, Geoffrey Lewis (Bronco Billy) as Dr. Carter, Peter Fox (Simon & Simon) as Dr. Wilson, John Achorn (Teen Wolf) as Oscar, Ivan E. Roth (Dead Heat) as Willy, Michael Bowen (On The Line) as Larry, Devon Ericson (Quincy M.E.) as Minder, and the film was directed by Thom Eberhardt (Captain Ron).

AR-310249889There are movies that are just too awful that they are not enjoyable to watch and then there are films that are campy and cheesy, but they are so enjoyable to watch. This is one of those films that is campy and cheesy that is so much fun to watch. I have always thought that Geoffrey Lewis was a great actor, but he looks like Andy Warhol trying to be a scientist in a film with that ridiculous wig on his head. Every time I saw him on screen, I giggled a little bit. I loved the idea of what happens to Earth if it’s only survivors are two valley girls from California and I believe this movie best represents that. I thought it was also funny that they couldn’t get the rights to have Cyndi Lauper’s version of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun so they used a cover of the track for the film by Tami Holbrook (voice of Tommy Pickles of Rugrats). I definitely believe that the make up and special effects artists deserve some kudos for a job well done on the zombies and the people that slowly are turning into zombies. I think that was more creepy than the full blown zombies in the film. I thought the writing was great because they knew exactly what kind of a film that they wanted and they went for it. The acting was also a highlight because a film like this is not enjoyable if the acting sucks. I had a lot of fun watching this film so I am going to give it an A- for a final grade.

I saw someone on my Facebook page do this and it intrigued me enough to think about what were my favorite films since he year I was born. Basically, you go year by year since the year you were born all the way up to the present day and you pick a film. I had a hard time choosing films where there are four of my favorite films all released in the same year, but like a true trooper I only chose one film for each year and left no two or three way ties. I also want you to note that when you look at the list, I didn’t choose what I thought were the top films of each year, but films that I loved from each year. These are films that made an impact on me that I will never forget where I was the first time I watched them. Now obviously, there are some years (like the year you were born and probably the first three years of your life) that you obviously did’t watch the films when they came out, but you do remember seeing them later on and they changed you. Here is my list:

1982- Fast Times At Ridgemont High

1983- Return Of The Jedi

1984- A Nightmare On Elm Street

1985- The Goonies

1986- Stand By Me

1987- Spaceballs

1988- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

1989- Batman

1990- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1991- Terminator 2: Judgement Day

1992- Malcolm X

1993- Schindler’s List

1994- The Crow

1995- Empire Records

1996- Fear

1997- Private Parts

1998- American History X

1999- American Pie

2000- Gladiator

2001- Blow

2002- Catch Me If You Can

2003- Once Upon A Time In Mexico

2004- The Passion Of The Christ

2005- Star Wars Episode III

2006- The Departed

2007- Knocked Up

2008- The Dark Knight

2009- The Hangover

2010- The Social Network

2011- Moneyball

2012- The Avengers

2013- Prisoners

2014- Guardians Of The Galaxy- this is my current favorite film of this year

Honorable Mention

The Breakfast Club was one of my choices for 1985, but The Goonies had a bigger impact on me at the time. Dazed And Confused is still one of my all time favorite films from 1993, but nothing beats the impact Schindler’s List had on me at the time that I had watched that film. For 1983, it was between Jedi and The Outsiders which is another of my all time favorite films, but Return Of The Jedi is my favorite of the Star Wars series. For 1992, it was between Malcolm X and My Cousin Vinny (which is still hilarious), but Denzel blew me away as Malcolm X and I researched the man for a school project because of the film. So, that was my list and now I challenge everyone that has a blog and covers movies to do the same as me. If I was born before 1974, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween would be on this list as well. Let’s see the lists bloggers!!!

chopping mall titleThis was a film that I have always wanted to see since I had seen the title and the movie poster. Companies in America are always trying to build the next best thing when it comes to security especially for a business. A company comes up with Robots (They have the body of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit) that patrol the malls catching criminals, but not killing them. The company sells it as fool proof and that nothing bad could possibly happen. Well, what happens when something bad does happen and that is the case for some partying teenagers who stay late after work to party and get frisky with their girls. The teenagers are unsuspecting that the Robots have malfunctioned and are taking people out one by one. Will the unsuspecting workers survive or will the robots get them before they can make it to safety? The movie stars Barbara Crampton (Reanimator) as Suzie, Tony O’Dell (The Karate Kid) as Ferdy, Russell Todd (Friday The 13TH Part 2) as Rick, Karrie Emerson (Evils Of The Night) as Linda, Kelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) as Alison, Nick Segal (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo) as Greg, Suzee Slater (Real Men) as Leslie, John Terlesky (Judgement Day) as Mike, Dick Miller (Gremlins) as a Porter, and Paul Bartel (The Usual Suspects) as Paul Bland.

suzee slaterOverall, this is actually a really good horror flick, I mean some of the acting is a little cheesy, but everything is else is done pretty well. I mean I was honestly very impressed with some of the kill scenes. As I said above, the robots looked as if they were left overs from the Short Circuit films in the way the bottom half of them were built. Of course, it’s a horror flick which means their are plenty of boob shots to go around to make any 80’s horror fan happy. One of the coolest kill scenes though involves the beautiful Suzee Slater which you can see to the left of this paragraph. One of the robots shoots her with his cheesy laser beam and it blows her head up like an exploding birthday cake. You’ll get to see it again in the end credits, but it was definitely a highlight for me. The young and beautiful Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Reanimator) stars in this film along side some really familiar faces as far as 80’s films were concerned like Gerrit Graham who I recognized from Child’s Play 2. I really enjoyed every minute of the film and if you love 80’s horror like I do then you’ll love this. On a scale of 1 being close to an a-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time I am giving it an 2.5 due to the overacting in some of the scenes.

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dangerous curvesI think films that have excessive amounts of explicit content of all sorts and bad or corny acting qualify to be a Cheeseball Cinema film. Dangerous Curves had one half of the equation, but it lacked the other. The movies is about Chuck Upton (Tate Donovan), a college student who is too attuned to his future that he has lost sight of fun. Luckily for Chuck, he has his roommate and friend Wally (Grant Heslov) by his side especially in what is about to happen. Chuck gets enlisted with a task of delivering a car to a probable future employer’s daughters birthday party in Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately on the way, Chuck listens to Wally and they stop in San Diego and before they know it the car is stolen. The two find out that the car is being used as a prize for a beauty pageant that is being held on the beach. Now, they have to figure out how to get the car back in time to deliver it. The film also stars Danielle von Zerneck (La Bamba) as Michelle, Valerie Breiman (Casual Sex) as Blake, Robert Romanus (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) as Hector, Robert Klein (Two Weeks Notice) as Bam Bam, the late and great Leslie Nielsen (Naked Gun) as Krevske, the late Robert Stack (Beavis & Butthead Do America) as Faciano, and Karen Lynn Scott (Carmen: A Hip Hopera) as Shawn.

dangerous curves 2Now as I stated in the above paragraph that this film may not have the excessive sex scenes that a lot of other 80’s comedies have, but this one definitely has the babes. The acting in the film isn’t terribly bad, but the role of Bam Bam is one that will make ask Robert Klein what he was thinking when he took the role, but it was the 80’s after all and he did provide some laughs. It was cool to see Damone in another role other than the one that Robert is infamous for in Fast Times… and he plays the perfect role of a down on his luck cab driver. That is what you would expect of Damone and how he would have turned out in life. I kept looking at Danielle von Zerneck and I wondered where have I seen this beauty before and when I saw La Bamba attached to her name it instantly clicked. Danielle along Karen Lynn Scott were the highlights of the film as well because it was nice to have some hot babes to look at. The movie has it’s comedic moments and was a pleasure to watch, but now for the final grade. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving this film a 2 1/2.

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not of thisRoger Corman is considered a master of b-horror as well as many other types of films because the man has produced over 400 films in his lifetime including this 1988 remake of the 1957 that was directed by Corman. This version was directed by Jim Wynorski and it stars the very sexy Traci Lords as Nadine Story, a nurse that has been asked to give a strange man blood transfusions at his house. Mr. Johnson (Arthur Roberts) is an alien from another planet that has come here to steal blood from humans like a vampire. With his special mental powers, Johnson is able to convince Dr. Rochelle (Ace Mask) to allow him to have these transfusions without any questions asked. Johnson’s planet is slowly dying and they need a new supply of blood and Earth is the new place to get it. The film also stars Kelli Maroney (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Roxanne Kernohan (Critters 2),  Lenny Juliano (Commando), and Roger Lodge (Why Did I Get Married Too).

TracilordsThe film is so campy that it’s not even funny and some of the acting is just so cheesy. If you like movies with plenty of nudity, then this is surely the film for you because not only do you get to see Traci Lords naked (A couple of times), but much more. The scene with the hookers was kind of funny until he takes his sunglasses off and sucks the soul right out of your body. The beginning intro with the opening credits was real cheesy as they show you footage from other movies with aliens whose mouths look like vagina’s, etc. It’s not a very long movie and Traci Lords definitely adds a comedic twist to the film as she was clearly the MVP of the film. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-List film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving this film a 4. Remember that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a bad grade because the film was fun to watch.

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220px-TheburningposterThe movie I chose for today’s edition of Cheeseball Cinema features a lot of whose who of 80’s and 90’s star in a film directed by Tony Maylam (The Riddle of the Sands) with the story written by Harvey Weinstein and adapted into a screenplay by Bob Weinstein called The Burning. A janitor or caretaker named Cropsy (Lou David) of a summer camp gets pranked by a bunch of the kids that go there. The only problem is that the prank caused a fire and left him severely burnt and he survived the whole ordeal. It’s now five years later and he’s getting out of the hospital and he is out for revenge as he heads for Camp Blackfoot for revenge on some innocent teenagers that just happen to be there now. The movie stars Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Leah Ayres (Bloodsport), Brian Backer (Fast Times At Ridgemont High), Larry Joshua (Dances With Wolves), Ned Eisenberg (Flags Of Our Fathers), Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles), and a quick appearance by K.C. Townsend (How To Murder Your Wife).

hqdefaultThey say that all the greats get their start in Horror like Kevin Bacon (Friday The 13TH), Johnny Depp (Nightmare On Elm Street), and even Jason Alexander who became a great in the television realm with Seinfeld. The idea for the movie was there and the execution was pretty good, but there was one thing that bothered me. On some of the scenes, Joshua’s character is going from one side of the island to another side to get wood for a fire. When he is with the girl before he leaves it’s just before dawn. When he goes to steal the matches from the other side, it’s dark out, and when he returns it’s back to just before dawn. When the caretaker is burning, you can tell the stuntman is wearing a fire suit and a helmet instead of the sweatshirt and jeans he had on in bed and to make matters worse he kicks the skull onto the bed which engulfs the bed in flames. Other than that, the film has everything I ever loved about slasher flicks of the 80’s. It’s got girls, corny jokes, violence, and naked girls on occasion. The Weinstein’s would go on to produce better films in their careers. On a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 being close to a Hollywood a-list movie and 5 being the cheesiest movie of all time, I give this film a 2.7