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fraternity vacationI have to be honest with all of you when I say that tonight’s choice for a Cheeseball Cinema film came from a very unlikely source. I was at one of my jobs when I saw a commercial for AARP Life Insurance and I recognized the actor on the screen from one of the Police Academy films. The actor was Matt McCoy (L.A. Confidential) and after searching on his IMDB account I came across this rare 80’s gem known as Fraternity Vacation. The film stars Tim Robbins (Shawshank Redemption), Cameron Dye (Valley Girl), and Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night) as members of a fraternity that go on vacation in Palm Springs thanks to a nerd named Wendell (Geoffreys) and his family. You see Mother (Robins) and Joe (Dye) promised Wendell’s father that they’d get his son a girl in exchange for a hut tub and Jacuzzi back at the school. They also run into a couple of guys from a rival fraternity (Leigh McCloskey and Matt McCoy) and a bet ensues as to who will nail the hottest girl (Sheree J. Wilson) at the apartments first. The film also stars Amanda Bearse (Fright Night) as Nicole, John Vernon (Dirty Harry) as Chief Ferret, the always beautiful Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as Chrissie, Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers) as Marianne, Max Wright (ALF) as Mr. Tvedt, and the late Charles Rocket (Earth Girls Are Easy) as Madman Mac. 

Barbara Crampton and Kathleen KinmontFirst thing’s first and that is you have to remember that this is an 80’s comedy that was tailor made for young men in their late teens, probably college kids with lots of testosterone and that is why there is plenty of T&A in these films. It was the decade of decadence after all and the films reflected that in a big way as sex wasn’t so taboo anymore. There’s a couple of scenes in the film that focus on the T&A with Crampton and Kinmont in one and Sheree J. Wilson in the other one. The film has it’s funny moments and it’s actually a really good film which I’m surprised that I had never heard of this before. The irony in the film is that Wendell is this nerd they don’t believe can get laid on his own, but in reality he’s the one whose getting luckier than all of them. I loved that about this film and I do want to say that Geoffreys is perfect for roles like this because his face always lent him to these types of films perfectly, but I just found out that he became an adult film actor after the 80’s. One of the other funny facts about this film is that I looked up Theta Pi Sigma which is their fraternity in this film and it’s actually the first ever Gay friendly fraternity. I wonder if they watched this film at all. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film if all time, I am going to give this film a two for a final grade.

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J_Geils_Band_Fright_Night_45_01I know it’s not Halloween or October for that matter, but I couldn’t resist choosing a song that some may find corny for Soundtrack Saturday. If you’re a fan of horror movies and horror films of the great decadent decade known as the 80’s then you are probably a fan of the classic film Fright Night which starred Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, and Stephen Geoffreys in this film of vampires and teenagers (to read the review, checkout the 31 Days Of Halloween post here) 80’s style. The film was released in 1985 and it boasted a soundtrack that could be the soundtrack to any Halloween party as well as it featured songs from artists like White Sister, April Wine, Devo, Sparks, Ian Hunter, Autograph, and today’s featured artist in Boston’s legendary The J. Geils Band. Synthesizers are in full effect on this track as Seth Justman does his best on vocals as Peter Wolf was not present in the band at this time and the song has a real catchy chorus that gets stuck in your head. It was still a weird part of the decade as bands were experimenting more and more with synths at the time like Van Halen had the year before with 1984. I would definitely check out the film for all the greatness of the 80’s as well as all the other songs you’ll hear during the film. So, let’s give this song a listen below:

fright nightI believe a couple of years back I covered the remake of Fright Night with Colin Farrell for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween and so I decided to cover the original film for this years edition. Tom Holland, the man behind the Child’s Play movies as well as some other classic horror flicks took the directors chair for this classic that stars William Ragsdale (The Reaping) as Charlie Brewster, a regular kid with regular problems like trigonometry and girlfriend problems. Those are the toughest challenges that Charlie faces until a vampire named Jerry (Chris Sarandon) moves next door to him. Charlie sees some weird things like the butler bringing a coffin into the basement and see’s Jerry pull out the old chompers. Murders are also happening in Charlies town and after recognizing one of the victims, Charlie believes that Jerry is a vampire and he tries to convince everyone, but nobody will believe him.After many attempts he finally get the help of a late night horror host name Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) as the two of them try to eradicate the world of the deadly creature of the night. The film also stars Stephen Geoffreys (976-Evil) as Evil Ed, Amanda Bearse (Married With Children) as Amy, Jonathan Stark (According To Jim) as Billy Cole, Dorothy Fielding (The Pursuit Of D.B. Cooper) as Judy Brewster, Art Evans (Metro) as Detective Lennox, and Bob Corff (Kick Ass) as Jonathan.

Fright Night Collage copyThere is a reason why I have always believed that the sparkling vampires of Twilight almost ruined the genre and that is because they had no sex appeal to them. Vampires always had sex appeal and charisma which is evident by the directors choice of the amazing Chris Sarandon. Sarandon brings everything to the table that is needed by a vampire which is charisma, sex appeal, and with because after all they are immortal and very powerful beings. Anytime this film is on TV, I always stop what I am doing to watch this film because it is honestly one of my favorites. Roddy McDowall is brilliant as Peter Vincent more so than the remake because he is a classy vampire killer. Some of the scenes where they kill whoever it is is pretty amazing and the scene where Vincent stabs the wolf version of Evil Ed is fantastic because the transformation scene is fantastic. Even the scene when one of the characters melts away is fantastic and I love all the jump cuts they use within the melting sequence. We all remember that Al Bundy use to make fun of Amanda Bearse’s character on that show and how he found her unattractive, but when she is in Jerry’s lair and she is dressed in that white dress, she looks sexy enough to me. This is a classic film that saw itself and it’s sequel both get remade in the 2000’s, But I want everyone to know that nothing touches the original. I am going to give this film an A because it is that awesome and let this be a lesson to all the Twilight fans too. It is available for viewing on Netflix as we speak so check it out if you’ve got it.