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A forthcoming entry in the newly revamped Forgotten Films section.
Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t say something to me like “do you remember that movie where…..” or “what was the name of that film where the guy…..”. Over the past three years, since my second column in fact, I’ve covered a lot of rare fright flicks in the Forgotten Horrors section. This seemed like a perfect designation in the beginning but, as time has moved on, I’ve realized there are many obscure films not related to the horror, science fiction, or fantasy genres that deserve space in these electronic pages. Effective immediately, Forgotten Horrors is becoming Forgotten Films and I will be revisiting some cult movies in the near future that don’t feature rampaging monsters or alien invasions. Don’t worry though; there are still plenty of creepy classics to discuss both here and in the DVD reviews as these films find their way back into the hands of fans through modern formats.
I grew up in the prehistoric age before home video, Internet downloads, and movies on demand. After a film played at my local cinema, it was usually at least a year before it turned up on television in an often heavily edited form. Network broadcasts were reserved almost exclusively for A-list movies. Their lower budget relations were usually jettisoned to late night screenings, if they turned up on TV at all. Before the days of instant information access on anything imaginable, film fans like me had very few outlets to keep on top of what was coming soon or now playing in theaters.
Now playing at a Lost Drive-In near you!
I learned at an early age that the anticipation of seeing a movie was often better than actually viewing it. I had a kid in my elementary school class who today we would refer to as a pathological liar. He claimed to have seen just about any and every movie you could imagine. Not realizing he was completely fabricating the plots, my friends and I would sit spellbound while he told us about some creepy new horror movie we had all seen the preview for on television or the advertisement for in the newspaper. Years later, when I was finally able to see some of these films on home video or cable television, I realized the stories he had concocted were usually far more entertaining than anything these films could actually produce on screen.
All of this is a long way of introducing a new segment of Retrorama that will be starting soon. The Lost Drive-In, named in honor of those outdoor theaters that went to the greatest lengths of pompous promotion to attract audiences, will feature vintage original newspaper ads for a psychotronic assortment of fractured films. These ads will be categorized by genres and we’ll discuss some of the strangest themes to ever fascinate the movie going public. You won’t want to miss these twisted trips down the back alley of advertising that is a lost art form today.
Only through continued education can travesties like this be prevented!
Not enough? Wondering what other forms of memory magic might be coming in the next year? Well for this next trick, I am going to need some volunteers from the audience to assist me on stage. I was very pleased with the response The Top 10 Movies That Scared Us for Life got this past year and I think the PCR could use a few more articles that require reader input. I’m always fascinated to hear other people’s opinions on subjective subjects so keep your thinking caps handy in the days to come and get ready to share some sentiments with fellow fanboys.
In troubled times, nostalgia is a comfortable chair to relax in for a few hours after a hard day at work. I promise to do my best to spend the next twelve months reminding you of all the cool stuff you forgot about when you got busy paying bills, cultivating a career, and generally trying to be a productive citizen. Check back in these pages each week for a dated dose of the television shows you used to look forward to or films you wanted to see at your local theater but couldn’t. You’ll also catch a glimpse at some obscure comic characters you may have never heard of or even some toys you loved as a kid. Just don’t be too passive a reader as you could be called on to address the class at any time. As an old instructor of mine used to say about algebra, nostalgia is not a spectator sport! See you next week!
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