La Floridiana - "Webb's City"
I was one of the last generations to enjoy the spectacle that was Webb's City. Mr. Moriaty did an excelsior job in chronicling the lost drug store. One would be remiss, however, not to mention the tic-tac-toe playing chickens (who always won!) in the vending machines. Something like that - a chicken cooped up in a small space playing games for the entertainment of humans - would never fly in this day and age. Again, that's a perfect example of how gloriously naive life was back in the '70s. Few rules, which made for great memories and lots of freedom.
I also distinctly remember Webb City's famous Mermaid Chamber. There was a section that was styled to look like an underwater fantasyland complete with glittering seaweed clusters and of course the sexy mermannequins with half shells hiding their nipples. I remember the way the room was lit with green and blue lights. The mermaids would "talk" to the kids (via microphones and speakers) and even answer questions! Unforgettable.
Ashley...Is There No Hope?
By this time, Ashley, I don't think anything we all write will convince you that horror films of the '80s/cheap horror films are worthy of comparison to "Too Fast, Too Furious". Like sci-fi and fantasy, horror films appeal to that kid inside all of us. As my 30-something generation ages, they lose the inner delight of being a kid. Guess that's why I like PCR so much; I'm communicating with (mostly) people my own age who have not forgotten what it's like to be young.
I'm not saying that "Evil Dead" be compared to "On Golden Pond" in terms of popularly perceived cinematic excellence (you could pit "The Exorcist", "Jaws", and "The Sixth Sense" against it, though), but I am going to stand up for "older" films that constantly get knocked for being just that - an older film without the benefit of "modern" SPFX. As I said before, and mark my words, Ashley, 15 years from now you're going to be feeling the same way about your favorite films of the '00s...kids are going to laugh at them and wonder how you sat through them. Pity. It would all be simpler and better if we all appreciated the grandeur of the past. We have to be honest though; the '80s were a platinum year for horror - the '90s were not and do not deserve to be recognized as such.
...and speaking as a once-teenage boy, I couldn't get enough naked femmes and gore in '80s horror films. Gimme more!
You make the repetitive mistake of comparing films like "Jaws" to "Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things". True, they are not on par with each other in terms of cinematic excellence, but CSPWDT has a huge cult following (deservedly so) and was a remarkable debut by director Bob Clark, who has since done modern classics such as "Porky's" and "A Christmas Story". I do believe CSPWDT will be remembered years from now. It already has been remembered; it was made in 1972 and was released on a popular DVD a few years back.
Steven Spielberg was at the top of his game in the late '70s and early '80s, not now. "Minority Report" and "A.I." were pretty good films, but I feel they won't stand the test of time compared to "Jaws", "Raiders", "E.T." and "CE3K". Most of his recent dramas were bloody bores. "Empire of the Sun"? "The Color Purple"? "Always"? Come on! I think his only worthy drama was "Saving Private Ryan". You may kick me, but I dozed off during "Schindler's List".
You wrote: "When critiquing/making films you have to look at the general public and not small groups of people." Heh? It was "cults" of hardcore fans that gave rise to the most beloved genre movies of all time: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Heavy Metal", "Eraserhead", I can go on and on...No one is going to remember Ah-Nold in a big-budget extravaganza like "Eraser" no matter how much money they threw at it. That was the most false statement I ever read.
Too bad you don't dig stop-motion. I guess it's a guy thing. Hope Harryhausen didn't read your article!
"The Ring" was one of the better horror films of last year (it's actually a remake of a Japanese horror film, so don't give Hollywood that much credit), but I didn't think it combined the two "ideas" very skillfully, one being the videotape lore, the other a fairly ordinary ghost story. It was entertaining nonetheless.
1973, baby!!! Is that a young Luke Skywalker & Han Solo? How 'bout some Disco pics? I'm sure Nolan was a classic rocker with a death wish for Disco...
You better believe it!!---Nolan
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