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#41 RJDiogenes

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 05:03 PM

Coincidentally, my DVD set came today, so now I have all seven movies (and the TV show from before).  The South Seas setting will be weird after being familiar with the desert locale.

The term "pre-Cambrian" intrigues me, since all life prior to the Cambrian was single-celled as far as we know. These Graboids must be pretty ancient.  And wasn't there something about genetic engineering experiments in the show?
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#42 G-man

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 07:16 PM

Oh, the writers were well aware of what they meant by "pre-Cambrian".  The term was entertained in the first movie, as Val, Earl, and Rhonda are speculating about what it is that they have found.

Rhonda:  "... so it predates the fossil record ... and no one's seen it until now."
Earl:  "I vote for outerspace.  No way these are local boys."

But was positively identified as such in the second movie.

As for the show ... I can't rightly recall, but I think so.

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#43 G-man

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Posted 23 October 2020 - 07:20 PM

BTW, the previous two films (i.e. Tremors 5 & Tremors 6) are set in South Africa and the Canadian Tundra respectively, so this final trilogy does do a bit of globe-hopping to change things up, and introduce some surprises for Burt.

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Edited by G-man, 23 October 2020 - 07:22 PM.

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#44 RJDiogenes

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Posted 24 October 2020 - 04:07 PM

Interesting, since Burt was a lone survivalist with a bunker mentality in the show. He must have undergone some serious character development.
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#45 G-man

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 10:38 AM

Oh, yes, I was recently reminded of the Andy Sidaris films of the late 80s/early 90s, in particular, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Picasso Trigger, and Savage Beach.  Admittedly, they are at the upper end of the Independents scale in terms of locations, talent, and production value.

Produced by Andy and Arlene Sidaris, these films utilize the “Bullets, Bombs, and Babes” formula and proved popular late-night viewing on cable.  Featuring models from Playboy and later Penthouse, and any number of minor celebrities, they make for fun viewing, even if some of the plots are wildly convoluted.

Why those particular three stuck with me, is they were also available on video when I had moved into my own place in the early 90s and consequently were part of my viewing pleasure when I rented them from Erols Video (before it became a Blockbuster).

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Edited by G-man, 10 November 2020 - 01:21 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 06:31 PM

Oh, yeah, that's good.  I'm pretty sure I saw Hard Ticket To Hawaii in those days, too, and possibly Savage Beach.
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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:56 AM

I am also reminded of Fred Olen Ray who produced such schlock fare as Phantom Empire, Bad Girls From Mars, Evil Toons, Dinosaur Island and Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfold among others.  Admittedly, these films are intended for adult audiences, but considering they were filmed in a matter of days on a shoe-sting budget, for late night viewing they were great fun.

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Edited by G-man, 13 November 2020 - 08:07 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2020 - 07:58 PM

Oh, yeah, I'm familiar with Fred Olen Ray.  His more recent stuff is basically soft-core porn, using essentially the same cast in every movie (with some turnover), but they still have a lot of comedy and retro Drive-In cleverness and callbacks.  One of them, Ghost In A Teeny Bikini, is a semi-musical, with the cast singing several cute original songs.  Of the movies you mentioned, Phantom Empire is a more traditional B-Movie homage, while Attack of the 60-Foot Centerfold indicates his evolution toward soft core, but both are very good. I haven't seen the rest.  Another of his notable entries is Tomb of the Werewolf, which co-stars Paul Naschy-- as his classic character Waldemar Daninsky, from a series of Spanish Werewolf movies.
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Posted 16 November 2020 - 02:51 PM

Out of curiosity, did you get a chance to watch Twilight of the Dogs?

If so, what did you think of it?

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 07:17 PM

I've watched about half of it, and haven't gotten a chance to watch the rest yet.  It has no English-language track, so it's a pretty surreal viewing experience.  :D  I loved the giant spider.  There's been a lot of action with the white-robed gunmen, so I'm sure I've seen you.
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Posted 17 November 2020 - 08:31 AM

Sorry about that RJDiogenes … it’s been a while since I last saw my copy, and you’re right it does start automatically and in German.  Once I get my replacement remote for my machine, I’ll play around with it to see if there’s some way to conjure an English language track, or at least English subtitles.  I’m afraid the last time I saw this film, a friend of mine (the tall Deacon, who also happened to be a producer for the film) was showing us his copy which was in English.

Anyhow …

From Full Moon Entertainment comes a couple of giant monster flicks:  Zarkorr the Invader and Kraa the Sea Monster.

The monster suits are wonderful, the scripts are generally tongue in cheek, and the miniature work … leaves something to be desired – sorry, the miniature work is decent enough for the budget, but having grown up with Captain Scarlett, Godzilla, Rodan, and Ultraman, I got spoiled.  That said, these two are still fun efforts.

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Edited by G-man, 17 November 2020 - 08:33 AM.

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#52 G-man

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 07:07 PM

Nope.  Doggiedammarung is only in German, even though the Language specifies English :(  Sorry about that, RJDiogenes.

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#53 RJDiogenes

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Posted 17 November 2020 - 07:28 PM

View PostG-man, on 17 November 2020 - 07:07 PM, said:

Nope.  Doggiedammarung is only in German, even though the Language specifies English :(  Sorry about that, RJDiogenes.  
That's okay. I'm still enjoying it.  :)

View PostG-man, on 17 November 2020 - 08:31 AM, said:

From Full Moon Entertainment comes a couple of giant monster flicks:  Zarkorr the Invader and Kraa the Sea Monster.

The monster suits are wonderful, the scripts are generally tongue in cheek, and the miniature work … leaves something to be desired – sorry, the miniature work is decent enough for the budget, but having grown up with Captain Scarlett, Godzilla, Rodan, and Ultraman, I got spoiled.  That said, these two are still fun efforts.  
Wow, I've never heard of these and they look like nice homages to the Kaiju genre. I just watched some previews on YouTube and they're going on my list.  :D
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Posted 24 November 2020 - 08:25 AM

A while ago MTV released Monster Island starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and guest starring Carmen Electra, Adam West, and Nick Carter.

Plot:  A High School Senior Class is whisked away to a tropical island in the midst of the Bermuda Triangle by MTV, who are hosting a Rock’n’roll beach party, when Carmen Electra is suddenly kidnapped by a giant flying ant.  Will these kids work up the nerve to rescue her?  Can MTV salvage this debacle by filming the rescue attempt?  And will our hero’s love interest finally realize his true worth, even as he finally decides some things are worth doing despite the danger and inconvenience?

All in all this is a fun send up of MTV, irresponsible TV productions, and creature features.  It actually features some good monster designs and stop motion critters (in particular the giant praying mantis).

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Edited by G-man, 24 November 2020 - 01:01 PM.

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 09:38 AM

Wow...

Another cool find  :D    Will have to check that one out for sure.

You had me at   ====   Carmen Electra is kidnapped by a giant flying ant   :insanosmile:

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 06:47 PM

That is a great find. I had no idea that MTV produced movies.  But it's available on DVD, and free on Amazon Prime.  Thanks!
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Posted 24 November 2020 - 07:03 PM

RJ  Thanks for finding where it was  

Now I can be lazy and get right to it and add it to my list  :D

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Posted 25 November 2020 - 07:02 PM

You're welcome.  :)
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Posted 29 November 2020 - 03:41 PM

I was actually planning on mentioning Monster Island. You beat me to the punch. It is a fun movie that is basically a loving homage to 50s giant creature features. The movie is also free on Tubi for those who don't have Amazon Prime. I need to buy it on DVD, though.

I'm not sure if I have mentioned this elsewhere on the board but some time ago I bought the book It came From the Video Aisle. The book is about Full Moon, from its inception to more or less modern day. It covers every single movie they have made. Plenty of actors, directors, writers, producers, and more are interviewed. It is a pretty in-depth look at a low budget studio and how Band has adapted all these years and kept the studio alive even after the closure of video rental stores. It also has a decent length section on the Josh Kirby series that I enjoyed.
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Posted 02 December 2020 - 08:11 AM

Submitted for your consideration, a pair of creature features:

Frankenfish – inspired from the Northern Snakehead invasion of Maryland in 2002.  Something is devouring people and gators in the bayou, something not natural, and it is up to our heroes to go up the river to investigate what is happening.  This is a rated R creature feature, that is actually quite good.

Mammoth – starring Tom Skerritt, Summer Glau, and Leila Arcieri.  Aliens from outerspace revive a frozen Mammoth (of local Pleistocene Museum) that goes on a rampage, sucking the life out of those victims it is not stomping.  This is a Syfy monster movie, that is I would say is more PG-13 fare.

And from Magnet Releasing:

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil – starring Alan Tyduk.  This a fun twist on the horror trope of college kids going to the backwoods of America and having to deal with the locals.  Like the movies it is riffing on, this is a rated R feature.

Rubber – people gather to witness a tire’s rampage of terror across the American South West.  This is a fun, if rather surreal, experience that’s worth checking out, if only for the premise.

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Edited by G-man, 02 December 2020 - 08:15 AM.

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