Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Blood Diner is another horror film I remember vividly from the late 80's. A remake of the 1963 classic Blood Feast, Blood Diner is a disturbing ride, but I always found it very funny in an extremely dark sort of way. Jackie Kong, once a budding female director from Merced, CA, has unfortunately not done much since. Her previous credits include Night Patrol (1984) and The Underachievers (1987).
IMDB rating - 3.5 (kult klassic rating 7)
More about Blood Diner here.
Enjoy the first five minutes of Blood Diner...
Chopping Mall only has a 4.7 rating over at IMDB.com, but this is one of my favorite horror films of the late 80's.
The movie was originally released under the title Killbots and it bombed. Later, the flick was re-released as Chopping Mall and subsequently found a kult following. The infamous mall seems to be the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, though the interiors were apparently shot at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in the San Fernando Valley.
Chopping Mall has various versions floating around, but essentially it's a low-budget horror film about horny teenagers trapped in a mall that is being terrorized by security robots. Hell yeah!
More about Chopping Mall here.
Chopping Mall - original trailer
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Miracle Mile is a quirky thriller about the pending apocalypse in Los Angeles. The film stars Anthony Edwards (ER) and Mare Winningham (St. Elmo's Fire) and features a great score by Tangerine Dream. Director Steve De Jarnatt had previously helmed Cherry 2000, another 80's kult klassic.
What makes this flick special is its unusual pacing, its bizarre sense of humor, and the apocalyptic third act, which is still kind of terrifying.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Based on her book of the same name, author Tama Janowitz adapted Slaves of New York into a screenplay for Andy Warhol. When Warhol died in 1987, Merchant-Ivory bought the script and produced this quirky and loveable film. Bernadette Peters stars in the film, which also features Steve Buscemi, Mercedes Ruehl, Chris Sarandon and Mary Beth Hurt.
Slaves... was not a hit and didn't fare too well with critics, but has lodged itself into Kult Klassic status over the years, largely due to its gay following. Check out this great scene, featuring a drag trio doing The Supremes in the streets of New York...