Tuesday, October 25, 2011

JFD82: Halloween III, Lady in White, Ernest Scared Stupid

Our month-long Schlocktober madness comes to an end with our celebration of everyone's favorite holiday, Halloween.

This week, to get us in the spirit of ghouls, goblins and jack-o-lanterns we take a look at three very different Halloween-themed films.

Up first, we see what happens when they try to make a Halloween sequel without Michael Meyers, but instead, with Tom Adkins, Stacey Nelkin, killer Halloween masks, corporate Irish super villains and their cyborg henchmen, when we examine Halloween III: Season of the Witch from 1982.

Then, we debate the merits of a nostalgic ghost story involving a young boy, a murder mystery and racial tension in the 1960's when we discuss Lady in White from 1988 starring a young Lukas Haas.

And finally, that lovable goofball is back, this time battling evil trolls and hamming it up with Ertha Kitt in the 1991 childrens' Halloween comedy Ernest Scared Stupid.

All this plus witty banter between friends, listener feedback, Nerd News, DVD & Blu-ray releases, and so much more!



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Thursday, October 20, 2011

JFD81: Messiah of Evil, Dead Alive, Shaun of the Dead


Darkness falls across the land, and Junk Food Dinner is close at hand! We're deep into Schlocktober as, this week, we put our disembodied heads together and discuss three films about the living dead.

Up first, a coastal town hold a dark secret for a young woman in search of her father. William Huyck & Gloria Katz, the team behind American Graffiti, Howard the Duck, and more, craft a hallucinogenic, nightmarish tale of deception and the occult in the 1973 film - Messiah of Evil!

Then we learn that (fake) blood is thicker than water when becoming a zombie is a family affair. Certainly one of the messiest entries in the zombie canon, 1992's Dead Alive (aka: Braindead) from director Peter Jackson!

Finally, the laughs (and cringes) keep coming as we take a look at a subject near and dear to our hearts - slackers in their late twenties coming to terms with life and the afterlife. Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead from 2004 wraps up year two of our salute to the lumbering brain-eaters we all know and love!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Beyond The Black Rainbow TRAILER


Even if the film itself doesn't live up to the trailer, this is still some of the most visually arresting imagery I've seen from a low-budget independent film in a long time. And check out its cool fake VHS box fronting site: arboria - serenity through technology

Monday, October 17, 2011

Avengers Trailer, eh?

I posted The new Avengers trailer a few days ago and then took it down for some silly reason. Anyway, if you haven't already watched it a million times already (like I have), here it is:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JFD80: Near Dark, From Dusk till Dawn, Shadow of the Vampire


Grab your holy water and your garlic, cuz Vampire Week of our Schlocktober celebration is upon us!

First up, we have an old western showdown between a cowboy and an unruly gang of vamps in "Near Dark," from 1987. Bill Paxton and Lance Henrikson lead the blood-sucking gang in this influential, but often overlooked flick.

Then we gush like school boys in love over 1996's "From Dusk till Dawn," written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. George Clooney, Tom Savini, Harvey Keitel, Cheeck Marin and tons more awesome people show up when bikers and gangsters face off against the Mexican undead.

Finally, we try to finish our podcast, but get told by a vampire that it's "hardly our podcast any longer," as we discuss 2000's "Shadow of the Vampire." The film is a fictional account of the making of the original "Nosferatu" film, featuring an Oscar-nominated performance from Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck.





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Monday, October 10, 2011

Trailer Trash: Ice-T Edition


Ice-T; most people know him best now as Detective Fin Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU or if you're a hip-hop fan, like myself, you'll always remember him as one of the pioneers of "gangsta" rap before there was even a term for it. A lot of us even dig his surprisingly eclectic film career. He's been in movies as diverse as New Jack City, Surviving the Game, Tank Girl, Johnny Mnemonic and Leprechaun in the Hood.

However, it's his very early foray into the world of films that I want to focus on in this installment of Trailer Trash.

Before Ice-T had even released a record, he began to gain notoriety as a rapper and songwriter, in large part due to his work in motion pictures. While a lot of his early 80's film work can be considered corny and laughable by today's standards and a far cry from the hardcore hip-hop that would make him a star, I can't help but admire the schlocky value of this period in Ice's career.

Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! (1984)

One of the very first things Ice-T ever did commercially was write two songs for the "educational" straight-to-video Mr. T (no relation) vehicle Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! If you haven't seen this ridiculous piece of early 80's nostalgia, I highly recommend checking it out. For almost an hour, Mr. T embarrassingly tries to teach kids life lessons through skits, songs and motivational speeches. While some of the stuff is pretty standard (respect your parents, don't do drugs, etc), some of it, like a scene featuring Mr. T hosting a fashion show, is just plain weird.

I've had people tell me they actually had to watch this in school, which I find hilarious and shocking at the same time. The original VHS (and LP soundtrack) have long since gone out of print, but bootleg DVDs abound and clips are available all over the internet.

While Ice-T doesn't actually make an appearance in the video, he did write two of the videos most memorable songs; "Treat Your Mother Right" and "I Am Somebody". Here is the latter for your viewing (and listening) pleasure:



Breakin' (1984)

The same year as Be Somebody... Ice-T got another break in movies. This time not only did he get to contribute to the soundtrack, but he also got an onscreen role as... you guessed it, a rapper in the 1984 dance film Breakin'.

This Golan-Globus Production (ah, Golan-Globus) was released by The Cannon Group and MGM in order to capitalize on the "urban" audience and the then-brand new and very popular fad of break dancing and along with Ice, stars Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones, Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers and Lucinda Dickey, who JFD fans will remember from Ninja III: The Domination.

The movie was so popular it spawned a sequel (with the most parodied title of all time), Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo which also features a cameo from the Ice man.

Here's the trailer for the original Breakin'. Pull out a sheet of cardboard and see if you can still bust any of your old moves:



Rappin' (1985)

So, after Cannon Pictures had officially milked the break dancing craze dry with Breakin' and Breakin' 2, they set their sights on the other big "urban" trend at the time; rap music.

Keeping with their policy of neglecting the 'g' at the end of words (that's how the kids talk, right?) Cannon released Rappin' in 1985. The movie stars Mario Van Peebles, which is hilarious, because as anyone who has seen this stinker before knows, Mario Van Peebles can't rap for shit.

Fortunately, Cannon was smart enough to bring back Ice-T to write some of the music/rhymes for this movie. They also gave him a small, uncredited part in the film and most interestingly, overdubbed some of Van Peeble's piss poor rhymes with Ice's, including the film's iconic phrase "Can't stop/ Won't stop/ Climbing that mountain 'till we reach the top!"

The film was a mild success but nowhere near as popular as the Breakin' movies and signaled the end of Cannon's foray into urban street culture. Check out the trailer to see why:



Shortly after Rappin' failed to bring rap music into the popular culture, Ice-T's career exploded with the release of his albums Rhyme Pays, Power and OG: Original Gangsta and of course film roles in New Jack City, Ricochet and Trespass only elevated his status as a pop culture icon even higher.

Still, I can't help but reminisce about the more innocent times, when Ice-T was writing rhymes about respecting your mother for Mr. T to rap to children. Ah, memories.

That's all for now. Look for future installments of Trailer Trash in the upcoming weeks.

If you have any suggestions for a ridiculous, cool, absurd, perplexing or just generally Junk Food-y trailers, send 'em my way.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

JFD79: An American Werewolf in London, Ginger Snaps, Dog Soldiers

Yes! Everyone's favorite month, Schlocktober, is finally here. We kick off our month-long party of horror sub-genre theme shows, with an look at those hairy, blood-thirsty beasts that lurk in the darkest corners, werewolves!

Up first, two young Americans are attacked by ferocious beast while traveling through Europe. One of them is killed, while the other survives, only to become a beast himself when the moon is full in An American Werewolf in London from 1981, directed by John Landis.

Then, two goth sisters experience the trials and tribulations of growing up but with an added twist; when one sister becomes a creature of the night in the 2000 coming-of-age horror flick Ginger Snaps.

And finally, a routine military exercise quickly becomes a fight for survival against a pack of wolfish enemies in the 2002 British action/horror film Dog Soldiers.

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Hack Jobs trailer

I just stumbled on this trailer for a flick called "Hack Job." It seems as though it stars Oderus Urungus of GWAR, who we interviewed on JFD33 and his human alter ego Dave Brockie. It also stars Lynn Lowry, who we mentioned when we reviewed "I Drink Your Blood" way back when. Lloyd Kaufman, Sgt. Kabukiman and the Toxic Avenger.

The movie itself kinda looks like "Gutterballs" or something, especially with all the sex stuff. But, it seems interesting enough. Also, if a movie has a potential fight/team up of Oderus and Toxie in it, then I'm all for it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Return of Hillbilly Drive-In.



Before Sunday night meant recording Junk Food Dinner, Sunday night meant HILLBILLY DRIVE-IN at CHATEAU AWESOME. A lot of great people in one of the best backyards in Columbus all armed with beer and jokes to vote on the evenings double features. Uncomfortable chairs were a small price to pay for some of the best viewing experiences I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Though some things have changed, the Chateau is no more, and chair technology has advanced a great deal - the spirit remains. If you're in Columbus or even near by, do yourself a favor and show up at Ace of Cups (2619 N. High St.) this Sunday evening (5pm) for the triumphant return of HILLBILLY DRIVE-IN - hosted by Kevin Merryman (Cultural Atrocities/JFD13, 44, & 63) and Nick Schuld (Minimum Tillage Farming/Terminal 75/The Obviouslies). This week: "Leningrad Cowboys Go America" Next week: ??????? You'll have to go and vote to find out!

Just remember: NO REWINDS.