Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Unlikely Double-Features

Wow! I didn't think it had been THAT long since my last post... but seven weeks? Sheesh!

True, a lot has happened in the interim, but most of it work related and not much of it worth blogging about when you get right down to it. The main source of the delay was big feature I was working on about Horror Hosts that involved some rare clips I had put up on YouTube, but the folks that represent Vampira's interests (and a certain 4th place network) got me the ol' YouBoot. Right after that, mysteriously my pictures wouldn't seem to load up on blogger either.
Arrr. I was scuttled.

However, I knew I'd get back to it eventually, so despite my hectic schedule, I managed the time to scan or otherwise acquire another 250 or so images in preparation for LOTS of future posts.

But this is one I've been thinking about for awhile... something different to pass the summer TV re-run season...
It's a list of Double-Feature Movies that aren't sequels, have enough in common that if you watch them back to back you get an enhanced perception (or at least more out) of both. Sound like fun? Okay, Let's go.

DOUBLE FEATURES

PLATOON / APOCALYPSE NOW
That guy Sheen? Hell of a soldier. He sure aged a lot in 2 years of duty though. (Or watch them in reverse order and Platoon becomes a sort of "Willard Begins".)


ENTER THE DRAGON / KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE
Okay. Obvious. Makes "A Fistful of Yen" way funnier though. Also, it also makes Enter The Dragon funnier if you reverse the order.


BOYS IN COMPANY C / FULL METAL JACKET
R. Lee Ermey chews the scenery as pretty much the same drill sargeant character almost a decade apart. (He did it again in The Frighteners too --as a ghost!)


THE HOWLING / THE TERMINATOR
Speaking of same characters...
God love Dick Miller. He plays the virtually the same guy dealin' rare books & silver bullets in The Howling, then deals guns and ammo to Arnie in T1. Almost the same dialog even.


WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM /
FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

Run Bill Murray and Johnny Depp through the Fly Chamber and you might get HST. Or more likely Dale Gribble. Both Bill and Johnny play Thompson-like characters but neither really had Hunter's stature or presence.













SID and NANCY / D.O.A. (1978)
Both provide insight into early days of punk and the Sex Pistols. See the actor portrayals, then see the real thing... (and where ol' Alex Cox fudged some facts a bit). Note: Yeah, I can't find a pic of the D.O.A. dvd cover yet... even though it comes out next month!






BORN INNOCENT / RUBY (1977)
Janit Baldwin must've really hated Linda Blair...She somehow manages to screw her in both these flicks...and poor Linda ain't even in Ruby! (only Alan Smithee pic in the lot, btw).

CRUMB / TREASURE ISLAND (1950)
The Crumb brothers' psyches and their fascination for Disney's Treasure Island when it aired on TV drive this duo. Crumb's brother's recollections about TV and Bobby Discroll are made even creepier in the new tech color transfer of the Disney Treasure Island DVD. Jeez, how much rouge IS that kid wearing?


KING KONG (1976) / THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Jeff Bridges sports the same hair in both. Has the same sort of Bad luck. It's pretty conceivable that "The Dude" could be the same guy who'd been mixin' it up with Dwan and Kong. John Goodman is sorta gorilla-sized, besides.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN / WESTWORLD
Yul Brynner plays a gunslinger in one and a robot of the same gunslinger in another.
(I always thought Westworld would've been way better if they'd just owned it and referred to the Gunslinger as "the Yul Brynner robot" the whole time--sure woulda made the ending funnier.

200 MOTELS / DIRTY DUCK
I expected to see a loose version of Bobby London's "Dirty Duck" when I first saw this flick, but no. It doesn't actually say so, but it's a whole movie that's based on the trippy animated segment from Zappa's only feature film (not counting "Head").


GHIDRAH / YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Both movies were made at about the same time, and the Japanese parts of the Bond movie were made at Toho with their FX crew --and a lot of the same cast as Ghidrah! (There's the James Bond-Godzilla connection --for those of you keeping score.)


THE LAST MAN ON EARTH / THE OMEGA MAN
Watch both Vincent Price and Charlton Heston chew scenery as basically the same character. (Except tragic Vinnie curls up in a ball while Chuck blasts away with a machine gun and gets him some nookie.)

DRACULA / BLACULA
What? -- I can't believe you haven't thought of this one already. More interesting than funny. (that's true of the first half, at least...)


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER / TITANIC
Once again, factual characters in the first film are fictionalized --and trivalized-- in the second.

DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL /
EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS

Washington under Saucer siege in both...And the villain in the first film is the hero in the second!

BURNT OFFERINGS / THE SHINING (1980)
Love the Shining, but without Burnt Offerings I wonder if it would even exist.I'd hazard to guess who's the crazier of the two dads, (Ollie or Jack) but I know who would've won in a drinking contest.


MOMMY DEAREST / MILDRED PIERCE
Joan, Joan, Joan. We see through your act now. It was all a lie.





APOCALYPSE NOW / PORKLIPS NOW

I know Apocalypse Now is already on this list...But here's another way to go, and the jokes are still pretty fresh. (It's a back-up feature on the Star-Wars takeoff DVD Hardware Wars.)


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN / SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
Again, the best way to get all the jokes. I love "Son", but just try not to laugh --this way they're BOTH a riot! Basil Rathbone could've taught a class in overacting --or opened a school!


MEAN STREETS (1974) / HEY GOOD LOOKIN' (made mostly in 1975)
Wha??... How this happen? ...Sorcese to Bakshi with a surprising amount of same cast and tone. Sorta. Richard Romanus and David Proval are featured in both.


COFFY / JACKIE BROWN
What it's all about. Get the Skinny on Pam G before she meets Sam L. Only thing about this pairing is it makes Jackie B seem slow by comparison... And I love Jackie B.


IT CONQUERED THE WORLD / ZONTAR
How do you make a faster, cheaper movie than AIP? Hire Larry Buchanan. A super-cheapie color remake by Azealea productions.


THEM / MATINEE
What if William Castle had made "Them?" You'd get Mant is what! Made 35 years apart William Schallert plays a doctor in both. John Goodman plays Castle in spirit at least.

JAWS / GRIZZLY
It's the same damn movie with a bear! ...Well, It's pretty damn close.


The OMEN 3 / JURASSIC PARK
The Anti-Christ (Sam Neil) turned archeologist doesn't care much for kids, so for kicks he controls some Dinosaurs' minds to terrorize a few. --just like he done with those dogs!

BONUS: TRIPLE FEATURES!

I tried separating these last movies but they're just better in triplicate.


THE INNOCENTS / THE OTHERS / TURN OF THE SCREW
All based on Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw". Interesting directions taken... and all sorta different. (Funny the weakest is the one that actually used the book title.)








BRIDE OF THE MONSTER /
ED WOOD /
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

Only for the brave at heart... but for lovers of bad Cinema you definitely get more of an idea of what was genuine Ed Wood, and what parts of the middle flick came straight from Tim Burton's imagination. Reveals a lot actually.

There's tons more crazy possibilities I know... but If you wind up test-driving any of these combos I'd love to hear from you, especially if it's new territory. Thanks and more next week!

6 Comments:

Blogger Rob G. said...

A+

I've recently bought a LCD projector for the purpose of subjecting my friends to exactly the kind double feature mayhem you have here (example, our season opener is going to be Roadhouse and Dirty dancing.)

9:20 AM

 
Blogger Robert Pope said...

Great post. It's so clear to me now-Johnny Depp could play a GREAT Dale Gribble! But, but who would play Hank? Seriously, very funny post. "Grizzly." Sheezus.

3:33 PM

 
Blogger Craig J. said...

Some great selections there. I'd love to see a double feature of John Boorman's Point Blank and Steven Soderbergh's The Limey.

2:07 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great Double Features!

Many years ago I went on a blind date to s double feature at a Portland, Oregon, repertory house showing Porklips Now with My Donut With Annie. I laughed like a madman at Pork while she say silent. Then she was roaring with laughter at Donut while I was bored to death.

She never saw Apocalypse nor had I seen Andre...and we never saw each other again. (Too bad IMDB fails to list Buzzo the Wonder Fly in the cast credits.)

Thanks for your blog and all your works and art.

(s.) OldZeb

10:54 PM

 
Blogger Nelson C. Woodstock said...

Now where's a drive-in when you need one?

11:15 PM

 
Blogger Elisson said...

George LeFont really needs to give you your own theatre.

11:21 AM

 

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