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Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite wishes he could relive the year of 1982.

It wasn’t bad year in pop culture history, I suppose. Except for when The Equal Rights Amendment didn’t make enough votes to pass in congress. That kinda sucked as Phyllis Schlafly and the good old Christian right reveled its its defeat. Former Saturday Night Live alumni and converted punk rocker John Belushi (Belushi was a huge fan of the L.A. punk band Fear) dies from a drug overdose. So there was consolation in Atari 2600 video games and the creation of the CD player. Across the Atlantic, Princess Diana gave birth to her first son William. Meanwhile onward British soldiers as they fought in the Falklands War.

One of the top grossing films of that year was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. However, when everyone else was oohing and ahhing over that butt-ugly alien, there was a few horror fans across the sleazier side of town. They were asking what was in the basket.

Basket Case is a 1982 horror classic totally worth checking out. It’s definitely a proud addition to my own personal DVD collection. The director, Frank Henenlotter went on to produce another horror classic in 1990 titled Frankenhooker.

Without no further hesitation, here’s the trailer to the original Basket Case:

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Welcome to the weekly movie trailer of the week. This is where I share with you, the retro peepshow of cinematic sleaze. Since this is only the second week of film trailer madness, I promise that it shall get only sleazier.

This week shall be no exception. I introduce to you a classic from the year 1974. Among Nixon, Evel Knievel and Ted Bundy, was the post-psychedelic erotica spoof of Flesh Gordon. Originally rated X, it was later re-released with an R rating. Not to be confused with Flash Gordon, it was still slightly impressive with the Ray Harryhausen influenced stop-motion animation. The flick wasn’t as ‘wholesome’ as Jason and the Argonauts, but at least it was bong-appropriate.

Believe it or not, there was actually a sequel to Flesh Gordon, titled Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders. However, do yourself a favor and skip it. It wasn’t sexy nor funny, but rather just a complete waste of time. Besides not being boner worthy, it suffers from the curse that sometimes falls upon pornos and comics: outdated fashions. Although the film was released in 1989, it looks as if the styling came straight out of 1985. Bleh.

I recently caught a home viewing of Flesh Gordon along with a double feature of 1980’s Flash Gordon. Flash might’ve had the Queen soundtrack, but at least Flesh went both ways on camera (containing both straight and gay sex scenes). I think Flesh and Flash can still be friends though, since they’re both rather on the campy side.

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