Filed under: Features | Tags: bad ass, beatrix kiddo, black mamba, butch, clarence, death proof, from dusk till dawn, jackie brown, jules, kill bill, movies, mr white, mr. blonde, pulp fiction, reservoir dogs, sex machine, stuntman mike, tarantino, the bride, the wolfe, true romance, winnfield, winston wolfe
Quentin Tarantino is obviously extremely well known for his directing skills. Unfortunately however, he is far too often overlooked for his phenomenal writing. Therefore, I figured I would pay tribute to that part of him, by counting down the 10 most bad ass characters he’s ever come up with.
10. Sex Machine – From Dusk Till Dawn
His character may be small and short lived, but he does carry a gun on his crotch, which in my opinion warrants his inclusion into the list. Plus, he kicks some serioius Mexican Vampire ASS!
9. Jackie Brown – Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown is a prime example of what Quentin Tarantino does best… resurrecting forgotten stars. Pam Grier’s career may have not exactly takin off on a second wind after this movie, but she did prove that she hadn’t lost her “foxyness,” and she has QT to thank for that oppurtunity.
8. Mr. White – Reservoir Dogs
This seasoned and experienced theif may have showed his softer side in befriending and defending Mr. Orange, but that doesn’t change the fact that he will drop any motherfucker who gets in his face.
7. Stuntman Mike – Death Proof
Creepy, perverted, and built for speed! The fact that he has to total a car in order to get off only proves that this man has been around a few times. Think about it, how many different acts of sex do you think this guy has experienced in order to have to stage epic auto collisions in order to ejaculate?
6. Butch Coolidge – Pulp Fiction
Anybody who has the balls to rip off the mafia and get away with it has bad ass written all over him.
5. Mr. Blonde – Reservoir Dogs
“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” ‘Nuff said.
4. Clarence – True Romance
Probably Tarantino’s most personal character to date. He’s said before that this movie is somewhat autobiographical in the sense that he put so much of himself into the Clarence character, and that shows!
3. Winston “The Wolf” Wolfe – Pulp Fiction
He’s mean, and he cleans! And he gets shit done!
1. Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction
Why? Because his wallet says so… that’s why!
Filed under: Features | Tags: alternate ending, movies, quentin tarantino, reservoir dogs, tony scott, true romance
For those of you who haven’t seen True Romance, this is a spoilerific post, so quit reading if you do not wish to know the ending of the fifteen year old movie.
So I stumbled upon a video on youtube today that left me giddy in nerd satisfaction. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story behind True Romance, Tarantino’s original script didn’t have Clarence surviving the shootout, and Alabama eventually met up with Mr. White from Reservoir Dogs and goes on a crime spree, thus the Alabama reference in Reservior Dogs. But this video contains the original ending, as well as an audio explaination by director Tony Scott defending his decision to change the ending. FREAKIN SWEET!!
I have no idea where this video came from, but it’s not on the version of the DVD that I own. If anybody can tell me where I can find I would greatly appreciate it.
Filed under: Features | Tags: friday the 13th, jason, movies, pre-marital, sean cunningham, sex, voorhees
Sex and Friday the 13th has been discussed many times throughout the years, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject as well.
It’s no secret that sex sells. These days, sex is exploited in each and every market imaginable, most notably, in the entertainment industry. But this somewhat newfound cash crop doesn’t come without conflicting arguments. Social standards may have changed with the times, but not everybody shares the same views. Many religious groups and ethical activists have boycotted plenty of films to prove just that. And of all the genres that become blacklisted as “obscene,” the horror genre is undoubtedly the most heavily criticized. Unfortunately however, many of these activists’ views are narrowed by apertures of negative stigmas and unfair generalizations. They tend to be too distracted by their convictions to look beyond the palpable overtones, see the true message that horror filmmakers are trying to tell us and to realize that some of the very films that they condemn actually support the beliefs that they so nobly stand by. For example, Friday the 13th, the story of a small group of horny teenage camp counselors being slaughtered one by one, is too often overlooked as one of the largest, and most influential anti-pre-marital sex campaigns of the 1980’s.
When one watches Friday the 13th, it is easy to forget who the real victim is amidst all of the chaos. The sad truth is that Jason Voorhees tragically drowned due to negligence caused by pre-marital sexual activities of the camp counselors who were responsible for him. Though we later find out that he miraculously survived, the result was an extreme case of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a term derived from the Greek words “hydro” meaning water, and “cephalus” meaning head. Sometimes known simply as “water in the brain,” people with this condition have an abnormal accumulation of fluid inside the brain causing severe pressure inside the skull, enlargement of the head, and mental disability (hydroassoc.org). Therefore, lending some explanation to Jason’s future slayings, and giving us insight into the origin of his eventual homicidal behavior.
Ever since the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases, recreational sex has become a cautionary practice. As a result, many parents have used STDs as a tool to keep their children sexually abstinent in order to protect them, as well as to further impose the widely-accepted belief of saving sex for marriage. But director Sean S. Cunningham gave kids a new excuse to remain chaste. He took sexually transmitted diseases, and gave them a physical incarnation. He created something we could visualize as an enforcer of sexual abstinence, and he wastes no time by showing us this within the first few minutes of his film. In one particular scene, two unnamed counselors stray away from their peers and find a secluded cabin in which to fornicate. As the audience, we can see that they are extremely secretive about their actions, and at first glance one might think that they only seek privacy, as sex has been socially accepted as a private activity. But once an unseen assailant suddenly appears to the two young lovers, it quickly becomes apparent, due to their apologetic reaction, that they were more concerned with being reprimanded for their actions than being exposed in their most natural of states. Thus sending a subtle message of morality to the audience, revealing that they knew what they were doing was wrong, yet did it anyways. And like many sexually transmitted diseases, the end result can be fatal. Therefore these kids received their just deserts and paid the ultimate price, not only with their own lives, but with the life of the young Jason Voorhees, who supposedly drowned in Crystal Lake due to the fact that the only two people that could hear his cries for help were too busy being intimate to notice.
Hell hath no fury like a revenge seeking sociopathic mother such as Pamela Voorhees. While she may be the notorious slayer of adulterated teens, what people don’t realize is that Mrs. Voorhees is the cinematic representation of all the maternal figures of America. She has that warm, affectionate presence about her that makes seem harmless. Both Annie and Alice, while oblivious to Mrs. Voorhees’s ulterior motives at the time, even felt a sense of safety and security when they first saw her. She has that soft, soothing voice that sings children to sleep. She carries with her a sense of trustworthiness and, most importantly, like all mothers, she is literally willing to do anything for her son’s well-being, even if it means murder. And inside every soccer and PTA mom, every ethical activist on the picket lines, every outraged and overprotective mother, is a dormant Mrs. Voorhees just waiting to be unleashed. Like a volatile and unpredictable time bomb seconds away from a Hiroshima sized explosion, all these angry mothers in the world need in order to self-detonate is one little mishap to send them over the edge. Mix that with a subject as taboo as pre-marital sex, irrationality, a strict code of ethics, and the death of child due to the act of pre-marital sex, you have all the ingredients needed for a full-scale massacre, as well as a justifiable, and intimidating reason to remain sexually abstinent.
Today’s youth is more open about their sexuality than ever. While Friday the 13th as a film has easily withstood the test of time, remaining on of the most iconic films to date, its influence on our culture has slowly lost its impact over the years. Perhaps we’ve become jaded by the increasing amount of sex and violence both in films, and reality. Or maybe we’ve become a society more defined by self-accomplishment than moral standards. But whatever the reasons, the fact remains that its message of morality regarding sex will always exist. While some might disagree, there’s no escaping the fact that sex can just as easily destroy a life as it can create one.
Filed under: Features | Tags: band, charles, decadent, doll, eating, evil, flesh, full, gingerdead, graveyard, horror, moon, movies, post, re-animator, roadshow
Hello, and welcome to the historical first Flesh Eating Blog post!
Tomorrow, B-movie filmmaker extraordinaire Charles Band and his spectacular horror Roadshow will be in Oklahoma City, and I will be in attendance.
Now for the unfortunate few who are unfamiliar with Charles Band, allow me to share with you the joy that is a Full Moon Feature, by shedding some light on some of my favorite films they’ve produced.
1. The Gingerdead Man
With the legendary Gary Busey playing a homicidal gingerbread man, this film begins on a one way track to awesome. It reminds us that Mr. Busey is NOT the “Pilsbury Fuckin’ Doughboy,” and serves up lots of gut-wrenching kills and, dare I say it, delicious one-liners.
Its success has warranted a sequal that is due out soon. You can view the trailer HERE.
2. Doll Graveyard
Possessed dolls, including a viking, and an african tribesman, attack some teenagers during a houseparty. ‘Nuff said.
3. Decadent Evil
A horny homonculus (a part human/part reptile creature) is imprisoned in a birdcage by a vengeful former lover who is bidding to become the world’s most powerful vampire while being hunted by vampire slaying midget. Once again, ‘Nuff said.
Yes, I know, its technically not a Fool Moon Feature, however, it was produced and distributed by Mr. Band’s former company Empire Pictures which disbanded in 1989. Therefore, I’m including it.
Re-Animator is by far one of my favorite horror flicks of all time. Its new twist on the zombie subgenre and over the top gore was, and still is, brilliant. Not to mention the outstanding performance by Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West.
And there you have it. A very short list of why you should be excited for me as I prepare to attend this horror extravaganza. Some other notable mentions that I didn’t include on the list are Puppet Master (probably the most well known and fan favorite), Dollman, and Evil Bong.
I shall return tomorrow with a report of my experience.