Quantcast Trilogy Pics - 3 Movies You Should Watch Tonight: DECEMBER 2008 - "HAPPY GARBAGE DAY!"



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Well, well, well… it’s been a while since we’ve put together a TRILOGY PICK entry. And quite frankly, I miss this section! I love coming up with odd-ball themes to connect 3 movies for your viewing pleasure. So, needless to say, the method of this month’s picks is rather unorthodox. No, I’m not going to choose 3 holiday themed movies. (Well, quite frankly there’s not many to choose from to begin with!) But last night, the ICONS crew got together for a post-Christmas bash where we wore nice sweaters, drank egg nog & apple cider and wished each other a “Happy Garbage Day”! Yes, fiends. That means we watched a bunch of movies starting with SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2. The only things these 3 films have in common are that we happened to have watched them all last night. (Oh and they’re awesome.)

We started off the evening with the best “so bad it’s good” sequel of all time SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2. Seriously, this movie only gets better and more fun with each passing year. I love the over-the-top performance by actor Eric Freeman as Ricky Caldwell. I love that he keeps flashing back to the murder of his parents (at the hands of an unsavory criminal in a Santa costume) when he was only a baby during these scenes in the 1st movie. Or how he emphasizes every other word with a raise of his eyebrow. Or how the entire first half of the movie is really just a better edited version of Part One. And then we get to the original footage for the second half! Ricky runs over an abusive boyfriend in the park, kills a mobster thug with an umbrella and dispatches some noisy hecklers at the movie theater. (Is this Pittsburgh?!) Oh, did I mention the movie him and his smoking hot girlfriend (Elizabeth Kaitan, please take a bow for your hotness) go to see is actually the first SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT?

We did realize something during last night’s screening though. None of these kills take place on or around the Christmas holiday. It’s not until Ricky’s final showdown with the crippled Mother Superior (who… for some reason has a burned face from a stroke… our theory is that she had a stroke over a stove and passed out on it) that we see him decked out in the infamous Santa garb. Regardless, it’s still full of holiday spirit. Grab this DVD, throw it on with a bunch of friends, and start quoting dialogue like “NAUGHTY THIS!” and “GARBAGE DAY!” It’s a guaranteed good time. I love this movie so, so much.

After SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2, Jsyn attempted to clear out the party by putting on THE STAR WARS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. His devious plan was thwarted when we decided to just fast forward to all the commercials from 1978. By the way, if you’re wondering, it’s as bad as you’ve heard. If you’d like to see an hour of Wookies grunting at each other with no subtitles, then this is the Holiday Special for you!

I figured anthology films would make for good party follow-ups, so I immediately threw on CREEPSHOW 2. Another new realization – The first segment in CREEPSHOW 2 isn’t… all that good, despite the appearance of Mike C.’s all time favorite actor George Kennedy. (Or Grandpa George as we like to call him.) However, both “The Raft” and “The Hitchhiker” segments are still terrifying and effective. (Ok, ok, maybe not so much as when we were kids, but they left such an indelible mark back then that I still get creeped out by the “Thanks for the ride, lady” guy.) You look at something like “The Raft” and the first thing that pops into your mind is… Wow, that dude’s wearing flesh colored shorts. (Ok, ok. Someone just said that out loud during the party.) The thing that gets me about this is how I’d still take a latex covered garbage bag over any CGI effect. There’s brilliant, horrific moments in this segment, like when the guy gets sucked down by the blob creature through the raft and his leg stands straight up next to his face. Ouch! How ‘bout the fact that the other lead character is trying to make out with his freshly deceased best friend’s girlfriend while she’s asleep? (Hmmm… was this scene directly lifted for CABIN FEVER?) And nothing tops the wonderful conclusion. “I… beat… you. I BEAT YOU!” Wave and… Splash! Sucker! Didn’t you see that “No Swimming” sign buried underneath a series of tree branches?! Aw hell, you & your friends would’ve have complied anyways.

Ah and “The Hitchhiker”! Starring former Bond girl Lois Chiles as an adulteress wife who hits a hitchhiker on the side of the road and attempts to flee the scene of the crime. (Silly adulteress!) Her victim however keeps coming back, spouting out the words, “Thanks for the ride, lady!” This segment used to scare the SHIT out of me as a kid. I remember CREEPSHOW 2 always being on Channel 11 here in NY and nervously holding the remote in my hand so I could change the channel really quick once the hitchhiker popped up with his taunts. Speaking of… we realized something else watching this last night. Was the hitchhiker really trying to hurt the lady? I mean, she kept freakin’ out, shooting him, kicking him off the car, running him over again and again. And the entire time, he’s just trying to climb into the passenger seat and thank her for the ride. I wonder if she didn’t shoot this poor bastard so quickly if he’d just get in, sit there next to her in the passenger seat and continue his thanks. “No really. Thanks for the ride, lady! I appreciate it.” Guess we’ll never know for sure!

We rounded the evening out with another anthology film, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE! Directed by George Romero’s long time friend (and DAY OF THE DEAD composer) John Harrison, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE tells 3 wicked tales of the macabre with a wrap around segment starring Blondie’s Deborah Harry (when she was still totally hot) and a super young Matthew Lawrence (Joey’s little brother. Whoa!) It’s fun to see this all star cast so early in their blossoming acting careers. For example, the first segment alone “LOT 249” features Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater and Julianne Moore! Hey, it’s not a fun movie night until you see Julianne Moore’s back get stuffed with roses and see her cinematic boyfriend’s brains get pulled out through his nose by a nasty mummy with a hanger! The second segment “CAT FROM HELL” features (original Andre Toulon) William Hickey and The New York Doll’s David Johansen (feeling “hot, hot, hot?”) as an assassin hired to snuff out a sinister black cat! He doesn’t get the chance to complete the deed as the nasty little bugger manages to jump down his throat (LITERALLY!) and settle comfortably for the night in his belly using Buster Poindexter’s insides as warm blankets! The third segment “LOVER’S VOW” is a neat gargoyle tale with (wacky in real life) Rae Dawn Chong (have you SEEN the special features on the COMMANDO: DIRECTOR’S CUT DVD?!) and James Remar (DEXTER’s dad, Harry!) as a struggling artist who makes a vow with a winged beasty to never tell of it’s existence! The entire movie is a lot of fun, but my personal favorite bit is the conclusion of the wrap around story at the end with little Lawrence Vs Deborah Harry. “Don’t you just love happy endings?”

So there you have it. At this year’s ICONS holiday party, we watched SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT PART 2, CREEPSHOW 2 and TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (Sorry Jsyn! We’re not including the STAR WARS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!) And all 3 features made for a wonderful trilogy night! ‘Till the next edition! –Robg.

PS: Isn't that DVD cover to TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE terrible?! Here's the original theatrical poster:


Nice picks, coincidently I did a Silent Night, Deadly Night 1-5 marathon on christmas and have recently been watching Stephen King adaptation, including The Raft. And I recently bought Tales from the Crypt. Which is...kind of...like Tales from the Darkside? Okay I got no connection with that one.

But how was the unconcious make out scene lifted for Cabin Fever? Do you mean Ladds finger bang missfire?

Thanks for the ride!!

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