Eight-year-old me couldn’t help but get excited over the ads for a strange new movie called The Meteor Man. Of course, I instantly ate the flick up when I got my hands on the VHS, but unfortunately, time hasn’t been its greatest ally. As admirable as The Meteor Man is for its innocence and total lack of cynicism, it makes for a pretty awkward watch.
“He’s coming to save the world, one neighborhood at a time.”
Having blessed his first flick The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms with a mostly solemn tone, director Eugene Lourie tried to make lightning strike twice with 1959’s The Giant Behemoth.
The Giant Behemoth Tagline: “SEE the Beast that shakes the Earth! LIVE in a world gone mad! WATCH the chaos of a smashed civilization! FLEE from the mightiest fright on the screen! NOTHING so Big as Behemoth!”
Guillermo del Toro always had what I would call, a Gothic imagination, and here he can finally give it full reign on home territory. Set in 19th-century England, in a gloriously decrepit manor house, and starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak looks as astoundingly sumptuous as one would expect from this stylish fantasist.
Crimson Peak Tagline: “Beware!”
“What’s in the basket?” is the usual greeting Duane is met with, but he prefers to shy away from the subject. I suppose he wouldn’t want the attention it would bring, having to explain that the basket is actually home to his deformed, and formally conjoined twin brother Belial. It would certainly ruin the element of surprise!
Basket Case Tagline: “The tenant in room 7 is very small, very twisted and very mad.”
In 1971 JVC put together a team to develop a consumer-based VTR, but by early 1972 the video recording industry in Japan began to struggle financially. JVC was forced to restructure their video division, effectively shelving the VCR project. However, JVC engineers Yuma Shiraishi and Shizuo Takano continued to work on the project in secret. By 1973 the two engineers had produced a functional prototype.
Xtro II Tagline: “It feels nothing… it fears nothing… there is no escape.”