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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week, Part 2 ...

We're doing a "Whatever I want" all day daddy's day marathon!

Today I get to watch whatever the hell I want to watch with the family! and after breakfast in bed followed by The Incredible Petrified World I am now ready to watch part two ...

Yoinked from wikipedia and and with my own bad movie knowledge mixed in ...

"Laserblast is a low-budget 1978 science fiction film directed by Michael Rae. It stars Kim Milford as Billy Duncan and Cheryl Smith as Kathy Farley. This film is notable for featuring nerdy character actor Eddie Deezen's debut (as Froggy) and for an appearance by Roddy McDowall as Doctor Mellon. The plot involves a constantly put-upon young man's discovery of a laser cannon and his ensuing rampage after continual exposure to the weapon's radiation.

This film marks the only movie that Michael Rae ever directed. Thank god!

I've come to the realization that law enforcement is universally incompetent, as in police all over the universe. As the credits finish we see a sick man stumbling across the desert, carrying the Nerf Gun of Ultimate Destruction and pendant. Judging from the skin color and hygiene, he looks like some species of living dead. Within moments a spaceship passes over, then lands and a pair of armed (as in carrying weapons) stop motion aliens exit the craft. Despite his impressive blaster the zombie/vampire/mutant fellow is no match for the aliens, he becomes a man-shaped scorch mark on the ground. The aliens hear a small aircraft approaching, so they board their spaceship and depart. In the rush something is forgotten; the pendant and cannon are still lying on the sand.

Everything that transpired over the last few minutes should get your mind working on some questions. Under what circumstances did this weapon come to Earth in the first place? What are the aliens saying? How in the world did the aliens forget to grab or destroy the cannon and pendant? You are never going to find out, though some inventive guessing can help relieve the frustration.

Hear's some random DO YOU CARE facts for you: Actor Roddy McDowall's name is misspelled in the ending credits as 'Roddy McDowell.' Alien conversation from the movie is used in the opening of 'A Dios Alma Perdida' by Static-X. Billy Duncan, armed with the laser cannon, blows up a Star Wars billboard late in the film. The 'East Coast, Southern California' town depicted in the final scene is actually a left over 1920's Chicago set. Note the 'S.M.C. Cartage Co.' building in the background after Billy gets vapour actioned to death. The infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre took place in the S.M.C. Cartage Company garage, Chicago. The design for the Alien creatures was based on drawings of prehistoric turtles that Dave Allen had seen as a boy in the Field Museum. The Alien language was created by a playing a recording of a presidential speech backwards and twice the normal speed.

The aliens are exceptionally neat and definitely make the movie, even their strange squawking speech is well done. Other than the stop motion I am at a loss for words, because the plot is simple. 'Kid with a (valid) persecution complex finds a Nerf Gun of Ultimate Destruction and blows things up.' That's the plot, everything else is padding and it feels like padding.

In May 1996, it was featured in episode 6 of the 7th season of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Laserblast was featured on the final episode of the series to be made for the Comedy Central Network. The episode made particular note of film-critic Leonard Maltin's relatively high two and-a-half star rating of the original film, ranking it higher than acclaimed films such as Taxi Driver, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, or Being There, and as good as celebrated films such as The Great Santini, Unforgiven, or Sophie's Choice. Maltin's questionable criticism would later be revisited when the MST3K crew reviewed the film Gorgo, where Maltin made a cameo.

Mike Nelson had THIS to say about this particular episode of Laserblast: 'Very funny movie. There were a lot of highlight moments, it seems to me; I used to love it when we were presented something like the deputy who (in our minds) resembled Hank Williams Jr. That gave us the ideal chance to beat the 'ready for some football' line into the ground. If you did it right, that sort of thing wasn't boring; it could become more funny as it went along. Did we do it right here? I'll leave that to the judgment of history. One of my favorites, over a shot of the deputy looking disgusted: 'Well, just another example of a citizen who isn't READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!'

The film has gained a small cult following from fans of the B science fiction genre. Laserblast has been released on DVD from Full Moon Entertainment."

Dialogue from Laserblast

The Laserblast theme song

...and here you are, part two of our special Father's Day movie marathon.

Have fun and Wind Clan out!

Probably hit part 3 laters, so stick around.

See ya.

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