β€œTHE BEST” -Vs- β€œMY FAVORITE”: Episode II: “It’s All In The Reflexes.”

Howdy, Kids.

What’s Shakin’?

Yeah…

…Not Much Here, Either.

T’Is Another Of Those Mornings Where I’m Awake Way Too Damned Early.

It’s My Fault, Though.

Went To Bed Too Damned Early.

What’Ya’Gonna’Do, Ya Know?!

Exactly My Point!!

Anyway…

…I Digress.

Let’s Get To The Meat Of This Thing, Shall We?!

LETS!!

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In This Episode…

…I Wish To Cover A Couple Modern-Day Directors.

I’ll Begin With A Personal Favorite Of Mine…

…And Someone I Know Some Of You Really Enjoy…

JOHN CARPENTER

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So…

…What’s JOHN CARPENTER‘s BEST Work?!

Well…

…There Are Two Schools Of Thought On This One.

Some Believe His BEST Work To Be…

HALLOWEEN

(1978)

…And It Is Hard To Scoff At That One.

I LOVE The Original…

HALLOWEEN

…Very VERY Much So.

The Other School…

…However…

…Would Say…

THE THING

(1982)

…Is…

THE BEST

…Of His Work.

That One Is Even Harder To Scoff At…

…At Least For ME…

…Because I’m Of That School.

I Think…

THE THING

…Is His BEST Work.

.Period.

BUT…

…Are Either Of Those Films…

MY FAVORITE

??? ???

No.

I Love Them Both Dearly…

…And Have Owned Copies Of Both (in one format or another) For The Past Two-Decades.

So What Is…

MY FAVORITE

???????

That Would Be…

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

(1986)

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Yes…

…I’m VERY Well Aware…

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

…Is An Inferior Film To Both…

HALLOWEEN

…And…

THE THING

…So You Don’t Have To Remind Me Of That Fact.

I’m With You, My Peeps.

I Am.

BUT…

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

…Is The Flick Attached To The Most Memories.

It’s The Film I Never Could Get Enough Of.

It’s The Film I Sit-Down To Watch With My Nephew When We Both Need A Bit Of Escapist Adventure.

It’s The Film I Had To Place A Special Order For While In The Navy Because It Sold-Out At The Video Store The First Day It Was Released.

No Foolies, My Peeps.

HALLOWEEN

???

LOVE IT!

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THE THING

???

LOVE IT LOVE IT!

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

???

LOVE IT SO SO SO MUCH IT’S CRAZY!!!

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The Second Director I Wish To Cover Is Another Modern Fan Favorite…

WES CRAVEN

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So What’s WES CRAVEN‘s BEST Work?

???

Well…

…Again…

…There Are Two Schools Of Thought At Play, Here.

Some Say It’s His Original Directorial Work…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

(1972)

…And I Can Understand And AGREE With That Line Of Thought.

It IS A Truly Powerful Work, To Say The Least.

It’s Gritty.

It’s Nasty.

It’s So Damned Realistic You Feel Like You’re Watching A Snuff-Film.

It Would Get My Vote As His BEST.

The Other School Would Easily Say…

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

(1984)

…Is…

THE BEST

…Which Is Also Hard Not To Agree With.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

…Is An Iconic Piece Of Work…

…Just Like JOHN CARPENTER‘s…

HALLOWEEN

…Both Of Which Have Spawned What Seems Like An Endless Stream Of Sequels.

.Period.

BUT BUT BUT…

…Are Either…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

…Or…

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

MY FAVORITE

…Of His Works?

??? ??? ???

Nope.

That Honor Goes To…

SWAMP THING

(1982)

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Now Don’t Get To Laughing At Me So Soon!

I Do Admit…

…It’s An Odd Choice.

It’s Drastically Inferior To Both Of The Preceding Flicks…

…Sure Sure Sure…

…But Does That Change My Feeling???

NOT. IN. THE. SLIGHTEST.

.PERIOD.

SWAMP THING

…Has Been My Personal Favorite Since The Beginning.

It’s Another I’ve Owned (in one format or another) Since It’s Initial Release On VHS.

I Would Venture To Guess I’ve Seen…

SWAMP THING

…Perhaps…

…Oh…

…412 Times?!

Perhaps Even…

…Oh…

….4,012 Times?!

I Don’t Really Know.

I Just Know It’s A LOT A LOT A LOT!!!

SWAMP THING

…Was A Childhood Hero Of Mine…

…And He Remains So To This Very Day.

Next Time My Nephew Is Here With Me, I Plan To Bust-Out The…

SWAMP THING

…And Have Him Check-It-Out.

I Think It’s A Flick He’d Truly Get A Major Kick Out Of.

FO SHO, My Peeps!!!

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Was That FUN For Y’all?!

I SURE HOPE SO!!!

It Was Fun For Me, Anyway!!!

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Please Try To Enjoy The Day, Kiddies.

Y’all Hang-In-There.

Take Care.

Be Good.

See Me Soon.

And Talk To Me Sooner.

L8r, Taters!!!

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Creedence Clearwater Revival AND The Return Of Swamp Thing: A Guilty Pleasure Match Made In Campy-Horror’ish Heaven

Well, I Do Believe The Title Of This Piece Sincerely Speaks For Itself.

And YES, I’m VERY Serious About This One.

It’s Been VERY Near&Dear To My HEART…

…Since The Film’s Release In 1989.

Are We Ready To Jive???…

…???

M’KAY.

IT’S JIVIN’ TIME!!!

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FIRST-OFF…

…Please…

…Allow Me To Establish What I’m Jivin’ ’bout.

This Is The Film…

“THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING”

(1989)

"The Return Of Swamp Thing" (1989) - Starring DICK DUROCK, LOUIS JOURDAN, HEATHER LOCKLEAR, and SARAH DOUGLAS, and was Directed by JIM Wynorski

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This Is The Main-Character…

“SWAMP THING”

(Hero)

"Swamp Thing" ("The Return Of Swamp Thing" (1989)) Played By DICK DUROCK

And THIS Is…

“CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL”

(Amazing Band)

CCR (aka Creedence Clearwater Revival) Circa 1969.

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And The Song That Sparked The Whole Thing Is…

“BORN ON THE BAYOU”

(1969)

The A.MA.ZING. Song "BORN ON THE BAYOU" Was Off Of CCR's 1969 Album "BAYOU COUNTRY"

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And This Is My Nephew’s Representation Of…

“LEGO CCR”

(Original “Ari Works Of Lego-Art”)

See, My Peeps... I WAS Being Serious. The Crafty Nephew (aka Mr. Ari, aka Boss) Really DID Build His Very Own CCR With LEGOS! Yep. Nifty, Eh?!?!?! πŸ˜€

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Basically…

…The Film Is A Regular…

…hmm…

…Pant-Load Of Excitement AND Fun?

That’s (likely) A Descriptive Enough Phrase (maybe).

The Original “SWAMP THING” Was Directed By Horror Freak WES CRAVEN…

…And Was A Damned-FUN Experience…

…With Some QUALITY Actors Taking On The MAIN ROLES.

In “THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING”…

…hmm…

…We Get HEATHER LOCKLEAR.

Yeah…

…That Hurt.

BUT…

…We Also Get SARAH DOUGLAS (“V”, “SUPERMAN” & “SUPERMAN II”, etc)…

…And…

…We Get DICK DUROCK Back As “SWAMP THING” In This Sequel…

…AND…

…We Get Back LOUIS JOURDAN Reprising His Role As The EVIL “DR. ARCANE”!!!

Sounds Good Enough To Give A Quickie-Lookin’-At, Don’t It?!?!

DAYUM SKIPPY, DRIPPY, IT DOES!!!

"THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING" (1989) Is TOTALLY Available On The Ole DVD, Should Any Of You Care To Check-IT-Out... ...which You ALL SHOULD!!!

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Just Remember This, My Peeps…

…The BEST PART OF THE WHOLE WHOLE WHOLE FILM…

…Is THE MUSIC That Plays…

…DURING…

…THE…

…OPENING and ENDING CREDITS!!!

SOOOOOOO…

…WHY NOT WATCH THE MOVIE TO (at least) GET THERE!?!?!?!

You ALL Should SERIOUSLY…

…TRUST ME.

I Promise, It’ll Be WORTH Your Time.

ALL 88-MINUTES Of Your Time.

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"SWAMP THING"