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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The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE V

For This One…

…We’re Going HORROR/THRILLER!!!

Can You Guess It???

Do You Know What It Is???

Think, My Peeps!!!

Think Think Think!!!

Awe…

…YOU GOT IT!!!

That’s Right, Kiddies…

…Today We’re Talkin’…

SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM’s

…Production Of…

WES CRAVEN’s

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

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So What Could I Say That Hasn’t Been Said Before?

This Flick Has Been Reviewed To DEATH…

(Pun Totally Intended)

…And I Know That.

So…

…Instead Of Reviewing It…

…I’m Going To Touch-Upon The First Time I Actually Watched It.

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

…Honestly…

…Truly…

…FREAKED-MY-ASS-OUT The First Time.

I Had Honestly NEVER Seen Anything Like It.

It Blew Me Out Of The Water, As They Say.

When It Begins…

…It Tells You That What We’re Watching ACTUALLY HAPPENED!!!

T’is Based On A True Story…

…With The Names And Locations Being Changed, Of Course.

What Got Me, Though, Was How Realistic It Felt.

It Was More Like Watching A Lavishly Produced Snuff-Film, Ya Know?

SURE YOU DO!!!

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I’ve Been A Fan Of BOTH…

SEAN S. CUNNINGHAM

…And…

WES CRAVEN

…For As Long As I Can Remember…

(And I Can Remember So SO Much)

...BUT…

…I’ve Also Always Been A Fan Of…

DAVID HESS

…Who Is The Psycho Leader Of The Baddies In…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

.Period.

I Became A Fan Of His As A Child When I First Saw…

SWAMP THING

…Another Film By…

WES CRAVEN

…That I Truly Love And Enjoy.

When It Comes To…

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

…You’ve Seriously Got To Be IN-THE-MOOD To Pop It On.

It’s A Flick I’ve Seen A Dozen Times (or more)…

…Yet Its Impact Continues To Remain Steady And True.

It’s A Harsh Flick…

…And It’s NOT Something You Break-Out When TheΒ Squeamish Are Watching With You.

It’s Disturbing.

It’s Brutal.

It’s A Classic.

If You’ve Seen It, You TOTALLY Get What I’m Saying.

If You’ve NOT Seen It, You TOTALLY Should.

Just Don’t Break It Out When You’re Watching Movies With Your Grandma.

Just Sayin’.

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