John Landis is one my favorite guys to comment on anything, because as I’ve mentioned before, he does so with such unabashed and enthusiastic glee, whether it’s slasher flicks or just plan unadulterated schlock. Here he discusses the Joe Dante-cut teaser trailer for this Roger Corman-produced classic.
Yes, I’m such a commentary geek that I like commentary on everything: including trailers. Here’s director Joe Dante taking us through the trailer for Them! (which we posted last year as part of 32 Days of Halloween), which was a proto-giant insect movie. Which means Dindrane probably has the poster for this up in a room somewhere–or if not, there’s your Xmas gift idea for her.
Anyway, keep an eye out for the hidden Mickey.
Check this out:
Don’t you want that head to start singing? Christ, I can’t wait.
Demon Seed. Dr. Harris (Fritz Weaver) is justly proud of his creation, the super computer Proteus IV (voiced by Robert Vaughn). However, Dr. Harris doesn’t anticipate that a learning thinking machine might develop a will of its own. What a shock. Indeed, Proteus wants to do what any life form wants to do, procreate. Of course Harris and the company who ‘owns’ Proteus aren’t anxious for Proteus to grow fruitful and multiply. But Proteus, being a million times smarter, has found a way. Dr. Harris’ wife, Susan (Julie Christie) lives in an automated house designed by the good doctor. Proteus hacks the house and turns it into a cage that Susan can only escape by becoming Proteus’ baby mama. This cult classic is a heady mix of Oedipus, Frankenstein, and exploitation cinema. Click here to buy it from Amazon.
Masters of Horror: The Screwfly Solution. A new plague has reared it’s microscopic head. But this bug doesn’t cause nausea or a fever. No, it changes the brain chemistry of men so that, when aroused, instead of getting signals to mate, they get signals to kill. Scientists Alan Alstein (Jason Priestly) and his colleague Barney (Elliot Gould) are desperately trying to a cure or treatment. As the plague worses, Alan’s wife Anne (Kerry Norton) takes their daughter to hide but Alan, now infected, has needs he must satisfy. Can Anne survive when any man she meets, even her husband, is a potential killer. Included in the DVD is a commentary from guest director Joe Dante and writer Sam Hamm, two behind the scene featurettes, and a photo gallery. Click here to buy it from Amazon.
If I could embed this one without commentary, it would make a great trailer bit for 32 Days of Halloween. But even though it seems it must play with commentary, that’s still worthy: Joe Dante‘s take on this killer anthropomorphic tree flick is well worth hearing.
Sadly, this terrible gem does not appear to be available on DVD. Alas.
Update: Thomas below points out that Monsters in Motion has it for sale in a Region 0 NTSC version. Thanks for the headsup!
Oh my, this is genius. Joe Dante has apparently taken it upon himself to bring together classic movie trailers and get directors (mostly directors, Sam Hamm is in there too and I think he’s a scribe/producer) to provide commentary over them. Sure, the length of the trailers make everything short but sweet but still–we love vintage movie trailers, so it’s cool to have a site devoted to them.
Here’s Dante discussing the joyously bad Robot Monster: