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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    It appears that someone has memorized every line in The Blues Brothers....
    Doesn't everyone? It's like Monty Python & The Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles, completely quote worthy movies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Doesn't everyone? It's like Monty Python & The Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles, completely quote worthy movies.
    EVERY Python film, you BLASPHEMER!

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    John Lee Hooker's super cool performance on Maxwell Street
    That, and Cab Calloway's performance, reignited their respective careers. Cab did a tour of big theaters, playing for a much younger audience than he had seen in decades.

    Speaking of cocaine-fueled comedies like The Blues Brothers, another one with both Aykroyd and Belushi was Spielberg's 1941. When I saw it in the theater the first time I thought it was a bit too manic and over-the-top. At some point in the mid-90s I watched it one Thanksgiving afternoon with my dad (who was born in 1918 and grew up on screwball comedies). So I saw it through his eyes and I thought the old man was going to piss himself laughing at the over-the-top bits. Dad died a few years later and that movie retains a warm little corner in my heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    EVERY Python film, you BLASPHEMER!

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    Speaking Of Cab Calloway:

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    I agree with you, Hal..., that the combination of comedy and horror is very difficult to pull off. I'm not sure there are any other horror movies that have combined the two and really worked for me. Some might think the Evil Dead films, but the "humor" in those films was very annoying. I only saw the first two. As I recall there wasn't a lot of comedy in the first one (was there any?), but the second was really unwatchable.

    For the most part only unintentional comedy works in horror films.

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    Whedon's Cabin in the Woods had some good meta humor once the plot started rolling. And of course there's always Tucker and Dale vs Evil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Whedon's Cabin in the Woods had some good meta humor once the plot started rolling. And of course there's always Tucker and Dale vs Evil.
    Those are movies that, IMO, aren't really meant to be taken seriously as horror. I guess I should have mentioned that. I mean, sure, Abbot & Costello could combine comedy and "horror," but they were really comedies. Sure the above mentioned films are more gory, but not really scary, as I recall. None of this means they can't work as comedy, or some kind of over-the-top combination, but it's not what I think of (and enjoy) as horror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Doesn't everyone? It's like Monty Python & The Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles, completely quote worthy movies.

    I agree w Holy Grail, but I'll go Animal House for a much more quote worthy comedy than Blues Bros, imo.

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    Romero created the first flesh eating zombies flick.

    I met George at a horror convention a couple years ago, and he was the sweetest most unassuming movie person I ever met.

    Imagine you're a deer (deah) . You bend your little deahh head down to take a drink , and bamm , a zombie rips your throat out. Would you give a sh*t what kind of jacket it was wearing?
    Point: a zombie is a zombie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    I agree w Holy Grail, but I'll go Animal House for a much more quote worthy comedy than Blues Bros, imo.
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    That movie came out the summer between HS grad and freshman year in college. We were quoting that film endlessly at rush parties in the summer etc ("I'm Eric Stratton, rush chairman. Damn glad to meet you"), and then when we got to college, toga parties were all the rage. Yeah, we thought we were so suave and hip.....
    I lived on a floor in the dorm freshman year where it was largely split up juniors and freshman in the same section (they did that on purpose). The juniors immediately pegged one poor schlub as "Flounder" and that name stuck throughout college, in addition to having to suffer through multiple "swirlies" at the hands of the upperclassmen.
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    Zombieland - Combines humour with horror quite effectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Zombieland - Combines humour with horror quite effectively.
    Great movie
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    Zombieland - Combines humour with horror quite effectively.
    Yep, that is indeed another that does it successfully.

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    Wasn't there a Brit movie that combined Comedy & Horror? The Director had another hit close to the same time period. Light just went on. Shaun Of The Dead is the one I'm thinking about. Never saw it though, so maybe it doesn't fit?
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    Shawn Of The Dead is a fantastic comedy horror movie. The director was Edgar Wright & co-written by Simon Pegg. Their other movie is Hot Fuzz which is even better, parody of an American Cop movie set in a 'peaceful' English country village. One of my favorite movies. Pegg has also done The Worlds End & Paul which work less well for me. Pegg is probably best known now as Scotty in the Star Trek movies and as Benji Dunn in Mission Impossible. Wright went on to write & direct Scott Pilgrim & Baby Driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Shawn Of The Dead is a fantastic comedy horror movie
    Arguably the best.

    I watched a Netflix original with Forest Whittaker called How it Ends last night. Started off a fairly interesting apocalypse type film and then just fizzled out and went absolutely nowhere. Ridiculous abrupt ending too. Don't waste your time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal... View Post

    The only reason I think AAWiL is better than TBB is because, as I said earlier, of the perfect blend of comedy & horror, which is really hard to pull off. Otherwise, TBB is such an excellent, modern screwball comedy. So many great moments in that movie.
    Yeah, I get what you're saying. I love 'em both (as well as many of John Landis' other pictures).
    I can't explain why but this is my favorite moment in TBB:
    Dammit, I knew I forgot something. There's also, "Now hold on a minute, I haven't even heard these boys sing yet!" You get the feeling that Burton Mercer is on a completely different wavelength, vis-a-vis capturing The Blues Brothers, from Troopers Daniel and Mount.

    And yes, I do, apparently, have the ability to recite virtually every line of The Blues Brothers. There's a few other movies I can do that with too, like Student Bodies, The Party, Sixteen Candles and National Lampoon's Vacation. Once you see a movie about 4 or 5 times, that stuff just sort of seeps into your brain.

    And speaking of National Lampoon's Vacation, anyone ever notice that the one cousin, the girl, I can't remember her name, but anyone ever notice, she's got the cover of Thin Lizzy's Chinatown album hanging on her bedroom wall?
    I was never a fan of The Blues Brother's comedy/music.
    The comedy isn't that much different from any of the better films starring any of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. Foul Play, Seems Like Old Times, Meatballs, Fletch, Animal House, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, they're all cut from a similar cloth, in terms of the style of humor. Incidentally, I happen to all of those movies.

    As for the music, well, if you don't dig urban blues, well ok. And sure, John Belushi wasn't the best blues singer, nor Aykroyd the best harp player, but the two of them loved blues and R&B music, and made a movie that was basically a love letter to the genre as a whole. I can maybe see not being into the original act that performed live and made Briefcase Full Of Blues (reputedly, at the time, the biggest selling blues record ever), but I think that's a separate thing from the movie. Briefcase Full Of Blues is a competently performed record, but nothing special, despite the pedigrees in the backup band. The movie, on the other hand, is something else altogether.

    You've got some of the greatest R&B vocalists in that film, and Jake and Elwood's backup band is stocked with top flight musicians, including Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn, who were in Booker T & The MG's. Apart from making their own records, they backed just about everyone who recorded for Stax records, including Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Albert King. On Soul Man, when Sam Moore calls out "Play it, Steve!", he's talking to Steve Cropper, who'd just played one of the greatest guitar licks ever. Duck Dunne also played with Freddie King, Eric Clapton, and also played on sessions for the likes of Tom Petty, too.

    Most of the rest of the guys in that band, other than Murph Dunne (who was more or less an actor who played keyboards, rather than a full time musician), have impressive resumes too. Prog related fact: Blue Lou Marini and Tom "Bones" Malone both played on Frank Zappa's In New York album.

    For me, the movie drew me towards the blues. It really took me quite a few years to really get into the music, but it did give me a lot of great clues about where to go to when I was ready to start listening. And from the moment I first heard the play on music during the Palace Hotel Ballroom scene, you know, the music that they play as Cab Calloway is introducing Jake & Elwood, I loved that tune (turns it's actually two tunes: the organ thing playing as Cab is running through his spiel is Time Is Tight, a Booker T & The MG's instrumental from the soundtrack to a movie called Uptight, but when Jake & Elwood make their entrance and the horn section comes in, they're actually playing an Otis Redding tune called Can't Turn You Loose).
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    Which actually came from a book titled I Am Legend - sound familiar? - but that's not me arguing just info. I won't argue that Romero came up with the original zombie idea but from that quote it seems he'd neither read the book nor seen the movie so he thinks he did. Romero just made them popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Yep, that is indeed another that does it successfully.
    I'd say that Gremlins did okay on that score, too. It was pretty dark and violent to just be called a kids' movie. And there was some grim comedy mixed in.

    The second one, of course, was a completely different thing altogether. I love it, but it was pretty much just a cartoon.

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    Just caught the end of Inside Story - a making of show on A&E - about Jaws and now watching Scarface. Pretty cool. I knew of the problems in Jaws with the shark not working and wish I could have seen the whole show as it seems it was a nightmare, hugely over budget and everyone thought it was going to sink.

    Same with Scarface. Problems abound and at the point I'm at here it's only just begun. Funny, the only time I ever watched this whole movie was the first time I did acid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post

    1)And yes, I do, apparently, have the ability to recite virtually every line of The Blues Brothers. There's a few other movies I can do that with too, like Student Bodies, The Party, Sixteen Candles and National Lampoon's Vacation. Once you see a movie about 4 or 5 times, that stuff just sort of seeps into your brain.

    2)And speaking of National Lampoon's Vacation, anyone ever notice that the one cousin, the girl, I can't remember her name, but anyone ever notice, she's got the cover of Thin Lizzy's Chinatown album hanging on her bedroom wall?

    3)You've got some of the greatest R&B vocalists in that film, and Jake and Elwood's backup band is stocked with top flight musicians, including Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn, who were in Booker T & The MG's. Apart from making their own records, they backed just about everyone who recorded for Stax records, including Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Albert King. On Soul Man, when Sam Moore calls out "Play it, Steve!", he's talking to Steve Cropper, who'd just played one of the greatest guitar licks ever. Duck Dunne also played with Freddie King, Eric Clapton, and also played on sessions for the likes of Tom Petty, too.

    1) Sixteen Candles? What about Pretty in Pink? If I'm going to extensively quote from a Hughes pic, it would be Ferris Bueller.

    2) That (the blonde cousin) is Jane Krakowski, who has been in a slew of TV shows and commercials over the years. Ally McBeal, 30 Rock. She is doing the Sonic commercials with the cute gal from The Office lately too.

    3) Just so its clear, the great Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper ARE THE REAL Blues Brothers. That is where the movie in essence got its name. Belushi and Aykroyd were doing basically a Sam and Dave act, and Dunn and Cropper were the musicians on those tracks (ie Soul Man). They were known for all that great work they were doing at Stax as you mentioned, ie white guys playing on some of the greatest soul/R&B and blues ever and with Booker T of course. Belushi and Aykroyd kind of stole their schtick, but they went along for the gag.
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