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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Night Of The Lepus
    Wasn't that that 60s sci-fi flick about a giant rabbit?

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    Wasn't that that 60s sci-fi flick about a giant rabbit?
    Mid 70's is more like it, and it was more than one rabbit, it was a whole colony of them, menacing a small town. After about 1966, it seems like DeForrest Kelley's entire career consisted of this, and Star Trek. I'm a doctor, not a leading man!

    And for the record, right around the same time, Kingdom Of The Spiders was almost the exact same picture, only it was spiders, and William Shatner was the Star Trek escapee playing the lead role. Had a creepier ending too.

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    Anyone ever see Ssss from 1973 where a mad scientist turns his assistant into a snake? I saw it at a drive-in theater.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Anyone ever see Ssss from 1973 where a mad scientist turns his assistant into a snake? I saw it at a drive-in theater.
    So did I. Hated it, as I recall.
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    Well, yeah, it was a piece of shit. A prime candidate for MST3K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Anyone ever see Ssss from 1973 where a mad scientist turns his assistant into a snake? I saw it at a drive-in theater.
    I believe Dirk Benedict, later famous as Starbuck on Battlestar Gallactica and Face on The A-Team, played said assistant. I can't remember if I actually enjoyed that one or not.

    I can't remember the name of it, but there was another good movie from that era, with Bradford Dillman as a scientist in a small town plagued by these bizarre beetle like creatures that could start fires, that had been released from deep in the Earth by an earthquake. Then he does some sort of weird experiment where he takes a bunch of the pyromaniac beetles and crossbreeds them with other insects, and creates these super intelligent flying versions that, thanks to the wonder that is the vocoder, could speak. That was a weird one.

    There were a lot of sort of what I call "nature run amok" movies in the 70's. Things like Night Of The Lepus, Kingdom Of The Spiders, Prophecy, and so on. Then you had things like the Jaws movies, and it's various knock offs, such as Orca, Tentacles, L'Ultimo Squalo, Up From The Depths, Barracuda (with music by Klaus Schulze!), Piranha, etc.

    Then after Close Encounters Of The Third Kind came out, and with te interest in things like the Bermuda Triangle and UFO's, you got movies like Cave Of The Sharks, L'Ultimo SOS, and Bermuda Triangle.

    And don't even get me started on all the sort of exploitation pictures that were popular too.

    In short, the 70's were a weird time for B-movies.

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    I remember one called Frogs
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    Quote Originally Posted by MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER View Post
    I remember one called Frogs
    Starring Sam Elliott and Ray Milland! Yeah, that was a good one. According to Wikipedia, Sam Elliott got his role in a subsequent picture, Lifeguards, based of the scene in Frogs where he's shown shirtless.

    And of course, you can't bring up Ray Milland without discussing The Thing With Two Heads!

    He was also in Escape To Witch Mountain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    I can't remember the name of it, but there was another good movie from that era, with Bradford Dillman as a scientist in a small town plagued by these bizarre beetle like creatures that could start fires, that had been released from deep in the Earth by an earthquake. Then he does some sort of weird experiment where he takes a bunch of the pyromaniac beetles and crossbreeds them with other insects, and creates these super intelligent flying versions that, thanks to the wonder that is the vocoder, could speak. That was a weird one.
    It was called Bug. It came out in '75. I saw it in the theater. I remember the cockroaches would spell out words on a wall.

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    I remember seeing the Shatner film about the spiders. The end was creepy. The whole town is covered in spider silk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    And for the record, right around the same time, Kingdom Of The Spiders was almost the exact same picture, only it was spiders, and William Shatner was the Star Trek escapee playing the lead role. Had a creepier ending too.
    For arachnophobes such as myself, the worst spider movie bar none. Way worse than Arachnophobia. Whatever they were paying those actors to allow those hairy tarantulas to hang onto them, it wasn't enough.

    Funnily enough, Spiderman is my favorite superhero.
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    I loved all those 70's natural horror movies as a kid . Ants, The Swarm, Ben, Grizzly, Piranha etc.
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    I don't want to get into Woody Allen's personal life, except to say I don't let it prevent me from enjoying his work. I love his movies, and really love a lot of his later movies. He just always seems to be able to come up with a great story, and as an artist just does what he wants. I think of him as the comedic Hitchcock.

    But there are several of his more recent ones I haven't seen because I can't keep up! He sure is prolific.

    RE: Penelope Cruz, she's just beautiful, and a very good actor. Love her in "Frida."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Anyone ever see Ssss from 1973 where a mad scientist turns his assistant into a snake? I saw it at a drive-in theater.
    Yessssss!

    Saw it when I was a kid. The hot teenaged babysitter put it on one night when my parents were out. Freaked me out. I just caught it on TV a couple months ago. It didn't age well.
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    Banderas has had some truly memorable performances: Mask of Zorro, The 13th Warrior, Desperado
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    And of course the Shrek movies.
    I love his performance in the Spy Kids movies ... but then, I'm a sucker for just about anything Rodriguez does. (I even like Shark Boy and Lava Girl.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    Yessssss!

    Saw it when I was a kid. The hot teenaged babysitter put it on one night when my parents were out. Freaked me out. I just caught it on TV a couple months ago. It didn't age well.
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, scary movie... we got it! Now, to the real question: did the hot babysitter age well?

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    I would also like to hear more about the hot babysitter.
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    She got knocked-up at 17.

    Haven't seen her in years. I imagine that life has been tough for the poor gal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    She got knocked-up at 17.

    Haven't seen her in years. I imagine that life has been tough for the poor gal.
    I smell a Maury Povich episode coming up:

    ScottBails & The Hot Babysitter Child DNA Reveal





    The hot teenaged babysitter put it on one night when my parents were out. -- One could take that one sentence and run with it

    Oh, yeah, movie thread...
    Anyone ever see The Babysitter?

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    I don't even think I had hit puberty yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Painter View Post
    For arachnophobes such as myself, the worst spider movie bar none. Way worse than Arachnophobia. Whatever they were paying those actors to allow those hairy tarantulas to hang onto them, it wasn't enough.
    Well, I think that might have been the whole point.

    This talk of babysitters reminds me of the late 80's movie Adventures In Babysitting. For those who've never seen it, the plot is a bit complex to actually describe. I think it was John Hughes picture, but I can't remember at the moment. But Albert Collins has a cameo ("Ain't nobody leaving til you sing the blues!"), and Vincent D'Onofrio demonstrates his ability to play roles that require him to wear a muscle t-shirt. I actually never realized it was him until years later, I couldn't believe it was the same guy who played Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket and that one police detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent! And the rest of the movie is a hoot, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klonk View Post
    I loved all those 70's natural horror movies as a kid . Ants, The Swarm, Ben, Grizzly, Piranha etc.
    A year or two ago, TCM ran Willard and Ben back to back. Willard I liked, it was suitably creepy for my tastes. But Ben came off like an attempt to make a "family friendly" version of Willard or something. It might not be the worst sequel ever (it's hard to top Jaws 4: The Revenge or the post-Steve Gutenberg Police Academies), but it was pretty damn close to it.

    I seem to recall there were a couple different movies about killer ants. There was one called Empire Of The Ants, that had Joan Collins and an entire town being menaced by giant ants.

    Ants, I believe, was a made for TV movie, originally titled It Happened At Lakewood Manor, with normal sized, but extremely aggressive, ants attacking people.

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    Aggressive Ants would be an excellent band name!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    I don't want to get into Woody Allen's personal life, except to say I don't let it prevent me from enjoying his work. I love his movies, and really love a lot of his later movies. He just always seems to be able to come up with a great story, and as an artist just does what he wants. I think of him as the comedic Hitchcock.

    But there are several of his more recent ones I haven't seen because I can't keep up! He sure is prolific.

    RE: Penelope Cruz, she's just beautiful, and a very good actor. Love her in "Frida."
    Frida was Selma Hayek , not Cruz , IIRC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe F. View Post
    It was called Bug. It came out in '75. I saw it in the theater. I remember the cockroaches would spell out words on a wall.
    (Checking Wikipedia) Yeah, that wast he one. There's a scene where a bunch of the cockroaches somehow get into this woman's hair, and she runs around the house, panicked, with hair on fire, before somehow making it out to the barn behind the house, where she collapses and dies.

    Then there's The Car, which I didn't like much, about a town being terrorized by a possessed, driverless, Lincoln Continental. James Brolin plays a sheriff who's girlfriend is killed when the Continental leaps through her house, running her down in the process.

    And of course, that brings to me mind Duel, Steven Spielberg's first picture, which was originally made for TV, but later shown in theaters overseas.

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