Jan. 16, 2009, 4:28 a.m. CST
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Jan. 16, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST
by Boba Fat
All hail the Twonky! Al hail the Twonky!All hail the Twonky! Al hail the Twonky!...you get the idea. Quint, the idea of a column where reviewers re-visit a film that has had had an impact on them, but that they haven't seen for a long time, is a fucking great idea! Get on it! What are you waiting for? It's not like you've got anything else to do ;)
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST
until you see the sequel, Tw2nky.
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST
Quint,brother, I'm loving the guest reviewers a great addition to AMAD
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:21 a.m. CST
i remember my dad having a double bootleg VHS of The Twonky with The Maze in 3D. the most goofy movies ever, in the best way.
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST
are on the same site is a bizarre thing indeed...maybe Herc is the Twonky!
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
I'm gonna see if I can find a torrent of this
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST
I'm thinking WSBK Channel 56 Saturday Monster Movies has to be the where. Gotta go seek it out. Konky Vs Twonky. Mystery word of the Day Vs Magic Beam. Damn I wish that Phantasm Re-Whatever it was happend. Angus, Reggie, and Don are A.O.K in my book!
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST
A title that the reviewer knew. It's fun to go at something new and unknown, but what then about those movies you know are gold or worthy of watching that maybe most of the world might not know of.<P> For me the ultimate you gotta see it cause it's crap but it's crap you have to see. Time Walker (1982) Holyshit this film is so bad it's good!
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:22 a.m. CST
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST
a user name in Talkbacks? Seriously Don, you are disqualified for having already seen the movie. Now go back, find another and give us a new column:) And Quint, I don't know how, but try to find a way to keep this thing going. I have to believe that you must have friends in the film industry lining up to contribute. Thanks for the last six months of good stuff. Most days, its the only reason I visit this site.
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST
Wouldn' this have been filmed around the time of the newly dubbed 'Red Menace'- the state is god and all that? And what were the years so many writers were black listed for being communists?
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST
In people's houses? Guess it's already here with internet, computers, and the ability to order a pizza now through Tivo, no reason to ever leave the couch, "I have no complaints"
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST
by Shut the Fuck up Donny
"I have no complaints," is really quite fucking brilliant. Hell, you could even make an argument that this film attacks organized religion. <p> I wonder if John Carpenter saw this before he made "They Live," as that also contains some themes of subduing the masses through ignorance and immersion in basic pleasures...
Jan. 16, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Jan. 16, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
The AMAD column is the only reason I check the site daily. Please find a way to keep the spirit of it alive.
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
by Barrymore Yorke
You know it's true. I've always loved this story, which was actually a collaboration between Henry Kuttner and CL Moore. It's very reminiscent of Philip K Dick -- and interestingly, it was published right around the time Phil's career as a writer began.
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST
"Twonky" - Hilarious. Don is right about kids being able to view a movie's theme better than an adult and to look past what might be "wrong" with a movie. I recently watched The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad with my friends' seven year old daughter and she loved it. I wondered if she would question the special effects at all, but no, her entire focus was on the storyline of the movie and battles between the monsters. It was great fun. It make me wonder what her take on something more intellectual but as simple to understand might be, such as TWONKY.
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST
by Quake II
Met him a couple years ago at a Bubba Ho Tep screening. Sweet guy that seems to love what he does. Now give a Don a budget and let him make a big commercial (action, horror, superhero?) film. He has the eye, the talent and the imagination to kick ass...More so that Sam Raimi IMO. This movie looks fun btw. Cheesy Mid Century fun.
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST
Man, I used to watch that all the time as a kid. I'll have to investigate the DVD release. Thanks Don!
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
In some way, that description reminds me of an episode of "Doctor Who" where he and Rose mistakenly land in 1953 (They were aiming for 6 years later to see Elvis) where an evil alien called "The Wire" is planning to turn people into slaves during the televised coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. However, this alien steals people's faces, turning them into faceless zombies while we see their faces trapped in TV sets. And instead of a TV with a life of its own, it takes the form of a TV show hostess. (Maureen Lippman, who some might remember from the newer version of "Oklahoma!") Of course, there's a happy ending, as the Doctor saves the day and the alien is defeated. Hmm, maybe this film inspired the writer...
Jan. 16, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST
the screens physically represent a singular eye, and also a face...and the content can entertain, subdue, or control. it's like a cyclops and a medusa all in one.
Jan. 16, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST
Jan. 16, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST
with plans to dominate all humanity. Sounds eerily like the T-1000 and up class of Terminators. Interesting how all the really great ideas in sci-fi happened half a century ago.
Jan. 16, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST
Is it me, or is that a great tag line for a viral marketing campaign...some kind of horror movie maybe? Sort of a "Why so serious?" take.
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
...from the golden age of Science Fiction. I thought it was a Hugo winner, but it's not in the collection that I have. Now I can't remember where I read it. Never knew they made it into a movie...
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:40 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Seriously. I've seen it, and the shots of that freaky TV walking around the house and zapping people are burned into my subconscious. I ordered us a copy of this flick at Wild & Woolly Video in Louisville, KY. If any readers live in the area, I hope you'll give it a rental. It's a very unique film.
Jan. 16, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST
the Hollywood conveyor belt would force an action-comedy angle on it, a la Stay Tuned (1992) or Click and wind up at Sony or Disney, probably starring Adam Sandler as well. It would make 90 million in the box office and be filling up the used DVD bin at your local video store the very next day. What it would take is a stylishly independent producer/director collaboration to truly remake the film with the essence of the original. Someone the likes of oh, I don't know, Don Coscarelli maybe?
Jan. 16, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST
yeah so im my twenties. i saw that film on the telly when i was a kid, and it fucking freaked me out. I revisited that movie a year ago, saw it on the internetz tubes. Still eery, however i thought it was hilarious when the black guy cops a feel on that underage "blind" girl. Fucking awesome movie either way, stephen king + 90's productions was pure ecstasy. YO DON, keep us updated with ho-tep part deux asap man.
Jan. 16, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
This movie sounds terrific! It's has to be somewhere, damn it!
Jan. 16, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST
As I kept reading this review, I was thinking "no way this is real, it's a hoax like Orson Welle's Moonraker". But I guess this IS real... Why didn't the main character just leave the house? A slow walking small TV set with legs would certainly freak me out as a kid, specially while shooting lasers at people! MIND BLOWING SHIT!
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST
Anybody who would own a bootleg of this movie must be pretty psyched to be able to say "Don Coscarelli bought my Twonky!"
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:29 p.m. CST
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST
PLEASE LET THE LAST AMAD BE STALLONE REVIEWING...well anything really
Jan. 16, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST
...something like 'Gremlins', 'Fright Night' or even 'The Frighteners'. Which means something that starts like a funny and pretty light movie, but the more the movie moves forward, the more intense and darker it gets.<br> I could even imagine to cast someone like Adam Sandler. (not necessarily him, but someone like him, who is associated with harmless comedy, but also did some serious acting a few times), just to make it more shocking for the audience when "that comedy dude" is suddenly screaming and struggling for his life and sanity.<br>
Jan. 16, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST
A movie I have never, ever, EVER heard of that sounds so damn intriguing that I have to go find it and see it. I think I will have to go to Vidiots and see if they have a bootleg.
Jan. 16, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST
Not because I am dying to hear them review a film, but I am curious if there is a movie out there they haven't seen already.
Jan. 16, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
The bit where it lights Hans Conried's cigerette is a psychotronic moment in time. God Damn, I miss working at Wild & Woolly, where I was laid off after 6 years due to this shitty economy. One of the problems with being a cult film fanatic/ manager/ buyer is that not only are you usually months ahead of the general audience, you are also curious and fascinated by the most obscure films on the planet and the general rental audience doesn't give a shit. They just want the big hits. I got really excited when our copy of "The Twonky" came in, but I don't think it ever rented once during my employment there. You can repeat that story a hundred times for a hundred other obscure gems. I always used my own money to order that stuff so the owner didn't have to take the hit, but I still got laid off as soon as the recession hit. Sadly, I loved that job and was actually very good at it. Thankfully, some of my great staff is still there and they can point you towards "The Twonky"!
Jan. 16, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST
...some Hostess Twonkies!
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:11 p.m. CST
Damn, I read about this awesomely freaky movie on AICN and then proceed to my other favorite site online, which has NEVER failed me on the weird and obscure, and find, yes, a live torrent for this thing. The Twonky is now in the process of joining my vast film collection. <p> I love you so, Internets!
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST
You know when your a kid and you see something that fucks with you but you can never recall where it came from and haven't seen it since? <p> Maybe someone can help me out. When I was a wee child, I saw a kung-fu war movie on tv that scarred me for life. I don't remember anything about it, only this: <p> Upon the battlements, they had this contraption that looked a bit catapult-y but instead of flinging things, it had a metal helmet with spikes in it. They would fling it out over onto the attackers, it would land on their heads and rip them off with much gouting blood and shrieking. <p> Any guesses?
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST
I seem to remember Shogun with Richard Chamberlin being big at the time....
Jan. 16, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
That sounds like "Master of the Flying Guillotine," which was a sequel to "The One Armed Boxer." I wish I had my Wild & Woolly kung-fu expert here to confirm this. The flying guillotine-type device is used in several period kung-fu films and perhaps someone else here can help out.
Jan. 16, 2009, 7 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Benny Chan's "Kung Fu Master" (1994) depending on how long ago you were a kid. That miniseries uses a flying guilotine device more like the one you describe in battle. So does the recent "Seven Swords," but I'm sure that's not it. Shaw Bros also made "The Flying Guilotine," "The Flying Guilotine 2" and "The Vengeful Beauty" which all made use of the device. I recommend going to YouTube and trying to find trailers for these titles and see if any of them look familiar.
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST
Read and enjoyed the Lewis Padgett short years ago, and never had a clue it was made into a movie. Keep the obscurities coming. On a side note, just makes you think of all the incredible fiction from this era that went (goes) unadapted, stuff like Jack Vance's The Miracle Workers, or anything by Cordwainer Smith -- Scanners Live in Vain would be awesome -- or Fritz Leiber (aside from fucking Conjure Wife over and over again, remake-happy twats).
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
zom-bot: That reminds me of the Simpsons activity book, how they describe Maggie's friend the TV set. Der: You know, Sandler DOES have a horror film company called "Scary Madison"...
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST
No, this was when I was in grade like five or something - 1979 or 1980. <p> Just checked IMDB - Shogun premired in 1980 - would like to confirm though. At the time, it was major event television, like Roots or The Thorn Birds. It was like parents gathering the kids around the television, watching things that, yes; SCARRED THEM FOR LIFE. <p> We seriously don't have shit like that anymore. It's all on cable now. People forget - and execs - that regular tv used to be badass.
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
on late-night TV (after I stealthily snuck into the living room to watch it on very very low volume after being forbidden to stay up that late) and, me being a kid and all, it had the same brain explosion effect on me that you describe "The Twonky" as having on you. I haven't been the same since, and I simply *can't thank you enough*, sir! "BOYYYY!!!"
Jan. 16, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST
"The song was inspired by an episode in which Iggy Pop, during a drug-fuelled period at Bowie’s LA home, hallucinated and believed that the television set was swallowing his girlfriend." Fantastic choice, Don! Love the review!
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
The Twonky has a philosophy... and that is what makes it dangerous!
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST
by Media Messiah
Or computers...or radio...they are all walking talking tubes out to get you!!!
Jan. 16, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST
Thank you so much, Don, for writing this review.
Jan. 17, 2009, 1:52 a.m. CST
have to try to use "twonky" in a everyday sentence, preferably to someone who has no idea what it means.
Jan. 17, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST
"You twonky motherfucker..." <p> And so forth...
Jan. 17, 2009, 4:56 a.m. CST
Hec Doc Pazuzu have you a linky to that live torrent? btjunkie throws up nowt. Failing that can anyone else find it. I think I had the same experience as Don watching Phantasm as a lad, and now years later I've got got the sphere perched on my DVD shelf.
Jan. 17, 2009, 5:35 a.m. CST
I don't want to get in trouble for posting links like that here. Look me up in The Zone and I'll hook you up.
Jan. 17, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST
Never heard of that, but I like the idea of it. :)
Jan. 17, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST
by Catbarf the 12th
I wonder if Cronenberg saw this as a kid.
Jan. 17, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
called Alien Creatures, and it had a large B&W still from the Twonky in it - I've been intrigued by this movie ever since
Jan. 18, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
That was the first Bill Cosby album I ever got, back in 1976 or '77. "Wonderfulness" the album was called, and my friend brought it to school to share. I had to run out and get my own. Wow, I didn't know it was based on a real scary radio play.
Jan. 18, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST
by Its a LION
Reminds me of Phantasm 2.
Jan. 19, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST
by El Borak
i saw a weird fucking movie that gave me nightmares. it would be on cable and i would watch a little at a time until i was too scared and turned it off. turns out it was in spanish and 3-d which was why it was so strange and i didn't understand it. it translates to "the treasure of the four crowns".
Jan. 19, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST
And yes, I was really curious about it too with the image of the TV bowing to Hans Conried! and that weird name..."The Twonky" So is there a torrent of it out there?
Thanks for this fantastic series, Quint.