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Harry, feeling his age, passes along some amazing coolness... This time regarding SAM RAIMI... old school style!

Hey folks, Harry here... - Around the time I was a Junior & Senior in High School - 1988-1989, there existed what I generally consider the single greatest movie geek show every to air in the history of Television. THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM SHOW... Coming to life via a magical mythical CHANNEL X and featuring somebody that nobody had ever heard of (in Seymour, Tx) named Jonathan Ross. I've been in a very reflective mood this past week - mainly due to some excitement in the personal sectors - all good, but I'm beginning to fully understand just how much time has passed since I was a kid and where I am today. There's a lot of things that helped me along the path that I took to being the 'geek' that I am, but the other night, I was talking to Yoko about PJ's early days... the BAD TASTE & DEAD ALIVE (BRAINDEAD) era - and I thought back upon that time and where I found out about those films - and THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM SHOW came to mind. I never saw this broadcast, but a friend of my father's - Mark Shaw (nowadays he does 'Duck' comics for Disney) found the show and gave my Dad vhs tapes of the show every two weeks. And Dad got them to me. For a small audience, THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM SHOW introduced Raimi, Stuart Gordon, Jackie Chan, John Woo, Herschell Gordon Lewis and on and on and on.... Looking back upon that time period I was curious how many fellow geeks in my Twitter feed knew of the show. Only a couple seemed to know. And that... that is simply unacceptable. THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE FILM SHOW existed in a time period when next to noone knew the names of Sam Raimi and Jackie Chan. In the late 80s... the CANNONBALL RUN movies and THE BIG BRAWL were known, but not so much with the Hong Kong work. That began showing up in the early 90s at College Theaters.... like my own HOGG AUDITORIUM here in Austin. I remember, I got this following show - the same week that Mark loaned me his copy of EVIL DEAD & EVIL DEAD 2. This was the "special features" that he had to show me how they did it. And frankly, watching boyish Raimi go into it - impossibly young Bruce and Spiegel and Tapert... well it is splendid beyond belief - and rewatching this 4 part (YOU TUBE style) feature made me gawk in rediscovery at Raimi telling these stories as well as a glimpse at some of his pre-EVIL DEAD 3 Stooges inspired shorts... but most of all... wait till you see Raimi as a kid talking about the apartment Bruce and he crashed in New York. Or how they raised their dough for the first EVIL DEAD. Truly some of the best advice to young filmmakers ever. Once a week, I'll publish up another one of these to sort of give y'all a glimpse at what got me fired up when I was 16-17-18 years old. This shit is AWESOME SAUCE - Spoon it up my friends!

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  • June 21, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Tallyrand

  • June 21, 2010, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Tallyrand

  • June 21, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Wow, young Jonathan Ross

    by ltgalloway

    I've watched his interview show on youtube clips for a while. Love his

  • June 21, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by ltgalloway

    Lili Von Schtupp W's. This looks like an awesome show. Kind of reminds me of my childhood monster show called Dr. Paul Bearer's Creature Feature. Brings me back to my youth in Tampa Bay, FL.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Raimi Will Tell Us What To Do.....

    by Torgo2020


  • June 21, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I Like Harry's Stuff, but "No One" Is...

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...always two words. The same with "a lot." Just saying.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    The penis car in the opening...

    by force_fed

    looks oddly familiar. Holy shit! The Ambiguously Gay Duo. It's Ace and Gary's car! Good stuff Harry. Can't wait until these giant-ass videos finish downloading.

  • June 21, 2010, 10:33 p.m. CST

    blah blah blah blah whatever

    by Wonderboys

    Then, this site will need around nine days to publish news that are weeks old, trying to sell it as "Exclusive!!"

  • June 21, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Could you make them ANY BIGGER???

    by LimemonkeyX3

  • June 21, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • June 21, 2010, 10:58 p.m. CST

    This guy can't say his "r's - "sam waimi"

    by Son_Of_Elroy


  • June 21, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Not a surprise

    by doubleh55

    Ok, I was originally going to make fun of Harry but I changed my mind. Instead, I'll just say that never did a John Woo episode. They did do a Tsui Hark one though. I still don't understand how Harry found all the time to do all the things he said he did when he was a wee lad.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Loved that show

    by Anti-fanboy

    Always felt lucky when I'd catch it on. Don't remember what channel... Bravo? Thanks, Harry.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    LOVE IT.....

    by Jazzmaverickjim

    That is all.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Thank God Sam Raimi got away from Evil Dead

    by RPLocke

    He would have turned into a George Romero.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    The episodes on Ted V. Mikels, H.G. Lewis & Ray Dennis Steckler.

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    ...are the best ones, IMO.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I don't think Sam will make WoW movie

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    and I think I'm okay with that.

  • June 21, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    takes me back

    by notjadedyet

    I remember watching this show and the Evil Dead episode - not only did it lead to me one of my favourite films of all time - Evil Dead 2, but also made me look at the Three Stooges in a different light. Whatever you think of Jonathan Ross you can't deny his passion for movies - and not just because his wife is Jane Goldman. Also check out his One Week Only series, and a great film geek chat show Mondo Rosso.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Del Tor will make the WOW movie in a stunning move

    by RPLocke

  • June 22, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Don't think hes making evil dead 4

    by goatowski

    He didn't even seem to like it back then. It was a stepping stone for him. too bad.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    The Evil Dead was good...

    by Superslum

    But it is no excuse from the Shitburger known as Drag Me To Hell.God what a Horrible movie.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    We had this in the UK.

    by V'Shael

    Young Wossy though....

  • June 22, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Good stuff

    by Star Hump

  • June 22, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by Davidia

    This site sucks. You are an obsessive dramatic freak.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    already tired of "awesome sauce"

    by TheSeeker7

    I'm so sick of all these stupid fucking Gen Next little "clever" sayings like fail, teh ghey, FTW!, and now awesome sauce. Once again people proving how they're nothing if not sheep to trends.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    way to break the side scroll

    by NippleEffect

    those vids were in a decent size on youtube<br> expanding them just made they grainy

  • June 22, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST


    by NippleEffect

    people are herd beasts<p> When a sheep jumps, all sheep following it will jump, even if the first sheep jumped for no reason

  • June 22, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    and yes

    by NippleEffect

    *awesome sauce* is especially annoying<br> most memes are

  • June 22, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Awesome find!

    by harrythehawk

    I´ve often read about this early short stuff by Sam but never seen any... very inspirational and supercool stuff! Thanks Harry! Sam Raimi was then and still is now one of the visually most inventive and timing wise best director´s ever.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Ross's Elmer Fudd speech impediment.

    by RobinP

    I have fond memories of this on UK's Channel 4 on friday nights. My favorite was the one with George Romero, which due to Ross's impediment came out as Womewo.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Are you guys having a baby, Harry?

    by beefywhore

    I'm picking up a definate "Yoko is Preggers" vibe.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I used to watch The Incredibly Strange Film Show....

    by DoctorGloom

    along with Alex Cox's Moviedrome on sunday nights. Great days for film buffs in the UK.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember that movie show on Nickelodeon?

    by RPLocke

    It ran in the 80s. I saw the making of Goonies, Ghostbusters, A View To A Kill, etc on there. Even Star Trek III. It was an awesome show. It wasn't like todays boring DVD extras. It was actual footage from the set with the filmmakers commentating.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Being a low-budget indie moviemaker myself-

    by sonnyfern

    -all I can say it. Thanks Harry! These are going to rock!

  • June 22, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Saw them as as they were broadcast...

    by Charlie & Tex no surprises there. The one with Fred Olen Ray is pretty good, and the piece on Doris Wishman even makes you want to watch her crappier efforts.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Harry is Pregnant!

    by Joey_Redballs

    Err, his wife is. That is what I deduct this secretive passage means: "very reflective mood this past week - mainly due to some excitement in the personal sectors". What else could it mean? Did a mole biopsy come back benign? "Excitement" sounds too positive for that. Benign news is more like "relief". There are 2 kinds of things that make you reflect, life and death. I didn't detect gloom and doom, so I suspect new life! You're a ginger with an asian, like my relationship. If that baby has red hair, it's gonna look like an Anime character. It's a good thing! Make sure he or she learns some martial art(s), then book those auditions, and watch the money roll in! He or she can star in the remake of "The Next Karate Kid".

  • June 22, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    no, no baby


    silly wabbits

  • June 22, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Ah Good Days

    by proper

    I was wondering about the grocery store film Sam was acting in on this show the other day so to see this is....strange.DoctorGloom = Yep This on a Friday,Moviedrome on a Sunday [though was they shown earlier in year I can't remember :>],Watching that at an impressionable age was pivotal for me and very responsible for my tastes to this day as regards an open mind towards films I may of never given the time of day to.When i was a lad..........I'll stop.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Some of this geek classic i discovered on VHS

    by AsimovLives

    In my coutnry we never had such shows as you had in USA, dedicated to show this litle known geek horror and SF stuff. Either i got to watch one in a sunday matiné or at very late at night which was considered proper viewing for elderly people and not impressionable young kids.<br><br>Thus, many of this horror classics, either i caught by suprise in such a late viewing or i had to rent in VHS. EVIL DEAD, i caught on a late viewing. Completly by accident, i might add. Other stuff, like CONAN THE BARBARIAN, i had to rent.<br><br>Ocasionaly, i did mannaged to catch some theatrical rerun of some movie that had been previously released years ago, adn this is was how i mannage to watch RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, BLADE RUNNER and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE i the theaters for the first time in my life. Yeah, i watched A CLOCKWORK ORANGE for the first time in the theaters, in the late 80s. Great, in't it? And part of my deep love for BLADE RUNNER cames form the fact i saw it for the first time in a theater as well. I was lucky.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Yoko is pregnant!!

    by AsimovLives

    C'mon, Big Harry, tell us! You are expecting a Lil Harry or Lil yoko, aren't you? C'mon, Harry, tell us!

  • June 22, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Harry is going to be a daddy, Harry is going to be a Daddy!!

    by AsimovLives

  • June 22, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by ViolentN8

    That was an awesome watch. Divided up and all. It makes me remember why ED and it's sequels were so original at the time. Also 'Michigan Represent!'

  • June 22, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    I remember when this first aired too...

    by Kefrif

    I was about 14, and just beginning to get into films because my folks would rent me a tape a week from the local store (youknow, the popular stuff in the late 80's). Then this show came on the UK upstart Channel 4, and it completely changed my perspective on the whole medium. Awesome Sauce indeed...

  • June 22, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    MOVIEDROME - that was THE movie show

    by palimpsest

    Basically Alex Cox introducing some way-out flicks, late on a Sunday on the BBC. This link shows you the movie genius they showed:

  • June 22, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST

    son of the incredibly strange film show

    by the_mighty_boosh

    i have this show and the sequel to it poss one of the best geek shows i have ever watched i saw this as kid on channel 4 in jolly old england harry if you want these shows i can get you them if you want them there are 12 episodes over 2 seasons a must have for all geeks

  • June 22, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    this introduced me to Ratfink a Boo-Boo!

    by Righteous Brother

    and Moviedrome, was just the best fucking collection of movies ever. I miss that show so much, it caught me at the right age too - about 17, introduced me to Manhunter, Trancers, Night of the comet, Django and dozens more. The five minute segment before each film introduced by Alex Cox were always very illuminating too.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Harry, Alex Cox's Moviedrome next!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Cox's and Ross's shows were the best and only super geeky stuff we could feed on here in the UK in 80's and early 90's. I love in this age of the internet firing up utube and a Alex Cox intro before watching a classic I now have on bluray.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:57 a.m. CST

    palimpsest, yeah!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    The Razorback episode got me hooked.

  • June 22, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Skip to the end...

    by Executor

    "Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us heah. A dweam within a dweam. Do you, Pwincess Buttahcwup--" "Skip to the end! Say man and wife! Man and wife!"

  • June 22, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    the_mighty_boosh, they are all on utube

    by Talkbacker with no name

    but if you have better quality versions or missing episodes, why not upload them for us all, buddy :)

  • June 22, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry for pointing out this excellent doc

    by king_vidor

  • June 22, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name

    by the_mighty_boosh

    mine are ripped from vhs as this has never been repeated and i once emailed jonathon ross to ask if they would get a dvd release to no answer from mr ross my versions are more than watchable'and i have not got a clue how to split these and upload them on youtube but if any one wants them could probs sort it

  • June 22, 2010, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Alex Cox might have lost his mojo as a filmmaker...

    by AsimovLives

    ... but he's still a total movie geek. The stuff he says about movies and filmmakers are always worth a listen.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST

    There's a cut version

    by Shoegeezer

    of the Raimi episode on one of the (many) DVD releases of Evil Dead in the UK. I guess there was some rights issues with clips as it was basically just the interview sections. They were supposed to have Within The Woods as an extra but there was some problem with the music (I think). I did see Within The Woods and another Raimi Super-8 Waders Of The Lost Park at a horror film festival in London (at the legendary Scala cinema possibly) when Scott Spiegel was a guest, he set up a little Super-8 projector in the auditorium to run his battered prints through, lovely. Jonathan Ross is an unfunny buffoon on most of his shows but his films and comics stuff is always great. Nice to see some mentions of Alex Cox's Moviedrome, so many people here got a real movie education from that show (most DVD copies I see of The Keep seem to be from one of the Moviedrome screenings). BBC2 was excellent for films in the 1980's, showing Godard, Bunuel, Hammer, Universal horrors.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Isn't this in the Region 2 Evil Dead boxset?

    by Knuckleduster

    Think so. <p> Maybe someone should show this to Raimi. Remind him of his early passion.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    I vividly remember the Jackie Chan Episode

    by ilander66

    It was my first exposure to the whole world of Asian films I was quite young and films were made in America and in English but I remember all the insane Jackie Chan-ness that they showed. For a long time after whenever I told my friends about it they thought I was just making it up. and Alex Cox Moviedrome...I always watched whatever film they had chosen The first time I saw Brazil a part of my brain melted.

  • June 22, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST


    by Talkbacker with no name

    unlike your posts

  • June 22, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I was talking about this the other day

    by sheepshagger

    This used to be on Channel 4 ( UK) LATE on a Friday night. I remember the Raimi and the Jackie Chan ones the most , as i loved the Evil Dead films ( well the first two, army of darkness sucks shit as far as im concerned) and it made Jackie Chan look like the most insane person on the planet. Going to have a look for these now

  • June 22, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Do you have the Book Of The Dead DVD edition of EVIL DEAD?

  • June 22, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    totally agree. The Incredibly Strange Film Show was one of the most influencial TV programmes on my life. As you reported, it introduced a lot of film makers who were pretty much unknown in the UK at the time but who are now household names. There hasn't been a show like this since which is a terrible shame.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name

    by AsimovLives

    Yes, my talkback posts are full of mojo, and i'm still a complete total movie geek. unlike those who kisses and lick the asses of the likes of Jar Jar Abrams.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, when you on Ross's show?

    by mr

  • June 22, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Didn't Mark Cousins take over from Alex Cox

    by alan_poon

    on Moviedrome? I seem to remember him ripping Scarface to pieces for five minutes then asking why he loves the film so much.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    seriously - NO BABY - not even going for it now


    seriously - we need a couple more quiet years

  • June 22, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Moviedrome was great

    by sheepshagger

    Yeah another great series of movies- i remember seeing the Terminator, Razorback and Trancers on there for the first time. Also met Alex Cox in my local pub as he was doing a talk in a small cinema around the corner and he seemed genuinely proud about this series, especially as I told him how it shaped the type of films i watched

  • June 22, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Ok then. Though i have to say, the idea of you and Yoko having a sprog coming did brought a smile to my lips.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Tha tis one strange movie. a freind of mine rented it back in the day, in VHS, he rented because it was about a monster boar, and i wanted to see because it wqs "from the director of Highlander". Weird strange visualist movie. The australian outback really looks like the landscape of a different planet!

  • June 22, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    H.G. Lewis

    by Fettster_uk

    I've got the H.G. Lewis one on VHS somewhere. I was a massive fan of this series.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST


    by Sam Raimi's Car

    Ross: So do you think as you move into a bigger budget that you might lose some of your common sense? Raimi: Yeah

  • June 22, 2010, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Retrospection does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Nice... back in the days of Betamax and VHS...<p> Back when video rental stores were grungy, like sex shops, and indeed most of them stacked a whole bunch of adult titles for young eyes to see and wonder about...<p> Back when EVIL DEAD wasn't a cult classic for cineastes - it was a plain old video nasty and on the shelf alongside THE EXECUTIONER, DEATHSTALKER 2, and a whole bunch of other titles with painted covers in those over-sized boxes. All promising a lurid good time.<p> Back when you couldn't buy movies unless you had a ton of money, rental was the only way.<p> Kinda sad that the Nineties kids only got to experience the sanitized world of Blockbuster Video, and that Noughties kids will only get to do it with clicks for live streaming...

  • June 22, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    If you all had a seasl

    by sheepshagger

  • June 22, 2010, 4:44 a.m. CST

    If you all had a season of six cult films you could show

    by sheepshagger

    what would they be?

  • June 22, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    The dojo's Cult film season (as requested by sheepshagger). 1/ SPACEHUNTER ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE<p> 2/ BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS<p> 3/ SWORD & THE SORCERER<p> 4/ STARCRASH<p> 5/ HAWK THE SLAYER<p> 6/ STARCHASER: THE LEGEND OF ORIN<p> Six REALLY BAD but also brilliant sci-fi / fantasy movies...

  • June 22, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by alan_poon

    I punched a bloke in the face once for saying Hawk the Slayer was rubbish.

  • June 22, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    As much shit as I like to give Harry...

    by IndustryKiller!

    I've been coming to this site for almost a decade now (Jesus Christ, that makes ME feel reflective) and it's brought me a lot of joy. And Harry, whether I like it sometimes or not, is responsible for that, so the thought of him having a little tyke running around seems pretty cool to me, particularly because it seems like the guy would be a lot of fun and clearly has a lot of love to give. And I know it's not that....but whatever personal shit is going on Harry, i hope it's for the best.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    That was awesome

    by Mr.Elias

    - love the time it takes to just dwell in the story of Raimi and The Evil Dead movies. Wish there were still shows like it. But I guess special feature docs has taken over that spot.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Starchaser the Legend of Orin!

    by sheepshagger

    I watched Starchaser the other week for the first time in over 20 years. Never got to see it in 3D in the cinema but remember watching it a ton of times as a kid. My six would be 1) Screamers 2) Cellar Dwellar 3) Outpost 4) The House by the Cemetery 5) Basket Case 6) Pontypool A mix of old and new there. You might get to see these films on tv in the States a fair bit, but in the UK , bar a few repeats of old John Carpenter movies, these types of films are nigh on impossible to get shown on our screens

  • June 22, 2010, 5:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    alan_poon - he was right! But it's glorious rubbish.<p> If I had a 7th slot I'd also stick in THE HUMANOID (1979) - I saw this sci-fi shocker soon after STAR WARS, it was a blatant rip-off with Richard Keil as the Darth Vader character but it's equally epic / dreadful as HAWK THE SLAYER.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    We never had such a thing as Video Nasties in Portugal

    by AsimovLives

    And you cound fine any "nasty horror" movie in any video rental store, as long it had the title. There was no stigma associated to the movies, if you wanted to watch it, who cared? The government certainly couldn't be harsed cencoring horror movie,s there were much more pressing matters like economy and important stuff like that. After Portugal toppled down the dictatorship that existed until 1975, after that we took the concept of "Freedom of Speach" very seriously, to the point there was never a sponsorship or tolerance to moral-inspired movements like those which gave rise to the Moral Watchdogs that were responsible for the "Video Nasties" in UK or the Catholic Decency League and MPAA in USA. We classify movies for audience's age, very much like the PG-13 and al, but nobody really enforces it, in theaters or in sales or rental DVD shops. Nobody gives a fuck, and it's as it should. We only care about piracy, not moral bullshit.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Nice one Harry!

    by biscuithead

    Massive thanks for this. I'm nut for anything Evil Dead so this is absolute gold dust to me.

  • June 22, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Spoon it up your ASS!!!

    by SouthSide_2010

    You fat ginger fuck!!

  • June 22, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST


    by Mister McClane

    Do it. Do it now! As Dutch would say. Seriously, don't wait. When you have kids, you'll think, 'why did we wait so long?'

  • June 22, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Great show. I watched it religiously. And don't feel old!

    by Mr Nicholas

    Jonathan still looks good.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    In 1989...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I wrote a feature length piece for an entertainment magazine called Rodeo Rocks in which I argued passionately that Alex Cox was the future of film making. <p> And yeah, that was after Straight To Hell. <p> Which I love. <p> So I was right. Have you even seen Revenger's Tragedy? That's a movie. <p> Okay, Searchers 2.0 not so much.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai - Richard Keil as Darth Vader does not exist in this

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...he played a Han Solo/Chewbacca hybrid in The Humanoid. Ivan Rassimov played the Vader-a-like. Oh, and special mention goes to washed-up and pissed-up Arthur Kennedy as the Tarkin clone.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Hawk the Slayer is hysterical

    by just pillow talk

    That was the one with the rubbish elf and the dwarf that was just a really short dude, not even a midget, right?

  • June 22, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Is Harry having a mid-life crisis?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    He seems to be reminising about his past more than usual. And Harry reproduces asexually. A fully formed being made purely from adipose tissue emerges from his abdomen every few years.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that bit of coolness.....

    by Mundungus

    Should be inspiring to anyone whom wants to make their own films.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    I remember watching this a few years ago

    by m_reporter

    It's on the special features on the UK release of the Evil Dead Trilogy. Good stuff.<p> I love Sam Raimi, one of my favorite directing dudes.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Five movie festival...

    by Red Ned Lynch the top of my head, though I'm sure in a half hour I'd give a different answer... <p> She. With the fabulous Sandahl Bergman, a hundred faux Robin Williams, a giant in a tutu, classical Greek werewolves, limb shedding mutants, a cameo by Frankenstein's Monster and the evil of the N'ork. One of my main go to movies for film parties back in the day. My only regret is that Hagard didn't live to see this definitive retelling of his work. <p> Fearless Frank. A Phil Kaufman movie starring Jon Voight from way back in the day. Oh it's bad, all right, but there aren't many movies like this one. Beware of False Frank! <p> Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural. Surreal, oddly touching and makes you feel like you need a shower when you're done. <p> Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. Because you should always throw in a WTF and this Alan Ormsby zomedy is certainly one of those. Plus one of the female leads is the wife of a certain Romero. <p> The Great Silence. To send everybody out on the most depressing nihilistic western ever made.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:12 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 22, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    the link to the mentioned UK dvd set

    by m_reporter <p> That's the trilogy set I was talking about, it's a limited numbered edition, and it has this show on it.

  • June 22, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    I remember this show

    by Scarecrow237

    I'm a few years older than Harry, 41, and I remember this show. It aired on one of the "Learning" cable channels either TLC or Discovery. I personally loved the episode that had Doris Wishman. This poor old lady that did "Nudies" then followed with "Roughies" was embarrassed to talk about her films, such as "Bad Girls Go to Hell" and "Deadly Weapons".

  • June 22, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Charlie & Tex, holy fuck someone else remembers THE HUMANOID!<p> And you're right - Jaws was the title character not the Vader-clone with laser fingers.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    I saw this on the original run...

    by james2025ab

    And i have most of them now transferred and on my computer at home. Terrific series and introduced me to a lot of great classics. I actually re-watched the Fred Olen Ray one recently. There were a few shows like this in the UK back in the day. I remember BBC had a great show called Scene by Scene that went through movies with their directors and that was great. The whole Moviedrome on BBC was really fantastic.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Saw Raimi and Tapert during Darkman

    by theBigE

    Raimi and Tapert did a screening of Darkman while I was in college - it was at Mich State, where they had connections. My RA at MSU did drama with Ted Raimi. Great guys, enjoyed their commentary more than Darkman! They looked about the same then as they do here.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    RPLocke: Nickelodeon show

    by Dollar Bird

    That show was "Lights, Camera, Action!" and it was hosted by none other than Leonard Nimoy. I used to watch that show religiously, and thinking back on it now, they picked some strange films to highlight for a kids show, like "The Keep".

  • June 22, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Sorry Sheepshagger...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...I somehow thought you'd only asked for five. It's been more than a half hour anyway, so those are all rubbish. Here's a more 80s heavy batch: <p> Never Too Young To Die. Stamos. Simmons. Vanity. What more needs to be said? Actually a little. Stamos plays the son of a James Bond guy while Simmons plays a transvestite/transexual who marshals his play punk army in a sewer culvert. Vanity plays Vanity and there's a scene with a garden hose...(you could actually do a whole Vanity cult festival. Start with Tanya's Island, then Neon City, a "homage" to Stagecoach with Michael Ironside, Action Jackson with Weathers, Hamburger with Billy Dee, and finish up with the overshown but still fun Last Dragon). <p> Ninja III: The Domination. Sho Kusugi and Lucinda Dickey. Seriously, if you haven't seen this one you owe it to yourself to remedy the situation. Oozes 80s like the pus from a boil volcano. <p> Chopping Mall. Cameos by the legendary Bartel and Woronov. Dick Miller with the mop. Exploding head and bad 80s bolt ons. The fabulous Barbara Crampton (from Reanimator and From Beyond) and the annoying little sister from Night of the Comet. <p> The Children (or the Children of Ravensback). This was out of circulation forever before Trauma managed to piece together some prints for a DVD release. Imagine if David Lynch had a red neck, half-wit brother. Imagine that brother making a movie on a budget of about $500.00 after watching a zombie movie festival. This is that film and so ever much less. Damn I love this movie. <p> Vice Squad. Because Wings Hauser is the meanest cowboy pimp ever, Fred Berry is Sugar Pimp and you get to see what Kurt Russell's first wife looked like naked. <p> Spider Labyrinth. This was made in 1988 and is one of the last of the great cycle of Italian horror. Lovecraftian, full of homages to Fulci and Argento and just creepy cool. If you haven't seen it seek this one out and this time I'm saying that with no sarcasm whatever. <p> I think they're all 80s.

  • June 22, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by ilander66

    was the person you punched your dad? or did you just watch the same episode of Spaced as everyone else in which that very thing happened...

  • June 22, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    What Happened to that Green Hornet trailer?

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    The shit went back up Rogen's ASS?

  • June 22, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Quiet years? That shit's overrated, Headgeek, trust me.

    by slone13

    And when you finally do get around to having the kids, you'll be pissed you sacrificed all that time with them for those "quiet years".

  • June 22, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    I've seen a picture of Simmons....

    by Righteous Brother

    in Never Too Young To Die.......enough to give anyone nightmares. My list for my first season would be: Fandango Streets of Fire The Last Movie At Close Range Starstruck Then I'd have a western season, a sci-fi season, horror season, and post-apocalyptic/street gang season. Or maybe mix and match them all up.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by Righteous Brother

    swap out Streets of Fire for The Loveless. I'll save Streets for another time.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Pretty Sure...

    by Johnny_Q_Peabody

    ... it was TLC, Scarecrow237. Loved these shows. I started tracking down Jackie Chan films at the local video stores after seeing this. Not necessarily an easy job in middle of nowhere South Carolina in those days.

  • June 22, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Red Ned Lynch

    by sheepshagger

    I remember Chopping Mall and im pretty sure i spent a summer holiday afternoon renting Ninja 3 - this was at a time when i could con my father into hiring me and my brother ( me aged 11 and my brother 7) any unsuitable shit we liked without him having a clue.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Forgot all about that one....

    by Caeric_ArcLight

    ...but I used to watch it whenever I got the chance. Thanks for reminding me about it.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I remember finding this on youtube myself

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    IN 2002.<p> Seriously Harold - your google-fu is weak.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    incredibly strange film show

    by the_mighty_boosh

    i don't know how many seen this amazing show it started on a friday night way back in 1988 on channel 4,i was 14 at the time and was lucky to have heard of a lot of the directors featured in the show due to a film fan dad who loved horror films and cult movies in general so for me this was must see,it ran for two short seasons of 6 episodes the second season a year later was called the son of the incredibly strange film show the first season consisted of the following episodes ep1 john waters,ep2 hg lewis,ep3 ray dennis steckler,ep4 Ted V Mickels,ep5 russ meyer and last but not least ep6 sam raimi season 2 was ep1 jackie chan,ep2 Fred Olen Ray-Doris Wishman,ep3 The Legend of El Santo,ep4 Ed Wood Jr,ep5 Tsui Hark-Stuart Gordon,ep6 George Romero each season seemed to keep the best to last in my eyes,this is one of the things that helped turn me in to the geek i am today this does deserve a dvd release but will never happen i do have copys of all 12 episodes that a friend found for me many years ago and i would love to pass on to you all somehow

  • June 22, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    There's a challenge...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...list the ten best Fred Olen Ray movies. I think everyone should do it <p> <p> but me.

  • June 22, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Though I will say...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...if your list doesn't include Possessed By The Night and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers your list is wrong.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    Biohazard, Armed Response, Lost Empire and Alien Dead. Oh and Inner Sanctum. <p> Yeah, I'm done now.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Maybe Haunting Fear...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...too. The one with Berryman and Stevens. <p> And I think that one title above should be Phantom Empire. Anyway it's the one with Sybil Danning.

  • June 22, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by torpedoboy

    yeah, THAT "Night Flight". That's where I first saw "Evil Dead" back in the mid 80s. Coolest show ever to be on TV...EVER.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I love this. This is when things were great.

    by moonlightdrive

    Wish I'd caught this first time round. Shame on me.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, HELL yes!!!

    by Grandpa Bunche

    This show was every bit as good as Harry says, and if you look around in various comics shops, record stores and conventions — at least this is true in the NYC area — you can find the whole run burned to DVD.

  • June 22, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    BTW whatever the hell happened to

    by skimn

    Joe Bob Briggs..??

  • June 22, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    Raimi looks like Bob Geldoff

    by Mr_P

    Give us your focking money!!

  • June 22, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Here's a unknown Rami pilot

    by TRON

    Rami was contacted by friend Pat Carol of the Langley Punks / Travesty LTD (Wash DC suburb comedy troop) to direct this mid 80's pilot. Rami's name was not on the credits due to contract with Universal. I present "The Losers" has cool Rami animation at the end of the clip.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    My YouTube channel

    by PaulKuK

    Cool, those links are to my YouTube channel. The show was obviously one of my favourites too. I've uploaded all of them except the Doris Wishman one which got me kicked off previously due to the (unoffensive) nudity

  • June 22, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    J Ross...

    by billyhitchcock1 basically the British you Harry. although he keeps his geek mostly hidden in his day jobs. his new comic turf is awesome.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by tomwaitsisgod

    Every saturday night at 11:30 on The Movie Channel. Eleven, ten, years old, and man did that shit blow my mind. I used to love the stories he would tell and how genuinely full of information he seemed. I still remember him referring to a film called "Legal Tender" as a film in which "Tanya Roberts had ACTUAL SEX with Morton Downey (the talk show host." Since then i have wanted to find out whether that is true or not.

  • June 22, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1 what i have to thank for my geek teachings too. i also used to love johnny vaughan on moviewatch. it was a mainstream show but never pandered to the blockbusters. a bit like J Ross on his most recent film show.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Harry, feeling his age, passes...

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 22, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "Awesome Sauce"

    by TheApostle

    "Awesome Sauce"? What the hell.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Kids? Really?

    by frozen01

    You can tell these TBs are heavily populated by guys. Only guys find kids to be that much fun, cos they can hand them back to the wifeys or baby mammas when it gets to be too much.

  • June 22, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Very Cool... Thanks for That

    by TheMattMan

  • June 22, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST


    by pr1c3y

    Your Mother.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    He's won so many Oscars.

  • June 22, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Edgar Wright was just talking about this episode at the LAFF thi

    by ImMorganFreeman

    Said it made him want to be a filmmaker.

  • June 23, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Incredibly strange film show

    by jazb

    Jonathan Ross is a highly respected film critic here in the UK and is a massive cult movie nut. BTW, he is married to Jane Goldman who wrote Kick Ass.

  • June 23, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    There was no YouTube in 2002 you dumb fuck.

  • June 23, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Here in Toronto in the '70s...

    by ushaped

    ...We had the All Night Show on Fridays. An actor playing a security guard who apparently hijacks the station on the overnight shift shows weird shorts (this is where I saw "Fishheads" and "O Dem Watermelons"), classic TV for heads (The Prisoner, Avengers, Wild Wild West) and strange films (saw Dark Star this way). WUTV in Buffalo always played 2 movies every Sunday afternoon - SF, American International, Godzilla & Co., classic monster. Great times.

  • June 24, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    That was really cool!

    by Obnoxious_Username

    Thanks for sharing.