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WTF HOLLYWOOD: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN

Published at: Jan. 29, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here with this week’s “incredible” edition of WTF HOLLYWOOD?

And the WTF film in question?

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN

While there are plenty of perplexingly bizarre Hollywood films out there that I’ll be highlighting here, I thought I’d give this particular film the spotlight since quite a few of you fine folks strongly suggested it. So it hopped to the head of the line. Boom. Democracy in action, and class is now in session, because let me tell you guys and gals (shrinking or otherwise), this movie totally fit the bill.

So here we go…

  

 

SUMMARY:

 

In case the title is too puzzling, the film’s actually about what happens when an “average housewife” gets exposed to some kooky mix of chemicals and begins to shrink. It’s kind of like THINNER, but without all the disturbing voodoo jazz and based on actual hard people-shrinking science.

Though it’s more accurately like 1957’s THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN…the movie and its’ book basis by Richard “I AM LEGEND” Matheson, since this is kind of a remake or whatever…naturally they’d share similarities. Though one they can’t claim is a shrieking female protagonist this time out! HOW RADICAL AND INGENIUS! A woman!?

The film stars the woman Lily Tomlin (I HEART HUCKABEES), Charles Grodin (of BEETHOVEN fame), joker-lookalike John Glover (SCROOGED), Elizabeth Wilson (THE BIRDS), and Ned Beatty (DELIVERANCE) and is directed by fan favorite, old batnipples himself…Joel Shumacher (FALLING DOWN), who clearly paved the way for Batman with the bulldozer that is Lilly Tomlin.

  

Anyway on top of that cast, the flick’s got the legendary Rick Baker in a gorilla suit.  Yeah you read that correctly, the special effects legend is in this the same year (’81) he made cinematic magic with John Landis (who was originally going to direct SHRINKING WOMAN) on AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON.  That’s like holding geek gold in one hand, with (fill in the blank) in the other. But with all of those wonderfully talented big dogs, we’re gifted with this oddly shaped gem.

IT GOES LIKE THIS… Lily Tomlin plays “Pat Kramer” a white bread housewife who’s purpose in life is taking care of her two kids, having dinner ready when her husband comes home, and helping her husband drum up names for products at his corporate job. Pat’s not even alone in her homemaking duties as we can’t forget “Concepcion,” the Kramer’s foxy nanny/maid/cook/servant who doesn’t speak a lick of English (we’ll get more into that a little later…) and is constantly seen cleaning or taking care of the kiddos…

Anyway, Pat’s loving husband, Charles Grodin brings home a new perfume for he and Pat to name, which ends up getting called “Sex Pot” before they make sexytime with their kids listening in on the other side of the door (with some spot on 80’s glorious porn music bumping)… The next day Pat begins to shrink. We then find out that the company her hubby works for is actually controlled by an evil think tank of creepers who drink milk and play backgammon (I shit you not). When they catch wind of Pat’s condition, they immediately strike up a plan to capitalize on it by shrinking everyone in the world. But first they must experiment on Pat to figure out exactly how she’s shrinking (even knowing it involves household products).

  

The rest of the film consists of:

- An enormous multitude of old school effects shots. More forced perspectives and optical fun than you can imagine.

- Insanely cartooned-out production design. Think Tim Burton’s suburbia in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, or his set from BEETLEJUICE

- Hilariously unintentional(?) second-rate citizenship banter from practically everyone to “Concepcion”

- The late great Henry Gibson doing what he did best, playing a creepy doctor who will give your kids nightmares

- Little nuggets of “WTF?” (Like when she’s leaving the hospital type building and two armed men drag a person in a box up the steps while screaming bloody murder)

- Lily Tomlin getting snuck out of a grocery store in a grocery bag by a character (who she also plays, NORBIT style!)

- Lily Tomlin paving the way for the future antics of Rick Baker and Eddie Murphy by taking three roles in the movie for no apparent, enjoyable reason.

- A potty doll named “Betsy Wetsy” urinates all over Tomlin

- At one point when her family believes her to be dead, they have a funeral for her – in their backyard – with a matchbox – and it’s only the immediate family. WTF is up with that? That’s like “Yeah, so she was a kickass mom and wife for 30 years, but in the last week she’s gotten super short. Can’t find the body, so let’s just bury a matchbox in the backyard and call it a day, deal?” Time for tacos with our Hispanic maid stereotype.

- Rick Baker plays a gorilla who’s addicted to pain killers and flips off bad guys while in daring elevator shaft escapes.

 

So there’s a taste of the flick. Considering how ahead of its time it was, it just feels like a remake is right around the corner with say…Tina Fey or someone similar next in line (or heaven forbid, Katherine Heigl) to get shrunkified. (Come to think of it… that’s an amazing idea, though now with Andy Serkis as the Gorilla and …. Million dollar idea there guys).  Seriously though, the film’s fun in the most goofiest of ways and there are enough tiny blips of “WTF?” sprinkled throughout to really enjoy. I could be mistaken, but I believe the shopping cart from the flick is still sitting on the back lot of Universal and is one of the wacky props/set dressing they have displayed near the boat from MCHALE’S NAVY.

  

Is this a shit movie? Not at all, shit isn’t nearly as amusing. Is it weird as hell? You bet your ass. Would I watch it with my kids? If I had some, sure. If you’ve got an extra 88 minutes and want to have a good time while scratching your head, it’s up on NETFLIX INSTANT. OR if you feel like your DVD collection is screaming at you to buy it, here it is.

 

Next week’s movie’s title alone is a massive WTF…

 

As always, feel free to shoot me any ideas you might have for a future WTF Hollywood column (just put “WTF” in the subject line somewhere) or if you were at all a part of the production on this film and feel like chatting – I’d love the opportunity to talk with you!

 

 

Mike McCutchen

“Muldoon”

Mike@aintitcool.com

 

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  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    First!

    by SaunDann

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I remember the Famous Monsters cover

    by disfigurehead

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Better than 'The Grey'

    by SpaghettiWall

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    i remember this thing on TV...

    by SaunDann

    in the early 80's maybe. Very weird.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    80s is magic

    by Psycho_Kenshin

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    WTF?!?!?!

    by MainMan2001

    That trailer was fucking depressingly stupid. Jesus. What a horror show?! Why make that movie at all? Whose the audience?!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I have to laugh...

    by Sacredfun

    I remember loving this movie when I was a kid (I did love All of Me with Lily Tomlin too, so that might have been part of it), and this was on tv a year ago and I rewatched it. I cannot debate anything that Muldoon wrote, because he's not wrong, but this movie does make a comment about all of the chemicals and crap we were eating in the 80's, and I think that's a valid point. Although said chemicals only gave people cancer, not made them shrink.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin always disturbed me.

    by Jack Kovack

  • another similar WTF movie from the 90s with Daryl Hanna.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    WTF indeed

    by Mr. Lahey

    One of the first movies I can recall watching, and on HBO to boot. I remember that last shot of her foot starting to grow and split her sneaker or shoe as if it were last week. That really tripped me out for some reason. I'll probably never watch it again. Nothing ruins some good nostalgia like a re-visit.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    HONEY I SHRUNK...UH...YOU.

    by FlickaPoo

  • must’ve seen it as a kid sometime on a Saturday afternoon and I was at that age where stuff you see penetrates deep into your subconscious so for years (pre net) I wasn’t sure if I had dreamed the film or not it was so WTF weird and i had no way of verifying if what i had seen even existed anyway its not that obscure and you can obviously imdb, utube, wiki whatever it and but just quickly it was a Gerry Anderson production so sounded and looked abit like a live action Thunderbirds and starred Roy Thinnes of The Invaders (awesome actor) and was about NASA or whatever they called it in the movie finding a twin earth on the far side of the sun (so it was kind of like 'Another Earth' in that respect)….. i'll stop there so people who havent seen it but like the premise can check it out without having it spoiled very strange movie (but in a cool way) and when you stop to think about it is even more WTF than at first seemed. btw the dvd i have of it is rated G yets theres some serious stuff in here that would get it at least PG13 today (wife beating for one!)

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Glue.....Galaxy Glue.....

    by Loosejerk

    watched this WAY too much on HBO back in the day.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    This thing has nothing to do with "Hollywood"

    by Ditko

    But anyway. I guess it´s a funny name for a column. I´m so tired of everything.... :(

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The sink scene...

    by sapno_krei

    ...scarred me for a long time. Sure she makes it out of there okay, but before that we get a horrifying shot of the maid screaming upon seeing Tomlin's tiny shoe next to the disposal.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    I bet she still had a huge bush

    by Mel

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Muldoon

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Glad to see someone making an effort to bring some interesting articles to the site, which are severely needed. The BTS pics were the only reason i came here any more but I have to admit, between the WTF?, Shorts and the interviews of yours i've read, I find myself thinking there may be hope for this site yet. Keep up the good work!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin is just Gilbert Gottfried in a wig

    by torontoxic

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    This column is fast reaching 'epic psychotronic' status...

    by DickBallsworth

    Keep up the good work!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    wow Coronas Coming Attractions is back?

    by CARTMANEZ

    i use to be a regular there in the late 90s/early 00s - right up till the guy in charge split for Cinescape online.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Paved the way with the bulldozer?

    by Breotan

    Lrn2meta4 n00b.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    wait

    by Dollar Bird

    Is this the one where one of the bad guys ends up wearing a cheap gorilla suit and being locked in the cage with a "real" gorilla and someone make an off-handed comment that the gorilla the guy was locked in with was feeling a little frisky? If so, those were great gorilla effects.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Also, Muldoon:

    by Dollar Bird

    This was the best WTF article yet. Good work. If you were a lady, I'd say "Clever girl."

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    @dollar bird: no that was Trading Places

    by gk1

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Damn, I forgot about this turd. Why did you have to remind me.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Lilly Tomlin has never been funny. Ever.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I say forget Muldoon's e-mail. This is a better way to brainstorm for turds.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Lily

    by Robbiemc9

    Lily is a ledgened. Funniest moment ever is when she discovers she poisoned the boss in 9 to 5. Her horror is hysterical. Big Business is great too. She was so wispy wispy wispy. Chatterbox would make a great WTF. Try seeing that when your 8 years old. No wonder I'm a fag after seeing a movie about a woman with a talking pussy. FREAKED the shit out of me....

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Modern Problems

    by DaMENACE

    That flick is weird as shit...

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Sequel

    by Musicman247

    I seem to remember at the end of this movie there being a slight nod to a sequel in which Lily would come back as the Incredible Growing Woman. Anybody else remember that?

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    first time I ever saw anybody or anyTHING....

    by torpedoboy

    ....stick up their middle finger. It's awesome that it was Rick Baker that gave me that experience.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Hell Comes to Frogtown - Ultimate WTF Movie.

    by loafroaster

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    white bred housewife?

    by HSStudios

    So white folks had sex to conceive her? Interesting...

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    my guess on next week is xanadu

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    here's some i just thought of metalstorm 3d treasure of the four crowns megaforce scavenger hunt ruckus underground aces caveman die laughing superfuzz under the rainbow take this job and shove it

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Parents took me to this at 7. Garbage disposal freaked me out.

    by tangcameo

    I saw it again two years ago. Garbage disposal still freaks me out. But the maid was damned hot. Plus the whole show reminded me of that Mork & Mindy episode where Mork shrinks down to some microscopic world.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    oh, god: book II

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    by iamatroll

    The WTF movie to end all WTF movies. "Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees? Can't miss!"

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Lily Tomlin of "Laugh-In"

    by matineer

    Just sayin'. The people who don't know might find it interesting. I kind of liked Huckabees, though.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I had the Cinefex with this and Rick Baker

    by deelzbub

    Rick Baker finally got to make the gorilla that he wanted to make for King Kong. It is worth watching for that alone.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    '78-'84...the golden age of wtf

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    ...with '80/82 it's beating heart. oh jesus... the nude bomb, popeye, condorman

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Saw this in the theater as a kid

    by ufoclub1977

    We all know "Galaxy Glue, Galaxy Glue". Oh yeah I own the Sgt Pepper movie on DVD. It's awesome! Far better than... What was that recent Beatles musical fantasy called? That had a non functional plot, but a great "I want you" number worthy of Ken Russell labeling , although it seemed a bit stolen from "Hair"

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    What an unbelievable premise!

    by Odkin

    Lily Tomlin as a straight woman? Seriously, the movie was just another stupid anti-business eco-alarmist screed about the evils of consumption. The kind of thing that just gets made as a contribution to "the cause" by the ever-so-aware Hollywood elite.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    This movie was going to be shot in 3D

    by thelordofhell

    The early 80's saw the arrival of a few films shot in 3D (Friday the 13th 3, Jaws 3, Spacehunter, Metalstorm), and this film was going to be in 3D. But in the last moments, they decided not to do it and shot it in regular 2D.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    i thought i was the only one who didnt like tomlin

    by robamenta

    i feel better now. i cant remember ever laughing at anything she was in

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST

    1981

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    the pinnacle year of wtf http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_in_film

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    golly gosh, we're so fuckin hip..

    by paul burnett

    .. lets rip up movies that are stooopid. Get over yourself, really. These films got made cos cinema and fimaking is constantly evolving..so baker learns, tomlinson learns, schumaker learns..then forgets, then remembers to forget..then adds nipples. I find this 'column' an up to date mst3k with leanings towards 'arent we more sophisticated now' pretentsions. Sorry to come over an piss on your chips, but for a site that suppposidly supports, appreciates and is gratefull to see moviemakers makin movies; no matter if it's Hugo or Human Centipede 2., then i gotta wonder what your motives are muldoon. i allways thought that this was the one site where the mere fact that someone got it together enough to make a movie should be given some kinda pass first, then patted on the back an celebrated for livin the life most of the visitors to this site would cut their cocks of for. ripping dodgy premises i cant have that

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    I like this movie

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Never thought it was particularly weird, maybe I need to rewatch

  • When I was little my uncle had a large collection of duped tapes. One of them was a double bill with these two movies, and he Watched. Them. Constantly. Although Spacehunter was admittedly kinda stupid, I grew weirdly, fiercely fond of it. I own it and quote the entire script to this day (sadly). But Metalstorm was just painful, awful garbage. Thankfully my brain has blacked most of it out, save for some sort of lame sky-cycle fight and a guy getting his arm ripped off toward the camera IN THREE DEE, with green spurting blood. Please keep the memories buried, and ignore that movie. It's poop.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    iamatroll

    by thelordofhell

    Did you know that it was an adaptation of a broadway musical? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgt._Pepper%27s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band_on_the_Road

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Loved this movie....Galaxy glue! Galaxy Glue!

    by MJDeViant

    What would ya do without Galaxy Glue?

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Blood of the Heroes needs to be on this

    by MJDeViant

    Maybe not because WTF, but WTFN (why the fuck not!) Awesome movie.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    But what would we do…

    by ElfOdin

    …without Galaxy Glue?

  • And yes, Lily gave me the creeps too lol...Great post.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    banned of bros..

    by paul burnett

    ..yeah lets sack nordling and replace him with....aw sorry i cant keep it up, why you so down on nordling? your probably pissed cos you pay money to visit this site an he aint pulling his weight...oh hang on..

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse... I like her...

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    I like her FOR THE MAZE!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Lily and her girlfriend made a movie

    by MGTHEDJ

    Jane Wagner and Lily have been together since 1971. They really cowrote the script. Because of Laugh-In Lily had a lot of friends in Hollywood. They used the film as a vehicle for some of their characters from the early to mid 1970s, like the prime polyester paint wearing suburban woman Muldoon mentioned. A true WTF film.-----later-----m

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    I Saw This While Tripping For The First Time

    by Rebeck2

    Acid. Yellow Microdot. Absolutely true. It has moments of greatness, but yeah, overall it's kind of a mess.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    lol.

    by 3774

    What's for dinner? Hot dogs. Well then don't fix none for me. I thought you were *starving* for Earth food? Hey, *I* don't eat no dogs! Scavs eat dogs! I thought Earthers were supposed to eat good? It's not dogs, they just call it that. How come? Look. If you wanna eat, eat! If you don't wanna eat, don't!!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    mgthedj

    by Rebeck2

    You're right. They made another movie too, the notorious bomb MOMENT BY MOMENT, her "romance" with John Travolta. Which is so bad it's not worth talking about and is probably impossible to find these days.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Hey troll...good call on sgt pepper

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    the end chorus being the biggest wtf of all - leaf garrett and all the rest- why?

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:46 p.m. CST

    A quality remake of the original first.

    by Scarecrow237

    I grew up watching a lot of 1930-1970 Sci-Fi and horror on Saturday afternoons. I saw the original "Incredible Shrinking Man" before I saw this film. I hesitate to call it a parody, though it feels like it at times, it is actually much more than that. Before they do a remake of this film, they should do a remake of the original more serious film first.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    cotton..

    by paul burnett

    shit how the smallest things throw life back into your face.

  • Apparently he got an "A."

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    badassuptheassbrother

    by paul burnett

    but you didn't answer why you think nordling should be sacked,..? in this age of belt tightening i find it really offensive to call for someone to lose their income.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    You never know what you're going to get with Shumacher

    by richievanderlow

    He can do some pretty good movies, or absolute shit. If he had made this later in his career, it'd be absolute shit. But because it was the early '80's, it's 'quirky'.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    How about ...

    by DrMorbius

    *ATTACK OF THE 60 FOOT CENTERFOLDS*

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    cotton__mcknight

    by DrMorbius

    Belated condolenses on your Mothers passing friend. I know first hand how it feels.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    spacehunter 3-d . . . . pink_apocalypse

    by DrMorbius

    Great suggestions for future columns! Other good ones up^there too. Hopefully Muldoon will feature them.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Last of the great "Pantyhose' films

    by Mace Tofu

    They must of stretched a 100 pairs on the lens during the shooting of this film.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    spacehunter 3-d . . . . pink_apocalypse and drmorbius

    by Muldoon

    Thanks for the suggestions guys!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Damn you all... I remember this!

    by jackofhearts29

    I saw this when I was a little tad. I remember being impressed with the "special effects"... Tomlin falling into the disposal with the giant food and shit freaked me out. Making me feel dated as an 8-track cassette here...

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    How about....

    by BirdieNumNum

    SuperFuzz. The end all WTF!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 8:38 p.m. CST

    WTF Hollywood: Hamburger, the Motion Picture

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Seriously, WTF. I don't care if Dick Butkus is in in. Okay, when he harasses the black cop at the drive through so he'll trash the place, which he does, that was moderately funny.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    EXIT TO EDEN

    by Johnny Ahab

    Rosie O'Donnell wearing leather S&M gear in a bondage-fetish fantasy island comedy. Truly awful. It's no wonder the studio - Savoy Pictures - went under 2 years later. Watch at your own risk - it is Trainwreck Theater of the highest order. WTF indeed.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Have a great Lily Tomlin Story...

    by Hipshot

    In the early 70's I worked at CBS television city, and was an usher, tour guide, security guard sort of guy. Lily was filming a special there (I'm pretty sure Richard Pryor was on it) and I worked the door. Don't think there was an audience, but I remember a great set of a house in the middle of a battlefield. Anyway, I'd had dental surgery, and my stitches popped open in the middle of the night, and I had to have them put back in early in the morning, and I couldn't get to the pharmacy to get my pain-killers before I had to get to work. So I sat on the set all fucking day as the shoot went on and on. Lily kept walking past me, and realized that I seemed uncomfortable, and started asking me how I was. I explained. This went on all day, and she was very very sweet. They broke for dinner (by now it was past 10pm) and came back late...and Lily brought me a covered plate of food. They kept shooting until about 2 in the morning. I was fried, in pain, exhausted. When they broke, Lily and (I believe the director) walked me out to my car in the deserted lot, and she kissed me goodbye. True story. What a terrific lady.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    joker-lookalike John Glover

    by OutsideChance

    Glad I'm not the only one to notice that.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Also traumatized as a child by this movie.

    by ar42

    The disposal scene was scary, but I think it was the existential horror that really got me. The idea that a) all of the weird chemicals in our food, shampoos etc. could somehow combine to do something horrible and unexplained to you, and b) that something as terrifying as slowly shrinking into nothingness could happen without anybody really giving too much of a damn--- these were too much for my six year old mind, and at some point about halfway through I burst into tears and ran away from the TV. ...I actually watched it again in college, hoping for a laugh, but it still managed to disturb me. I mean, I get that it's supposed to be something about the shrinking role of the American post-feminist woman or something, but still, creepy.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    ^ Yeah, her shrinking away to nothing toward the end got to me

    by Turingtestee

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Awful lot of gorilla suits til the mid 80s

    by Turingtestee

    Kind of a staple, really.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Wow... this movie fucked me up as a kid...

    by SK229

    and I probably haven't even thought about it in over 20 years. So weird how memories can get dredged up like that and you're instantly back in some place in the distant past. Anyway, one thing that I think sucks is that this kind of weirdness really doesn't happen anymore. Can you think of ANYTHING made since, say, 1989 (the year we started going mostly generic) that is this fucking weird? There is something about the sound in movies like this, Dreamscape, etc., and television commercials/shows in the 70's and 80's that is instantly relaxing... don't know what it is. A warmth to everything, I guess... hard to explain, but it's as if it isn't just nostalgia, there is actually something in the very nature of things made before the last 10-20 years that have some kind of actual, relaxing, or drug like effect that is intrinsic to their nature. I mean going all the way back to fucking Woody Guthrie recordings, the way old books were manufactured, the teaching aides, film strips, and videos that were used in schools all the way up until the mid-80's. Anyone understand what I'm getting at? I can't imagine, how cold, commercial, and just plain mediocre everything is today giving some kid nostalgia. Given the current state, it's likely everything will be EXACTLY as it was when they're 25-30 years old. Not much in our culture has changed in the last 15 years where you could look back if you were a child during these times and go, "Holy shit, I remember when things were like THAT," and it reminds me of my childhood. Only EVENTS or specific items, but I'm talking about THE WAY they are made or come across or the clothes people wear... would a kid who turns 4 or 5 when their parents are watching the first season of American Idol look back 20 seasons later and go, "Ahhhh, simpler times." No, the show is EXACTLY the fucking same, the news is EXACTLY the fucking same, and the clothes are EXACTLY the fucking same. But for kids who grew up in the 70's and 80's, you might remember your mom watching Knot's Landing or your dad watching some crazy fucking movie on HBO when it first came out and that seems like a gazillion years ago when you pop in the movie (like seeing this column for instance and the way the peculiarity of this movie and the way it's made, the sound design, etc., take me back) or go to youtube and watch the opening of some old show you vaguely remember. Who knows what the fuck I'm getting at... I sound like some kid who is high in the dormitory hallway going on about some bullshit. If anyone gets this, tell me I'm not crazy or if it makes sense. I'm probably just gonna go to bed right now.

  • You know there's room enough for two in there if they was cozy!

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    @sk229

    by Muldoon

    Baby Geniuses... I'm kidding, sort of, maybe. But really I'm finding more and more that the 80's in particular had some sort of special... magical "wtf" spell going on that seemed more commonplace than in any other time... My general idea of WTF HOLLYWOOD is not specifically or purposefully 80's nostalgia, but HOLY HELL...the 80's kicks some weird ass and is honestly just easy pickins...

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Same as everybody else

    by DougMcKenzie

    Saw it as a kid all the time, but haven't seen it in over 20 years. It's like it completely fell off the earth as it comes from that era where's it not old enough to be a classic and not new enough for the heavy rotation movie channels. I would love to hear from the set designers on that shoot. Nowadays it would all be green screen set, heck even shortly afterward this time it would have been all mattes ala Honey I Shrunk the Kids or the Borrowers (which did have some set design, but not like this). Tomlin is oddly alluring. Although not traditionally what you would call attractive, she's sexy by being openly funny, a rare trait in women.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    By the way, muldoon, I like this column.

    by my colon sucks

    Lots of folks have already said this, but this is the kind of series I'd like to think AICN was made for.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    You can blame Robert Stigwood for Sgt. Peppers

    by DougMcKenzie

    He made huge bank on the Bee Gees music, decided to make some movies. He made Saturday Night Fever and Grease and Hollywood declared him their new Lord and Master. He then made Sgt. Peppers and Hollywood told him to go fuck himself.

  • Jan. 29, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    I really, REALLY dislike Lilly Tomlin as an actress

    by Jaka

    I've generally tried to avoid anything she's been in for about the last 30 years. She just grates on my nerves beyond explanation. <p> I saw her in a couple interviews where she didn't bug me at all. But as an actress, I don't dig her.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Richard Elfman's Forbidden Zone

    by Stegman84

    There's your king of 80's WTF cinema. Seriously, Terrorvision, Liquid Sky, Repo Man, Gymkata, Shock Treatment, Galaxy of Terror, Street Trash, Cafe Flesh, Starcrash, Circle of Iron and so on aint got nothing on that one. The 80's were weird, man. Okay, those last two were late 70's, but anyway...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 2:50 a.m. CST

    sk229

    by Dollar Bird

    I wonder, though, if every generation goes though the same thought process. I know it looks like fashion and style and everything hasn't changed in the past 15 years, but it truly has, and nostalgia will always find a way of rearing it's head in people's hearts. "Knots Landing" may be gone, but someday moms will watch something else that their kids will remember. However, as someone born in the mid 70s, the 80s will always be a special time for film in my mind. But I don't know how much of that is clouded by summer memories. Muldoon, are you planning on only doing genre films or do you want to tackle just bizarro movies in general, like "Student Confidential" or other well-meaning trainwrecks? And I suggest saving "Forbidden Zone" for the final entry in this column, as it is one of the most delightfully weird movie in history. (Oh, Mystic Knights... how I miss you...)

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Jesus, learn how to write, man.

    by Knuckleduster

    Though it’s more accurately like 1957’s THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN…the movie and its’ book basis by Richard “I AM LEGEND” Matheson, since this is kind of a remake or whatever…naturally they’d share similarities.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Is that even a sentence?

    by Knuckleduster

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    stegman84: good call on FORBIDDEN ZONE

    by melonman

    Haven't thought about that movie for years - now I think my brain is starting to melt all over again. Truly one of the most fucked up movies ever made. Genius.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Odd personal story about Forbidden Zone

    by Stegman84

    In the 80's I was a bit of an Oingo Boingo tragic (still am to an extent, I guess), so when I discovered Forbidden Zone in the $1 isle at the local video store I had to rent it. Never seen anything like it, didn't really understand it, but I loved it, it was just my kind of mindboggling weird I guess. Plus Danny Elfman as Satan... Anyway a neighbour girl, who I'd basically grown up with, came over before the tape had to be returned, and she spotted the cover and asked what it was, so I gladly put the movie on to show her (some things just can't be explained). Now this girl had parents that kept her, I won't say sheltered, but what's that other thing where parents don't let their kids watch age inappropriate horror movies, or films laced with extreme sex and violence and adult content? Oh yeah, right, responsible. She had 'responsible' parents, and as such her exposure to many of the types of films I basically grew up on was pretty much limited to when she was at a friend's house, and even then she wasn't the type to have a particular thirst to see the 'forbidden fruit' of the vhs days for herself. Just wasn't especially important to her. So anyway, I put the tape on, and about twenty minutes in she starts laughing uncontrollably, then bursts into tears, then gets up and walks out. I don't remember the exact scene, but I seem to recall it was a scene with king Herve Villachaize and his frog headed lackey that did it... She didn't talk to me again for about three weeks after that, and we were never really close again. It was like I'd betrayed her somehow, showed her something that her brain just couldn't handle, and even though I didn't understand it, I felt pretty bad about it at the time. Never seen a movie provoke a response like that from someone, before or since. We moved away about a year later, and I never saw her again after that, but I wonder every time that anyone talks about Forbidden Zone what happened to Heidi, and if she ever got the nerve to try and watch the film again, or if the very thought of it still completely wigs her shit out. I told you the 80's were weird...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Liked this movie as a kid

    by rev_skarekroe

    And yes, Forbidden Zone would be a good movie for this series. Also, Ice Pirates.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Also, I bet icanthavethat isn't very popular at parties

    by rev_skarekroe

    "Cool it guys, here comes Captain Buzzkill".

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Weird major motion pictures post-1989

    by rev_skarekroe

    My favorite example is Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (can't remember the sub-title). I know people HATE it, but I like because it's just so incredibly daft. Walking stones in a vast wasteland of shipwrecks, the entrance to the world of the dead is in the Arctic for some reason, a woman becomes a giant in a completely unexpected twist, Johnny Depp talks to various unexplained mystical dopplegangers, bizarre new pirates show up and then never appear again. I love that stuff. It's like someone hired Gilliam to make a Hollywood blockbuster. Now that's not to say it's objectively "good". I mean, it's not like I remember the plot or anything...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    stegman84 personal story

    by LesterDelRay

    That was a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Another "classic" from early-80's HBO

    by Jason

    I loved this flick when I was a kid. Even then, I knew that it was "not quite there", but it was a fun ride anyway. Super Fuzz should be a WTF...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    hi,thelordofhell!

    by iamatroll

    Yeah, i remember reading that. Then Robert Stigwood, high off the success of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, (and probably more coke then Tony Montana could ever handle...) decided to rape the Beatles legacy with 70's celebrities. At least the Steve Martin and Aerosmith parts were somewhat enjoyable...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    why, spacehunter 3d?

    by iamatroll

    Because cocaine was a WONDERFUL THING in the 70's!

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    hi, johnny ahab! about "exit to eden"

    by iamatroll

    Too bad Garry Marshall was put in charge of that crap. Had they gotten a director who could understand erotica, such as Adrian Lynne, for example, and just stayed true to the book, "Eden" could have been a hell of an effective sexually charged love story. Oh well...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    The incredible shrinking humans-

    by UltraTron

    This movie was a nice commentary on how we're peeing ourselves into oblivion with all the shit we've done. If you developed after '79 you have 50% less sperm than someone who developed before 1979. Women are 50% less fertile as well. That's quite a drop. This movie came out right at that time and the corporate evil heads behind it are well represented.

  • Only it's yuuur fuuucked

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Actually, Shrinking the World Is not a bad idea....

    by cookylamoo

    More food for everyone and we could learn to hunt mouse.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Actually The Shrinking MAN is a great WTF Movie.

    by cookylamoo

    And one of the great Sc-Fi films of all time.

  • In the late 70's and early 80's, my dad basically took us to anything that wasn't rated R. Saw some real WTF's like "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen" and "Under the Rainbow". 1981 really was a banner year...

  • I read the entire plot synopsis and my head just about fell off. They cut a scene involving a man getting beaten for eight minutes and painting the halls with his blood? Cast and crew members would sleep on the film's stage, wearing spare gorilla suits to stay warm? Homeless men and blackface? A sequel is in pre-production?! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Zone Just when I think I've heard it all. THERE'S your next movie, Muldoon.

  • January, 1981 January, 1 Scanners - $14,200,000 - January, 1 My Dinner With Andre (1981) - $5,250,000 - January, 1 Death Hunt - $5,000,000 - January, 1 Fort Apache, The Bronx - $29,200,000 $65,200,000 January, 1 The Private Eyes - $18,000,000 - January, 1 Roar $17,000,000 $2,000,000 - January, 1 The Devil and Max Devlin - $16,000,000 - January, 30 The Incredible Shrinking Woman - $20,259,000 - February, 1981 February, 11 Sphinx Warner Bros. $10,000,000 $2,000,000 $11,400,000 February, 11 Le dernier métro MGM/UA Classics - $3,000,000 - February, 13 Sunday Lovers MGM/UA - - - February, 13 The Dogs of War MGM/UA - - - February, 13 Eyewitness 20th Century Fox - $6,400,000 - February, 13 American Pop Columbia - $6,000,000 - March, 1981 March, 6 All Night Long Universal - $7,800,000 - March, 6 On the Right Track 20th Century Fox - $13,000,000 - March, 13 The Funhouse Universal - $7,000,000 - March, 13 Modern Romance Columbia - $29,137 - March, 13 Back Roads Warner Bros. - $11,809,387 - March, 15 Confidence (1981) New Yorker - - - March, 20 The Final Conflict 20th Century Fox - $20,471,000 - March, 20 Amy Buena Vista - - - March, 20 Kelly Paramount Pictures - - - March, 20 Cutter's Way MGM/UA Classics - - - March, 20 The Postman Always Rings Twice Paramount Pictures $12,000,000 $12,200,000 $44,200,000 March, 27 Thief MGM/UA - $4,300,000 - March, 27 Eyes of a Stranger Warner Bros. - $546,724 - April, 1981 April, 10 This is Elvis Warner Bros. - $429,146 - April, 10 From Mao to Mozart MGM/UA Classics - - - April, 10 The Howling Avco Embassy $1,000,000 $17,985,000 - April, 10 Going Ape! Paramount Pictures - - - April, 10 Excalibur Warner Bros. - $34,200,000 - April, 10 Nighthawks Universal $5,000,000 $14,600,000 $19,600,000 April, 17 Improper Channels - - - April, 17 Caveman - $15,965,000 - April, 24 Beyond the Reef Universal - $547,525 - April, 24 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Universal - $115,679 - April, 24 The Hand Warner Bros. - $2,000,000 - April, 24 Second-Hand Hearts Paramount Pictures - - - April, 30 Friday the 13th Part 2 Paramount Pictures $1,250,000 $21,722,776 - May, 1981 May, 1 The Jazz Singer Universal - $27,118,000 - May, 1 Hard Country Universal - - - May, 1 King of the Mountain Universal - $958,637 - May, 1 Graduation Day $250,000 $23,894,000 - May, 15 Take This Job and Shove It - $17,569,000 - May, 15 Happy Birthday To Me - $10,609,514 - May, 22 Outland Warner Bros. - $20,000,000 - May, 22 Bustin' Loose Universal - $31,261,000 - May, 22 The Four Seasons Universal $6,500,000 $42,488,161 - May, 22 The Legend of the Lone Ranger Universal $18,000,000 $13,400,000 - May, 22 Glen or Glenda Paramount Pictures - - - June, 1981 June, 5 The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Avco Embassy - $14,000,000 - June, 5 Cheech & Chong's Nice Dreams Columbia - $37,000,000 - June, 12 Clash of the Titans MGM/UA $15,000,000 $30,000,000 $44,400,000 June, 12 History of the World: Part I 20th Century Fox $11,000,000 $31,672,000 - June, 12 Raiders of the Lost Ark Paramount Pictures $20,000,000 $245,034,358 $386,800,358 June, 19 Superman II Warner Bros. $54,000,000 $108,185,706 - June, 19 The Cannonball Run 20th Century Fox - $57,498,710 - June, 26 The Great Muppet Caper Universal - $31,206,251 - June, 26 Stripes Sony $10,000,000 $85,300,000 - June, 26 Force: Five - $8,000,000 - June, 26 For Your Eyes Only MGM/UA $28,000,000 $54,800,000 $195,300,000 June, 26 Dragonslayer Paramount Pictures $18,000,000 $6,000,000 - July, 1981 July, 1 S.O.B. Paramount Pictures - $14,867,086 - July, 10 The Fox and the Hound Walt Disney Co. - $43,899,231 - July, 10 Escape from New York Avco Embassy $6,000,000 $25,244,700 - July, 17 Endless Love Universal - $33,000,000 - July, 17 Arthur Warner Bros. - $81,464,486 - July, 23 Gas Paramount Pictures - - - July, 24 Eye of the Needle MGM/UA - $17,583,000 - July, 24 Blow Out Filmways $18,000,000 $13,747,234 - July, 24 Tarzan, The Ape Man MGM/UA - $36,565,000 - July, 24 Pick-up Summer Film Ventures International - $28,756 - July, 24 Nobody's Perfekt Columbia - $995 - July, 24 Comin' at Ya! - $6,704,127 - July, 24 Zorro, The Gay Blade - $10,000,000 - July, 24 Wolfen Warner Bros. - $11,000,000 - July, 31 Victory Paramount Pictures - $10,853,000 $27,453,000 July, 31 Under the Rainbow Warner Bros. $20,000,000 $18,826,490 - August, 1981 August, 7 An Eye for an Eye - $7,496,681 - August, 7 Student Bodies Paramount Pictures - $1,582,148 - August, 7 Hell Night - $2,300,000 - August, 7 Condorman Buena Vista - - - August, 7 Heavy Metal $9,300,000 $19,571,091 - August, 7 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. - $19,225 - August, 14 Deadly Blessing - $2,800,000 - August, 14 Chu Chu and the Philly Flash - $221,898 - August, 19 Prince of the City Warner Bros. - $9,000,000 - August, 21 Honky Tonk Freeway Universal - $939,423 - August, 21 Heartland - - - August, 21 An American Werewolf in London Universal - $31,973,249 $61,973,249 August, 21 First Monday in October Paramount Pictures - $12,000,000 - August, 28 Body Heat Warner Bros. - $24,058,000 - August, 28 Gallipoli Paramount Pictures $3,000,000 $5,732,587 - August, 28 Private Lessons Ind. - $18,064,851 - September, 1981 September, 17 Tim Satori - - - September, 18 Mommie Dearest Paramount Pictures $5,000,000 $19,032,000 $25,032,000 September, 18 The French Lieutenant's Woman MGM/UA - $22,600,000 - September, 18 Continental Divide Universal - $15,578,000 - September, 18 Raggedy Man Universal - $11,000,000 - September, 23 Only When I Laugh Columbia - $25,782,304 - September, 25 Chariots of Fire Sony $5,500,000 $57,159,946 - September, 25 Southern Comfort - $2,939,174 - September, 25 Carbon Copy Avco Embassy - $8,400,000 - September, 25 So Fine - $10,000,000 - September, 25 True Confessions MGM/UA - $12,200,000 - October, 1981 October, 2 Paternity Paramount Pictures - $18,838,000 - October, 2 Zoot Suit Universal - $380,302 - October, 9 Rich and Famous - $13,000,000 - October, 9 Tattoo - $860,472 - October, 16 All the Marbles - $4,300,000 - October, 23 Das boot ist voll Quartet Films - $1,016 - October, 23 Enter the Ninja Cannon - - - October, 23 Silence of the North Universal - $344,837 - October, 30 Halloween II Universal $2,500,000 $25,533,818 - October, 30 Looker Warner Bros. - $3,281,232 - November, 1981 November, 6 Time Bandits Embassy $12,000,000 $37,400,000 - November, 13 Dead and Buried - $216,166 - November, 13 The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper Universal $12,000,000 $2,104,164 - November, 19 Absence of Malice Sony - $33,312,129 - November, 20 Ragtime Paramount Pictures - $17,468,158 - November, 20 Man of Iron MGM/UA Classics - - - December, 1981 December, 2 Whose Life is it Anyway? MGM/UA - $6,100,000 - December, 4 On Golden Pond Universal - $119,285,432 - December, 4 Reds Paramount Pictures $33,500,000 $50,000,000 - December, 9 Taps 20th Century Fox $14,000,000 $35,856,053 - December, 11 Four Friends - - - December, 11 Buddy Buddy MGM/UA - $5,299,037 - December, 11 Rollover Warner Bros. - $10,217,873 - December, 11 Pennies from Heaven MGM/UA - $6,200,000 - December, 18 Neighbors Columbia - $29,916,207 - December, 18 Ghost Story Universal - $16,202,210 - December, 18 Heartbeeps Universal $10,000,000 $6,000,000 - December, 18 Sharky's Machine Warner Bros. - $32,984,898 - December, 25 Modern Problems 20th Century Fox $8,000,000 $24,474,312 -

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 9:51 a.m. CST

    The sequel really could be "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman"

    by Zardoz

    'Cause the movie ends with her growing out of her clothes, right? I saw this movie at the theater at a birthday party as a kid when it was released. All the kids loved it! I don't think I've seen it since, though. Tina Fey or Kirsten Wiig would be great choices for a re-make!

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I would pay to see a MCHALE'S NAVY remake: Joel McHale's Navy

    by Squashua

    Might be funny.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Under The Rainbow for sure

    by Jay Eyler

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Such strange one...

    by ZodNotGod

    Let's make a Lilly Tomlin comedy vehicle about her shrinking! (?) I'll giveh the gal credit for trying something different at least. It's an oddball movie, don't hate it, but what a weirdo.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    The meaning of the film

    by Hipshot

    As presented by Lily Tomlin at the time (via media interviews), was not consumerist, but rather feminist. It was specifically how this WOMAN (not just "person") was being diminished by the meaningless, repetitive actions of her life. Consumerism was part of that, but also being trapped in the housewife role, an unappreciative husband, and so forth. You really have to look at it in that way to get what they were trying to do. Doesn't mean it was successful, but the specific female-centric aspect of the story can't be removed from the overall evaluation without missing the boat.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    WTF

    by Robbiemc9

    Earth Girls Are Easy is a bit WTF.

  • you could easily add Oh Heavenly Dog (Chase reincarnated as Benji??!!), or Nothing But Trouble, Dan Ackroyd's only (with good reason) directoral effort, as he played a character with a nose shaped like a dick.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Litmus test..

    by Abe

    First off..NOBODY knows this movie was ever made for some reason...so it's a really cool flick to show people. And when I do...if you don't like it, I don't need to know you. One of my favorites. Tomlin, Grodin, Baker, Concepcion, Reiner..CMON!!! This and "All of Me make a bitchin double-feature! Can 'Real Genius' be next?

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Docback...

    by Abe

    ...Planet of The Giants...nuff said.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Re: Muldoon and dollarbird

    by SK229

    Man, the 80's were almost fearless when it comes to throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks, especially when it came to stuff for kids. I've actually worked on several prominent children's shows in the last few years and it's amazing the amount of 'research' that strips that kind of oddball stuff away before it makes it's way to the kiddies. I kind of miss that nowadays... And Baby Geniuses... never seen it, but Bob Clark directed that, right? IMDB checking... yes he did! I also thought that guy who did that Star Wars/coming of age movie who used to haunt the TB's wrote it, but I guess not. Probably another "Baby" something movie. Also, Muldoon... you are KILLING IT on this site (along with Quint). And thanks for reviving Cinematic Shrimp as AICN Shorts. I've asked many times for it to be brought back. Always thought that with it being so easy to throw shorts up on youtube or vimeo, it was a BRILLIANT idea that could morph into so many other great things for the TB's among us who put their money where their mouth is. I'm gonna submit some stuff soon. Re: dollarbird I agree 100%, every generation has it's own nostalgia, but I also think the degree to which it can put you back into a time and place increases exponentially when the entertainment or whatever is far different than what's going on today. So something like this extremely WTF/odd duck of a movie would be like a level 10 (another example might be something like Great Space Coaster, cartoon I watched as a kid, or the original packaging on Star Wars figures (talkin' late 70's, early 80's) or slap bracelets!), then something generic that could still pretty much be made in the same way today would be a level 1, even though it might still make you feel nostalgic. Does that make sense?

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Yor the Hunter from the Future is def WTF material

    by MJAYACE

    Saw that like 50 times in the 80s on cable craptacular.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Encore is running it this month... I had largely forgot this film but WOW

    by impossibledreamers

    It comes SCREAMING back at you! Very warped...

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Damn ultratron, 1981 was a great year for movies...

    by eustisclay

    ...saw about half these in the theater myself, caught most of the rest on HBO. I have most of my favorites on dvd already but you reminded me of some others(I completely forgot about Tattoo.) Though they are two of my favorite flicks, I didn't realize American Werewolf and Body Heat were released so close together. I remember seeing them in theaters, but could've sworn Body Heat was released in the spring. But then again my chemical habits back then probably fogged my memory. Speaking of which, I remember being out of sorts during Incredible Shricking woman and my friends and I laughing our asses off when the maid was singing "I wish I was a little bar of soap' in spanish.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Here's list of WTF movies

    by mr_l_74

    The Stuff The Sword and the Sorcerer Night of the creeps Swamp Thing Popeye Phantom of the paradise Electric Dreams

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Saw this in the theater--No lie, I did.

    by shran

    As a kid. Remember it distinctly. I was always a Creature Feature fan as a kid so this was right in my wheel-house. Anyway very soon thereafter my folks took me on a trip to California to go to Disneyland and Universal Studios and the critter stuff in San Diego. I had great parents. At the Universal Studios tour I remember they had some of the oversized set pieces from Shrinking Woman like the giant reclining chair Lily sat in and a giant telephone she tried to make a call on. Really cool. They also had some stuff from the Bigfoot episode of the Six Million Dollar Man and the space ship that the alien was building from John Carpenter's The Thing. It was just leaning against an outside warehouse wall like a piece of rubbish. I don't think the movie had been released just yet (saw that in the theater too). I have pictures of all this stuff that I should look for and post. Really cool geekly items. I liked this movie as a kid and oddly enough I recall there being a message in the movie that I got although for the life of me I can't remember it as I haven't seen this movie since it was first run.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    The biggest WTF movie of all-time is...

    by TopHat

    NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (1991) Go ahead. I DARE you to find a more WTF movie! (Tupac is in it!)

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    This was on the other day

    by Riff_Randell

    And I couldn't even watch a whole ten minutes. Awful, just awful. Feels very late seventies, in a bad way. I live for 80s movies, love Lily in stuff like 9 to 5, but this is just awful.

  • Jan. 30, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    mjayace, no way. Yor is cool. I saw it in the theater.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The dude has his own theme song. He mates with all the women. He kills a bat and uses it as a hang glider. Yor's badass in a cheesariffic way.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    This is def my favorite column on AIC now

    by lifeisjustamovie

    Seriously, these are MY kinda flicks. Love it!