"Not 'Hollywood Independent' - writer John Oak Dalton is the real Real Thing." --Cinema Minima."Very weird and unpopular b-movies and comics."--Blogalicious. "After watching the film I am left to wonder if he had some childhood trauma he is not telling us about."--IMDB user review. "Screenwriter John Oak Dalton wanted to be in Hollywood. Instead, he's in the rustic kitchen above the Germania General Store, stirring a pot of boiling hot dogs."
--The Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Some Velvet Morning
This blog post first appeared in I WAS BIGFOOT'S SHEMP, an e-newsletter you can subscribe to from the sidebar.
time, I listed all the books that appeared in or around THE GIRL IN THE
CRAWLSPACE, and this time I thought I would provide a list of all the
movies and TV shows mentioned, many of which were influential in the
movie as well. Many of them appear in the scene I wrote about last
time, the one that seems to be a lot of people's favorite (curiously
enough) where the D&D group talk about all of their secret crushes.
I remember Erin Ryan telling me she watched all the trailers on YouTube
to try to understand it, and Jeff Rapkin telling me he would wake up in
the middle of the night, trying to recite his. Here they are, in
order: DOLEMITE THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS DJANGO THE BASTARD WONDER WOMAN (TV SHOW) THE KROFFT SUPERSHOW (TV SHOW) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (TV SHOW) THE AVENGERS (TV SHOW) WONDER WOMAN (MOVIE) THE AVENGERS (MOVIE) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON THE BIRDS ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP SUPERMAN II ROSEMARY'S BABY THE BIONIC WOMAN HERCULES UNCHAINED HERCULES VS MOLOCH HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD HERCULES AND THE TYRANTS OF BABYLON HERCULES VS THE HYDRA MANNAJA: A MAN CALLED BLADE GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T SARTANA THE GRAVEDIGGER KEOMA RETURN OF RINGO A SKY FULL OF STARS FOR A ROOF FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE THE LAST OF THE RENEGADES I AM SARTANA YOUR ANGEL OF DEATH THE GREAT SILENCE MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--ROGUE NATION If
you ever needed a horror movie to give you a spaghetti western primer,
this is it. My love for Italian films in general has only increased by
multiple trips to Italy chaperoning my wife's college class trips over
the years as well. But there are a lot of personal references here
too. I caught HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN on Saturday afternoon
television one day and was scared badly as a child. I saw FOR A FEW
DOLLARS MORE playing in Italian on television in Rome a few years back.
THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS shocking my sensibilities on Kung Fu Theatre as a
teen. A friend showing me DOLEMITE on VHS at work in the early 90s and
having my eyes opened. I hope one or two of these ring out for you. I
am incredibly late to the podcast game, but the radio quit in my 2007
Honda and I just limped along without one for a while, listening to
podcasts on my phone. I would have to recommend the creepy-crawly
podcast ALICE ISN'T DEAD, about a long-haul trucker traveling the lonely
highways looking for her missing wife. This is a three-season story
from the people who made the breakthrough hit WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE
which is over a hundred episodes and going strong, so I wasn't sure
where to drop in. I started listening to another standaloone one they
did, WITHIN THE WIRES, but it has creeped me out so badly I am listening
to it in very small doses. The premise is exceedingly clever; the
first season is presented as "relaxation tapes" that actually have a
hidden message. The second season is supposedly a recorded museum tour,
and the third just underway is based on office dictation into a
machine. Pretty dang clever. I am
trying #inktober again this year to flex my creative muscles, even my
flabby cartooning ones, and on the brink of doing more than I have in
past attempts. At the end of the month, I'll post the most popular ones
here. Until then, thanks for reading.