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    Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Hello boys and girls, I am pretty new here. My name is Mitch, and one of my obsessions besides all things Disney is Kitschy cult classic movies. Don't you all find the invention of You Tube to be a fantastic thing to share clips and videos that are almost toooo good to pass up. Since I'm new here to start out things on a great foot. I am going to share with you all a few trailers and clips from some movies that would Make Elvira- Mistress of the Dark herself blush at the campiness (If that isn't a word it should be)

    First off is the Trailer for The Apple a bizzare allegorical mixture of the Adam and Eve story from the Bible, with 1984 Mixed in for good measure, oh and Did I mention it's a Disco Musical? The plot is basically this: Goodie Goodie Two Shoes love song singing duo from MooseJaw Canada, Alphi and Bibi compete in the Worldvision song contest and gain the nefarious attention of Mr. Bugaloo, a record company mogul who for all intensive purposes is the Devil...the devil with an obscenely hard to descipher accent. Mr Bugaloo tempts Bibi with the luxurious life of....Disco...and...teased out hair. While this all doesn't sit right with Alphi. In the end Alphi saves Bibi from a life of multitudes of glittery rhinestone ridden spandex unitards and neon bright hairdyes, and they both live amongst the hippies until Mr. Bugaloo shows his ugly head again...wanting Bibi to pay for the star he made her to be. Ending in the penunltimate Deux Ex Machina. Seriously you have to see this cheesy campy classic to beleive it...Oh and did I mention it's set in the future? THE FUTURE OF 1994!!

    Enjoy the Trailer Folks[youtube]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Rh6HGMS1NKQ"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/Rh6HGMS1NKQ"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Rh6HGMS1NKQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/youtube]

    Next up in our tour of Movies So-Bad-They're good is. The Midnight Hour Which was basically a fantastic Halloween spookfest. Assorted Eighties Teen movie stereotypes think it'd be a good idea to break into the local museum and steal the clothes of a witch hunter and accused witch. Which leads these same wacky, possibly drunk teens to the local cemetery, where said witch is buried, along with the body of a local serial killer, and what do these kiddos do? They find a scroll in the Witch's dress and do a spell which raises the local dead, and calls forth werewolves, vampires, and assorted Halloween standbye ghoulies and ghosties... (from last Halloween?) The clip I am about to show you all. Is during the Halloween Party. When all Hell is breaking lose downtown Our hero (and his ghostly new girlfriend, a previously deceaced cheerleader from the fifties who for lack of a better name will be called Buffy) witness the destruction, Whilst the zombies and vampires who are blending in quite well with the partygoers, decide that Michael Jackson can't have all the fun, and sing their own Halloween hit, Get Dead. For those of you who are into random quasi-Celebrity name dropping, the ghoul singing Get Dead is Shari-Belafonte, daughter of calypso king Harry Belafonte (you know, the artist responsible for the calypso songs in BeetleJuice)..and that young vampire who gets alot of camera time halfway through the number, is none other than a post-Roots, Pre-Star Trek and Mid-Reading Rainbow Levar Burton. All this camp wasn't fit for a Motion Picture run, thats right my dear readers, I just let you get a glimpse at the campy dreck that Television was unleashing upon us. This movie gem was aired during the Halloween season, and continues to play adnauseum year in year out during Halloween...On Lifetime-Television for Women. [youtube]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/69aQ4cBdaSc"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/69aQ4cBdaSc"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/69aQ4cBdaSc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/youtube]

    Next stop on our tour of Campy yet classic flicks, is Teen Witch a movie that surprisingly I first saw on the Disney Channel, you know, back when the Disney Channel played movies that weren't High School Musical related . In this gem, unpopular girl Louise reaches her sixteenth birthday. During which she discovers that she is the reincarnation, or is it the next in a long line of witches? Either way she finds an amulet in the school's theatre department's costume collection, which she feels a strange magical pull to. The next day due to a series of unfortunate circumstances she seeks shelter from a storm at the house of Phone Psychic/Tarot Card Reader/ Fortune Teller named Madame Serena (Who is played delightfully by Zelda Van Rubenstien, the scary short lady from the Poltergiest movies.) Who reveals to her that she is in fact a witch, and begins to teach her how to use her powers. She begins to make things better for herself as she sets about to become "The Most Popular Girl", and make the hunky jock Brad fall for her. That ladies and gentlemen is the plot, and there isn't much of it. Oh and did I mention the Ironic glee, that the actor who plays Louise's father is Stephen York, the replacement Darren from Bewitched. The joy in this movie is the terrible eighties fashions, and the moments when they randomly break into song and Dance...like this scene, where the school's cheerleaders sing in rapturous abandon about their love of boys...

    [youtube]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/wNc7EPGpaRQ"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/wNc7EPGpaRQ"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wNc7EPGpaRQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/youtube]

    But of course the best known musical number in Teen Witch is the infamous "Top That" Rap. Where our heroine Lousie helps matchmake her best friend Molly (Who has a wonderful penchant for hats) become able to "Be hip" by randomly breaking into free-style rap. The fashions, the posing, the rapping, It's almost too painful to bare.
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    Last in this little clip-strava-ganza is the trailer for the penultimate Cult Classic, midnight Movie- The Rocky Horror Picture Show Do I really need to explain to you all the plot of our hero's Brad and Janet as they face unknown terrors in the castle "Over at the Frankenstien Place" where they and their tutor and friend Dr. Scott are now guests to the Fabulous fishnet wearing Diva- Dr. Frank-n-Furter, as played by Tim Curry. It's amazing that Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, and Susan Surandon went from this movie to being A-list celebrities and even Oscar award winners. While this film became one of the most widely known Cult Classic movies, rather a phenomenon of it's own, with people attending midnight showings in full regailia, and dancing along to the movies while singing and shouting callback lines in full audience participation (much like the kids today are all a'gog over that Highschool Musical picture)

    Enjoy the trailer folks,

    [youtube]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UPNVZewZX5A"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/UPNVZewZX5A"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/UPNVZewZX5A" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/youtube]

    Well folks, I hope this post opened up many memories of guilty pleasure movies for you all , I have so many more than just these, Including a few by Disney as well (Tron, the Watcher in the Woods...Condorman anyone?)and I hope the folks out there bring up their favourite cult classics as well. But for now I must bid you all adieu,

    unpleasant dreams,

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    There's a liiiiiiggggghhhhhhht, in the darkness...
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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by Deanna View Post
    There's a liiiiiiggggghhhhhhht, in the darkness...
    :Puts a newspaper over head because I can't afford an Umbrella:

    lol I should pop in Rocky Horror right now.

    Now everyone it's easy to do the timewarp, It's just a jump to the left, then a step to the right.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Some of my cult faves:

    Song of the South (cult only because noboy gets to see it anymore!)
    Harold and Maude
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Shock Treatment
    Batman (1966)
    Pufnstuf
    Wild in the Streets
    Night of the Hunter
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
    Beach Blanket Bingo
    Pajama Party
    The Three Caballeros
    Mad Monster Party
    Flash Gordon (1980)
    Xanadu
    Babes in Toyland (1961)
    The Lonely Lady
    The 5000 Fingers of Dr T
    Bedazzled (original)
    Black Narcissus
    Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    TRON

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    I heart RHPS, PanTheMan and I are thinking of a MiceChat Rocky Horror night because it plays in OAKLAND
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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    haha I love "Teen Witch", Harold and Maude is also a favorite.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinjones View Post
    Some of my cult faves:

    Song of the South (cult only because noboy gets to see it anymore!)
    Harold and Maude
    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Shock Treatment
    Batman (1966)
    Pufnstuf
    Wild in the Streets
    Night of the Hunter
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original)
    Beach Blanket Bingo
    Pajama Party
    The Three Caballeros
    Mad Monster Party
    Flash Gordon (1980)
    Xanadu
    Babes in Toyland (1961)
    The Lonely Lady
    The 5000 Fingers of Dr T
    Bedazzled (original)
    Black Narcissus
    Beauty and the Beast (1946)
    TRON
    You listed like twenty of my favourites. I can't beleive you like Mad Monster Party. I thought I was the only one who even knew that existed. I wouldn't call the 1946 Jean Cocteau Beauty and the Beast a kitsch and camp classic, although it is rare to come by nowadays. I think it's a beautiful work of art for Cinema. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is good, but I prefer the original Valley of the Dolls. You have some fabulous taste in Movies there Merlin Jones.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    I've seen Teen Witch many times. Campy but if I run across it I always stop and watch. I own the 25th Anniversary Rocky Horror DVD. I also own Xanadu (by favorite guilty pleasure).

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    Here are a few more Kitsch/Camp classic movies that I just remembered. Mad Monster Party is a mid sixties Halloween claymation movie from Rankin and Bass, the makers of about eighty percent of the Christmas specials on Television around Christmas. The basic plot is Dr. Frankenstien (who is voiced by Boris Karloff, Universal's First Frankenstien) is collecting the forces of evil to have a convention in his castle in Transylvania where the greats of Monster-dom meet, The Mummy, The Wolf-man, Frankenstien's Monster, The Bride of the Monster (As played to a hilt by the unimitable Phylis Diller) , Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Inivisible Man, the Gillman (otherwise known by it's copyrighted name of the Creature from the Black Lagoon) and ITT (Otherwise known by it's Copyrighted name of King Kong), And joining the party is the Doctors assitant the Femme Fatale Francessca, and his nephew, a nebbish pharmacy technician. This movie is a classic, and I first saw it on American Movie Classics years ago around Halloween. I couldn't beleive my eyes. Becuase it's not only the epitome of campy cartoons, but it's from Rankin and Bass, the company who gave us Frosty the Snow Man, and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, I consider this Rudolph's Twisted Cousin. [YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-5fe7D14Jp8"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/-5fe7D14Jp8"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/-5fe7D14Jp8" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE]

    I Can't beleive I forgot to mention Xanadu in my first entry. This movie isn't that bad if you fast forward the plot and watch it from musical number to musical number. The paper thin plot considers Sonny Malone, an artist who makes his living painting covers to records.(Sonny is portrayed by Michael Beck who previously played in another Cult Classic The Warriors A 70's action packed kitsch-fest about violent gangs in a fictional New York City) Sonny is inspired by a girl who appears on one of his record covers, The Muse Kira (played by a post Grease Olivia Newton John, just moments before she decides to put on sweatbands and sing Let's Get Physical) Sonny falls for Kira, Kira falls for Sonny, and together she inspires him and a former big band musician (played by Gene Kelly who formerly sang Singing in the Rain, and is now struggling to rollerskate and sing at the same time) To open a Roller Disco. I kid you not, one of the muses daughters of Zeus and proclaimers of heros...heros like Hercules....wait wrong movie, decides to inspire people to open a roller Disco.

    and here's the result. [YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CM6y_fM9QSE"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/CM6y_fM9QSE"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CM6y_fM9QSE" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE]

    Speaking of Grease. One of my all-time faveourite Kitschy Cult movies is Grease 2 the much maligned sequal to the teen musical hit Grease. I know many have talked about this movie like it was one of the worst affronts to cinema. But that isn't true, it's so much more entertaining than the dreck that's called From Justin to Kelly In Grease 2 we meet the next generation of Pink Ladies and T-Birds, who attend Rydell High in 1961 (including Frenchie, who should have graduated three years ago in 1959, who now is back in school to get her chemistry degree...for some reason). The Pink Ladies are led by Stephanie Zinone (played with a sassy spunky attitude by a young Michelle Pfeifer in one of her first movie roles.) who used to date the leader of the T-Birds, yet now is a free woman who decides to kiss the next boy who walks through the door at the bowling alley. The next guy being Michael, a foreign exchange student from England (and the cousin of Sandy, from Grease) To make a long story short, Michael falls for Stephanie, and learns she can only date a biker because of the Pink Ladies code (which really was never mentioned in Grease number one, but this is a sequal with very questionable ties to the first movie to begin with) Michael decides to save up money, buy a motorcycle and a leather jumpsuit (did I mention that Michael is played by a young Maxwell Caulfield, who is just gorgeous with his baby blue eyes and tight leather), he becomes a sort of Zorro-esque masked motorcyclist, the "Cool Rider" Since Stephanie is a slave to the codes of the Pink Ladies she instantly falls smitten with the mysterious Cool Rider. Which doesn't sit well with the T-Birds. In the end everyone is paired off, and they have a Rock-a-Hula- Luau, something that would make Lilo and Stitch very very proud.

    The following scene is when Michael asks Stephanie out and she plainly spells it out for him, he can only get with her if he's a rugged motercycle riding machismo laiden dynamo....all in the form of a song and dance number. [YOUTUBE]<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="<A href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vttoZWVrowc"></param><param">http://www.youtube.com/v/vttoZWVrowc"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/vttoZWVrowc" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>[/YOUTUBE] That's right readers, she's looking for a dream on a mean machine, with hell in his eyes..you know, a devil in skintight leather.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    I've seen Teen Witch many times. Campy but if I run across it I always stop and watch. I own the 25th Anniversary Rocky Horror DVD. I also own Xanadu (by favorite guilty pleasure).
    I love the 25th Anniversary Rocky DVD. Have you watched it with the Audience Participation commentary track. It's hillarious like being there at the theatre. As well as the multi-scene filming of an actual Rocky Horror Shadowcast preforming the movie before a screen like at a theatre.

    Have you discovered the easter Egg for Rocky? I think if you click to the right on the main menu screen a pair of lips will appear, and when you click on them you'll be brought to a menu where you can turn on a hidden feature. Originally Rocky Horror was supposed to be in Black and White up until Brad and Janet enter the ballroom during Time Warp, a'la Dorothy in Kansas versus Dorothy in Oz in The Wizard of Oz this hidden special feature shows the movie in this Wizard of Oz-esque way

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    That's right readers, she's looking for a dream on a mean machine, with hell in his eyes..you know, a devil in skintight leather.
    And if he's cool enough he can burn her through and through.... woah woah.

    Have you discovered the easter Egg for Rocky? I think if you click to the right on the main menu screen a pair of lips will appear, and when you click on them you'll be brought to a menu where you can turn on a hidden feature. Originally Rocky Horror was supposed to be in Black and White up until Brad and Janet enter the ballroom during Time Warp, a'la Dorothy in Kansas versus Dorothy in Oz in The Wizard of Oz this hidden special feature shows the movie in this Wizard of Oz-esque way
    Yeah I found that pretty easily actually. I like how there's technically 3 versions of the movie on the 25th Anniversary.... US & UK versions and the "Oz" version.

    Oh and... I have Grease 2 on DVD as well. I think I still even have my original soundtrack cassette from all those years ago.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    New club forming for those that are loving this thread...

    I have to see The Apple now. If it's as good as Phantom of the Paradise, I'm going to love it!

    Teen Witch has been turned into a musical, by the way.
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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    And if he's cool enough he can burn her through and through.... woah woah.


    Yeah I found that pretty easily actually. I like how there's technically 3 versions of the movie on the 25th Anniversary.... US & UK versions and the "Oz" version.

    Oh and... I have Grease 2 on DVD as well. I think I still even have my original soundtrack cassette from all those years ago.
    ...and one fine night, we'll be holding on tight...to a cool ooo oo ool Rider!



    Lol, I love the UK version of Rocky Horror. The only real difference is they don't cut the song Super Heroes, where in America it usually cuts from the castle flying off, to Brad, Janet, and Dr. Scott crawling in the earth. I am so glad that the UK version is the one they usually show (unedited) on American Movie Classics. It's funny AMC has a broad Defenition of American Movie Classics. I mean Rocky Horror is a Brittish movie. Although the Midnight showings, audience participation, and dressing up was really started in America, so the Rocky Horror Phenomenon is an American experience. As American as Apple Pie. Lol.

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    Re: Kitsch, Camp, and Cult Classic Movies- a retrospective

    Quote Originally Posted by Adelade View Post
    I heart RHPS, PanTheMan and I are thinking of a MiceChat Rocky Horror night because it plays in OAKLAND
    There are three really good Rocky Horror casts in the LA area. Closer to Disneyland than Oakland, that would be good for a Micechat Rocky Horror extravaganza

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    I remember the first time I ever saw Rocky Horror. My best friend in high school rented it on a whim. As the end credits rolled, we looked at each other in total silence, then burst out laughing.

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