A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

A few days ago we watched Galaxy of Terror. We expected a sort of schlock sci-fi/exploitation thing. And we got SO much more. That movie gave and gave. If you like exploitation/ B horror/sci-fi you should try to find it. One of the stars is Erin Moran (Joanie from Happy Days). And if you ever wondered why she never went on to be a big star after Happy Days was over, this movie will make it very very very very very clear.
It also stars Ray Walston, Robert Englund, Sid Haig (so you know it's quality), and Grace Zabriskie who's name you don't know, but as soon as you see her you know exactly who I mean. She's probably best known (by Lynch fans) as Sarah Palmer, Laura Palmer's mother from Twin Peaks, the series and Fire Walk With Me. Take Louise Fletcher, remove all that motherly sweetness she portrayed in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and make her a little more... troll-like in appearance and you're getting close to Grace Zabriskie.

Last night we watched The Fat Black Pussycat, from 1963. A detective has to solve a string of murders in the beatnik community. And it sort of involves a cat. Kind of. Well, they SAY at one point that it involves the cat. But it doesn't really.

Anyway - it was FANTASTIC. I cannot stress enough how good this was. The version we saw comes bundled with a '60s adaptation of The Black Cat and a great grindhouse radio spot/movie poster slideshow that I'll be screen shotting and posting at some point because there were some great classics in there.

We were really expecting something less than what we got. And while it has all the acting, lighting, editing, sound, etc. issues you'd expect from a movie like this - it also manages to be genuinely well written / funny in spots and a few of the actors are actually really good. REALLY. heh.

OH - and we finally saw But I'm a Cheerleader the other night. It was definitely pretty broad but it was really sweet. Just one big AWWWWWW. But that's okay sometimes and it was okay this time. Really cute, lots and lots of little freudian references throughout and GREAT art direction.

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