Sasquatch Horror Movies 

I never realized there was such a plethora of Sasquatch horror movies.  I thought all Squatches were benevolent, gentle giants like Harry in Harry and the Henderson’s.  But I guess if one of these big furry behemoths ever contracted rabies or some other evil bug it could really wreak havoc.  Imagine a 900 pound 9 foot tall bipedal berserk gorilla busting through your front door looking for blood.  Time to run to the concrete tornado shelter and lock up the steel door.  Oh God, I forgot the wife and kids!

Some of the movies:

Top Secret movie ”cow/bull scenes”   

Top Secret is a relatively unknown comedy film made in 1984.  It stars Val Kilmer in his first feature role.  In my humble opinion it is one of the funniest movies I have ever watched.  The film was made by the ZAZ trio,  David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker.  These fellows made Airplane and the Naked Gun series. 

The humour in Top Secret is very much the same as in those other movies.  Cornball jokes, misinterpretation amongst characters and cockamamie situations.  But there is one scene in Top Secret that should go down as one of the greatest humour sequences in film.  The “Cow Scene.”

The shootout scene.

Planet of the Sharks  

I missed this one. Sounds like a bombastic blockbusting blast of blood and mayhem. Short plot blurb, polar icecaps melt and the world is just ocean, due to some aberration, there are no fish for the sharks to eat, they must feed on surface dwellers. Basically Waterworld meets Jaws.

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Ray Harryhausen: The Film-Maker Who Made The Impossible Possible  

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If it wasn’t a monster movie, then it wasn’t worth watching. That was my narrow view of films when I was a child. There was the usual list of werewolves, and vampires, and stitched-together cadavers from Frankenstein’s lab, but there was nothing quite as thrilling as seeing Ray Harryhausen’s name on a film.

Harryhausen’s name meant memorable special effects that made any film extraordinary. Before VHS or DVD recorders, we memorized those key scenes to replay in our heads, and discuss at our leisure. The ghoulish, resurrected skeletons that fought Jason and the Argonauts; the Rhedosaurus that tore up New York in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; the Terradactyl  that terrorized Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.; the sinewed goddess Khali that fought Sinbad; these were memories that made many a childhood special – mine included.

It was seeing the original version of King Kong that started Harryhausen off on his career. His ability to duplicate some of Willis O’Brien’s groundbreaking effects led the young Harryhausen to meet and then work with his idol on Mighty Joe Young, in 1949. Their collaboration won an Oscar, and set Harryhausen off on his career.

The Cyclops and Dragon battle sequence from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

Raymond Frederick Harryhausen (June 29, 1920 – May 7, 2013) was an American animator and special effects creator who created a form of stop motion model animation known as “Dynamation”. His works include the animation for Mighty Joe Young (1949) with his mentor Willis H. O’Brien (for which the latter won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects); his first color film, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958); and Jason and the Argonauts (1963), which featured a sword fight with seven skeleton warriors. His last film was Clash of the Titans (1981), after which he retired.

Christopher Walken can do it all!

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Walken was a dancer in variety and musicals before he became a respected (and much loved) actor starring in such films as The DeerhunterThe Dead ZoneThe Comfort of StrangersThe King of New YorkPulp FictionTrue RomanceThe Prophecy TrilogyWild SideThe AddictionThe FuneralSleepy HollowHairspray, and most recently Turks and Caicos.

It’s fair to say that if Mr Walken’s name is attached to any movie, you know it’s going to be fun—well, at least when he’s on screen. You might not like what happens before or after, but once he appears, you know the movie sings. Who can forget his scenes with Dennis Hopper in True Romance? Or, the casual soft shoe shuffle in King of New York? Or, his bravura dancing to Fat Boy Slim’s promo for “Weapon Of Choice”?

Such is his popularity that when an Internet forum ran a hoax Christopher Walken for President campaign, it seemed almost believable, and I’m sure there would have been quite a few people out there who would have given a big ‘X’ to Mr. W. had it been real.

Walken is so likable, so watchable, and seems such an interesting character (he likes cats and pineapple, and his mother came from Glasgow, where he still has relatives).

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