‘FLESH GORDON,’ THE ‘SPACE AGE SEX SPOOF’ OF THE SEVENTIES THAT’S ‘OUT OF THIS WORLD’

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On the far distant planet of Porno, Emperor Wang the Perverted has his sex ray pointed at Earth and every time he shoots the damned thing everyone goes plum sex-mad crazy. People are fucking in the street. Orgies are piling up everywhere. No one is safe. And the cry goes up, “Is there a hero out there who can save us?”

Too right there is. Name’s Flesh Gordon—who is somehow unaffected by Wang’s porny ray.

That’s just the opener for Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm’s schlocky sexploitation flick Flesh Gordon from 1974. If you are cognizant with the original 1930’s Universal serials or have seen the big screen version of Flash Gordon, then you’ll know just exactly how the story goes in this “outrageous parody of yesterday’s superheroes.”

Flesh (Jason Williams) teams up with a young woman called Dale Ardor (Suzanne Fields) and a scientist Dr. Flexi Jerkoff (Joseph Hudgins), who just happens to have a rocket ship ready to blast off to beat the evil Wang (William Dennis Hunt). This unlikely trio zoom off into space, land on Porno, and combat Wang and his band of “raping robots.” Along the way, they encounter Prince Precious (Mycle Brandy) the rightful king of Porno and his band of merry men, Queen Amora (Nora Wieternik), and the Great God Porno—a Ray Harryhausen-type monster voiced by none other than Craig T. Nelson. Thrills, comedy, and sex ensue.

The storyline for Flesh Gordon was so close to the original that Universal Studios at one point actively considered suing the filmmakers for blatant copyright infringement. Benveniste and Ziehm avoided this calamity by simply stating that their film was intended as an “homage” to the original source material. They also had all the advertising material labeled with the caveat that their movie was “Not to be confused with the original Flash Gordon.”

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From Dangerousminds.net

That mysterious lake in the Clint Eastwood movie High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter is a classic Eastwood movie from the early seventies.  I think I have seen the movie 7 or 8 times.  And every time I watch it I am mesmerized by that beautiful lake.

 

High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American Western film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Pictures. Eastwood plays a mysterious gunfighter hired by the residents of a corrupt frontier mining town to defend them against a group of criminals.

 

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The film was shot on location on the shores of Mono Lake, California.

Mono Lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in a basin that has no outlet to the ocean. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp that thrive in its waters, and provides critical nesting habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp.

 

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Mono Lake

Max. length 15 km (9.3 mi)
Max. width 21 km (13 mi)
Surface area 45,133 acres (182.65 km2)
Average depth 17 m (56 ft)
Max. depth 48 m (157 ft)
Water volume 2,970,000 acre·ft (3.66 km3)
Surface elevation 6,383 ft (1,946 m) above sea level
Islands Two major: Negit Island and Paoha Island; numerous minor outcroppings (including tufa rock formations). The lake’s water level is notably variable.

 

Clint riding into the town of Lago, on the shore of Mono Lake.

 

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In the movie they paint the town red to try and disorient the killers who are on their way.

 

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The movie set (town of Lago) in the first picture, and the same location with the town gone in the second.

 

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The most unusual feature of Mono Lake are its dramatic tufa towers emerging from the surface. These rock towers form when underwater springs rich in calcium mix with the waters of the lake, which are rich in carbonates. The resulting reaction forms limestone. Over time the buildup of limestone formed towers, and when the water level of the lake dropped the towers became exposed.

 

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How many people work on a Hollywood film?

I watched a movie the other day and when ‘The End’ text appeared a really catchy song started. So I listened to the song and began watching the credits. It seemed to never end, credit after credit with name after name. A question arose in my head; how many people are in a crew for a Hollywood film?

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By Stephen Follows

Last week I ran a course in Malaysia for the Met Film School and the Malaysian Government. Malaysia is set to be a popular destination for Hollywood projects, thanks mostly to the 30% tax break and the brand new Pinewood Studio complex. The studio is not officially open yet but already ‘Marco Polo’ has set up shop and is hiring. The Malaysian government is funding courses to prepare locals for work on huge Hollywood productions and my course last week was for would-be Production Assistants.

In order to give the students a sense of the scale of these productions I asked them to guess how many people worked on the movie ‘Avatar’. Guesses ranged from a few hundred up to a thousand. The actual figure (according to IMDb) is 2,984.

This got me thinking about what the number of crew members could tell us about a production. There are few caveats to this approach which I’ve laid out at the bottom of this article, but nonetheless it’s quite a revealing process. I took the 50 highest grossing films of each of the past 20 years (giving me 1,000 films to study) and looked at the number of people credited on IMDb. In summary…

  • Iron Man 3 credits 3,310 crew members
  • The average number of crew credits in the top 1,000 films between 1994 and 2013 was 588.
  • Over half of the top films had under 500 people in their crew
  • On average the top films of the past two decades have each had 3.5 writers, 7 producers, 55 people in the art department, 32 in sound, 55 in camera / electrical and 156 in visual effects.
  • The Butler had 39 producers – 5 producers, 17 executive producers, 6 co-executive producers, 4 co-producers and 7 associate producers
  • A third of the workers on Love Actually were in the art department
  • Crew credits suggest that Peter Jackson favours special effects over visual effects more than the industry average.
  • Now You See Me has six times the average number of people in the camera department
  • 23% of the people who worked on ‘Pokemon: The First Movie’ were in the music department

The largest crew on a Hollywood film

The biggest crews are rather staggering, with 3,310 people receiving a credit on Iron Man 3.

FILMS WITH LARGEST CREWS (1994-2013)
Iron Man 3 3,310
Avatar 2,984
Marvel’s The Avengers 2,718
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2,709
Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2,622
Man of Steel 2,543
Captain America: The First Avenger 2,536
Thor 2,384
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2,376
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass 2,235

Overall, the average number of crew credits was 588, with the top 25% of films accounting for half of all credits. Out of my list of 1,000 films…

  • Only 1 film had over 3,000 credits
  • 13 films credited between 2,000 – 2,999 people
  • 133 films credited between 1,000 – 1,999 people
  • 287 films credited between 500 – 999 people
  • 566 films credited under 500 people

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Visual Effects

Avatar just pips Iron Man 3 to the Oscar for ‘Most People Credited in the Visual Effects Department’. Interestingly, The Golden Compass is the only Hollywood film in the top 20 of this visual effect chart which was not released in 3D.

FILMS WITH LARGEST VISUAL EFFECTS DEPARTMENT (1994-2013)
Avatar 1,844
Iron Man 3 1,834
Marvel’s The Avengers 1,514
Man of Steel 1,445
The Golden Compass 1,252

For 57 of my 1,000 films, the Visual Effects Department made up over 50% of all crew members. If you meet someone in a pub who says they worked on Harry Potter there is a 62% chance they worked in visual effects. Similar numbers are true for Gravity, Pacific Rim, Avatar and Total Recall. In fact, the VFX department of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II made up a larger percentage of the total crew than Avatar (62.0% versus 61.8%). This is surprising as Harry Potter appears to be an almost exclusively live action film whereas Avatar is largely CGI animation.

Special Effects

Special effects include on-set physical, mechanical and in-camera effects and should not be confused with digital / visual effects. Hollywood films by Peter Jackson take up four out of the top five places, revealing his love of real-world, on set trickery.

FILMS WITH LARGEST SPECIAL EFFECTS DEPARTMENTS (1994-2013)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 225
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 217
Avatar 212
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 211
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 195

Stunts

The number of stunt performers involved with the most recent Batman film is rather impressive, due in part to the huge street battles.

FILMS WITH LARGEST STUNT DEPARTMENTS (1994-2013)
The Dark Knight Rises 258
The Green Hornet 223
The Bourne Ultimatum 188
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 177
The Lone Ranger 175

The Shark Frenzy just keeps Going and Going

Shark Week on Discovery Channel sadly has ended. But it’s not over yet. Sharknado 5 is only days away.

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Getting back to reality, real shark attacks in the world.

A shark attack is an attack on a human by a shark. Every year over 70 attacks are reported worldwide. Despite their relative rarity, many people fear shark attacks after occasional serial attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, and horror fiction and films such as the Jaws series. Out of more than 489 shark species, only three are responsible for a double-digit number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, tiger, and bull. The oceanic whitetip has probably killed many more castaways, but these are not recorded in the statistics.

Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks, 1580–2014
Region Total
Attacks
Fatal
Attacks
Last
Fatality
United States
(Excluding Hawaii)
1104 35 2012
Australia 536 72 2017
Africa 346 94 2015
Asia 129 48 2000
Hawaii 137 10 2015
Pacific Islands / Oceania
(Excluding Hawaii)
126 49 2016
South America 117 26 2015
Antilles and Bahamas 70 16 2013
Middle America 56 27 2011
Europe 52 27 1989
New Zealand 49 9 2013
Réunion Island 39 19 2017[3]
Unspecified / Open Ocean 21 7 1995
Bermuda 3 0
Total: 2,785 439 2017
Sources: Australian Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in Australia
International Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in all other regions
Last Updated: 19 February 2015

Donald Trump Stars In Classic Horror Movie Scenes

Talented creatives from DesignCrowd’s global community have designed a series of scary mock-ups featuring US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The idea was sparked by am image doing the rounds on the internet which showed the crude and rude President in Jack Nicholson’s role in The Shining.

The DesignCrowd.com contest generated fantastic Photoshop artworks, which morphed Trump into scenes from horror movies such as Scream, An American Werewolf in London, Silence of the Lambs, and Alien.

 

Here’s Donald

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The Shinning Twins

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Hannibal the Dealmaker

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Freddy

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This is just horrid!

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The Beast of the East

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Didn’t last long as an Exorcist, not enough money to be made.

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As the bodiless droid in Alien

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