Extreme Cinema! “Don’t Use the Same Gun Twice”

Alternate Title: “McNaughton by Nature”

Here we are again, nauseating you with another episode of Extreme Cinema – Action and Exploitation movies with Andrew La Ganke and David Lawler. Tonight, my stars, but we have two movies directed by John McNaughton, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael and How to Make an American Quilt … just joking, folks, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and The Borrower.

Did you know that this movie, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, still plays in theaters?  A quick check on the Googles reveals the Landmark Sunshine Cinema shows the movie; it’s essentially a midnight movie these days, but it still plays in theaters.  The only other film out there that continues to generate this much of an insane midnight movie cult following is, of course, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – just kidding.  A few episodes of Extreme Cinema back, I mentioned how this is a movie I could never recommend to anybody for fear of getting funny looks from people for the rest of my life; it’s right up there with The Devil’s Rejects, both of these movies, for me, are insanely well-made but they’re extremely hard to get through (for different reasons).  Movies can be excellent, yet almost unwatchable.  

The Borrower is a bizarre movie. I remember first seeing it, chopped to hell and back on the Sci-Fi channel a while back. I think I even saw it before I saw Henry. My mother actually says to me, “Davey, I saw this movie, it was absolutely disgusting, but it was great! You would love it. It’s called The Borrower.” This was back when she liked horror and science fiction. Along with cable tv, and Danny Peary, and Roger Ebert, and my Aunt Marlene, she got me into movies in a big way. We did Jack Sholder last time, and you described The Hidden as being one of the better Terminator rip-offs. I suppose The Borrower fits into that sub-genre, right? The first thing we see is an alien criminal, who is told by a hilarious-looking creature with a voice modulator that he is being sent to Earth as punishment for his crimes, instead of summary execution (which we’re led to believe is somehow more merciful). We see Tom Towles again, this time as another white trash drifter. Is that a potato gun he’s holding? The alien criminal appears, punches Tom (sends him some 20 feet), and then the alien’s head explodes, which is completely normal. The headless alien removes (or “borrows”, as the case may be) Tom’s head and puts it on his shoulders.

Written by David Lawler and Andrew La Ganke.
“Love Theme from Extreme Cinema” composed and performed by Alex Saltz.
Introduction written by Bronwyn Knox.
Narrator, “The Voice”: Valerie Sachs.
Artwork by Bronwyn Knox.
Head Title Washer: Ben Lauter.

Running Time: 1:36:46

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Extreme Cinema! “Dangerously Twisted”

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Albert Pyun is an American film director best known for having made many low-budget B-movies and direct-to-video action films. The Independent Film Channel said that Pyun “has carved out a unique niche as a director of low-budget, high-concept genre films starring actors past their prime”, adding that “others believe this a charitable description for Pyun, who has also been [unfairly] derided as the new Ed Wood.” Though he frequently blends kickboxing and hybrid martial arts with science fiction and dystopic or post-apocalyptic themes, which often include cyborgs. Pyun stated in an interview that “I have really no interest in cyborgs. And I’ve never really had any interest in post-apocalyptic stories or settings. It just seemed that those situations presented a way for me to make movies with very little money, and to explore ideas that I really wanted to explore — even if they were [controversial].”

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Andrew and I discuss two Albert Pyun 1980s classics, Dangerously Close (1986) and Down Twisted (1987), both starring the beautiful Carey Lowell.

Written by David Lawler and Andrew La Ganke.
“Love Theme from Extreme Cinema” composed and performed by Alex Saltz.
Introduction written by Bronwyn Knox.
Narrator, “The Voice”: Valerie Sachs

Running Time: 1:21:25

Any and all images, audio clips, and dialogue extracts are the property of their respective copyright owners. This blog and podcast was created for criticism, research, and is completely nonprofit, and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. It is not an official product, and it should not be sold nor bought; this is intended for private use, and any public broadcast is not recommended. All music clips appear under Fair Use as well. If you’re thinking of suing because you want a piece of the pie, please remember, there is no actual pie. We at BlissVille have no money, and as such, cannot compensate you. If anything, we’re doing you a favor, so please be kind. I do this ’cause it’s fun, and nothing else.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of David A. Prior (1955-2015)

 

“More Clues In The Clock”

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In light of the recent shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Andrew and I recorded an addendum to discuss this recent trend of violence.

There are a couple of theories here.

1. This was a clock. The kid is innocent.
2. This was a bomb. Good timing, and we’re all safe.
3. This was a dry-run for a probable terrorist attack. In the months leading up to 9/11, eyewitnesses recounted the terrorists “practicing” on planes. Actor James Wood being one of them.
4. This was a set-up planned by the kid’s parents to dredge up anti-Muslim sentiment to make them into cultural victims. It did turn into kind of a Facebook-rage, didn’t it? This kid is extremely popular. He now has his choice of schools. He is being offered internships and grants and visits to the White House.

New information keeps coming out. First, this is unusual – people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher come out and say that it was a wise choice to arrest the kid, I was surprised to hear this coming from both of them, one a respected scientist, the other a liberal blowhard, but somebody had pointed out that this kid might not even be a scientist, or at least a “fake” scientist, because they ripped the guts out of an electronic clock, put it in a suitcase and it looked identical to what the kid brought in. This almost seems like a performance now. I’m serious – I don’t know what to think. I’m so confused and infuriated by this! Maybe you can put it into perspective for us. I’m thinking this kid is a phony, and I feel bad about that.

NEW PODCAST: “The Clue In The Clock”

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This is from Reason, an article written by Robby Soave:

“To the extent that Maher implied Ahmed’s treatment was ever-so-slightly justified because of his Muslim faith, he’s wrong. But liberals who claim Ahmed’s treatment is solely the result of his Muslim faith are also wrong. As should be perfectly clear from the myriad examples I cited, Ahmed’s religion may have impacted the flavor and overall likelihood of his arrest, but it’s not remotely true that ethnic minorities are the only victims of zero tolerance-style school disciplinary measures.”

This confuses and worries me because, initially, I was of the mind that the kid was being mistreated. I saw nothing of the emergency procedures in place if a bomb is suspected. We have bomb drills and emergency drills at my daughter’s school. This was after Newtown, they started pushing for more of these disaster drills. Basically what happens is, you evacuate the school, you call the bomb squad, cops, EMT, you put the suspected device in a safe room, some place near the back and you get out of there. The faculty and administration didn’t do this.

The kid shows up with his “clock” or whatever it was (it was in a suitcase, which is unwise, if intended to be that way – you’d have to be a moron to build a homemade clock and put it in a suitcase, and this kid is supposedly some kind of scientific genius-engineer-type), he takes this clock to a few classes, shows it off to teachers. One teacher finally has the bright idea he should go around showing the thing, and then somebody calls the Principal. They take the kid with his clock to another room and they detain him until they arrest him. So, initially, I thought they were just picking on a Muslim kid for being Muslim. I’m not so sure now.

Ahmed Muhamed’s Arrest: Clock Kid Truthers Miss the Point by Robby Soave