Steven Fahrholz has an associates degree in film & video that currently collects dust. He briefly did freelance writing for the Orlando Weekly. An avid film buff, Fahrholz keep a journal on all his theater visits each year. Each of the last three years, he has made over 100 visits to movie theaters. He anxiously awaits the moment he can watch a new John Carpenter film on the big screen.
Here is my list of top 5 favorite older film discoveries I made in 2014 (in order of release date).
CRIME AGAINST JOE (1956) A Korean war veteran/aspiring artist (John Bromfield) is in heavy with the drink. One particular bender is particularly rough on him; he ends up with a murder rap to go along with his hangover. The fast-pacing and a commanding performance by Bromfield (which can work for or against you rooting for the character) are what makes this thriller stand out. Great ending as well.
TOURIST TRAP (1979) A quirky (PG rated !) slasher flick that is completely sold by a fun performance by Chuck Conners. A group of young friends end up stranded at a house filled with creepy mannequins. They start being stalked by a telekinetic psycho who manipulates these mannequins to aid him in his killings. This one has a successful combo of weird,funny,and scary. Also,a great Pino Donaggio music score backs the proceedings.
80s will probably be the best way to determine if this is your cup of tea. A demonic wizard challenges a computer programmer with the programmer's girlfriend being held as the prize. It is old-fashioned sorcery vs. '80s computer wizardry from that moment on. The plot has a very thin setup but that really doesn't matter. This is an excuse for several different directors to put our hero in different sci-fi/horror/action sequences versus various baddies. If you can just sit back and go along with the ride,it delivers a lot of fun. What kind of fun? Well,the following is just a small sampling: Richard Moll (Bull from television's Night Court) is the demonic wizard,there is some glorious full-on nudity that made it into a PG-13 movie and our hero faces off against the infamous heavy metal band W.A.S.P. !
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