Houdini’s Magic Ticket Blog-A-Thon
Below are my entries for TOP 10 Film’s Blog-A-Thon Houdini’s Magic Ticket. To check out the other contributions click here. This is my first time participating in a question-specific blog-a-thon. I thought it would be appropriate, given the nature of my site, to choose all horror film related answers. On the other hand I rarely yak about films that aren’t horror so I decided to mix it up instead.
What character would you most like to be sat next to on a plane?
Sebastian Haff aka Elvis Presley played by Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho-Tep. Come on! It’s Elvis Presley! Who wouldn’t want to have a chat with the King? Campbell is top notch as Elvis; he looks the part and gives a funny yet empathetic performance.
What character would you most want to enjoy a passionate romance with?
Shaft played by Richard Roundtree! The song says it all! “Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? SHAFT! Ya damn right! Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man? SHAFT! Can you dig it? Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? SHAFT! Right On! They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother SHUT YOUR MOUTH! I’m talkin’ ’bout Shaft. THEN WE CAN DIG IT! He’s a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman! JOHN SHAFT!” I can definitely dig it! Richard Roundtree is righteous!
If you were a cop who would you want as your partner?
What animated feature would you love to walk around in?
What adventure based on earth would you most like to go on?
It would be a riot to go on Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. It’s got the word “adventure” right in its title and it’s big! This film is just too damn much fun. I love Pee Wee and his fantastic bicycle! A bicycle so fantastic Pee Wee endeavours on a cross country journey to find it. This film fills me with child-like joy that makes my horror-filled heart overfloweth.
What movie gadget would you love to try out (or steal)?
The virtual reality game port device in ExistenZ. I’m not particularly keen on visiting the ExistenZ’s gaming world. But it sure would be fun to walk around any video game I chose. I would try out icharus wings and rocket skates in Toe Jam and Earl’s world. And the hoverboard race in Conker. Maybe stop by for a visit to Silent Hill or Raccoon City.
What film’s plot would you alter and how would you do it?
High Tension (aka Switchblade Romance). I love the intensity of this film and for most of its runtime it is a brilliant piece of horror cinema. Well acted, well filmed and hardcore nasty and gruesome. I actually included High Tension in my top 25 favourite horror films of the past decade. What was shaping up to be one of the best horror films made in years loses its lustre by the time the final credits role. Telling you what the twist is would be a hardcore spoiler so I will only say that the twist has to go!!! How could you not question some of the previous action after the reveal? There are a few feats of superhuman strength here that made it additionally difficult to accept the reveal. Just a random stranger being revealed as the psycho would have been more satisfactory. How about an angry hate-filled homophobic Christian? He could be motivated to kill a lesbian and her family for their sins. The ending leaves a blemish on what was otherwise a whole lot of awesomeness.
What one film would you most want to be transported into, simply to be a part of that world?
Most Jan Svankmajer films would be a trip worth experiencing; but his take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is something extra special. Like many of Svankmajer’s films Alice combines stop motion animation with live action. His unique and twisted vision is dark yet whimsical, grotesque yet beautiful and completely mesmerizing. The caterpillar is a sock with googly eyes and dentures! Brilliant!