Category: 80s movies

John Landis’s “Amazon Women on the Moon” (1987…

John Landis’s “Amazon Women on the Moon” (1987)

John Landis’s “Amazon Women on the Moon” (1987…

John Landis’s “Amazon Women on the Moon” (1987)

90s action star, female bodybuilder, and marti…

90s action star, female bodybuilder, and martial artist, Corrina Everson, with her sensei, Billy Blanks (inventor of Tae Bo). 

90s action star, female bodybuilder, and marti…

90s action star, female bodybuilder, and martial artist, Corrina Everson, with her sensei, Billy Blanks (inventor of Tae Bo). 

“Marquis” (1989), a puppet film about the Marq…

“Marquis” (1989), a puppet film about the Marquis de Sade where everyone in his world was represented as an animal. The tagline was “the Marquis de Sade at his most bestial.” 

James Earl Jones as the Zulu warrior-prince Um…

James Earl Jones as the Zulu warrior-prince Umslopagaas, “Son of Shaka,” in “Alan Quatermain and the City of Gold.”

“Sorceress” (1982). 

“Sorceress” (1982). 

“Hawk the Slayer” (1980)

“Hawk the Slayer” (1980)

The Last Starfighter movie prop, recreated for…

The Last Starfighter movie prop, recreated for a documentary. It is entirely fully functional. 

One of the weirder and more left field scenes …

One of the weirder and more left field scenes in the original Ghostbusters is one where Dan Akroyd’s character receives an intimate visit from a lady ghost.

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This brief sequence is all that remains in the film of a scene cut for time, about a visit to a haunted civil war fort. Harold Ramis explained why it was in the film: 

“The idea behind the scene was to give Dan a love interest—a woman who’s been dead for a hundred years,” explained Ramis. “But the scene was too long and it was in the wrong place in the film.”

Like many of the more unusual ideas in the film, it was Dan Akroyd’s idea:

“I don’t miss anything that we didn’t use,” he says. “The ghost in the fort—the seduction ghost—in paranormal research that’s a common thing, ghosts doing sexual things to people. I have a friend who had three women visit him in a haunted house in Louisiana, and it was one of the greatest nights of his life. But in under two hours, you obviously can’t have everything.”

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The premise of a seduction ghost, perhaps one that is a sympathetic character, should be familiar to fans of one of my favorite movies, Tsui Hark’s extraordinary paranormal romance, A Chinese Ghost Story (1987).