Monday, April 11, 2011

My Cinematic Alphabet

Last week, my friend Emily posted her Cinematic Alphabet at her blog The Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense. She was inspired to do so by a few other blogs, and, in turn, she inspired me to create my own.

I commented on her Alphabet, and she commented back that she thought I could do one of these using nothing but zombie movies . . . and she's probably right. However, I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do this without falling back on the bread-and-butter of my podcast. (And, no, I don't consider my 'P' movie a zombie flick even though it turns up in a lot of zombie movie reference books . . . and now that I think about it, so does my 'N' movie even though that one's also decidedly non-zombie. Hell, even my 'I' movie and 'S' movie could kinda-sorta have zombie elements if you look at the mind control elements a particular way, but I'm not wanting to open that can of undead right now.)

The approach I took is that I wanted to list movies that I can watch over and over again, movies I love, movies that if I found flipping through channels I'd stop and watch even if there were only a few minutes left until the end credits start to play. I missed a lot of my favorites because so many of them all start with the same letter. There are no Hammer films on my list, and classic Universal is barely represented. I was surprised to find a Raimi flick in the mix as I feel like he stopped making movies for me years ago and have kind of moved on, and I struggled so much with one of the letters that I kind of cheated a bit. (Although 'X' was incredibly easy for me for some reason!) Onto the alphabet!

A is for The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

B is for Back to the Future.

C is for Creature from the Black Lagoon.

D is for Darby O'Gill and the Little People.

E is for Ed Wood.

F is for F/X.

G is for The Goonies.

H is for Hellraiser.

I is for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

J is for Jaws.

K is for Knightriders.

L is for Lord of Illusions.

M is for The Monster Squad.

N is for Neon Maniacs.

O is for The Old Dark House (1932).

P is for Prince of Darkness

Q is for The Quick and the Dead (1995).

R is for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

S is for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

T is for Teenage Frankenstein.

U is for The Uncanny (1977).

V is for Vampires.

W is for The Whole Wide World.

X is for X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes.

Y is for The Yellow Sign.

Z is for . . . um . . . anythat that starts with the word Zombie... I tried. I REALLY tried to find a movie that fits the stop-everything-and-watch-the-movie criteria, but I really couldn't come up with anything!


Emily said...

E was a challenge for me because Ed Wood is also in my upper tier of films. Had to give the nod to Empire Strikes Back, but it wasn't easy.

And I'm impressed that you avoided all zombie cinema! Even if it meant earning an incomplete grade...

Casey said...

Aww come on now Derek, Zardoz and Zorro The Gay Blade are both awesome!

That said, Darby O'Gill gave me a wave of nostalgia, I haven't seen that in decades!