4 Jun

Video Pick of the Week: The Carrier (1988)

Don’t be confused, dear reader, because I am not recommending the 2009 Chris Pine flick – Carriers. Do a little googling for 1988’s The Carrier and your bound to see images of Chris Pine sweating out the apocalypse in the middle of an abandoned interstate. I’m also not recommending the 2015 movie also called “The Carrier.” Apparently that’s a movie about a disease spreading around an airplane. Maybe these other Carrier movies are good. I don’t know. But one thing I do know…there’s no way that they’re better than 1988’s The Carrier.

Look! The Detroit Free Press agrees! The Carrier is one of the good ones!

The plot of “The Carrier” is so unpredictable and wild that it’s hard to put it into words (definitely a good sign). If you smoke weed – I strongly suggest it paired with this one. Okay, I’ll try to explain the plot with out giving away too many surprises. Here goes..

The Carrier” is a portrait of a small religious town called Sleepy Rock, which is the kind of small town that would ban dancing in the 80s (I’m looking at you Footloose). Our hero, Jack (who always wears red. This is symbolic, guys) lives in a shack at the edge of town. One night, Jack is attacked by a mysterious creature (like a bear but also like a big foot), and Jack leaves the incident INFECTED. Any object Jack touches becomes a killing machine with the power to melt any person or living thing that touches it. And that’s just the first 20 minutes. Eventually everyone starts wearing plastic bags as body suits, and the local cats become the town’s currency. Did I mention that this movie is absolutely nuts? I could explain more, but I won’t. I’m no spoiler!

Plastic is the style of choice in THE CARRIER.

So how can your home entertainment system get infected with your very own copy of THE CARRIER? Obviously, there’s the VHS released by Magnum Entertainment back in 1988.

Logos. They don’t make ’em like they used to.

If your VCR is broken, there’s also a DVD & blu-ray release of the movie from Code Red DVD. Both are out of print, but available online. The blu-ray actually features a director’s cut of the movie that runs 10 minutes longer (Fun!) but is slightly cropped and plays a little dark (Ugh!). The theatrical cut on that very same disc actually runs out of sync half way through the movie, so just do what I do and watch the fuzzier video version…guaranteed to be in sync. Or if the VHS is not fuzzy enough for you – it’s also on youtube.

Still not convinced to pick up this wild and crazy movie? Here’s the trailer:

Cats or death?!

21 May

Video Pick of the Week: The New Kids (1985)

One aspect of the old era of video rentals that I loved and dearly miss is the video pick of the week. One video (usually one with a lot of dust on its cover) was picked and propped up on the counter as the movie to rent that week. Since the video rentals of yesteryear are all but dead and buried – I thought that I might take on the challenge (at least digitally) of picking one movie a week that I highly recommend.

This week my video pick is 1985’s “The New Kids”

This is a movie as good as its cover!

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) and starring Lori Loughlin, James Spader, Tom Atkins, and Eric Stoltz. What a line up! This is one of those great 80s movies that sets up a playful tone up top and then shifts gradually into a very violent third act (much like a future video pick of the week: 1984’s “Scream for Help.”)

James Spader’s best gif performance!

It’s about a brother and sister duo, who move into their uncle and aunt’s broke down amusement park following their parents’ tragic death. As they settle into their new surroundings, the local hot headed sociopath (Spader) starts to notice Abby (Loughlin) and events are set into motion that lead to an all out battle between the local psychos and who else?… THE NEW KIDS.

“Who paid your tuition?”

There’s lots of ways to watch this one. If you’re like me – you track down the video, but there’s also a brand new blu ray with one of those like’em or leave’em retro VHS covers.

Look kids, a fake old thing!

Still not convinced to watch this gem? Well, just for fun, here’s a fan made music video made only with footage from “The New Kids.” Caution: Spoilers await you:

When it’s over … you’ll want to watch The New Kids.