Lee did such a wonderful job explaining why we’re posting this top 5 list that I won’t rehash what he said. I will say that I took it one step further with my list. Though it may not be the TOP 5 films by most film buffs standards (You’ll notice it is lacking Chopping Mall and Return of Swamp Thing to name a couple) I decided to make my list based on the films that inspired ME to become the director I am still aspiring to be. With hope, and many of your fingers crossed…I will be stepping into the role of Film Director within the next few months with a film that was not only inspired by the horror-comedies of Mr. Wynorski, but also inspired heavily by the film POPATOPOLIS that was featured on episode 27 of APC with the writer/director/jack of all trades and fabulous story teller, Clay Westervelt!
Okay, okay, ’nuff about me and my films. This is after all Mr. Wynorski’s list, again, the films that inspired me as a young lad. Here we go…. (helpful hint, click on the movie title for it’s IMDb page for more facts, trivia, and cast and crew lists)
- Sorority House Massacre II (1990): This film is pure fun! While a young kid roaming Bunger Video renting my 5 VHS for 5 days, I stumbled upon a group of films that would forever be known as the “Massacre Collection”. I was confused, surprised, and excited to see footage from the original Slumber Party Massacre (1982) used to create a completely new back story for a film that wasn’t even a sequel. Confused? Don’t be! Jump over and listen to episode 26. While discussing the Slumber Party trilogy Roxy and I shed light on what is one of many *Wynorskisms.
- Not Of This Earth (1988): Mr. Wynorski took a chance on a former adult film star who found herself in a little bit of hot water after leaving the hardcore scene when he cast Traci Lords as the lead in his 1988 remake of Roger Corman’s cult classic. Traci proved to be more than ready for the A-list scene in this science fiction vampire opus that keeps its tongue firmly held in cheek. If you haven’t seen it, check it out NOW! it is available on Netflix. WAIT… keep reading the list before you check it out. I meant now as in AFTER you finish my top 5, **douche! Add it to your instant and come back. I’ll wait.
- The Lost Empire (1985): This film has everything including the kitchen sink, dishwasher, garbage disposal and Clay Westervelt’s roofer! If you’ve listened to Episode 27 than you get that reference. If you haven’t, listen to episode 27 and you’ll get the reference, but I digress. I love this movie for many reasons, least of all because it was made in the greatest year ever, 1985 (I’m going to be 27 next month, do the math!!) I’m lucky enough to have seen this movie many moons ago. Sadly I don’t have it anymore, but I still love it and I have very fond memories of watching it on VHS. If I’ve learned anything from Mr. Wynorski it is this, making movies is HARD WORK and to get your foot in the door is even harder… If you’re ever fortunate enough to make a movie, make something you’ll *^LOVE! Pull out all the stops and if you’re lucky it will become a labor of love and achieve cult status and keep you working for many, many moons to come!
- Demolition High (1996): Our friends over at Junk Food Dinner reviewed this on Episode #109 of their hit internet sensation podcast aptly titled @JunkFoodDinner. Parker, my podcast mentor and the gang liked the flick and you should too! Two students mention that Coach Wynorski is having an affair with a student near the beginning of the movie.*** Funny because in ’96-’97 I was having an affair with this movie! Who wasn’t a fan of Corey Haim? Go ahead, tell me you weren’t… That is what I thought… This flick is packed with A-list talent of present and past, a simple concept, an unbelievable plot, and enough high octane action to make James Cameron give up and start using a butt load of CGI in his films. Of course this is all speculation Mr. Cameron. I do remember putting my brother and friends through a maze of make believe gun fire and explosions on a make believe camera that was still too much coin for my parents to drop as I tried to make this movie on the farm. Most of it hit the cutting room floor.
- Cheerleader Massacre (2003): Brinke Stevens reprises her role as Linda in this not so sequel to Slumber Party Massacre, but more of a sequel than Slumber Party Massacre Part II. By this time I knew I wanted to direct films so I was watching the horror magazines and sites for all the news on the genre and if memory serves correct this was once Slumber Party 4, but the name was changed. I could be wrong, but let’s pretend I am right. Mr. Wynorski has his way with some fun *Wynorskisms in this instant cult hit by having Brinke and the infamous driller killer survive to become potential would be killers for this go-round. I think this was also the first shot on video flick I had seen (Aside from Blair Witch) showing me that though the technology was (and still is) becoming easier to get your hands on, to make a REALLY good film you still have to have one thing…TALENT! Cheesy in some parts, tense as fuck in others, to this day I can still throw the disc in and forget who is actually (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) doing all of the killing. Pretty girls that loose their tops, a romantic love scene, a couple great shower scenes, this flick has a lot “for the whole family to enjoy”.
- The Hills Have Thighs (Julie K. Smith….DUH!!)
- Busty Cops 2 (ASHLEY BLUE, DUH!)
- Hard to Die (Or Sorority House Massacre 3….DUH?!?)
- Cleavagefield (J.K.Smith again!)
*Wynorskisms – To create new character arcs, plot points, and/or overall back story with preexisting (or stock footage). This can help your film look more expensive by using a car chase (as seen in POPATOPOLIS) or save time and money by NOT having to shoot extra footage that may or may not wind up on the cutting room floor.
**I don’t really think you are a douche. Thanks for taking the tie to read this post. It actually means a lot to me…say, have you rated us on iTunes yet? No?? What are you waiting for ^DOUCHE!
^Again, sorry for calling you a douche. My emotions get the best of me. I’m a Leo. Deal with it.
^* Although, If you’re already not in love with the idea of making movies or you are doing it because you think you’ll make mega bucks, go rent a Michael Bay flick and stroke yourself while you tighten the noose….Not to be an asshole because I know film making is a business at the end of the day, but if you don’t love your craft go find something you do love. Plumbers make a shit ton of money. pun totally intended!
***Thank you IMDb trivia!