Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).
Producer George Lucas chose not to do any interviews during the release of this movie as to "Not steal Jim Henson's thunder", who was at the time, one of his best friends until his death.
The owl in the title sequence is computer generated. The first attempt at a photo-realistic CGI animal character in a feature film.
The various things that Jareth does with the crystal balls (rolling them around his arms and in his hands and so forth) are not camera tricks or any other kind of special effect. They are actually done by Choreographer Michael Moschen, who is an accomplished juggler. Moschen was actually crouched behind Bowie with his arm(s) replacing Bowie's. Unlike a typical Muppet performance, however, he had no video screen to view his performance. In other words, his manipulations were performed completely blind.
Final theatrical movie directed by Jim Henson.
Season 1 Episode 1 "The Inheritance"
Stars: John D. LeMay, Louise Robey, Chris Wiggins
Two cousins, Ryan Dallion and Micki Foster, inherit an antiques shop from their uncle. Together with his brother, they must track down cursed objects that their devil worshiping uncle had created. The first object is a demonic killer doll.
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, John Houseman, Hal Holbrook
An unearthly fog rolls into a small coastal town exactly 100 years after a ship mysteriously sank in its waters.
Debut cinema movie of actress Adrienne Barbeau.
Although this was essentially a low budget independent movie, John Carpenter chose to shoot the movie in anamorphic widescreen Panavision. This decision gave the movie a grander feel for the viewer so this didn't seem like a low budget horror movie.
Adrienne Barbeau patterned her voice after Alison Steele, who was a female disc jockey from the 1960s who was known as the Nightbird.
After a rough cut of this movie appeared to be much too short for a theatrical release (about 80 minutes), John Carpenter subsequently added more scenes. Among these was the prologue with the elderly captain telling ghost stories to fascinated children by a campfire.
John Carpenter has stated two inspirations for the film, both of which are related to Great Britain. The first was the British film The Crawling Eye (1958) which dealt with monsters hiding in the clouds. He also stated that he and his co-writer/producer, Debra Hill, were inspired by a trip to Stonehenge, the ancient monument in South West England, which was covered in fog during their visit.
While driving to the lighthouse, Stevie flips around the radio dial, and a broadcast confirming a search for the ship the "Sea Grass" is heard. The voice mentions "a sweep south of Waitely Point and Arkham Reef". Both Arkham Reef and the surname "Waitely" are references to writer H.P. Lovecraft, as he used both repeatedly in his stories. Carpenter is an admitted huge fan of Lovecraft.
Series 12 Episode 9 "The Sontaran Experiment: Part One"
The Doctor, Sarah and Harry teleports to Earth to ensure the planet is safe for the survivors on-board Nerva Beacon to return to Earth and re-inhabit their world. Only to find a Sontaran named Styre has captured a group of humans and conducting experiments on them to discover the human body's weaknesses, as part of the Sontaran's goal for domination of the galaxy.
Stars: Rick Springfield, John Kapelos, Robert Harper
Detective Nick Knight is investigating a series of murders in which the bodies are found drained of blood - but the most recent one doesn't fit the pattern. Instead it involves the cure that Nick has been searching for for decades, so that he himself can face the light of day. Later remade as the first two episodes of Forever Knight(1992).
Stars: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, John Houseman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.
When the film debuted there was a great deal of buzz as it brought Astaire, Douglas, and Fairbanks out of semi-retirement. This was the very last film to be made by the three Hollywood legends and, paired with Houseman, whose career had been brought back from oblivion by The Paper Chase (1973) some eight years earlier, their prestige and gravitas made Ghost Story stood apart from other horror films of the day. A major reason for the participation of these three, not only to come out of retirement but to make a horror movie (the first for all three actors), was the success achieved by Laurence Olivier in Dracula (1979), which was also Olivier's first and only horror film. Until this point, mid-century horror films had been formulaic and even campy. Dracula and Ghost Story, along with The Exorcist (1973), The Shining (1980) and The Omen (1976) (which featured the Hollywood giant Gregory Peck ) legitimized horror films and gave the genre a whole new life.
The pipe organ used is the same organ that was used by Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
Of the four actors who played the young versions of the veteran main characters, three died before reaching the age of 60: Kurt Johnson (Young Edward Wanderley) died of AIDS on February 12, 1986 at the age of 33, Tim Choate (Young Ricky Hawthorne) was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 24, 2004 at the age of 49 and Mark Chamberlin was killed in a bicycle accident on March 22, 2011 at the age of 55. As of 2016, Ken Olin is the only surviving member of the group.
Interiors were constructed inside the abandoned Union Station, the former New York Central Railroad's passenger train station on Broadway in Albany, NY and included a two story set. The murder or death scene was filmed on the second floor of that set. Scenes were filmed in sequence and the two story set was significantly aged after the death scene so that it later appeared as the derelict house. After the movie, the old station was refurbished and restored to its former grandeur and served as office space for Fleet Bank and now Bank of America.
The big old spooky mansion was a matte painting designed by veteran Hollywood special effects whiz Albert Whitlock.
Apparently, horror author Stephen King once described Peter Straub's source "Ghost Story" book as being "probably the best of the supernatural novels" since "The Other", "The Exorcist", and "Rosemary's Baby".
The word "awesome" is uttered vividly in one scene, a word which was relatively disused up to that time. It would immediately thereafter become the most established "buzzword" of 1980s casual speech, variably enduring to the present. The word's reignition in the English lexicon has been tacitly attributed to its use in the film.
Series 1 Episode 6 "Episode #1.6"
Zaphod has stolen Disaster Area's Stuntship which is about to plunge into a sun to form the climax to one of their typically loud concerts. Marvin is chosen to sacrifice himself by teleporting the others off the ship. It is at this point that Trillian and Zaphod disappear from the story, while Arthur and Ford end up on Golgafrincham Arkship B, heading straight for Earth.
Because the set for the Golgafrinchan captain's bathtub on prehistoric Earth was located out-of-the-way in the woods, there were few options on how to get the tub filled with warm water that the actor could sit in for filming. In the end, the solution was to buy a truckload of hot water from a local paper mill. When the truck arrived, it was discovered that the water was waste water from paper production, which had numerous semi-toxic chemicals in it. The actor was not told until after filming had wrapped. [Source: "Don't Panic!" behind-the-scenes DVD extra, 2001]
Series 1 Episode 5 "Episode #1.5"
Arthur, Ford, Trillian and Zaphod travel in time by way of an exploding computer to Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe. Here people can enjoy a good meal while watching the end of all things. They soon discover that Marvin has been waiting for them for 5376000 million years. The paranoid android has taken a job parking spaceships, and Zaphod once again feels the need to swipe himself a new ride.
David Learner initially accepted the role of Marvin without realizing his voice was going to be replaced by Stephen Moore, who had voiced Marvin on the radio series. While shooting this episode Learner found himself relaxing between takes with David Prowse, who had similarly been hired to play Darth Vader in Star Wars (1977) without realizing his voice would be replaced by James Earl Jones.
Peter Davison was brought in as a last-minute replacement to play the Dish of the Day, at the suggestion of his then-wife, Sandra Dickinson (Trillian).
The beginning of this episode shows the various ways the Ultimate Answer--42--can be expressed. One of those ways is in binary notation, which is 101010.
Hotblack Desiato was named for an estate agent's firm in London.
Series 1 Episode 4 "Episode #1.4"
Deep down inside the planet Magrathea, coastline designer Slartibartfast is working on Earth, mark II. It seems the previous version was destroyed just before it managed to complete it's purpose. Arthur Dent, being the last human survivor to leave Earth (Trillian doesn't count), may hold the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
Series 1 Episode 3 "Episode #1.3"
Zaphod Beeblebrox is certain he's located the fabled planet of Magrathea, the richest planet of all time. Here customers could place an order to have their own dream planets constructed. Soon the 'dead planet' fires two missiles at the Starship Heart of Gold, leading Beeblebrox to deduce there must be something very valuable and hoopy worth protecting down there.
This is the first time in the series where we see Trillian's mice.
Series 1 Episode 2 "Episode #1.2"
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect find themselves thrown off the Vogon spaceship into the vacuum of space. Improbably, they are rescued 29 seconds later by the Starship Heart of Gold. This brand new model has just been high-jacked by the President of the Universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox and his girlfriend Trillian. Even more unlikely, it turns out both the hitch hikers and their rescuers have met before.
The revolving command console on the bridge of the Heart of Gold was constructed on a turntable borrowed from the set of a BBC game show called Blankety Blank.
It was Douglas Adams himself who walked into the sea naked when the original actor for the part called in sick.
Parts of the set of the Vogon spaceship were reused in Aliens (1986).
Series 1 Episode 1 "Episode #1.1"
The story of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins when a 6-foot ape descendant named Arthur Dent is saved from the destruction of planet Earth thanks to Ford Prefect, who is in fact from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and not from Guildford as Arthur had first thought.
Stars: Chevy Chase, Carrie Fisher, Eve Arden, Mako, Billy Barty
A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz (1939) all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called The Hotel Rainbow.
The film's title is derived from the Harold Arlen / E.Y. Harburg song "Over the Rainbow", sung by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The movie was shot at the same hotel, the Culver, that had been used for the filming of The Wizard of Oz (1939) although was no longer operational when this film was being shot there.
Created 1 year, 2 months ago.
Going to be using this "channel" as a place to post Public Domain videos that I find from various (well known and sourced) sites on the internet. Eventually, when I get some better equipment and a better handle on how do to things on BitChute I will start another channel for movie reviews and perhaps one for discussions for comic books/politics or whatever else anyone may want to chat about. Thank you for taking the time to read this/watch these videos. ~Doc