For many of the millennial persuasion, Richard Donner is the guy who directed Superman, which in turn introduced us to the great Christopher Reeve. Due to a lot of bullshit that is well-documented elsewhere, he was removed from the sequel and Richard Lester was brought in to take his place as director. That version of the film is the version we all grew up with and for the most part loved. And then The Donner Cut came along and gave us insight into what could have been and the results are…also very damn good. We go into all of this and more so let’s not waste another minute.
We decided to wrap up our Jamie Lee Curtis retrospective by reviewing the classic horror film Prom Night, the film that has inspired many horror movies since it was released and continues to inspire today. What did we think about it? Well, perhaps we should have watched Terror Train instead? There’s some interesting stuff in Prom Night to be sure, but so much of it is either boring or just doesn’t work or is just plain confusing. We even brought in our pal Matt Dykes to help us work through this thing and he had similar problems.
But hey, if there’s anything we learned from this it is that Jamie Lee Curtis is a cinematic treasure. If nothing else, watch the movie for her…and then watch Terror Train.
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We’re doing something a little bit different from our usual “filmmaker of the month” and taking a deep dive into the Saturday Night Live library of films. To start off we’ve got our sights set on the absolute best of the bunch, the cream of the crop: The Blues Brothers, featuring stellar performances from Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, and a whole slew of cameos that will put a smile on your face. Prepare to laugh out loud at the excessive police car damage, and groove along to some exceptional music from some exceptional musicians.