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(Newser)   Remember when Christian Slater was hot? Neither does America. The onetime A-lister found a new basement in the box office this year with his presumably horrible horror flick, Playback   (newser.com) divider line 88
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2012-12-30 01:12:36 PM
Warning: Obnoxious auto-play video in link.  I couldn't turn it off, either.
 
2012-12-30 01:16:01 PM
Didn't he only get those jobs early in his career because his mommy was a casting agent ?
 
2012-12-30 01:19:52 PM
I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.
 
2012-12-30 01:51:14 PM

Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.


One word: Kuffs.
 
2012-12-30 02:01:33 PM

poonesfarm: Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.

One word: Kuffs.


"Kuffs" had its moments and it's a certainly a masterpiece compared to the rest of his filmography. Interview With A Vampire seems to be the best of the bunch(probably because of minimal screen time).
 
2012-12-30 02:20:10 PM
Ahem,  HEATHERS.
 
2012-12-30 02:22:08 PM

Apos: poonesfarm: Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.

One word: Kuffs.

"Kuffs" had its moments and it's a certainly a masterpiece compared to the rest of his filmography. Interview With A Vampire seems to be the best of the bunch(probably because of minimal screen time).


Eh, it gets bonus points for Milla. I will admit I have a soft spot for Pump Up the Volume and Gleaming the Cube.
 
2012-12-30 02:26:11 PM
C'mon people, obviously Tremors was his best film.

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2012-12-30 02:44:04 PM

poonesfarm: Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.

One word: Kuffs.


Oh wow, I remember I went with a bunch of my girlfriends to that movie opening night and the cinema was PACKED with young girls like us, screaming whenever Slater appeared on screen. So embarrassing.
 
2012-12-30 02:48:14 PM
I still have a soft spot for Broken Arrow because of that underground nuclear detonation scene.

Also Heathers.  He was perfect in that.
 
2012-12-30 04:02:56 PM
He was great on My Name Is Earl.
 
2012-12-30 04:26:23 PM
I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.
 
2012-12-30 04:58:34 PM
You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.

IMHO, Heathers was his best flick.
 
2012-12-30 05:00:56 PM
"Sad" tag would be more appropriate.
 
2012-12-30 05:04:42 PM
cps-static.rovicorp.com
 
2012-12-30 05:05:14 PM
Am I the only one who liked his tv show "the forgotten"?
 
2012-12-30 05:05:59 PM
How easily people forget:
 
2012-12-30 05:06:37 PM
I watched Robin Hood Prince of Thieves again last year. I hadn't seen it since I loved it when I was a kid.

Holy crap is that movie awful.
 
2012-12-30 05:06:43 PM
Heathers and Pump Up The Volume were genuinely good teen movies.
 
2012-12-30 05:08:29 PM

GungFu: How easily people forget:


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-30 05:09:48 PM
I'll bet that alone in the dark was worse than playback.
 
2012-12-30 05:10:03 PM
I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...
 
2012-12-30 05:12:55 PM
I watched this on Chiller (or Syfy??) late one night. It wasn't the worst thing I've watched on that channel, though I wasn't paying attention the whole time. Christian Slater was one of my first crushes. I miss you Christian.
 
2012-12-30 05:13:04 PM

slayer199: You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.

IMHO, Heathers was his best flick.


These.
 
2012-12-30 05:13:17 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.


I think that has to do with some weird SAG rule that states a movie has to be released domestically before it can qualify for international distribution. It's the same reason Zyzzyx Road only made $30
 
2012-12-30 05:16:05 PM
Gotta say this:

The boy was certainly connected 'cause his family ties. He started out making good movies and it has been going down as the years go by. I remember I was going out with this chick and she loved him back in the Nineteen Hundred and Eighties. Sucks to be him now!
 
2012-12-30 05:19:15 PM

slayer199: You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.


Yet directors seem to want "youthful sarcasm". In "How to Train Your Dragon" I kept wondering why the director wanted the Hiccup character to channel Christian Slater doing his Nicholson impression. And "Rise of the Guardians" seemed to do sorta the same.

I guess "youthful sarcasm" is every director's go-to characterization when the director is drawing a blank. "Um. Can you make it more 'edgy'? More. Even more. More. OK, every syllable is dripping with ennui and disdain. Now multiply that by 10."
 
2012-12-30 05:19:47 PM
He was also in The Wizard.

I really don't have anything else to add, except The Wizard is a guilty pleasure.
 
2012-12-30 05:21:18 PM

Dialectic: Sucks to be him now!


Somehow I doubt that.
 
2012-12-30 05:25:49 PM
"SLATER?!?"

images3.cinema.de
 
2012-12-30 05:28:03 PM

EddieFC: AdolfOliverPanties: I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.

I think that has to do with some weird SAG rule that states a movie has to be released domestically before it can qualify for international distribution. It's the same reason Zyzzyx Road only made $30


I would like to know more about this, if its true.

Otherwise... yeah, no wonder the movie made such crap money. It doubtless had zero promotion on top of the single screen opening. No promotion + no opportunity to see it = no money made.

Honestly with that kind of treatment you'd expect it to be a Mike Judge film distributed by Fox.
 
2012-12-30 05:36:25 PM
Meh, some of his movies were pretty good (and one was great):

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2012-12-30 05:36:40 PM

HempHead: Am I the only one who liked his tv show "the forgotten"?


I really liked it, so I was not surprised when it was cancelled.
 
2012-12-30 05:38:15 PM
By far his best movie!
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\but seriously no love for True Romance?
 
2012-12-30 05:38:19 PM
I'm to busy gleaming the cube to remember what this thread was about.
 
2012-12-30 05:39:38 PM

Drexl's Eye: Meh, some of his movies were pretty good (and one was great):

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And that is what I get for not refreshing...haha
 
2012-12-30 05:45:24 PM
The part in Windtalkers where his head comes flying off was pretty awesome.
 
2012-12-30 05:52:40 PM
The cameo on West Wing was good....
 
2012-12-30 05:53:44 PM

Lsherm: I still have a soft spot for Broken Arrow because of that underground nuclear detonation scene.

Also Heathers.  He was perfect in that.


I like Broken Arrow too, but then I'm a sucker for nuke movies. And who doesn't like Heathers?
 
2012-12-30 05:57:42 PM
I like the movie, but buying him as a US Representative in  The Contenderwas a hard sell.
 
2012-12-30 06:08:50 PM
The preview for this movie doesn't look that horrible, was it just a cheap rip off of The Ring?
 
2012-12-30 06:14:37 PM

Apos: Interview With A Vampire seems to be the best of the bunch(probably because of minimal screen time).


That part was actually River Phoenix's but he croaked in front of the Viper Room so Slater took the role and gave his salary to charity. So that was cool.
 
2012-12-30 06:16:21 PM

GungFu: GungFu: How easily people forget:


Came for this. Already covered.

In addition, Very Bad Things, Pump Up The Volume, Gleaming the Cube (don't judge me) and Hard Rain.
 
2012-12-30 06:21:02 PM
Err, I enjoyed Very Bad Things but maybe that was because Kobe Tai played the hooker.
 
2012-12-30 06:32:18 PM

Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...


Although I certainly appreciated the view, even as a 17 yo boy I kinda wondered what the director was thinking with that 360-degree camera spin during her topless scene.
 
2012-12-30 06:39:28 PM
i just met him at a networking event in miami beach. really really nice guy. was with one of the hot hot young art museum employees.
 
2012-12-30 06:44:41 PM

theorellior: Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...

Although I certainly appreciated the view, even as a 17 yo boy I kinda wondered what the director was thinking with that 360-degree camera spin during her topless scene.


Just GIS's her. She has perky little puppies. Didn't Slater also star with her in some movie were he and Travolta slap each other in the desert?
 
2012-12-30 06:45:00 PM

coco ebert: poonesfarm: Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.

One word: Kuffs.

Oh wow, I remember I went with a bunch of my girlfriends to that movie opening night and the cinema was PACKED with young girls like us, screaming whenever Slater appeared on screen. So embarrassing.


I can only imagine what happened in there during the scene when Slater puts the black sheets on his bed, with his perfect hair dangling at a jaunty angle.
 
2012-12-30 06:46:38 PM

Drexl's Eye: Meh, some of his movies were pretty good (and one was great):

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Name of the Rose also had him completely nude.

/had huge gay crush
//and True Romance is one of my favorite movies
 
2012-12-30 06:47:24 PM
While I'm no fanboy of Christian Slater, considering the fact I have never heard of or ever seen a trailer for this movie leads me to think that blame for an abysmal box office is on more than just Slater.
 
2012-12-30 06:52:04 PM

slayer199: You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.

IMHO, Heathers was his best flick.


i.imgur.comi.imgur.com

When he was younger I saw a young Jack Palance, but as he's gotten older and lost some hair you are correct.
 
2012-12-30 06:54:02 PM

JayR30: GungFu: GungFu: How easily people forget:

Came for this. Already covered.

In addition, Very Bad Things, Pump Up The Volume, Gleaming the Cube (don't judge me) and Hard Rain.


Damn, I forgot all about VBT. LOVE that flick.
 
2012-12-30 06:55:52 PM

Mugato: theorellior: Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...

Although I certainly appreciated the view, even as a 17 yo boy I kinda wondered what the director was thinking with that 360-degree camera spin during her topless scene.

Just GIS's her. She has perky little puppies. Didn't Slater also star with her in some movie were he and Travolta slap each other in the desert?


Broken Arrow
 
2012-12-30 07:01:51 PM

Mugato: theorellior: Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...

Although I certainly appreciated the view, even as a 17 yo boy I kinda wondered what the director was thinking with that 360-degree camera spin during her topless scene.

Just GIS's her. She has perky little puppies. Didn't Slater also star with her in some movie were he and Travolta slap each other in the desert?


Oh, I remember her perkinesses. I just thought a 360 camera spin during their reveal was a bit over-the-top.
 
2012-12-30 07:03:09 PM

StrandedInAZ: HempHead: Am I the only one who liked his tv show "the forgotten"?

I really liked it, so I was not surprised when it was cancelled.


Same here. Don't bother with Dolan's Cadillac though.
 
2012-12-30 07:04:42 PM

John Buck 41: Mugato: theorellior: Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...

Although I certainly appreciated the view, even as a 17 yo boy I kinda wondered what the director was thinking with that 360-degree camera spin during her topless scene.

Just GIS's her. She has perky little puppies. Didn't Slater also star with her in some movie were he and Travolta slap each other in the desert?

Broken Arrow


Yeah. Caged Heat wished it had a better cat fight.
 
2012-12-30 07:12:36 PM
He's also something like 4'6" - that combined with not staying young forever is a killer. His best role was as communications officer aboard the Excelsior.

www.startrek.com
 
2012-12-30 07:15:57 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.


Nope. Has to show in a theater to be eligible for Academy Awards.
 
2012-12-30 07:33:41 PM

StrandedInAZ: HempHead: Am I the only one who liked his tv show "the forgotten"?

I really liked it, so I was not surprised when it was cancelled.


I loved it, so I wasn't surprised when it got canned, either.  From 2009-2012 someone was desperately trying to get him on television.   He had three high profile shows which all got canceled, but couldn't have been cheap to make:

My Own Worst Enemy
The Forgotten
Breaking In

It's like someone thought they'd lose their soul if he didn't get a TV show off the ground.
 
2012-12-30 07:45:41 PM
"Slater, you da bomb in Phantoms, yo!"
 
2012-12-30 08:11:25 PM

EddieFC: AdolfOliverPanties: I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.

I think that has to do with some weird SAG rule that states a movie has to be released domestically before it can qualify for international distribution. It's the same reason Zyzzyx Road only made $30


Yeah, it's a bit unfair to blame Slater for a horrible movie that was pretty much made for overseas. But on the other hand, it does say a lot when your best films are twenty years ago and your career consists of tax/SAG loophole films. At this point Slater should be glad Troma isn't really making that many films anymore, otherwise he would be starring in Class of Nuke'Em High 17 or something.
 
2012-12-30 08:59:13 PM

Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...


That was my favorite movie as a teenager. The soundtrack is still amazing.
 
2012-12-30 09:14:23 PM

MayoSlather: Keller: I still enjoyed Pump Up The Volume, and not just for Samantha Mathis...

That was my favorite movie as a teenager. The soundtrack is still amazing.


Bad Brains, with Rollins on vocals, covering Motor City 5. Yes please. That version of "Wave of Mutilation" from Pixies is great, too.

/Also good movie.
 
2012-12-30 10:02:14 PM

Guntram Shatterhand: EddieFC: AdolfOliverPanties: I read the article. This movie was shown on ONE screen. Why bother? Should've gone straight to DVD.

I think that has to do with some weird SAG rule that states a movie has to be released domestically before it can qualify for international distribution. It's the same reason Zyzzyx Road only made $30

Yeah, it's a bit unfair to blame Slater for a horrible movie that was pretty much made for overseas. But on the other hand, it does say a lot when your best films are twenty years ago and your career consists of tax/SAG loophole films. At this point Slater should be glad Troma isn't really making that many films anymore, otherwise he would be starring in Class of Nuke'Em High 17 or something.


I would watch that
 
2012-12-30 10:14:06 PM
SAG contract fulfillment. There's no other reason for a movie to screen in one location only.

Surprised it even made those sales. Maybe a crew party?
 
2012-12-30 10:14:56 PM

GungFu: How easily people forget:


Hey grandad. We're living on the 21st century. We need proper stars like Brendan Fraser. And this Charleston sounds pretty sweet!
 
2012-12-30 10:18:22 PM

GratuityIncluded: He's also something like 4'6" - that combined with not staying young forever is a killer. His best role was as communications officer aboard the Excelsior.

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I ran into him, literally, with my kid in NYC. Yes, he's shortish, but I'd estimate him to be 5'7" to 5'10". It's hard to tell because I was chasing a Kindergartener, wearing heels and had just barreled into my teenage crush. He's gone way overboard on the Botox though.
 
2012-12-30 10:47:28 PM
That trailer looks no worse than most trailers I see for other contemporary horror/slasher movies. I'm surprised it didn't hook some kind of "fan base."
 
2012-12-30 11:24:16 PM
gingerjet:

/had huge gay crush
//and True Romance is one of my favorite movies


Seconded.

I didn't know about the nude scene. I'll have to check that out.
 
2012-12-30 11:36:40 PM
Not getting the hate.

/True Romance is one of the best movies of all time
//He hasn't been making good movies for a while
///still could come back
 
2012-12-30 11:47:32 PM

The Repeated Meme: Not getting the hate.

/True Romance is one of the best movies of all time
//He hasn't been making good movies for a while
///still could come back


Looked up his age and wow, he's only 43. Seemed like he should be a lot older. He's not too old to have a comeback.
 
2012-12-31 12:05:33 AM

slayer199: You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.

IMHO, Heathers was his best flick.



Pretty much this.
 
2012-12-31 12:44:28 AM
I like him. I even liked the two series he's done for television in the last decade that got yanked long before they were bombing. I don't know what he's done to piss off Hollywood but somehow I think it's less his fault for picking shiatty movies and more that he's only getting offered terrible roles for some reason that has more to do with something off screen. The guy has limited range, but it's not like its a range that's unknown in movies. I'm no connoisseur, but I don't think he's lost his looks much either even if he's not 20 anymore.
 
2012-12-31 01:30:49 AM
Eh, dude's still relatively young. He'll probably transition from leading man parts to character roles, and it'll be a matter of time before he's cast in another Tarantino movie or something.
 
2012-12-31 02:13:23 AM

slayer199: You can only impersonate Jack Nicholson so long before it gets old.


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2012-12-31 02:33:08 AM
Very Bad Things was a midlife crisis Heathers. I found it sorely lacking compared to the original.
 
2012-12-31 02:57:15 AM
yukichigai I think that has to do with some weird SAG rule that states a movie has to be released domestically

Not a SAG thing, it's a contractual obligation thing. SAGAFTRA doesn't worry about that end per se. Most of these played @ the Sunset-Laemmle 5(in the TMZ Complex, the last scene of "Adaptation" was shot there), which is now closing, but it played to an industry audience("The Room" kicked off there as well...)
 
2012-12-31 03:05:09 AM
I guess it ain't white boy day.
 
2012-12-31 04:33:58 AM
I liked him in the Fox show, Breaking In until season 2 when they completely ruined the show by changing everything that made it watchable.
 
2012-12-31 06:35:19 AM

GratuityIncluded: He's also something like 4'6" - that combined with not staying young forever is a killer. His best role was as communications officer aboard the Excelsior.


Then he said, "Go help the Enterprise, Takei? U mad." Takei said, "STFU and GBTW, n00b. LOL. Now let me sleep."
 
2012-12-31 09:53:40 AM
www.joeydevilla.com

R.I.P.- Slater
 
2012-12-31 11:03:48 AM
I'm a straight dude, but I can appreciate how Brad Pitt or George Clooney or Chris Hemsworth or Taye Diggs or Clive Owen are attractive. I don't understand how anyone, anywhere really thought that Christian Slater was hot.
 
2012-12-31 11:37:21 AM

Apos: poonesfarm: Apos: I thought Slater's career had hit rock bottom after the cinematic turd that was Alone In The Dark. Looks like I was wrong.

One word: Kuffs.

"Kuffs" had its moments and it's a certainly a masterpiece compared to the rest of his filmography. Interview With A Vampire seems to be the best of the bunch(probably because of minimal screen time).


I find having appearances by Bruce Boxleitner from around when he was doing B5 (maybe a few years before) as well as a young Milla Jovovich helped. OK, the role played to Slater's then-strengths as an actor too.

BTW Milla was way too young to be playing the lady he knocked up while hooking up with her- she was like 15 at the time IIRC. I know she had like "grown" men hooting and hollering at her when she did that Married with Children episode and she was only 14.
 
2012-12-31 01:53:46 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: The Repeated Meme: Not getting the hate.

/True Romance is one of the best movies of all time
//He hasn't been making good movies for a while
///still could come back

Looked up his age and wow, he's only 43. Seemed like he should be a lot older. He's not too old to have a comeback.


So does that mean Lindsey Lohan has a chance still?
 
2012-12-31 07:59:08 PM
I saw him last Year in a movie called Amok - He was a quiet man. And I found his performance quite good and the movie was also not bad.

btw:
What's a Drexel?
 
2013-01-02 09:50:59 AM
Christian Slater will forever get a pass for being in Heathers and True Romance...

Even if it's just for a short time-span, epic awesomeness should not be forgotten or ridiculed.
 
2013-01-02 10:57:10 AM

GungFu: GungFu: How easily people forget:


A classic.
 
2013-01-02 11:13:36 AM
Gleaming the Cube!

Haters can fark off.
 
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