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(Cracked)   Ever seen the movie Knightriders? It may be the manliest movie ever and here are five crazy moments from this epic film   (cracked.com) divider line 25
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2013-06-28 06:26:58 PM
Romero's last truly great film, IMO.

Day of the Dead was his last very very good film.

Bruiser was his last at-all-watchable film (and only just that).

It's as shame that his planned 3 1/2 version of The Stand (with a script by Rospo ["Excalibur"] Pallenberg never escaped pre-production.

It was to follow Creepshow.

Also a damn shame that none of his 80 original non-zombie-related screenplays ever got produced.

I suspect I'll shed a tear when Ol' Uncle George joins the Choir Invisible. And I know it's coming.
 
2013-06-28 06:27:42 PM
So George Romero ripped off a 60s "Batman" episode? Or was it in "Dragnet"? Or maybe both. Farked if I know. But I vividly remember that, unless I'm confusing it with the MST3K classic, Sidehackers.
 
2013-06-28 06:31:48 PM
I saw Knightriders in the theater when I was a kid. I remember being pretty disappointed.
 
2013-06-28 06:35:39 PM
I loved this film for some reason.  Had it on videotape.
 
2013-06-28 06:46:38 PM

Sinbox: Romero's last truly great film, IMO.

Day of the Dead was his last very very good film.

Bruiser was his last at-all-watchable film (and only just that).

It's as shame that his planned 3 1/2 version of The Stand (with a script by Rospo ["Excalibur"] Pallenberg never escaped pre-production.

It was to follow Creepshow.

Also a damn shame that none of his 80 original non-zombie-related screenplays ever got produced.

I suspect I'll shed a tear when Ol' Uncle George joins the Choir Invisible. And I know it's coming.


My only hope would be that, when that day comes, he turns out to be patient zero in a zombie outbreak. Hopefully someone notices and shoots him in the head before he bites anyone, and we just live with one last tale from him. I think he'd like that.
 
2013-06-28 07:05:28 PM

Leo Bloom's Freakout: Sinbox: Romero's last truly great film, IMO.

Day of the Dead was his last very very good film.

Bruiser was his last at-all-watchable film (and only just that).

It's as shame that his planned 3 1/2 version of The Stand (with a script by Rospo ["Excalibur"] Pallenberg never escaped pre-production.

It was to follow Creepshow.

Also a damn shame that none of his 80 original non-zombie-related screenplays ever got produced.

I suspect I'll shed a tear when Ol' Uncle George joins the Choir Invisible. And I know it's coming.

My only hope would be that, when that day comes, he turns out to be patient zero in a zombie outbreak. Hopefully someone notices and shoots him in the head before he bites anyone, and we just live with one last tale from him. I think he'd like that.


Hah. Indeed.In-deed.

Also, Knightriders is a movie intended for adults.I can understand why a viewing of it through a child's eyes would lead to the child being confused or bored (unless it's one preternaturally precocious child.) It's a movie to grow into with themes which grow more resonant the older the viewer gets and the more of the world the viewer sees.

Or maybe that's just me. I also chanced upon it when I was immature (well...rather more immature) and couldn't make heads or tails of it. I watched it a few years back and shocked (nay, scared) myself with how much i empathized with Ed Harris' character.

Oh, and, (perhaps) obviously, I had meant to type ..."more of his 80 non-zombie-related screenplays"...
 
2013-06-28 07:50:00 PM
wow,  this movie actually does exist.  Someone once tried to describe it to me, pre internet, pre-imdb' and I just assumed he was drunk or tripping, because there was no way such a movie could ever have been made...
 
2013-06-28 07:50:43 PM
no, but I really wanted to and my mom wouldn't take me :(

thanks, mom

she wouldn't take me to go see the clash either. I was 11 so meh
 
2013-06-28 08:00:42 PM
I own it!

As cheesy as it is, I kind of dig the 'trying to like honorably and without compromise in the modern world' aspect of it.
 
2013-06-28 08:27:10 PM
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2013-06-28 09:01:51 PM
I own the Anchor Bay DVD. It's a terrific film, and for a young gay guy in 1981, seeing a positive depiction of a gay couple in a film was revolutionary. Also Ed Harris's bare ass was transcendently fappable.
 
2013-06-28 09:16:02 PM
Meh, it's no Streets of Fire.
 
2013-06-28 09:55:18 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIEnT-vnf9U

Stephen King makes a cameo credited as "Hoagie Guy" on IMDB.
 
2013-06-28 10:35:14 PM
Yes, first saw it in an Arthurian literature class.
 
2013-06-29 12:03:51 AM

DarkLancelot: I loved this film for some reason.  Had it on videotape.


IIRC this was one of the first films I taped off of the 'late movie show' when we got our first VCR.
 
2013-06-29 12:53:58 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Meh, it's no Streets of Fire.


It has  a chick flick subplot, so while it's manly it's not really in this category.
 
2013-06-29 01:50:37 AM
farkin a, dont do writeups of crazy awesome sounding older movies if theyre not on netflix instant.
 
2013-06-29 01:50:39 AM
No, I can't say that I've seen it.
 
2013-06-29 04:12:00 AM

Nem Wan: [i88.photobucket.com image 220x340]


dang...ya beat me to it. lol
 
2013-06-29 06:36:58 AM
 
2013-06-29 12:47:38 PM
Also lost in the shuffle is Martin, which I think is one of his best movies.  It is an innovative look at the vampire, with many interesting themes woven into it, all using the post-industry, burned-out-looking Pittsburgh as a backdrop.  Great film.
 
2013-06-29 06:02:48 PM

Nem Wan: [i88.photobucket.com image 220x340]


Great now I am traumatized for the day.
 
2013-06-30 04:49:20 AM
Ah, yes, Knightriders. I liked the film when I first saw it and later had it mean more to me once I understood some of the background for it better. It's a rather fictionalized version of the real-life Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) at a time when the original players in that group had to make the choice to accept certain real-world necessities, such as balancing making a living with dressing in funny clothes and beating each other with sticks. The commercialization illustrated in the movie wasn't how things really went down, as it was more about turning a bunch of former college history students, free-thinkers and hangers-on into an organization that had real-world rules, which could be recognized legally, grow internationally and even support itself. It wouldn't seem like much these days, but back then you had the hardcore historical fantasists who wanted to live the dream of recreating a better version of the past "clean" without the seeming conflict of being part of a corporate (albeit non-profit) organization and who regarded being any sort of incorporation as a kind of selling out, and then there were the ones who wanted to keep playing and having fun, making the group "legitimate" as an historical education society, giving it a purpose in a contemporary context. It's a conflict which actually exists still, in some corners of the group more than in others, though I don't think anyone actually died over it. Or became a sellout media darling in disco armor. Or tilted on motorcycles. Ever.

See, originally there were some who used motorcycle helmets when they bodged together their armor, but the combat would never have been on motorcycle, since that would be considered an obvious modern device. Modern things of any sort are pretty much frowned upon unless there is a specific need which cannot be filled reasonably any other way, and certainly there wouldn't have been an obvious anachronism which made combat more dangerous. I used to know one of the people who was fictionalized in the movie. She was a little upset that just because she could kick serious ass on the battlefield that the analogue of her in the movie was made into a lesbian, a cliché that preserves the chauvinist view that a woman wouldn't be able to kick a man's butt in fair and equal combat unless she was somehow not "normal" or that the men let her win. But I think she recognized that in the context of the movie, that character was a convenient way to help show that the group was inclusive and accepting, which was necessary from a storytelling angle as well as being accurate to the source.

I haven't seen the film in years, nor have I had a particular desire to see it again, but I still have a soft spot for it. I might look through my old DVDs, because I know I had it on VHS back in the day, but I seem to remember having gotten the DVD, too. Frankly, I'm a little afraid to watch it all the way through again. Hopefully it's not going to be one of those movies that remembers significantly better than it plays.
 
2013-06-30 04:50:29 AM
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Stephen King. The novelist. As an actor?!
 
2013-06-30 05:39:22 AM
Addendum: Wow, it's coming out on Blu-Ray in November of this year. I might just have to buy it.

Also, I found an interview with G.A. Romero from 2012 where he says the movie is like his second favorite one he's done, and that the motorcycle jousting wasn't his idea. He said he originally just wanted to spark off of the idea of the SCA, and wrote a story about travelling performers who jousted, but the studio wanted motorcycles. I wish I knew what event(s) he'd gone to that got him thinking of writing it.
 
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