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7/15/18 Episode 110: C.H.U.D. II : Bud The Chud (1989)

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) and C.H.U.D. (1984) are two socially relevant horror films, but their sequels (or, in case of Night, their unofficial spin-off) play for laughs. Return of the Living Dead (1987) plops Reaganite punk rockers against zombies, and, at the end of its 77-minute run time, has the government nuke an American city to prevent more zombies. It doesn't outstay its welcome and respects its source.


Now let's talk C.H.U.D.s. C.H.U.D. positions the New York City homeless as Cannibalistic Humaniod Ungerground Dwellers. (I may not have seen the movie but I damn know what the acronym stands for.) Its sequel replaces politics with beer commercial-quality comedy. "Meet Bud, party animal of the living dead," teases the tagline, and sure enough the titled hero of C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the Chud (1989) is not a cannibal, humaniod, nor is he an underground dweller. He does like to party. He's an oversize white guy, basically a zombified Koogler from Community, inflected with the "C.H.U.D. virus," which makes him twitch and wander into rooms. He's escorted throughout the film by two guys, like they do in Weekend at Bernie's (1989). C.H.U.D. 2 reminded me of Return of the Living Dead, so I wasn't so surprised, when, during our podcast, Carl mentioned that this script was meant to be a sequel to Return. That explains the shift in tone. I find it ironic, too, because the actual sequels to Return shift the tone to gothic Pinhead-levels of self-mutilation. Or at least, that's what the trailers show me. May I never watch a horror movie sequel again.

7/8/18 Episode 109: Rent-a-Cop (1987)



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My brother Adam Spiegelman, host of the influential cult movie podcast Proudly Resents (it influenced me), joins LWAFLMOYT to watch the no-so-excellent Burt Reynolds cult movie, Rent-A-Cop (1987). Aimed for fans of Burt Reynolds crime pics like Heat, Stick, Malone, Blart (I made the last film up), the movie pairs up the distracted Burt with the exuberant Liza Minnelli.  She witnesses Something Bad and needs protection from Bad Guys, she rents a cop. Despite the classy movie poster, there's no chemistry between Burt and Liza. No sparks fly. Burt's a dead weight. He really doesn't want to be there. Then, years later, he stars in Cop and a Half (1993).

You misspelled "Loni"
True story: As kids, Adam and I saw Burt's Best, The Cannonball Run (1981), in a packed movie theater. When Adrienne Barbeau and her partner ran to their Lamborghini at the start of the race, the couple sitting in front of us says, "They win the race!"

7/1/18 Episode 108: Hardbodies 2 (1986)



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This sequel has nothing to do with the original, Hardbodies (1984), which took place in Southern California and had a surfer named "Fraggle." Here we're are on the beaches of Greece, which, as the opening credits aggressively inform us, there are topless sun bathers. Like Truffaut's Day for Night (1973), Hardbodies 2 (1986) is a film about shooting a film, albeit a teen-sex comedy about filming a teen sex comedy. The actors portraying actors behave the same as the characters they portray in the movie within the movie. Only character actor James Karen seems to have fun, probably because he got a free trip to Greece.  First time I've "meta" a meta-film I didn't like.

Entourage fun fact: Ari's wife, Mrs. Ari, appeared in the non-existent sequel, Hardbodies 3.

6/24/18 Episode 107: The Werewolf of Washington (1973)



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The Werewolf of Washington (1973) succeeds as a Watergate satire with its silly but dry dream-like premise. It's about a werewolf in Washington during 1973. Wolfie in question is the Press Secretary, and, yes, he bites the President. As Carl points out on the podcast, actor Biff McGuire plays the President as Nixon but without the signature cadence. He's wonderful in a scene that takes place in the underground White House two-lane bowling alley. Film was later repurposed into the art house film, President Wolfman (2012). 

6/17/18 Episode 106: Fake Out (1982)



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Pia Zadora is known by bad movie fans for her films, Butterfly (1982) and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). It's a pity, she should be known for Fake-Out as well.

In Fake-Out, Pia's boyfriend is a bad guy, so the cops imprisons her. After a prison shower scene, the cops then move her to a Las Vegas casino as boyfriend bait.  Here, the movie and Pia loosen up and kick it with lounge lizard cast-mates Desi Arnaz, Jr, Telly Savalas (looking comfortable in a casino), Telly's brother George, and Larry Storch as a drug dealer offering "killer smoke."

Even though Pia plays a Vegas nightclub performer, Fake-Out focuses less on her performance and more on the nightclub. Winds up her then-IRL boyfriend and film producer owned the Rivera, where indoor car chases occur. The casino even gets a great mention in the end credits:
The production is indebted to the Riviera Hotel for its many considerations and extends you a cordial invitation to visit and enjoy its newly remodeled facilities.
Pass.

6/10/18 Episode 105: Lightning Jack (1994)



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Honestly, I only selected this movie because it was on YouTube. Might interest completists of exuberantly bad Cuba Golding, Jr. movies from the Nineties. Paul Hogan is very similar to Mike Myers, in that his movies are based around a character he inhabits. Can't remember a thing from this movie. 

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