Saturday, September 1, 2007

Coming Soon: Greatest Hits Remix Volume 2

Hey Superfans,
For our November edition of Fantasmo, we’re once again going to have a “greatest hits remix” where you pick the films! In anticipation of that wondrous event, Rob and I are (uncharacteristically) getting an early start and taking votes now (and at the next few Fantasmos). Below is a list of everything we’ve shown thus far . . . minus Can’t Stop the Music (a previous greatest hit selection which will now traditionally be a part of our Christmas episode). Feast your eyes!

Logan’s Run
Buckaroo Banzai
Count Yorga
The Mighty Peking Man
20 Million Miles to Earth
The Funhouse
Invaders From Mars
Danger: Diabolik
Planet of the Vampires
Return of Count Yorga
Scream Blacula Scream
The Warriors
Escape From New York
Return of the Living Dead
My Bloody Valentine
Prince of Darkness
Horror of Dracula
Curse of Frankenstein
Omega Man
Death Race 2000
The Fog
They Live
Night of the Lepus
Bloodsucking Pharaohs from Pittsburgh
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Dog Soldiers
The Howling
Motel Hell
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
Flash Gordon
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Night of the Living Dead
Mr. Sardonicus
13 Ghosts
Curse of the Werewolf
Phantasm II
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Freddy Vs. Jason
Superman II: The Donner Cut
The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Dr. Phibes Rises Again
The Amityville Horror
Burnt Offerings
Ed Wood
The Last Dragon
The Apple
Food of the Gods
Godzilla Vs. Mothra
Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster
Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
An American Werewolf in London
Bad Moon
Silver Bullet
The Monster Squad
Fright Night

I don’t know about you, but every time I look over this list I get a little bit misty. Can you believe we’ve already watched 66 films together?!? And not a loser in the bunch! Okay, that is a blatant exaggeration . . . Bloodsucking Pharaohs is proof that mistakes are occasionally made (although in our defense that was an audience pick – even if Rob did make the mistake of carrying it in the building : )

As is customary, I will also take this opportunity to put in a plug for my two favorites: The Mighty Peking Man and Gymkata (of course)! The Mighty Peking Man goes back a ways, but if you were there on that magical night you know it is an experience demanding to be had more than once. As for Gymkata, Kurt Thomas “becomes John Cabot!” Seriously, is there anything that screams pure entertainment more than the fusion of the precision of gymnastics with the deadly art of karate? I think not.

So, mull these titles over and choose carefully Superfans. You can vote by sending me your choices via email at or by showing up to the next few Fantasmos (which you should do regardless : ) We await your historic decision (just please, please, please vote for The Mighty Peking Man and Gymkata)!


Debra said...

Dear Jim:
You truly hate us and want us to die, otherwise why would you want us to vote for Gymkata? On the other hand, I must confess I talk about this unbelievably bad movie to EVERYone, and I use such hyperbole as "Makes Robot Monster look literate!" and "I know if I were going into the Village of the Criminally Insane, I'd want to wear my best Dockers!"

I vote for Mr. Sardonicus and 13 Ghosts. Or any Phantasm movie. Or any Phibes combination. NO NO NO Solarbabies! And does the Christmas special include "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?" Yes!

Anonymous said...

Gymkata, and Night of the Lepus, cuz I missed seeing them both!

Jim Blanton said...

The fact that Gymkata has become a regular part of conversation only proves my point that it is an "important" film : ) If nothing else, it is a terrific public service tool illustrating that athletes make terrible actors (Brian Bozworth, Howie Long, etc.).

Any of your other choices would be great though! But why no love for Solarbabies?!?

In answer to your other question, it's Can't Stop the Music and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Nothing says Christmas like the gift of music : )

Jim Blanton said...

One vote for Gymkata (yay)! Night of the Lepus is also an excellent choice (easily another one of my favorites over the past couple of years)!!

george said...

here's yr big alphabetized list (some worthy picks eliminated for recentness):

death race 2000
dog soldiers
ed wood
escape from new york
the fog
the funhouse
the howling
the last dragon
logans run
motel hell
phantasm (any phantasm)
the texas chainsaw massacre 2
they live
the warriors

Jim Blanton said...

Hey George,
Not a loser in the bunch (lots of love for Tobe Hooper : ) I'd like to see The Warriors back myself!

Da Weave said...

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla
The Mighty Peking Man

are my choices


Jim Blanton said...

Both excellent choices!! The rally for Mighty Peking Man begins!!

Debra said...

This is belated, but I'm catching up on lots of things right now. "Solarbabies" sucks roller skate keys. DISEASED roller skate keys. "Gymkata" at least has the "What the..." factor going for it. "Solarbabies" almost has a premise. "Gymkata" does not.

And why no "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" for Christmas? It's bad, it's set in December, it's got Pia Zadora. What's not to hate?

Jim Blanton said...

Yes, Solarbabies is definitely a monstrous creation . . . but it is such an AMAZING mess of a movie : )

No premise for Gymkata?!? I'll repeat it again - the fusion of the precision of gymnastics with the deadly art of karate . . . what more premise could one want? And why Kurt Thomas didn't become a major star is beyond this member of Team Fantasmo! (Note: Everything I just stated concerning Gymkata/Kurt Thomas is utter nonsense and should be disregarded completely).

As for Santa Claus Vs. The Martians . . . hopefully someday : )

Anonymous said...

Here are my votes:

Mr. Sardonicus


Jim Blanton said...

Mr. Johnson will become Jonathan Cabot!

Anonymous said...

Logan's Run