Rupert Pupkin Speaks: Warner Archive Pick of the Week: CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Warner Archive Pick of the Week: CONFESSIONS OF AN OPIUM EATER

 I recently had the pleasure of meeting a couple of the gentlemen behind the Warner Archive Collection. Amazing individuals and remarkable cinephiles. I got into a discussion with one of them regarding this film and it was pointed out to me the distinct similarities between this film and one of my all-time favorites, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. There's seems little doubt that this film influenced one of the filmmaking folks involved in in BTILC. Could have been the writers, could have been John Carpenter himself, but regardless, that's pretty cool. I only saw this movie for the 1st time a couple years ago(as it has been quite hard to track down) and I really liked it, but I was having trouble articulating what exactly it was about it that got me. I have come to realize there must have been some perhaps subconscious reaction to those elements from this other film I love so much. That being said, will all BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA fans enjoy this movie? Absolutely not. I was first made aware of it by master director and cinemaniac Joe Dante. If you haven't seen it, his Trailers From Hell commentary is highly recommended:
http://www.trailersfromhell.com/trailers/93

You can order the DVD here:

4 comments:

Forgotten Films said...

Really wanting to see this one! Did you see that "My Demon Lover" hit today, too? Another one scratched from the VHS gems.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Yep, saw that. Amazing!

The Back of Forest Whitakers Neck said...

WOW, that is one amazing list. I haven't thought about some of those titles since the video stores, way back. And I haven't heard of a ton of those either. The Jar, Interface, Revenge of the Mercenaries. Props, thats an amazing list. Now I must try tracking some of those titles down.

The Back of Forest Whitakers Neck said...

WOW, that is one amazing list. I haven't thought about some of those titles since the video stores, way back. And I haven't heard of a ton of those either. The Jar, Interface, Revenge of the Mercenaries. Props, thats an amazing list. Now I must try tracking some of those titles down.

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