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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Underrated Thrillers - Guy Hutchinson

Guy Hutchinson has worked as a radio talk show host and personality on WHWH and WMGQ radio in NJ and is currently the co-host of  'Drunk On Disney,' 'Adventure Club,' 'Flux Capaci-cast' and 'Camel Clutch Cinema' podcasts. Over the years he has interviewed Mick Foley, Bernie Kopell, Andy Richter, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Camp, Marvin Kaplan, Robbie Rist and many other entertainment figures.

A blogger since 2004, Guy blogs irregularly on and is the sole correspondent for the Ken PD Snydecast Experience. You can follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook and find links to all of his work on

-------------- Thriller is a tough genre. It's pretty hard to find a pure thriller. Most of the ones I like are classified as horror-thriller, crime-thriller or drama-thriller. But they all have thrills and keep you on the edge of your seat. There are some gems below, I hope you find a few for you to enjoy.

Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Charlie Chan must race against the clock to solve a murder amid the London fog. Warner Oland is at his best in this role and Charlie Chan in London is one of the best of the series. A lively supporting cast including Ray Milland and Alan Mowbray fill the film with lots of wonderful moments.

Sugar Hill (1993)
Wesley Snipes is intimidating as Roemello Skuggs, a cold drug pusher looking to go legit and start a new life. The cast and direction breathes new life to a familiar premise and the movie is paced perfectly. 

Pieces (1982)
A grisly slasher film with a thrilling story about a chainsaw killer trying to assemble a human jigsaw puzzle. The story is tight and fun and includes lots of 80s horror weirdness. Keep an eye out for the Kung Fu professor who had bad chop suey. 

The Bone Collector (1999)
Denzel Washington manages to shine in a role that confines him to a bed for most of the film. The film features Denzel and Angelina Jolie working together to find a serial killer. It's a movie with lots of twists and turns and gives you a heck of a ride.

Two-Minute Warning (1976)
A sniper is taking out people one by one at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during The Super Bowl (although it's never called The Super Bowl.) The film features a stellar cast highlighted by a delightful performance by Jack Klugman. This film keeps you on your toes and has an ending that will give you the chills.

The Ghost Ship (1943)
A spooky thriller set on the ship Altair. The film features some haunting imagery and some creepy topics that aren't usually seen in films of the 1943. The Ghost Ship also utilizes a neat storytelling method where a mute character talks directly to the audience in narration.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)
Andy Sidaris was a fascinating person. He was best known for directing Monday Night Football and ABC's Wide World of Sports. However, when he had free time he would direct cheesy B-movies starring Playboy Playmates and Penthouse "Pets."
Hard Ticket is a fun thrilling ride full of explosions, drug deals, diamond smugglers and the best use of a frisbee in the history of movies. 

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