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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Underrated '85 - Stephen Scarlata

Mr. Scarlata is a personal friend of mine and he and I are were very much raised on a lot of the same 80s junk/goodness. One of his favorite movies is THE PIT. He's a cool fella. He was also one of the producers on JODOROWSKY'S DUNE which is currently available on Blu-ray:
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Also, check out his recent Underrated Action/Adventure list because it is awesome:

STATIC (1985; Mark Romanek)
Strange and quirky film that reeks of the mid 1980’s. Mark Romanek’s film debut was considered unreleasable until it stuck a cord and became a success in England. Keith Gordon gets fired from his job at a crucifix factory in order to work on an invention that will enable him to see into heaven.

INVASION USA (1985; Joseph Zito)
Joseph Zito’s slasher-in reverse starring Chuck Norris as a Jason Vorhees like ex-CIA agent hunting down terrorist in south Florida. If you’re a fan of the 80’s, Friday the 13th and action films this one won’t disappoint. This could be Chuck Norris best film.

CUT AND RUN (1985; Ruggero Deodato)
Ruggero Deodato’s big budget sweaty jungle epic. Drug smuggling with babies, Michael Berryman in full-on psycho mode with a machete, brutal jungle booby traps and Willie Aames from Charles in Charge. Please try to track down the uncut version.

DETECTIVE (1985; Jean-Luc Godard)
Godard’s Detective is a film that solely takes place in a hotel. We follow a detective obsessing over a murder of a prince two years prior. What I find interesting is the 1980’s video surveillance aesthetic and also as the film moves on the hotel itself starts to transform into a character.

USA NINJA (1985; Kuo-Ren Wu)
1985 was the year of the ninja. Fallen between the cracks of Sho Kosugi and Micheal Dudikoff was Ninja in the USA. This film relies more on martial arts and has some impressive fight scenes and outrageous villains.

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