MOVIE FANS ARE WHIPPED INTO A FRENZY OVER INDIANA JONES: USA Today takes a look at fans of the Indiana Jones movies, who are predictably thrilled silly that a new installment is in the works. The thing that stands out for me is the non-too-subtle – and hardly justified – arrogance that these fan-boys and -girls exhibit toward fans of other franchises:
“We’re not like Trekkies, because for one, our movies are rooted in history, not a made-up universe,” says illustrator Renee Rose-Perry, 27, whose eerie resemblance to actress Karen Allen — Indy’s first love interest — is hammered home by her costume, a Middle Eastern number straight from the series debut, 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. “Indy lives in a real world. My interest in biblical studies was sparked by those movies.”
The real world? I guess that would be the real world where arks magically melt Nazis and immortal knights sit aroundfor millennia in a cave – without food or water or toilet facilities – guarding the Holy Grail. Yeah, that’s reality, babe!
THE JAWS OF DEATH: Liz Kingsley gives the in-depth treatment to this 1976 exploitation effort from the auteur of STANLEY, William Grefe. With particular emphasize on Grefe’s hypocrisy in abusing and even killing sharks to make a movie that decries humanity’s treatment of sharks.
DRACULA IN THE PROVINCES: Giallo Fever’s Keith Brown examines this obscure Lucio Fulci comedy, in which a man wakes up to find himself in bed with “Count Dragalescue” and spends the rest of the film worrying whether he has turned into a vampire or – gasp! – a homosexual.
AN ANTHROPOGIST CONSIDERS OUR MONSTERS: The newly redesigned TheoFantastique offers a look at a new bok that takes a look at the mythical role monsters play in different cultures.
40 YEARS OF MODERN ZOMBIE MOVIES: Vault of Horror offers part one of a look at the four decades of films descended from 1968’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The piece identifies the new rules for zombies introduced in that film: they eat the living; they can only be killed by destroying their brains, etc. Just to be a stickler, I will point out that NIGHT never uses the word “zombie”; the walking dead are called “ghouls.” Not until 1979’s DAWN OF THE DEAD would these cannibalistic corpses be called “zombies.” Use of the word seems to have been instigated previously by film journalists, who wanted to slot Romero’s walking dead into a familiar monster category.