1327 – In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

timespace coordinates: 1990’s New Hampshire

reality isn’t what it used to be…”

In the Mouth of Madness is a 1994 American horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca. It stars Sam NeillJulie CarmenJürgen ProchnowDavid Warner and Charlton Heston. Informally, the film is the third installment in Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, preceded by The Thing and Prince of Darkness.

The film pays tribute to the work of seminal horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, with many references to his stories and themes. Its title is a play on Lovecraft’s novella, At the Mountains of Madness, and insanity plays as great a role in the film as it does in Lovecraft’s fiction. The opening scene depicts Trent’s confinement to an asylum, with the bulk of the story told in flashback, a common technique of Lovecraft. Reference is made to Lovecraftian settings and details (such as a character that shares the name of Lovecraft’s Pickman family). Sutter Cane’s novels have similar titles to H.P. Lovecraft stories : The Whisperer of the Dark (The Whisperer in Darkness), The Thing in the Basement (The Thing on the Doorstep), Haunter out of Time (The Haunter of the Dark/The Shadow Out of Time), and The Hobbs End Horror (The Dunwich Horror), the latter also referencing Hobbs End underground station from Nigel Kneale‘s Quatermass and the Pit.

The film can also be seen as a reference to Stephen King, who, like Lovecraft, writes horror fiction set in New England hamlets. (wiki)

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1282 – Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)

timespace coordinates: 70’s – 80’s USA

Donald Trump has it all. Money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. But all his success didn’t come for nothing. First, he inherited millions of dollars from his rich father, then he grabbed New York City by the balls. Now you can learn the art of negotiation, real estate, and high-quality brass in this illuminating made-for-TV special feature, Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art Of The Deal: The Movie. (imdb)MV5BODcyNTk1ZGYtYzcwYy00Y2FiLTk4MjQtNmRlZmMyYWY1NzBkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMjU3NDQ3MDg@._V1_Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie is a 2016 American parody film by the production company Funny or Die. Loosely based on the 1987 autobiographical book Trump: The Art of the Deal,  the film purports to be a 1988 adaptation of the book, with Johnny Depp as Donald TrumpScreenshot (58)Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie was released for free on Funny or Die.com on February 10, 2016, in order to coincide with Trump’s real-life victory at the 2016 New Hampshire primaries. The release of the movie was so secretive, most news outlets did not know it existed until the day it was released, with Salon calling the film a “surprise biopic” and saying it was released “without warning”.  The film became available for streaming on Netflix starting on August 1, 2016. (wiki)

1275 – The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s small rural town Centerville

The Dead Don’t Die is a 2019 American horror comedy film / cautionary tale written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It features an ensemble cast including Adam DriverBill MurrayChloë SevignySteve BuscemiAustin ButlerRZATilda SwintonTom WaitsDanny GloverCaleb Landry JonesRosie PerezCarol Kane and Selena Gomez and follows a small town’s police force as they combat a sudden zombie invasion. (wiki)

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1174 – Spaceballs (1987)

spaceballs_ver1_xlgSpaceballs is a 1987 American comic science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Brooks, Bill PullmanJohn Candy and Rick Moranis, the film also features Daphne ZunigaDick Van Patten, and the voice of Joan Rivers. In addition to Brooks in a supporting role, the film also features Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise and Rudy De Luca in cameo appearances.

The film’s setting and characters parody the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as other sci-fi franchises including Star TrekAlien and the Planet of the Apes films. It was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on June 24, 1987, and was met with a mixed reception. It has since become a cult classic on video and one of Brooks’s most popular films. (wiki)

The Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars saga makes a cameo appearance in this movie. Given a close look at the exterior shot of the Space Diner, and it can be spotted parked there among the other space vehicles. George Lucas got a chance to read the screenplay before production began, and loved it so much that he decided to have his special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic, help make this movie. (read more: trivia)

Spaceballs_posterPossible sequel and animated series

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1100 – Last Action Hero (1993)

timespace coordinates: 1993 New York City /  Los AngelesMV5BNjdhOGY1OTktYWJkZC00OGY5LWJhY2QtZmQzZDA2MzY5MmNmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDk3NzU2MTQ@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,666,1000_AL_Last Action Hero is a 1993 American fantasy action-comedy film directed and produced by John McTiernan. It is a satire of the action genre and associated clichés, containing several parodies of action films in the form of films within the film.

The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Jack Slater, a Los Angeles police detective within the Jack Slater action film franchise, while Austin O’Brien co-stars as Danny Madigan, a boy magically transported into the Slater universe, and Charles Dance as Benedict, a ruthless assassin from the Slater universe who escapes to the real world. Schwarzenegger also served as the film’s executive producer and plays himself as the actor portraying Jack Slater.

Although the film was both a critical and commercial failure during its initial theatrical release, it has since become a cult film among fans and critics. The film also features Art Carney‘s last appearance in a motion picture. (wiki)

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1087 – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

timespace coordinates: 1980’s California > Texas03Pee-wee’s Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman with supporting roles provided by Elizabeth DailyMark HoltonDiane Salinger, and Judd Omen. Described as a “parody” or “farce version” of the 1948 Italian classic Bicycle Thieves, it is the tale of Pee-wee Herman’s nationwide search for his stolen bicycle. (wiki)

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