Welcome to Thursday. If you’re lucky, you will see many more Thursdays in your lifetime. What if you were lucky enough that it’s possible for you to see every Thursday from now until the end of time? Well, you would have enough time to watch every movie suggested for Thursday Movie Picks. For the uninitiated, Thursday Movie Picks is the wonderful weekly meme hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. Yes, this week’s topic is movies featuring immortals. Here are three more for you to add to your growing to-watch list. Of course, they're not the movies you were thinking of. Where's the fun in that? You’ve got time for these, right?
Hercules in New York
(1969)You know that Greek myth where Hercules is so bored of living on Mt. Olympus he comes down to Earth and becomes a professional wrestler? No? Well, here it is. By the way, Hercules also fancies himself a bit of a ladies’ man. Zeus and most of the rest of the gods are none too pleased and spend the entire movie contemplating our hero’s fate, ya know, whether he’ll remain immortal or not. Yes, it’s one hundred percent craptacular, but you should see it anyway. Why? It’s got some cinematic historical value. How? This is the first acting gig for one Arnold Schwarzenegger, strangely billed as Arnold Strong. I guess they figured Schwarzenegger was not a “movie star” name. Humph. If you don’t want to watch for that reason, then check it out because it’s so bad it’s awesome! Click here for my full review.
Abar, The First Black Superman
(1977)This one is a bit of a stretch, maybe even a downright cheat. The movie never explicitly says our hero is immortal, but it doesn’t say that he isn’t, either. I’ll explain. At the beginning, really for over an hour of the film’s runtime, Abar is just a regular human being. He happens to be the leader of a Black Panther-like party that has come to the aid of a black family that just moved into a white neighborhood and is being harassed by their new neighbors. The patriarch of that family happens to be a scientist who develops his own “super serum” and decides Abar is just the guy to give it to. Since he’s “the first black Superman,” doesn’t that mean he becomes immortal after taking it? He’s certainly bulletproof, so I’ll say it does. Yeah, this is how the Blaxploitation era does superheroes. They do them so bad, they’re awesome! Click here for my full review.
Friday the 13th Part II
(1982)I just refuse to tell you any plot details on this movie. I mean, just, sigh, no. I’ll only get into why I picked it. This is the first movie to feature Jason Voorhees as our killer. Every camp counselor thinks he can be killed. He can. Sort of. However, at the start of every subsequent movie he gets resurrected in some way, shape, or form. Sounds immortal to me. Anyhoo, either you can appreciate Friday the 13th movies, or you can’t, so I won’t waste time telling you it’s so bad it’s awesome. I can appreciate them, enthusiastically. Hell, I give just about all of them two hockey masks up! Uh, this one doesn’t actually feature the iconic hockey mask, just that damn sack in the pic above, but whatever. Click here to see why I love this franchise so much.
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