Hello there, good person. You're here because it's Thursday and you love Thursday Movie Picks. Can't blame you for that. After all, I love them, too. I thought long and hard about the topic our wonderful host, Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves, has given us: rivalry. Yeah, I thought about that movie. That one, too. Of course, I couldn't use those. Besides, a movie I just saw put me in a rather monstrous mood. No, that movie won't be here, but I will mention it. It reminded me that regardless of how deep I dive into some movies sometimes it's more fun just being a regular old fan. As fans, we occasionally, do silly things like argue over who would win a fight between two fictional characters in unrelated universes, but who share a genre. These debates can lead to endless conversations. The rivalry is really between us idiots who argue over such things. Every now and again, the movie god takes pity on us and our disagreements get settled for us on the big screen. That is, unless the one you picked loses. That just means the movie is total bullshit, and you want a rematch. That said, let's meet our combatants.
King Kong vs. Godzilla
(1962)The plot of this movie is the exact same as the point of it: to get these two iconic monsters on the screen at the same time. A television exec has an idea to drum up ratings. He sends some people to a remote island to bring back King Kong so he can use him in what would be the greatest precursor possible to reality TV. They do so successfully. At about the same time, Godzilla awakens from his slumber. As you might imagine, the two giants don't take too kindly to one another. Men in rubber suits, beating the hell out of one another while stomping on miniature cities ensues. Yeah, it's the best. By best, I mean it's so bad it's awesome! Oh, that movie I just watched was Kong: Skull Island. I'll talk more about it in another post. Just know that it's gotten me firmly on board with a rematch between these two.
Freddy vs. Jason
(2003)I quite literally grew up on the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. There was nothing I looked forward to more than another installment of either one. And yes, I spent many an hour arguing with my friends over who would win a battle between these two titans of horror. Even way back then, there were rumors that the showdown could actually happen. In 2003, it did. Freddy Krueger, everyone's favorite child-killer, has found himself relegated to being powerless since the kids of Springfield no longer fear him. To rejuvenate that fear, he manages to go to Camp Crystal Lake and trick Jason into coming to Freddy's hometown and do the killing for him. Of course, he finds Jason uncontrollable and the two have to duke it out. Lots of teenagers die, and we all win because it's so bad it's awesome!
Alien vs. Predator
(2004)When my friends and I got tired of arguing about what would happen in a fight between Freddy and Jason, we argued over who was better: Michael Jackson or Prince, Schwarzenegger or Stallone, Magic or Bird, Yankees or Mets, Giants or Jets, Knicks or Nets. Eventually, we swung back around to horror and got into it over the titular characters from the movies Alien and Predator. Our fire was fueled by a comic book that came out in 1989...ahem...1989! Fifteen long years later, we got a movie version. The short of is Lance Henriksen plays a greedy billionaire corporate dude who sends a team, including the much less greedy and more beautiful Sanaa Lathan, to recover something giving heat beneath thousands of feet ice. Of course, it's an Alien Queen. As if that weren't enough of an issue, a Predator ship lands on Earth because it's human season again. Naturally, the Alien and the Predators come across each other and get to fightin'. I'll admit that this one focuses a little bit too much on the homo sapiens in the movie, but it's still so bad it's awesome! By the way, this one actually did have a rematch, 2007's AVP: Requiem, which I somehow haven't seen. Hmmm...I might have something to watch this weekend.