Hey Thursday fans, it's time for Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's topic left me in a bit of a bind. I couldn't think of anything for the longest time. Then I started remembering that as a kid, I watched lots of cartoons starring Bugs Bunny and that whole gang. Every now and again, these shows would depict a character stuck in a desert. Inevitably, two things would happen. First, they would come across a beautiful setting, like a restaurant with happy-go-lucky patrons sipping on the finest drinks. The protagonist would eventually discover this to be a mere mirage as they tried to join in on the fun. Second, the characters would begin to visualize each other as food. Having never really been to any desert, let alone getting stuck in one, I always imagine this is what would happen to me if I ever found myself in such a situation. Even then, it could be worse. I could be dealing with something far more dangerous than gradual starvation. I could find myself in one of these movies.
(1986)Jim (C. Thomas Howell) is just a young guy hired to transport a car across state lines. Easy gig, right? Well, it would've been had he decided against giving a ride to seemingly nice guy John. Aside from the inherent dangers of picking up hitchhikers that Jim is old enough to be well aware of, I have another problem with his decision. The guy he picks up is played by Rutger Hauer. I don't know about you, but as much as I love watching him be a badass, nothing about Hauer has ever given me the warm and fuzzies. I see that dude walking along side the road and I press down even harder on the gas pedal. Alas, Jim doesn't and soon discovers that John is completely off his rocker in a homicidal way. A very nasty game of cat and mouse ensues. No, I never bothered with the remake and I don't plan to.
(1990)There's this quiet, little desert town in Nevada by the name of Perfection, It's so small there are only fifteen residents, total. That number grows when they are joined by a batch of gigantic prehistoric worms that travel underground and like to pop out and eat whatever they can grab, people included. As you might imagine this is a bit of an issue. And in a time before everyone had a phone in their pocket, calling for help proves to be rather difficult. This one is a horror flick/very dark comedy/homage to 1950s B-Movies. It has a fun cast featuring the likes of Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and Reba McEntire and is a blast to watch. The sequels? Not so much.
(2005)Out in the middle of nowhere, and I mean that pretty literally, there is a bar sitting there all by its lonesome. There is absolutely nothing else around. The sad regulars are all sitting around getting shit-faced on a night that seems like any other until a new face pops in and tells them they better seal up the place because there are some rather angry and indiscriminate monsters on the way to attack them. Of course, no one believes him until well, ya know. Anyhoo, the local yokels trying to keep the monsters out while finding a way out, themselves, ensues. This is campy, gory fun, right from the start. No, I never bothered with the sequels.