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My love of apocalyptic fiction begins with this film
Like most of the people posting before me, I too remembered being profoundly impacted by this little movie as a wee lad in the mid-seventies. I loved this film as a child, as a matter of fact I have had an affinity for all manner of apocalyptic fiction ever since, from the 1980 cartoon, "Thundar the Barbarian" to the book "Alas Babylon" to the film "I am Legend" and up to and including the recent television series "Jericho". Yes, this movie was the seed of my love for an entire genre of fiction. I don't recall many details regarding this film but I do remember that I was deliciously creeped out by it. I saw it only the one time but I am excited to be able to get the opportunity to watch it again as I have TiVoed it off of the Fox Movie Channel and will be watching it as soon as I post this.
Band of the Hand (1986)
What was I thinking?
I first saw this film in the mid-eighties, when I was out of school on a snow day. I thought it was a great movie. So when I saw the opening credits pop up on the tv screen one day when I was channel surfing, I thought I would enjoy a nostalgic treat from my teen years. I got 15 minutes into it and realized that I must have had terrible taste in movies when I was 17, because this film was just flat out bad. I can still enjoy some of the other teen films from this era, i.e. "Breakfast Club", even if only for the nostalgic value, but not this turkey. It was just unwatchable.
This movie is and will remain a classic
I loved this movie. First of all, there was actually a story to this movie. It wasn't just hack em up and rip out their innards, the way most horror movies are and will continue to be. It was an easily followed story and a VERY frightening one, at that. Just watching this movie could give someone disturbances, so it's not for the faint of heart. To say that it is no longer scary is blasphemous. Turn out the lights and watch it all alone. Then tell me if it's scary.
Sergeant York (1941)
It all adds up to a great film
The authentic portrayal of mountain life, an honorable protagonist portrayed by a great actor in his finest role, hard decisions in the time of war mixed with a healthy dose of levity, not to mention an outstanding supporting cast are just a few of the reasons why this film has always been my favorite movie. I am aware that this was a WWII propaganda film but I'm just idealistic enough that I buy the whole package.