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Well, this scared me as a child.....


Not that a lot of people have seen this or ever will, but there are spoilers in this review. Just so you know. Scroll down if you'de like to read it, but again, *SPOILERS* .......









OK, where to begin: Well, I saw the trailer for this advertised on a FGriday night when I was 9, and it freaked me out. Then, one year or two later, I saw this when it was on USA's Saturday Nightmares that used to air at 8 P.M. Saturday nights. I remember I was creeped out by a few scenes. That's probably because I was too young to understand how silly this movie was. Like, when the two NASA fellas were investigating the dead body off the lietenant. (I don't think I spelled that right.... oh well) The look on the man's face was very grotesque. Then the scene where the girl was attacked by that man in the semi-transparant mask looked somewhat scary. But then that big truck crushed him into a wall by driving into him at the same time as attempting to take out the girl. (that truck made me think of the Creeper's truck in "Jeepers Creepers") One scene that creeped me out was when the three teenagers were in the diner, and when the waitress came to their table to give them their food, and her red hair was sticking out all over the place and her nose was bleeding. At a young age that kind of freaked me out. Let's also not forget the ending when the gas station attendant's head ripped open and the creature jumped out at the windsheild. One swipe of the windsheild wipers, WHOOSH!, it's gone! Then, as they all drive away, Dennis Christopher's nose bleeds, we hear the creatures chirping, and it looks like the camera runs out of film. THE END! I guess this means the world came to an end or something. LOL!

Recently, I saw this at a video store and got all nostolgic. I couldn't resist. I had to rent it, for old time's sake. It was as scary or realistic as I remembered it as a naive, innocent child. But, the waitress and the masked deviant/psycho still creeped me out. Then I laughed. It was so bad, so campy, I felt like NBeavis and Butt-head "reviewing" a bad music video. (huh-huh, heh-heh, this sucks, huh huh huh)

But, it was still fun to pretend USA's Saturday Nightmares was "back from the dead" I could only imagine that the director Deran Serafian, the director, probably filmed this under the title "The Falling", which would've been a better title. Those who've seen this would probably know what I'm talking about. If it was remade today, under the title "he Falling", with a bigger budget, and not marketed with the words "Alien" or "Predators" in the title, it would probably be a better movie. Maybe Anchor Bay will re-release this as "The Falling" in the near future on DVD. It's still a campy fun film to watch if you don't take it seriously and drink a beer while watching.

Also, one more thing: What was the budget and how much did it gross? Just pure curiousity, is all.

"Meet me at the waterfront, after the social." Angela Baker, Sleepaway Camp.

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I used to watch Saturday nightmares and commander USA's groovy movies when I was a kid. Alein predators scared me bad when I saw it as a child, now i can't watch it without fast-forwarding...probably the worst movie ever made even though it is among my collection. Do you remember 'scream theatre'?

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No, I can't say that I remember watching Scream Theater. What network was it on?

Plus, you said that you have this movie in your collection. Where did you get it?

Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2006!

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scream theatre was broadcast in late 80's during the afternoon in Pittsburgh area. Not sure what channel or network...it had 'mini' horror pictures that would run 30 or 60 minutes if I remember correctly. The one I really remember was a family woke up to find themselves barricaded inside their home with no way out. Windows, door, garage door, inpenetrably sealed. Radio yielded a tone only, and the television showed a symbol with the same tone. My mother took me to the neighborhood swimming pool before I could finish and see what happed!!!! Anyhow, scary then as a child, but now probably different.

I bought an original Alien Predators with original boxart at 'Eides' in Pittsburgh, PA. They usually have a decent horror section with decent prices. I think it cost me $2 or something like that. I had been looking for this movie for a long time...remembering from youth the scene when the big truck is driving around the abandoned city with apparently no driver. I looked at the back of the box at the store and thought this might be it, and it was. I was rather displeased upon rewatching the movie after about 15 years, but am happy to have it in my collection, regardless. It is probably one of the worst movies ever made, but has a couple scenes that are so bizzare (bloody-nosed waitress) that it's worth having.

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The one I really remember was a family woke up to find themselves barricaded inside their home with no way out. Windows, door, garage door, inpenetrably sealed. Radio yielded a tone only, and the television showed a symbol with the same tone. My mother took me to the neighborhood swimming pool before I could finish and see what happed!!!! Anyhow, scary then as a child, but now probably different.


Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense (TV anthology series)
aka Fox Mystery Theater
"Child's Play" (episode)
starring Mary Crosby, Nicholas Clay and Debbie Chasan
IMDb synopsis:
A family awakens to find themselves trapped in their own home, all windows and doors sealed by impenetrable walls. Now they are faced with a bitter sequence of paranormal events forces that have taken over their lives.

You can watch it on YouTube. Just copy and paste:
Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense - Child's Play (1/8)

However, somewhere out there is a similar short film with a totally different ending. No one has been able to identify it here at IMDb. Someday, I'll track down that one and see if it matches my memories. It's definitely not "Child's Play", but maybe it's the one you recall.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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a while back, a poster brought up those film shorts used to fill in the empty time slots when a movie didn't run long enough on Saturday Nightmares.

i can't find which post it was on so i'll put it here for now.

my friend here in Pittsburgh whose collection is enormous says the film where the psychotic man sitting in an apartment room full of manequins is 'MANIAC' 1981

i saw the short back around 1990 and will try to watch Maniac here soon to find out!

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o u mean film shorts like "The Dummy"? I used to think one was freaky as hell.

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what was 'the dummy' about?
i looked on IMDB and didn't see anything.

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I loved Saturday Nightmares but I would kill to get copies of those shorts. The mannequin one was great, the fishing one and mouse trap one were also good.

Oh yeah, Alien Predator was fun too. :P

What was that, screaming practice?

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wow. i posted this concept on horror boards several times with little to no response. i don't remember the fishing or mouse trap shorts!!!!!! every little bit i hear now and then makes me want copies soooooo bad.

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The fishing short was about a guy who finds an apple on the shore of a lake. He eyes it suspiciously but ends up taking a bite. Too late he realizes the apple has a hook in it as he is yanked from the shore into the water. A few moments later a new apple comes up out of the water and lands on the shore.

The mouse trap one just showed some shadowy scenes of a man building something. Eventually you see it's a giant mouse trap which he uses to kill himself.
"The Dummy" is available on youtube as is the original Saturday Nightmares intro. I haven't had much luck finding the rest or Alien Predator for that matter.

What was that, screaming practice?

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I remember the fishing short, back in Scifi Channel's early years they would play film shorts after movies and they played that one. They played two others I remember- One a guy goes into a building and ends up surrounded by mannequins, another was about a pizza delivery man that ends up trapped in a small town and can't leave. By chance do you remember these?

Leslie was the one covering people in apple butter.I was just an innocent on-licker

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I remember the mannequin one but not the delivery one.

What was that, screaming practice?

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The Dummy and The fishing segment still stand out in my head, even 20 years later.

Let's all resurrect USA's Saturday Nightmares folks!

I wonder what of todays horror films would play on it today? High Tension? The Roost? Every Asylum movie under the sun?

"Meet me at the waterfront, after the social."



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full versions of 'the dummy' and 'the contraption' on youtube right now. want to see the fishing short bad.

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okay two more...

Panic (the one with the mannequins)
Drip (anyone know anything about it?)

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I think I remember those two.

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too bad these classic 'shorts' are all collecting dust in some film library somewhere. do we write a letter to USA network or something?

just watched Alien Predators again a few nights ago for old-time's sake...horrible, just horrible! It was a lot better when I watched it on Saturday Nightmares as a kid.

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This would make a perfect double feature with Future Kill. Because they are so bad they are fun.

The short films are probably are one Youtube. I used to love the one where the man going fishing finds an apple and eats it, only it turned out the fish were fishing for people. It has to be seem to be believed.

So yeah USA needs a wake up call. These programs they show now are just not the same as they were back in 1988!

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Watched this 3 weeks ago on YouTube. It was yes, cheesy, but also managed to be scary in parts. The ending seemed abrupt though. I give it a 6.5/10.

Maybe Anchor Bay will re-release this as "The Falling" in the near future on DVD. It's still a campy fun film to watch if you don't take it seriously and drink a beer while watching.


Actually, I think MGM holds the rights to the film because A) They own most, if not all of the Trans World Entertainment catalog, which includes films like this one, Teen Witch, Catch the Heat, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, etc. and B) I saw a review that said this film had been playing on the MGM HD channel. The latter statement is probably a good sign of a DVD release in the near future. And yeah, I think "The Falling" is a better title for the film.

P.S. The version I watched on YouTube was under the "Mutant II" title.

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I own a video of Alien Predators, released by Video Treasures. I bought it in the mid '90's in some rag-tag video store after remembering it from Saturday Nightmares a few years earlier. The last time I saw it was around 2002 when it popped up on the Sci-Fi Channel a few times, along with Neon Maniacs, Breeders (1986), Return To Horror High, and Blood Diner. I remember thinking SCI-FI Channel was the new USA. It kinda was for a while. Anyway, you guys were talking about short films the USA Network used to play, and I remember one that wasn't mentioned. I can't remember much, but the whole thing took place in a slummy alley, and was about a homeless guy with special powers. Anyone remember anything resembling that?

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I vaguely remember that short. Forgot the title though!

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It's going to be showing on the MGM HD channel on Saturday, November 6th (And it looks like it will air under its original name, "The Falling."). It will air at 1:10 A.M. (Central Standard Time), so if you have the MGM HD channel, you'll probably have to record it with your DVR.

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Is that on Verizon Fios?

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I believe so.

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What channel on Verizon Fios?

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I think it might be 744.

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Thanks Tex

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You're welcome.

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Everyone got sidetracked from "The Falling" (which I'm watching on THIS Channel right now), writing about those creepy short films. I tracked down some of these shorts and will leave the tag that can be copied and pasted at YouTube.

"The Dummy":
THE DUMMY (1982) - Short Horror Film HBO & USA Network Saturday Nightmares

"Recorded Live":
Recorded Live - Flesh Eating Film Reels (1975)

I recall one in which a woman is watching TV, seeing images that she begins to realize are showing the outside of the house she is in and suggesting the approach of someone to be feared. I don't recall the outcome of but do remember how eerie it was.

By the way, the half-seen episode described in one post is "Child's Play", an episode of "Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense" aka "Fox Mystery Theater". It can be viewed at YouTube, along with a number of other episodes.

~~MystMoonstruck~~

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"Everyone got sidetracked from "The Falling" (which I'm watching on THIS Channel right now), writing about those creepy short films. I tracked down some of these shorts and will leave the tag that can be copied and pasted at YouTube."

Thanks man :)



I'm a bad movie masochist!

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BUMPITY BUMP

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I finally learned how to make clickable links, so here are some of those shorts we discussed awhile back:

THE DUMMY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-8ocnmE0Ts

RECORDED LIVE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Qeee8D2Ro


Here's an episode often asked about:
CHILD'S PLAY from "Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBQbPvcqtDU


About those sequences people were remembering (the fisherman and the apple, for one), they can be found in this very obscure film: "Escapes" (1986 TV movie).
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091016/

It's available on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD96VMMUdGI


(W)hat are we without our dreams?
Making sure our fantasies
Do not overpower our realities. ~ RC

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Going back through the posts, it looks like several people gave me the title for Child's Play back in 2011, but somehow I missed it! So, I watched the first half of Child's Play sometime in the mid-1980s, and the second half this year...about 30 years later!!! Thanks a bunch everyone! Good to have some closure around what happened to that family.

Another short I don't think was linked in the back-posts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mPxaPTX-_8

Cheers,

Jeff

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I've been trying to find some of these on YouTube because I've read questions about them at so many sites. As I find others, I hope I can find my way back to add them.


(W)hat are we without our dreams?
Making sure our fantasies
Do not overpower our realities. ~ RC

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