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post #1 of 1052
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HMFOTNOAMICR For those who need to have acronyms to make their life easier.

I found that there seems to be a proliferation of HMFOTNOAMICR threads on the boards recent so I thought a thread to contain them all might be called for.

The movie I can't remember the name of is a documentary about a tribal society. The particular tribe the documentary filmmakers are studying believe that when a person can no longer talk he or she is dead. So when one of the elders of the village has a stroke and loses her ability to talk she is buried alive by the tribe.

I know this will probably be a hard one to figure out. Trying to remember the name of the film has been bugging me for months and for all I can remember It might not even be a film. It might just be a segment on Sixty Minutes or an hour long program on PBS NOVA. I've spent hours of fruitless searching on google for the name of said tribe or aboriginal society, refining my search terms fifty different ways.

In the end sometimes you find yourself just having to rely on the memory of other people.
post #2 of 1052
Mine is from the mid 80's. I'd say 84 or 85.

I could have sworn it starred John Stockwell, but when I cross reference his movies the title doesn't ring a bell. The description of CITY LIMITS seems close, but not quite. It could be it though. I only remember one scene from the movie:

One of the heroes (not the John Stockwell character) is undercover, infiltrating a gang. He has an earring and wears a Dead Kennedy's T-shirt.
At one point he is fighting a guy, and the guy rips his earrring out...

Can anyone confirm if this is indeed the movie I'm thinking of?

?

And no, it's not HIDING OUT.
post #3 of 1052
Mine is a horror/supernatural story I believe from the late 70's or earlier. Could possibly be a TV movie or an episode of a TV show (Night Gallery?) as well as a film.

Details I remember: Protagonist (a kid I believe) is running around at night and hiding from a woman statue that has come to life. I believe it may take place at a cottage or in a garden...

That's all I got.
post #4 of 1052
Posted in another thread:
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Originally Posted by Wwarez
Ok, I have one:
It was an Asian movie, these 2 samurai tribes go to war with guns, but it starts raining and the guns dont work. So one of the tribes sets out on a quest to find guns that are water proof. In the end they get this big minigun-like-weapon. Something like that. Anyone?
post #5 of 1052
When I was three, my family moved to a house directly across the street from a video-rental store and we must have rented at least three or four movies a week for the ten years that we lived there. Like most kids, I could watch the same movie over and over again, and one of my frequent rentals was what I assume to be a Japanese anime about some sort of spaceship captain. There was also a female love-interest and maybe an annoying kid, too. The two scenes I can remember are of a city being destroyed by a volcanic eruption while the mayor/ruler watches and of the captain and/or his friends in a ship that is getting perilously close to a star and about to burn up. This would be from around '85. Sound familiar to any Chewers?
post #6 of 1052
Might be something from the Captain Herlock, Galaxy Express animes.
post #7 of 1052
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Originally Posted by P-3
Mine is from the mid 80's. I'd say 84 or 85.

I could have sworn it starred John Stockwell, but when I cross reference his movies the title doesn't ring a bell. The description of CITY LIMITS seems close, but not quite. It could be it though. I only remember one scene from the movie:

One of the heroes (not the John Stockwell character) is undercover, infiltrating a gang. He has an earring and wears a Dead Kennedy's T-shirt.
At one point he is fighting a guy, and the guy rips his earrring out...

Can anyone confirm if this is indeed the movie I'm thinking of?

?

And no, it's not HIDING OUT.
Are you sure you don't mean Dean Stockwell? John Stockwell was only an occasional actor.
post #8 of 1052
I've been trying desperately for some time to figure out the name of this one movie I saw maybe about 7 years ago. Firstly, I'm not 100% sure, but it might have been Australian.

It's about these people who go to a health resort to relax and are given these vitamins by some crazy doctor. Then weird things start happening to them. One guy watches a porn movie and gets such a major hardon that his dick explodes. Another guy has sex with his girlfriend and it's so hectically vigorous that his dick grows like 2 feet long, breaks through her back and kills her. There's also a scene where a 12-year-old goes skating on a ramp, slips, falls and rips half his face off. He just lies there dying.

I used to love this movie. Any ideas?
post #9 of 1052
So this is my first post, but anyway, that Aussie film you're referring to is Body Melt.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106450/
It featured a Daddo brother (Australian royalty at the time).
post #10 of 1052
Thank You!
post #11 of 1052
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Originally Posted by fabfunk
Are you sure you don't mean Dean Stockwell? John Stockwell was only an occasional actor.
No, John Stockwell. I remembered from "Quarterback Princess." And checking the IMDB he's stayed pretty busy. Anway, I don't think he's even the guy I'm thinking of.

So clearly, the movie I'm thinking of, stars a guy who reminded me of John Stockwell from "Quarterback Princess" in some vaque, distant memory.
post #12 of 1052
OK I have one that is impossible but I'll give it a try anyway.

I must have been 5-8 when I saw this on TV so that's like 1982-1985.

The only scene i really recall (and which has haunted me in nightmares ever since) is a scene taking place in a spaceship that is flying through the rings of Saturn (or some other planet with rings) and something happens causing the people in the control room to split apart revealing that they are in fact some sort of robots. I specifically remember this one guy holding on to a rail of some sorts and his arms split apart right by his wrists and you can se a bunch of spaghetti like wires inside his arms.

Some of the movie also took place on earth!

The same night I saw Spielberg's "The Duel" on TV and it too haunted me in the following months.
post #13 of 1052
this one may be impossible:
early to mid 70s is when i saw this movie, but i have no idea if it is in fact older

astronauts go on a journey to i think it was mars, they discover a giant ball/orb structure..... the giant orb splits open and ends up dragging one of the astronauts inside of it and the other astronaut has to blow it up and the kidnapped astronaut ends up dying

sorry i really dont remember much about the movie, but its been 30+ years since i actually saw it
post #14 of 1052
I ask one for a friend of mine:

She says the movie was about some soldiers who in war (mostlikely Vietnam) got tested with a new experimental drug. They get horrible hallucinations. Later on, they also get plagued by them in normal city life and she says, the hero possibly died in the very end.
post #15 of 1052
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Originally Posted by Chris Myers
I ask one for a friend of mine:

She says the movie was about some soldiers who in war (mostlikely Vietnam) got tested with a new experimental drug. They get horrible hallucinations. Later on, they also get plagued by them in normal city life and she says, the hero possibly died in the very end.
Sounds like Jacob's Ladder.
post #16 of 1052
Good thread, good thread. I have a scene from this horror movie stabbed in my head from days long past that still terrifies me and I wish to hell I could watch just one more time. Here goes:

Kids camping out in woods (with or without adults, can't remember)... kid in a sleeping bag zipped up to the rim with only his face exposed... MUTANT BEAR, I shit you not, COMES OUT OUT NOWHERE AND KILLS EVERYONE (maybe not everyone but I'm just guessing here)... kid Still in sleeping bag zipped up to the rim hops away screaming... kid in sleeping bag gets slammed or thrown against a tree FUCKIN' HARD BOOM... that's all I remember. I believe this piece of gruesome magic centers around mutated animals of some sort; not sure though.

I need this movie. Like a kid needs a sleeping bag in the cold. Nevermind the mutant bear, fuck him, Gimme The Heat, Man! Ahem. Little help?
post #17 of 1052
I believe that's "The Prophecy" with Armand Assante and Talia Shire.
post #18 of 1052
Huh. So it IS called The Prophecy. Whenever I tell my folks about 'that bear movie' they laugh and go "Prophecy", and I'm all "No No No that's Christopher Walken, he's not in this", and my brother always nervously laughs "SHUT UP!" and leaves the room. Long story.



Merry Christmas, Jacknife. And Thank You.
post #19 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Prankster
Sounds like Jacob's Ladder.
First thing that came to my mind, but she insists it's not Jacob. Wondering.

Anyways, that bear movie sounds awesome. I'm gonna rent/buy that one. Maybe the bear - after beaten to a bloody mess - also reaches out for Talia Shire in the end and begins to scream ADRRIIIOARRR...
post #20 of 1052
All right, so check it...

Many moons ago (I'm thinking 1997), on TV there was this show shot all Blair Witch Style which documented Aliens attacking a family.

Does anyone remember this or know the title of this show? It's driving me up a goddamned wall.
post #21 of 1052
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Originally Posted by Devildoubt
All right, so check it...

Many moons ago (I'm thinking 1997), on TV there was this show shot all Blair Witch Style which documented Aliens attacking a family.

Does anyone remember this or know the title of this show? It's driving me up a goddamned wall.
Oh god! I have no idea what the title of it is but I know what you're talking about and it's been driving me nuts as well. I was sort of young when I watched it but I remember being very entertained.

Edit: I did a google search and found this thread: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com...hp/t20979.html

Apparently it's called "Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County"
post #22 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Werewolf Girl
Oh god! I have no idea what the title of it is but I know what you're talking about and it's been driving me nuts as well. I was sort of young when I watched it but I remember being very entertained.

Edit: I did a google search and found this thread: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com...hp/t20979.html

Apparently it's called "Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County"
Thanks Werewolf Girl. The best part of this show is when the kid pees himself. On TV!
post #23 of 1052
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Originally Posted by P-3
Mine is from the mid 80's. I'd say 84 or 85.

I could have sworn it starred John Stockwell, but when I cross reference his movies the title doesn't ring a bell. The description of CITY LIMITS seems close, but not quite. It could be it though. I only remember one scene from the movie:

One of the heroes (not the John Stockwell character) is undercover, infiltrating a gang. He has an earring and wears a Dead Kennedy's T-shirt.
At one point he is fighting a guy, and the guy rips his earrring out...

Can anyone confirm if this is indeed the movie I'm thinking of?

?

And no, it's not HIDING OUT.
Is it UNDER COVER (1987) directed by John Stokwell?

It sprang to mind from having the vinyl for the Todd Rundgren score.
...and, of course, it's got Jennifer Jason Leigh!

Same damn year as HIDING OUT.

...1997 had two volcano movies
...1998 needed two incoming space rock films
...and way back in 1987, Hollywood answered the call to plug the 'grownups undercover in high school film" void.
post #24 of 1052
For some reason I think this one was on the Disney Channel. Anyway, it's about this ordinary family that some how end in a town where the people are really robots. Oh, and they hold their guns upside-down.
post #25 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by prizm
this one may be impossible:
early to mid 70s is when i saw this movie, but i have no idea if it is in fact older

astronauts go on a journey to i think it was mars, they discover a giant ball/orb structure..... the giant orb splits open and ends up dragging one of the astronauts inside of it and the other astronaut has to blow it up and the kidnapped astronaut ends up dying

sorry i really dont remember much about the movie, but its been 30+ years since i actually saw it
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063311/

Mission Mars, starring Darren McGavin and Nick Adams.....
post #26 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nighttrap38
For some reason I think this one was on the Disney Channel. Anyway, it's about this ordinary family that some how end in a town where the people are really robots. Oh, and they hold their guns upside-down.
Invaders from Mars?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045917/
post #27 of 1052
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Originally Posted by Chris Wood
Nah, this was late-80's/early 90's. Sorry, should've included that detail.
post #28 of 1052
Need help with the following, should be easy:

Christmas movie, features a young boy wanting a BB gun, constantly being countered by those in the position to get said gun with "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

Just saw a horrible commerical parody of it, but it reminded me how much I loved that film.
post #29 of 1052
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Originally Posted by Y3k-Bug
Need help with the following, should be easy:

Christmas movie, features a young boy wanting a BB gun, constantly being countered by those in the position to get said gun with "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

Just saw a horrible commerical parody of it, but it reminded me how much I loved that film.
A Christmas Story.
post #30 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anderson
A Christmas Story.
I'm not sure if there is a single person alive that doesn't like this film. Osama Bin Laden likes 'A Christmas Story'.
post #31 of 1052
It's allright, but I've never quite understood its enormous popularity.
post #32 of 1052
okay, so now that we have an official thread, I can finally describe the movie that has been bugging me for years.

Here's what I remember:
- Saw it on TV in the mid-90s
- Remember it starting out pretty quiet, but becoming a horror movie towards the end.
- The main characters were two kids and their sister.
- At one point, a bunch of bugs get zapped in a bug zapper.
- A bunch of stuff in their house starts catching on fire.
- One of the boys becomes a demon, and gets a barbie doll leg jammed through his eye.
- Towards the end, the main character has an eye ball implanted in his hand. He picks up a piece of glass and is about to stab it. I'm not sure if he did or not as I was young and became too scared (I was squeamish).

Hope that's enough info.
post #33 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Desert Squirrel
Here's what I remember:
- Saw it on TV in the mid-90s
- Remember it starting out pretty quiet, but becoming a horror movie towards the end.
- The main characters were two kids and their sister.
- At one point, a bunch of bugs get zapped in a bug zapper.
- A bunch of stuff in their house starts catching on fire.
- One of the boys becomes a demon, and gets a barbie doll leg jammed through his eye.
- Towards the end, the main character has an eye ball implanted in his hand. He picks up a piece of glass and is about to stab it. I'm not sure if he did or not as I was young and became too scared (I was squeamish).

Hope that's enough info.
The Gate.
post #34 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by soylentgreen
Is it UNDER COVER (1987) directed by John Stokwell?

It sprang to mind from having the vinyl for the Todd Rundgren score.
...and, of course, it's got Jennifer Jason Leigh!

Same damn year as HIDING OUT.

...1997 had two volcano movies
...1998 needed two incoming space rock films
...and way back in 1987, Hollywood answered the call to plug the 'grownups undercover in high school film" void.
? I can't say. That was later than what I was thinking (87 vs 84-85) but I could be wrong.
Has anyone seen UNDER COVER? And does it have a scene of an under cover cop/agent in a DK t-shirt getting his earring pulled out? That's all I got!

(Thanks for the info!)
post #35 of 1052
Is the John Stockwell movie Radioactive Dreams? Post-apocalyptic dudes acting like '40s private eyes? Disco zombies? Dudikoff?
post #36 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Wood
It's allright, but I've never quite understood its enormous popularity.
i'm with you. it strikes me as just another one of those movies that require nostalgic attachment (and by that, i mean growing up watching it) to love, like The Goonies or The Secret Of Nimh. A Christmas Story never makes it into my annual Christmas docket unlike Die Hard and It's A Wonderful Life
post #37 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hammerhead
Is the John Stockwell movie Radioactive Dreams? Post-apocalyptic dudes acting like '40s private eyes? Disco zombies? Dudikoff?
No.

I'm pretty sure it's a one word title.
post #38 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by weakfingers
i'm with you. it strikes me as just another one of those movies that require nostalgic attachment (and by that, i mean growing up watching it) to love, like The Goonies or The Secret Of Nimh. A Christmas Story never makes it into my annual Christmas docket unlike Die Hard and It's A Wonderful Life
OK, but here's where I shock you and say I don't get the Goonies phenomenon either. I'm more of an ET guy.
post #39 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr Vivisector,
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063311/

Mission Mars, starring Darren McGavin and Nick Adams.....
YES thats it thank you!
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post #41 of 1052
Pretty sure it's an 80s flick. Sci-fi, maybe post-apocalyptic, as I remember people wearing military uniforms and body armor. The only scene I remember is a huge Landmaster-like vehicle (no, it's not Damnation Alley) crossing a suspension bridge in the rain whilst the hero and villain fight inside. I think one combatant is knocked down with with a fire extinguisher to the head allowing the hero to escape before the vehicle explodes or falls to the ravine below.

Warlords might be it, but I honestly don't remember it being 1989. Thought it was early 80s as I saw it around the time I saw Flash Gordon.

EDIT: I should have kept looking. It's Warlords of the 21st Century. Mods can delete this post if they like.
post #42 of 1052
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Wood
OK, but here's where I shock you and say I don't get the Goonies phenomenon either. I'm more of an ET guy.
fair enough. i can't stand ET for the most part. i was just trying to equate the movies' appeal in what seems to be a basis on childhood memories of the stories. 80s films seem to suffer most from this subjective aspect from what i can see. kinda weird, but i guess there's some sense to be made of it if it's studied enough
post #43 of 1052
It's not enough to merely understand Goonies nostalgia. We must eradicate it.
post #44 of 1052
There was one I saw as a kid where some white kid had a deaf sister,and he hung out with some native american child with pigtails.And he dreamt the Indian kid had like,robot parts inside him.Not sure what the point of the movie was...
post #45 of 1052
Ok. Big musical comedy, right. People are dressed as animals. The main story is basically the Big Bad Wolf and a family of sheeps. They have no father so the Big Bad Wolf wants to get it on with the sheep mother. She tries to keep him away from her. Anyway towards the end there's this big ball, this big party and the children sheeps are left alone in the house when the mother is away at the party. Best oppotunity for the wolf to storm in get right of the kids. They do manage to escape with the wolf on their trail and he finally falls to his death.

This movie used to be shown every year during Holidays when I was a kid in Montreal. It's obviously a children show but there were many scary moments in it. It's a musical. Another thing I remember from it was that there were scenes that were happening on the ice, people were skating a few places. And there was this awesome man-parrot that was usualy the "host" of some kind at the parties and he was chanting "tickets! tickets!"(while throwing tickets everywhere with people running to get them, I think).
post #46 of 1052
This is frustrating, I was discussing movies with someone and she vaguely mentioned a film she liked where a couple go down underneath to the 50's.

I said Pleasantville and she said nay, and it couldn't be Back to the Future, so I am stumped.

Never, Blast From the Past, damn her.
post #47 of 1052
I saw this a looooong time ago when I was a kid (the school was showing it, which was odd, and you'll see why).

Anyway, the story goes I guess that three sisters live on this small farm or something in the woods and their mother dies, I believe. So they leave the farm and I have no idea where they are heading and they need a place to stay and this woman is trying to let them stay at her place (this looks to be in the early 1900s or late 1800s). And I believe the woman is some sort of witch. And they sleep in a loft above the house or something and the younger sister hears the witch talking about how she's going to kill them. And the witch also has this big brutish husband. And he has this sack, that he's going to beat the sisters.

So, anyway, the younger sister tells the others their plans and they make an escape. And somewhere along the way on the road the two older sisters leave the younger sister and I don't know why, it might be that the younger one wants to stay behind and I think someone had offered the them shillings or something to bring them the head of the witch. So she goes back up to that place and and this is where everything gets fuzzy, I believe the brutish husband thinks he's captured the young girl but it's really his dog and he beats it up to a bloody pulp. Somehow I believe the girl makes it out alive and has the head of the witch in a box at the end.

Someone please know this movie I've got to see it! Something tells me it was some short film in a case of other weird tales.



The other movie I don't have much to go one other that there were a group of kids who found this woman's body (or possibly a limb) under a deck or something and the killer found out about it. There's a big kid in it too. At the end where everything is okay, they're on a boat, all happy and stuff.

Someone told me "Stand by me" but that wasn't it. And it's not "Jack the Bear". This does seem like a 90s movie.
post #48 of 1052

Horror Movie.

This is annoying the heck out of me. I saw a horror movie on TV when I was young that freaked me out... I still think about it from time to time, but I have no idea what it's called.

I figure with all the horror aficionados here, someone might know?

Psychic teenage girl has a link with a psycho killer guy. She can see his victims and pieces of the murders. He ends up at her house to kill her, chops through her dad with an ax. I believe they're on a pier at the end of the movie, and he ends up going into the drink (I want to say there's a forklift involved, but I'm not 100% sure if I'm mixing that up with something else).

??

Thank you!
post #49 of 1052
summer smile: Your description reminds me a bit of Phenomena:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087909/
post #50 of 1052
Okay, I just recently had one today while talking with my brother about old 80's action movies. Chuck Norris.

In a desert. A black man was his buddy co-star. A temple of some sort? Kind of foggy on that. I remember somewhere in the movie Norris is tied down in the middle of a desert. I saw this movie at like 3AM on late night TV when I was like 10 years old or something.

I could probably look on IMDb, certainly, but I don't feel like going through every single one of Norris' movies.
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