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Cult Films from Hollywood

By Kenneth J. McCormick

Cult films, we have all heard the term, but, what exactly is a cult film? A cult film is one that has a special appeal to a certain segment of the population. Since only a segment of the population enjoys these films, the appeal to the general population is limited. The people that enjoy these films might enjoy seeing them over many times thus making them a financial success. Cult films are usually very different than the run of the mill movies. They are more likely to be off beat than not.

cult films A very good example of this is one of the most successful cult movies of all times, The Rocky Horror Picture Show from 1975. For many people, there was nothing better to do on the weekend than go see the The Rocky Horror Picture Show. They saw it over and over. People used to mouth the words before the actors said them. Others shouted out the lines before they were said. The Rocky Horror Picture Show started out as a play in a small London Theater Then it became a smash hit as an international stage show, then it became a motion picture. All this happened within 18 months. I don't know how long it stayed in the movies but it must have been at least 10 years. It was usually shown at midnight and only on the weekends but still managed to make hundreds of millions of dollars.

Not all cult films were made as entertainment

In 1936 the government produced a documentary titled Reefer Madness. It was supposed to show the evils of smoking Marijuana This film is considered as campy entertainment. So what was this movie about that made it so popular to watch? A high school principal narrates the film which shows high school students smoking pot and going crazy to the point where murder is committed. In the background jazz is playing. The way the movie was constructed, some of the scenes look like something out of a comedy. When this was made, no one dreamed that it would become a cult favorite.

Plan 9 From Outer Space by Ed Wood is usually classified as the worst movie ever made. It is so bad that it is funny. Ed Wood was famous for never reshooting a scene no matter what happened. One famous scene has a zombie rising from a grave, but unfortunately all the tomb stones around him are cardboard and shake as he climbs out of the grave. Another problem that poor Ed Wood had was that his star died in the middle of the production, he was Bella Lugosi. He substituted his wife's chiropodist who went through the rest of the movie with his arm and cape over the bottom of his face. And who could forget the airplane scene where a pilot in a commercial plane is sitting in what is supposed to be a cockpit. The only problem is that it is a room with a black curtain behind him and the flight controls are just a piece of 2 X 4 with a piece of plywood shaped in a semi circle with two handles. Believe me when I tell you that no one has ever made anything this bad before or since. He ran out of money and needed to do a scene with a flying saucer so he took a hubcap and doused it with lighter fluid and set it on fire and threw it into the air and filmed it. This film is still watched today as a comedy.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High was a movie that was released in 1982. It is claimed that all events in the movie really happened and that all the characters in the movie were based on real people. The author of the book from which the movie came, actually spent a year in a high school with the permission of the school. People like this movie because it reminds them of their time spent in high school. This movie is one of the most popular of all the teen flicks of the 80s.
Eraserhead was a movie that took over 5 years to film. This was David Lynch's first full length movie. This was a weird movie folks. In a world gone crazy, Henry Spencer lives in a town where giant machines make noise, are spewing smoke and pollution. His building seems abandoned and he listens to the radiator where he can hear a woman singing. His lights flicker on and off and he keeps bowls of water in his dresser. He has a girl friend who bears his horrible looking child. The movie is depressing, yet some find it fascinating and like the idea of the unusual photography that was introduced into this 1977 movie. Some scenes have a sort of dreamy quality. Not many words are spoken and the script was only 22 pages long.

2001 A Space Odyssey featured the evil HAL, the onboard computer, that controlled a space ship going to investigate a monolith in orbit around Jupiter. Monoliths had been found on the Moon which prompted the expedition. There is something that wasn't counted on, however, and that is the fact that HAL has either became insane or has misinterpreted his instructions. He now thinks that he should kill the crew. This movie has a very quiet and mysterious quality. It is easy to see why it has become a cult favorite. It is all about intelligence, man's intelligence, animals intelligence and machine intelligence. An interesting aside, flights to the space station are run by Pan Am. This carrier went out of business but was one of the biggest at the time the movie was made in 1968.

There is no way to know in advance what movies will become cult favorites. Something just clicks with the population and people start talking about a certain film and then begin to see it more than once. Some people boasted that they had seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show, hundreds of times. I actually know someone who went every weekend for at least a year. So there you are, even a terrible movies like Plan 9 From Outer Space, that cost practically nothing to make, relatively speaking, can become a cult film and make money.

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Hollywood Screw Ups And Free Movies

By Kenneth J. McCormick
(All references to the Public Domain refer to U.S. Law. Laws may be different in other countries)
Copyrights and patents seem to be on everything. But I shouldn't talk since all of my articles are copyrighted. The only reason that I mention this is the fact that some artistic works don't have a copyright. Usually this is because something went wrong in the copyright process or they were meant to be free. I was stunned to find that there were Hollywood movies that are not copyrighted.

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An example of this is the 1941 movie, Meet John Doe, which was directed by Frank Capra and produced by Warner Brothers. If you look it up on the Internet Archive you will see it is clearly marked Public Domain under the Creative Commons license. We are talking about a film staring such greats as Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold and Walter Brennan. Someone really screwed up with this film.
Another big film that is in the Public Domain is Charade. We are talking about a Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn film. Someone forgot to put the required copyright notice in the released print. I bet he or she was looking for another job right after that. The film was released in 1963.
A film entitled Salt Of The Earth was produced in 1954. What made it unusual was the fact that it was made by people who were blacklisted. This usually happened because Senator McCarthy had accused them of being Communists. The film stared Wil Geer and Rosaura Revueltas. and is also in the Public Domain. I have no idea why this is.

Till The Clouds Roll By was released in 1946 and is the life story of famous composer Jerome Kern and is another film that fell into the Public Domain. It had quite a cast, June Allyson, Robert Walker, Lucille Bremer, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra.
Here is one of my favorite movies, I still can't believe it is Public Domain but it is listed as such by the Internet Archive. It is DOA. It was released in 1950 and starred Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, Neville Brand and Lawrence Dobkin. The story line is about a man trying to find the person that gave him a slow acting poison. If you are going to download any films make sure this is one of them, you won't be disappointed.
Then there are those films that you might never have gone to see anyway.

In 1956 Dementia a/k/a Daughter of Horror was released. It stared Richard Barron and Adrienne Barret. This is a shorty, running only 56 minutes. Public Domain at its worst, even if it wasn't meant to be Public Domain.
Radar Men From The Moon. Its a serial and is part one. But part one landed up as Public Domain. It is a Commando Cody serial for those of you old enough to remember who he was.

These films are too large for me to store them on my website for download but you can go to The Internet Archive and download these films. You should click on 'moving images' first then select 'feature films' as the search type. Next type in the name of the movie to download in the search box. You will get a few free movies out of this if you can download big files.

If you check you should also be able to find many free animations such as Superman. Enjoy yourself.

Ken is the webmaster of About Facts Net. This is an interesting free internet magazine. The articles are suitable for family viewing and often contain photos, video and audio. Copyright © 2005 by About Facts Net and its licensors. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to reprint this article if all links are left intact and no changes made. This means that everything including this notice must be copied


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Haunted Hollywood

By Kenneth J. McCormick
When you talk about haunting, if you do, then you have to include Hollywood stars. It seems that more dead stars are suspected of haunting places than people from any other walk of life. Many of these so-called ghosts, are said to be haunting busy places, such as hotels. I thought it might be fun to look into this a little more. Let’s start with one of my all time favorite stars, Marilyn Monroe
marilyn munroeThe Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. It is said that Marilyn has been seen quite a few times inside of a mirror there. The mirror is a full-length mirror that is located next to the elevators on the lower level, but the funny thing about this is that this mirror used to be in the room that Marilyn frequented. The room was poolside and was Suite 1200. Could the beautiful ghost of Marilyn be uneasy? One never knows, after all, there are many theories that state that Marilyn was murdered, is she trying to tell us something?

The Knickerbocker Hotel was built right in the heart of Hollywood. It wasn't a hotel when it opened, it was a luxury apartment building. In later years it became a famous hotel where the Hollywood stars would hang out. Its bar, the Renaissance Revival bar, was very popular with actors and actresses. Some actors lived at the hotel on a permanent basis. One famous actor was William Frawley. You may remember him from the "I Love Lucy" tv show, he was Fred Mertz. He died in the hotel in 1966 of a sudden heart attack. Marilyn Monroe spent her honeymoon with Joe DiMaggio there. D.W. Griffith, the movie pioneer died sitting right under the huge crystal chandelier in the lobby.

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When Harry Houdini was dying he told his wife that he would do everything he could to contact her from the beyond. Every year since his death on Halloween night until 1936 séances were conducted. The first one was held on the roof of the Knickerbocker hotel. His wife Bess Houdini, and some magicians and friends were present. They tried to contact Harry for over an hour and finally gave up, but as they did, out of nowhere, violent lightning and thunder began to boom and light up the sky scaring all the participants. Was this Harry Houdini letting everyone know he heard them? The Hotel is now a senior citizen home.
They say that Rudolph Valentino, the famous silent movie star, is the most traveled Hollywood ghost, showing up in many different places. There have been reports of the ghost of Valentino being seen in the company of the ghost of Marilyn Monroe. Is that rascal, who was a tremendous womanizer in real life, now one in the spiritual world? Well at least he has good taste. A woman said she encountered the ghost of Valentino while she was walking along a deserted beach. She went on to say further that he was wearing the same flowing robes that he wore in some of his movies. It is also said the Valentino's ghost can be seen at night walking through Hollywood Forever Cemetery, his final resting place. I can't help but remark that the cemetery seems NOT to be his FINAL RESTING place because he doesn't seem to be getting much rest according to many reports.

There is a restaurant named Sweet Lady Jane's in Los Angeles. Many patrons of this establishment have reported seeing the ghost of Orson Wells sitting at a table. Further more, he was wearing a black cape. Some say that sometimes you can smell the smoke from the particular brand of cigar that Wells smoked and even smell the brandy he enjoyed here. When he is spotted, he seems to be sitting at his favorite table.
Some say that Ozzie Nelson is still living in the home that he had when he died. I guess living is the wrong term to use in this case, maybe occupying is better. Ozzie was the first half of Ozzie and Harriet, one of America's favorite couples. Their show ran for years on tv. After Ozzie died, Harriet sold the house and immediately the new owners discovered that there were some very strange things going on there. Lights were turning themselves on and off, door opened and closed on their own, water faucets turned on and off without the help of any human hand and they constantly heard foot steps going up and down on the staircase.
The strange story of Frances Farmer has to be told in any Hollywood haunting article. Frances Farmer became a huge name in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. By the time she was 27 she had made 18 films, stared in 3 Broadway plays and appeared in 32 major radio shows. At the top of her professional career she began to have problems in her personal life. She began to drink and take drugs for weight control. This caused her to act erratically on the set and she soon became a problem. She got into a fight in the Knickerbocker hotel and the police dragged her, half naked, through the lobby and she was later sent to the screen actor's sanitarium. She was given insulin treatments and they put her into shock. This went on for 7 years. She escaped once but was caught. It is said that the hospital staff was brutal to the patients. She was finally given a lobotomy and released. She was no longer the same person; the hospital stay and treatment had destroyed Frances Farmer. She died at 57 years old and was alone and broke. Many people say they have seen the ghost of Frances Farmer walking the halls of the Knickerbocker hotel and they feel that it will never be able to rest.

Ken is the webmaster of About Facts Net. This is an interesting free internet magazine. The articles are suitable for family viewing and often contain photos, video and audio.

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One of my friend send me this video to be uploaded in my blog and youtube.This video shows how Santhosh Pandit attacking media person.At first I thought its funny, later, ya some stuff in it too.

Santhosh Pandit is an Indian actor, director, composer, lyricist, producer, costumer, record producer, editor, and special effects director who works in the Malayalam film industry, who came to fame with a self-produced film and album titled 'Krishnanum Radhayum'. The soundtrack of the film, which included a song titled 'Rathri Shubharathri', was released toYoutube in May 2011, and as of August 12, 2011 has gained close to 3,000,000 views. He became an overnight Youtube sensation, inspiring hundreds of parodies, and response videos. The main song in particular, has attracted attention due to its abject failure to entertain, which critics and laypeople remarked as 'the worst song in Malayalam'. Other videos such as professional interviews of the person, as well as an abusive telephone exchange by Pandit with young men, have garnered close to 500,000 views.

Other points of criticism about the videos include a sexist, and sexually abusive treatment of the main female lead, as well as amateur editing, and production qualities. The film in question is multilingual, having been shot in Tamil, Hindi, and English. It was scheduled to be released in the beginning of May, though it was shifted to August, and then later shifted indefinitely due to lack of takers. Pandit is also planning to produce other films namely, Kalidasan Kavithayezhuthukayanu (2011) and Jithu Bhai Enna Chocolate Bhai (2011) where he shall take on the same duties. He was recently cited as an example of viral media in emerging markets in a thesis submitted to Anna University. He has been called the Rebecca Black of Kerala, and comes in the recent line of harshly criticized vanity productions which have inundated the industry due to the decreasing production costs as a result of new technologies, some of which like the album 'Silsila' by singer Hariharan, also received similar criticism and fame.


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