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Old October 24 2012, 11:02 PM   #421
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

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Who's Richard Matheson?
Okay, that just hurts . . .

The Incredible Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, The Night Stalker, Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, Duel, A Stir of Echoes, Hell House, TOS's "The Enemy Within," numerous classic episodes of original Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel" . . . .

Basically, one of the most influential sf and horror writers of the last century. Trust me, you've seen something written by Matheson or based on one of his books or stories. He also scripted several of the old Roger Corman "Poe" movies starring Vincent Price.

(Full disclosure: I've been Richard's editor for over twenty years now.)
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I'm not sure anyone ever accused Richard of being a hard-science guy. He's more rooted in the Twilight Zone school of sf/fantasy/horror . . .
Granted, but then he should just stay away from the explanations.

I'm referring to three egregious errors. The first is the announcement that the main character shrinks by "one-seventh of an inch per day", a nice round number which means he loses an inch a week. He also refers to that as a constant rate.
I believe even Richard regrets the one-inch-a-week thing now, which he concedes was a little too glib and convenient.

(Full disclosure: I've been Matheson's editor for decades now, although Shrinking Man was bit before my time!)
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Oh, cool. Well, tell him he's got a casual fan who's still creeped out by "Shipshape Home" 33 years after first reading it.
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Old October 24 2012, 11:52 PM   #422
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Oops!

I'm relieved to find out that I haven't been relentlessly plugging Matheson in vain.
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Old October 25 2012, 09:30 AM   #423
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

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No, I don't know that story. What did Richard have to say?
Well, it's a minor story, but nice. In the early 80s, I was (of course) an avid reader of Twilight Zone magazine. They did an interview with Matheson and in it he talked about the unproduced third Kolchak movie, Night Killers. Being young and impetuous, I sent him off a letter in care of the magazine, asking if he had any remaining copies he'd be willing to sell. I never expected to get a reply. In short order, though, I received a very nice letter back, explaining that he's a working writer and once he's done with a project he just moves right on to the next, and if he did have a copy he didn't have time to search for it. He also included a compliment to TZ magazine. I was quite happy that he had been nice enough to reply and I still have the letter.

And, of course, I now have a hardcover edition of all three scripts (which set me back $150), which I found out after I received it is a signed and numbered edition. Although there's one page missing from Night Killers....
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Old October 26 2012, 06:51 AM   #424
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The dirty secret? Greg wrote that letter.

Looks like The Last Man on Earth airs this Halloween on TCM. My favorite of the three versions and probably my favorite Price movie. So between Last Man, Omega Man and Will Smith what's your favorite?

I recorded Last Man many moons ago and set the VCR to record it with time to spare but a live event ran long and my Mom and I watched it only to have the ending missing and it took *years* to find again. And now it's frickin' everywhere, cable, DVD, Netflix!
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Old October 26 2012, 09:25 AM   #425
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^^ Yeah, I've had that experience with quite a few things.

I haven't seen the Will Smith version of LMOE yet. It's hard to say which of the other versions is my favorite, since they're so different. I saw Omega Man first and I liked it a lot. Stylistically, I like the Vincent Price version better and, overall, I like Price better than Heston. I guess it's a toss up.
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Old October 26 2012, 01:49 PM   #426
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I haven't seen the Will Smith version of LMOE yet.
Matheson's original novel was called I Am Legend, not The Last Man on Earth. The Smith movie is the only adaptation that didn't change the title, although it apparently changed a whole lot else, including the ending.
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Old October 26 2012, 04:57 PM   #427
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The ending change pissed me off... And the scene w/the dog almost made me leave the theater, even if it did make sense.

I have the Price version on the hard drive, gotta get to watching it. I saw Omega Man back in the day but not since... I recall mainly laughing at Heston.
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Old October 27 2012, 09:26 AM   #428
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^^ Well, Omega Man was certainly contemporary-- but I suppose they all were.

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I haven't seen the Will Smith version of LMOE yet.
Matheson's original novel was called I Am Legend, not The Last Man on Earth. The Smith movie is the only adaptation that didn't change the title, although it apparently changed a whole lot else, including the ending.
Yeah, I've got the book. I had so little interest in the Will Smith version that I wasn't even aware of the title.
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Old October 27 2012, 05:34 PM   #429
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I saw The Last Man on Earth a few months ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. I loved how he'd go to sleep at night on his couch with the zombies banging at his door moaning "Morgan! Come out! Come Ouuuuuut Morgan! Morrrrrgaaaan! We are going to kill you! Do you hear, Morgan?" Gripping and a little campy. Good stuff. Here's the whole movie...



I haven't seen The Omega Man, but I'd like to.
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Old October 27 2012, 06:58 PM   #430
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The Last Man On Earth is also currently streaming on Netflix.

The Omega Man is terrible. It doesn't even come close to either of Heston's other sf offerings of the same period (Planet of the Apes; Soylent Green). I'm surprised that it gets so much praise online.
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Old October 27 2012, 08:09 PM   #431
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Sunday 10/28 1100 PM

First Men in the Moon [1964]

And here's the trailer they're showing, a classic in it itself...



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Old October 28 2012, 09:55 AM   #432
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^^ First Men In The Moon is a fantastic picture.

I don't think Omega Man is terrible at all. It doesn't compare favorably to Planet of the Apes, but not much does. I think it compares favorably to Soylent Green, which, aside from its classic punchline, is kind of tedious and awkwardly directed.
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Old October 31 2012, 09:30 AM   #433
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Here's TCM's Halloween Marathon schedule:

6:30 AM - London After Midnight (1927)

7:30 AM - The Ghoul (1933)

9:00 AM - House Of Dark Shadows (1970)

11:00 AM - Repulsion (1965)

1:00 PM - Dementia 13 (1963)

2:30 PM - Last Man On Earth (1964)

4:00 PM - Devil Bat (1940)

5:15 PM - White Zombie (1932)

6:30 PM - Body Snatcher (1945)

8:00 PM - Frankenstein (1931)

9:30 PM - Son Of Frankenstein (1939)

11:15 PM - Wolf Man (1941)

12:30 AM - Mummy (1932)

2:00 AM - Mummy's Hand (1940)

3:15 AM - Island of Lost Souls (1933)

4:30 AM - Invisible Man (1933)

Some great stuff. Only two I'm not familiar with: Repulsion and London After Midnight, which is a lost silent film, reconstructed here from stills-- that should be interesting.
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Old October 31 2012, 03:41 PM   #434
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Re: TCM Genre movies schedule...

Wait...

They're skipping "Bride of Frankenstein"?! "Son of Frankenstein" is by far the weakest of the first three, effectively negating the character development of Karloff's Creature seen in the second. (Funny, that seems very much like the situation with "Alien 3", all Ripley's efforts to save Newt, Hicks and Bishop...all for nothing with the opening of the third installment.)

No matter, alas. With my cousin's arrival this evening, it'll be either cooking shows or NCIS playing.

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Old October 31 2012, 10:16 PM   #435
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Actually, I was familiar with Repulsion, after all. Strange choice for Halloween. It's more of an art film than a horror film.
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