5. The Pod From 2001 Made It To A Galaxy Far, Far Away
That’s correct. Somehow after all the events of 2001 and 201,0 an EVA pod managed to make its way through the universe and land smack dab into Watto’s junkyard in The Phantom Menace. It’s enough to make Stanley Kubrick roll in his grave had he not already tired himself out from A.I.
Look – it’s great that George Lucas wanted to give tribute to a film that no doubt inspired him over the years, but why in this film? This is like a serial killer carving “Go Red Sox” into one of his victims – just a terrible, terrible endorsement. It’s one thing to stick E.T. in your movie because you had a hand in it, but leave 2001 alone, guy.
4. Marion Crane Stands By Her Car 38 Years After Psycho
Chills, guys. Freaking chills. Even in a film where LL Cool J’s arc is finding out what kind of erotic novels to write, this is simply amazing to see. Not only do we have Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role in a Halloween movie, but we also have her doing it across from her mother Janet Leigh, yet another iconic horror queen. Sure – it’s not the first time mother and daughter did a scary movie together, just look at The Fog, but it is the first time we get to see Janet Leigh get in the very same car that drove her to the Bates Motel all those years ago.
Then comes the real chill, as she walks to the car we hear just the faintest reprisal of the very same score from the driving scene in Psycho. Fucking exhilarating. As far as people who aren’t John Carpenter go, I think director Steve Miner did amazingly in making this film.
3. The Ghostbusters’ PKE Meter Shows Up In They Live
Might as well keep that John Carpenter train going. Did anyone else notice this shit? The bad guys are using these futuristic walkie-talkies that are clearly just the PKE meters from Ghostbusters repainted black. It’s just one more beautiful detail to this already awesome film. The best part is that you can’t tell if they did it on purpose or not, much like the rest of the film as well.
Like, do you think there was any point between the Nana/Frank “put on the sunglasses” fist fight where someone stopped and asked, “Hey is this ridiculous?” or do you think that was the point all along? They Live is like that guy at the party who you can’t tell if he is messing with you or actually as crazy as he seems.
2. Young Frankenstein Simply Reused The Original 1931 Props
Okay – this was not out of budgetary necessity but rather part of the plan. Mel Brooks wanted his monster spoof to be as authentic to old Hollywood as he could get it, which was why he shot in black and white and at iconic locations from older films, one of which being the original 1931 Frankenstein.
To further tribute the originals, Brooks managed to get effects artist Ken Strickfaden to dig out the original props and set pieces from the laboratory. Strickfaden being the man behind the electrical effects in the original film and, of course, the famous Blackenstein follow up movie that everyone loves so much.
It’s always nice to see a film contributing to its own spoof – not unlike how they used both the original Saw set and the plane crash set from War Of The Worlds for those terrible Scary Movie sequels.
1. Sam Raimi’s 1973 Yellow Oldsmobile Delta 88
This car is to Sam Raimi what Bill Paxton is to James Cameron: dead on the inside but still presentable on camera.
The list is huge – originally serving as Ash’s car in the Evil Dead series, you can see it in Crimewave, Darkman, A Simple Plan, The Gift, Drag Me To Hell, and of course as Uncle Ben’s car in the Spider-Man series. This puppy has been around. It even appeared in his western The Quick And The Dead. That time he stuck it under a covered wagon so as to not, you know, confuse people.
Man, Bill Paxton should really direct another horror film; Frailty was the bomb. Seriously.