Moviedrome Mondays: The People Under the Stairs (1991)

Welcome back my dear readers for my first Moviedrome Monday entry since 4 weeks ago. I am glad to be back though 🙂 I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to horror director Wes Craven’s 1991 satirical horror film The People Under the Stairs. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was July 3, 1994 (read here). While I still rank The Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street as Craven’s two greatest films, The People Under the Stairs may be the film of his that I admire the most alongside New Nightmare and his first two Scream movies. Like Cox, I too revere social comment within the horror genre and his mentioning of the film’s protagonists makes me wonder what he thinks of African-American director/writer Jordan Peele’s two horror films so far, which in this case are Get Out and Us?

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The People Under the Stairs

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

On Break

There will be no Moviedrome Monday entries tomorrow, next Monday and the Monday after. I am taking a break from this blog. Do not worry though, I will return with new blog entries (including that of new Moviedrome Monday entries) on Sunday July 25, 2021 🙂

Moviedrome Mondays: Salvador (1986)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Oliver Stone’s 1986 breakthrough political drama Salvador. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 26, 1994 (read here). I pretty much agree with what Cox has so eloquently (as usual) stated here. As for myself, I would say that Salvador ranks as one of Stone’s best films.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Salvador

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: The Harder They Come (1972)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Perry Henzell’s 1972 Jamaican cult crime classic The Harder They Come. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 19, 1994 (read here). Not much to add here except that I agree with every single that Cox has so eloquently (as always) stated about this influential film. Last, but not least, it features one of (If not) the greatest music soundtracks ever (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Harder They Come

Since I could not find a link to it’s actual original theatrical trailer on youtube, go search on youtube for various clips of the film

Here is a youtube video link of British film critic Mark Kermode talking about it as one of his BFI player choices of the week

Moviedrome Mondays: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) and The Narrow Margin (1952)

This Moviedrome Monday entry is a double bill consisting of two chase thrillers.

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

Not only could I not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Don Siegel’s 1968 action thriller Coogan’s Bluff, but the transcript page for it could not be found (read here). The episode’s original airdate was June 5, 1994 (read here). Coogan’s Bluff is not only a highly entertaining chase film in it’s own right, but considering that it is directed by Siegel and starring Eastwood as a cop (the first of their five collaborations), it may also serve as something of a dress rehearsal (as others have implied) for Dirty Harry three years later in 1971 – arguably their most financially successful teaming. Given the cowboy hat that deputy sheriff Walt Coogan (Eastwood’s character) wears in the film, some others have also implied that it is an intriguing blend of the cop thriller with the western. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Don Siegel films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

The Narrow Margin (1952)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing director Richard Fleischer’s 1952 film noir gem The Narrow Margin, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 5, 1994 (read here). Cox’s thoughts are always insightful, though I may be a bigger fan of the film than he is. Fleischer delivers a tightly paced low-budget thriller (set mostly on a train) that surprises viewers every step of the way. Equally inspired was the idea of casting unknowns in the roles. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Richard Fleischer films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Carnal Knowledge (1971)

Since I could not find a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Mike Nichols sexually frank 1971 drama Carnal Knowledge, readers will have to rely on Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 29, 1994 (read here). I am with Cox on this one in that it never really achieves it’s aims. Despite excellent performances from it’s cast, the emotional drama never really ignites or fascinates like it should.

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Talk Radio (1988)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to controversial film director Oliver Stone’s 1988 drama Talk Radio. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 22, 1994 (read here). Not much to add here except to say that I agree with Cox’s opinion here overall. Lead actor Eric Bogosian is electrifying as always. According to wikipedia, he is not only an actor, but a playwright, monologuist, novelist and historian. In other words, a quintuple threat. The always dynamic Michael Wincott also electrifies as a stoned heavy metal fan.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Talk Radio

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: The Andromeda Strain (1971) and Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Series 7 of Moviedrome opens with a double bill consisting of two science-fiction films – one is a Hollywood product and the other was financed independently.

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

I would like to give a special shout-out to Steve (click here to view his youtube channel), a loyal visitor to this site. A month or two ago, he found/uploaded a version of Alex Cox’s Moviedrome introduction to director Robert Wise’s 1971 science-fiction thriller The Andromeda Strain, that I will be posting a link to below. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 15, 1994 (read here). with the exception of his thoughts on They Live (I love that film), I agree with everything else Cox states (eloquently as usual) about this film. As for myself, I would rank The Andromeda Strain alongside Westworld (both the movie and the cable-television series) and Jurassic Park as my three favorite film adaptations of a Michael Crichton property. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Robert Wise films (read here).

Here is a link to Steve’s youtube video of Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Andromeda Strain

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer


Fiend Without a Face (1958)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Arthur Crabtree’s low-budget 1958 British cult B-monster movie Fiend Without a Face. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was May 16, 1994 (read here). Once again, I agree with Cox completely. When it comes to 1950’s horror/science-fiction films, Fiend Without a Face benefits largely from inventive special effects (stop-motion animation was reportedly used to create the brain creatures) and (shocking for it’s time) a fair share of blood and gore.

Here is a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to Fiend Without a Face

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: Carrie (1976)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director Brian De Palma’s 1976 horror classic Carrie. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 26, 1993 (read here). Series six ends on a high note as I am a huge fan of both Carrie and the work of it’s filmmaker (De Palma in this case). Along with Salem’s Lot, The Shining, The Dead Zone and The Dark Half, Carrie ranks as one of my five personal favorite film adaptations of a Stephen King novel. As usual, Cox offers up another insightful commentary. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Brian De Palma films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to Carrie

Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer

Moviedrome Mondays: What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)

I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar’s 1984 black comedy-drama What Have I Done to Deserve This?. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was September 20, 1993 (read here). Not much I can add here except to say that Cox’s thoughts on Spanish cinema in general is truly fascinating. As for myself, I have always been a huge fan of director/writer Pedro Almodovar’s films and while I would not rank What Have I Done to Deserve This? as high as some of his later works (Pain and Glory, Talk to Her and All About My Mother), it is still a great film nonetheless. If any of you readers are interested, here is a link to my favorite Pedro Almodovar films (read here).

Here is a youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Here is another youtube video link to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s intro to What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Since I could not find a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer, click here to see some youtube video links featuring one or two scenes of the film