Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Forgotten Classic Video(s) of the Week

Yes, kids...in honor of today being Halloween, I'm giving out videos like candy! But just like candy corn, please don't gorge yourself on them. They may be irresistible at first but you'll pay for it later.

All three of these vids have one thing in common - they're all songs from movie soundtracks.

First up, we have "Dream Warriors" by Dokken. This is from 1987's A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. As far as the hard-rock bands of the '80s go, Dokken was always one of my faves. This song is definitely a weak spot in their catalog, in my opinion. I can't really blame them though. It must be hard to draw inspiration from a cheesy slasher flick. I'm not a fan of the Freddy movies. The only one I saw all the way through was the first one. The bastard killed Johnny Depp.

Enjoy this nice slab of cheese starring Patricia Arquette. If only someone had figured out in the first movie that the power of rock was all it took to kill Freddy, we wouldn't have had to endure 7 or 8 more of these crap-fests.

Next up is "Pet Sematary" by The Ramones from the 1989 movie of the same name. The book was fairly good, the movie wasn't. Who can believe a 4-year old kid wielding a scalpel? I can just imagine his mother offscreen provocatively shaking a Tupperware bowl of Cheerios, trying to bribe the kid into making his best "evil face." I don't know if the kid got his snack that day because it wasn't very convincing. But the bastard killed Herman Munster.

This has to be one of the peppiest songs I've ever heard about being buried and possibly coming back from the dead. Then again, The Ramones wrote one of the peppiest songs about wanting to be sedated, too. I guess Joey Ramone's dark glasses were actually rose-colored.

Finally, here is "Lost in the Shadows" by Lou Gramm". This is from 1987's vampire classic, The Lost Boys. Unlike the previous two movies mentioned, I love this one. It's been a little played out recently, especially with Bravo airing it seemingly every other day this month. Still, I always end up watching it. Who doesn't look back fondly on the era of the Coreys? Who gets tired of looking at Jason Patric? Who wouldn't want to be bitten by the hot, long-haired vampire played by Billy Wirth? My only problem with this movie is that he doesn't get nearly enough screen time. And then that bastard, the Haimster, killed him.

As for the song, I have no problem admitting that I like it. I've always thought Lou Gramm had one of those great voices just made for rock. The whole Lost Boys soundtrack is pretty good. The best tune has to be "Good Times" by INXS and Jimmy Barnes. I didn't post that here because it's way too much of a feel-good song, and I couldn't find the original video on YouTube, just some in-studio footage. Anyway...enjoy the curly-haired wonder.


Edge said...

The last video was the redeeming one. That was such a good movie! I really want to go home and watch Lost Boys, Haunted Honeymoon or Harry Potter 4. Can't decide which.


Lee Ann said...

I hope you get some candy tonight!

Teri said...

Happy Halloween!

Writeprocrastinator said...

I remember going with my cousin to see "Nightmare 3" at a theater not that far from Compton and being the only person in the whole theater rocking out to the "Dream Warriors" song at the end of the credits.

Funny though, I can't remember Lou Gramm being on "The Lost Boys" soundtrack. I remember that INXS song that wasn't an INXS song, as well as Echo & The Bunnymen doing a great version of "When You're Strange."

Happy Halloween, BTW.

Metal Mark said...

I have seen all three films and liked all them pretty well. The Lost Boys is kind of dated though.


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