Friday, September 18, 2009

Marquee Memories: Shaft and Cannibal Ferox



You remember the surprise you felt the day you met up with your buddy, Private Eye John Shaft, to check out a Western Double Bill on that particularly cold New York afternoon in 1971? Neither film was that good but you both had a good time with your feet propped up, and you still smile when you recall throwing popcorn at a guy sleeping a few rows down from you. You both did your best Dean Martin impersonations as you said goodbye for the day with a hug and a high-five. Before making your way back to your apartment though you stopped for a moment to watch Shaft walk down the street looking like he owned the city.



Flash forward to nearly a decade later to another nippy New York afternoon when you were nursing a bad cold, and feeling that something was going seriously wrong in the city. You had fallen into a bad crowd and had taken to dealing on the side to support your own ever-growing habit. Coughing your way through John Cassavetes Gloria wasn’t the most pleasant experience but you dug Gena Rowlands, and thoughts of her kept you cool under the tropical heat of the jungle you soon found yourself in. You don't even remember the plane ride to that humid hellhole as you were so out of it, but you knew were there to hide out from the law and some former friends you had recently stolen some cash from. The cops and and your pissed off buddies both became the least of your problems though, when you soon found yourself trying to escape a group of crazy-assed cannibals. You gotta admit though that escaping those savage freaks helped sober you up, and upon your return to the city you promised you wouldn’t leave again but that resolution was short-lived…

2 comments:

Mr. Peel said...

Why can't I stop reading this piece? I just love it.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Peel! Really, I especially appreciate that as I am really loving doing these as well. I have always loved spotting movie marquees in films, and it is also letting me try and flex a little more creative muscle in my writing. Hope you keep enjoying them.