Weirdness Abounds

What goes on inside the head of a screenwriter? Some writers tell stories of inspiration, courage, humor – just about anything. And some writers tell weird stories that are imagined from almost a different world and tell stories of human compassion, bravery, cowardice or love.

This week on Moviezoot.com we are featuring four classic movies from our collection that are just down-right weird – in their perspective, in their premises and in their conclusion as we present Andy Warhol and Jed Johnson’s 1977 Bad, L. Q. Jones’ surreal 1975 A Boy and His Dog, Mike Hodges’ 1985 near-slapstick Sci-Fi comedy Morons from Outer Space, and Tom Graeff’s equally outrageous 1959 Teenagers from Outer Space.

These movies may not have the best reviews, but they remain classic in their timing and reflection of the human condition, causing one to ponder just what weirdness abounds in the screenwriters creative mind. What exactly are they trying to tell us? And the even greater question – “What are we supposed to do with this information?”

Don’t get freaked out. Take a toke and just enjoy the ride.

Bad

Bad is the Andy Warhol produced, Jed Johnson directed 1977 comedy horror film starring Carroll Baker, Perry King, Susan Tyrell, Matthew Anton and Cyrinda Foxe telling the story of a hairdresser who runs a beauty salon in her house and makes extra money by providing hitmen with hit jobs. In typical Warhol form, the story is the experience and it is up to us – the viewer – to make sense of it.

A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog is the 1975 L. Q. Jones dystopian Sci-fi drama starring Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Suzanne Benton and Tim McIntire telling the story of a libidinous 18-year-old traversing the post-apocalyptic desert of 2024 in the company of his telepathic dog, when he is seduced into separation from his dog into an underground community for the sole purpose of mechanized procreation and tries to avoid certain doom and escape and reunite with his best friend – Blood. A very young Don Johnson stars in the leading role that is quite a leap from his later famous dramatic pastel role in “Miami Vice.”

Morons from Outer Space

Morons from Outer Space is the 1985 Mike Hodges Comedy Sci-Fi film starring Jimmy Nail, Joanne Pearce, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones telling the slapstick comedic tale of four aliens experiencing a spaceship breakdown leaving one of their more intelligent crew in space while the other three crash to Earth in the United Kingdom and become celebrities. The fourth alien finally arrives on Earth, only he lands in Arizona where his claims of his origin lead to his unfortunate institutionalization. Their attempts to reunite has the world atwitter!

Teenagers from Outer Space

Teenagers from Outer Space is the 1959 black & white Tom Graeff Sci-Fi Horror flick starring David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant and Harvey B. Dunn telling the story of alien teens with ray guns who land on Earth to breed their lobster-like space cattle. I know, right?