Monday, May 4, 2009

Phantom of the Paradise. What The? Paul Williams.

So Sunday night, after an exhausting weekend of going to a wedding Saturday then a Communion on Sunday and basically just being fabulous, I was ready to get to bed early.

Until I turned the TV on.

And there he was. Paul Williams. In a 1974 movie called Phantom of the Paradise. I like to think that I'm pretty versed in pop culture. Especially the 60's, 70's and 80's but I'm totally embarrassed to say I've never,ever heard of Phantom of the Paradise, I've never seen it in a book and I've never heard anyone refer to it.

How can this happen????

Because look how awesomely craptacular it is!!!! Has anyone else heard of this movie? I only saw the last half hour but I'll be renting it very shortly. And studying it. Scene by crappy scene.

29 comments:

Andrew Rodriguez said...

Oh man, and yet it was Rocky Horror that went on to greatness, again, a lot to be said about a very wet Susan Sarandon in her underwear.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to say that I left a very funny commment about the Air Force One flyover, but it seemes that people have moved on. Dang.

Mr. Condescending said...

that looks pretty crazy, wow

Phat Mama said...

You've got mail.

Eric said...
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J.J. in L.A. said...

The most disturbing clip is at :18 when our boy Paul is making out. I had flashbacks to cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch and almost tasted my dinner for the 2nd time.

diane said...

I remember really wanting to see that movie when it came out, and I remember how disappointed I was when I saw it. But what I don't remember is the movie, which is probably a good thing.

B.E. Earl said...

Not only heard of it, but I've actually seen it a number of times. Not in about 10 years though. Brian De Palma wrote and directed it.

Brian De Palma. Think about that.

He directed Carrie less than two years later. Oh how things change.

Whiskeymarie said...

Oddly enough, I remember watching this on very late-night TV when I was about 8 or 9 after my Dad fell asleep on the couch before he could tell me to go to bed or not watch creepy Paul Williams movies.

mo.stoneskin said...

You're right, how on earth could that happen? The mighty Zibbs beaten, defeated by the film industry. Could it be the ageing process?

Dr Zibbs said...

Earl - I saw his name at the end and couldn't believe it!

Prunella Jones said...

Wow, I consider myself something of a connoisseur of all things craptastic and I've never heard of this one. But now I must see it!

Guenos Dias! said...

Wow. That looks fantasticaly awful.

SkylersDad said...

Sadly, Paul Williams was unappreciated for his fine work, especially the Smokey and the Bandit series.

Lostinspace said...

Why were 70's movies so gay? Was that Sha-na-na in there briefly?

saratogajean said...

Holy shit. How am I supposed to sleep alone after watching that shit?

Shit.

Yeah I said shit 3, nay, 4 times. That means something.

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

HOLY GOD DAMN!! LESBIAN ACTION!!

and bad 70's music wrapped up in, what did they say, a gothic horror musical, MY JAW ON THE FLOOR HERE, basking in utter shite of this pg rated mess!!


that being said, thanks for your comment on the dog post.

take care Dr. Zibbs :)

S E E Quine said...

OMG, it was one year before Rocky Horror. I wonder if it had something to do with it?

Anyway... A MIRACLE HAS BEFALLEN ME! Science and Wackmobiles will tell all! The result is that I'll have a time and place to surf people's blogs, btu the story is amazing!

No time to correct typos in my ecstacy! So much screwing and relocating and drunken adventures and also comics on my art blog!

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Never heard of it...Yeah!!

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!

- Jennifer

Doc said...

I've taken the cinematic odessey through the Rock universe, and you're right. It's craptacular!

Doc

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I thought Paul Williams did Love Boat exculsively.

Kelly said...

There's that legendary Paul Williams! Go Rainbows!

Peggy said...

Wow...I sort of feel the way you do about pop culture stuff and I've never heard of this either. This definitely looks like a druggie movie...Brian DePalma? Really...

ps - so you're still obsessed with Paul Williams huh? You should probably talk to someone about that!

Dr Zibbs said...

Lost in Space - I think that might have been Sha Na Na.

slopmaster said...

I don’t understand the draw… it does seem awefully craptastic, but why would that make you rent it? You better be drunk while you watch it.

~E said...

*jaw drops*

Fancy once gave me this comment on my blog and I will recycle it here for your entertainment. Because I'm green like that:

"You're too young to notice but someone must have dropped one too many acid at a Dead concert to come up with this stuff"

Anonymous said...

(Most of) you people are idiots; this movie was spectacularly good. It has a 94%-Fresh rating on rottentomatoes.com! It's the TRAILER for it that's spectacularly bad. Put yourself in a '70's frame of mind, and actually watch it; give it a chance. The camera moves, the split screen, the angry cynicism...it's a one-of-a-kind treasure.

And that's NOT Sha Na Na.

Creepy said...

Excellent, I'd never heard of it but added it to my NetFlix queue.

Have you seen "El Topo"? That's another 70's classic.

Dr Zibbs said...

Damn it the first few seconds of this is pure gold.

SofaCat said...

Another sign of the Apocalypse (and the fact that Hollywood is COMPLETELY out of ideas)...Phantom of the Paradise is slated to be remade. Seriously.