Sunday, October 6, 2013

HMM '13: Flash Gordon

It's October!  The doorway to not only the start of the greatest food season (early October to Christmas), but also to sexy nurses, zombies, and grown men dressing up like ponies.  That also means it is time once again for Halloween Movie Madness!  This year, I'll be taking a look back at the movies of my youth.  Every movie this year was released before I turned eighteen.  These are the Halloween movies that shaped me into the man I am today.  Some of them are scary.  Some are funny.  Some are fantastical.  Some are just weird.  And not all of them are good.  But to me, they are all Halloween movies.  Now, stand back, for your own safety!

Flash Gordon

Flash (AAAAaaaaah) Gordon is a movie that I have a special place in my heart for.  It's not a good movie by any means, but it is a lot of fun to watch.  I've always been a fan of campy movies, and Flash Gordon fits perfectly into that wheelhouse.  My viewing last night was extra special, because it was the first time my son watched it.  I love having these times with my son, because I get to see him experience the movies for the first time.

I've always had fond memories of the whole sticking their arms in the stump that housed the Wood Beast, Brian Blessed as the hawkman, and of course, the Queen soundtrack.  The Queen soundtrack is the best thing about this movie.

Watching this again, after a few years, was a campy treat.  It is so 80's it almost hurts.  The costumes are great, the fight scenes are more choreographed than the entirety of Cats, and the acting is exactly at the level you would expect.

The best part of the whole thing?  My son loved it!  And he ran around the rest of the night singing "Flash!  AAAaaa!"

And now, it is time for what has become the most popular section in each of my HMM posts: Gifs Without Context!