Thursday, April 16, 2020

George Awards: “I do the John Byner Ed Sullivan”

This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”
This is not a post for children.  Kids, take a hike.
This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

Welcome to the George Awards for profanity in movies that paid tribute to an original George Award Winner.

Yes,this year has some fucking issues.

John Carpenter’s The Thing got him part of his Hat Trick award in the first round of George Awards.  Later on, the film won itself a special citation, for the many other awesome uses of profanity.  One of those inspired the creation of the award, then I forgot to list it.
Yes, I have some fucking issues as well.

Now the 1982 horror classic moves into legendary status.  As the swear (and the film itself) have be given homage, not once, but twice in other features.

I suppose it is probably is no coincidence that both movies are directed by the same man- Michael Dougherty. 

After working as a writer on Superhero films (among other places) for X2 and Superman Returns, his directorial debut came on a fun, non-linear, anthology horror film that has a heck of a lot of entertainment of the sick and twisted variety. Plus it lends itself easily to multiple viewings to put all the puzzle pieces together.

Trick ‘R Treat was supposed to come out in theaters in 2007, but the studio chickened out, and it eventually got a bare bones DVD home release two years later.  Strange folks like myself found it (thought I had to be pointed to it by a fellow horror fan friend at work, Linda) and it became a cult classic, with an extra laden Blu Ray two years ago.

In the film, the crotchety old man with one of many checkered hidden pasts in these stories is played by Brian Cox.  His character of Mr. Kreeg was designed to resemble John Carpenter.

Little Sam, who has become a horror icon by now, attacks him furiously in his home.  At one point, Kreeg chops off Sam’s hand and appears to stop him, but when the spirit of Samhain and his hand keeps coming, that famous line from The Thing is expertly delivered.

“You’ve gotta be fuckin’ kidding!”

The other use by this director of this classic horror four letter exclamation is also the first Godzilla film F-Bomb.  If that doesn't deserve an award, then I don’t know what does anymore.

While it may seem more obvious, especially to my daughter that  antarctic “Outpost 32” in the insanely awesome Godzilla King of Monsters was named because Ghidorah has three heads and two tails, that is not the intended case.

Instead it was named as the “replacement” for “Outpost 31” from The Thing.

Therefore it is a very fitting location and a very fitting reaction for Barnes, played by O’Shea Jackson Jr., to use in documenting the rise of the three headed, two tailed, golden space dragon from hell.

“You’ve gotta be fuckin’ kidding!”

Now I definitely need to see Krampus to see if it’s in all his films.

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