Tuesday, 10 August 2010
This prop has been round the block...
My mate Aaron over at THE DEATH RATTLE has kindly tagged me in this picture meme.
I am supposed to post any number of screengrabs connected by some theme.
My theme is simple: all the grabs show the amazing 'futuristic control panel' prop that has popped up in a few of my favourite Italian genre films.
1. Luigi Cozzi's fabulous chest-bursting CONTAMINATION (1980)
Louise Marleau and Carlo De Mejo behold 'the awesome thingie' before
questioning Marino Mase who's being kept in the quarantine.
2. Umberto Lenzi's immensely dumb and entertaining NIGHTMARE CITY (1980)
Not visible particularly well here, it's in the background behind Lenzi's regular actor Tommaso Felleghy. Umberto obviously didn't feel this cool sci-fi prop deserved a close-up...
3. Bruno Mattei's sickeningly stupid and amateurishly acted (yet loved by many)
RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR (1984)
You see, by this point in time at least 4 years have passed since this prop's first documented appearance.
So whoever was the set designer decided it was time to get imaginative. He put the control panel upside down.
That's it from me.
I'm pretty sure this thing can also be spotted in Deodato's RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS (1983) but I don't have a copy at hand to prove that. Maybe you guys saw this piece of kit in other films, too?
Now I'm supposed to tag five more people in this but I won't.
I've annoyed enough people with my recent award already:)