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1983

Christine

I never understood why this film never really found an audience.  It’s classic Stephen King directed by classic John Carpenter.  King’s narrative of the teen nerd no one likes supernaturally striking back against his bullies is straight out of “Carrie.”  John Carpenter’s style of pure evil without rhyme or reason is straight out of “Halloween.” 

Somehow, it didn’t mix.  Slasher films made Carrie and Halloween tame by 1983, and for an R-rated horror movie, this isn’t very extreme.

Trading Places

A staple of American comedy since the 1970s has been the “Saturday Night Live” film where cast members from the famed sketch comedy show hit the big screen with varying success levels.  The early cast members had two names involved:  Ivan Reitman, who generally stayed with Bill Murray movies, and John Landis.  Landis directed “Animal House” and made John Belushi the hottest star at the time.  He directed “The Blues Brothers” with Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (who was supposed to be in “Animal House with Chevy Chase” but that’s another story).   Animal House was the biggest mone