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Desc:hey remember this? no? anyone?
Category:Classic Movies, Science & Technology
Tags:lawnmower, cyberspace, lawnmower man
Submitted:Lurchi
Date:04/20/17
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The Mothership
This isn't a dupe.... how? 5 stars.
infinite zest
LM2's a dumb sequel, but that's because it strays further away from anything resembling Stephen King's story, which was already a problem with LM1 for me. And I guess it was a problem for King too, who sued the studio and the film for using his name and misappropriating the content, basically slapping his name on an entirely different movie. And the entirely different movie was the one the filmmakers wanted to make in the first place. Studio Executives at their most studio-executiveity! After knowing that, the original LM1 actually kicks total ass and everybody should watch it again!
StanleyPain
King's legal issue was that the film had literally nothing to do with his story. (For those unaware, the actual short story Lawnmower Man is about a guy who hires a weird lawncutter who shows up to his house and proceeds to mow the lawn by eating it. The End.)

Old_Zircon
The actual short story is pretty good.

TheyUsedDarkForces
Yeah, it's one of his more whimsical shorts. It was published in the collection "Night Shift" which is worth picking up for a dime at Goodwill. I also enjoyed "Graveyard Shift" from the same collection, which also got a bad movie treatment of the same name, in 1990. That's the one with the creatures living in the bowels of the old textile mill.

Sexy Duck Cop
I remember the fuck out of this and always respected this shitty movie for having one of the most ludicrously unneccessary ***EPIC*** finales simce Rockstar's Bully put an omnious choir over two middle-schoolers rolling around in the dirt.
StanleyPain
This might sound silly, but I kinda miss that 80s-90s era when even low budget or straight-to-video crap often had absolutely amazing cinematography and art direction. It was like you could take the dumbest story and so long as you filmed in anamorphic 35mm and had a few smoke machines, everything looked awesome even when the movie sucked.
Sexy Duck Cop
You're not alone. So many of the movies we remember as irredeemable shit--Street Fighter, Mario--actually had really fun art direction. You couldn't just use a green screen as a magical insta-fix for every single shot. Someone had to physically design the sets, and it shows.

I also like how in the 90's everyone thought the future would involve hurling geometric objects at your face forever.

Old_Zircon
I feel that way now but at the time all of this stuff looked gaudy, tacky, and lacking in any real visual style, so maybe in 20 years people will be looking back nostalgically on the days when movies were all tinted brown.


But we all know that's not true, and they'll really all be looking back nostalgically at fucking Pewdiepie or something.

Nikon
@Stanley I tend to agree. I miss that look in films.

Lurchi
Agreed, ANY pre-2000 movie comes as a relief where you can just enjoy seeing color and light instead of over-processed digital images.

TheyUsedDarkForces
https:// www. youtube.com/watch?v=od-FughI-C8

This channel did a pretty good analysis of the Mario movie. His conclusion is essentially that it isn't a terrible movie and there's actually some competent film making going on there. It's worth a watch... I haven't seen the movie since I was a kid and I missed a lot of the stuff he mentions.

Bisekrankas
Dumb sequel week?
snothouse
It's really distracting casting Max Headroom as the "King of Cyberspace".
SolRo
I remember.





sigh.
BHWW
I remember seeing Matt Frewer being interviewed about this movie on Conan O'Brien's show - he did an imitation of what it was like working with the green-screen and how ridiculous he felt flailing his arms at stuff that wasn't really there.

He also told a joke about how short Michael J. Fox (whom he had been playing hockey with, and this was before a certain, ah, revelation) was and some in the audience booed him, then he jokes about how he could tell jokes about short people since he himself was a tall person, which brought forth booing and he ran with it, asking if there were just a bunch of midgets in the audience.

Frewer: (nasally voice) WE WORK FOR THE CIRCUS! BOOOOOO!"
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