I recently re-watched a movie that came out when I was a kid. Well, it wasn’t exactly a movie. It was more like a TV mini-series, and when it first premiered back in the ’70s, I think it aired on two or three consecutive nights.
I remember bookmarking my dad’s TV Guide a week before the show was supposed to air. You see, I had a mad crush on Perry King (one of the mini-series’ stars), and when I say mad, I mean rabid. Though cutie pie Sam Elliott was the star of the series, I only had eyes for Perry. :::sigh::: Surely the man was a god, or damn near close.
But like all prepubescent fantasies, this one never came to pass, thanks to my mother, the heartless TV Nazi. I only got to see snippets of the series because she said it had “adult themes.”
Needless to say, I was heartbroken.
A month or so ago, it finally came out on DVD, so I grabbed it without blinking. That girlish excitement was back. My heart was aglow with the prospect of spending a few hours with my childhood obsession. PERRY-FREAKING-KING!!! SQUEE!!! I could hardly wait to pop the disk in the player.
Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Sure, Perry was still hunkalicious, but the production value sucked, the cinematography had that cheap 70’s porno feel about it, and the script was beyond bad. And don’t get me started on the hair and clothes. I’ve come to the conclusion that the term “1970’s fashion” is an oxymoron at best.
This got me thinking about other movies of old, and how well they weathered the years. On one hand, you’ve got your classic films and TV shows. On the other, are the ones that don’t hold up over time. You’re embarrassed to admit you actually enjoyed the latter way back when. Why? Because they cause you (and others) to question your taste, if not your sanity. And that’s what category the aforementioned childhood TV drivel fell in. BTW, the name of the mini-series was Aspen.
Annnnnnyway, do you feel like procrastinating? Well, take a walk down Yesteryear Lane with me below. I’ve posted a mixture of old film clips and movies (20 in all—many include the entire film, my dear procrastinators). I’ve viewed most of them within the last six months. Some have held up, even after all these years, while others should be locked away somewhere in a dark vault. Maybe even burned.
If you don’t feel like procrastinating, just name a movie or TV Show of old that does or doesn’t hold up today. If you’ve seen any of the ones I’ve posted below, feel free to comment.
(PS: If you’re a child of the ’70s, there are some long-forgotten gems down there.)
THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD (1975, Full Movie)
Reincarnation/Murder Mystery: I watched this recently because Michael Sarrazin popped in my mind one day and I went looking for information. I leaned he died in 2011, and that there is a remake being done of this film. I watched the whole movie, and the flaws are glaring, but it held my attention and the concept was still intriguing.
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947, Full Movie)
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Romantic Fantasy: One of the most underrated romantic movies ever made. This is a keeper. I still cry at the end every time I watch it. (Fun tidbit: Young Natalie Wood stars as Mrs. Muir’s daughter Anna.)
THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO… (1973, Full Movie)
Dark Comedy: Stockard Channing makes revenge look sweet. This film is still funny as hell.
May/December Romantic Drama: I own this movie and I’ve watched it at least five times. It still holds up.
MAGIC (1978, Full Movie)
Psychological Horror: Young Anthony Hopkins is creepily spot on in this one. Still holds up, mainly because Hopkins is a brilliant actor.
SONG OF THE SOUTH (1946, Full Movie)
Cartoon Fantasy: This movie has been banned for years, and Disney has refused to distribute it on DVD (and for good reason). Yup, it’s just as offensive as before. Still, it does bring back childhood memories and the animation and special effects were great for its day.
SATAN’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS (1973, Full Movie)
Supernatural Horror: I don’t remember this movie being this bad, but from the title, what should I have expected? I think they even did a remake. God only knows why. lol
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA (1965, Clip)
Romantic Musical Fantasy: This movie never gets old.
COOLEY HIGH (1975, Full Movie)
Coming of Age Drama: Yes, it’s dated, and the acting is horrid, but the story has sentimental value, the music makes you smile, and the ending is a guaranteed tearjerker.
THE OMEN (1976, Full Movie)
Supernatural Horror: Still creepy after all these years.
Coming of Age Romance: An early film starring young Robby Benson (the voice of Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). Does it hold up? Ummmmmm. Yeah. I think it does. There’s a sweetness and innocence to this film. A raw honesty. No, it’s not the best movie ever made, and the flaws are glaring, but there’s a purity about it that time hasn’t stolen. For me, Jeremy brings back vivid memories of the awkwardness and fear that first love brings. BTW, Benson sings the opening theme song.
LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (1971, Full Movie)
Supernatural Horror: This movie scared the hell out of me when I was kid. I haven’t watched it since, so I don’t know if it holds up or not. You watch it and tell me.
CARRIE (1976, Full Movie)
Supernatural Horror: Just as good now as it was then. William Katt is still yummy!
SOONER OR LATER (1979, Full Movie)
Young Adult Romance: This movie is dated, and no, it doesn’t hold up as far as new audiences go. But for those of us who were kids when it came out, it serves its purpose. And that is, bringing back memories of a time when Rex Smith made every American girl believe they too could snag a gorgeous rock star.
Reincarnation Comedy: OMG, yes! This movie is still good. They did a pseudo-remake some years back with Ellen Barkin, but this version (Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis) is the best, hands down.
THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975, Full Movie)
Horror Fantasy: The remake has nothing on this original. It’s still creepy as hell. A classic that never gets old.
A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1973, Full Movie)
Supernatural/Psychological Horror: I don’t know whether this holds up or not since I fell asleep watching it. I’m betting it doesn’t.
WEST SIDE STORY (1961, Full Movie)
Romantic Musical Drama: Are you kidding? Hell yeah, it holds up! Like Somewhere In Time, this baby has an indefinite shelf life.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965, Full Movie)
Romantic Musical: Ditto of what I said above.
GO ASK ALICE (1973, Full Movie)
Teen Issues Movie: The perils of young drug abuse. This movie was supposedly based upon an alleged diary left behind by a teenage drug addict. But rumor has it that the diary was actually written by a middle-aged novelist. Whatever the case, the movie scared me as a kid, but that was then. Now it’s just a bad ’70s flick.