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Question: I would be incredibly grateful to anyone who finds what I'm looking for. There was this movie trailer or TV show premiere, probably a few years back but released after 2000. I vaguely remember it starting up with a person saying something about a woman was found dead with her face sliced with a knife from ear to ear. Then they flash for a short time the woman, lying on the pavement, who was killed and it looks like there is a neat accurately curved slash from one ear to the other, in between her lips. Does anyone know the name of this movie/ TV show?

Answer: The Black Dahlia (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387877/combined

Grumpy Scot

Question: I remember a movie from the 80's where a redheaded girl had pigtails that spun around and her father was a pilot. What was the name of that movie?

Answer: I believe you are thinking of the 1988 film, "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking." It is based on the classic children's book, "Pippi Longstocking," by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren.

raywest

Question: I'm trying to find the name of a movie I saw a long time ago but can't remember the name of. It's a black and white film, and I think Mickey Rooney was in it but I'm not sure. It's about a guy who grows up to be a gangster and all these kids in an orphanage home who idolize him. The priest (or the person who runs it) visits him in jail and asks him to put up a big stink and go out a coward on his way to get executed. At first he refuses but as the time comes he does chicken out and make a scene about not wanting to die. The kids read about it the papers and agree he was no good. Any ideas on what movie this is? It's driving me crazy trying to figure it out.

Answer: It's Angels With Dirty Faces, a 1938 classic starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Humphrey Bogart. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029870/

Jean G

Question: I watched this horror movie in the 70's I think. It was about this group of college age kids at this house where they get locked in by something supernatural. In one scene, someone gets electrocuted in a window? Anyway, it turns out that in the basement is an entrance to hell, and somehow it got opened. The devil got out and he looked like Col Sanders, an old fat guy in an all white suit. I though it had "House" in the title but I'm not sure. I know it's not "House" with William Katt.

Answer: The movie you're after is "The Evil", starring Richard Crenna. Its American title is "The Evil Below" I think.

Question: So I've been trying to find this movie. It is a cartoon movie and I don't really remember much from it. I remember something about a girl getting lost and I remember a scene where she is at some ladies house and the lady was giving her milk and she noticed the girls face on the milk carton. It's not Face On A Milk Carton. Then I think her dad might have flown planes or something, I'm not really sure.

Answer: Sounds like Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992). The cat and mouse duo befriend a young girl who's always trying to run away from her guardian (her father's plane is believed to have crashed somewhere in the Himalayas), who wants her inheritance. When she runs away again, they try to find her by getting her picture on milk cartons and putting up a huge sum of money for a reward. She is later taken in by a man until he sees her face on a milk carton, and turns her in. Of course being a Tom and Jerry cartoon this ends happily.

Question: Looking for film where a young man (boy) is normal, but the government wants to give him a lobotomy to make him in line with society. One scene, goes to a house to read books, meets a girl, goes to play chess and gets arrested. All sports are for the handicapped, etc. In the end government asks him to help run things. Anyone know the title or the main actor?

Answer: "Harrison Bergeron," based on the story by Kurt Vonnegut. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113264/)

Question: I'm looking for the name of a movie that, forgive me it's all I can remember, a horse being divided by several sheets of glass which spread apart and the horse is still alive. Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer: The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez and Vincent d'Onofrio. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209958/.

Sereenie

Question: I want to know a movie that has two people in it, a man and a woman who falls for him. The woman settles moves in with him, only to find out he is a conman. This movie was made in '09 or '10, but I'm not sure. Any help?

Answer: There are several movies that this could be. Try Killers & repost if not that. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1103153/

shortdanzr

Question: Okay it is a 70's-80's movie where this one area has been contaminated with something and the animals that are there get really mutated. The only things I remember was a mutated bear was attacking some peoples tents, and that a woman became contaminated because she ate a fish.

Answer: Prophecy (1979) directed by John Frankenheimer - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079758

Sierra1

Question: Whenever there's a scene in a movie where a character is looking in a mirror, how do they make sure that the camera isn't seen in the mirror?

Answer: Nowadays, CGI can achieve this, but also placing the camera at certain angles so it is unseen or building a special piece of scenery to hide all but the camera's lens (which is, of course, disguised).

raywest

Question: Looking for a movie that has a cartoon within it. It's a 1960's movie with real actors doing a scene which is then reproduced in animation in front of us, the audience. The production of the comic strip is part of the story line. It may be a made-for-TV movie rather than a Hollywood film. The only other thing I remember is that the cameras that the audience can see (that are used to film it for the animation) are mounted on gunstocks which are aimed at the actors. Anyone know what the name is?

Answer: Sounds like "The Three Stooges in Orbit".

CCARNI

Question: Okay so I would like help finding out the name of this movie. I think it was made in the 80's maybe the early 90's. The only thing i remember is it was about a girl who is rich and I think she complains about her life, and so she switches lives with a poor person. I also only remember that there is a scene where a girl skinny dips.

Answer: It's 'Maid to Order, ' starring Ally Sheedy.

Brian Katcher

Question: There won't be a specific answer to this question, but I would like to hear thoughts/comments. Why is it that the Twilight series has inspired so many vampire-themed movies, shows, and books (True Blood, Moonlight, The Vampire Diaries, etc.)? The Harry Potter series is also hugely popular, but hasn't led to as many "copycats".

Answer: Most likely because, in most of the cases that you cite as copycat books, they were originally published prior to Twilight. The first Twilight book came out in 2005, but The Vampire Diaries first appeared on the shelves in 1991, while The Southern Vampire Mysteries (televised as the rather more succinct "True Blood") has been around since 2001. As such, when Twilight began to hit the heights of its popularity, both book series were already in existence to be swiftly adapted as TV shows, whilst being relatively immune from accusations of simply being copycats by virtue of pre-dating Twilight by some years. Likewise, while premiering after the first book was written, the TV series Moonlight predates the Twilight film series by a year or so and thus it's difficult to level too many accusations there either - supernatural TV shows existed long before Twilight, and Moonlight is better seen as a successor to those than as a cynical attempt to jump onto the Twilight bandwagon. With Harry Potter, the situation is somewhat different, in that relatively few similar literary series existed prior to the Potter series becoming highly popular. As such, any similar show that was produced would likely have to be based on material published after Potter, and thus would be widely seen as simply being a rip-off. As such, TV and film executives are probably more wary of getting involved in such ventures.

Tailkinker

Question: Trying to remember a movie, hope you can help. I only ever saw the movie on TV, I believe in the 80s, it was usually showing on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Set in a huge mansion with very ornate decor (lots of wood, chandeliers and thick carpeting). Guests who are very peculiar have been invited for an overnight dinner. I don't think they know who invited them. They arrive two by two, couples or maybe even a mother/daughter, and they settle into their individual rooms. House may be haunted but it's not scary at all, more of a dark comedy. It's not until dinner they see who the host is. The characters are very over the top, odd and exaggerated. They might even be thinking someone is going to murder them, or someone was murdered and they don't know who it was (this is only a vague recollection, might not be right). I believe the entire movie takes place over just one evening. I can't think of anything else that sticks out and I can't remember anyone who's in it. I think it was really long but that may just be my memory of it. Don't know if any of this can help name the movie.

Answer: It might be Clue, with (among others) Tim Curry, although "Murder by Death" is also similar.

Sereenie

Question: Can you help with the name of this movie? I think a woman is being conned by someone who has given her a photo of his supposed family and while she is browsing in a store she sees lots of photo frames and the default photo is the same as the one she has been given.

Answer: Sounds like the episode in Friends where Phoebe is talking with her Grandmother about her real father.

Question: What is the name of the 70/80's TV miniseries that was about a man making incredible wealth in African diamonds and later trying to buy the US presidency for his son? I recall some dialog "I'll pay 50 million, 100 million, 150 million or any multiple thereof ."

Answer: Sounds like the 1976 TV mini-series, The Captains and the Kings. Set in late 19th-century America, it stars Richard Jordan as a penniless Irish immigrant who rises into a rich and powerful business mogul. The series covers several generations in his family.

raywest

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie, but all I can remember is that it's about some type of robot or android boy. It takes place in the future. I think it came out between 1999 or 2001.

Answer: You might be thinking of Artificial Intelligence (2001) which starred Haley Joel Osment.

Jeff Swanson

Question: I don't know if it is a movie or a show but there is this gargoyle thing and for some reason he is apologizing to this guy and then munches on him. It was live action. Sorry for not having a lot of details.

Answer: Might be "Tales From the Darkside", 1990. It's actually tree short stories in one movie, the last one being "Lover's Vow", which did have a gargoyle. This description sounds like the last scene of that tale, and I've never seen another movie with a gargoyle that talked.

alrats

Question: Can anyone identify a film which ends with a woman on the porch of a Caribbean style house singing a reggae song but as far as I can remember neither the song nor the woman were directly relevant to the story of the film. Not much to go on I know.

Answer: If I remember correctly, that is Weekend at Bernie's 2.

Question: I am trying to find the name of a movie. I know a bit of the plot: it is set in some fantasy world and there is this teenage girl talking to this teenage boy and they are watching these unicorns. The girl ends up petting the unicorns and she is then chased by goblins or something and winds up being captured by a devil dude.

Answer: The film is "Legend", from 1985. The girl is Mia Sara, the boy Tom Cruise, the devil dude Tim Curry. All of whom probably want to forget they were in it...

Ioreth
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