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Question: Does anybody know the name of a horror type movie that was set on an island with a bunch of Nazi robot type soldiers. If I remember correctly, the "Nazi" guys were underwater and would come to life and kill unsuspecting people if commanded by a scientist, who lived on the island. One thing that I remember about the movie, is when one character was being chased he ran through a swampy area filled with sea urchins or some type of spikey creature.

Chosen answer: The movie is called "Shock Waves": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076704/.

Question: Does anyone know exactly how many National Lampoon's Vacation movies there are? If so could you list me all the names?

Chosen answer: There are four theatrical movies, "Vacation", "Vegas Vacation", "European Vacation" and "Christmans Vacation". There is one TV Movie. "Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure".

wizard_of_gore

Question: There was, a few years ago, a cartoon on Cartoon Network about a black teenager who I think was called Virgil, and he and some people were exposed to some sort of chemical or radiation. After, the main character had magnetic powers and could float on a trash can lid. Does anyone know what this was called?

Chosen answer: Static Shock. The powers were electric, though, not magnetic.

Phixius

Question: I'm looking for this movie I saw when I was a kid, it's possibly made in the 80's, maybe even earlier. In the beginning, this kid who is home alone is on the phone with his friend and he hears something in his house that distracts him. So he puts the phone down to go look and there's this miniature red car in his living room along with this machine thing. He gets in and starts looking in the car and it had these tokens that he was supposed to put in the machine, which he does and he somehow goes through this portal in which I'm pretty sure he turns into an animation and has this whole adventure as a cartoon boy, which I can't remember any part of. Anyway, in the end he comes back and his friend is still on hold. He picks up the phone and starts to tell his friend about this long adventure and the friend is confused and says that he's only been on hold for a couple seconds, or something to that affect. Any info will help, nobody I've told has heard of this and thinks I'm crazy. Thanks.

Chosen answer: It sounds very much like "The Phantom Tollbooth" which was made in 1970, starring Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster).

wizard_of_gore

Question: Does anyone know why story lines on daytime soap operas drag on for months? You can watch 2 weeks of episodes, yet it will still be the same day on the soap.

Chosen answer: The writers for these soaps have to come up with new material on a daily basis. It's far easier for them to drag one story out than to come up with completely new plot lines ever other day.

Phixius

Question: I remember a film from ages ago.I think this man was trapped in a jungle or woods.I then remembered when he actually got out, he then got run over by a truck. After all his efforts to get out, that happens. Please, do you know what the name of this film was?

Chosen answer: Could this be "Sorcerer" starring Roy Scheider?

joe schuster

Answer: It reminds me of the movie, Lonely are the Brave (1962). Kirk Douglas plays a modern day cowboy, who runs afoul of the law. He escapes into the wilderness on horseback. Just when he believes he got away, he crosses a busy highway at night and is hit by a truck.

Question: Looking for a movie title of around mid 80's, whereby the character has problems with seeing certain colours and if he physically see's red he would run superhumanly fast. If he saw yellow, something else would happen that I can't seem to recall. He was given a special pair of glasses that allowed him to control his powers.There is one scene where he chases a motorbike on a freeway. There is another scene where he avoids looking at a fire. The rolling credits end with him on top of a large building looking down on the city. Can anyone help?

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Super Fuzz." (http://imdb.com/title/tt0082924/)

Captain Defenestrator

Question: In screenwriting credits with more than one name, what is the difference between "and" and "&"?

Cubs Fan

Chosen answer: An ambersand (&) denotes that the people named wrote the script together, whereas the word AND denotes that the person named rewrote or added to the script. So "Screenplay by Tom & Dick and Harry" means that Tom and Dick wrote the screenplay and then Harry rewrote it.

Madstunts

Question: Can anyone help me find the title of this movie? The only thing I remember was that a man was torturing a woman, but she somehow managed to get a gun. She then proceeded to humiliate him by forcing him to eat a dead rat out of a trap and drink sludge off the floor.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1986 film, "Extremities" starring Farrah Fawcet as a women who is trapped in her home by a rapist. She is able to turn the tables on him, and he becomes the captive.

raywest

Question: I saw this movie when I was younger. I watched it on television, between 1997 to 2000. From what I remember, it's about: This girl (I'm guessing around 15 years old) is on this chat room and starts talking to this girl who says she's lost and can't find her way home. As the movie goes on we find out that the girl on the other end of the chat room is in a coma and has been for many years. The coma girl had somehow used her mind to talk to the girl on the internet, I guess. Anyways, by the end of the movie the girl that I think is 15 years old ended up helping the girl who was in the coma find her house (Neither girls knew she was in a coma) and she woke up from the coma in the hospital.It's not an animated movie. Does anybody know the name of the movie?

Chosen answer: This sounds like a television show called "So Weird". It was a Disney Channel show about a girl investigating the paranormal. This episode specifically is called "Lost" and first aired in early 1999.

Question: I remember a sitcom from a few years ago- it was about two grandfathers who live in Martha's Vineyard. One owns a book shop and most of the scenes play there. One is quite reserved, and the other is quite a ladies man. Any one know what this is?

Chosen answer: Sounds like "George & Leo" with Bob Newhart & Judd Hirsch. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118323/

Volanges

Question: As a child, in the 80's, I saw a film about a man who was cursed to wear a bear's skin/coat. For many years, he was cursed, living in the wilderness. I recall a beautiful woman befriending him. I recall him being bathed, hair cut, beard shaved, nails clipped. I remember the coat being ripped from his flesh. And the end result is him being quite a handsome man. Sounds a lot like Beauty and the Beast, I know.but its not. It is not animated either. Thanks.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Bearskin, or The Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0406565/

Volanges

Question: I am looking for the name of a made-for-TV movie that started with the words "The Rape of ___", about a police detective who has a very cavalier attitude about rape until he is cornered in a basement by two criminals (and is without backup) and is taunted and raped by these men. The movie deals with his emotional/psychological problems as a result of his ordeal. The actor that played the lead role should have received an award, but I don't think he did and have never seen the movie again.

Chosen answer: The movie is "The Rape of Richard Beck" starring Richard Crenna, from 1985.

wizard_of_gore

Question: I am looking for a sci-fi movie that involved a lady on a space ship. At one point in the movie she exercises by doing an un-parallel bar gymnastic routine. I believe she is the lone passenger on the ship, but she does talk to the captain over the PA. I also seem to recall that the captain is actually just a personality downloaded to the ships computer.

Chosen answer: Perhaps it's Nightfliers? Catherine Mary Stewart works out on uneven parallel bars and the captain appears as a hologram.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am after the name of a vampire film, probably from the 70's (it may be a Hammer film) - it involves a master swordsman vampire who died never having "met his match". The hero in the film is also a master swordsman and they meet in the end and the vampire is killed?

Chosen answer: It seems to be "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter" 1974 and it is indeed an Hammer film.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Kronos_-_Vampire_Hunterhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071276/

Rlvlk

Question: I am trying to find the name of a horror movie that came out in the late 70's or early 80's. All I can remember about the plot was there was a person killing people via the telephone. He would call them, the other person would hear rapid beeping, then the phone would explode in their ear, killing them.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Cute name for the movie, "Murder By Phone", 1982.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081203/

Rlvlk

Question: I'll try to be as detailed as possible. This is a late 70's, early 80's movie. Tenants at a high rise apartment building were being killed off 1 by 1. The police thought the killer was the night doorman whose name was Vincent, but it turned out to be the day doorman who was jealous of all the attention the night doorman was getting from all the tenants. The night doorman and his catatonic mother were the last victims before the police found out the truth. Also the night doorman had a rich female tenant who had a crush on him and was always trying to invite him up to her place for cake.

SAZOO1975

Chosen answer: Seems to be "Too Scared To Scream", 1985.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090186/

Rlvlk

Question: I seem to remember seeing an animated movie when my kids were small, mid 90's, that had a scene with an overweight, lazy dachshund rolling around on a skateboard. If I remember correctly the dog was owned by the "villain" in the movie but I'm not sure. My kids have been laughing at me for years because no one else remembers it and they say I dreamed it. Can anyone help me get the last laugh?

Chosen answer: It was the first Tom and Jerry movie.

Question: I'm trying to figure out what movie this is from: "I used to be an optimist, but I'm not anymore". The main character in the movie is a young girl and is told early on that she is an optimist, and learns what this word means. A lot of messed up stuff happens in the course of the film and when asked by a teacher to write an essay under the topic, "I used to be, but I'm not anymore" she writes her essay beginning with the above quote and reads it aloud to the class. Can ANYONE help me with this? It's driving me nuts.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "Just as Long as We're Together" by Judy Blume.

Andrea Hartley

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a movie. All I can remember from it is the bad guy laying on the ground almost dead. Then the good guy (or girl, don't remember) comes over to put him out of his misery by suffocating him. They say something to the effect of "This is more than you deserve" then before the person is dead the good guy changes his mind and the bad guy lives. Can someone please help me?

Chosen answer: Sounds like the miniseries, "The Langoliers".

Grumpy Scot

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