Answered general questions about movies, TV and more

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Question: Is there some kind of horror film where a baby crawls along a ceiling and its head turns all the way around? It seems to have been parodied by Family Guy and The Simpsons. What is the film called?

Chosen answer: The baby crawling on the ceiling is a reference to Renton's hallucinations while going cold-turkey in Trainspotting.

Tailkinker

Question: I am trying to figure out the name of a movie I watched. It started with a scene in a hotel, where a girl/hooker was killed in the bathroom. She was cut up in the bathtub. It was released around the same time as "Wild Things", as that is what I thought it was, but that wasn't it.

Chosen answer: That would be "Very Bad Things", starring Christian Slater.

Twotall

Question: When I was a kid, I remember seeing a movie in the early 80's, and all I can remember is at the end, a ghost train comes crashing through the house in the living room. Prior to this, you can see the light approaching, and I think there was a kid that yelled that the train was coming towards the house. Anyone know what film this was?

Jazetopher

Chosen answer: It wasn't a movie. It was the first episode of "Amazing Stories," an anthology program produced by Steven Spielberg. IMDB has a description here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0511096/

K.C. Sierra

Question: I remember a trailer for a movie (or possibly tv show preview) in which a woman threatens to stab herself in the aorta, raising a pen to her throat, and a man informs her that the aorta is in the heart. Any idea what this is from?

Chosen answer: You're thinking of Girl Interrupted. In the movie, Lisa (played by Angelina Jolie) threatens to stab herself in the aorta, but Valerie (played by Whoopie Goldberg) informs her that the aorta is in the chest.

Garlonuss

Question: I remember watching a movie, I don't quite remember when that was but it was about a little boy who wishes he would become older really fast. So he wakes up in the morning as an adult. His mum kicks him out for thinking he was someone else and he does this secret handshake with his friend so the friend will believe him. He and his friend do lots of fun things together. Could anyone tell me which movie this was? Thanks.

Chosen answer: "Big" starring Tom Hanks.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am looking for the title of a film that I remember only the first scene of: it is not a porn film, but rather, if I recall, it is a fairly good, independent, offbeat drama. It starts with a sudden jolt - a couple are passionately having sex, the girl is on top and she is enjoying herself in an intense way. If anyone can tell me the name of this film (probably American, made in the past 10 years) I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Chosen answer: Sounds like Basic Instinct.

Rlvlk

Question: I remember seeing this movie in the early-to-mid 90s. I can't remember too much, but I will do my best. I remember a young teenage boy and a blue and white ancient stamp of something nautical - either a boat or a sailor-type boy with a spy glass or something along those lines. The stamp was very important and worth a lot of money, and, I believe, had something to do with this boy's dead grandfather. I also think if there was a boy in the stamp it may have looked like the boy in the movie. Maybe that was what the big adventure (aka the plot) was over? This is where I may just be speculating: The boy also had an older brother and his friends who, I think, got involved with the boy in some search for the stamp. I remember images of the end pretty well - the boy pastes or find the stamp in a "stamp book". Then someone from the beginning of the film steals something or runs off and everyone has to chase him. I just remember the line "He's had a relapse." and someone answers "What's a relapse?" And that's how it ends.This is so far fetched, but it would make my existence if someone knew what in the hell I was talking about. THANKS.

Chosen answer: Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Travellers, with Lucas Evans and Anthony Rogers. There is also a sequel, The Return of Tommy Tricker.

Sereenie

Question: My boyfriend wants to see this movie again, but can't remember the title. A group of people, traveling on a bus, find out they are all dead. Apparently each has a loose end s/he needs to tie up before heading to the hereafter. Thanks.

Chosen answer: That would be "Heart and Souls" starring Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, and David Paymer as the people "on the bus," and Robert Downey Jr. as their "corporeal being."

Phixius

Question: I am looking for a movie I watched in the 80's or 90's. It was about a group of children and maybe a teacher, getting kidnapped by a group of men. It was well-planned and I think they may have been housed underground. They were given mattresses and water, and I vaguely remember pig masks but I could be adding that from some other movie. Can anyone help me with this?

Chosen answer: This sounds a lot like the movie "Fortress", with Rachel Ward as the teacher kidnapped along with the children.

Jazetopher

Question: I was watching the public access channel and they were showing random clips from horror movies, one of them, they introduced it as having "the most messed up twist ending", had a little girl with wild hair holding someone who's dead, while other people walk towards her cautiously, then it switches to a woman talking to a kid with a bandage around their head, the woman said something like "I always wanted to have a little girl, you will be so happy here. Angela. What a pretty name. Like Angel." Then the kid looks up and we can see it's a boy, then it goes back to the girl with the dead body, and (I think) the people coming towards her say "Angela? Angela?" suddenly the "girl" stands up, holding a knife, and for some reason "she's" naked and we see she's really a boy. Naturally, the other people are shocked. Any ideas? It's driving me crazy.

Chosen answer: It is called "Sleepaway Camp."

SAZOO1975

Question: What is 'sweeps'? I've heard it mentioned in so many American films and TV programs, but I've never known what it is.

Chosen answer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeps_Week#.22Sweeps.22

Grumpy Scot

Question: I am trying to find out the name of a movie (made for TV, I think), possibly black and white, where a little girl has her legs run over by a train while she is sitting playing on the tracks. Does anyone know this movie?

Chosen answer: This sounds like "The Dollmaker," a made-for-TV movie starring Jane Fonda.

Chanteuse66

Question: Does anybody know what the first movie to have a product placement was? I am losing sleep over this, please help.

Chosen answer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_placement

CocoCami

Question: If an actor does not want to smoke a real cigarette in a film, is there an alternative on offer (a prop cigarette for eg), or would it be more likely that that particular part would just be recast with someone who had no problem smoking?

Chosen answer: There are non-tobacco cigarettes available for this. They contain an herb that has no nicotine or any other chemical/toxin which may affect the lungs or state of mind. They are, however, purported to smell and taste quite terrible. These are what Eva Amurri smoked in the movie "Saved!".

Phixius

Question: I remember watching a programme on TV about movie mistakes a few months ago on VH1 and saw a clip with a lot of people in a school gymnasium and at the back there was a man standing up "exposing" himself that the editors supposedly missed. Can anyone tell me which film this was?

Chosen answer: It was Teen Wolf. In the scene after the basketball game was over, when everyone storms the court in celebration, there is an extra who clearly was airing out his "dirty laundry". That scene has since been removed.

BGraz

Question: I remember watching a cartoon quite some time back now. I remember that it was about a dentists, or something similar, and I remember there being a lot of children in it. It stuck in my mind because it reminded me an awful lot of Dr. Katz, although aimed at a younger audience. Does anyone have any idea what this show is? I seem to remember it was quite short lived. The only solid thing I can remember about the show itself was that there was a receptionist who I think was married to the dentist/doctor (and it's not Home Movies).

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: I think you are referring to 'Bob and Margaret' which was an animated British show about a dentist and his chiropodist wife which ran from 1998-2001.

wizard_of_gore

Question: I am looking for the name of a horror movie. I only remember that it looked like it was made in the 70's or 80's and that the first girl who got killed off was stabbed in the heart and fell through a large stained glass window on the ceiling with a cord tied around her neck so it looked like she hung herself. Any ideas?

Chosen answer: The name of this film is 'Suspiria'. It was directed by Dario Argento and it came out in 1977.

wizard_of_gore

Question: I watched a film on TV when I was a kid and I can't remember the name of it. It was about an adopted boy who discovered that his birth parents had been mermaids, and as he hit puberty he began to turn into a mermaid himself. All I remember is that he started to be thirsty all the time and whenever he went in water he began to grow scales, which was a problem since he was on the school swimming team. I think there was a scene when he dived into the sea to catch up with a ferry which was pulling away, and another when he was about to start a swimming race but realised he still had his trainers on. Anyone know the name of this film? Thanks.

Chosen answer: The Thirteenth Year.

Phixius

Question: What happens when a film with the same title as (or very similar title to) another film is released? Is there some sort of legal problem? A producer couldn't copyright a word like 'Jaws', for instance, or a person's name, so surely anyone else can use them. What's to stop someone making a film called 'Harry Potter' and coining it in?

Chosen answer: You can trademark a title or word in conjunction with a movie or book title. There's plenty of lawsuits where a title is too close to an existing well-known title, and most often the case is settled on behalf of the original title. Exceptions are when the title was well-known before the book or movie, such as "Titanic."

CocoCami

Question: This is a question regarding all films. I know that in a lot of films the image is reversed for some reason for particular shots and that you can usually tell this because, for example, something on the left side of someone's face will be on their right side, etc. But I don't understand why?

Craig Bryant

Chosen answer: The most likely explanation is because when it comes to editing it may look better when flipped, or because it was not possible to shoot a shot from the opposite angle at the time of filming. Also if shots are edited together from different sequences, the director may need to match the direction of movement, so has to flip one set of shots in order to maintain obvious continuity (at the cost of smaller things).

Scrappy

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