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Question: I'm looking for the title of a movie. All I know is the first scene is a night club where a man goes and then gets arrested for something. But in the van he becomes a werewolf and massacres the two guys in the front. They discover the remains of one, and frankly it is gory. Any clues?

Chosen answer: This is a movie from the 1980's called "The Monster Squad". A man goes into a police station screaming that he's a werewolf. He takes a cops gun and fires it into the air begging to be locked up. He is killed and as his body is being taken away, he changes into the werewolf and kills the driver.

Question: I had a flashback, if you will, of a scene from what I think is the beginning of a movie. From the description of the scene (which I will go into below) I can only come up with the conclusion that it may be about a male serial killer of some sort (some kind of thriller)? I know I have seen the movie within the past 3-4 years. Here is the scene that played in my head. Two kids on the side of a road/country highway, not sure if they are on bikes or not. One kid pushes the other kid in front of a passing car, thus said kid gets run down. The pusher then watches as the other kid lies on the road dying and just watches him die, in fascination. That is all I remember. Anyone have any clue what movie I may be talking about or did my mind just make this up? Thanks for any help as it's been bugging me for quite awhile now.

Chosen answer: That is the 2004 movie called Taking Lives.

pross79

Question: My guess would be that the film was released in the 1990s or earlier this decade. The setting of the film was a health spa in nineteenth or early twentieth century America. The health spa was owned and operated by a physician. The basic thesis of the physician was that the entirety of human disease can be attributed to genito-excretory (especially bowel) dysfunction. Among the other principals are the following. A young couple is featured. The couple takes a train to the health spa in order to secure treatment for the husband. The physician examines the throat of the husband and says that his bowels are "sick, sick" (really no surprise there). The physician recommends that the husband enter the spa for treatment. A good bit of the film deals with the misadventures of the husband as he takes the spa's treatments for his malady. The physician has a grown ne'er-do-well son who is given to extorting money from his physician father and which son also enjoys spying on bare naked ladies (one of which is the wife of the young couple, mentioned above) as they bathe in the spa. In the final scene of the film, the physician rides a bicycle or motor bike off of the end of a pier, tumbles headlong into a body of water and (presumably) drowns. I never did get any of the stage names of the actors or actresses. The actor who played the physician was a mature gent (an Anthony Hopkins type). That's all that I can remember. I just saw bits and pieces of the film on free television several years ago. I would dearly love to purchase a copy of this film for playback on dvd but I don't know the title of the film. Can anybody help me with the title of the film?

Chosen answer: That sounds like "The Road to Wellville" from 1994.

papajim

Question: A theatrical release in the 70's that was a compilation of different movies showing clips from them, horror, mostly. They were all narrated by different actors at different times in the movie. I remember Donald Pleasance in one section and then Cheech and Chong sitting in a theater with a trash can filled with popcorn. Chong waves off a woman who wants to sit in front of them by telling her that the seat is wet, but Cheech yells at him for that. What is the name of this movie? Anyone?

CCARNI Premium member

Chosen answer: It sounds like "It Came From Hollywood", 1982.http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0084156/.

Rlvlk

Question: I would like to know the name of a movie. It's a foreign film from about the mid nineties. The plot was basically that a series of murders was going down in an apartment block and that a man was a suspect. The lead female was attracted to this man (I think she was a therapist) and didn't believe him to be the killer. Towards the end she provides a solid alibi for him in that he was upstairs typing all night. The ending of the movie finds our heroine finding a tape in his apartment - a tape of him typing. She realises he is the killer and a fight ensues. Please help.

Chosen answer: Its not a foreign movie - it's "Sliver" starring Sharon Stone.

Question: Are the contestants on Wheel of Fortune encouraged to buy vowels? It seems like as soon as someone gets some money they immediately start buying vowels.

Chosen answer: By buying a vowel, you can guess a letter without the risk of landing on Bankrupt or Lose A Turn. Vowels are also extremely useful in figuring out the number of syllables in the word.

JC Fernandez

Question: What are the differences between Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio and Linear PCM Uncompressed? I was under the impression that they're all lossless and, well, basically the original sound. Wouldn't that make them all identical and impossible to tell apart?

Chimera Premium member

Chosen answer: It appears there is no difference. You can follow the links for the sources here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_TrueHD

Rlvlk

Question: This was a movie from the 1970s: I was only a little kid when I saw it. The only scene I remember is a woman who was going to be sacrificed in some kind of Southwest American Indian ceremony. It was filmed in a desert area with canyons and cliffs, and was set in pre-modern times. There was a part where they covered the face of the victim so that they couldn't see. Ring any bells?

Chosen answer: Not 100% sure, but I think what you're looking for is "Against a Crooked Sky."

Chanteuse66

Question: I remember seeing a film towards the end of the 90s but can't remember the title. I'm pretty sure it was a tv movie. It was an American film and all I remember was some woman was kidnapped by a guy who was a bit of a psycho, but he appeared normal to all the people in the town. He was a real "pillar of the community" kind of guy when he was around people, but he led a secret serial killer double life. He lived in a really big house in the middle of the woods (possibly Pacific Coast/Washington state) and the house was really modern in terms of its decoration and architecture. He drove a black SUV or a van that he would transport these women in. I remember that she tried to escape from his house, but he had these nasty big black dogs outside that would attack if they saw anyone other than their master. She was trying to escape from the house by holding on to this wire leading away from the house and the scene that sticks in my mind is the woman dangling precariously above the dogs but the dogs were oblivious to her being above them. I think she might have been interacting with the guy and trying to gain his trust by acting like his friend.

Chosen answer: "Kiss the Girls" starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

Dedderbot Premium member

Question: I've noticed that occasionally, some of the no. 1 films at the box office are also some of the worst reviewed by critics. Why is this?

Cubs Fan Premium member

Chosen answer: The films are reviewed by critics, but attended by the regular movie-going public. Critics see every movie, so they have a tendency to get (a) jaded or (b) overly critical. They tire of plot devices and story lines that they have seen all too many times and often wish for more intelligent writing and witty dialogue. However the movie-going public is, admittedly, less demanding. They easily flock to movies that simply appeal to the masses.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: I seen a movie around in the 70's, a family is at a park, they see a pregnant woman and take her in.after she has her baby she disappears and they adopt the girl. As the girl gets older one by one she kills off the real children, two boys and a girl. At the end of the movie, it shows the same pregnant woman leaving with another family. I desperately need to know the name of this movie.

Chosen answer: The Godsend from 1980.

Question: I can't remember the title of this movie. Maybe someone can help me out. All I remember is a guy on a camel, I believe on the desert, when this other guy appears who looks like he's from a silent film. He says, in subtitles, "You should come to Hollywood. Too bad you don't know how to speak in subtitles."

Chosen answer: This sounds like the Mel Brooks' 1976 comedy, "Silent Movie." There's no dialogue, only subtitles, except for one word spoken at the very end.

raywest Premium member

Question: This was a western movie with Kirk Douglas, at the end he goes to recover some stolen money from a hole in the desert and gets bitten by a snake. Any help please?

ramjet

Chosen answer: The movie is 'There Was a Crooked Man...', which was released in 1970.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: I am looking for a particular LoonyTunes short. It might be on one of the various "Loony Tunes Gold" DVD collections. Unfortunately I have no idea what the title is. I have looked online at the titles on the different sets, but I find a few titles that might be it, or might not. If anyone knows the title, and hopefully what, if any, DVD set it is on, I would really appreciate it. The story is a 20th century continuation of the story of the Shoemaker and the Elves. Elmer Fudd is the King of the Elves, and he wants the elves working for the shoemaker back. The shoemaker doesn't know how he will run his business without the elves. So Elmer tells him about automation and industrialization along with some basic economics. Also when the elves hear the word "Jehoshaphat" they start to change into mice, until they say the word, "Rumplestiltskin"

Chosen answer: "Yankee Dood It". http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/5308-Yankee_Dood_It.html. A forum thread on that cartoon with more info: http://forum.bcdb.com/forum/Cartoon_with_jehosaphat_and_business_summary_P70488/.

Rlvlk

Question: I remember watching a movie when I was younger, and was wondering what it was called. It was about an American female baseball (I believe) team, and I think they may have been the first such team. I remember they travelled America in a bus, and at one point one of the women received a letter telling her her husband had died in a war. Also one of them, or one of the people they travelled with had a son, and many years later there was a display at a museum or stadium about them and the boy was there, but grown up and they fussed over him.

Chosen answer: Sounds like "A League of Their Own" with Tom Hanks and Geena Davis.

Guy

Question: In the 50's my sister and I saw a black and white Western. Standard formula - good guys, bad guys, Indians, railroad, miners etc. There was a scene in the movie where a grizzled type character gave a group of Indians who were high on "fire water" sticks of dynamite in place of cigars and then snuck away. You hear a loud boom in the background making you think the Indians tried to smoke the "cigars". We cannot remember the name of this movie or who the actors in it were. Can someone please help?

Chosen answer: Name of the movie was Canadian Pacific with Randolph Scott.

Question: I remember watching a movie in the 90s - it started with some kind of party and basically this guy has written a novel about pirates or something like that. And somehow him and his friends end up inside his novel and they are captured by pirates. I remember the pirates were fighting against some sort of Spanish troops/Spanish empire. It was all set in a jungle. And I think somehow the guys help the pirates and then escape and find a chest in a tunnel. It seems really weird but it's a great movie and I really wanna know what it's called. I have a feeling it is based on a novel. The movie's name was the same name as the novel in the film. It was one word and I think it was in Latin. I think the word ended in "icus".

Chosen answer: Could be Magic Island made in 1995 ft. Andrew Divoff and Zachery Ty Bryan.

Question: There was a movie in the 80s or 90s and it was about murders in college. I remember this student was murdering teachers and students and nobody knew who it was. He killed the librarian or some teacher by squashing her head in the photocopier. The only hint that people found was the guy's ring, which was on the photocopied sheet. And this girl student blamed her boyfriend because apparently she had given him the ring, but it had been stolen by the murderer student a long time ago. I remember that it ended with the murderer student having trapped the girl in a some sort of cellar or boiler room and forcing her to kiss him. So she told him she would and when he shut his eyes, she bashed his head with a hammer from the table.

Chosen answer: Sounds like the movie Cutting Class with Brad Pitt.

Question: Who was the noted film director that was killed about 10-15 years ago when a large rock was thrown from a street overpass and smashed through his car windshield? He probably would have been in his 70s or 80s by now.

raywest Premium member

Chosen answer: This is the only thing I found close: "November 19, 1998: Film director Alan Pakula (70) was killed while driving on the Long Island Expressway east of New York City. He lost control of his Volvo and crashed into a fence after a metal pipe crashed through his windshield. The pipe, which had been lying on the highway, was kicked up by another car. Pakula was taken to the North Shore Hospital in Plainview, New York, where he was pronounced dead. Pakula directed films such as Klute and All the President's Men." This site lists famous people that died in car accidents and that was the only director that died from something flying through his windshield.http://www.celebratetoday.com/autoceleb.html

Rlvlk

Question: The movie i would like info on was made between 1985 & 1987 at a guess. I was young when i watched it and my memory of this movie is quite vague. The movie was set during world war 2 and featured aliens or creatures of some kind? If my memory serves me right, these creatures were helping the soldiers? Could anyone shed some light on this movie please?

Chosen answer: Sounds like Zone Troopers from 1986.

papajim

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