Pulp Movies

As I’ve had pulp on the brain lately, I’ve come up with a hypothetical “Pulp Movie Festival” to be held one weekend when I have nothing to do but watch TV (housework be damned). If I were to do this, my wife would probably hold a reality TV festival the following weekend, but hey… give and take, y’know?

The following lists certainly contain some stinkers, but when you’re searching for pulpy flicks, beggers can’t be choosers. Also, I’m open to suggestions or comments regarding these or any film I might wish to consider. “Pulp Fiction”, by the way, is right out. That’s much closer to pulp paperbacks as discussed here.

Day 1- Saturday
Movies set in pulp’s heyday period (1920’s-1940’s)

-The Mummy (Never saw part 2.)
-The Phantom
-The Rocketeer
-Sky Captain & The World Of Tomorrow
-The Shadow
-Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
-The Indiana Jones Trilogy (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade)
-King Kong (2005)
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Day 2- Sunday
Pulpy movies set in a more modern time period (1980’s-2000’s)

-The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension
-Big Trouble In Little China (These first two films are inextricably linked forever in my mind)
-Darkman
-Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
-Sahara
-Batman Begins (Really a comic book movie, but Bats has always been at the line between pulp hero and comic hero)
-Lara Croft, Tomb Raider
-Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

(and, because my job causes every weekend to be a 3-day)
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Day 3- Monday
Pulp-type movies made back in the day

-King Kong (1933)
-Dr. X (1932)
-Various movie serials made in the 1930’s and 40’s

And this last section is where I need the most input. If you’re reading this and have an old pulpy movie or a particular Saturday matinee-serial you think I should check out, let me know. I’ll make the popcorn.

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Published in: on March 22, 2007 at 4:41 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Throw in the following:
    Point Blank,Black Rain and The Yakuza for some neo-noir and you got yourself a day so gritty you can use it to sand down Brittney Spears stubble!

    What… too soon?

  2. Hmm…would Dark City count?

  3. Gabriel- Love Black Rain. Great modern pulpy grit. “Noodles… You’re gonna hurt yourself.”

    Never saw the other two, gonna have to give them a try.

    Tot- Are you psychic? Last night, we decided to watch Dark City. Now, this movie has been in our face for months and months since we last watched it. Can we find it when we want to see it? No. Turned the house upside down looking for it (and our movies are usually all in one place). I guess it went to the same dimension where socks go to when they should be in the clean laundry and aren’t.

  4. I actually thought The Mummy Returns was better than the first. It’s twice as ludicrous.

  5. And in pulp movies, ludicrous can be good.


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