Thursday, 9 March 2017
627 Clive James at the Movies
First viewed : 29 August 1983
This one-off special, in which Clive James trawled through the worst of the B-movies of yesteryear , was actually a curtain-raiser for a Worst of Hollywood season on Channel 4 presented by Michael Medved ( later to be reviled as an arch-conservative critic in the U.S. ) . It was splendid stuff, my first introduction to the world of Ed Wood and the equally jaw-dropping Robot Monster ( a man in a gorilla suit wearing a diving helmet ) , The Wild Women of Wongo and The Creeping Terror where , clearly slow-witted, teenagers are ambushed by a ( just about ) mobile carpet.
I really enjoyed it and was disappointed a few weeks later to discover that my new house mates didn't share my enthusiasm for the celebration of trash and preferred to stick with an old Amicus werewolf film over the screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space.