Topic: The "Oh, you know the one...it had the thing!" thread

Whether it's a movie, tv episode, book or whatever, we've all had that moment.

So now you can come here for help! Simply post what you can remember and we'll do the rest.

I'll start.

So mine is a movie I saw a while back. It was in Russian (I think, but definitely not english) Basically it's set in a nearish future world (That is kinda like a pre WW2 russia, very poor, and downtrodden) where people can now virtually enter into video games and play them. It focus's on one of the elite players (A woman) in an underground gaming ring where players make money based on how well they play and how entertaining they are. I remember there's a scene where she's making dinner, and chopping up veggies and making rice and stuff and then gives a bowl of it to her cat, and then the police come and start questioning her about how well her cat eats and where she gets the money for that kind of thing...er at least something like that. It's very sort of slow and contemplative, there's not a lot of talking. It was made probably around early oughts and was definitly low budgetish. It had some pretty solid and some pretty iffy effects.

Anyone got any ideas?

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OK, here's mine. Black and white movie. Set, I think, in New York. A giant stop motion bird with a male (?) head is roosting in a skyscraper and eating people. I think it showed up a couple times on the weekend monster movie in the 70's. No, it's not Q.

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Without looking it up, I'm guessing Invid's is The Giant Claw.    At least it sounds like a movie I saw as a kid, and I just happen to remember the title.

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Invid wrote:

No, it's not Q.

Oh! I was totally gonna say Q. That's the movie with the famous "The dreck was my idea" story.

If Trey is right, this should jostle a few apples loose.

http://www.badmovies.org/movies/giantclaw/giantclaw8.jpg

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Two government (I think) guys leave after talking to someone. On the way back to the car, one says to the other 'That was so poorly handled'.

And that's all I remember. What is this?

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Spider-Man 3?

No Way Out?

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I know I shouldn't be surprised anymore that Trey just up and knew such an obscure thing. But here we are.

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Chalk it up to the world as it was before home video.   There weren't THAT many cheap 50's horror movies available to be shown on Saturday afternoon creature features - any kid who watched as religiously as I did pretty much saw them ALL within a year or two.   

I think I saw Giant Claw more than once, actually.     And I musta seen THEM half a dozen times by the time I was fourteen.

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Heh, Saturday afternoons, eh? As a child, I saw lots of old Universal horror movies, 50s B-movies and the like in a late-night timeslot called Don't Watch Alone on Scottish Television. I distinctly remember being freaked out by the, let's call it a, monster in The Giant Claw because it was so ridiculously unreal that it sort-of wrapped around the reality spectrum and became superreal. Or maybe I was just tired.

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I will admit my memory is more of a human head on a bird, sort of a harpy, but we are talking 30+ years. I'll have to check out Giant Claw.

(I've just discovered 'Message from Space' on Netflix. Why, oh why, did I never see this as a kid?!?)

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The Giant Claw is one of those "OMG this is actually a real movie!?" sort of movies. Unbelievably bad, but hilariously awesome at the same time. James Rolfe featured it on one of his Monster Madness series back a few years ago.

Mine is really odd, and I honestly don't know if it even actually exists or if I just imagined it or something. I remember seeing a few episodes of this TV show back when I was a kid (Or miniseries or something). It was about a family that was vacationing around the world and they took a tour of some egyptian pyramids when some kind of dimensional portal sucked them into an alternate world. One of the first episodes was them being accepted into some town. There was a big billboard-like thing at the center of town full of little light bulbs, and each bulb represented one of the people living there. When you died, they turned your bulb out. There was a romantic scene featuring the teenager and some girl from the city, and she explained this custom and then showed him her bulb and then started making out.

I remember an exchange of dialogue as well where the family is eating at their new home and the father is like "wow, this is really good, what is it?" and the mom says "I don't know. All the cans just say 'good food' on them."

In one of the later episodes the teenager gets addicted to some kind of drug that I think is called 'chalk', and it's basically some kind of powder you snort that makes you trip balls.

I also vaguely remember a scene where they get into a vehicle of some sort with no pilot that then just takes them somewhere... I think this may have also been the first episode...

I've been unable to think of the name of the series, but it was almost definitely mid to late 80s.

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Oh good lord - I think I know this one too.   

Look up Otherworld and see if it's what you're thinking of...

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

So mine is a movie I saw a while back. It was in Russian (I think, but definitely not english) Basically it's set in a nearish future world (That is kinda like a pre WW2 russia, very poor, and downtrodden) where people can now virtually enter into video games and play them. It focus's on one of the elite players (A woman) in an underground gaming ring where players make money based on how well they play and how entertaining they are. I remember there's a scene where she's making dinner, and chopping up veggies and making rice and stuff and then gives a bowl of it to her cat, and then the police come and start questioning her about how well her cat eats and where she gets the money for that kind of thing...er at least something like that. It's very sort of slow and contemplative, there's not a lot of talking. It was made probably around early oughts and was definitly low budgetish. It had some pretty solid and some pretty iffy effects.

Anyone got any ideas?

Sounds like it could be Avalon? It's sort of Polish/Japanese.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalon_%282001_film%29

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Sheet son, that's the one!

Was a good flick last time I watched it, hopefully it still is.

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Trey wrote:

Oh good lord - I think I know this one too.   

Look up Otherworld and see if it's what you're thinking of...

MOTHER OF GOD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8idvQeM0kA
This show has haunted me since highschool because NO ONE knew what I was talking about. I honestly kinda thought I had dreamed it or something.

Also, now that I know what it is and have seen that intro, I really want to see it again, cause it looks kinda bad-ass. I remember having liked it a lot as a kid.

Now I know why people call you "Trey The Amazing".

EDIT: Watch the entire 8 episode run of the series >here<. The poor quality actually kinda emulates what it was like to watch TV on a pair of rabbit ears back in the 80's as well tongue

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It's that credit sequence that's amazing.   How much '80's did THAT show have in it?  All of it.  All of the '80's.

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I got to the bit where the blond was a glam rock drummer. Then I died.

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Watched the first couple of episodes. The show is basically 1984 meets Star Trek via Family Ties with a wee bit of Outer Limits sprinkled in for flavor. Also, so far it's averaging one awesome cameo per episode. Ray Walston is in the first episode (from the old My Favorite Martian TV show, and a bazillion other things), and Mark motherfucking Lenard is in episode 2 (Sarek).

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I suspect I've thoroughly mangled the memory but here goes:

A TV show from the late 80s or early 90s staring mostly kids. I only saw the last few minutes of one episode. A bunch of the kids were forced to dig out a blue glowing wall and if you touched it bad things happened. Then one kid touched it and they weren't hurt because reasons.

At the end there was something about transporting and the last shot was the hero group walking around the top of a modern looking tower but it wasn't where they wanted to be. It stuck with me because the end was a downer and, as I had up until then only seen such edgy stuff as Mr. Dressup and Polka Dot Door, I was all "Wait...the good guys didn't win? They aren't allowed to end it like that! It's against the rules!"

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Heh. Reminds me of seeing Land of the Lost and, to a greater extent, H.R. Puffinstuf. The kid NEVER got home!

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I caught the end of a movie on TV one night and all I can remember was it involved this hitman type character and a cab driver. I think it ended with the cab driver getting shot by the hitman and he wasn't too happy about that.

EDIT: Well, I found that one out myself...looks like it's Collateral tongue

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Phi wrote:

I suspect I've thoroughly mangled the memory but here goes:

A TV show from the late 80s or early 90s staring mostly kids. I only saw the last few minutes of one episode. A bunch of the kids were forced to dig out a blue glowing wall and if you touched it bad things happened. Then one kid touched it and they weren't hurt because reasons.

At the end there was something about transporting and the last shot was the hero group walking around the top of a modern looking tower but it wasn't where they wanted to be.

The bit about transporting -- if you by chance meant teleporting -- makes it sound like it might be the 90s version of The Tomorrow People.

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I was about to type up a vague description of a movie I watched with my Dad as a kid on tv one night that had a sea turtle and some kids carved something in its shell and a guy drops a necklace in the ocean at the end and sea turtle.  Then I went and Googled it one more time and found it - The Bermuda Depths.  ABC movie of the week on January 27th, 1978.  Carl Weathers (apparently looking to make a turtle stew), Connie Sellica (pre-Hotel), Burl Ives...I'm guessing Burl Ives is in it due to it being made by Rankin-Bass.  Anyway, just in case someone ELSE's movie they couldn't remember happens to be this one, I went ahead and put the info on here.  Also, it's available on dvd now.

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Dorkman wrote:

The bit about transporting -- if you by chance meant teleporting -- makes it sound like it might be the 90s version of The Tomorrow People.

I looked up some episode summaries of The Tomorrow People and I don't think so. My impression was that there was teleporting, but that the blue glowing wall did it (???) and that the characters on the tower didn't know where the heck they were or how to get back. It wouldn't surprise me if the show was British or Australian though. For a while I thought it might have been Round the Twist, but it wasn't.

I've tried googling to find it at various times but "buried blue glowing wall of doom" doesn't get one far tongue Considering it's a 20 year old memory I'm mostly left with my emotional reaction to it more than what was actually on the screen, and I was a pretty impressionable kid. After seeing parts of Ghostbusters 2 I was terrified for years that pink slime would come out of the shower.

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OK, here's another one. Late 70's early 80's. I'm going to assume some sort of British show that isn't Python, seen on either PBS or some Canadian channel (we got lots of them with a good UHF antenna). The actors are rabbits. Basically, just guys with bunny ears. The one, for some reason, tricks another rabbit into eating cake that ISN'T carrot cake, but is... Rabbit cake! The second rabbit is now a cannibal! He's horrified for a moment... then realizes he likes it. He then realizes his friend is a rabbit, and proceeds to chase him with a fork as the credits run.

A definite what the fuck moment in my childhood.

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