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Weekend Discussion Thread: More Screen Time

Murdock Hauser writes:

Is there a character from a MSTed movie you would’ve like to have seen a little more of? For me, Chris Mattling from “The Dead Talk Back” is that character. I thought he and Krasker’s character were perfect together. Now what say you?

I’d like to know a little more about the drunk Tom Waits guy stumbling around in the theater in “The Slime People.” I bet he had a back story…

What’s your pick?
(And keep those WD ideas coming!)

82 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: More Screen Time”

  1. duke of puddles says:

    W-W-Whatley!
    i for one would like to know why he was such a leg man.
    has he always been fleshy and moist?
    did those cops at the end of the movie beat him severely and did he find a new friend in jail?

       3 likes

  2. jay says:

    Untamed Youth –

    I would like to know more about Mamie Van Doren’s character Silver Morgan. How did she get the way she was? I mean, other than the peroxide hair treatment.

       8 likes

  3. DarkGrandmaofDeath says:

    Definitely Cherokee Jack. I mean, he tells us his name is Cherokee Jack, and we discover he can fly small aircraft, but who is Cherokee Jack, really? Does he also know how to skydive? Is he any good at shooting a rifle while flying? And above all, does he even like coffee?

       20 likes

  4. doug says:

    Lt. Lamont. Did she take classes on how to work after dying? How did she get such a position of responsibility without ever actually doing anything that seems important.

       19 likes

  5. duke of puddles says:

    doug:
    Lt. Lamont.Did she take classes on how to work after dying? How did she get such a position of responsibility without ever actually doing anything that seems important.

    is it wrong that i DON’T want to know more about the sweaty phil collins guy in the dental prison?

       10 likes

  6. Days of Our Years haunts me to this day. It was akin to the Twilight Zone for numbskulls. I wondered about Helen & Numbskull Joe. She should have run away from that marriage when she had the chance. Joe with an oil rig attached to his head struck me as very immature person who would constantly whine at Helen for more beer and once drunk, start throwing empty beer cans at her. Meanwhile she has to do EVERYTHING. For sanity sake, I am sure they had a better outcome?

       6 likes

  7. Sitting Duck says:

    The Adventures of Cherokee Jack would probably be like a really depressing version of Sky King.

    On a more serious note, I’d go with Liz Murphy from Moon Zero Two.

       8 likes

  8. goalieboy82 says:

    Frank Douglas, why was he in space and did they tell him after what happened.

       5 likes

  9. goalieboy82 says:

    would also like to see more of John Saxon’s character too from Mitchell.

       8 likes

  10. Kevin Wallace says:

    The Bluebird of Happiness from The Magic Voyage of Sinbad.
    I would like to know the backstory of why a being named after an emotion of sheer joy.
    Would appear to be so unhappy and tend to put others to sleep.

       8 likes

  11. skrag2112 says:

    Most of the odd characters that just pop up in ‘The Skydivers’. Any of them might have a back story more interesting than the film itself.

       14 likes

  12. duke of puddles says:

    miss or Mrs. Hart, ward’s receptionist from ‘Human Duplicators.’ she had ZERO screen time and yet made a massive contribution to the film.
    i can’t help but wonder if she was like Ward and got tense and twitch eyed every time he hit the intercom, just seconds away from going postal.
    OR, did she calmly sit there wearing her clunky ’60’s mod headphones listening to Ronco’s ’50’s solid gold! 40 hits from the original stars like….’

       6 likes

  13. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    Abby in the second half of Riding with Death, since she seemed to be sentenced to sitting in the lab and watching Sam by some unexplained means. She and her polyester pants and hotcombed hair were great in the first half, and I think she could have done some undercover work around the race track, finding that elusive Robert Denby or even hanging out with Cupcake.

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  14. Oh, Tanya from Rocket Attack USA, Number One With A Bullet.

    How did a nice girl from one of the Great Lakes states, with rather plain features but great hair, and a strap that she just couldn’t keep up, get caught up in…? Doing…? OK, we all know what she was doing, BUT SHE HAD AN AMERICAN SPY INSTALLED IN HER CLOSET WHILE SHE WAS DOING IT.

    Tanya was a TROUPER.

    [Somewhere I remember reading that Monica Davis (Tanya) was a nurse who did bad movies from time to time, just for grins and giggles, kind of like Katherine Victor. Anybody got a source for that? I can’t find it.]

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  15. Tjardus says:

    I would love to know the back stories of all the wife’s of Manos. How did they all end up there? Did they all go on a first vacation with their incredibly inept husbands? Were some of them famous and their disappearance is still a mystery. Are people searching for them? And how long has Manos been doing this anyway? Are some of his early wife`s from the 1700`s? Imagine a stage coach pulling up to Valley Lodge and talking to Torgo.

    So many questions left unanswered…well, maybe we`re better off not knowing.

       14 likes

  16. RedZoneTuba says:

    “Kline!” in The Sinister Urge. With his magnetic personality and riveting screen presence, the story of “Kline!” would match Serpico or any other police-themed masterpiece.

       19 likes

  17. I want to see the back story of shopkeeper from the Brute Man. How did he get so crabby? Was he born that way? Was he born with a barbwire spoon in his mouth? It would be great to see/hear Mike crack up during a whole movie.

       16 likes

  18. Farmland says:

    I’d like to see how Jesse and Big Stupid each wound up the way they did, but I guess an extended universe for The Girl in Lovers Lane is too much to ask for…

       5 likes

  19. Seems like we’re repeating the WDT from a couple of weeks ago. The question is characters that you would’ve like to have seen a little more of. Think a few extra minutes, not a whole new series.

    I have to say that I was disappointed that the “road work” scene with Babs in “Racket Girls” was so short.

    (For the humor-impaired: :-) This poster does not endorse leering at bouncing parts of the female anatomy. Especially when they’re very large.)

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  20. Endoplasmic Reticulum: Seems like we’re repeating the WDT from a couple of weeks ago. The question is characters that you would’ve like to have seen a little more of. Think a few extra minutes, not a whole new series.

    I have to say that I was disappointed that the “road work” scene with Babs in “Racket Girls” was so short.

    (For the humor-impaired: :-) This poster does not endorse leering at bouncing parts of the female anatomy. Especially when they’re very large.)

    However, for a student of applied cinematic theory, it’s cool to spot what scenes the producer used to pitch the movie to the executive producer/distributor. For “Sinister Urge”? Whoops! There it is. And the sequence in the gym. But I digress from the topic at hand.

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  21. I would love to see the backstory on Sam the Keeper. Why does he think there’s weird things a doin round here? Just what did he find out about Count Dracula? How did he end up the Keeper?

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  22. Son of Peanut says:

    skrag2112:
    Most of the odd characters that just pop up in ‘The Skydivers’. Any of them might have a back story more interesting than the film itself.

    Especially the Scottish guy. Did he come to the U.S. on vacation just to see the skydivers, or was he a local who thought this was a costume party?

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  23. Son of Peanut says:

    The “made for t.v. hippie” from San Fransisco International. How far will he go in his guitar studies? Will he advance from “playing it” to “playing it”? And what really happened at the candy counter?

       16 likes

  24. From Overdrawn At The Memory Bank… well… me. I’m not nearly as bad as they made me out to be!!! But I never got the chance to shine.

       14 likes

  25. Kevin Wallace:
    The Bluebird of Happiness from The Magic Voyage of Sinbad.
    I would like to know the backstory of why a being named after an emotion of sheer joy.
    Would appear to be so unhappy and tend to put others to sleep.

    That’s because, as Sinbad observes, it’s NOT the Bluebird of Happiness. It’s the Grackle of Weltschmerz.
    (Or just a very friendly chicken.)

    And if they’d had a few more running-gags with the Guy Who Shows Up At the End of Deadly Bees, they wouldn’t have to crack jokes about not knowing who he is.
    Maybe he did make enough appearances for the Rule of Three to pay off the joke at the end, but still.

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  26. Son of Peanut:
    The “made for t.v. hippie” from San Fransisco International. How far will he go in his guitar studies? Will he advance from “playing it” to “playing it”? And what really happened at the candy counter?

    I don’t understand your question. I thought everybody knew that was a very young Ed Sheeran in his first movie role.

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  27. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Son of Peanut: Especially the Scottish guy. Did he come to the U.S. on vacation just to see the skydivers, or was he a local who thought this was a costume party?

    Think “Groundskeeper Willie”…

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  28. Toblerone from Escape 2000 needs a series! He really embraces life. His constant laughing might blow out my TV speakers, though.

       14 likes

  29. itsspideyman says:

    The tugboat driver in “Revenge of the Creature”.

    So how did he get a gig on the Amazon, and how did he get married when Servo can’t even get a date?

       8 likes

  30. mando3b says:

    Tjardus:
    I would love to know the back stories of all the wife’s of Manos. How did they all end up there? Did they all go on a first vacation with their incredibly inapt husbands? Were some of them famous and their disappearance is still a mystery. Are people searching for them? And how long has Manos been doing this anyway? Are some of his early wife`s from the 1700`s? Imagine a stage coach pulling up to Valley Lodge and talking to Torgo.

    So many questions left unanswered…well, maybe we`re better off not knowing.

    Yes, and how did Torgo get the job in the first place? Did he apply right out of college? Was he recruited by headhunters? Was he an inept husband on vacation, too? I somehow doubt that. As you said, maybe we’re better off not knowing.

       10 likes

  31. Ray Dunakin says:

    I could have used some more backstory on the character of railroad engineer John Carradine in “Red Zone Cuba”. He looked like he’d been around long enough to have some interesting stories to tell, and anything he added would have meant less time spent with Griffin and his grimy cohorts.

       9 likes

  32. goalieboy82 says:

    the Drunk hobo from It Lives by Night.

       4 likes

  33. duke of puddles says:

    if Geronimo’s! buddy jimmy dean got more screen time in ‘Final Justice’ would it have all been re shot footage or stuff off of the outtake reel?

       3 likes

  34. duke of puddles says:

    goalieboy82:
    the Drunk hobo from It Lives by Night.

    so hours of watching him stink…i mean think?

       3 likes

  35. littleaimishboy says:

    Not exactly a character as such perhaps, but STARFIGHTERS could have used some more mid-air refueling scenes, which could easily have been room made for by cutting the scenes involving the “characters”.

       7 likes

  36. The Great Crowdini says:

    Maybe Chairman Rotating Frank Guy actually enjoys his time as a stupid, repulsive anteater! It’s an All-You-Can-Ant buffet!

       5 likes

  37. Ray Dunakin says:

    I’d definitely like to know the backstory of Pedro, Santa’s second in command in the movie “Santa Claus”. How did he get his job? Did he start in the workshop making toys with the other children, and work his way up Santa’s corporate ladder? Or was he an “outside hire”? Did he have an MBA from Harvard Pre-school?

       3 likes

  38. Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    Michele’s Dad from “Girl in Gold Boots”, did he ever open a whole chain of Eat’s?

    Also the Dune Buggy Guy, what was his deal???

       6 likes

  39. jay says:

    Boggy Creek II –

    While it is Tanya that gets all the attention with her “man’s kinda woman” ways I always wondered about Leslie. Did she go on to get an advanced degree in Monsterology? What was the subject of her dissertation? Being an Arkansas resident had she ever been to Toad Suck? Lastly, did Leslie resist the temptation to go corporate and join the Walmart world headquarters in Bentonville applying her expertise to guiding their international expansion because, as we all know, every country has its own monster.

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  40. IR5 says:

    Chances are I need to know a little more about the Johnny Mathis guy that was shot by the John Saxon character. Did his singing career go so far south he had to resort to B & E’s? Guess it is too much too little too late.

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  41. duke of puddles says:

    IR5:
    Chances are I need to know a little more about the Johnny Mathis guy that was shot by the John Saxon character. Did his singing career go so far south he had to resort to B & E’s? Guess it is too much too little too late.

    huh…maybe getting shot by john saxon was the ‘rock bottom’ that prompted johnny to leave the minor felony gig to take on singing. kind of like when ‘knight rider’ beat all of his over the top villains.

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  42. The Original EricJ: That’s because, as Sinbad observes, it’s NOT the Bluebird of Happiness.It’s the Grackle of Weltschmerz.
    (Or just a very friendly chicken.)

    And if they’d had a few more running-gags with the Guy Who Shows Up At the End of Deadly Bees, they wouldn’t have to crack jokes about not knowing who he is.
    Maybe he did make enough appearances for the Rule of Three to pay off the joke at the end, but still.

    Oh, wow, I just realized this was EricJ. What was it I was supposed to say? Um, um, oh, yeah. “Troll! Cancel your account!” (I’m one of the cool kids now.)

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  43. littleaimishboy:
    Not exactly a character as such perhaps, but STARFIGHTERS could have used some more mid-air refueling scenes, which could easily have been room made for by cutting the scenes involving the “characters”.

    Or how about a long flashback scene that showed how the personality of Mary Davidson came to be so sparkling: lovingly de-tasseling corn. Row after row after row after row after row … . High school guidance counselor: “So, Mary, do you have any plans for the future?” “I want to go west, to the godforsaken high desert of California, and serve my country by satisfying the physical needs of a man in uniform.”

       2 likes

  44. Bob Johnson says:

    Ray Dunakin:
    I’d definitely like to know the backstory of Pedro, Santa’s second in command in the movie “Santa Claus”. How did he get his job? Did he start in the workshop making toys with the other children, and work his way up Santa’s corporate ladder? Or was he an “outside hire”? Did he have an MBA from Harvard Pre-school?

    This question goes way beyond just Pedro. Just where/how did Santa get ALL those kids who work in his sweatshop? We’re told outright that these are “children from around the world.” So why aren’t they still around the world, Santa? I can’t help picturing Santa driving around in a windowless white van for ten months of the year…

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  45. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Bob Johnson: This question goes way beyond just Pedro.Just where/how did Santa get ALL those kids who work in his sweatshop?We’re told outright that these are “children from around the world.”So why aren’t they still around the world, Santa?I can’t help picturing Santa driving around in a windowless white van for ten months of the year…

    Or perhaps in a social services van, removing them from abusive homes.

    Besides, maybe they’re not as young as they look. Think “Peter Pan and the Lost Boys”…

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  46. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    I Accuse My Parents: Perhaps more attention to the “mom is hot” woman from the start of the film(‘s flashback sequences)…so we can find out who the heck she WAS.

       6 likes

  47. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    itsspideyman:
    The tugboat driver in “Revenge of the Creature”.

    So how did he get a gig on the Amazon, and how did he get married when Servo can’t even get a date?

    He lives in the vicinity; he was also in the preceding “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (as his dialogue clearly indicates), where he had a much more prominent role. As for his wife, well, I suspect that near-poverty port communities don’t have very high standards.

    Besides, Servo can’t get a date because there’s a total of TWO females on the entire SOL, and Gypsy’s made it clear he’s not her type, and Magic Voice is, well, an omnipresent voice. How do you date someone who’s omnipresent? She’s already everywhere on the SOL, where is Servo supposed to take her for a date?

       3 likes

  48. I would love to see the screen time between the time maniac JC (Sidehackers) when he escaped Riverside County Sheriffs in 1969 changed his identity and appearance by growing a greasy mustache and wearing pervert glasses. He then moved up to Northwest Nevada and became a very creepy Washoe County Sheriff in 1974.

       1 likes

  49. Numanoid says:

    Eddie Deezen’s character in Laserblast. Because there’s no such thing as too much Eddie Deezen.

       6 likes

  50. Ray Dunakin says:

    Bob Johnson: This question goes way beyond just Pedro.Just where/how did Santa get ALL those kids who work in his sweatshop?We’re told outright that these are “children from around the world.”So why aren’t they still around the world, Santa?I can’t help picturing Santa driving around in a windowless white van for ten months of the year…

    And what happened to the elves?? Maybe the kids are strike-breakers.

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