Hey folks. It’s Mardi Gras, and before I give up not being awesome for Lent (so easy, let me just say), I want to live it up. For me living it up means looking back at all the old, and new, New Orleans related posts that can be found in and around The Lair.
(Just click on the poster to be whisked off to any of the reviews)
First off let’s start with the new stuff. How about the definitive look into the Video Nasty title Mardi Gras Massacre. Well, you can see it for yourself today over at the Bloodsprayer. If you want all the ancient Aztecan rituals that Mardi Gras is known for, then head on over and check it out.
Now to look into the Lair and see what else we can find.
First up The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen. While the title may feature a Northern locale, the setting of this Norman Jewison film is all New Orleans. With a great cast featuing McQueen, Ann Margaret, Karl Malden, and Edward G. Robinson, it’s a good way to get your NOLA going.
ext up is one that has very little location shooting in it apart from the old New Orleans Zoo, but where else could a film like Cat People be set at than New Orleans?
One of my absolute favorite pieces of Crescent City cinema is the Jean Claude Van Damme/ John Woo collaboration Hard Target. You get lots of great city shots and Van Damme as a cajun!
Easily the best thriller to come out of NOLA is Alan Parker’s Angel Heart. Not only is it creepy as hell, it will surely scare you how much different Mikey Rourke looks these days.
Less successful was Clint Eastwood’s try at a NOLA thriller,1984’s Tightrope, starring Clint on the trail of a prostitute killing murderer in the French Quarter.
One of the best horror films to ever come out of New Orleans is the Blaxploitation horror classicJ.D.’s Revenge. While you get quite a bit of ’70’s New Orleans to look at, there’s also a great and interesting story.
Easily the worst horror film to come out of New Orleans has to be Zombies Vs. Mardi Gras, but with a title like that how can you resist? While it is really quite bad, it’s not without its charms.
So check these out or your favorite film set in New Orleans today to celebrate Mardi Gras. Until tomorrow, have a great holiday and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for a special Hitch on the Hump.