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Hellatus Movie Recs: "Smoke Signals" and "Phantasm"

I know summer's almost over by this point, and Supernatural has almost returned (omg, not ready. Can it get back in like, a year?), but I wanted to share some "Hellatus" movie recs in the style of Netflix's "Things You Might Also Enjoy."

By which I mean these movies have absolutely nothing in common with each other, except that I like them both, and they are both independent films. But up to some point they may have something in common with Supernatural.

If you like roadtripping and familial drama...

you should watch Smoke Signals (1998)!

Summary: After receiving news of his father's death, Cour d'Alene Victor Joseph and his calabash cousin Thomas-Builds-the-Fire head to Arizona to retrieve the ashes. As Victor struggles to come to terms with the alcoholism and unhappiness that tore his family apart, Thomas tells stories--rivers, salmon, Denny's Grand Slam Breakfasts, basketball, fireworks, and Jesus fry bread--that either were, or have never been.

Reminds me of SPN because: It starts with a deadly house fire. It ends with the (metaphorical) fires go out, and the water claims them. And the daddy issues alone. But family don't end with blood, so if you want brotherly banter, sharp dialogue, and long open roads, this is it.

And it adds: Smoke Signals was the first feature length film written, directed, and acted by Native Americans (yes, Canada included). Based on the (also fabulous!) novel The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, it has that distinct flavor. The tongue-in-cheek wisdecracks and cultural humor are on a par with the finest you can imagine. I really, really recommend this one, without reservation. This is one of my favorite movies in the world and anything I can say here cannot do it justice.

Torrent | MegaVideo | "How to be a Real Indian" clip | I can also put up the .AVI for direct download--just ask!


If you like bizarre horror...

you should watch Phantasm (1979)!
Summary: SEXY APPARITIONS. DIVE BARS. MUSCLE CARS. HAUNTED MAUSOLEUMS. ALIENS. CORDUROY OVERALLS. THE ROLLING STONES (kind of). GARAGE BANDS. TUNING FORKS. EPIC CAR CHASES. STRANGE THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. AMATEUR HANDLING OF RIFLES. AWKWARD HEADSHOTS. PRICELESS DIALOGUE. AMAZING FILMOGRAPHY. SILVER BALLS THAT KILL YOU. STARTLINGLY ZEN REACTIONS TO DEATH. TALL MEN. ICE CREAM TRUCKS. ICE CREAM MEN. Wait, did you say plot summary? Something's defacing bodies at the Morningside Mortuary. Brothers Jody and Mike, and their friend Reggie the Ice Cream Man, vow to unravel the truth. (Or will they?)

Reminds me of SPN because: I guess it actually doesn't. XD But it's of the gory 70s horror B movies that Show aspires to! I'm certain Sam and Dean have both seen this movie--hell, they've seen all four. Because they are amazing. Also, in Phantasm II there's a house fire that kills a character's wife and child; he and his family member then load the trunk with odd weapons, have a signature scene where they say "We've got work to do", and vow revenge on the descriptively-named villain, and hit the road. Oh, and they pick up a strange woman wandering a forgotten highway. And they drive a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda.

And it adds: Gory 70s horror! Signature tunes! REGGIE BANNISTER, who I'm convinced inspired this guy. Working from the hair alone. You watch this for the cheesy fun and cheap thrills. This movie has so many stellar lines and definitive moments. Good (un)clean fun.

Torrent | MegaVideo | AMAZING TRAILER | direct .AVI download available on request


Give these a shot on a Friday night! Smoke Signals especially. SPN-goggles or not. ;)
Tags: americana, fandom recs, fandom: misc., fandom: spn, i can't watch tv like a normal person, mistaking reality for spn again
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