Friday, September 10, 2010

Stock Footage Hell: The Phantom Empire

Why am I dealing with Fred Olen Ray again?  I mean, he's the guy who made Wizards of the Demon Sword.  That, of course, used stock footage from 1978's Planet of the Dinosaurs to accent his own crappy Deathstalker rip-off.

Well, he did it again.

You see, 1989's The Phantom Empire features a group of adventurers (including Jeffrey Combs and a bloated Robert Quarry) enter a cave, go to a mysterious land and fight the evil Sybil Danning.  At one point, they run into dinosaurs...from that movie.  They try to mix the footage together- they fail.

At one point, they use the 'T-Rex has a spear thrown into him' footage and mix it with Danning throwing a spear.  The problem: the spears don't match.  The stock footage one has a wrap of cloth around it and hers didn't.  How hard would that have been to fix, Fred?!?

Oh yeah, this footage also adds nothing to the story in any way.  Who's surprised?

Next up, I pay tribute to a second Godfrey Ho film.  These aren't worthy of a real review, so let's enjoy them here!  Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. There's a movie called Pumpkin in which the directors use footage from another film in the most laughable way possible....
    Towards the end of the movie, there's a car crash. A guy goes speeding off a cliff. But the funny part? The footage of the crashing vehicle was lifted from Hudson Hawk, and is totally mismatched with the context of Pumpkin. If you look closely, you can even see a Hudson Hawk stunt man clinging to the hood.

    It's hilarious!