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Past, Present, & Future Cult Classics in TV and Movies
Here's a smattering of the crud in our brains...
Chris Carter on the boob tube:
X-Files, Lone Gunmen, and Millenium
- You all know "The Truth Is Out There." You all know that's what appeared at the end of the opening credits. But there were several times over the course of the show when it DIDN'T appear. What were the other slogans that appeared? Name at least seven, spelled correctly.
- What's the significance of the numbers 1013 and 1121 being used all the time?
- "Fox" was Chris Carter's best friend's name when he was a kid. "Mulder" is his mother's maiden name. Where did Scully's surname come from?
- What's the significance of Mulder having apartment #42?
- A few questions about the Cancerman you love to hate...first, when did he first appear? When did he first speak? Who did he talk to and what did he say?
- How and when did Cancer Man FINALLY die? No, REALLY die?
- How do most of the members of Cancer Man's organization die?
- What brand of cigarettes did Cancer Man smoke and make famous, and what was the packaging obviously a takeoff of? Name one other well-known Fox series in which this fake cigarette brand appears.
- In the episode "Jose Chung's FROM OUTER SPACE", Alex Trebek plays one of a pair of Men In Black. Why Alex Trebek?
- Who was the other man in black with him?
- Why does Mulder always drive? Because he's the guy? Because he's the big, macho man?
- In the episode where the above line happens, what drink does Mulder try to make for himself, and what unusual method does he use to try making it?
- Who called our dear Dana "Special TRAMP Dana Scully!" and why?
- Scully was abducted as part of the alien/government conspiracy. What's the OTHER reason Scully was abducted?
- As discovered near the end of the X-Files series, what substance could the aliens not be around?
- In the episode "Hollywood, AD", Mulder and Scully investigate the "Lazarus Bowl", supposedly an artifact from Biblical times. Legend has it that a potter was at work when Jesus was raising Lazarus from the dead, and the sound of Jesus' voice - his incantation - was etched into the spinning clay pot, just like a vinyl record. When Scully investigates, she decides that the bowl is a forgery, albeit a clever one. Why is she so sure?
- In the aforementioned episode, what does the movie Scully, as played by Duchovny's real-life bride Tea Leone, insist that the real Scully do so she can "get it right"? She has Scully do this, then sort of ignores her...
- In this same silly episode, what does the movie Mulder, as played by Garry Shandling, *insist* he has to know in order to play Mulder correctly? What is the answer?
- At the very end of this episode, what do the REAL dead do?
- What visual impairment does Mulder have, and how did it protect him once?
- Tom Braidwood, best known as "Frohicke," was initially just an assistant director on the show. In what OTHER way did he become famous in the show?
- What are the FULL names of The Lone Gunmen?
- There's a wonderful scene in Millenium's "Jose Chung's Doomsday Directive" in which the "Scientologist" attempts to leap across a wide, wide building chasm. When Frank Black yells at him to stop, that, "You'll never make it!", what is the cult member's response and action?
- The X-FILES has inspired a lot of parodies, fanfiction, and other tribute -- but there's a detail from one X-FILES episode that directly inspired a television ad. What was the episode, what was the detail, and what was the ad?
- All right -- as best you can, explain EXACTLY what the X-Files conspiracy was all about.
Movie Babes and Studmuffins
Many are built like gods and goddesses and may be stacked out to here, but collar & cuffs often don't match. Some of these are smart; some are dumber than dirt.
- This novel, made into a movie about twenty years ago, had a fertile woman trying to escape her country's church-imposed surrogate pregnancy and motherhood. Name the novel and its author. Who played this sexually imprisoned woman in the movie?
- Academy Award-nominated movie: gorgeous redhead strips for, lives with (in)famous politician. If you can answer these questions, you'll know the name of this fictionalized movie. The movie's title?
- ID Red's stage name and the actress who portrayed her in the movie, plus the actor she played opposite and the name and office of the politician he portrayed.
- (extra hard) give Red's full real name.
- Who was this politician's better-known sibling, and what book/movie was (fictionally) about this sibling? Give the sibling's name and the title of the book/movie, plus the author of the original book.
- Much more interesting than the above, why did Red's loverboy insist on keeping his cowboy boots on in bed?
- Movie: gorgeous brunette floors royalty; under duress, has an affair with him. By the end, he has destroyed his kingdom and her marriage. Worthy of - but not done by - Merchant-Ivory. Which movie?
- Name the two leads.
- She (not he) is better known for a comedic turn with a cherry. In what movie?
- Ever After stars Drew Barrymore as Danielle, a smart, updated Cinderella. Answer the following about this movie...
- At one point, Danielle strips to her (old-fashioned) drawers to climb a tree. While up there, she and the prince are ambushed and the gypsies take the dress that she'd left below. How does Danielle save Henry from the gypsies?
- Whose name does Drew's character adopt as an alias when she pretends to be royalty?
- Who is Danielle's fairy godmother analogue?
- Which creepazoid in the movie appears elsewhere in this bonus, and how?
- Which 80s/90s action hero got a Fulbright and was going to do his MS in chemical engineering at MIT? Name the actor.
- Are George and Keanu Reeves related? Explain how you can be sure. No points for just a yes or no.
Lesser Known Roles and Common Threads
Who are these people? Name them, give the context of each picture in as much detail as possible (but no more than a paragraph), and then explain what each person is better known as or from where they're more familiar. Some may have two or more very famous roles; name at least one.
- What do the previous three people have in common?
The following people all appeared on (various) episodes of one show.
Long Ago and Far Away:
Name each person and explain what he/she was better known for/in a number of years ago.
These people are highly regarded for very recent cultish work. Name each and his better-known cult series role.
- Which show did these seven folks appear on?
The Horror! The Horror!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is known about as well for the audience lines - many less than tasteful - as for the lines in the movie itself.
For the following audience lines, please sketch/describe what's happening on-screen and (when/if of interest) what's going on in the audience. Supply additional explanatory info if necessary.
- "Ding-dong, asshole calling! Wanna buy some asshole cookies?"
- "You weren't supposed to see that."
- "The banister's lucky!"
- "Missed it, missed it, now you've got to kiss it!"
- "It would have been easier without the pantyhose."
- "Rocky!... Dr. Scott!... Rocky!... Bullwinkle!..."
- "My socks! I can't move my socks!"
- "What the f*ck's a radio picture?"
- "Smurf cum!"
For the following audience lines, supply the prompting line from the movie and ID who says/sings the movie line and in what part of the movie:
Deliver these answers dressed as an audience member should dress for the show. Your choice of role.
- "He's in the box."
- "Which kind, male or female?"
- "Just one kind [or "muscle"], and Brad doesn't have it."
- "Not the night but the day."
- "Yay, pain!"