When I went with Trace & his friends to see IGOR last weekend – I cannot emphasize enough how incredibly BAD this movie really was – I was transported back in time to the all-night movie gatherings at James’ house back in high school. My taste in movies was honed during those all-nighters playing pool, eating old Bush River Cinema popcorn, drinking cokes and renting Plan 9 From Outer Space and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. We laughed at bad movies, fell asleep on the pool table, and generally just hung out. I didn’t participate in the outdoors Swisher Sweets comraderie – but otherwise, those were the days.
The only flicks I remember off my head were the bad ones, But I’m sure there were classics mixed in there, too. We did get to see Read Window when it was released (in the old Dutch Square Cinemas on a double-bill with Silverado), and then there was Vertigo over at the old Richland Mall Theaters (another double with Tank and a bag of gummi rings that messed me up for days). We would take in a summer new release on the last day of school each year, and Fletch was an instant classic for us.
James was the only one of I us I remember with a laser disc player at home. For me, we didn’t even get VHS until I graduated high school. Those old video rental places, in hindsight, were really creepy, weren’t they?