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There was a movie released sometime in the past 25 years where characters watched the skeleton scene from "House on Haunted Hill" on TV. What was it?

Answer: I remember seeing that when I was a kid. It was Amazing Stories book 2, go to the head of the class or something. Christopher Lloyd is a teacher and his heavy metal listening students play a record backwards to get a spell to give him the hiccups, but they do it wrong and his head gets cut off but he still chases them around.

I'm trying to find the name of a western I saw sometime in the early to mid 70's. There were several factions fighting over a gattling gun. I seem to recall a small number of cowboys, a bunch of soldiers and perhaps a Mexican army all trying to own the gun, the end of the movie is a big fight between them all. There might have been some nuns burying the dead at the very end but I might be confusing movies; it was a long time ago. Several people have suggested "The Gattling Gun" but I read a synopsis of that on imdb and it doesn't ring any bells. Any help would be most appreciated.

Answer: The Wild Bunch - 1969, directed by Sam Peckinpah.

ramjet

I'm trying to find the title of a children's movie, from the late 80's to early 90's. The main character is a young girl whose grandmother is dying and she wants to find a way to keep her alive. At some point, she goes through the standing mirror in her bedroom and is transported to another "world" where she meets a few muppets of some sort. The girl finds out that there is an apple (or some type of fruit) that can make her grandmother young again, but they are only in a witch's castle. One particular scene I remember is that while she and her new friends are travelling to this castle, they have to walk on a path that is on the side of something (thus turning them on a horizontal). They get to the castle and see the witch's fruit tree is kept in some type of glass cage. When the witch goes to get an apple, the girl and her friends somehow manage to pick a bunch but the cage begins to close and the witch's hand gets stuck under the glass. Since she cannot eat the apple she turns really old and dies (I think she actually shrivels because she was so old). The girl and the friends leave with the apples, but when she tries to go through the mirror back to her room, the apples stay behind. I think grandma ends up dying anyway, but she learns a lesson.

Answer: Hugga Bunch [1985]. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0173915/.

I remember the first film I ever saw was with my mum and grandmother and I wanted to know the name of it. I only remember that the main lady was cheating on her husband either with a doctor - or her husband was the doctor - I'm not sure, but she brought the affair guy home with her and when they went to 'do things' in her bed there was either a syringe or a pin sticking up and she cut herself on it. That's all I remember and my mum has no idea what I'm talking about. If you know what film this is, can you help? Thanks.

Answer: Sounds like the movie, "Malice" starring Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, and Bill Pullman. Nicole and Bill are married, and she is having an affair with her doctor, Alec. More here...http://imdb.com/title/tt0107497/.

BGraz

My friends swear I'm making this movie up, but a while ago I saw a movie on tv. The main character was a young man whose father had died recently. He traveled to live with his brother where he became a lifeguard, and also did some freelance writing work. Throughout the movie, the man talks to Jesus Christ, sometimes on the telephone, sometimes in person. He also talks to his deceased father. What is this movie called?

Answer: Sounds like Radio Inside (1994).

Grumpy Scot

I saw this movie on tv about 10 years ago. It was about a high school boy. One night a meteorite crashes into his room and he becomes "magnetic". There was one scene where he was running down the halls at school and all the locks on the lockers stick out. He runs into a room, only to find it filled with metal baseball bats. There was also something about a nerdy girl also getting this "power". At the end she runs to him, covered in metal objects, kisses him on the cheek as he just screams. I think he was also running for Prom King. Sorry I don't have more info.

Answer: It wasn't a movie, it was an episode of Amazing Stories called "The Main Attraction".

Grumpy Scot

This is going to be long so I apologise in advance. I am trying to find the name of a movie, possible tv-movie, I watched a long time ago. I don't remember much about it except that it was about a girl whose parents were divorced and she lived with her mum and grandmother. She liked a boy who committed suicide and then she met another boy who gave her a ride on his motorbike and she complained that he would see her underwear. In one scene she tells her mother about dating this boy and the mother asks her if he has a car. Later her father asks her the same thing and that's when she says, "You guys did it in a car didn't you?" One of the last scenes of the movie is her finishing her exams and dropping her pen on the floor, and the last scene is a gathering in a garden. The girl was possibly half-Italian. Not very specific I'm afraid.

Answer: The movie you are looking for is an Australian movie called 'Looking for Alibrandi' which is based on a book of the same name and stars Pia Miranda.

I remember seeing a Pinocchio movie in a movie shop once. The cover was one of those 'holographic' tye images, and when you turned it from side to side, 'Pinocchio' changed from a real boy to a puppet. The picture was of Gipetto and Pinocchio had his arms around his shoulders. Does anyone know which Pinocchio movie this was, and could you possibly provide a link to its IMDb page? I've searched there but I can't find it.

Answer: It's 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' from 1996 starring Jonathan Taylor Thomsas of 'Home Improvement' fame. You should be able to find it searching either the movie name or Jonathan Taylor Thomas. Once you get to the movie page, you can then click on DVD Details in the sidebar menu to see the cover you've described.

ChiChi

I'm trying to figure out what movie this is from: "I used to be an optimist, but I'm not anymore". The main character in the movie is a young girl and is told early on that she is an optimist, and learns what this word means. A lot of messed up stuff happens in the course of the film and when asked by a teacher to write an essay under the topic, "I used to be, but I'm not anymore" she writes her essay beginning with the above quote and reads it aloud to the class. Can ANYONE help me with this? It's driving me nuts.

Answer: Sounds like "Just as Long as We're Together" by Judy Blume.

Andrea Hartley

I saw a film about 30 years ago about a couple and their teenage daughter who go on holiday. The girl has asthma. A mysterious old lady who says she can cure her becomes involved in their lives. The mother and daughter get sucked in but the father is suspicious. Towards the end of the film, things turn nasty. He gets locked up somewhere but escapes and sees his wife and daughter in some kind of devil worship procession. A typical 1970s film - does anyone know it or what it was called?

Answer: The movie starred Rosanna Arquette and Bette Davis. I think it was called Harvest Home or something like that. It was one of my favorite movies. It was the first time I ever saw Rosanna Arquette. She was a child.

I would like to know about a movie/tv show about a little girl who sat on a swing with her cat and used to sing a song in a differant language. She used to blame things on her cat when she got in trouble. The show aried in the 50s or 60s.

Answer: I'm pretty sure the movie you're talking about is "The Three Lives of Thomasina", the other language being Gaelic... Hope this helps!.

I remember seeing a movie in cinema when I was very young (about 1996-1998 I think). It was set in Medieval times and the main character was a boy. The movie had to do with hawks - I think the boy wanted to become a hawk-trainer. I remember a scene, where someone was hiding under a rug, and some guards came in and were looking for that person. They were told that there was a bear under the rug and they ran away. Also, the movie ends with a scene of the boy running in a field with a hawk.

Answer: Its called LadyHawk with a very young Matthew Broderick.

I'm looking for a name of a movie that I only remember the trailer for. The basic plot was either a weather forecaster, or a television anchor, goes out in the street to do a forecast and is told that the morning next it will either hail or snow (I can't recall) and then she dies a few days later. If anyone can recall the title, I'd appreciate the enlightenment!

Answer: Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie.

pross79

I'm looking for a movie that came on HBO in the 80's. The movie was about a group of people who discovered that, I believe, a logging company was somehow getting chemicals in the water which caused everything to grow extremely large. They showed a tadpole that weighed about 5lbs, and at one point the group was attacked by an extremely large bear.

Answer: Prophecy, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079758/

Rlvlk

Scene in this movie shows a girl standing in a circle of people and a large bell falls on her. Any ideas?

Answer: I believe you're thinking of The Watcher in the Woods. It's one of the first movies that stretched Disney away from the over-cute movies they are most known for. I very much enjoy it, but it can be creepy for the young'uns at times.

Garlonuss Premium member

Hi, I'm looking for a title on a movie from the 90's. It's basically a teenage movie. It's about two girls - one is rich (I think her name was Vanessa) and the other one is poor. They both go to college. The poor girl works in a deli. The girls get into a fight and are sentenced to switch places for a month, so the rich girl lives at the poor girl's house - takes care of her job at the deli and experiences the poor girl's parents being home alot (nice feeling) - and the poor girl lives at the rich girl's house (and enjoys the good side of life - she also experiences Vanessa's parents as never being home opposite what she is used to). I can't remember all, but I remember that the poor girl in the end gets the rich girl's big brother as her boyfriend and the two girls are best friends. Can anyone help?

Answer: The movie you are looking for is called 'The Great Mom Swap' a low budget telemovie but one of my all time favourites.

I remember seeing a movie and I think it was by Stephen King, I'm not sure though. It was about these aliens and things turned green randomly in the movie. I remember this kid doing a magic show and under his table was a foot peddle that turned green. I also remember some kind of barn thing in some ones back yard where the aliens captured people and held them there and there was a green glow in and out of it. I think I remember these people at a store and one goes up to a vending machine and vaporizes. Please tell me what movie this is.

Answer: The Tommyknockers.

Grumpy Scot

About ten years ago, I was watching a movie or show while trying to fall asleep. I was only 6 years old, so it is no wonder why I cannot remember anything about it other than this:A female was tied to a tree and she was being tortured. She at one point, she had twigs replaced for her hands, in her head, and her feet. This was not a cartoon so it scared me alot. Then there was a dinner scene, and a large group of people were sitting and a fight broke out and someone stabbed the other person with a fork in the throat. Then large white laundry looking bags were put over all the dead bodies. I could have sworn that I saw Alan Cummings but I was very young at the time so who knows.

Answer: It sounds a lot like "Titus", starring Anthony Hopkins. It's a somewhat different take (visually, at least) on Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus".

Twotall

I saw a movie ten years ago. It had a female house worker, or nanny, taking care of a family. The women is given a grandfather or cookoo clock at the start of the film and weird stuff startes happening. The father is attacked by a dog. The son kills the same dog and shoves it down a drain pipe. A person hangs themselves outside the house, and the father starts to bleed black ooze. The women eventually traces all these events back to the mysterious clock. The women goes inside the clock and destroys it. When she does, the lady wakes up at the start again, like the whole movie was a dream. A few minutes later, the women is given the same clock. she goes crazy and destroys it in a rage. Does anyone recognise this movie?

Answer: Seems like this plot summary for "Amityville 1992: It's About Time". http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0103678/plotsummary.

This film was probably from the late '70's. A group of twenty-somethings were on a sailing trip in the Bermuda Triangle. They see a person, who is a priest,in the distance who appears to have survived some type of catastrophe with his own boat and is floating around on some wreckage. They rescue him, but one by one the passengers start dying. In the closing scenes, a Coast Guard chopper starts to fly back to the mainland with the only survivior, the priest, when the other Coast Guard people still on the sail boat radio to the chopper "who did you say you had up there?" The chopper pilot replies, "we have the priest, over". As the camera looks down from the chopper to the boat, you can see that a priest is hanging from the rigging, dead. The chopper pilot sees this and turns around to face the rear of the passenger area and says "if they have the priest, who have we got?" The "priest" sits there giving a very evil laugh. This movie may have been on Tales of the unexpected, but I think it was a proper movie. It has haunted me for over 25 years! What is it called?

Answer: Satan's triangle: See IMDB.

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