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Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980) TV Movie – Drink The Kool-Aid

In this made for TV movie, Powers Boothe plays the infamous leader of the “People’s Temple Cult,” Jim Jones. 1,000 followers give away their life savings to live with the cult in Guyana. When the illegal activities of Jones and his higher ups becomes known and investigators began searching the property, Jones decides to take himself and his followers on the fast track to heaven by staging the largest mass suicide in history. This film depicts Jones’ maniacal worldview and tragic end in graphic fashion. Boothe’s performance as Jones has long been revered as his absolute best, and the supporting cast, made up of such veterans as Ned Beatty, Randy Quaid and James Earl Jones, are equally good.

The film draws on Guyana Massacre: The Eyewitness Account and reports from The Washington Post at the time, to describe the life of Jim Jones from a 1960s idealist to the November 1978 mass murder/suicide of members of Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. In the beginning of the film, Jim Jones is seen helping minorities and working against racism. Later, after a move to San Francisco and increased power and attention, Jones becomes focused on his belief in nuclear holocaust, and moves hundreds of his followers to Guyana. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is notified that some individuals are being held against their will, and after going to investigate, the Guyana tragedy itself is depicted.

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Go Ask Alice (1973) Diary Of A 70’s Teenage Girl Runaway Drug Addict

Go Ask Alice is a controversial 1971 book about the life of a troubled teenage girl. The book purports to be the actual diary of an anonymous teenage girl who became addicted to drugs, and is presented as a testimony against drug use. The diarist’s name is never given in the book.

The story caused a sensation when published and remains in print as of 2011. Revelations about the book’s origin have caused much doubt as to its authenticity and factual accounts, and the publishers have listed it as a work of fiction since at least the mid-late 1980s. Although it is still published under the byline “Anonymous”, press interviews and copyright records suggest that it is largely or wholly the work of its purported editor, Beatrice Sparks. Some of the days and dates referenced in the book put the timeline from 1968 until 1970.

The title is from the lyrics to the Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit“. Grace Slick wrote the song based on perceived drug references in the classic novel Alice In Wonderland. (On July 14 [page 36 of the 2006 edition], the writer says she “feel[s] like Alice in Wonderland” and “maybe Lewis G. Caroll [sic] was on drugs too.”)

The book was made into an ABC Movie of the Week in 1973.

Look for brief appearances from future AMERICAN GRAFFITI stars MacKenzie Phillips (as a 14-year-old doper) and Charlie Martin Smith (playing a student in search of drugs), plus Robert Carradine as a long-haired stoner.


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When the Wind Blows (1986) The Most Depressing Animated Movie Ever

When The Wind Blows is a graphic novel by British artist Raymond Briggs that was published in 1982. I had a copy when I was 12, ‘n it really creeped me out, addin’ to my Cold War paranoia. The bumblin’ innocence of the two main characters contrasted by the bleakness of their situation is disturbin’ in a way that few works can capture, a masterpiece of anti-nuke art. It left me with a lingerin’ sense of dread that I still feel to this day. The animated version was made a few years later, a ying to the yang of his other work that was animated and was a hit a few years before, the feelgood film that became a Christmas classic, The Snowman.

David Bowie does the theme song and Rodger Waters from Pink Floyd did most of the soundtrack.


When the Wind Blows

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The Last Days Of Planet Earth (1974) Prophecies of Nostradamus aka Catastrophe: 1999

ノストラダムスの大予言

Need to see this one real bad! Anyone have a copy?

Prophecies of Nostradamus is infamous for its depiction of mutated human beings. One week after the film was released, a viewer lodged a complaint with the Japanese film ratings board, citing the New Guinea sequence and the post-climactic scene featuring two mutated children fighting to eat a snake. Toho had a few frames excised, publicly apologized and even dubbed in the line, “Don’t shoot! They’re human beings!” After its theatrical release and a 1980 television broadcast, the film was officially pulled from circulation by Toho.

In the film, scientific advances cause an outbreak of giant slugs, oversized bats, children with genetic mutations enhancing their physical or mental abilities, and bizarre changes in weather, such as snow falling on the pyramids. The film gets bleaker and bleaker, until Dr. Nishiyama hypothesizes a scenario that re-edits the climactic war footage from The Last War, augmenting them with a scene of the surviving humans, looking like sufferers of neurofibromatosis, fighting over who gets to eat a snake.

-Wikipedia


The Last Days Of Planet Earth

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Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981) & The Late Great Planet Earth (1979)

Doomsday Double Feature!

They usta pump these movies on HBO when I was a kid. Orson Welles narrates over tons of stock footage. The prophecies of Nostradamus ‘n the Bible say were fucked…countdown to Armageddon.

Poor guy, he went from ‘the greatest film ever made‘ to tripe like this in his later years.

Beware of the Antichrist in the blue turban.

Watch New York City get nuked! The whole nuclear holocaust part scared the shit outta me.

Nostradamus The Man Who Saw Tomorrow

The Late Great Planet Earth


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