Friday, June 5, 2009

uNHOLY Trinity : Three on Trek!!

Wassup my Frekkies!!
(that's umm.. frEEks who are trekkies, never mind!!)

It's trek season folks, and in continuation of our tribute to this legendary television saga, we unleash another installment, of that ever popular feature of ours: THE UNHOLY TRINITY!!

Tonight's feature, is a triad of movies that have been inspired by Star Trek; easy enough you say, but wait, there's more to this than meets the freeeeeeking eye, and so without much ado, here are


Trek Tribute 1: HALLOWEEN (1978)

What it is: 1978 American independent horror film set in the fictional suburban midwestern town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. . John Carpenter directed the film, which stars Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace sharing the role of Michael Myers (listed in the credits as "The Shape"). The film centers on Myers' escape from a psychiatric hospital, his murdering of teenagers, and Dr. Loomis' attempts to track and stop him. Halloween is widely regarded as a classic among horror films, and as one of the most influential horror films of its era. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Trek Connect: Fanfreeks, will be hard pressed to understand what the connect between this legendary slasher horror film and Star-Trek, and a teeny-weeny-freeky hint, look below..

Captain Kirk

Michael Myers
still don't get it? then continue to read below
Here's the freeking connect my friends, the mask that the psycho-killer Myers wears throughout the movie, is in fact a "Captain Kirk" Halloween mask! (freeky, but true) be sure to check out this detailed blurb on how the art-director actually adapted the Kirk mask for one of the most well known (or masked) killers in movie history!!!

Trek Tribute No. 2: FIGHT CLUB

What it is: Fight Club is a 1999 American feature film adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher and follows a nameless protagonist (Edward Norton), an everyman and an unreliable narrator who feels trapped with his white-collar position in society. The narrator gets involved in a fight club with soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and becomes tangled up in a relationship triangle with Durden and a destitute woman, Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter).

At a loss again are we my fellow freeklings? how indeed is this cult hit of a movie, in any manner related to the Star-Trek movie series! The answer (as with most things in life, lies below!!)



Trek Connect: There you have it folks, Captain Kirk, simply was the greatest fighter in all galaxy! having succesfully fought green lizardlike aliens to even his own Vulcan first officer - Spock!

In an thinly veiled tribute to Kirk's reknwoned fighting skills, Edward Norton (the narrator) in Fight Club, expresses a keen desire, to have a one-on-one with him.

check out the dialogue at "2:20" - in the above trailer!!

Trek Tribute 3: Galaxyquest:

What it is: Galaxyquest is a 1999 science fiction / comedy film written by David Howard and Robert Gordon and directed by Dean Parisot; starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Missi Pyle and Justin Long in his feature-film debut.

Trek Connect: The movie is about the washed-up stars of a fictional 1978–1982 TV series called Galaxy Quest, ( anow relegated to book signings and small celebrity appearances, the actors get a new lease on life, when they are approached by actual aliens (who believe the actors to be their actual Galaxy quest counterparts) requesting them to save their alien planet.

Stellar performances by Tim Allen ( as the Captain Kirkesque macho captain), Sigourney Weaver (in a character symoblising all the overtly sexy yet stupid female characters in the star-trek series) and Alan Rickman (as the Spockesque overtly logical alien first officer)

The movie takes potshots not only at the cliches that Star-Trek stood for, but also the insecurities of the leading crew (actors) in allowing the smaller cast (actors) to take forefront in the adventure ( a swipe at Shatner's legendary insecurities in preventing co-actors to have better dailogue/scenes).

All in all, a must watch for any trek - fan worth his phaser!

So there you have it folks, three movies that pay tribute to Trek, albeit with a freekish twist!

extra freeky: for those who cannot get enuff of old JTK's fighting skills, here's a glimpse of his finest punch ups! ahhh sweet jesus!


reevi said...

there are actually similarities between star trek and time cop! older Spock tells kirk he cant meet the younger spock cause it might be disastrous. he was definitely watching a rerun of time cop where evil dude implodes when he touches himself in the future. Logic: the same mass cant coexist in the same space and time with itself.

FREEK said...

That's an interesting observation, Timecop is one of those rare Van Damme movies, that bear repeat watch - for the use of that very concept, that and Van Damme's freekish hair-do


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