Tuesday, October 01

Watch This First: Billy Eye's Rock Scream, 1984

by Jason Toon

What better way to kick off Rocktober than with some bloodcurdling 80s metal wailing? Taken from the 1984 dumbsploitation gorehole Rocktober Blood (IMDb synopsis: "A crazed rock singer returns from the dead to murder members of his former band"), this is 1:42 of the kind of caterwauling yowl that makes survivors envy the dead.
 


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Friday, September 27

Watch This First: CBS's Night Games, 1991

by Jason Toon

What happened when the network of Murder, She Wrote and Jake and the Fatman tried to get sexy? Night Games, that's what, CBS's attempt at a smuttier Love Connection. You don't have to watch all seven minutes of this clip to feel the painful impact of its unbearable smirky humor and deeply regrettable early '90s fashions.

 


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Thursday, September 26

Watch This First: Trapper Keeper commercial, 1981

by Jason Toon

There's a lot to love in Mental Floss's excellent history of the Trapper Keeper, but nothing more than the 1981 mini-rom-com that introduced it to prime-time audiences. This Jeffrey kid knows how to make his voice crack to maximum comic effect. He should've been a star.
 


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Tuesday, September 24

Watch This First: Walter White on Chemistry

by Jason Toon

As Breaking Bad money-barrels toward its heartbreakingly good conclusion, a lot of us are reflecting on Walter White's long, sad descent. This kinetic typography video (remember those?) does so through Walt's brief monologue about chemistry from the show's very first episode. Change indeed.
 


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Monday, September 23

Watch This First: "Please, Sirs, Leave"

by Jason Toon

So, this pastor who interrupts a marriage service to chase off the wedding photographers... Is he a self-centered egomaniacal "Reverendzilla" whose tantrum ruined the wedding? Or a brave, humble guardian of the sacredness of the ceremony against the out-of-hand commercialization of weddings today?
 


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Friday, September 20

Watch This First: Corvette Summer trailer, 1978

by Jason Toon

Our 70's Car Movie Trailer Week concludes with the story of a regular kid from the middle of nowhere who dreamed of zooming across the galaxy in a powerful craft: yes, it's Mark Hamill in Corvette Summer, reputedly shot before Star Wars but unreleased until after he hit the big time. It seems Lu- uh, Mark spent a year cherrying out the ultimate 'vette only to have it stolen the next day. A pre-Designing Women Annie Potts plays a sort of slutty, Earthbound Princess Leia.
 


70's Car Movie Trailer Week has been fun, but there are so many more "great" 70s car movie trailers than one week could possibly hold. Share your unsung favorites in the discussion thread.

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Thursday, September 19

Watch This First: The Big Bus trailer, 1976

by Jason Toon

Four years before Airplane!, the disaster-movie parody The Big Bus barreled into cineplexes, fueled by the atomic star-power of Vic Tayback and Richard Mulligan. It's long been a favorite of Woot writer Sean "University" Adams, so Watch This First is pleased to present it here on the penultimate day of '70s Car Movie Trailer Week.
 


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Tuesday, September 17

Watch This First: The Van trailer, 1977

by Jason Toon

Oh, '70s Car Movie Trailers, you're so innocently sleazy. The 1977 teen sex romp The Van don't mean nobody no harm. It's just looking for a lady in a short pair of cutoffs for a laid-back ride through endless stoned sunshine. If the trailer gives you the munchies, you can watch the entirety of this very NSFW pre-AIDS time capsule right there on the YouTube.
 


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Monday, September 16

Watch This First: Grand Theft Auto trailer, 1977

by Jason Toon

Feels like a '70s Car Movie Trailers kinda week, doesn't it? So that's exactly what the Watch This First bureau will be doing all week long. Let's get it started with Ron Howard's 1977 caper Grand Theft Auto. When Opie and his girlfriend steal her dad's Rolls for a junket to Vegas, it's way more fun than the video game that would later take the same name.
 


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