The Incredibly Strange Film Show

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The Incredibly Strange Film Show
The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988) Title Card.jpg
Title card of the Show
Created by Channel X Productions
Starring Jonathan Ross
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 40 minutes
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 5 August 1988 (1988-08-05) – 27 October 1989 (1989-10-27)

The Incredibly Strange Film Show was a series of documentaries presented by Jonathan Ross focusing on the world of "psychotronic" or B movies.[1][2]

Each episode was focused on the lives of filmmakers like Herschell Gordon Lewis, Sam Raimi, Doris Wishman, Ed Wood Jr, Jackie Chan and many other notable filmmakers who had their own unique style of filmmaking and have made contributions to the world of cinema.

Various movie genres,including such outré types as Mexican wrestling, and Hong Kong horror films were examined in the series, as well.

The series' first episode features interviews filmed at the Senator Theater[3], in Baltimore, during the premiere of Hairspray. One of the last recorded interviews with Divine, as well as an interview with John Waters (recorded only weeks after Divine had died).[4]

The show was originallyf aired on 5 August 1988 on Channel 4.[5][6]

A second series - aptly entitled, Son of The Incredibly Strange Film Show[7]aired the following year. Both series aired in the US on the Discovery Channel in the early 90's.<aref name="pulsingcinema.com"/>

It was followed by another show, Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only which featured filmmakers including Alejandro Jodorowski and David Lynch.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: The Incredibly Strange Film Show[edit]

Episode Featured Filmmaker [8][9] First aired [8][9]
1 John Waters 5 August 1988
2 Ray Dennis Steckler 12 August 1988
3 Herschell Gordon Lewis 19 August 1988
4 Ted V. Mikels[10] 26 August 1988
5 Russ Meyer[11] 2 September 1988
6 Sam Raimi 9 September 1988

Season 2: Son of The Incredibly Strange Film Show[edit]

Episode Featured Filmmaker [9][12] First aired [9][12]
1 Jackie Chan 22 September 1989
2 Fred Olen Ray & Doris Wishman 29 September 1989
3 The Legend of El Santo 6 October 1989
4 Ed Wood Jr. 13 October 1989
5 Tsui Hark[13] & Stuart Gordon 20 October 1989
6 George A. Romero & Tom Savini 27 October 1989

Reception[edit]

Film studies academic Dean DeFino described the show as "highly regarded".[11] The Baltimore Sun called it "strangely engaging".[14]

Director Edgar Wright claimed that the episode on Sam Raimi inspired him to become a filmmaker.[15]

Book[edit]

The Incredibly Strange Film Book,[16] a spin-off written by Ross, was published in 1993.

See also[edit]

  • Asian Invasion, a 2006 mini-series with Jonathan Ross talking about the cinema of Japan, Hong Kong and Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Incredibly Strange Film Show". TV.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  2. ^ Mister-6. "The Incredibly Strange Film Show (TV Series 1988–1989)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  3. ^ "'Strange Film' series begins with apt subject: A John Waters interview". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  4. ^ "Episode 36: Maverick Heart". www.soapboxoffice.com. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  5. ^ "The Incredibly Strange Film Show (TV Series 1988–1989)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  6. ^ "The Pulsing Cinema - The Incredibly Strange Film Show Episode Guide". pulsingcinema.com. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.channelx.co.uk/son-of-incredibly-strange-film-show/
  8. ^ a b Season 1 Episode List at IMDB.com
  9. ^ a b c d Episode List at theTVDB.com
  10. ^ Curry, Christopher Wayne (2007). Film Alchemy: The Independent Cinema of Ted V. Mikels. McFarland. ISBN 9781476603018.
  11. ^ a b DeFino, Dean (2014). Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. Columbia UP.
  12. ^ a b Season 2 Episode List at IMDB.com
  13. ^ Morton, Lisa (2001). The Cinema of Tsui Hark. Macfarland. p. 222. ISBN 9780786409907.
  14. ^ McKerrow, Steve (2 February 1991). "'Strange Film' series begins with apt subject: A John Waters interview". Baltimore Sun.
  15. ^ Wright, Edgar (8 July 2013). "Hero Worship: Sam Raimi". The Skinny. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  16. ^ Ross, Jonathan (1993). The incredibly strange film book. London: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671712969.

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