Before They Were Strs: Mariska Hargitay in “Ghoulies”

This is probably one of the more notable “Before They Were Stars” appearances in a horror flick as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay made her screen debut with a supporting role in the infamous 1985 horror-comedy, Ghoulies. Ghoulies has to be one of the most inexplicably successful horror films ever as it’s nothing more than a pretty lousy Gremlins clone, but it somehow managed to gross $35 million at the box office and spawned three sequels. In this scene, Hartigay’s boyfriend is attacked by a demon and she displays acting chops which are truly befitting of a future Emmy and Golden Globe winner.

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Last Link of the Day: Tape Prank

You’re not going to get me again.

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It’s about time the Honest Trailers series got around to lampooning Saw! I still stand by my opinion that the first movie was a really solid horror film, but I can’t disagree with this trailer’s assessment that the sequels were all ridiculous and pretty dumb. Want to play a game?

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You’re all not worthy

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to The Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

My hat’s off to Marvel, guys. I mean, obviously my hat has been off to them for quite some time now, but after watching this new extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I find myself quite amazed at how the quality of their films only seems to be getting better. They haven’t plateaued, and that’s just insane, considering how long their movie franchise has been running. I loved Guardians of the Galaxy, but I kind of thought that would be it – the high point – and even if the films that followed it were still good, they wouldn’t be as good. But nope! Avengers 2 looks freaking terrific. Who did Marvel sell its soul to for this kind of success?

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015.

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Before They Were Stars: Bruce Campbell in Sam Raimi’s “The Blind Waiter”

It’s always a joy to uncover the short films Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell made together before The Evil Dead. In 1980, Raimi decided to direct a 17-minute screwball comedy called The Blind Waiter, featuring the wacky antics of Bruce Campbell as… you guessed it, a blind waiter! Raimi also makes an acting appearance in this, along with his longtime collaborators, Scott Spiegel and Robert Tapert. You know, I wouldn’t be averse to a Hollywood remake of this, as who wouldn’t want to watch 90 minutes of a blind Bruce Campbell tripping all over himself in a restaurant?

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Last Link of the Day: Skyscraper Outtakes with Anna Nicole Smith

I’m entering your hairspace.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants.

Our old pal FJ just attended an Iranian film festival and reported to me that A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the best vampire movie he’s seen in years. And hey, the trailer does look pretty damn cool. The write-up on this says it’s Sergio Leone meets David Lynch. If there was ever an elevator pitch that could sell me a movie instantly, it would be that one.

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I Won’t Let You Down

OK Go has really found their niche. Decent music, nothing super special, but amazing music videos that are guaranteed to go viral. As Grant says, they’re the band that decided to give up being a band and became internet stars instead.

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Before They Were Stars: Sheryl Crow on “Cop Rock”

Man, is this really the first time The Back Row has ever posted a clip from Cop Rock? Time to put an end to this oversight! In 1990, Steven Bochco, the same man responsible for such acclaimed police dramas as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, decided to produce Cop Rock, a police drama which just happened to feature musical numbers! It aired on ABC for eleven episodes before it was unceremoniously cancelled and is widely regarded one of the all-time worst and utterly bizarre TV shows ever made. At the time, Sheryl Crow was an unknown who had spent a few years performing as a background vocalist, but was still a year or so away from releasing her first album. Lucky for her, she got her first major television exposure by performing a musical number on Cop Rock!

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Last Link of the Day: HEY!

The Bad Lip Reading channel needs to do Jurassic Park.

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