My top 5 favorite movies never change. At #1 is Roadracers. The reason is simple: my favorite actor David Arquette stars in a movie which takes place in my favorite era, the 1950’s as a teenage greaser. Directed my my favorite director Robert Rodriquez, Link Wray is not just played in the movie but also David’s character’s favorite musician just as he is mine. It is shot in Whittier a town i have been going to since i was very young. It is my perfect movie, it seems as if it was made specifically for me. When i met David i even told him that this was my favorite movie of all time. He was pleased to hear that. Rodriquez has been quoted saying it is also his favorite of his movies.
The movie was very low budge, made for TV later released on VHS. It was filmed in 13 days. The soundtrack which is phenomenal, was never released as the credits indicate. Furthermore, there was a book released. My boyfriend recently got his hands on a very expensive and rare out of print copy for my birthday. It now holds the place of #1 of my most prized possessions.
Roadracers: the Making of a Degenerate Hot Rod Flick by Robert Rodriquez
My favorite thing about this book is that it has the story board for my favorite scene, a photo of Link Wary with Robert Rodriquez, and the entire screenplay at the end of the book. You can get this PDF version, link provided, but to have the actual book is an insane feeling, as it is very rare and reserved only for dedicated die hard fanatics like myself. One day, i will have Robert sign it; only then can i truly die happy.
Number 2 on my favorite movies is Rockula, a very unknown early 90’s (still very 80’s) vampire romantic comedy staring Dean Cameron. The reason it is one of my favorites is because it was a bog part of my childhood, i grew up on this movie. Its cute, witty, and sweet. Plus Thomas Dolby is in it along with Toni Basil, Susan Tyrrell, and Bo Didly. Also you can spot Rodney Bingenheimer if you have a good eye.
While the VHS is in my posession since childhood, there are no plans for a DVD release, however there is a rare laserdisk version. Which i have attained and is now one of my 2nd most prized posession. It is in prestine condition. WHile i may not have a laserdisk player, just having it is enough for me. I will of course have Dean Cameron sign it, i would love Toni Basil and Thomas Dolby to sign too but that’s just wishful thinking.
The laserdisc says it is 87 minutes long which is the same as VHS, yet it has images of Thomas Dolby with a mustache, which is not in any scene. The back has the images from the movie as well as drawings from the opening credits.
The trailer does not do the movie justice.