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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

 

The Pumpkin




"Dr. Giggles," "The Hunted," "Body of Evidence" - Portland isn't known for its cinematic classics. The City of Roses has played host to more than its fair share of celluloid travesties. Here's another one to add to the stack.

While still stuck in high school a few friends and I filmed a full-length movie in and around the West Hills. It was mostly improvised, doesn't make much sense and had a budget of roughly $20.

"The Pumpkin" was originally concieved as a parody of "The Crow" and countless other cheesy revenge flicks. It's filled with offensive stereotypes, fake blood, terrible camcorder special effects and was probably the sort of thing that would have gotten us kicked out of school post-Columbine. The soundrack is pretty great though and it's at least as amusing as that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" tribute Multnomah Public Access still rolls out late at night when there's nothing else to air.

And now just in time for Halloween, and to help insure that all involved will never be able to run for public office, this would-be camcorder classic is finding its way onto the internet.

Starting last week Phooeyhoo began posting the film in installments on his blog. I think his plan is to roll out a new one every week through October. To my knowledge, no more than six people have managed to watch the entire thing.

CLICK HERE FOR PART ONE

AND CLICK HERE FOR PART TWO

All these years later I'm still shocked that we were able to con Jon into running around the (pre-condo) Pearl District in a Rambo/Punisher costume. It's a damn shame none of us ever coughed up the $50 dollars necessary to send a copy to the submission office at USC's film school. The inevitable rejection letter would have made a great memento.

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