Dystopian Futures And Cowboy Aliens Invade Your Cult Cinema

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Click to viewThis week, get a glimpse into a future where everybody is made the same by a collection of crazy "handicaps" from the mind of Kurt Vonnegut. Also, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's futuristic tales follows a young couple trying to have their own baby in a overpopulated world where the government enforces their rules on population containment even on those already pregnant, and finally a new cowboys and aliens monster movie wants to be your Huckleberry. This is your Sunday afternoon Cult Movie Worship.2081 Based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron," 2081 is set in a future world where people are handicapped into becoming each other's equals: Athletes have to wear weights, beautiful people wear masks, everyone is equal and being exceptional is unacceptable. The Handicapper General runs the show in the future doling out handicaps where he sees fit, until someone decides that enough is enough and that the extraordinary shouldn't be hid behind chains, weights, posts or masks. I can't find a release date yet, but I'll be sure to let everyone know when I do. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer staring the adorable Julie Hagerty and James Cosmo (who is weighed down by multiple handicaps).

The Burrowers Remember how amazingly awesome the wild wild west Tremors 4 was? You can't beat alien creatures taking on cowboys, and new movie The Burrowers (taking a page from the Tremors origin story) gives us what we want courtesy of a creepy crawly society of mutants living under the ground. A group of cowpokes set off to find the "Indians" they suspect of murdering off a family of ranchers, but they end up smack dab in the middle of a burrower nest. This movie also has William Mapother (Ethan from Lost!). The trailer is below.

Low Flying Aircraft (Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude) Based on J.G. Ballard's 1970s story "Low Flying Aircraft," this Portuguese film shows the struggle of one couple trying to give birth under the radar of the government while also dealing with the possibility that their baby could be born a "zote" (which, according to the government, is an genetically "evil" and bad baby). The couple flees the city and tries to give birth in a over-populated, restricted world. Two clips and the trailer are below.

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@Illuminatus: Are you sure it wasn't the other way around? In 1955 Dick referred to himself as writing fantasy in the vein of Vonnegut. See: [www.themodernword.com]

I seriously doubt KV wanted to be a psychotic, pill-popping paranoid; He had enought troubles with alcohol and chain-smoking. Vonnegut's writings are closer to Twain in that he focused on the absurdity of the human condition, often to the point of morbid comedy. Also Vonnegut's use of the simple declarative sentence makes him infinitely easier to read.

And as far as turning books into shitty movies, apparently you never saw Jerry Lewis and Madeline Kahn in "Slapstick."