01 - Washington DC - Earth vs the flying saucers + Happy Hooker goes to Washington + Being There
02 - Minnesota - The Heartbreak Kid + A Serious Man + God’s Country
03 - Wyoming - Heaven's Gate + The Nasty Rabbit + Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind + Brokeback Mountain
04 - Nebraska -Boys Town + Boys Dont Cry + Hex
05 - Florida
Death Curse of Tartu (1966) - Buncha teens at the Everglades, disrespecting Seminole curses with their dorky dancing. For as cool as the monster looks, you never really see it - as the curse takes the form of animals. So they spent all this time making this great monster, and then decided to never use it. It just lays there the whole time. This is also the worst sin of bad horror films: super boring. You just want anything to happen, but instead get to trudge through the swamp.
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) - The leeches still looks like garbage bags to me. And this is mostly a love triangle with some dopey monsters thrown in. The leeches /movie also manages to be super cruel with the victims on top of everything else. I hated this film.
Terror from the Year 5000 (1958) - One of those movies that throws in a peeper subplot, just to add some titillation. One of those movies where the things that are ugly must be destroyed. One of those movies where you can escape from a hospital by walking out the front door in your greaser outfit.
The Blood Waters of Dr Z (1971) - Scientists turns self into a fish + plans to take over world by, as the trailer puts it, "polluting the universe" - with his little spray bottle of doom. Or at least until he decides having a fish mate is way more interesting. It continues the mess of Florida films.
Vernon Florida (1981) - I still wish we'd have gotten that nub city documentary. But instead, this felt like a real-life Redgreen Show, with all the small town characters that just go on and on about nothing. I love Morris' description in the extras of the town being full of philosophers who've lost their minds. Also funny that the town was described as being so dangerous, whereas now it looks no different than the many gun & pawn shop towns that we drove through on our trip. Just 20mins outside of Orlando you can be deep in the South.
Glimpses of Florida (1941) - Mostly just Fitzpatrick creeping out on all the swimming beauties.
Quaint St. Augustine (1939) - Manages to somehow be one of the most racist Traveltalks.
Key Lime Pie - had some in Florida + we made some (which was the tartest fucking thing ever made).
Random Google Maps finds
-Vernon FL image: Guy on bannister w/Subway cup
-Hog's Breath Saloon
-Breakfast Station - served 6AM to 3PM
Lone shopping cart = epitome of Florida
Separate golf cart road next to car road
Bih - which can mean absolutely anything (noun)
Tourism Brochure Finds
-“Best Buffet in FL” = Golden Corral
-World’s Largest “entertainment” McDonalds (no idea what that means)
Nightly good ole fashion gangster shootout
Come meet Queen Esther
Family activity: flea market
Worm Gruntin’n Festival
Old Joe Taxidermy Aligator
Interstate Mullet toss - toss a mullet into Alabama!
We spent a week in Florida for a wedding a couple months ago; so we're counting that. It was lovebug season, which was disgustingly horrifying - especially at the beach - with tourists in something akin to a bug horror movie!
Whilst part of Spain, Florida was a refuge for escaped slaves, until the US government took over Florida and then immediately decided to have wars against + forcibly remove the Seminole Tribe + brought Florida in as a slave state
; which led to most Floridanos moving to Cuba.
For those of you uninitiated, I highly suggest all check out the subreddit - Florida Man