In today's Geek Salad we have some films and some fantasy phones.
I was recently watching Ghost Boat on the UK Horror Channel. Like an old fashioned BBC ghost story, its a serial made into a single TV movie starring the fabulously grounded David Jason on Frost fame.
A little lengthy I found, it concerns a WW2 sub, which resurfaces 40 years later to everyone's astonishment. The eerie aftermath is done rather well as a modern crew take it on one last voyage to find out where its been!
As such, Ghost Boat joins movies like The Philadelphia Experiment, Event Horizon and Ghost Ship.
Whilst watching I was struck by how familiar this Admiralty Building was:
It's only the rear entrance to Leeds Civic Hall in West Yorkshire no less! - a place I must have visited several hundred times in my life! And here it is ....
Speaking about films, reader Brian's recent mention of New Jersey's creepy Pine Barrens being used as a film location reminded me that I have just such a flick in my own VHS collection!
It is The Last Broadcast and concerns a posse of hapless youngsters searching for that infamous harpie of the Garden State, the Jersey Devil. The legend states that it was created in the Leeds or Shrouds House no less! What, Leeds again!
A handheld camera flick, the Last Broadcast's major claim to fame is that it is alleged to have been produced before the Blair Witch Project, the generally accepted origin of the shaky camera film sub-genre. Being the first of this format is not something to brag about though, having spawned a plague of headache-inducing CCTV ever since!
Talking of broadcasting, have any of you ever been in a car back then or now that had a phone in it? I don't mean a mobile or a cell. I mean a proper telephone hardwired into the car. You know, Batmobile style. I never have!
Aww, its the stuff of my dreams to take a call on an old hand set whilst cruising in my 1960's Lamborghini Marzal. Fantasy driving at its best!
How on earth did those car phones work?
What's your fantasy car ride readers?