moviedrome

Moviedrome is (or "was") a BBC2 series where a cult movie (but what is cult?) was introduced before it was shown. Moviedrome first showed up in 1988 when cult director Alex Cox hosted the introductions (he didn't choose the movies though). Cox hosted Moviedrome (shown every summer) till 1994. In 1997 the show returned from the dead with movies chosen and introduced by Mark Cousins (known for his work at the Edinburgh Film Festival).
The reason for this page is simple: with a Moviedrome film your chances are slightly higher than 9/10 that what you’ll get to see, will be a very interesting movie. A Moviedrome film will always be "special". In the Cox era Alex Cox described the selection as oddities and gems; Mark Cousins described his choices as "movies you won't forget". It was Moviedrome that gave my love for films a boost (and I know I'm not the only one) and it's because of this show my site is called Kurtodrome.
The links will guide you to the IMDb page where you can read more on the movie. The brackets will explain the reason those movies were presented as a double bill. If there are no brackets explaining the double bill that means the BBC just showed them one after the other (or I didn't figure out the link).
Big thanks to everyone for additional help (much appreciated). I hope that now the list is finally complete.


November 2009: A new home for the Moviedrome archive and a new video: it may be only one video, but it lasts well over 7 minutes and it introduces the 1994 season as well as The Andromeda Strain.


1988

The Wicker Man
Electra Glide in Blue
Diva
Razorback
Big Wednesday
Fat City
The Last Picture Show
Barbarella
The Hired Hand
Johnny Guitar
The Parallax View
The Long Hair of Death
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Fly (1958)
One From The Heart
The Man Who Fell To Earth
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
One-Eyed Jacks

1989

The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
Jabberwocky
D.O.A.
The Thing From Another World
The Incredible Shrinking Man
California Dolls
THX 1138
Stardust Memories
Night of the Comet
The Grissom Gang
The Big Carnival (Ace in the Hole)
Alphaville
Two-Lane Blacktop
Trancers
The Buddy Holly Story
Five Easy Pieces
Sweet Smell of Success
Sunset Boulevard

1990

Assault on Precinct 13
Brazil
Get Carter
Goin’ South
Dead of Night
The Terminator
The Honeymoon Killers
Ulzana's Raid
The Loved One
An American Werewolf in London
Yojimbo
A Wedding
The Phenix City Story
Walk on the Wild Side
Il Grande Silenzio
Quien sabe?

1991

The Beguiled
Vamp
Knightriders
Something Wild
Carnival of Souls
Badlands / The Prowler
Performance
At Close Range
The Duellists / Cape Fear (duels)
The Music Lovers
Manhunter
Hells Angels on Wheels / Rumble Fish (gangs)
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?
Solaris
Mishima

1992

Mad Max II / F for Fake
Dead Ringers / Rabid (Cronenberg)
Inserts
The Serpent and the Rainbow
Les Diaboliques
La Strategia del Ragno
Escape from New York
Alligator / Q - The Winged Serpent
Wise Blood / The Witchfinder General
Lolita
Play Misty For Me
Walker
Tracks
The Day of the Locust / The Big Knife (Hollywood satires)

1993

Darkman
House of Games
Escape from Alcatraz / Un condamné à mort s’est échappé (prison)
The Hill
Cry-Baby / Lenny
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) / Romance of a Horsethief
Gothic/ The Navigator
The Terminator
Get Carter / Week-end
Rebel Without A Cause / 200 Motels
Django / Grim Prairie Tales
Run of the Arrow / Verboten! (Fuller)
The Long Riders
The Big Combo
Face to Face
Requiescant
Qué he heche yo para merecer esto?
Carrie

1994 (Alex Cox's final year)

The Andromeda Strain / Fiend Without A Face
Talk Radio
Carnal Knowledge
Coogan’s Bluff / The Narrow Margin
The Harder They Come
Salvador
The People Under the Stairs
Halloween / The Baby
Carny
Girl on a Motorcycle / Psychomania (motorcycles)
Race with the Devil / Detour (keep death on the road)
Rope / 84 Charlie Mopic (experimental filming)
To Sleep with Anger / Le Mépris
Excalibur / Nothing Lasts Forever
Naked Tango / Apartment Zero (Buenos Aires)
Major Dundee / Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (Sam Peckinpah)
Kiss Me Deadly

1997-1998

Scarface
Westworld / Demon Seed (futuristic)
The Fly / Society
Exotica
Blue Collar / American Gigolo (Paul Schrader)
Dazed and Confused / La Vie Sexuelle des Belges (growing up)
The Girl Can’t Help it / Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana (music)
The Warriors / La Haine (gangs)
Spanking the Monkey
Logan’s Run / Fahrenheit 451 (future)
The Fog / Darkness in Tallinn
Storyville / Ruthless
Vanishing Point / The Devil Thumbs a Ride (road movies)
Targets
Liebestraum
Bad Timing
The Conversation
All That Heaven Allows / The Reckless Moment

1998

Trespass
Shaft / Force of Evil
Funny Bones
Cat People
The Killers (1946)
Caged Heat
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Carrie
Léon / Le Samourai
El Patrullero

1999

Clockers
Ed Wood / The Body Snatcher (B-film)
Prêt-à-porter
Videodrome / Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Carlito’s Way
The Osterman Weekend
Mommie Dearest
Johnny Guitar
Branded to Kill
The List of Adrian Messenger
One-Eyed Jacks

2000

Blood and Wine / Plein Soleil (nouvelle vague directors)
Rumble in the Bronx / Clubbed to Death ("guilty pleasures")
The Killers (1964) / On Dangerous Ground
The Underneath / The Hitch-Hiker (film noir)
Walkabout / Don’t Look Now (Nicolas Roeg)
White of the Eye
The Last American Hero


Other links:

THE 1992 SERIES LOOKED LIKE THIS
A lot of Moviedrome fans liked the King Kong spoof intro best, so I decided to include it here (even though the Cronenberg double bill introduction isn't included in the clip). But first, a BBC trailer for Farewell, My Lovely, tomorrow at 9.00 on two.

Not the Moviedrome version, but here Alex Cox does introduce The Parallax View (also shown on Moviedrome in 1988). This was part of Kennedy Night. Anyway, enjoy the intro.

If you liked the Moviedrome mini-series of spaghetti westerns, you may be interested in the Five Westerns series Alex Cox made for BBC Four in 2008. Alex Cox also uploaded the introductions on YouTube. Part 1 includes Fort Apache and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, Part 2 has Wagonmaster, Run of the Arrow and Searchers 2.0 (by Cox himself).

More Spaghetti Western introductions by Alex Cox, this time for ITV4. The series was called Once Upon A Time and included Django, Django Kill, Vengeance and My Name is Nobody. (Only these introductions were found on the net. The series also included Quien Sabe, Keoma and Texas Addio.) Django Kill was also introduced by Alex Cox in 1995, for the Forbidden season. Here's that version.

Cox spoofed himself by introducing the last show of The RDA with John Gordillo as if it were a Moviedrome film. Watch it now.

And finally, "discerning enthusiasts" (as I believe the BBC called the fans) might like to know the original Moviedrome guides can now be downloaded on Alex Cox's website (as well as lots of other treats by the filmmaker).


This list was compiled by the Kurtodrome.
Many thanks to Kaprisky and Jon Robertson for additional help.