This is definitely a student-type film, so it is a bit rough and almost surreal at times, but a very interesting little time capsule of New Jersey in the early 80s.
When I was younger I watched both Benny Hill and Bizarre and I watched them both on WOR-TV, which is based out of Secaucus, NJ. They showed a lot of great older TV even then and you can see a lot of those shows creatively edited in this promo.
Just about every two years my family would head on up to Wild West City in beautiful Netcong, NJ. The East Coast used to be peppered with lots of this little Amusement parks, but sadly they have mostly gone away, but not Wild West City. It is a New Jersey institution and even though I have not been there in years, I can still picture the park in my brain and can remember the first time I went there and was terrified they were going to take my Snoopy wallet during the Stage Coach robbery.
What is Wild West City?
For those from Northern New Jersey, this might be a familiar tune to you…
For more info visit WildWestCity.com
This 1977 masterpiece from Centron is to me, the best Halloween Safety Film ever made. I enjoy the timing, the art style, the music, everything. I read this was filmed in Lawrence, Kansas, but you will notice that the adivisor for the film was from Tom’s River, NJ. Go NJ!! Now remember, be safe this Halloween season.
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The internet has made film watching and discovery a joy. Where else but on the web would I have had a chance to discover the documentary, Wildwood, NJ? A film that was released before the web was in full effect and that for some how evaded by vision for 15 years. The movie, which was finished in 1994, but was never officially “released”, is a camera on the boardwalk look at the people, but mostly women who were at the Wildwood, NJ Boardwalk in 1992.
The film is unapologetic and honest look at the women who I grew up with and you get to see some of them at their most candid moments. I know many will attempt to enjoy this on an ironic level, but just stop and listen for a second and you will start to see the patterns of these young people’s lives and you just may be moved.
Here are some scenes from the film:
The movie will not be easy to find at your local video store, but you can order it from the filmmaker at Ruthless Films. I suggested it to NetFlix as something they should carry and I suggest you do the same.