Excerpt from Bang Your Head: The Rise And Fall Of Heavy Metal, by David Konow, p. 58:
Peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart on Christmas Day, 1971.
The terrorist plot in the movie's perpetrated by a maniacal Stalinist, instead of the usual "inside job" CIA conspirators whose nefarious shenanigans movie audiences were usually treated to throughout the Seventies and Eighties.
I really liked this movie when I was seventeen. Then, some time after I’d matured, the movie was released on DVD. Out of nostalgia, I picked it up.
Lo and behold, this compelling slice of celluloid teen angst no longer tripped my trigger. As a matter of fact, it now annoyed the hell out of me.
Watching this [the scene below] in 1987, as an idiot teen myself, I cringed. Though it was several years before I received formal handgun safety training, courtesy of Uncle Sam, I was still able to recognize the reckless handling of firearms by morons when I saw it:
Watching it nearly 20 years later, in my early 30s, I felt like throwing something at my TV. Since it concludes with a moment of ‘just kidding’ juvenile humor, I’m still not sure what the intent of the scene was.
Was the intent to promote paranoia about…
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"You yell 'Arthur Frayn', Brutals say 'Huh? What?'. You yell 'Zardoz'...and we've got a panic on our hands on the 4th of July."
Leftists have mocked Red Dawn for years as right-wing paranoia. Now, apparently, they have their own version.