Aug. 20, 2021

#37 - "Big Trouble in Little China" (1986) with Gerry D.

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John Carpenter described this 80’s flick, which he co-wrote and directed, as an "action adventure comedy kung fu ghost story monster movie." And I can’t really add much more of an intro than that. So come aboard “The Pork Chop Express” as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Gerry D discuss “Big Trouble in Little China” from 1986 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback Podcast!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • For the film's many fight scenes John Carpenter worked with martial arts choreographer James Lew, who planned every scene in detail. Carpenter stated, "I used every cheap gag - trampolines, wires, reverse movements, and upside down sets. It was much like photographing a dance.”
  • John Carpenter was not entirely satisfied with Boss Film Studios, the company in charge of the film's visual effects. According to him, they took on more projects than they could handle, and some effects for the film had to be cut down. Richard Edlund, head of Boss Film Studios, said that there were no difficulties with the company's workload, and that Big Trouble was probably its favorite film at the time, with the exception of Ghostbusters (1984). The effects budget for the film was just under two million dollars, which Edlund said was barely adequate.



Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes,

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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