“Like I told my last wife, I said, ‘Honey, I never drive faster than I can see.’
Besides it's all in the reflexes.”
Any idea which film that quote’s from? NO?! Then shame. Shame on you. It’s the John Carpenter classic ‘Big Trouble In Little China’.
Throughout Harcourt & Haigh there are going to be various popular culture references seeded here and there, not always in the foreground.
So look out for them, for instance watch out for this poster cropping up in Harcourt & Haigh’s flat.
|Hop on the Ol' Porkchop Express|
And why that particular Carpenter film? What better role model is there for Arthur Fortesque O’Reilly McBain Aloysius Harcourt V than Jack Burton? A brash guy who has an ego, likes to talk big and always appear braver and bolder than he actually is.
And, boy, does Harcourt have an ego. And like to talk big. And sometimes try to appear braver than he actually is (as you will find out).
|The Mysterious Sorcerer, Lo Pan....whoops, sorry, it's actually John Carpenter. My Bad.|
|Back then, this was totally acceptable... (Credit: LikeTotally80s)|
Always entranced by the various covers like ‘Halloween’, ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ and ‘Friday the 13th’, it was the artwork of ‘Big Trouble In Little China’ that intrigued me the most.
Sadly, we went home with just about every film except that one.
Despite numerous attempts it wasn’t until few years later that the 11-year-old me was at home with my best mate at the time, Ryan, when the TV announcer’s voice spoke the magic words, “Coming up next, Big Trouble In Little China.”
Finally, my chance to see it! Praise be to ITV! I couldn’t wait. The lights were turned out, the curtains drawn. It started and from the opening scene to the last I was transfixed, it was everything that I wanted from a movie and more.
|VerneDex Entry (Featuring a photo by Matt Birdsall)|
And, of course, Jack Burton himself, the hero who was really the sidekick but still noble in his own pig-headed way. I wanted to be him after watching it (and, in my own way, I kinda am).
I love it to this day, how could I not - it's a part of me now.
“Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn...call the President.”
See ya for now.