Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s MousehuntSmall Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark BackwardDetroit Rock CityNight at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look.  Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show,  a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

1966
Universal
A baby-boomer favorite from the mid-60’s Universal Studios assembly line. Fidgety...
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Sixteen Candles

1984
Universal
Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a...
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Broadway Danny Rose

1984
Orion
One of Woody Allen’s most endearing projects, full of affection for broken-down vaudevillians...
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Mondo Cane

1963
Times Film Corporation
It’s hard to imagine today the impact this tawdry but fascinating Italian “shockumentary” had...
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The Shining

1980
Warner Bros.
Stanley Kubrick’s stylish adaptation of Stephen King’s popular novel was pilloried by disappointed King...
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Caddyshack

1980
Orion Pictures
TFH guru Joe Dante, whose father was a golf pro, can attest that Harold Ramis’s...
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The Terminator

1984
Orion
A killer cyborg from 2029 (played by California’s former “Governator”) arrives in the present...
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The Blues Brothers

1980
Universal
Most of the voluminous cameo roles in TFH Guru John Landis’s landmark rock...
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Rumble Fish

1983
Universal
This was Matt Dillon’s third featured role in a film based on an S.E....
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A Star is Born ’76

1976
Warner Bros.
Barbra Streisand steps into the Judy Garland role in this big-scale...
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Deranged

1974
AIP
Mother-fixated serial killer Ed Gein, who inspired Psycho and The‚ Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is the...
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Werewolves on Wheels

1971
Fanfare Corporation
One of the great titles. One of the great posters. One of the...
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Dr. Phibes Rises Again

1972
AIP
Like many sequels, Robert Fuest’s campy followup to one of Vincent Price’s...
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Play Misty for Me

1971
Universal
Clint Eastwood’s taut directorial debut prefigures Fatal Attraction in its obsessed stalker...
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Gammera the Invincible

1966
World Entertainment Corp.
This is the original US trailer for this 1965 Godzilla imitation, released in...
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1975
United Artists
Dale Wasserman’s powerful play set in a mental institution was...
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Halloween

1978
Compass International Pictures
The sleeper of the century and the first of the modern horror franchises. John Carpenter’s...
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Born Losers

1967
AIP
Tom Laughlin’s dry run for his indie smash Billy Jack introduces the character as...
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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

1971
AIP
Designer/director Robert Fuest and art director Brian Eatwell created a unique and...
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

1971
Paramount
One of the strangest and darkest children’s films ever made,...
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

1975
Cinema 5
The immortal BBC phenomenon Monty Python’s Flying Circus went memorably...
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