Gun Fetish (1993)

Recently I have been sent, have enjoyed and have reposted lots of filmic mash ups and montages. Some of them by editors as young as nineteen, such as Joel Walden who gave us this most recently.

The montages I’m sent make me a little nostalgic, because that’s exactly what I was doing at age 19. In between making amateur no budget films as a teen, I’d teach myself to edit by cutting together montages of movie clips on a theme. You might have heard me talking to Kevin Smith about it on a recent podcast.

The following clip I edited together while at Bournemouth Art College. Way before I’d ever seen an Avid suite, this was done over some long weekends locked in a VHS tape to tape editing suite. Yes, VHS!

So if you are wondering about the low quality of the sound and visuals in the following montage, there’s a simple answer. All of the clips were sourced from either films I’ve recorded off the TV, sell thru VHS tapes I had bought and also films that happened to be in the college library. I literally had piles of VHS tapes in the edit suite. So that explains some of the glitchy clips.

As for the audio edits, hey it was VHS and I was 19. This is the first time I used a ‘real’ editing suite.

So cast your minds back to the last century and see how I misspent my youth; cutting together bullet ballets to John Lennon’s melodic attack on the NRA.

I give you my 1993 mash up; ‘Gun Fetish’.

Beware: This is a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.

    Now a couple of things. Before any of you comment “Where’s —– or ——“, bear in mind that the 19 year old me had a limited supply of tapes at the time. Most of these are ones I copied off the telly.

    I haven’t, as is customary, included a list of the clips, as I thought you guys could guess them all. First one to guess them all in order, including close ups, I will send a little prize.

    Apologies to any rights holders, I was young I didn’t know what I was doing. Please don’t arrest me.

    And finally. I have another one, if you’d like to see…

    PS. I’m going to enable embedding of the video – but if you do re-blog it, would you mind quoting my blog text too, context is king! – Thanks Edgar

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CSN7NWE53BQEER7WWM24RM77UI Alex

    Brilliant! ^_^

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  • Fincherian

    Ha. I did this when I was 18. I cut up action scenes from Jackie Chan’s Supercop and The Terminator.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOFQK2KLENLQ7LWJLU7HEZ6QBY Emmonster De Lioncourt

    Dear Mr. Wright:

    This is an amazing montage, and even though I am not a filmmaker myself nor I try to become one (I like acting better), it reminded me of James Duncan Rolfe’s early (REALLY early) work, he has been making short films and movie montages and stuff like that since he was like 10 or 12 years old, and considering the technology he had at hand at the time, there are some fairly good films.

    Now would be a good moment to add that I am not related to this guy in anyway, other than admiring his work.

    I personally stumbled on his website while looking for mashups of horror movies on YouTube and I found “Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness’, a series of video reviews of horror movies chronologically arranged. From that, I started watching his other running series, and also his personal stuff on Cinemassacre.com

    Again from horror fan to horror filmmaker, I cannot recommend his work enough, also I think you guys may have a lot in common, maybe some of the same cultural background or life experiences, anyhow that’s my opinion, maybe I’m wrong.

    That being said, I love your work, Shaun Of the Dead is one of my all time favorites.

    Thank you, and keep being awesome.
    Sincerely, Emmanuel.

  • http://twitter.com/selcen001 selcen

    more ! more! more!
    i’d like to see the another one!

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  • Darius

    Watch my film, it from uk, it nice.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DariusGilson#p/u/18/fHyQt62s7Mc

    Edgar make it big in USA

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  • Liam

    I’m currently at Bournemouth Arts College Edgar (now known as the Arts University College at Bournemouth) doing Film Production.

    But I’m afraid to tell you, we now have avid suites in there… including a whole building dedicated to the course.

    You should come back and edit it again!

  • Liam

    I’m currently at Bournemouth Arts College Edgar (now known as the Arts University College at Bournemouth) doing Film Production.

    But I’m afraid to tell you, we now have avid suites in there… including a whole building dedicated to the course.

    You should come back and edit it again!

  • http://twitter.com/smallerdemon smallerdemon

    Awesome. My favorite 80s zombie apocalypse teen comedy is in there.

  • http://joelvalliefilms.com/ Joel Vallie

    That was alot of fun to watch. YES! Please give us more!

  • Anonymous

    Nice work, Edgar. Here’s a mash-up of noir imagery I’ve always thought was done quite well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOgBa2Oij1A

    Also, if you’re hungry for more info on Lost Highway/David Lynch check out David Foster Wallace’s essay he wrote while on the Lost Highway set: http://www.scribd.com/doc/27992934/David-Lynch-Keeps-His-Head

    Cheers!

    Lenore.

  • http://twitter.com/rsquires rsquires

    Sorry Edgar I think I have most of them save the one with the gun in his eye. I have most of these movies and grew up as 20 year old in the golden age of splatter.

    A Fist Full of Dollars

    “Guns Guns Guns” – Clarence Bodicker from Robocop
    “I’ve heard police” – Naked Gun
    “Bet you think you can outsmart” – Emil from Robocop
    Goodfellas
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Repeat edit of Carrie Fisher in Blues Brothers
    Bonnie and Clyde-man shot through car window
    Terminator
    Taxi Driver
    Alien or Aliens – very brief shot
    Terminator montage gun stock sawing off by Reese
    Evil Dead
    Bad Taste
    Dawn of the Dead
    Goodfellas
    Dawn of the Dead
    Untouchables
    Robocop-shoot out in coke factory
    Taxi Driver-end scenes
    Robocop-Murphy dies
    ?
    Deer Hunter
    Wild Bunch
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Godfather – Sonny dies on freeway
    Wild at Heart – Willhem Defoe blows his head off
    Dirty Harry
    Blazing Saddles
    Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver
    Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs
    Raising Arizona
    Assault on Precinct 13
    Steve McQueen – Bullitt
    Mad Max 2
    Jack Nicholson in Batman
    Mad Max 2
    Untouchable
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Robocop – Target practice
    De Niro in Midnight Run
    Blues Brothers
    Wild Bunch
    Raising Arizona-fast food guy pointing gun
    Mad Max 2
    Dawn of the Dead
    Wild Bunch- intro with kids shooting at camera
    Once upon a time in America
    Taxi Driver
    Wild Bunch
    Take the Money and Run – Woody Allen
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Evil Dead 2
    Robocop Gun shots

    Bugger I had to go and collect the kids from school so missed it. I did genuinely spot the Aliens shot though without looking here, I super promise. Anyway another time eh!

  • Howard_hawks2001

    I think this is all.

    1. Fistful of Dollars
    2. Robocop Dialogue
    3. Naked Gun Dialogue
    4. Robocop Dialogue
    5. Goodfellas
    6. Bonnie and Clyde
    7. The Blues Brothers
    8. Bonnie and Clyde
    9. The Terminator
    10. Taxi Driver
    11. Aliens – Magazine into assault rifle
    12. The Terminator
    13. The Evil Dead
    14. Bad Taste
    15. Goodfellas
    16. Dawn of the Dead
    17. The Untouchables
    18. Robocop
    19. Taxi Driver
    20. Robocop – Give the man a hand
    21. Once Upon a Time in America
    22. The Deer Hunter
    23. The Wild Bunch
    24. The Untouchables
    25. Bonnie and Clyde
    26. The Godfather
    27. Wild at Heart
    28. Dirty Harry
    29. Blazing Saddles
    30. Taxi Driver
    31. Silence of the Lambs
    32. Raising Arizona
    33. Assault on Precinct 13
    34. The Getaway
    35. Mad Max 2
    36. Batman
    37. Mad Max 2
    38. The Untouchables
    39. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    40. Robocop
    41. Midnight Run
    42. Blues Brothers
    43. The Wild Bunch
    44. Raising Arizona
    45. Dawn of the Dead
    46. The Wild Bunch
    47. Once Upon a Time in America
    48. Taxi Driver
    49. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    50. Take the Money and Run
    51. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    52. Evil Dead

  • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

    You are correct, but the commenter above just beat you to it. Damn!

  • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

    You are correct, but the commenter above just beat you to it. Damn!

  • Jonathankilloran

    Let me take a crack at it. Including cut-ins/outs within the context of the same film or scene:

    Shot 1-3 A fistful of dollars
    4 Robocop (dialogue)
    5 The Naked Gun (dialogue)
    6 Robocop (dialogue)
    7-10 Goodfellas
    11 Bonnie & Clyde
    12 Blues Brothers
    13 Bonnie & Clyde
    14-19 Terminator
    20-25 Taxi Driver
    26 Aliens
    27-33 Terminator
    34-35 Evil Dead
    36-37 Bad Taste
    38 Goodfellas
    39. Split second flash of Dawn of the Dead if paused just right around 1:17
    40-41 Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    42. The Untouchables
    43-44 Robocop
    45-46 Taxi Driver
    47 Robocop
    48-49 Once Upon A Time in America
    50-51 Deer Hunter
    52-54 The Wild Bunch
    55-57 The Untouchables
    58-61 Bonnie & Clyde
    62-63 The Godfather
    64-66 Wild at Heart
    67-71 Dirty Harry
    72-74 Blazing Saddles
    75- Taxi Driver
    76 Silence of the Lambs
    77 Split second of muzzle flare
    78-79 Raising Arizona
    80-84 Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    85 The Getaway (1972)
    86 Road Warrior
    87 Batman
    88-89 Road Warrior
    90-92 The Untouchables w/ repeating shots
    93-95 Raiders of the Lost Ark
    96-105 Robocop
    106-109 Midnight Run
    110-112 Blues Brothers
    113 The Wild Bunch
    114-116 Raising Arizona
    117 Dawn of the Dead
    118 Raising Arizona
    119 The Wild Bunch
    120-122 Once Upon A Time in America
    123 Taxi Driver
    124-126 The Wild Bunch
    127 Take the Money and Run
    128 Butch Cassidy and the Sundace Kid
    129-131 Evil Dead II

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Bingo! We have a winner.

      Kudos for spotting the ‘Aliens’ shot.

      • Jonathankilloran

        Thanks! It was a lot of fun!

  • http://mrpeelsardineliqueur.blogspot.com/ Mr. Peel

    Nuts, I think I missed one and I’m going to guess it’s a shot from Mad Max that comes right after Nicholson in Batman.

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      No, you had it right, that was from Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior.

  • Anonymous

    GUN FETISH
    Fistful of Dollars
    Robocop (line)
    Naked Gun (line)
    Robocop (line)
    Goodfellas
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Blues Brothers
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Terminator
    Taxi Driver
    Terminator
    Blues Brothers (quick rifle clip)
    Terminator
    Assault on Precinct 13
    Bad Taste
    Goodfellas
    Dawn of the Dead
    Untouchables
    Robocop
    Taxi Driver
    Robocop
    The Untouchables
    The Deerhunter
    The Wild Bunch
    Bonnie and Clyde
    Godfather
    Wild At Heart
    Dirty Harry
    Blazxing Saddles
    Taxi Driver
    Silence of the Lambs
    Raising Arizona
    Assault on Precinct 13
    Bullitt
    Mad Max
    Batman
    Road Warrior
    Untouchables
    Raiders of the lost ark
    Robocop
    Midnight Run
    Blues Brothers
    Once Upon a Time In The West
    Raising Arizona
    Mad Max
    Raising Arizona
    Kids shooting at saloon? Mad Max?
    Once upon a time in America
    Taxi driver
    Wild bunch
    Take the Money and Run
    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
    Evil dead 2

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      Close…

  • http://mrpeelsardineliqueur.blogspot.com/ Mr. Peel

    Gave it a try:

    A Fistful of Dollars
    Robocop (dialogue)
    The Naked Gun (dialogue)
    Robocop (dialogue)
    Goodfellas
    Bonnie and Clyde
    The Blues Brothers
    Bonnie and Clyde
    The Terminator
    Taxi Driver
    The Terminator
    The Evil Dead
    Bad Taste
    Goodfellas
    Dawn of the Dead
    The Untouchables
    Robocop
    Taxi Driver
    Robocop
    Once Upon a Time in America
    The Deer Hunter
    The Wild Bunch
    The Untouchables
    Bonnie and Clyde
    The Godfather
    Wild at Heart
    Dirty Harry
    Blazing Saddles
    Taxi Driver
    The Silence of the Lambs
    Raising Arizona
    Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    The Getaway (1972)
    The Road Warrior
    Batman
    The Road Warrior
    The Untouchables
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Robocop
    Midnight Run
    The Blues Brothers
    The Wild Bunch
    Raising Arizona
    Raising Arizona
    Dawn of the Dead
    Raising Arizona
    The Wild Bunch
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Taxi Driver
    Take the Money and Run
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Evil Dead 2

    • http://www.edgarwrighthere.com Edgar Wright

      You have all except for one close that occurs between the first Taxi Driver clip and second Terminator clip (the Dick Miller one), it was part of a tool up sequence and it’s from the same director as the latter…

  • http://twitter.com/jordandautovic Jordan Dautovic

    My effort;

    1. For a Fistful of Dollars
    2. Robocop (line)
    3. The Naked Gun (line)
    4. Goodfellas
    5. Bonnie and Clyde
    6. Blues Brothers
    7. Bonnie and Clyde
    8. Terminator
    9. Taxi Driver
    10. Blues Brothers (quick shot of Carrie Fisher loading the rifle)
    11. Terminator (again)
    12. ? (Shot of the shotgun being sawn off and pumped)
    13. Terminator (again)
    14. Evil Dead
    15. Bad Taste
    16. Goodfellas (Again)
    17. Dawn of the Dead
    18. The Untouchables
    19. Robocop
    20. Taxi Driver
    21. Robocop (again)
    22. The Untouchables
    23. The Deer Hunter
    24. The Wild Bunch
    25. The Untouchables?
    26. Bonnie and Clyde
    27. The Godfather
    28. Bad Taste?
    29. Dirty Harry
    30. Blazing Saddles
    31. The Silence of the Lambs
    32. Raising Arizona
    33. Dawn of the Dead?
    34. Bullitt
    35. Mad Max
    36. Batman
    37. Mad Max (again)
    38. The Untouchables
    39. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    40. Robocop
    41. Midnight Run
    42. Blues Brothers
    43. Once upon a time in the West?
    44. Raising Arizona?
    45. Mad Max
    46. Dawn of the Dead
    47. Mad Max (again)
    48. Once upon a time in America
    49. Taxi Driver (again)
    50. The Wild Bunch
    51. Take the Money and Run
    52. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    53. Evil Dead 2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Wakefield/100000246825665 Tim Wakefield

    aahhhhhh! ive seen all of these except for the few that i think might be british, and a couple i cant remember the name of

    A fistful of dollars
    The naked gun
    Robo cop
    Goodfellas
    Bonnie and clyde
    Terminator
    Taxi driver
    Terminator
    Evil dead

    goodfellas
    Dawn of the dead
    The untouchables

    Taxi driver
    Robo cop

    Deer hunter
    The wild bunch
    Bonnie and clyde
    The godfather

    Dirty harry
    Blazing saddles
    Taxi driver
    Silence of the lambs
    Raising Arizona

    bullitt
    Mad max road warrior
    Batman
    Road warrior
    The untouchables
    Raiders of the lost arc
    Robo cop
    Midnight run
    The blues brothers
    (a western I know for a fact ive seen but cant for the life of me remember)
    Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    Once upon a time in america
    Taxi driver
    Take the money and run
    Butch Cassidy and the sundance kid
    Evil dead part II

  • Greymattergone

    To add to Tombeale94’s items

    16. Robocop -the scene where he’s lying on the ground getting his hand blown off I’m assuming you are referring too.
    23. Wild at Heart – Where Willem Dafoe blows his own head off
    around 32. The Road Warrior – a few quick cuts with Mel Gibson and that kid with the horrible mullet
    48. I think that is actually Evil Dead 2 that’s all I can add, you got the mountain of them.

  • Joelman1991

    For a moment there I was worried Evil Dead wasn’t going to show up, great way to close it!

  • http://twitter.com/jordandautovic Jordan Dautovic

    Alrighty, gave it my best shot;

    1. For a Fistful of Dollars
    2. Robocop (line)
    3. The Naked Gun (line)
    4. Goodfellas
    5. Bonnie and Clyde
    6. Blues Brothers
    7. Bonnie and Clyde
    8. Terminator
    9. Taxi Driver
    10. Blues Brothers (quick shot of Carrie Fisher loading the rifle)
    11. Terminator (again)
    12. ? (Shot of the shotgun being sawn off and pumped)
    13. Terminator (again)
    14. Evil Dead
    15. Bad Taste
    16. Goodfellas (Again)
    17. Dawn of the Dead
    18. The Untouchables
    19. Robocop
    20. Taxi Driver
    21. Robocop (again)
    22. The Untouchables
    23. The Deer Hunter
    24. The Wild Bunch
    25. The Untouchables?
    26. Bonnie and Clyde
    27. The Godfather
    28. Bad Taste?
    29. Dirty Harry
    30. Blazing Saddles
    31. The Silence of the Lambs
    32. Raising Arizona
    33. Dawn of the Dead?
    34. Bullitt
    35. Mad Max
    36. Batman
    37. Mad Max (again)
    38. The Untouchables
    39. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    40. Robocop
    41. Midnight Run
    42. Blues Brothers
    43. Once upon a time in the West?
    44. Raising Arizona?
    45. Mad Max
    46. Dawn of the Dead
    47. Mad Max (again)
    48. Once upon a time in America
    49. Taxi Driver (again)
    50. The Wild Bunch
    51. Take the Money and Run
    52. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    53. Evil Dead 2

  • http://twitter.com/Greatwhite1978 Chase Fleming

    Directors cut of hot fuzz? Where can i get it, i did even know one existed

  • AmberGrindstaff

    “Happiness in Warm Gun,yeah”

    How long did it take you to edit this back in the day?!

    I use to edit songs together on cassette tape,taking parts of my favorite songs,then recording it onto a blank tape ..

  • http://therealbeale.wordpress.com Tombeale94

    Here’s a fairly concise list, but still uncertain about 11, 16 and 38. No idea about 23, 32, 39, 41 and 43, feel free to add to any I’ve missed out!

    1. A Fistful of Dollars
    2. Robocop
    3. Naked Gun
    4. Robocop
    5. Goodellas
    6. Bonnie And Clyde
    7. Terminator
    8. Taxi Driver
    9. Terminator
    10. Evil Dead
    11. The Passage?
    12. Goodfellas
    13. Dawn of the Dead
    14. Something of the Dead!
    15. Bonnie and Clyde
    16. I think Robocop?
    17. Taxi Driver
    18. Robocop
    19. The Deer Hunter
    20. The Wild Bunch
    21. Bonnie and Clyde
    22. The Godfather
    23. ?
    24. Dirty Harry
    25. Blazing Saddles
    26. Taxi Driver
    27. Silence of the Lambs
    28. Raising Arizona
    29. No clue unfortunately…
    30. Bullitt
    31. Batman
    32. ?
    33. The Untouchables
    34. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    35. Robocop
    36. Midnight Run
    37. Blues Brothers
    38. Once Upon A Time In The West?
    39. ?
    40. Raising Arizona
    41. ?
    42. Raising Arizona
    43. ?
    44. Once Upon A Time In America
    45. Taxi Driver
    46. Take The Money And Run
    47. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    48. Evil Dead

  • Lord Matt Buckler Esq.

    “context is king! – Thanks Edgar” — Thedgar.

  • http://twitter.com/HSherriff Harry Sherriff

    I am actually devastated I can only get 22 out of that:

    For a few dollars more
    Robocop
    Naked gun: police squad
    Goodfellas
    bonnie and clyde
    Terminator
    Taxi Driver
    Deer Hunter
    The Godfather
    Raising arizona
    Bullitt
    Batman
    Untouchables
    Raiders
    Blues brothers
    Midnight Run?
    Once upon a time in america
    Take the money and run
    Butch cassidy and the sundance kid
    Evil dead?
    Evil dead 2
    Blazing saddles

    Close but no cigar… I know.

  • http://twitter.com/imperialpics Robert Lasowski

    Man, was it a pain to edit on two VCR’s back in the day. You had to really know your VCR… like you know, press pause and it backs up a second or 2? LOL. Plus, if you hit “STOP” to edit instead of “PAUSE” you get the friggin’ rainbow effect on the next edit. Thank God for modern technology!