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Let’s Ride!

October 29, 2011

Ghost Rider (2007)

Tuesday, November 1st

Film starts at 9pm

Otto’s Shrunken Head

538 E. 14th street (A & B)

Free popcorn & $2 vehicular bingo for prizes!

It’s said that the West was built on legends. Tall tales that help us make sense of things too great or too terrifying to believe. This is the legend of the Ghost Rider. The thing about legends is… sometimes, they’re true.

Think you’re a hotshot, aint’cha boy

A young Johnny Blaze (Matt Long) and father Barton Blaze (Brett Cullen) are a local death riding, carnie act. When Johnny’s pop gets sick, Johnny’s visited by the Devil  Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda), who offers a cure for his pop’s the cancer…and it will only cost him his SOUL.

One day, when I need you, I will come.

Of course he doesn’t think twice. Who ever does in such situations really? Of course little does he know the sting of the double-edged sword wielded by the Devil. For after signing his name and sealing the deal, pops’ cancer is cured, but he is promptly killed performing a fiery stunt anyway.

forget about friends, forget about family, forget about love. You’re mine, Johnny Blaze

Crushed, Johnny takes off after sweetheart Roxanne Simpson (Raquel Alessi), who’s being sent away to live with her mom, but the devil has other plans for him. Stops him dead in his tracks on the highway. Roxanne is gone and Johnny’s fate is sealed.

You can’t live in fear

Years later. Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage), now a dark and sullen daredevil, performing record breaking stunts with a complete disregard for his own life and an unbelievable knack for Cheating death. Hes unstoppable, but soulless.

Before a show, Johnny is reunited with Roxanne, the love of his life. The one that got away, now a television reporter sent to interview him. Seeing this as his second chance, he fights for win her back. Still bitter, thinking he abandoned her all those years ago, she’s reluctant, but finally agrees to a date…

I might not have power of you in this world, but my rider does

…Of course right before he’s set to meet her at the restaurant, who shows up but the Devil to cash in on the deal they signed all those years ago. Johnny must reclaim the contract. In exchange, he can win back his soul, but it doesn’t matter he has no choice anyway. And in a fiery blaze, against his will, he and his motorbike are transformed into… The Ghost Rider. Falling right into his roll, he takes on Blackheart (Wes Bentley), Mephistopheles ‘own son who’s returned to earth to build an army of fallen angels to help him find the contract of San Venganza. Which, legend has it was stolen and hidden in a graveyard not far from there, and he wants it for his own.

Mornin’ bone head

As the sun rises, he is returned to human form and finds himself at his father’s grave, in the yard of a remote church. The Caretaker (Sam Elliott) seems to know exactly who Johnny is and why he’s there. He tells him of the curse. How he will by day be normal, but in the presence of evil by night turn into the rider. And of how nothing will ever break the curse.

I, uh, sold my soul to the Devil…that’s how come I missed dinner

Hauled in by the cops on suspicion of involvement in the crimes, Johnny’s thrown in jail…where as day becomes night, he turns into the rider, steals a studded jacket off a hooligan and leaves through melted bars. With the cops on his heels, he tears through the city. Roxanne who’s been covering the Biker Bar Massacre and the seemingly related deaths that begin to pile up in town is on the scene and the minute she sees the Ghost Rider, she knows it’s Johnny and that the wild story of not making dinner because he is an unwilling agent of the Devil, was in fact the truth.

Forgive me father for I have sinned…I’ve sinned  a lot.

Blackheart finally tracks the contract of San Venganza, the key to hell on Earth, at the church. He beats up the Caretaker who won’t tell him where it is, He takes Roxanne hostage, knows Johnny’s the key to getting it and will do anything to save her.

Let’s ride!

Johnny and the Caretaker, in fact Carter Slade, the Ghost Rider of legend that outrode the devil 150 years ago, hop on their steeds and ride out together for San Venganza. Only able to change one last time, Slade leaves Johnny at the town limits. He’s got nothing left. Johnny takes on the fallen angels one by one until finally battling Blackheart, who gets the contract away from him and summons the souls condemned within. And with that he becomes…Legion (for we are many).

I’m the only one who can walk in both worlds. I’m the Ghost Rider.

Legion, having now what he wanted, let’s Roxanne go. Johnny could walk away and have his second chance, but he can’t do it. Instead he stays to fight. Unable to defeat Blackheart before, as he had no soul…now that he has many, he is, by the very souls of the innocent he has taken, defeatable.

No. I’m gonna own this curse and use it against you.

With the battle won, and the dust beginning to settle, Mephistopheles returns and offers Johnny back his freedom. Let some one else take up the curse of the Ghost Rider he says, but Johnny refuses. And with the pledge that he will be there wherever the blood of the innocent is shed, the Devil is vanquished…if only for the moment.

This is what you are. What you were always meant to be.

Roxanne loves him, but knows she must let him go. And with a last kiss under the tree that bears their initials from when they were kids, she sends Johnny off to fulfill his destiny.

It’s said that the West was built on legends. And that legends are a way of understanding things greater than ourselves. Forces that shape our lives, events that defy explanation. Individuals whose lives soar to the heavens or fall to the earth. This is how legends are born.

– Corinna Mantlo

(Issue #16 that my pops wrote for the Ghost Rider series)

The legend of the Ghost Rider (the original Marvel comic of course)

Long ago, the demon Zarathos began building a tremendous power base for himself. His penchant for human souls led him into conflicts with foes such as the Blood cult and the vile Mephisto, who saw Zarathos as a rival. Mephisto ultimately tricked and enslaved Zarathos, rendering the demon amnesiac and trapping him in various mortal forms over many years. This torture eventually dovetailed with another pastime of Mephisto’s – the search for the Medallion of Power, a mystical artifact crafted by the Blood that housed the essence of the original Spirits of Vengeance. The medallion had been broken into shards and embedded into the spiritual bloodline of two families. One of these bloodlines, the Kales, attracted Mephisto’s attention in the 18th century when Noble Kale‘s shard of the Medallion transformed him into a Spirit of Vengeance, the Ghost Rider. Mephisto failed to corrupt Noble at this time, but he kept track of the Kale clan from then on, watching as Noble manifested in the firstborn of every generation. – Read the whole legend of Marvel’s Ghost Rider HERE

The upcoming sequel, riding into theaters February 17th, 2012

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 3, 2011 3:25 PM

    Peter Fonda is the devil in this? That is adorable; although I couldn´t get through the first ten minutes of Ghost Rider…

    The West is the Best and all the legends are all true for the most part. I checked them out.

    “The Cohuilla say a ship came in here once.”
    “If they say it happened, then it did.”
    -Louis L´amour, The Strong Shall Live


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