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#1 thebiz

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 06:25 PM

Indeed there are mysteries aplenty lurking about the edges of TMU. This week's mystery:


The Falling Down Stairs Phenomenon



I vaguely remember some old tmo movies involving things falling down stairs to the delight of onlookers. Was it truly a movement? A genre? A phenomenon? Let's find out...

After extensive research into the TMO Review Archive I documented all of the Falling down Stairs movies that were released on TMO (and had the word stair in them) Heres the facts: On Jan 6 2006, Cult_Inc released "Monkey Falls down Stairs". The 30 second comedy "opus?" generated 31 reviews and allowed Cult_Inc to label it "the movie that spawned a genre!". Less than 3 weeks later more than 40 "falling down stairs" movies had been released on TMO ranging from The Baggage Boy (of course) to Christopher Reeves, Cute Blond German Girls and Bits of Satan. Theres even a four minute pirate themed movie in which nobody falls down stairs. Our own Dulci released "Really Rich Old Guy Falls Down The Stairs", nailed the 'guy at the bottom of the stairs' thumbnail and described it as "Part of the hot new 'falls down stairs' genre."

The best reviewed in the genre included FooDog's Flanigan Fog Falling Down Stairs (77 reviews) and Saskro's Adolf Hitler Falls Down Stairs (75 reviews). Biggest contributors to the genre included Cult_Inc (6 entries), DubbleHelix (4 entries) and SueDenim (3 entries). There was apparently a Falling Down Stairs Contest and a Falling Down Stairs "Club" (though lets be honest, it was no Rotten TMUers).

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Things tailed off quickly though with only a smattering of "falling down stairs" releases until TMO decided to close up shop. At that point both Biggstrek and MarvelousGuppi released the apropo "TMO Falls down Stairs". All that remains today on TMU are Guppi's excellent modfoolery and Tarison's "Foreigner Falls Down Stairs".




The Complete List of TMO Falling Down Stairs Movies:

Alicia Falling Down Stairs (Preview) by Agent_Masquerade – april 22 2006
Ashley Porter Falls Down Stairs by suedenim – January 25 2006
Andrew Preisig Falls Down Stairs by Fire_Works Feb 1 2006
Beevus and Buthead falls down stairs by dubblehellox jan 15 2006
Bits of Satan Fall Down Stairs by cult_inc jan 10 2006
Bulky Robot falls down stairs by LuciusVorenus jan 9 2006
Bush and Clinton Fall Down Stairs by erinnicole93 jan 13 2006
Chicken Flew Down The Stairs by chrishall9 feb 5, 2006
Carrot Top falls down stairs by dubblehellox – Jan 12 2006
Christopher Reeves Falls Down Stairs by herr_lipp Jan 10 2006
Cute Blonde German Girls Fall Down Stairs by suedenim jan 8 2006
Dana Monaco Falls Down Stairs by XanderDaigoji jan 17 2006
Easter Bunny Pushes Bunny Down Stairs by movieman227 Jan 13 2006
Flanagans Fog Falling Down The Stairs by FoDooG jan 16 2006, 77 reviews
Foreigner Falls Down Stairs by Tarison jan 9 2006
Gandhi falls down stairs! by Saskro jan 10 2006
Hitler falls down stairs! by Saskro Jan 8 2006 75 reviews
Jack Macy Falls Down Stairs by skarsten Jan 9 2006 – “You know, for the life of me I have no idea why I did this.” - skarsten
Jason Falls Downstairs! by PamDennis jan 8 2006
Jason Voorhes falls down stairs friday 13th by dubblehellox jan 10 2006
Jeff Corwin Falls Down The Stairs by myrtheus jan 10 2006
Jetgirl Falls Down Stairs by cult_inc jan 8 2006
John Hannibal Smith Falls down the Stairs by Makka83 – Jan 30 2008. “I love it when a falling down the stairs movie comes together. “ - thebiz
King Kong 1940 falls down stairs by dubblehellox – jan 9 2006
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra Falls Down Stairs by suedenim Jan 11 2006
Luckiest [play nice now!] Ever Falls Down Stairs by mixmasterfestus jan 8 2006
Massive Fall Down Stairs by FredTheDuck April 2, 2007
Megan Muldoon Falls Down Stairs by Pimpinc Jan 20 2006
Michael Jackson Falls Down Stairs by herr_lipp January 9, 2006
Monkey Falls Down Stairs by cult_inc Jan 6, 2006
Monkey Falls Down Stairs SE Remake by cult_inc May 2, 2007
Mr Important Studio Man Falls Down Stairs by Deikon Jan 10 2006
Napoleon Dynamite Falls Down The Stairs by GatorWhiz
Nobody Falls Down the Stairs by mrkeithmaniac Jan 17 2006 (4+ minutes)
Ozzy Osbourne Falls Down Stairs by myrtheus jan 12 2006
Potty Mouthed Chicken Falls Down Stairs by Rhynox980 jan 8 2006
Really Rich Old Man Falls Down Stairs by Dulci – Jan 8 2006, “Part of the hot new "falls down stairs" genre.” - dulci
Santa Falls Down Stairs by GatorWhiz jan 9 2006
Spiderman Falls Down Stairs by cult_inc Jan 17 2006
SPY VS SPY-FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS by Fire_Works Jan 19 2006
Stalin Falls Down Stairs by Tigerlover Jan 14 2006 – “Stalin is representative of the Communist ideology, and the '90's grunge girl' represents an Americanised version of Capitalism. The fall of communism is represented here by Stalin's fall down the stairs, aided by capitalism as it was in real life. The girl's horror at her actions represents the realisation that without a counter-ideology, all that's left is pure, selfish, unadalterated Capitalism, which is a monster as it reduces a person's worth to a number. The girl, like the world, is slowly realising that the monster is herself.” - cult inc
Steve Irwin Falls Down The Stairs by myrtheus Jan 9 2006
Stoner Dude Falls Down Stairs by cult_inc Jan 9 2006
Telemarketer Falls Down Stairs by XanderDaigoji Jan 16 2006
The Baggage Boy Falls Down The Stairs by MovieMogul600 May 21 2006
TMO Falls Down Stairs by biggstrek – Nov 23 2008 - I didn't see any point to that. WOW, I mean WOW, that could of have been so much better. From your previous work like UPM, which was great this definatly doesn't live up to your potential. Very dissapointing. All this movie tells us is nothing, there you have it, my honest view on it. Nice idea but wasn't a good movie. I think if you took more time on this, you would of have made it as good as your previous work. 2/5 overall. - derbyrams
Video Capture Falls Down Stairs by Video_Capture – Feb 11 2006
Video Captures Bro Falls Down Stairs by Video_Capture jun 20 2006

Edited by thebiz, 25 March 2015 - 06:42 PM.

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Posted 25 March 2015 - 06:47 PM

I like this thread idea! I'd completely forgotten about the "Falling Down Stairs" trend! Also FoDooG, there's a name I haven't heard in a long time...

Will be looking forward to hearing more of these mysteries.. :yes:
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 07:24 PM

WOW! Now thats a comprehensive thread.
I wasnt aware of this movement, seemed to happen a full year before me, but ...77 REVIEWS!
This is gold.
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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:26 PM

Cool idea Biz and lots of potential for plenty 'o' good memories and movies here...great stairs list for starters:-)

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:15 AM

hmmm, I could have sworn I uploaded my 'Stair movie onto TMU. Guess I only bragged about it on my profile page.

If I can find the old flick, I shall put it up (so it can fall down!)

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:38 AM

And here it is!



or...

http://www.tmundergr...lls-Down-Stairs
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:45 AM

How about those modding tools? Nice shot Biggsy.
So how bout em?
Dammit I love this.
Setup a new stair falling comp NOW?
Not ashamed to say FUCK yes.
Stair fallin comp begins NOW?
Any platform.
I can FALL down stairs by god with the best of em!s
This is where we just hold random f off comps fer fun.....Yes lets fall down the effing stairs, even the ancient KenWhite could get in on this.
SOMEBODY MAKE A THREAD BEFORE I FREAK OUT AND GET BOOTED!
Comps.
Fall down the fuking stairs? I simply CANNOT get enuff.

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 08:18 AM

Damn it Susan, I think that just might work!
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 12:49 PM

Falling Down Stairs comp would be pretty awesome lol :P
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Posted 26 March 2015 - 01:23 PM

If anyone were interested in doing a falling down stairs movie with iclone, I have an Iclone basement prop I can give you (or the sketchup model if preferred. Just email me at thebiz.movies at gmail.com and let me know.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 12:47 PM

OKAY, let's do this!! Sounds like a good idea for a simple starting Contest for TMU.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 05:00 PM

But what ever would you win?

How about a chance to record your own acceptance speech and stand in the glow of your peers approval before you are hit on the back of the head with the 2015 Falling Down Stairs Trophy and then of course....fall down some stairs.


And you get to keep the sketchup/iclone trophy.

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 06:39 PM

Sounds like a plan!
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Posted 28 March 2015 - 04:55 AM

Thank god Biggs took that scathing review to heart and went on to make "The Haunter of the Dark"!

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:24 PM

Thank god Biggs took that scathing review to heart and went on to make "The Haunter of the Dark"!


Derbyrams saved my career... lol

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Posted 28 March 2015 - 03:25 PM

But what ever would you win?

How about a chance to record your own acceptance speech and stand in the glow of your peers approval before you are hit on the back of the head with the 2015 Falling Down Stairs Trophy and then of course....fall down some stairs.


And you get to keep the sketchup/iclone trophy.

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Can someone print that in 3D...? (Wish I could! I'd print the sh*t out of it!)

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 04:58 PM

Okay so when is this comp happening? :P
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Posted 02 April 2015 - 05:37 PM

Haha! I remember the "Falls Down Stairs" movies really well. "King Kong 1940 falls down stairs" was the first one I remember watching. "Mr Important Studio Man", "Beevus and Buthead, "Carrot Top", "Steve Irwin" and "Jeff Corwin" were some of my favorites.

I also remember "Christopher Reeves Falls Down Stairs", that was a hilariously mean-spirited one.
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Posted 02 April 2015 - 05:56 PM

Okay so when is this comp happening? :P


I spent too many hours over the last weekend sucked into a "figuring out how to make an iclone physics ragdoll" vortex and was in the end unsuccessful which zapped my enthusiasm and therein created within me an urge to write run-on sentences. I suppose I could keyframe the guy or link him to a big box and watch him plip around like he's inside a spirograph (this is the more likely solution - embrace the crapacity!). Anywho, all this is to say I have not picked up the gauntlet of leadership on this event.

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 06:04 PM

Couldn't we do it in the same way Johnny Ex managed his recent comp? ie A forum thread + vote ...after a chosen interval.
I'm really aware just how much theBiz does already on this site + managing Twitter, maybe we are expecting too much?
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