Pete and Vinny discuss some of their favorite Christmas stories!
Growing up in the 90s, I think my generation was the last to really know and appreciate what a horror television show host could be. Sure, Svengoolie is doing a terrific job these days, but I think most kids are more apt to look through Netflix. When I was a kid, I would sneak into the living room when my parents were asleep so I could watch horror movies on late night TV. One of my earliest memories was a movie with an old horror host fighting vampires. Later on, I would find out that this movie was Fright Night.
Return of the Living Dead is one of my favorite horror franchises and both the first and second film have a good balance of comedy and horror. However, when it came time to do the third movie, director Brian Yuzna wanted to take a different approach.
Though I can’t remember what movie I went to see, I’ll never forget the reaction to one of the trailers that played before it. For about two minutes, they watched the trailer for Devil, as they had the others. That was until a name appeared on screen: M. Night Shyamalan. At that point, the audience began to boo and laugh.
Guillermo Del Toro is an amazing writer and director. I am hard pressed to think of one of his movies that I didn’t enjoy. Of course, some are stronger than others and, in my opinion, Pan’s Labyrinth is his masterpiece. I remember when I first saw it in the theater, walking out and knowing that I had seen what a movie should be.
In the days of the video store, a ton of weird movies would end up on the shelves. Some were better than others, and some were just unwatchable. They would lure you in with cover art, but you’d soon discover that the content within was worlds away from what you were promised. There was no way to check out a trailer or google search reviews on your phone, you just had to take a gamble. Or maybe ask one of the workers or patrons if they knew anything about the movie.
Crafting a sequel to any successful film is a daunting task. Fan expectations can be high, bizarre and even unreasonable. This is a weight that a creator must ignore to a certain extent in order to produce something of value. Perhaps the key to a good sequel is taking the established world and then throwing something unexpected at it. Think The Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight. Both take their prequels and throw a few more wrenches into the works. Respect is maintained for the previous work but the audience is provided with a more complex narrative created by both films, or as many as the line maintains. In the best case scenario, you end up with work that shatters the perception of the original and improves on it. Creating a sequel to a great film, which doesn’t necessarily have room for improvement, must be even harder.