I had no idea that Key & Peele were playing characters in the new film! I'm already loving it!
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
We do slip down a few odd side roads that were not on the original map. Besides a brief discussion of Dario Argento's late trilogy wrap-up MOTHER OF TEARS (there's a good reason) we also find creative new ways to relate the tale of Coffin Joe to modern stories of note. In fact, I'm pretty sure that this will be the first podcast to ever link the horror output of Jose Mojica Marins to the TV shows It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia and Better Call Saul. Visions of monsters might be universal across all cultures in some surprising ways. We do our best to not lean too hard into the Catholic criticism that seems such a vital part of the subtext of the world of Coffin Joe. We get a few Mormon jokes in there to level things out a little! Sorry.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Friday, November 09, 2018
"They were all collaborations. The filmmaking process is a team effort. A screenwriter cannot possibly do exactly what he wants, as if he was writing a novel. When I write a novel I am God at my own typewriter and there is nobody in between. But when I write a screenplay it must be a compromise because there are so many elements which are outside the writer's province."
That sums up so much of the mercurial nature of film-making and expresses the futility of being too precious about the work. James Cameron once used the analogy of 'Everyone pissing into the same bucket' to describe the collaborative process of screenwriting. Sounds like they were on the same page.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Sunday, November 04, 2018
Possibly the biggest problem the film has (at least in the two hour cut) is that in certain scenes the CGI seems unfinished. This is true most especially in the opening in which Christopher Lee is reduced to half his normal height - or length, really. This is unfortunate because the practical effects work by KNB is spectacular. They're called on to visualize some very interesting mummy effects although their actual mummy doesn't appear until the last third of the story. For most of the running time they bring the mummy's supernaturally mobile wrappings to life and their work is excellent. But the matching CGI work is often pretty dodgy making some shots a bit jarring and less impressive overall. This is a shame as the film is very well shot with some beautiful, moody cinematography and very nice sets in which all the creepy things happen.
The oddest casting choice, though, was Jason Scott Lee playing police detective Riley. Mr. Lee is very American but there he is anyway playing a Scotland Yard cop leading the investigation into the various deaths surrounding the mummy shenanigans. The script makes a half-hearted attempt to justify this bizarre choice with a quick line about Riley being a former LAPD police officer now working in
WTF? Was the star of DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY (1993) and THE JUNGLE BOOK
(1994) really seen as someone with so much drawing power that he should lead
this film? No disrespect to Mr. Lee, because he is quite good in the role, but
wouldn't an English actor have fit the part just a little bit better? Or, given
his name, an Irish one? Why further complicate this very busy tale with an
obvious American in a very British role? London
I know I'm probably alone in my interest in this mostly forgotten film. When I call for a Blu-Ray special edition with all versions of the movie and a pyramid full of extra features I'm sure I'm shouting into the abyss. But I'm also sure that - at it's longer length - this film could become a favorite with horror fans. It's far from perfect but there is a lot that is very good in this overlooked effort. Should I start a writing campaign to get Scream Factory interested? Or am I wasting my time? Does anyone else out there share my fascination with this one?