Friday, January 4, 2013
Oliver Longden of BRUTAL AS HELL contemplates THE DIRECT TO VIDEO DEATH OF HELLRAISER
Horror franchises fade and die just like other organisms. What starts off as a vibrant exciting premise winds up puking and shitting itself to death in abject confusion while the rest of society does their best to ignore it like an embarrassing relative in a nursing home. Rarely has this been more true than with the Hellraiser franchise which starts with a film of unique and uncompromising vision and ends a senile dog desperately in need of being put down with a hammer.
Hellraiser is one of the best horror movies of all time. It has been hugely influential and despite featuring some of the most horrifying eighties hairdos ever committed to tape it still has the power to both shock and arouse even in these jaded times. A young woman becomes trapped in a deadly game with the otherworldly Cenobites, sadomasochistic voyagers to the limits of sensation. Three sequels were made, none of which could hold a candle to the original movie. The last, Hellraiser: Bloodlines, was a such an artistic failure that the director refused to put his name to it, insisting on being credited with a pseudonym. That was in 1996 and it felt like Hellraiser had creatively run its course and been put to bed. One great film, three indifferent sequels. Enough good stuff to make the fancy boxed set worth buying if you saw it cheap...
TWIN PEAKS is coming back? Is it possible? Probably not but we can dream can't we?
From ARROW IN THE HEAD
If there's one thing TWIN PEAKS has taught me, it is that the owls are not always what they seem. As such, you may want to take the following rumor with a grain of salt: TWIN PEAKS could be returning to television under the guidance of co-creators Mark Frost and David Lynch.
Twin Peaks Archive and many other sites are buying into a rumor that David Lynch has met with NBC to lay out the groundwork for a third season. This is supposedly substantiated based on a quote from Mark Frost in a previous interview that said a third season was something he and Lynch “talk about from time to time." Frost added, perhaps a little hopefully, "If we ever do decide to move forward, I know we have a rich trove to draw from.”
Warning-- TWIN PEAKS spoilers ahead. According to an Anonymous source:
-Season 3 is set the same amount of time it has been since season 2
-Lynch wants to be very hands on with the project but the executives were very open about how "unusual his tastes were. They seemed a little on edge about him tackling it.
-Lynch wants most of the cast back.
-The story would revolve around the fact that good Cooper is still in the lodge, and a young (female!) reporter will basically uncover the truth behind TWIN PEAKS, BOB, and the lodge.
-Since season 2, bad Cooper has been in prison in another state for the murder of 2 TWIN PEAKS residents. He didn't know which ones yet. It seems since season 2 bad Cooper went on a rampage. Everyone still thinks it's the real Cooper.
-Lynch was adamant that the show opens by recreating the first red room scene in season 1. This takes place modern day, and was a hunt that Cooper would be trapped within the red room.
All that smells like B.S. to me, but Moviehole is also reporting that series cast members like Catherine E. Coulson (The Log Lady) have been contacted about reprising their roles. So it is possible that the wheels are starting to turn for a revival. I might buy that, but until we have official word from Frost, Lynch, and series star Kyle MacLachlan, let's all just approach this news using our Dale Cooper-like sense of reason....
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Happy 2013 everyone! It is going to be a bold new year...
...full of the same old crap!
We're all in this together folks!