Editorial: Haberman's Maniacal Musings - Slashers and Screams
While I’m prepping some serious After Dark interviews for you folks, I wanted to address two things. Just two things. Bear with me with these two things. Journalism? I dunno. A bit bloggy? Sure. Okay – here we go.
The trailers are showin’ up and notions are being built. Not only do I have a fascination with Part 4’s in any franchise, but I also adore Ghostface. Don’t care who’s behind the mask ... don’t care if the plot device works. I want my Ghostface calling with that voice and running around like a blindfolded marathon runner. Not saying I turn my brain off during the entirety of these films – they can be clever and worthy of attention, especially for fans, film fans, fans of film criticism and fans of fan-film-criticism. As a composite of all of the above, I’m sick of hearing about Wes Craven’s recent moves. We know. So as such, here’s to Scre4m and the Ghostface we’re all hoping for: equal parts Prick on the Phone and Bull in a China Shop, with that twist of sweet blood orange I’m hoping Williamson, Craven and o.g. cast members can provide on the sidelines***.
While we’re humping the slasher subject, I’ve come across this cover art plenty of times before, but only got the giggles looking at it today. Granted I had the giggles beforehand. If you would like to go get the giggles yourself before this examination, I recommend it.
Take five to gather your giggles.
Did you do it? Get the giggles? Need help? Here’s this then:
Yeah! Now look at that VHS cover again. I’m pretty sure that’s a UK VHS version of the film. Nevertheless, let’s take a moment to adore the frank advertising: “THE BURNING where they burn, burn, BURN. From the makers of movies that burn, burn, BURN. IF YOU LIKE MOVIES ... where people buuuurrrrn ... then you’ll LOVE ... The BURNING ... where they burn, Burn, BURN!!!” Buy the ticket, take the ride, eh? I mean ... c’mon – “It’s BURN! Feeeel THE BURN!! ‘I’m burning!’ Of course you are, darling ... It’s time for BURN!”
Let us cherish those video covers that explored exactly what their titles implied – technology and geography be damned:
Be back soon with lotsa news.
Happy New Year!
***Those who despise the Scream series and what they stand for would do well to look up Stephen Thrower’s Pre-Postmodern Slasher Seeks Ironic Teen for ‘Meaningful’ Termination. Come back to board to talk smack after that.
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