BRECK EISNER TALKS THE CRAZIES
Now that the dust has settled and The Crazies remake is making its home video debut, we caught up with director Breck Eisner to talk about all of the horrors he faced while working on the project.
The first thing we discussed was what it was like to walk in Romero’s footsteps …
“Without Romero this movie wouldn’t have gotten made,” says Eisner. “About two months before it was getting released, I set up a screening just for him of The Crazies up in Toronto, and he watched it alone. I called him the next morning, and this was an incredibly nerve-wracking call as up until this point I had never really talked to the man. I didn’t know what to expect; all I knew was that I just remade his movie and he had sat alone at 9:00 AM in Toronto and watched it.
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MOST OVERUSED HORROR MOVIE DIALOGUE
Watch any trailer for a horror film, and you’ll hear the same lines of dialogue repeated over and over again – likely chosen for their visceral, sound bite-friendly qualities, these lines of dialogue have nevertheless become grindingly repetitive, generic placeholders that have in the intervening years transformed into groan/laughter-inducing moments of artistic bankruptcy (welcome to the world of advertising!). While sometimes it’s all in the name of snappy, attention-grabbing ads designed to appeal to the widest (read: dumbest) possible audience (take it from me when I say that Hollywood executives see us “common people” as a bunch of mouth-breathing troglodytes), often it’s indicative of the films themselves – written by lazy screenwriters with blasters set to “autopilot”. Here, then, is my list of the ten most odious, and overused, lines (words?) of dialogue used in horror films today, listed in the sequence in which they would likely be spoken in a typical movie.
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PUTTING THE ENVIRONMENT INTO SCI-FI MOVIES
I do think it’s pretty likely that in the future we’re going see science-fiction movies on these themes, although I think the proximate cause will be less about the oil spill and more about a gusher of another sort: Avatar, which was (at least nominally) an environmentally conscious science-fiction film and which, as we all know, brought in a couple of billion and change at the worldwide box office. There were folks who derided it for its environmental messages, just as there were people who derided it for its story — depictions of the native inhabitants of Pandora, etc. — but, in the end, it’s money that provides the lessons for the movie studios, and, in this particular case, the lesson would be this: environmental themes don’t (necessarily) hurt your box office.
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TIMOTHY OLYPHANT AS SNAKE PLISSKEN
Director Breck Eisner is itching to work with hisCrazies lead Timothy Olyphant again, but does this mean there’s a spot for him in Eisner’s upcoming Escape From New York remake? Sounds like there’s a chance.
In an interview with MovieWeb, Eisner was asked about teaming up with Olyphant again. And as opposed to giving the usual non-answer Eisner sang the praises of Olyphant’s Plissken potential:
“Creatively, he would be great for it. We have not yet discussed internally within the studio who will play Snake Plissken.”
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My favorite most overused line in horror movies that is so unnecessary is “Please….please…don’t hurt me”. You KNOW they’re gonna hurt you…so why bother! You think the killer looks the way they do, all mangled looking, blood dripping down their weapon of choice and will decide to change their mind the last minute and break out some daisies and hand em’ to you? Come on! What’s you favorite overused line of dialogue?
Escape From New York was bad ass when it first came out. Kurt Russell embodied Snake Plissken perfectly. But now it’s time to change the guard and Timothy Olyphant would be perfect. He has that poker face pensive look down to a science and has quite a range that I think is yet untapped. What do you think?