Posted May 24 2006 - 04:17 AM
| Originally Posted by Jack Johnson |
Hooper's was so stylistically aggressive people forgot there was a narrative. My best guess on why it was dismissed, at least...
Without wanting to threadjack, yes, that's pretty much how I remember that story. I'd read the original Matheson story, and I still couldn't find the narrative thread. The strange thing to me, though, was that the aggressive style was so antithetical to Hooper ... or, at least, the classic Hooper of TCM. It reminded me much more of the Hooper who made 'The Mangler'; now, I had fun watching 'The Mangler', but not because it was *good*, if you get me ...
I don't mean to knock Hooper's MoH ... The only two I thought were really good were 'Jennifer' [say what you like about the aesthetic, it was the only episode that was genuinely creepy] and 'Incident On and Off a Mountain Road' [possibly only because I'm a Joe Lansdale fan]. I thought Hooper's was much better than, say, 'Chocolate', 'The Deer Woman' (a horror-comedy where the attempts at comedy are terrible, and the attempts at horror are hilarious), or the Joe Dante one (which, I thought, had a wonderful idea but got WAAAAAY buried in overtly explaining what should've been the subtext). I even liked it more than 'Cigarette Burns', which I thought was highly over-rated. It was definitely one of the better eps; I'd pick it up once the price drops.
I'm up in the air over this new TCM2 ... I like the movie, in a completely different way than the first one (and I understand people who don't, because it's so different), but I don't know that I'll rush out to upgrade immediately. Part of why I own it at all is that it was so cheap.
But if they get interviews with Kinky Friedman about why he's in it, I'm there.