Discussions of specific films and franchises.
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- Joined: Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:34 pm
I watched twenty minutes of this and gave up. I'm going to try and get around to watching all of it (I paid $50 for it (!) because as any Australian who hangs around pompous bookstores knows R1 import DVDs are dangerously overpriced here) but not looking forward to it. I love this film's aesthetics and the always incredible Susan Tyrrell but jesus christ its empty and self-conscious attempts at weirdness were grating as hell. So many interesting and creative little moments destroyed by awful "quirky" music and shrill amateur actors who hit you over the head with the fact that they're "in on the joke too"! There's no hilarious social commentary like John Waters and Russ Meyer, who while camp and knowingly so, at least take their films seriously on some level. The "weirdness" just feels shallow and bogus to me. Its the Juno of cult films!
- Joined: Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:01 am
- Joined: Tue Nov 02, 2004 9:28 pm
It's a silly film, with a cool score. It's never been close to being a favorite of mine, but if you're a Danny Elfman fan it's worth checking out (the DVD extras, for me, are more interesting that the actual feature, though). I can see how some would think that lathering the picture with the 'colorization' process may add to the overall tone, but I always felt that part of what made The Forbidden Zone distinctive was that the black and white in this specific case lent an "underground comics" vibe that sort of recalled the era of Robert Crumb and the like, not to mention the old Betty Boop and Felix and Cat cartoons.