Sunday, June 25, 2006

 

You Must Have Been a Monstrous Baby, Cause Baby Look at You Now!

Remember when Saturday morning cartoons ran out of ideas, and someone thought it would be smart to take classic characters and explore their early years? What we got was The Flintstone Kids and A Pup Named Scooby Doo. Not the greatest move in the world. Well, before the producers of the Halloween series scrapped plans to delve into Michael Myers' childhood (in favor of greenlighting a remake of the original), that film was going to join the soon-to-be- released prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning as the latest horror franchise to "explain it all." Psycho did it. So did The Exorcist. But most great horror filmmakers know -- things are simply scarier the less they are explained. Do we really need to revisit the beginning? Absolutely not! If you saw Leatherface walking down a dark alley wearing other people's skin for a mask, would you ask him about his troubled childhood? I don't think so. We don't need to know. The mask made of skin and a chainsaw is scary enough. Part of the brilliance of the original film is the fact that Leatherface just appears -- suddenly and violently. We don't need to see, The True Hollywood Story: A Boy And His Chainsaw. In fact, we don't need anymore Chainsaw Massacre films period.

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