The third in a triumvirate of late summer/early autumn horror animations and the most hotly anticipated in my eyes, Frankenweenie is a feature length remake of the short film that Director Tim Burton made while working for Disney that got him fired twenty-eight years ago. Over a quarter of a century later and with a back catalogue of hits under his belt, Disney invited Burton to remake his short for them. A homage to early talkie Hollywood horror and filmed in black and white stop motion, Frankenweenie is the story of a young boy called Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) who loses his only childhood friend, his dog Sparky. Whilst in science class and having seen a dead frog have his legs manipulated by electricity, Victor gets the idea to try the same thing with his deceased dog and is successful in reanimating Sparky. Although he tries to keep it a secret it isn’t long before other children from school find out and blackmail Victor into helping them to do the same thing. The results of their experiments though are much less successful and lead to a horde of rampaging monsters that threaten the town.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
"Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice"
A young couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are driving back from town one day when they crash their car and die. It takes them a while to realise though as they end up back in their house but with a new family, father (Jeffrey Jones), Step-mum (Catherine O’Hara) and Goth Daughter (Winona Ryder) moving in. As they become aware of their death they try to haunt the family in order to get them to leave but despite turning to the ‘Handbook for the Recently Deceased’ for help, they are unable to be seen. Instead they turn to a bio-exorcist called Betelgeuse, a crazed, perverted and unstable dead man who agrees to help scare the family off.
Unbelievably I’d never seen this film before having confused it in my head with Candyman, a film I saw aged about seven which caused nightmares for months. I’m so glad I’ve finally watched this bizarre comedy/horror. The film contains everything that the best Tim Burton films do; odd characters and locations, unusual and distinctive sets and darkly comic plotlines.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
"Tell me, future dweller, what is the year?"
Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is the son of a wealthy English family who move to
Maine, in the late
18th Century. After spurning the affections of servant/secret with,
Angelique (Eva Green) he falls in love with local girl Josette (Bella
Heathcote). Angelique, unable to bear seeing someone else with Barnabas, kills
his parents and Josette and turns Barnabas into a vampire. 200 years later it’s
1972 and Barnabas is unearthed from a coffin which the townsfolk placed him in
and attempts to reconnect with his living family and rebuild the great Collins
Tim Burton appears to be on a bad run at the moment. His last two films 9 and Alice in Wonderland were critical failures though
proved to be extremely popular at the box office. It is my feeling that Alice is currently
favouring style over substance and that is evident in his latest offering. Tim
Burton has no trouble creating beautifully odd looking sets, characters and
films but it is one thing to make a film that ‘looks Tim Burton’ and another to
make a film that is any good. The film has all the gothic grace of Tim Burton’s
finest and he manages to meld this with a 70s look which works quite well.
Details of both periods look great and work well together. The set dressing, clothes
and music are all spot on. Where the film falls down is in the plot. Burton