What would it be like to have a dad from the movies as your real dad? This Father's Day, before you think about trading in the man whose loins from which you fruited, consider the good and bad parts about being related to the following guys...
Obviously, no one's dying to see Underworld: Rise of Lycans. I'm not saying that anyone is. I'm just saying that if maybe you've seen everything that's out already and come next Friday night you're thinking, "Hey, I don't mind spending 12 bucks to see some vampires and werewolves fight," the way I see it there are a lot of reasons to be dissuaded. Nine, to be exact.
If you like Star Trek, then it seems like somebody wants you to get out to Best Buy or Blockbuster this week, since there are a ton of DVD releases catering to lovers of sci-fi and fantasy. And Charlie Sheen, who's kind of a combination of both! Plus, Liam Neeson's biggest movie since The Phantom Menace.
My mom always tells the story of when she was a kid and had to walk home from the theater after seeing Hitchcock's The Birds. She grew up on a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan, and she had to cross a bridge that always had seagulls on or around it in order to get to her house. My mother is a strong woman, but I think that scarred her for life, and me in turn. I know it can be said for a lot of people, but Jaws screwed me up. Even pools freaked me out as a kid. The only thing that tempered me and has allowed me to function as a normal, swimming adult has been Shark Week. Seriously, I mean, you learn about what you're afraid of and it helps calm the fear. Unfortunately, there's probably not going to be a Discovery Channel show that is going to help calm the nerves of those few folks that are bound to be freaked out by the deep in the upcoming screen adaptation of comic Atlantis Rising.
I swear to God that this is my last blog post about vampires, werewolves or Witchblade for a while. I know, I talk about one or the other pretty much every day in the Moviefile, but they're all pretty awesome, and we just happen to be living at the right time to be fans of these things. And since I just happened to stumble across a couple of news items involving werewolves and vampires, I thought I'd clue you all in. If you're not interested, scroll down and read about Jennifer Lopez; if you are, then read on...if you dare!
After a long and bumpy road, Benicio Del Toro's Wolfman remake is finally coming out next Friday. Its release dates have shuffled around a bit in the past, making critics wonder if it's because the studio fears the film is bad. We haven't seen it yet, but the cast (Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving also star) and transformation effects in the trailers look interesting, at the very least. So we're tentatively excited! And in the spirit of that excitement, I've put together a little list of my favorite werewolves and Lycans of films past. Howl at the moon with me (and my list), will you?