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Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys because we’re talking 2000’s Ginger Snaps and 2004’s Cursed and we’re joined by Sean Conway of the film Dead Til Death.
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We start by talking about some of the stuff involving horror recently. Sean talks about his recent film Dead Til Death, the inspiration behind it, the making of it, and some of his future projects. We briefly talk about Nia DaCosta’s new Candyman film, and Sean talks about catching the newest entry in the Saw franchise Spiral: From The Book Of Saw.
We start with Ginger Snaps. We begin by giving a summary of the film and Justin talks about how when the film first came out he resisted seeing it because he thought it looked dumb but was proven wrong. We briefly talk about Liam’s belief that there are very few actually good werewolf movies and how this is one of them, and how it also functions as a body horror film. We talk about how the film unfortunately gets written off merely as a dated period piece from the early aughts.
Sean talks about how the film’s werewolf element functions more as an engine to tackle a deeper theme than a simple monster movie. Justin talks about how the film is a compelling story about universal ideas when it comes to growing up that, as Sean earlier stated, functions without a werewolf element.
Liam then successfully attempts to argue that the film isn’t as horny as Justin accused it of being. Liam and Justin talk about the challenges of the teenage years of their daughter and niece respectively, and how the film also touches upon the fear parents have of their children becoming someone they don’t know, or the fear of watching your children become strangers.
We briefly talk about how the film sidesteps the concept of constructing a mythos for the werewolf and avoids the shortcoming a lot of werewolf projects fall prey to. Justin recommends the comic book series Ferals and the book Ravenous by Ray Garton that treats lycanthropy as something akin to STIs.
Up next is Cursed. We give a summary of the film, and then talk about the troubled history of the production the film had, including the scrapping of the original practical effects by makeup SFX legend Rick Baker. Justin talks about the uneven nature of the film, in that much of the film is somewhat hackey but there are a few truly frightening scenes.
We talk about how the cast is, for the time, somewhat “star studded”. Liam argues that the film is mostly fun despite his early misgivings based on it being a “late era” Wes Craven film and having an extremely stupid scene involving a werewolf dog. We discuss the idea of when a movie has potential but falls short, we tend to be particularly harsh on it, and similarly when a film is largely bad but has a few decent parts it can be fun.
Liam brings up how the film has a slightly comedic tone that is at odds with much of Craven’s catalog. We talk again about how the film took years longer than intended due to reshoots at the request of the studio and how the original plot was vastly different than the finished product. We touch upon how this is an example of a film in which the unreleased original cut might be an improvement upon the theatrical release.
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