Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Misery (part 2)

If you only watch one-half of one teen version of Misery this year, make this the half you watch! There's so many choice cuts here, I'm gonna need to bust out the bullet points:

* The opening action scene marks my pioneering of the hold-the-boombox-up-to-the-camera method of making a movie soundtrack. Sadly, my genius goes unrecognized to this day.

* My dorky performance as the good-ol'-boy sheriff has two highlights. First, at the end of the "I don't reckon he's dead" scene, you can hear me skid my tires off the driveway. (I was just learning to drive.) Second, I get shot. Finally!

* While it's cute that Paul gets his foot sawed off with a butter knife in our version, where's the gore!? I was probably afraid to get my parents' room all bloody. If I had a nickel for every time I said that.

* If only the real Misery ended with Paul screaming "Die! Die! Die!" before dispatching the psycho with a punch. Yes, a single, manly punch.

Overall, though, Misery is much more comprehensible than what came before it (or after it). Why? The only thing I can think of is the absence of Joe. Sorry, Joe.

[See bits of the original script here!]

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At July 23, 2009 at 12:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

rule 1: credits cannot last 1/3 of the entire running time. Love the special effects with the cars. Having never seen the original movie, I can only assume that it would please me equally.

This is a cut above the rest, to be sure, and your editing is for the most part far more advanced than you are given credit for given the constraints. Once he's in the house, the rhythm is really well done.

At November 16, 2009 at 10:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see Smitty's got the axe? Explain, please.

At November 16, 2009 at 10:59 AM , Blogger DK said...

Yes, we moved to typed credits at this point. Printed out on our Apple IIe at about 1 page per five minutes.


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