Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I have to say I have a huge soft spot for the movies where popular authors try their hand as directors. I’m a legitimately big fan (and not in a so-bad-it’s-good way, I don’t believe in that way of watching movies, but that’s a whole other discussion) of Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive and I quite like Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.
It’s just really interesting to me watching these guys big personalities play in a field that is new and fresh for them. They do things weirdly, so these admittedly cheesy movies end up with an almost experimental undercurrent that gives them a fascinating identity.
Take today’s featured movie, Nightbreed, for example. He cast director David Cronenberg as pretty big character, which kind of blows my mind. I know Cronenberg cameo’d in some of his films before, but it’d be like if someone cast Hitchcock in a movie in the ‘50s. How nuts is that?
The whole tone of the film is weird and unlike Mr. King this wasn’t Barker’s first time bringing his work to the screen. Hellraiser has similarly bizarre and unsettling tone.
Anyway, I’m rambling, but my point is looking at these films from a cinema history perspective is really interesting to me. They were very powerful in their fields and that bought them some interesting leverage to make these out-there movies.
Here’s Barker and Cronenberg on the set of Nightbreed. Apologies the pic isn’t bigger, but it’s still pretty neat. Enjoy!
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Tomorrow’s pic takes a close look at a rather cool (but not edible) prop from an ‘80s horror franchise film.