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New Target For Catherine Hardwicke

The terror hottie that had so big a hand in bringing us Twilight–Catherine Hardwicke–has a new target in mind for trying to keep you up nights.  She’s working on an adaptation of, get this!…Little Red Riding Hood.  But in the standard Catherine Hardwicke sense, there will be a love triangle involved, and even more standardly, it will involve teenagers.

Now, most of us are familiar with the whole Little Red Riding Hood concept, but what not everyone’s already aware of is that Little Red Riding Hood has darker endings that generally aren’t taking into account.  Some versions have Red Riding Hood facing off against a werewolf.  Others have Red Riding Hood get eaten in the end.

The first might be more sinister than the second in this case.  Werewolves.  Catherine Hardwicke.  The woman who may well be most responsible for damaging the vampire genre, aside from Stephenie Meyer herself, wants to tackle werewolves next? I cringe for the genre.

I weep too, frankly.

Twilight–Theatrical Horror’s Curtain Call

Sometimes I truly wonder about the fate of the horror film industry. I truly do. Catherine Hardwicke’s vampire-werewolf teen horror movie Twilight is well on its way to its December 12th release date–a theatrical release, no less–and the official stills are starting to make themselves known.

Twilight gives us the story of a high school girl who falls in love with a vampire, and thus arouses the ire of a rival vampire clan. Based on that, it’s really rather hard to believe that this thing got theatrical distribution because it’s so exceedingly laughable. It’s like one of those cheesy little novels you find on the shelves at bookstores under the “young adult” section. As though, for some reason, there needs to be a bridge between Dr. Seuss and Stephen King.

Excuse me if I can’t see this one doing very well at the theatres, giving naysayers like myself one more opportunity to say that theatrical horror is slowly dying off because they’re spending too much money to get too little return. The reason, of course, is because originality and theatrical horror have been two mutually exclusive concepts for entirely too long now.

If this is the best the theatres can scrape together then maybe they deserve the financial Armageddon they’re bringing down on their own heads.