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Monday, October 25, 2010

Wild Card: Cursed

So, imagine that it's the 80's and you are a Hollywood movie producer looking to bank on the next big heartthrob. Where's that heartthrob going to come from? Television! But where? Hey, Family Ties is where they found Michael J. Fox! Didn't you hear the girls in the coffee shop - wait, sorry, it's the 80's - frozen yogurt shop - giggling about Mallory's dreamy new greaser boyfriend? What was his name? Fonzie! No, wait, wrong decade. . . Nick! That's it! Nick!
Now, what would be a good movie premise? Romantic comedy, of course, but with a twist - a fantasy/horror twist. Yes! The hunky heartthrob guy turns into a werewolf! No, that was Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox. A vampire! No, Once Bitten. Jim Carrey. Boy, that kid is going nowhere. Wait! You've got it! A demon! The heartthrob is cursed to turn into a demon whenever he is sexually aroused, which complicates things when he meets the girl of his dreams! Brilliant! And you'll call it . . . My Demon Lover! This will be a goldmine!
Meh. Not so much.
Did they mention that Scott Valentine is in this?
I actually really like this movie, and I was thinking about it as a good Halloween movie for people looking for lighter fare. I looked it up on and read a one-star review that absolutely savaged the film for its flimsy plot and bad acting. Okay, okay, it's not exactly a masterpiece of film-making, but it's only rated a 3.4 out of 10 on IMDb, and I really don't think that's quite fair - especially when Weekend at Bernie's gets a 5.9.
The plot is a bit contrived, but is it really any more contrived than Teen Wolf, Ghostbusters, or Back to the Future? No, not really. Is the acting bad? Some of it isn't great, but, come on, Weekend at Bernie's, people. Really? Scott Valentine does pretty well with a very strange role and Michele Little (spelled "Michelle" in this film) is absolutely one of the most adorable creatures on the planet. The make-up effects are pretty impressive, the story is told well by director Charlie Loventhal (who directs a film on average about every 8 years or so), the leads are likeable, and the gags are fun. On the "Weekend-at-Bernie's-gets-a-5.9" scale, I'd give this at least an 8. (On the real-world scale, a 6, with a 1 point bump for nostalgic fun.)
This film is a bit hard to find, though. It doesn't appear to have been released on DVD yet (and may never be), but there are a few used VHS copies on Amazon. An enterprising fan has uploaded the entire film in parts to YouTube, though the quality isn't great for the nighttime scenes. No one appears to have raised a fuss about the copyright, but who knows how long it will be there.
I didn't want to put this on a Friday Film Buff because it is so hard to find, but, if you can find it, I think you'll get a kick out of it. I do.
And to whomever wrote that scathing 1-star review on IMDb: friend, you really need to lighten up.
Oh, and one more thing I love about this movie: the soundtrack. Check out this clip of the final credits sequence featuring "Let Go" by Intimate Strangers. (Cover your eyes for the first minute if you don't want to be "spoiled" by the very, very end of the movie, but come on, I did say "romantic comedy," didn't I?)

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