So, I have to wonder, does it ever occur that people in Hollywood set out, “Producers”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0063462/-like, to intentionally make a really, really bad movie?
Because, honestly, I can’t come up with any other reason that An American Werewolf in Paris would have been made. I scanned it–ah, the joys of TiVo because I have a lot of affection for An American Werewolf in London, an altogether better, if lower budget, movie that, like Logan’s Run, has the added bonus of having Jenny Agutter (who, I find, has not actually been in a movie I’ve seen since 1987) nekkid.
This brings up, an interesting, if trivial, question for which Google has not been able to produce an answer: in the movie, Julie Delpy character’s name is Serafine (sometimes spelled Seraphine). In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, one of the characters, who is, incidentally, a werewolf, also has the name Seraphine, although she goes by Angua. So, is the name some sort reference that Google can’t find, or is Terry Pratchett inexplicably a fan of the movie (since I believe the appearance of that name only dates back to 1999, a couple of years later)?
(Incidentally, there is a very weird site I stumbled upon in my search, Otaku World. Actually, it’s not so much the site that is weird as the fact that they have “a whole section of “”paper dolls”:http://otakuworld.com/kiss/”. One of which is supposedly an illustration of Angua, although it looks nothing like any illustration I’ve seen before.)
And, finally, one of those weird bits of interconnectedness.
When I was four or five–while my mom and my infant brother and I were living in Birmingham with various relatives while my dad was stuck in Korea for a year (and I don’t know how the fuck one maintains a relationship at that distance for that long; three months and a couple hundred miles is tough, I can’t imagine that)–I insisted that I wanted to stay up and watch the movie Trilogy of Terror, and that I wouldn’t be scared, etc.
(I suspect many people haven’t seen the original, but The Simpson’s Halloween episode where the Krusty doll comes to life and tries to kill Homer is based on it.)
Anyway, predictably, I was scared shitless. I had nightmares from that movie for years (comments on the IMDB message board suggest others did, too).
The author? “William F. Nolan”:http://imdb.com/name/nm0634368/, co-author of the afore-mentioned Logan’s Run.