Hollywood Producers

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”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0118604/ would have been made. I scanned it–ah, the joys of “TiVo”:http://tivo.com/–only because I have a lot of affection for “An American Werewolf in London”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0082010/, an altogether better, if lower budget, movie that, like “Logan’s Run”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0074812/, has the added bonus of having “Jenny Agutter”:http://imdb.com/name/nm0000256/ (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”:http://imdb.com/name/nm0000365/'s character’s name is Serafine (sometimes spelled Seraphine). In Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld”:http://www.discworldmonthly.co.uk/ 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”:http://otakuworld.com/. 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”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0073820/, and that I wouldn’t be scared, etc.

(I suspect many people haven’t seen the original, but “The Simpson’s”:http://thesimpsons.com/index.html 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??.

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Michael Alan Dorman

Yogi, brigand, programmer, thief, musician, Republican, cook. I leave it to you figure out which ones are accurate.