Friday, October 29, 2010
Movies that remind me of Halloween: #3, Ed Wood
Movie #3: Ed Wood
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau (who won an Academy Award for playing Bela Lugosi), Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray
Director: Tim Burton
Essential Halloween-ish elements: Recreations of monster and sci-fi films created by "The Worst Director of All Time," Edward D. Wood, Jr.; classic TV star Vampira; an aged and drug-addled Bela Lugosi reliving his Dracula days, beautiful black-and-white photography.
When I first saw it: Opening night 2004. My (brand-new) husband and I loved the TV ads so much that we were certain there'd be a huge crowd, so we got to the theater early. Aside from the other couple we went with, we were the only people in the audience.
Most memorable line: There are so many quotable lines in this one. Let's go with "Pull the strings! Pull the strings!"
Best character names: Bunny, Tor, Criswell.
Bottom line: Burton's homage to movie director Edward D. Wood, Jr., debuted long before Depp gave us Jack Sparrow and Sarah Jessica Parker became Carrie, which makes it all the more a hidden gem. The movie is hysterical and heartbreaking at the same time, and it's a lovely tribute to Hollywood and dreamers. One of my favorite Burton films.