Forgotten Friday Double Feature - Tales from the Crypt from Melanie Newton and Dave Christy!
Welcome to Forgotten Feature Friday! This week things are a little different as Dave and I have teamed up for a Tales from the Crypt Double Feature!
First Up - Check out my video about Demon Knight! Don't forget to head to YouTube as well to do all those fun things - Like, Comment & Subscribe! Then scroll down for our second feature - Bordello Of Blood from Dave Christy!
Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know if you like these double hitters - who knows what we might cover next! (And decide who wins - I mean OBVIOUSLY Demon Knight is better - Right?)
Bordello Of Blood (From Dave Christy)
This week’s feature has a little bit of background to it. I was doing some pre-planning for the next 31 Days of Horror and sending Mel’s a preliminary list of about 40 movie possibilities I had so far. One of which was "Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood". She was skeptical, thinking "Demon Knight" was a much better choice. First, I thought we could do it like we had on the previous 31 Days. I have my views on "Bordello of Blood", and she puts why she thinks it should be "Demon Knight". However, since most of those 31 Days articles were just small blurbs, this is a “go big or go home" type thing so we are going all out.
1996 brought us "Bordello of Blood". Being a "Tales from the Crypt" fan and a fan of Dennis Miller's comedy, and a fan of vampire movies, I was interested right away. It already had 3 steps in the right direction before stepping into the movie theatre. I didn't really see anything about the making of, etc. Remember, this was 25 years ago. No blu rays, no internet, no behind the scenes blogs, tweets, and all that stuff you see today. So, in 2015 when Scream Factory released a Special Edition Blu Ray with interviews and a commentary, I had to pick it up. That’s when I heard about all the trouble during the making of this movie.
OK, so first off, the director and the crew were hired to make an entirely different movie but somewhere along the line, it was decided they were making this. I'd call that a slight monkey-wrench into the planning stages. They wanted one of the Baldwin's in the lead role. The studio wanted Dennis Miller. Oooooooooookay. I don't see this working out with a Baldwin. Or, at least if it did, it definitely wouldn’t have had the same vibe. Dennis Miller didn't even want to do the movie to begin with! So, he asked for the ridiculous salary of $1 million....and they gave it to him! (Can someone pay me a million dollars to do a job I don't want to do? Please?)
On top of that, we all know Dennis is a comedian. He kept adlibbing lines and not sticking to the script. You know what that means? Plot points are getting lost and never mentioned. Then of course, we have our lead actress, Erika Eleniak (btw, ex- Playboy Playmate-turned-actress-- yes, that is key information). Two days before filming is due to begin, she decides she wants to be taken more seriously in the business so she doesn't want to play a stripper. So her role has to be re-written or they don't have a lead actress. Shouldn't she have considered this before signing the contract?
So yeah, this movie seems to have gone through the ringer and then some. But all things considered, it was a good entry into the horror/comedy genre. I guess it shows the real struggle that goes into the making of the movie behind the scenes. Everything from the writing to the editing had to be pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
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