Synopsis: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Thoughts: Tim Burton revisits one of his earliest works and gives it the stop-motion treatment. I vividly remember seeing the live-action version of this from 1984 (with Barret Oliver, Shelley Duvall, and Daniel Stern) and quite enjoying it’s slightly macabre view of suburbia and the afterlife. Burton would, of course, go on to explore these very topics in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands but it was with the original Frankenweenie that his directional eye and style were born. Do track the original down before October when the new version arrives. I continue to be impressed with Burton’s stop-motion animated films and am less impressed with his live-action work. I miss the Burton who enjoyed working on a soundstage with large set pieces to create his fantastical worlds. With the animated films, he can explore that fantasy of pushing the boundaries, I only hope he can get back to his original style for his next flick utilizing real actors (that would be May’s Dark Shadows)
Synopsis: After the events at Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into a newly opened waterpark.
Release Date: Summer 2012
Thoughts: After the modest success of the otherwise truly revolting Piranha 3D from 2010, it was inevitable that a sequel would occur so here we are two years later with another killer fish 3D extravaganza. Even though the 2010 original capitalized on some decent 3D effects for some over-the-top gore like nothing you’ve seen before, the movie itself was such garbage that it made for a very long 90 minutes. The less than brilliantly titled sequel looks to bring back several characters (except for Elisabeth Shue who knew better) and introduce a lot more topless ladies and himbo males that will soon be fish food for our title characters.
The 70’s original Piranha had some positives going for it – Roger Corman produced, John Sayles scripted, and Joe Dante directed. Even though it’s a bit rough around the edges it remains a funny and scary nature run amok classic. When I first heard they were re-doing Piranha for a new generation I had high hopes that were dashed while viewing the re-boot. This sequel looks to be more of the same…and I’ll probably still queue up to see it because I’m a sucker for these kind of films.