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Disney has fluctuated between outstanding animated features and some very good live-action films. At one point, the studio lost some of its direction (after
Walt died, by the way), and the animation became less than perfect, the live-action films strayed from being family classics (in the sense of Swiss Family
Robinson, Old Yeller, etc.) and called up a darker side of the studio. This story, along with Black Hole, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Child of
Glass, is of that era, or should I say, flavor. All four films are not your standard Disney fare. Of them, only Child of Glass remains in the vault, possibly
because it was made for television, rather than for the theater. It is well worth looking for and hopefully the studio will release it some day in the
Nov 12 08 5:16 PM
Bradbury was commissioned to turn his short story "Black Ferris" into a feature film, and wrote a
detailed scri pt. When the movie failed to get made, he turned the scri pt into a novel--SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.
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Co-producer Leetch would come head to head with Miller fighting for his vision while director John Hough would step aside.
Apr 6 17 10:56 PM
Sky Boy wrote:Read the material from thedigitalcinema.net and the schism within Disney becomes clearer.Â ExampleCo-producer Leetch would come head to head with Miller fighting for his vision while director John Hough would step aside.Another story point the final edit misses: it gives almost no hints about the nature of the creature.Â There's a short exchange where Jan shouts something like, "Whatever's in the woods isn't Karen!"Â But that's largely all we get until the ending.Â Hopefully there was still more, but the original opening with the burning doll would have helped.
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Sky Boy wrote:The alien in the final edit isn't particularly dangerous, but I just remembered some dialogue from alternate ending #2 that got chopped.Â Jan is leaving on her bike for the chapel and Mrs. Aylwood stops her briefly.Â Among other things, Mrs. Aylwood says, "whatever spoke through Ellie was an angry, evil spirit, not my gentle Karen".Â The alien also KO's Mike in the alternate endings, and for little reason.Â I wonder if there was any more we didn't see?Â Perhaps that was the original idea?Otherwise, petulance seems like good motivation over its 30-plus year wait.Â And if it's trying to steer telepathically-sensitive locals into recreating the seance, it has no reason to actually harm them (i.e. the car on the bridge), as that destroys its chance of returning home.Â It's a shame the director's cut never saw light of day.One unrelated note: IMHO the trailers (particularly #3) are quite effective.Â I wouldn't blame anybody who saw #3 for thinking it was a rated-R film!
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