Sucked In: Andy Burns On The Twilight Hype

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For someone who loves ghost, zombies, and all assortments of things that go bump in the night, I always surprise myself when I wind up missing a mainstream horror flick when it hits theatres. This has happened many times over the last year or so – I’ve yet to see Saw V (let alone Saw VI) or 30 Days Of Night, both of which were on my radar when they were first released but which I just haven’t got around too yet. Sadly, I did manage to pay cash to see The Unborn. Funny how that worked out.

Along those lines, I didn’t see Twilight when it was first released last year. You’d think a big vampire movie would have been my thing, but The Queen and I just didn’t find the time, and I don’t think it was the sort of flick that myself, Japer, and our assorted group of raggamuffins would want to make a gang experience out of. However, while the saga of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen was lighting up the box office I did do the thoughtful thing and purchased the Twilight series of books in a nice box set for The Queen for Christmas. Once she was finished barrelling through them (she’s a voracious reader and it literally took her not time to finish the four hefty books), I took a shot at the first one, but it was literally a non-starter. Look, even if you love the Twilight stories, you can’t tell me you think they’re well written. Certainly not along the lines of a Harry Potter series or Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

So for a good while I lived in blissful Team Edward ignorance. But then a few months ago something strange happened. I started to get into the whole thing a bit, and it happened because I finally saw the movie, a DVD borrowed from someone my wife works with. I don’t know what it was about it, but upon first full viewing there was something to the movie that sucked me in. Maybe it was because I didn’t have to try and tolerate the subpar writing of Stephanie Meyers and could accept the film for the b-level fun that it is.

A few weeks after watching the borrowed DVD I found a used copy on Blu-Ray for ridiculously cheap and picked it up, thinking The Queen would like to have her own copy. Weird thing was, I think I was more interested in watching the film again than she was. Maybe it’s the scene where Edward sees Bella for the first time, which I think is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. R-Pat is a comic genius. I don’t know. I mean, I shouldn’t be into this series. Even the whole concept bugs me. Vampires that go out during the day??? That’s asinine, even if there is cloud covering. But there was something about it all that’s hooked me. Consider me caught up in the hype of it all. I’ll even admit to being psyched for the release of New Moon, but thankfully there’s more than the movie that’s got me excited.

Maybe because the film is darker in tone, the producer managed to hook up a spectacularly solid soundtrack full of new music from Death Cab For Cutie (responsible for one of the best albums of 2008, Narrow Stairs), The Killers, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, and Muse, among others. I’ve had the album for about a week now and have been spinning it multiple times a day. There’s something about the way the songs flow that really sets it apart from the majority of soundtracks of the 80’s or 90’s, when material was just put together without rhyme or reason. Luckily, I can maintain a little bit of pride when I say that I don’t think about the upcoming New Moon when I listen to the album. I just enjoy the tunes.

I don’t know what’s happened to me. Even now writing this article I feel inclined to throw Twilight on. And while I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will be seeing New Moon in theatres, I have resolved that I will maintain some decorum and not see it opening weekend.

But if you have any sneak peak passes, could you let me know?

One Reply to “Sucked In: Andy Burns On The Twilight Hype”

  1. You said:
    “I don’t think it was the sort of flick that myself, Japer, and our assorted group of ragamuffins would want to make a gang experience out of.”

    I say:
    Damned straight.

    You said:
    “There’s something about the way the songs flow that really sets it apart from the majority of soundtracks of the 80’s or 90’s, when material was just put together without rhyme or reason.”

    I say:
    Um, “The Lost Boys” soundtrack, anyone?

    You said:
    “I don’t know what’s happened to me.”

    I say:
    I’m quite certain I don’t have an uneducated hate on for anything “Twilight” but perhaps you’re starved for something, anything, halfway decent regarding vampires. Perhaps you’re under the spell of some “new moon” yourself – a crazed one called Hollywood marketing!

    Never mind H1N1.

    What we (and you) need is a vaccination of vintage horror maestro, Carpenter; a shot of eerily fantastical Del Toro; a booster of old school Cronenberg; a prick of Bigelow.

    Now, let’s all go out and rent “Let the Right One In” before the sun sets.

    Still, the line up on that soundtrack does sound formidable…

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