When the third installment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise debuts this weekend (with a sequel already in production), audiences around the world will be getting a first look at the life movie genre. The film will feature many familiar faces from previous installments, and also many new ones. These include D.J. Diesel as Brian Austin Green, Vondie Gainans as Domino, and Carrie Fisher as Yeager, the young wife of John Styles. Here we've mapped out the plot of the life movie genre and explained why the new additions to the cast are so exciting.
In the film: Brian Austin Green plays Jake Gyllenhaal, a freelance journalist who gets close with the likes of Sean Connery, Carrie Fisher, and Steve McQueen (who are from another dimension!). Jake gets discovered by government agents who perform background checks on people who plan to travel to Mars, and in the process, he comes into contact with a mysterious and powerful artifact known as the "Crimson Permanent". This artifact has the power to turn any man or animal into a vampire, bear, or dragon-like creature. With this supernatural power, Jake teams up with Carol, a vengeful reporter, in order to discover what the Crimson Permanent is, and if the family knows anything about its origins.
Carol and Jake team up again to solve the mystery surrounding the crimson permanent. In the meantime, they're also falling in love with each other, which leads them to try to get pregnant. While attempting to conceive, they discover that the Crimson Permanent is really more of a living, wriggling mass of unknown origins that attacks those who touch it. Once it latches on to them, it begins eating their brains, leaving them with no choice but to feed it whatever it can eat. Fortunately, Carol and Jake are saved by a pair of scientists who come to the aid of them and fight off the creature.
Meanwhile, at the local cinema, Jake and Carol discover that the latest science fiction movie to bomb at the box office is the remake of The Nightmare Before Christmas. They go to see the new version, "The Nightmare Before Christmas", and are instantly hooked. As they are watching the movie, they happen to notice that the leading man, Jason Statham, plays the role of a vampire. Suddenly, they realize that the life-eating spider from the original "The Nightmare Before Christmas" had somehow been transplanted into Jason Statham's skin! At the end of the movie, the spider's head explodes, forcing Jason to run for his life, leaving Carol behind. Naturally, this causes much confusion and fear among the audience, but the film ends up winning the Oscar for Best Picture, making The Nightmare Before Christmas one of the biggest surprises in Hollywood history.
There is no doubt that The Nightmare Before Christmas was one of the biggest surprises in Hollywood history. It was a unique combination of genre, and plot that worked in its favor. But can you re-brand the horror genre for the big screen? Well, you could certainly try to transplant some of the ideas from the novel, but there is a lot more to it than that. There are certain elements that are distinctly absent from the horror genre, but when done well, it can look just as good as any other movie.
First of all, I would probably have to point out to you the late Tim Burton. While the style of comedy in his movies is nowhere near as unique as the horror genre, there is still a lot of that in store for us when he directs a new film. One example is his remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which took some of the basic concepts of fairytale and applied them to a modern setting. The story follows two girls who inherit a chocolate factory from their stepmother, and a boy who want to be part of everything they are involved with. The movie works on an emotional level because the audience can't help but feel for the people involved, and so the viewer comes to sympathize with them.
There are two things about the Tim Burton movies that always stuck out to me. One is the manner by which he films these movies. Instead of shooting in a flash, he prefers to shoot in black and white or with a handheld camera. The effect is a very layered one that makes the movie come to life. It also contributes to his flair for creating great actors and actresses out of thin material. He has a way of making actors seem like real people, which is something every director can appreciate.
Another thing to consider when re-branding the horror genre for the big screen is the original's main villain. In most versions of the story, it is the evil witch that haunts the young girl. In more recent films, the antagonist is a man who has mental disorders. In this version, it is the boy's father. In either case, you are sure to see something memorable from Jack Vettriano. He is known for creating strong characters, and if anyone is able to re-create this aspect of the story effectively, it could lead to a successful movie.