Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
Last week of course, was dominated at the box office by Solo, the movie which tried to prove that all you have to do i slap the Star Wars name on a movie and you have an instant blockbuster. Of course, while it did wind up winning the weekend, according to the early estimates I’ve seen, it, as the studio would say is “underperfoming”.
Anyway, as often happens on a weekend like that, other, possibly more interesting movies tend to get lost in the shuffle. One of those which also opened last week was Mary Shelly which stars Elle Fanning as the author of the classic horror novel Frankenstein.
Part of what makes this movie look more interesting than others is that, at least from the impression given by the trailer, the movie takes a feminist perspective and fights back against the idea that it would have been impossible for a woman, especially a young woman, to have written such a effective tale of terror or that she should even be interested in such things.
Here, have a look at the trailer for yourself:
Immediately upon seeing that I was taken back to 1986 and Ken Russel’s movie which tackled a similar retelling of the creation of the Frankenstein story, Gothic.
Russel, it should be noted, was not particularly interested in telling the feminist version of this story. Instead, as is typical of his films, he went straight for the more lurid aspects of the night of the story’s creation and created a drug-fueled nightmare of a movie that posits visits from demons and succubi inspired the creation of the story.
I could tell you more, but I think I’ll let the trailer sell it:
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Mary Shelly? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!