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Former schoolteacher Tobe Hooper decided that his Hollywood calling card would be to make a movie about 'a whole family of Geins'. Having grown up listening to tales about the Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein, Hooper 'borrowed' the same inspiration for his tale that author Robert Bloch did for his novel Psycho, and Thomas Harris later did for The Silence of the Lambs. It was when he was Christmas shopping that he got the idea for the implement that was to adorn the hand of his story's lead nutcase Leatherface. 'I was shopping in a crowded Sears's department store in Austin, Texas, when I started to have a panic attack. I was thinking, 'Please God, show me a way out of here...' And there right in front of my eyes was a big display of chainsaws.'
In 1989 the world was massively psyched up for just one cinematic event. The film was heavily advertised, pushed further by songs both inspired and featured in the film, courtesy of pop superstar Prince. Elsewhere merchandise tie-in's for the film saturated the marketplace. You couldn't escape it. That film was Tim Burton's Batman.
For all it's Gothic majesty Tim Burton's Batman turned out to be a bit of a non-event as an actual film event, later better by Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. In the shadow of such a heavily-hyped behemoth Joe Dante's The 'Burbs was met with mediocre box office receipts and a lukewarm reception from the critics. Twenty-five years later Burton's behemoth has been forgotten but Dante's suburban nightmare has found a life of its own garnering a sizeable following.
Meet Steve (Alex Rebar), he's an astronaut. He's in space with two other nameless astronauts. Their ship passes through the rings of Saturn. Stock footage of a solar flare is seen. Now we are back on Earth. Steve is bandaged up and seeking medical attention at some undisclosed location. Unlike most hospitals though Steve is allowed to wear his own pyjamas. The doctor is in a bit of a state about Steve's condition and is keen to have Steve's condition played down until NASA are consulted (you mean NASA missed Steve's condition when he returned from space?)
First off, I don't really think that I am the demographic that the makers of Witches of East End are aiming at. If I were then add an extra star and a half to the rating given. The rating showing is not indicative of the quality of the show, Witches of East End is perfectly made and constructed, it's just not geared to appeal to the likes of me.
Secondly the title was a bit off-putting. I had visions of The Witches of Eastwick laced with the likes of Dot Cotton chuffing on another smoke in TV's East End. I was ready to write it off. But what's this? Witches of East End stars Julia Ormond! She's no Dot Cotton! And the Candyman's Virginia Masden too! Even better. My appetite was whetted sufficiently by the mention of their names in the casting, along with former Twin Peak's star Mädchen Amick.
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