I was invited over to the Strange Kids Club for a little Valentine's Day celebration. Rather than dirtying my hands at the Tenebrous Scrapbooking Station in hand-gluing macaroni to pink doilies, I opted to bring a movie review to this little horror blogging potluck. What better way to mark a holiday noted for making lonely people feel crummier than by discussing the boy-meets-rat love story "Willard" in both its 1971 and 2003 incarnations?
The "Willard" movies have an awful lot for me to love, so this is a veritable strudel of cinematic affection for me--there's layer upon layer of stuff to get excited over. Between skin-crawly rats, inspired production design, and some of my all time favorite actors delivering over-the-top performances (Ernest Borgnine and Elsa Lanchester appear in the '71 production, and Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey are incredible in the '03 version), these movies are swell almost beyond my capacity to express swellness.
Of course, I had a whole mess of leftover images from these movies, so consider this the extra materials to complement the main action taking place over at the Strange Kids' place:
Ernest Borgnine has had just about enough of your bullshit.
SHOW ME YOUR RAT FACE.
My attract and repulse instincts are fighting so incredibly hard right now.
Crispin Glover approaches grocery shopping with characteristic intensity.
R. Lee Ermey has also had just about enough of your bullshit.