When good stories make bad movies

I watched Dagon this morning. It wasn’t very good. I think H.P. Lovecraft and Philip K. Dick have the same problem: They both wrote very good stories that are made into very bad movies now that they’re dead and can’t do anything about it. Blade Runner is an exception, of course, but it’s about the only exception I can think of.

Another bad movie we saw recently was The Ring, which is one of those movies that a lot of people seemed to say was good. I didn’t realize they were all lying until I wasted two hours of my own life watching it. I think it’s a misery loves company thing. They got suckered in to watching it so they want other people to as well. It wasn’t scary at all; it was boring and totally predictable up until the requisite “twist” ending, which also wasn’t very good. I should add that when I first saw the previews for this movie I thought it looked pretty bad but I decided to give it a chance after all the good reviews I was hearing.

We also stopped by Mission Liquor in Pasadena (thanks for the tip way back when, Kevin) for a new bottle of Youri Dolgoruki this afternoon only to find that they’re closed on Sunday. Did I wake up in Salt Lake City this morning? What kind of liquor store is closed on Sundays, especially on a holiday weekend?


talaitha says:

I actually really liked Dagon. I mean as far as horror movies go, especially HP Lovecraft-based ones, it was pretty damn good.
I’d buy it and I don’t even own a dvd player!

kscaldef says:

Actually, along that stretch of Washington, you’re basically in Armenia. Everything is family-run, and almost everything is closed on Sunday :-(

greycat says:

I have heard that the original Japanese verson of the Ring (can’t remember the title at the moment) is far far better than the drivel that is that movie. I have not seen it, but it is not even something I’d consider watching – unless it’s really kitchy, which it doesn’t seem to be.