Thursday, October 21, 2021
Sometimes... the real horror occurs behind the scenes...
Back in 2019, I wrote about the tragic death of actor Brad Renfro and the behind the scenes stories of the making of Apt Pupil. (Jagged Edge) Apt Pupil began as a novella by Stephen King. It was originally published in the 1982 novella collection Different Seasons, subtitled Summer of Corruption.
I won't repeat the details of the scandal, you can check out the original post if you want to know more. Because of Brad's age, and the behind the scenes stories about the filming of the shower scene, I've been reluctant to glorify the story and actors by posting caps of the scene.
Given it's Stephen King day, I thought it appropriate to take a look at some of the real life horrors that surrounded some of his films. There are many stories about the filming of King's films, but the behind the scenes stories from Apt Pupil are definitely the most lurid.
Many FH viewers know that I love looking into the edits and changes in male nudity with each version of a film. When I was checking out clips from the film, I noticed some changes in the shower scene. Now usually these changes bother me, but with this film, I think they were justified.
You can see from these caps the differences in how the shower scene was cropped for the original release and the Blu-ray release. Thanks to SOMS for the clip of the original release.
I think it was Dolores Claiborne that first introduced me to the actor's work, but I went on to especially enjoy his work in: L.A Confidential, Simon Birch and The Uninvited. I thought he looked especially hot in A Map of the World. Strathairn continues to work steadily and weaves between film and television. Two of his most recent roles on television included roles on Billions and The Black List.
'A woman's life falls apart after she's blamed for an accident on her property.'
'Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.'
'A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.'
As much as I love Jack Nicholson, I was surprised how many of these films I've only seen bits and pieces of. My favorite Nicholson film is The Witches Of Eastwick and I think that's because that's the first time I ever saw him on screen. I was only kid when I saw the film, but it made an impression. Again however, with a second viewing, the film is at it's best in the beginning, and in the end. It tends a drag a bit in the middle, and some scenes seem really dragged out.Carnal Knowledge (1971)
'Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and become friends in college.'
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer in 1930s Los Angeles finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption, and murder.