It's the 20:20 Movie Frame Game of 2019!


#301

Really, you guys? Really? I mean, at least Gordo tried.

-Tom


#302

Sorry, Tom, but I really haven’t seen this one. The best I’ve got is that the 80 looks like a low-budget version of Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen.


#303

Looks like that Whitely Strieber movie that I can’t remember the name of.


#304

Ghostbusters “We couldn’t afford the Stay Puft Marshmallow prop”: A Direct to Video Adventure”?

You should’ve run with Embrace of the Vampire…


#305

It looks a little like Groot’s ghost.


#306

Is that Freaks of Nature?


#307

So back in 2011, a fellow named Robbie Pickering made a little indie movie in Austin called Natural Selection. It was a darling at South by Southwest, and went on to screen at a bunch of film festivals. It was a kind of Sundancey comedy about a woman discovering her husband has a grown son, and her developing relationship with that grown son. It was mainly good for the lovely Rachel Harris as a buttoned up housewife setting out into the wider world. Even though it wasn’t picked up by a studio, it got a fair bit of a buzz. So Mr. Pickering was now ready to jump from the Austin indie scene into Hollywood.

Which he did to disastrous effect.

He was given a big budget horror/comedy written by Oren Uziel, who would eventually give us Shimmer Lake (yay!) and Cloverfield Paradox (boo!). It was called Freaks of Nature. It was about a world where vampires, zombies, and werewolfs all lived in peace with humans. Lots of opportunity for metaphors about, I dunno, racial tension and whatnot. During the movie, an alien invasion would descend on this world of vampires, zombies, werewolfs, and humans.

It was as batshit godawful as it sounds. What does it tell you that the working title was Kitchen Sink? I mean, you saw Cloverfield Paradox, right?

Once it was done, Sony was apparently mortified with the results. They just wanted it to go away quietly. So after several delays, it was slated as a 2015 Halloween release. With no marketing. And only on 100 screens. It made $40,000 on its opening weekend.

It’s actually pretty interesting to watch, because there’s a ton of talent onscreen. It’s the first place I saw Mackenzie Davis, and even in this mess, she really shines. She has a very, “Whoa, who is she?” quality. That’s her in the 40, the 60, and the 80. In the 40, she’s feasting gorily on Vanessa Hudgens’ neck. Yum. The other two leads besides Davis are unremarkable. Actually, the zombie kid – you can see him in the 20 – is pretty bad. But the supporting cast is full of really good actors gamely playing along. The 20:20 has Rachel Harris from Natural Selection, and Ian Roberts from Upright Citizens Brigade. You’ll also see Joan Cusak and Bob Oedenkirk as embarrassingly permissive hippie parents, Keegan-Michael Key as an irate vampire school teacher, Patton Oswalt as a nerd survivalist, and Dennis Leary as a werewolf. They even got Werner Herzog to voice the alien who appears at the end of the movie. That’s him in the 80.

So, yep, it’s Freaks of Nature. Thanks to @charmtrap for not leaving me hanging like the rest of you losers who apparently only watch good movies. Over to you, Mr. Trap!

-Tom


#308

For some reason I was flagged on this post with a mention, but I’m struggling to imagine how that might have even been possible in the first place. Is Discourse telling me something?


#309

Tom, do you glory in terrible movies as compensation for your job requiring you to deplore terrible games?


#310

I think he mistook my avatar for yours.

Yes, Freaks of Natures was just terrible. To be charitable, horror-comedy isn’t easy to get right. Great cast doing their best, though.

New 20:


#311

Is that Leslie Mann?

The Other Woman?


#312

Not The Other Woman.


#313

This is 40?


#314

I Love You Phillip Morris?

-Tom


#315

Neither of those.


#316

40


#317

Hey, It’s That Girl!

I’ve seen her in a bunch of stuff. Just trying to remember. So close.


#318

JANE ADAMS!!!

She played Thomas Janes’ pimp in Hung.


#319

Now you just need a title!


#320

60