Horror: Munnster Movie
It’s not something that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about, but now that I’ve thought about it, I can’t understand why it isn’t something that I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about before. Maybe it breaks down to something as simple as ‘sexy sells’, or maybe it goes to something deeper, something primal? Maybe the reason that we like to see hot girlies being chased about by monsters and psychos is because it sparks some kind of instinctive desire to protect them, therefore enhancing the impact that their inevitable, post-ankle-twistage, mutilation brings to the film?
Or, more likely, we just like to see them running in the first place.
Whatever the case, the best horror movies have always stuck with that necessary ingredient. And while the motivation behind hot-chick-horror-casting seems to be pretty consistent, much like movies themselves, the end results can be quite varied: For every noteworthy (or even simply respectable) performance by a Melissa George, or an Elisa Dushku, or a Neve Campbell, or an Ali Larter, or a few Sarah Michelle Gellars, there are a countless number of Paris Hiltons, and an infinite number of nameless, rapidly forgotten, generally poor performances by those women cast only for their physical appearance.
The question is what side of the list will Olivia Munn land? Although, I suspect for some the first question is “Who the hell is Olivia Munn?”.
Olivia Munn first came to my attention when she replaced Sarah Lane as co-host of G4TV’s pop-culture / gadget / movie / internet oriented, ATTACK OF THE SHOW [seen in Australia on Foxtel’s Fuel TV]. My initial impression was that she’s obviously gorgeous, but she was a little too awkward on camera and seemed far too rigid for ATOS, especially alongside the show’s extremely natural co-host, Kevin Pereira.
However she quickly found her feet and over the last couple of years the dynamic between her and Kevin has kept me amused to the point that AOTS is one of the few shows that I make an effort to watch on a daily basis… and it doesn’t hurt that she’s still gorgeous.
So, how does Olivia factor in to all that horror movie talk from earlier? Well, next month the horror-thriller INSANITARIUM will hit DVD shelves and, as you may have guessed, Olivia is in it!
The film, which stars Jesse Metcalfe, has all the ingredients for a shlock-horror-fest. Jack Romero’s (Metcalfe) sister is involuntarily committed to an institution and, after finding himself unable to gain access to visit her, Jack fakes his way into the asylum in an effort to break his sister out. However he soon discovers that one of the resident doctors is performing experiments on the patients, experiments which turn the patients into flesh-eating psychopaths! AWESOME! It’s at this point that Jack realises that mental institutions aren’t the easiest of places to escape from.
Fangoria’s Sean Decker recently reviewed Insanitarium and seemed to think that it deserved more than a direct to DVD release. He also speaks highly of writer / director Jeff Buhler’s efforts and, after poetically describing the practical gore effects of the film, notes: INSANITARIUM absolutely runs red. For me though, I’ll be checking it out to see what sort of performance Olivia (who also has a role in the upcoming Broken Lizard film, THE SLAMIN’ SALMON), delivers. [source] [source]