27 May Kirk Hammett Answers Your Questions
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Kirk Hammett Answers Your Questions
Sometimes it’s nice to chat with people of like-mind and similar spirit, and so I figured that I’d ‘chat’ with a few of you via the blog by answering some of your questions.
Because recent blogs have seen me talking about Stephen King and werewolves, I have received several questions and comments involving both. Jessica Bottomley told me she was excited to read about my affinity for Stephen King, and wondered if I have read the Dark Tower series at all? I have Jessica, I read the first two books before, and I don’t know, something happened and I just kind of like fell off the program with those books. You know what? I just read that someone is finally going to make a movie based on those stories, starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the ‘man in black’ and it’ll be interesting to see how that turns out.
Tom Hagen just said to me that I should ’never forget Maximum Overdrive’, and I just wanna say that is a film I enjoy watching with the sound off and making up my own plot!! It’s something I learned from my wife. She would see me watching a movie on the airplane, she wouldn’t know what the plot was because she couldn’t hear anything, so she’d ask me if the movie was about about this, this, this, this? I’d say said no, it’s about something completely different but that I liked her take on it. So having seen Maximum Overdrive, it’s DEFINITELY one of those movies that’s fine to watch with the sound off while making up your own story line. The truck is amazing! And I heard that some guy found that big goblin’s head, he was a fan of the film and just by sheer luck he heard a rumor that that head was sitting in a lot somewhere in some other state, went on a trip, tracked it down, found it and restored it. And I think that, you know, fucking bravo for that! It’s something that definitely needs to be preserved because it’s a great looking movie prop in my book.
On a slightly unrelated note, I do like most of the stuff Stephen has written under pseudonyms, like his Richard Bachman stuff. He used a slightly different approach and a slightly different angle to make it seem like he’s maybe writing in someone else’s shoes. And when he does that he totally delivers. Sticking, as we seem to be, with Mr. King, Yaniv Hoobian Schmal says he thinks Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining that Stephen wrote a couple of year ago, is excellent too. I think it’s brilliant but you know what? It doesn’t really touch too much on everything that happened at The Overlook Hotel. It’s Danny as an adult, who finds that it’s his quest to save this girl because she’s the only one who can stop this group of psychic vampires. The leader of the psychic vampires is super cool, and I would love to see a movie made after that book because I enjoyed it. But I was a little disappointed because what happened at The Overlook wasn’t really touched upon as much, or as deeply, as I would have liked to have seen. I would have liked to have seen more of Danny’s insight as an adult looking back at his experiences at The Overlook, trying to maybe figure it out and come up with answers. That being said, as a story in and of itself, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I also can’t wait for someone to make a movie out of it because I think it can be a really, really, really great movie.
Douglas B. says ‘hello, Kirk…’ Hello, Douglas. He suggests that if I haven’t seen the movie Needful Things, which is based on the book, I should. It doesn’t ring an immediate movie bell, so let me look it up…Max von Sydow plays a Nazi…ya know Douglas, I’m drawing a blank BUT thanks to you, I have discovered a ‘needful thing’ I need to check out!
If that isn’t enough, I have Rico Reyes telling me that one of his favorite wolves is the wolf in The Never Ending Story called Gmork! I have never had a reason to check out The Never Ending Story before, but now Rico, NOW I have, so know that I will be checking it out and that Gmork had better be all that!
Bob O’Rourke, you are absolutely right when you say that Ginger Snaps is a cool film, I think it’s great. It came out about 8 years ago, is graphic for sure and the lead girl makes a convincing werewolf. It does have a ‘coming of age’ and puberty theme, something which is explored through lycanthrophy and has also been heavily explored in Cat People, and I suppose there is certainly a link between felines and wolves, but yes! Ginger Snaps is a good movie for sure.
Phil Earle asked me what I thought of Stephen King’s Silver Bullet, and I enjoyed the story but I’m not so sure about the movie. I don’t have much recollection of it. I know some Stephen King movies have left me a bit disappointed, and I guess this was one of them.
Marita Joesoef asked me if I’d seen Crimson Peak, and what I thought of Del Torro’s work. I did see Crimson Peak and I thought it looked amazing. Del Torro has an amazing eye for dressing, and creating, scenes. I thought the movie would be completely different from what it was, and I thought it was OK, alright, it’s not something that disappointed me but I think it was more fun looking at it than experiencing it. Marita also asked what I thought of Tim Burton, and he’s just one of those guys that has such a different perspective, he’s created his own unique vocabulary, he uses that vocabulary for everything he does and that makes him his own unique person in film. I really love Tim Burton’s stuff and I think he takes on super cool projects. Mars Attacks? Dark Shadows? Come ON, I love that. And Frankenweenie? That’s my DOG! And I LOVE Beetlejuice to death, I have a couple of props from Beetlejuice and they’re among my most prized possessions.
Marita also asked something I’ve been asked a lot, which is whether my kids are scared of the collection. The thing is, they’ve been staring at it since they were infants, so they never knew they were ‘meant’ to be scared of this stuff, it’s always been around, it’s always been part of the landscape for them. My eldest kid, Angel, can name all the classic Universal Monsters just because he’s been embedded and immersed in it here. What really scares my kids are real life situations which might be too much to handle. Sometimes I’ll be watching the news and it might go to Mogadishu and child soldiers, which is when it can get a bit heavy for them. I don’t want to see them desensitized before their time, but I don’t think horror movies, or movies in general, will do that, I think it’s more to do with our culture and current events. But don’t worry, I’m not going to be showing them Evil Dead 2 or Friday the 13th Part 58 or whatever!
Finally, Barry Millar asked if I saw Creepshow 2, and saw the the hitchhiker bit where Stephen King makes an appearance as the truck driver. And man, I can’t remember if I saw Creepshow 2! MORE HOMEWORK! I LOVE it, so keep on keeping me on my toes please!
Thank you everyone,
P.S. This is important to say. You know that remake of The Thing that came out a few years ago? Well guess what? It’s a prequel. So I had to reevaluate my thoughts on it, and thanks to Jeremy Wagner for enlightening me on that. Oh, what did I think after learning that context? I haven’t seen it again yet!