Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shards of Suspense

I admit I don’t know exactly what the show Breakout Kings is about, but I’d like to think it’s about contestants in some sort of acne competition. I have to wonder if the only one who keeps seeing the posters all over the city and thinking of Rebecca Gayheart’s bug-eyed overacting in the finale of a certain low-rated 90s slasher film.

I guess splintering glass makes for a convenient shorthand for the message “This is an exciting thing where a group of people are in danger!” I’m actually surprised we don’t see that design more often.

Also? Underwhelming though Urban Legend might be, isn’t that cast kind of crazy snapshot of the 90s? A post-Cybill Alicia Witt, Joshua Jackson presumably sporting his Cruel Intentions dye job, Tara Reid before she barfed all over her career, a pre-Lex Luthor Michael Rosenbaum, ol’ Crazy Eyes and a post-My So-Called Life Jared Leto. All that plus Loretta Devine as a rent-a-cop and Natalie Woods daughter as the girl who gets her head chopped off while she’s driving a car.

Now that’s what some people called movies, I guess.

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