What makes his fan favorites special is not just that they’re geek-bait and popular. He adds something to them that I don’t think other writers or directors would do. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it seems something like a mixture of realism and humor and humanity that makes even a fairly standard story such as Darkman into something more, something that is remembered long after you leave the theater (or turn off the DVD player).
Raimi’s 1990 gem gets its due focus this month in Starlog.
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Unfortunately, there was a sequel to Darkman. There’s always a sequel.
Marc Shapiro interviews Flatliners director Joel Schumacher, who notes that it was not difficult to get stars William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts, and Kiefer Sutherland for his film: “We had people lining up around the block wanting to be in this movie”; David Hutchison’s Videolog column reports another Kevin Bacon film heading to video: Tremors; in probably the only Starlog article ever to include a photo of a cover of Playboy magazine, Marc Shapiro talks with Total Recall star Sharon Stone, who explains how Arnold Schwarzenegger “did little to cure Stone of her nervousness,” teasing her a lot – “In that jockstrap kind of world that Arnold lives in," she said, "I had become one of the guys” (maybe it was just Stockholm Syndrome); the Fan Network pages include a Darkman contest, a directory to fan organizations, and a convention calendar; Will Murray interviews another leading woman of Total Recall, Rachel Ticotin, who plays Melina in the film; and Bill Warren talks with the legendary Christopher Lee about Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
“The movie came from the idea of a man who can change his face to become other people. It was originally a short story I wrote, which was accepted with encouragement by friends. It segued into a longer story, and then became a story of a man who had lost his face and had to take on other faces. Then, it became the story of a man who battled criminals using this power. And then, because he lost his face, the idea of what would happen if he had a relationship before became important.”
–Sam Raimi, director, interviewed by Bill Warren: “Darkman Director”To see more issues, click on Starlog Internet Archive Project below or visit The Starlog Project’s permanent home.