Badlands is the motion picture as National Treasure. Its influence has been felt through the years in films like Monster, True Romance and the highly underrated Kalifornia. The first lines of Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska are awash with imagery of the first meeting between Kit and Holly.
I saw her standing
On her front lawn
Just a twirlin’
I and she went
For a ride, sir
And ten innocent people died…
Yes, the song is about Starkweather, but the imagery is all Terrence Malick and Badlands.
Finally, and it should go without saying, Badlands is the motion picture as a masterpiece. I’m just going to leave it at that.
The actor that originally had to play the man that rings at the rich man’s door did not show up, so Terrence Malick played it himself, although the intention was to use this part only temporarily.
Although Charlie Starkweather had been executed when the movie came up for production, Caril Fugate was still alive and facing parole, prompting the filmmakers to change the names of the principal characters to avoid a lawsuit.
Don Johnson auditioned for the part of Kit.
- The Skin I Live In, The Descendants and Badlands at The Strand through Jan. 12th (thevalleyvoice.org)
- My Top 10 Favorite Films Outside the Horror Genre (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- Terrence Malick’s BADLANDS May Come to Criterion; Director Working on an Extended Cut of THE TREE OF LIFE (collider.com)
- 8 Actors Who Have Never Been Nominated For An Oscar (buzzfeed.com)
I graduated in 1980. I was a decent student; I got fair grades, and I had enough friends that I could put up with and whom would put up with me. I dated a few girls here and there. I never went to prom, however. Looking back, I wonder if Carrie had anything to do with that. In fact, looking back at the film in the thirty-six years since its release, one could view Brian De Palma’s adaptation of Stephen King’s first novel as the perfect anti-bullying propaganda film.
Sissy Spacek is phenomenal in the titular role of Carrie White, the young girl whose life sucks worse than Battlefield Earth (pointless L. Ron Hubbard jab and shameless John Travolta film reference). Not only does she put up with the day to day torment forced on her by her peers (PLUG IT UP!! PLUG IT UP!!), but she has to go home to an over-zealous religious freak of a mother who locks her in a closet with a hideous looking glow-in-the-dark figure of Jesus. Add getting dowsed in pig blood and it’s no wonder she goes the Psychic Friends Network version of sex-nuts and retard-strong (equally shameless Clerks 2 reference).
I’m not entirely sure if Carrie is Brian De Palma’s best film. I still need to re-watch Blow Out and Dressed to Kill before I make that call. I will say, however, that it is truly one of his most ambitious films and that after nearly forty years is still one of the best interpretations of a Stephen King novel ever put to celluloid.
Sissy Spacek wasn’t considered for the role of Carrie until her husband, art director Jack Fisk, convinced director Brian De Palma to allow her to audition. Until that, De Palma was wedded to the idea of Amy Irving playing Carrie; when Spacek got the part instead, De Palma gave Irving the smaller role of Sue.
- ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Helmer Wanted To Direct ‘Carrie’ Reboot (screenrant.com)
- Kimberly Peirce to Direct New Carrie? (manodogs.blogspot.com)
- ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Director Kimberly Peirce to Remake Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ (slashfilm.com)
- Could your face fit Stephen King’s next novel? (guardian.co.uk)