Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Perfect Title? (2 films remain)

Well, might as well steal from the best if you're going to steal.  Besides!  It's been about 25 years since Laurel and Hardy's Brats hit the silver screen.  That's, like, a whole new generation or something!  Also, it's the perfect ruse for a Stooge remake: the adult Stooges have to tell their "young" Stooges in the crib a bedtime story.  Naturally, the "young" Stooges bicker about what the story should be about.  "Young" Moe says "I WANT MURDERS AND KILLINGS!" and then promptly gives "young" Larry and "young" Moe the double fist to the forehead.  Ah, they grow up so fast.
And so, 1956's Creeps is a remake of 1949's The Ghost Talks, with a young Billy West as the voice of the spirit.  And of course, they've retained my favourite part from The Ghost Talks where Shemp runs afoul of a rather large toad... does that make me a bad person?  I thought so.  Well, their invisible wire crew worked overtime on that one; gotta give 'em some props!
Naturally, the "young" Stooges, along with the rest of us, felt cheated by that story, especially since they left out the part of the story that ties it to the larger history of Peeping Tom and Lady Godiva.  The "young" Stooges want a better story.  Fed up with these brats, the adult Stooges do what any parent in the '50s would've done: they hit their kids on the head with a hammer.  You lazy brats today ain't never had it rough, I tells ya... but at least you've got good taste in entertainment!

-so sayeth The Movie Hooligan

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