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Cradlewood makers say it's like Twilight but for grown-ups

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, October 15, 2009

There's a rising market in fantasy/horror films with a strong romance backdriop to them. Bare witness to the Twilight craze and that's your answer for where the craze began. Whether the streak of hor-rom movies will turn into a genuine sub-genre with lasting legs remains to be seen, but for the moment Hollywood is getting the projects moving in the pipeline.

An indie project called Cradlewood is the latest film of this type to be announced. The Hollywood Reporter breaks the story about this new project and reveals that it's nabbed Ian Somerhalder, once of Lost and now of The Vampire Diaries, to play the lead male role. Somerhalder will play a rich man who is heir to a considerable fortune. He's in a relationship with an Australian woman (to be played by Emma Lung) and holding steady in life until he suspects that his partner is pregnant. That's when we find out that the man's family has been cursed: one of his ancestors made a pact with a demon to become rich, but the trade-off was that the man would die when his male offspring would be born. After weird coincidences begin to happen the man comes to believe in the family curse and now believes that he will die when his baby is born.

The Cradlewood script was written by Stephen Sewell  and John Paul Chapple but it was based on an idea conceived of by Harry Weinmann, the guy who will also direct the picture. "We see this is as almost like an American-style Pan's Labyrinth in look and feel," said Michel Shane, one of the film's producers. Wow, Pan's Labyrinth? That's not what I would have imagined myself for a twentysomething adult Twilight kind of movie. "It's a perfect segue for the kids who have outgrown Twilight but want something romantic and scary. Our monster will be quite terrifying; she is sexually attractive and monstrous at the same time." Now did you catch what Shane said? The monster in the movie is a she, so my money is on the nasty being a succubus. We just don't get enough movies with succubae.

The movie will lens in Australia beginning in April, when Somerhalder is on-break from filming his hit CW series.

-The Hollywood Reporter.
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Doesn't sound very romantic to me. Cursed births and temptations of infanticide. Yeah, just what you want to which whilst cuddled up on the couch with your partner!!!

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Posted: 9 years 8 weeks ago

Nothing in this makes a lot of sense.
The plot doesn't except for maybe the setup. Once he realizes that his girlfriend (I'm assuming the succubus) is up the duff, he sets out to work out killing the fetus or her and the unborn kid. Frankly, throwing the succubus in there sort of makes it lame. It could be a groovy psychological thriller where the guy believes that if his unborn son actually is born, he will die so he works to prevent that. Or maybe the girlfriend finds out about the curse and believes that her boyfriend is out to kill her unborn son.

I see a fair amount of possibility here, but none of what I see involves a succubus or Twilight shit.

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Posted: 9 years 8 weeks ago

This sounds like obvious shilling. (No, not the coin. Though studio shilling of this sort suggests a product that is worth about as much. As one of the coins, I mean.)

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"What's a story with popular appeal these days, Wilkins? What's huge?"
"The Twilight Saga."
"Oh, then we should say it's like the Twilight Saga."
"Excellent idea, Sir."
"But I heard the Twilight Saga's for kids. We don't want to make a kid's movie. We want a hard, hard PG-13."
"How about we say it's like the Twilight Saga for adults? It'll be a hard, hard PG-13. It'll be so hard, Sir."
"That's staying on your toes, Wilkins. Is the Twilight Saga critically revered?"
"Uh... not really. It's my understanding it's been consistently panned."
"Panned. Panned. Hey, critics liked that Pan's Labyrinth movie, didn't they?"
"You bet your ASS they did, Sir!"
"Then we should say it's like that."
"You're a genius, Sir."

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They say Twilight's for kids, but the primary audience is middle-aged housewives who hate their lives and long for escape. The world they're escaping into is one where the girl (a total Mary Sue, by the way) depends almost entirely on men to keep her happy. (Keeping her happy = pining for her, making her life exciting whenever it gets boring, fighting over her, making sacrifices for her.)

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

They say Twilight's for kids, but the primary audience is middle-aged housewives who hate their lives and long for escape.

I have no way to prove this.