I oh-so wish I didn’t have to put the question mark at the end of that title!
As any good gay, woman over 35 or board game-loving… well, gay would know, Clue- the quintessential whodunit game- was made into an instant cult classic film in 1985. Staring screen legends like Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and Lesley Ann Warren, the mystery/comedy was often called “so bad it’s good” by critics everywhere I just called it amazeballs brilliance. Admittedly, I was 2 when it came out, but one of my earliest memories of non-Disney movies was this gem and ever since it has made my “top movie picks”, topping the chart time after time. The perfect example of camp, this chase through a giant, dusky mansion with weapons in hand has 6 caricatures of insanity rushing to solve multiple murders before they’re the next victims. Complete with 3 alternate endings (this movie was totally revolutionary for its time), the flick is hands down one of the fumiest things you’ll ever see.
The 80s aside, the rights to this film have been taken up and- wait for it- there is STRONG plans to have this baby remade by 2011!!
Though the news of film remakes is often taken with a grain of salt and received with an apprehensive sigh, I’m encouraged by two points. First, Tim Curry, the original Mr. Boddy has been called to reprise his role in this remake and second, Gore Verbinski has apparently signed on to direct the film. The director of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “The Ring”, and “The Mexican”, Verbinski is both acclaimed and experienced so it’s fingers crossed he’ll be busting out another great hit! I can’t wait to see how this turns out and no matter what the critics say, this movie will end up in my DVD collection along side the 1985 version and my old-school VCR copy of it. Let’s turn the rumours to fact and get this baby in production!!
The original trailer of the suspenseful comedy, even the voice-over alone tells you how absolutely bananas this movie is.
“Sh-Boom” by The Crew Cuts (originally by The Chords)
While only true aficionados of the original will appreciate this random insert is my best memory of the movie as this 50′s diddy plays hauntingly throughout the mansion.