From Fangs to Zombies
The phrase ‘darkly handsome’ has several meanings:
1) this guy is dangerous, he may want to hurt you, grab a weapon and get out of danger.
2) he’s so ‘sexy and tortured’ that some hapless protagonist is going to ignore the danger signals and go for it.
And that’s all you need for a horror movie, or a thriller.
Let’s revise that description:
1) dangerous: see above.
2) will not sparkle, unless you throw glitter on him.
With that in mind, it seems that Hollywood is discarding the vampire-teenager romance plot, and is moving, or should I say shambling in another direction.
In ‘Warm Bodies’ based on Isaac Marion’s novel, a teenage zombie somehow falls in love with a girl after devouring her boyfriend’s brain.
The book doesn’t present Julie and R’s burgeoning feelings for one another as anything close to ‘Twilight,’ the unlikely pairing has more in common with Romeo and Juliet, or perhaps King Kong and Ann Darrow.
After all, R is one of the ‘Dead’, and Julie is ‘Living’. That’s one divide that is not easily crossed, and it remains to be seen if the film shows the same deft handling of these issues as the book, of if the spark of quirkiness that makes ‘Warm Bodies’ unique will be lost.
And let’s hope that they remember that R is a zombie, and that sex with a dead body is necrophilia, not romance.