'Dreamcatcher': Things That Go Plop in the Night
Friday, March 21, 2003
You have to say this about "Dreamcatcher." It's not just crazy, it's really crazy.
It's a Stephen King movie on a cocktail of steroids and amphetamines, a blast of delicious insanity that recognizes no borders, no laws of physics, no hopes of redemption. Baby, it just goes and goes and goes.
Hmmmm. Let's see.
It's an old-friends-from-childhood movie, like "Stand by Me."
But it's also a crazy-general movie, like "Dr. Strangelove," and that means of course it must offer a corollary to the crazy general, in the form of an opposing force, so that means it's also a heroic-colonel movie.
But it's a monster movie, too, where a big, toothy, slithery wet tube of goo eats people.
Oh, wait, I forgot this: It's a fungus-among-us movie!
Oh, then it's an "Alien" movie, only the creature comes out a little south of the chest.
Briefly, it's a helicopter attack movie.
Not briefly enough, it's a isn't-it-funny-what-goes-on-in-the-bathroom movie with a specialization in the noises methane production entails.
Then it's a round-up-the-townies-and-put-'em-in-the-stockade movie, like "Besieged."
By the way, it's also an ironic-alien-with-a-British-accent movie.