Thursday, October 31, 2013

Killer in the corn

What makes a cornfield so scary?  Last year I posted about scarecrows, but sometimes a field can be spooky looking even without the scarecrow.

 In Season 6, episode 12 of BonesDr. Brennan and FBI agent Booth discover
a grisly murder in a cornfield.

Recently I had the pleasure of hearing Brock Zeman perform  a crowd favourite,
his spooky song: "Killer in the Corn"

If you click on his name it will bring up his touring schedule.  He may be coming to a place near you!

In the Alice Sebold's novel, The Lovely Bones the main character, 14 year old Susie is murdered in a cornfield and she tells the story from her perspective as her soul lingers nearby her family while they try to cope with her loss.  Here is an excerpt of the first chapter which describes what happened to her.  (It is quite graphic so don't read it if it might disturb you.)

Saorise Ronan stars as Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones

A film adaptation was made from the book in 2009 and was directed by Peter Jackson.  (It just happens to be his birthday today! ) Here is an interview with Jackson where he discusses the movie.

Director Peter Jackson has just wrapped up filming of his 3 part adaptation of The Hobbit, starring Martin Freeman as hobbit Bilbo Baggins and none other than Richard Armitage as the heroic dwarven leader Thorin Oakenshield.  There have been many interviews since part 1, An Unexpected Journey hit theatres last December.  Part 2, The Desolation of Smaug will be this Christmas season's offering.  The interview I would like to feature here was a film screening, and an interview session from Sydney, Australia known as Popcorn Taxi.

View the photo gallery here!

There are quite a few videos of this interview on Youtube and even on the Popcorn Taxi site, but I like that they also have the transcript here.
I have enjoyed listening to this interview more than once, but this time it was this quote which stood out for me.  When asked if he considered himself a "method actor", here was his response:
We were always told, ‘Don’t bring the character to you, go to the character’. I always preferred leaving lots of myself outside the room and exploring the world through the eyes and the body and the mind of a different person who is ultimately better than you are. Even if they’re a mass murderer, they’re infinitely more interesting than you are. People talk about The Method, or whatever. I don’t think I’m a Method actor. I have a method but I don’t believe you have to be a mass murderer to play a mass murderer.

So there you go.  Thankfully, Richard Armitage is definitely NOT the killer in the corn!
(I know I'll sleep better tonight!...)


Servetus said...

have you written about North by Northwest?

Phylly3 said...

Yes, I have! Way back in 2010, but I forgot their was a cornfield scene in it. I do recall the crop duster, now that I think of it.

Anonymous said...

Mr. A was always non-committal about embracing the Method Actor" as his defining ideology.

That's right, Servetus - the crop duster in NbyNW! (Who would have thought there was so much CORN in Movieland???


Joanna said...

In the corn lives the most scary monster...ask my younger cousin .
( I was his babysitter many years ago ;) )

JaneGS said...

I thought The Lovely Bones was an excellent book, but I will never reread the section you posted.

Geez, I still need to watch the first Hobbit movie--that was always my favorite of the Tolkien books, but I haven't put together the time to do this yet.

Corn is definitely a spooky field when the wind is up and the moon is full.

Phylly3 said...

Hi Fitzg,
I do remember him mentioning something like that in a previous interview but never in regards to a "mass murderer"! LOL!
And I tried not to be too corny! :)

Phylly3 said...

Oooo! Sounds like you were quite the babysitter! :)
I used to use that rhyme about Wee Willie Winkie to get my kids to bed. Later I found out it used to creep them out:
Wee Willie Winkie, runs through the town,
Up stairs, down stairs in his nightgown,
Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,
Are the children all in bed for now its 8 o'clock?

Phylly3 said...

@JaneGS - Yes, sorry that was really a horrible scene. I wouldn't want to read it again either. But that's the only excerpt I could find - and it DID mention the cornfield!
As for not yet seeing The Hobbit movie -- Goodness! It's even been on TV more than a few times. I did buy the DVD but haven't sat down to watch it again. I did see it twice in the theatre - and that's quite something for me!