With the TWILIGHT series on its way out and the zombie craze starting to sputter, what’s going to be the next big fascination for fantasy hounds? Dwarves are a very real possibility due to the dueling Snow White films set for release next year and Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-Earth with THE HOBBIT. A new GHOSTBUSTERS film would certainly help fuel the increased popularity of the ectoplasm-endowed. Werewolves would be nice but when’s the last time you’ve seen a good werewolf film?
How about mermaids? Their fish-tailed misadventures would combine love-tinged melodrama with the world’s healthy supply of beautiful actresses searching for a job that involves them looking like they perpetually just got out of the shower. In fact, plans are already afoot to create a dark, gothic-tinged retelling of THE LITTLE MERMAID. But common, nobody wants to see a Tim Burton-lite version of THE LITTLE MERMAID on the big screen for fear that it might involve Johnny Depp strapping on a bikini and prancing around in the water with a fish-tail for legs. Now THAT would be a sight that would make most audiences want to sleep with the fishes.
When it comes to mermaid films, audiences want something light, fluffy and preferably with Daryl Hannah. That’s right, they want SPLASH.
Thankfully, the Alamo Drafthouse is here to sate your mermaid desires this October with two screenings of Ron Howard’s classic tale of fish(woman)-out-of-water love.
Tom Hanks stars as Allen Bauer (Jack Bauer’s cousin, maybe?), a co-owner of a wholesale fruit and vegetable business in New York who encounters the love of his (and every other man-with-a pulse’s) life — a beautiful nude woman played by Daryl Hannah. Unbeknownst to Allen, Hannah’s character is really a mermaid who is equally infatuated with Allen. Her curiosity about Allen prompts the young mermaid to venture out into the big city and the two experience a whirlwind romance through the streets of New York.
Besides Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, SPLASH also features the comedic styling of Eugene Levy and the much-missed John Candy. You’ve got slapstick humor, genuine heart-felt romance and one of the best Rita Coolidge-sung theme songs of the ‘80s (of which there are surprisingly quite a few).
SPLASH is a bit of a historical film too in that it is the first movie released under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures label — created to release films whose slightly adult-content was deemed inappropriate for Disney’s core audience. When you watch SPLASH at the Alamo Drafthouse this October, you’ll be watching the movie that would eventually pave the way for Disney to release films such as THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, ARMAGEDDON and PEARL HARBOR. For that last one, SPLASH is still sorry.
While we may be programming a lot of horror films this October, we here at the Drafthouse don’t want to ignore the audience members who don’t like being scared at the movies. So how about getting swept away with one of the best romance films of the ‘80s instead? Make a date to see SPLASH at the Alamo Drafthouse this October. Just don’t order the fish and chips unless you want Daryl Hannah to give you the stink eye.