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Be very afraid

Turn of the Screw is an incredibly frightening ghost story really at the heart of it but with a very modern edge. It’s being directed by a guy who’s an ’80s horror film fanatic [Sam Buntrock]. It’s not a season for the opera insiders. It’s the season for everyone in New York.” [Huffington Post]

  • Ilka Saro

    On the one hand, I want to take a “wait and see” attitude. It could be a good production. On the other hand, what the hell is Steele talking about? The murky implication that Steele wants to reverse some kind of elitist history of NYC “Screws” is bizarre.

    But also, I am genuinely curious, what defines 80’s horror films and defines an 80’s fanatic as different than, say, a 60’s horror film fanatic?

    • Pelleas

      Well, the 80s is remembered as kind of the heyday of the slasher flick (though they really started earlier). Lots of blood, lots of teenagers getting offed for doing teenage things like having sex and getting wasted, lots of sequels.

      There probably isn’t too much but level of film technology distinguishing one decade’s horror films from another, though at the time everyone remarked on the genre making a big comeback, and lots of connections were seen to public anxiety over HIV.

      I was a big fan when I was an 80s teen.

      • Ilka Saro

        I think it was 1976 when I and some friends drove in the exit of drive-in (to avoid paying admission) and watched the first 40 minutes or so of Texas Chain Saw Massacre. We fled!

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

          I’m wating for Carlysle Floyd to compose Motel Hell -- the opera !

          • Mrs Rance

            Yes, and he could do CARRIE starring Renee Fleming.

  • Signor Bruschino

    If Turn is successful, do they plan to in an, 80 horror films sort of way, plan sequel after sequel after sequel? There are only so many times a screw can turn

    • Plus the title Return of the Screw is already taken.

      • Porgy Amor

        But how about “Screw Harder” or “Screw Hard With A Vengeance”?

        • ianw2

          Screw IV: It Turns Again

          • RDaggle

            little Miles grows up and goes to university: ‘Screw U.’

          • Ilka Saro

            The tragedy and the comedy combine Britten’s Opera with Kiss Me Kate giving “The Turn of the Shrew”.

            At the end of the first act, George Steele sings “You see. I AM bad. I AM bad.”

          • Porgy Amor

            Of course, we know that James’s actual sequel was called “My Sexual Problem.” A shame that Britten died while his setting of that was still in the planning stages.

          • I’m partial to:

            Screw II: In Like Quint

          • SF Guy

            I could have sworn it was The Phallus from the Palace, but that scene always confuses me.

    • tannengrin

      Twist of the Screw?

      Drilling to Screw (that may be more of a prequel)?

  • damekenneth

    I don’t know precisely what Mr. Buntrock (great name!) has in mind for this “Screw,” but he certainly worked a treat with the recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George. That wonderful and vivid production, which originated at the Menier Chocolate in London, was riveting, as much for the performances he drew from the performers as from the vivid animation he created to represent George Seurat’s studies and sketches. Seemed like the work of a very mature director to me. And, I love the Britten piece. Now, do I wish to reward Mr. Steele with my dollars?

  • tannengrin

    What’s the trouble with George? Every time I read an interview with him, I end up rolling my eyes. It’s not that what he’s saying is so bad or wrong, it just always sounds very contrived and forced instead of genuine and straightforward.

    I do love that the HuffPo (in the slideshow at the bottom) casts David Cushing as ‘Mose in “Powder Her Face”‘. That give that whole opera a very ‘Ten Commandments / Charlton Heston & Anne Baxter’ flava

    • Porpora

      Genuine and straightforward isn’t George’s forte. PR is. If it reads as false, well…perhaps it is.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    If the Turn of the Screw is reall Steels “favorite” opera -- be very much affraid indeed. This guy gives me the creeps. Where did Steele learn Mose for it to be his “favorite Rossini opera”? Why did he not even have the courtesy to mention the Screwy director by name? He does not give a damn about the New York City Opera.

    • cosmodimontevergine

      I toss and turn at night trying to figure out what Italian opera “Quanto Painy Fakor” comes from. I love “Stern of the Crew” -also makes me toss and turn. George Steel only produces his favorites but at least they’re not gutted by telecasts like the Met’s. I saw the Ballo onstage and then the unbelievably awful HD simulcast. If Gelb continues he’ll bring about the total demise of opera in the US.

    • Porpora

      He didn’t. It’s just typical overstatement.

    • Porpora

      A less kind observation is simply that George is just a bullshitter.

  • 98rsd

    Calm down.

  • Avantialouie

    It’s going to go on and on and on as a soap opera: “As the Screw Turns.”

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Some like it dark. Those Vlaamse people are at it again!

  • Nerva Nelli

    Perhaps the busy-as-a-beaver J.D. McClatchy can produce a SCREWGE MC DUCK suitable for a NYCO children’s show in Central Park.

    I though David Cushing mediocre in BALLO--and worse in ASSEDIO DI CORINTO a few years back in Baltimore.

    And speaking of mediocre, why on earth is Stefan Kocan singing at the Met and LOC? His Ramfis tonight was third-rate provincial. I just don’t get it. Someone’s partner? Powerful representation? Miklos Sebestyen as the King was not much better. Where have all the basses gone?

  • Famous Quickly

    I could sing little Flora *tomorrow*-- it’s a question of color and tessitura.

    You DO know I originated Ellen Orford at the Met, back under Eddie Johnson, who had sent me on to replace Milanov in TROVATORE opposite Warren--an artist of equal stature to mine--and asked me for Donna Anna with Pinza rather than (unlike Bing who ignored the fact that I was doing Eboli, Carmen and all my RING roles during the Festwochen and at the Garden)… Marcellina?

  • RosinaLeckermaul

    Speaking of horror stories, INTERMEZZO via Bloomberg notes that the Met is floating a major bond issue to get out of its fiscal hole and fall 2012 box office is down.

  • Clita del Toro

    OT: 26 people were shot and killed at a elementary school in Connecticut, among those 18 children.

    • Clita del Toro

      Perhaps the President will now address GUN CONTROL!