October 20, 2011 13 Nights of Hallowe'en 2011: Night 2 Willard (2003)
Like last night tonight's movie at the outset doesn't look like it has that many notable people are involved or that many connections to be made. The most obvious first person to look at is Crispin Glover as Willard. He really makes the movie, and good thing too for the amount of screen time he has. Crispin traces back to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
before showing up in Back to the Future (1985)--I know, not horror--and The Wizard of Gore (2007) remake. Willard was directed by Glen Morgan and co-produced with his creative other half James Wong--they tend to swap between director and producer sometimes from film to film or work as second unit director. As well as Willard Glen directed the Black Christmas (2006) remake. Wong on the other hand has directed Final Destination (2000) and Final Destination 3 (2006). Both worked on the TV show The Others (2000)--unrelated to the movie--and The X-Files.
Laura Harring plays a sort of love interest to Crispin's Willard. Laura was in All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005) with a few highly nameable people that could take up an entry all of their own. She is working on Manson Girls (2011)--listed as a drama and described as ending its story prior to the murders--with Bill Moseley (as Manson), Eric Balfour, and a number of semi-recognisable people from sometimes very recognisable movies. Back to Willard, R. Lee Ermey plays the evil boss. For horror you may have seen R. Lee in Body Snatchers (1993)--a sequel of sorts--Se7en (1995), The Frighteners (1996) with Michael J. Fox star of Back to the Future, and both The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)--wait for it on Night 3 a.k.a tomorrow--and its prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006).
Jackie Burroughs is particularly notable as Willard's horrible mother. She has been in The Dead Zone (1983), and Food of the Gods II (1989) another rat driven horror movie. I also want to point out the score by Shirley Walker whom if the DVD extras hadn't pointed it out you might swear it was Danny Elfman--and kudos for Shirley on that comparison. Lastly, of course what would the movie be without the rats, especially the huge Gambian Pouched Rat that played Ben--Ben (1972) was the sequel to the original Willard (1971). When you hear that sound in the walls, think twice before doing something about it...