27 April 2011

Evening Primrose: the musical episode of The Twilight Zone

As some of you are probably well aware, I have a love affair with Anthony Perkins. Some people think I'm  a major creep because it seems to be that his only role is as Norman Bates in Psycho. Obviously that's his most popular movie, but he also had a really impressive filmography playing NON-serial killer roles. Sometimes.

I watched Evening Primrose on netflix the other night. It was late and I was getting schleepy but I still wanted to watch something before I drifted off, so naturally I went to Tony's filmography page and this looked cute. It was also 50 minutes too, so that was a huge plus.

The opening song...weird, but Tony <3

It was pretty weird.

Tony plays a poet who decides to give up real life and live in a department store. Full time. Never see the sun again. Yep. INSTEAD, he meets a whole group of (elderly) people who have been doing the exact same thing for decades. I can't even imagine. Just the mere thought of spending the rest of my life in a store made me feel claustrophobic. Anyway, these people pretend to be mannequins in order to avoid security. (?!) They've somewhat kidnapped a now 19 year old girl when she was six and fell asleep in Ladies Hats, and she hasn't seen the sky in years. Of course, because of movie magic, she is beautiful and captivating and of course Tony falls for her. Of course.

And apparently, if you try to leave, the "Dark Men" will come and GIT CHA and take you away or kill you or something - I still don't really understand the Dark Men thing. It just adds to the overall wackiness of the whole thing.

Basically, this entire thing is a musical episode of The Twilight Zone. So bizarre, yet cute, but still really strange. PLUS, it's composed by Steven Sondheim. Insane. I totally recommend it if you've got an hour to kill and like odd entertainment. If you are a die hard Evening Primrose fan, I'd check this post out about the DVD and all the goods that come with it.

EDIT: Oh my gracious goodness I just realized the kidnapped girl is played by Charmian Carr aka Liesl from The Sound of Music. Craziness.

5 comments:

Millie said...

OH MY GOSH. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE NEVER VIEWED THIS OBVIOUS GENIUS.

OH MY GOSH. I AM LITERALLY SO EXCITED YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW.

OH MY GOSH.

Thank you for making this known to me, Sarah. Thank you. ;-D

NoirGirl said...

This is SO interesting! I had no idea Tony could sing so well!!

I'm definitely up for watching this. Visually, it looks a lot like The Matchmaker. And it's kinda funny to see Tony in a store again. :)

Great find!

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

WOW !!!!

kate gabrielle said...

I love his little jump thingy around 1:50! So weird but sooo mesmerizing!! I don't think I've seen any of the long Twilight Zone episodes yet, so I think this will be the first one :) The premise reminds me of that one with Anne Francis where she actually is a mannequin... I wonder if Rod Serling had some kind of obsession with living in a department store lol..

ps. I was really bored and thought I'd creep all the NF blog archives and was so excited when I came here and saw you actually had a new post I had somehow missed!! Yay!! :D

Claire M. said...

Fantastic! amazing post ;)