Horror filmmakers such as Marcus Nispel and Alexandre Aja have talked in the past about making movies in which someone clones Jesus from the DNA in his blood, but as far as I can tell, those projects never got off the ground. Writer-director Leone Marucci, on the other hand, has a film on this very topic coming out next month, starring Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Larry King and that girl who played Pocahontas in The New World. The film in question — which frankly doesn’t look all that good — is called The Power of Few and seems to follow several parallel storylines; the stealing of the Shroud of Turin, and the possible extraction of DNA from the bloodstains thereon, might not be all that big a part of the movie as a whole, but the trailer certainly emphasizes those elements.
There has always been something a tad absurd about The Stepford Wives, even once you accept its science-fiction premise, but the new film pushes the concept way, way over the top. The original novella by thriller writer Ira Levin (Rosemary’s Baby, The Boys from Brazil) tapped into feminist fears that men would gladly exchange their flesh-and-blood wives for domesticated, hyper-sexual robots if they could, and the 1975 film directed by Bryan Forbes went on to emphasize the even deeper horror that takes place within the men themselves: it is one thing to be killed and replaced by a machine, but it is quite another to allow your own soul to be twisted against your conscience. These days, however, it seems the battle of the sexes is either so complicated or so passé — take your pick — that the only thing a mainstream film can do with the subject is to make fun of it all. So, in the hands of Frank Oz — the Muppeteer who gave life to Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Yoda, and the director of the campy musical version of Little Shop of Horrors — The Stepford Wives has become an out-and-out comedy.