RARA-AVIS: Re: Slayground

From: Dick Lochte (dlochte@gmail.com)
Date: 01 Sep 2010

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    Trent wrote: Slayground could have made a terrific movie, as a standalone or part of a series. Unfortunately, it got turned into a strange variant of the slasher film (they were hot at the time).

    ----------------------- It's a lousy movie, but I don't see much of the slasher element in it. Neither is there any suspense or anything else that makes the book work. In fact, Parker has been replaced by a character named Stone who bears no relationship to him. No one has mentioned that Westlake uses the same, slightly modified opening chapter for both SLAYGROUND and the Grofield novel THE BLACKBIRD. When their getaway car crashes after a robbery, Parker hides out in the deserted amusement park and Grofield winds up in a hospital with members of a secret branch of the government pressuring him to work for them. If someone had filmed them back to back, they could have used the same opening sequence.

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