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Quicksilver Highway (1997)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Mick Garris and actor Cynthia Garris Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on June 22nd, 2015:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Another thorough and enlightening commentary from Mick Garris. Mick paints a vivid picture of Made-for-TV filmmaking in the '90s, informing the listener about the particular influences and constraints behind "Quicksilver Highway." On the heels of his successful mini-series, based on Stephen King's books for ABC, Donna Dubrow (then wife of John McTiernan) enlisted Garris to bring another property to Prime Time. Befitting the fickle tastes of network execs, ABC would steer away from Horror and Sci-Fi, leaving 20th Century FOX to produce the film for FOX Television. Mick always sets up his commentaries with the requisite amount of background information, before detailing the finer points to filming the scenes in front of you. As "Highway," a "back door" pilot hopeful, was paired against the May-Sweeps offerings on "Must See TV" in May '97, any idea of capturing a large audience was quickly dashed. Making the film, based on stories from no less Horror icons as Clive Barker and Stephen King, served as a fun retreat for Garris. A "Spook Show" in the traditional sense, albeit under the standards & practices of network television. Much praise is lauded upon his frequent collaborators, including Matt Frewer and DP Shelly Johnson. Compare Mick Garris Commentaries with those of Kenneth Johnson and try to figure out which director "discovered" the cinematographer who would become a staple of Spielberg productions. The second half of the track finds Mick joined by actress (and wife) Cynthia Garris for the tale based on Clive's the "Body Politic." No dead air, tons of trivia about the influence of "Hamlet" on Christopher Lloyd, and why a certain diner nestled in the deserts of Lancaster, CA should seem oddly familiar. Terrific Stuff, once again. 9/10