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Clock Tower: Headed to the big screen?

TehSpectreTehSpectre @PixelateJakeon TwitterRegistered User regular
edited September 2008 in Games and Technology
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Brittany Snow, who you might remember from Sony Screen Gems' PROM NIGHT, has been signed to topline in Senator Entertainment's vidgame adaptation Clock Tower, with Martin Weisz (The Hills Have Eyes 2) directing the production, which begins in November in Los Angeles. The story centers on a troubled psychiatric patient who witnessed her parents die and is constantly plagued by religious imagery. Martin Weisz, who is the third director attached to this long-delayed project, last directed THE HILLS HAVE EYES II for Fox Atomic.

Alyssa Jayne Hale (Divine Intervention) is in final talks to join Brittany Snow (Prom Night) in Martin Weisz's Clock Tower, the adaptation of the popular video game. What's so incredibly weird about this casting news is that Alyssa Hale is the character's name in the 1998 game CLOCK TOWER: GHOST HEAD, which was played by Rebecca Wink.


There has been a casting call for the project, which seems to showcase some of the major roles up for grabs. I'm spoilering this because it technically contains spoilers as to what characters' motivations are, how many lines/scenes they will play in, and what happens to said characters. If you are a Clock Tower fan, these roles may be important to you.
[DR. THOMAS BATES] is in his 40s – 50s and married, with a young daughter, he is a renowned psychiatrist who has finally given up a long stint in a maximum security psych ward for private practice. However, his new upscale patients are boring rather than challenging, and he jumps at the chance to dig his teeth into something more substantial. We later learn that Thomas, not unlike Alyssa, suffered a disturbing childhood, and lost his schizophrenic mother to suicide. As a young boy he had vowed to learn how to make the voices that plagued her go away. While he could not save his mother, he finds a chance to do something right in the life of Alyssa Hale...LEAD (9)

[ELEAZER BARROWS] 40s – 60s. He's a grizzled man with a terrifying face in a long black robe, usually seen with an antique pair of shears, he is a fire 'n' brimstone preacher from the 17th century, responsible for the hanging of a great number of "witches." He now makes his presence known to those remaining members of the Hale family, including Alyssa Hale and Chloe Bates...LEAD (6)

[SANDI BATES] is in her mid 30s – early 40s, wife of Thomas and mother to their six-year-old daughter, Sandi is a likable, nurturing woman, a furniture restorer who works out of the home. She's happy to have her husband working regular hours with more sane patients, irritated and concerned when he takes such an interest in the case of a young woman at the hospital. Later, she becomes alarmed when it seems that Thomas may harm their little girl...LEAD (11)

[DR. HENRY KAPLAN] is in his 40s, African-American, he is the psychiatrist resident at the hospital, currently treating Alyssa Hale. Perplexed by Alyssa's lack of response to massive medication, he calls in the much-revered Dr. Thomas Bates. He's taken aback when Thomas tells him to take Alyssa off her meds, despite the many traumas she's suffered...LEAD (3)

[CHLOE BATES] 6 years old, she is Thomas and Sandi's adorable daughter, a bright and precocious child who is constantly conversing with her imaginary friends. However, we later learn that one of these imaginary "friends" is an evil preacher, responsible for the persecution of many witches in the 17th century. Her innocent childhood is being shattered by a disturbing presence...LEAD (11)

[JESSICA COOK] In her 40s, she is the wife of the late Edmund Cook, an expert on the Hale family as well as an avid collector of all things pertaining to the Hales. She quickly opens up to Alyssa and Thomas after learning that they are both part of the Hale clan. However, she's clearly tired of all the "crap" in her home and is looking to move soon. She is more than happy to give Alyssa the infamous shears used by the notorious preacher, Eleazer Barrows...15 speeches & 5 lines, 1 scene (81) PLEASE SUBMIT INTERESTING CHARACTER FACES! ANY SHAPE OR SIZE.

[LUNDY] In his 30s, mentally unstable, he is a grubby looking patient who is always making sexual overtures towards Alyssa. Later, he comes to a bad end while trying to rape Alyssa in the hospital basement...1 speech & 5 lines, 3 scenes (5)


So, it seems that a Clock Tower adaptation is in the works. I've not played much of the series (Limited Clock Tower 2 & Haunting Ground) so I don't know if they are being faithful to the material. I am always excited to see a videogame being made into a movie, but that sad truth is that the adaptation are usually sloppy and/or terrible...and with the guy that directed the really bad Hills Have Eyes 2, I am afraid this will turn out like many before it.

What do you guys think? Anyone excited for this?

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  • SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ghost Head? The second one? The one that from what I remember reading sucked absolute ass and had nothing to do with the first two games? Christ.

    Even if they did get one of the proper Clock Tower games, I'd bet it'd wind up being one of those goreporn films the industry's been shitting out recently. Not that the games weren't violent, but tension was their chief conveyed of fear - that dreadful silence, knowing that he could be hiding anywhere, and that it was only a matter of time until he started to get bored and began his hunt.

    EDIT: To answer your question, according to everything I've read, it's pretty much throwing the source material under the Shitty Horror Flick bus or, even if they are following *something*, it's the material from the worst game of the franchise.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Is that the actual poster? That's hilarious

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    They're not being faithful to the material, as far as I've heard. It's all set in an asylum, for starters.

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  • StriferStrifer Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Clock Tower is about a guy with large scissors hunting a young woman. How can you get that one wrong?

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Strifer wrote: »
    Clock Tower is about a guy with large scissors hunting a young woman. How can you get that one wrong?
    Like this

    I hope this will be even more hilariously bad than Clock Tower 3.

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    Organichu wrote: »
    The main rub is that, fuck, I'm already paying some to upgrade the length... why not pay a little bit more to upgrade the length AND width?
  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The first half of Clock Tower 3 was weirdly awesome in a sort of B-Movie way.
    Shame about the second half.

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  • StriferStrifer Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Clock Tower 3 had its moments. I'd say it was more like a crazy japanese B-Movie.

    I think the basic problem with movies nowadays is that everybody assumes that the movie must be one and a half hour long. A Clock Tower movie would work better if it was one hour or even 45 minutes long. Just get to the action and don't let go.

    And by everybody I mean the no-good directors.

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  • JJJJ Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Cool. Was a big CT freak back in the day.

    I recommend fans of the original game check out Phenomena by Dario Argento.

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Phenomena's not the best thing Argento did (watch Suspira and Profundo Rosso first, at least), but it's good fun.

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  • XanathusXanathus Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Sweet news, if it's as atmospheric as the Silent Hill movie this will be a good watch.

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  • JJJJ Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Xagarath wrote: »
    Phenomena's not the best thing Argento did (watch Suspira and Profundo Rosso first, at least), but it's good fun.

    The amount of similarities is amusing. All 3 principal roles , the girl, the woman and the killer are ripped straight from movie to game.

    Suspiria is awesome too and has a cool soundtrack but that's all I've seen of his.

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    Mr. Banballow was so badly maimed, he turned into a hideous monster, oozing and bleeding, snarling and growling like a beast---enraged and bent on revenge. He tracked down the kids responsible for the fire and killed them one by one----with a blowtorch. That wasn't enough for Banballow. He won't leave his inn or his memories, so there he waits....in ambush....
  • AlienCowThatMoosAlienCowThatMoos Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This thread made me drag Clock Tower 3 out of my backloggery and give it a shot. Beat it in one day and loved every minute of it. I didn't know anything about it, although I had played the SNES original. I enjoyed the first area, running from a serial killer, having no defense to speak of. I figured that was the whole thing.

    Then out of nowhere at all
    you suddenly become a god-damn Valkyrie, Allissa the serial killer slayer. Defenseless until the right moment and then you turn the tables and brutalize the evil.

    I freaking love that! My only complaint is that the game is about a 3 on the difficulty meter and the final boss is an 11.

    Hmm, it also occurs to me that CT3 shares many elements with Silent Hill 4, which I hated. It's as if CT3 gets everything right that SH4 gets wrong. Just my opinion though.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Here comes a new challenger! Winky face ;)Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    All of you saying CT3 sucks: stop being dumb.

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The final boss however most certainly does suck.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    That poster is hilarious.

    I never got to play Clock tower. :(

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    There's no way they can screw this up. Seriously. There isn't really a story they need to follow. Just big monsters chasing a young girl. Easy.

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    There's no way they can screw this up. Seriously. There isn't really a story they need to follow. Just big monsters chasing a young girl. Easy.
    They will screw this up, man.

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    Organichu wrote: »
    The main rub is that, fuck, I'm already paying some to upgrade the length... why not pay a little bit more to upgrade the length AND width?
  • reVersereVerse Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    There's no way they can screw this up. Seriously. There isn't really a story they need to follow. Just big monsters chasing a young girl. Easy.
    They will screw this up, man.

    The movie will be a moving tale of a man who, due to a childhood trauma, is afraid of clock towers. Then one day fate calls for him to rescue a dog from a clock tower which has been lit on fire by local teenagers. He names the dog Big Monster and together, they learn that fear is only in our heads and if our hearts are true, we never have to be afraid ever again.

    Starring Tom Hanks as the man and George Clooney as the voice of Big Monster.

    "A heartwarming tale of companionship and courage. Two thumbs up." - Roger Ebert.

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  • FireWeaselFireWeasel Registered User
    edited September 2008
    urahonky wrote: »
    There's no way they can screw this up. Seriously. There isn't really a story they need to follow. Just big monsters chasing a young girl. Easy.
    They will screw this up, man.

    My guess is Ma and Pa have run out of money to run the Clock Tower, and a fat man with a big mustache from the bank is threatening to foreclose it. So all the neighborhood teens will need to do all sort of wacky schemes and hijinks to raise the money, culminating in a final scene where for some reason the fat mustachioed bank man will fall into a pool and everyone else will jump in THE CLOCK TOWER IS SAVED YAYYYYY

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