[See previous post: "Twilight Parody vs. Lionsgate and Summit: $500 Million Lawsuit."] Say what you will about the productions values found in (or missing from) the Twiharder clip below, but you must admit that in the first scene leading lady Tanya Zoeller does a really good imitation of Kristen Stewart’s voice and mannerisms (e.g., lip-biting). And I gotta admit that I found kinda kinky-funny watching Christopher Sean’s use of his abs to stop the bleeding on the forehead of Zoeller’s Stella Pond. Edward Cullen parodist John Gearries, for his part, does a pretty good imitation of John Gilbert in His Glorious Night, repeating "I love you" ad nauseam.
Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain, by the way, had Kelly parodying John Gilbert in that early talkie. Now, why didn’t anyone try to stop them? Well, a key reason is that the Singin’ in the Rain production company, MGM, also owned the rights to His Glorious Night. Now, check out the Twiharder trailer below.
Twilight movie parodies
Twiharder was directed by Giorgio Caridi, from a screenplay by leading men John Gearries (The Young and the Restless) and Christopher Sean (The Bold and the Brave). Both Gearries and Sean also executive-produced the film, using funds out of their own pockets.
"A big role model for Chris and I is Jon Favreau," John Gearries explains in a Twiharder Yahoo Q&A. "We looked at what he did with Swingers and decided to do something along those lines as a production company. We want to make a cult following and build up from there. I mean look at Space Balls, that movie still has a cult following."
Previous Twilight parodies include Craig Moss’ direct-to-DVD Breaking Wind (2012), featuring Heather Ann Davis, Eric Callero, and Frank Pacheco; and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer’s Vampires Suck (2010), featuring Jenn Proske as Becca Crane, Matt Lanter as Edward Sullen, and Chris Riggi as Jacob White.
Somewhat surprisingly, the $20 million-budgeted Vampires Suck bit a not-unimpressive $80.54 million chunk out of the worldwide box office. In Germany, for instance, Vampires Suck was a bigger box office hit than Chris Columbus / Logan Lerman’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Jason Reitman / George Clooney’s Up in the Air.
Twilight directors and cast
The Twilight franchise was adapted by one screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, but had various directors: Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Chris Weitz (New Moon), David Slade (Eclipse), and Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn Part 1, Breaking Dawn Part 2).
Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, the Twilight movie franchise cast includes, among regulars and "guest" actors, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Maggie Grace, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Graham Greene, Ashley Greene (no connection to Graham), Nikki Reed, Cam Gigandet, Rachelle Lefevre, Bryce Dallas Howard, Xavier Samuel, MyAnna Buring, Booboo Stewart, Mackenzie Foy, Mia Meastro, J.D. Pardo, and Rami Malek.
Vampires Suck box office figures via Box Office Mojo.
John Gearries and Tanya Zoeller in Twilight parody Twiharder screengrab: Between the Lines Prods.