Fiendish Flicks W/Ruby LeRouge: ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’ (1993)

So I Married an Axe Murderer
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1993, Clinton became President, X-Files hit the little screen (convincing us that the truth is out there), the students of Bay Side High finally graduated, and Mike So I Married charlie on stageMyers was actually still funny. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Shrek & Shrek 2, but aside from his part in Inglorious Bastards it’s been a long while since Myers has been in So I Married charlie on stageanything live So I Married charlie on stageaction that brought people into the theaters. It’s hard not to hold films like The Cat in the Hat & The Love Guru against him, but I think back to this little So I Married an Axe Murdererblack comedySo I Married charlie on stage and remember that not all of his flicks were a wash.

Starring Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia & Amanda Plummer, So I Married an Axe Murderer is the story of commitment phobic Charlie McKenzie, and his journey finding love, while fearing for his life. Charlie, a professional poet living in San Francisco (cause that’s possible, right?), always finds a reason to break off relationships before they get too close to the ever So I Married an Axe Murdererdreaded ‘where is this relationship going’ discussion. From “She smelled like soup” to believing his unemployed ex was a member of the Cosa Nostra, the girls in his life made great poetic fodder, but never bride material. That is until he meets Harriet (Travis), the “Hard hearted harbinger of Haggis.” She’s got it all, a cherubic face, razor wit and a mean way with a cleaver (being a Butcher by trade). Everything is going great until she says the word ‘forever’; suddenly comments like, “Well, brutal’s a very subjective word. I mean, what’s brutal to one person might be totally reasonable to somebody else.” take on a whole different context in his mind. After seeing an article about a maniacal black widow in the Weekly World News, Charlie is all but convinced that she butchers more So I Married an Axe Murdererthan prime beef. With the help of his Hapless Cop best friend (LaPaglia), he uncovers Harriet’s sordid past, but could she really be a murderer?

There’s a reason nearly every line of the script is posted under the quotes section on IMDB, How I Married an Axe Murderer is darkly funny and chock full of  memorable dialogue. Cameos by Phil Hartman, Steven Wright, Charles Grodin, and a rather large uncredited appearance by Alan Arkin, tip this flick into down right hilarious; if you, like me, have a little bit of a twisted sense of humor.So I Married an Axe Murderer

When I want to remember the carefree pre-recession era, and am looking for a good laugh, I throw on this Fiendish Flick and forget about impending disasters like Austin Powers 4. Ah, the days before we had to figure out how to fit a weeks worth of shampoo in a 3oz bottle, or just say screw it and fill it with 3 ounces of Quervo…those were the days.

Until we meet again, my devilish little deviants -Ruby

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Ruby LeRouge
is a long time slave to the Silver Screen, and all around media junkie, with a strong interest in the study and archival of classic cinema reels, scripts, press releases and props. A professional artist, dabbling in prop fabrication, costuming, and practical effects makeup in her spare time. She credits much of her artistic inspiration to her life long love of movies, and holds a special adoration for stop motion animation, film noir, and classic B movies. She writes a movie editorial blog called Sleepless Cinema, sharing her candid view on all media, new and old. Insomniac and cinephile, coffee swiller and media collector, has silver screen scream queen dreams, and she lives her life in technicolor. "While the world sleeps, I watch". - Ruby LeRouge
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