American filmmaker who had the reputation of being capable of the best as the worse, Joel Schumacher died Monday at the age of 80 years died of cancer. This filmmaker, who began his career in Hollywood as costume designer and has signed several cult movies of the 1980s, but it has also broken the teeth a few times including with his two Batman that have proven to be flops and monumental at the end of the 1990s. Here are five of his most striking works.
The Fire of St. Elmo (1985)
It is thanks to the success of this cult film which starred the famous “Brat Pack” of the 1980s (Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy) that the career of Joel Schumacher has actually started. The Fire of St. Elmo that Schumacher has often described as his most personal film (he also signed the scenario) relates the tribulations of a group of teenagers who face the first problems of their adult lives. The us network NBC announced last year that it was developing a series inspired by this film’s flagship of the 1980s.
Lost generation (1987)
Well before the phenomenon of Twilight, Joel Schumacher had already explored the idea of a film about vampires for teens with this comedy horror which portrays two brothers who move to a small town in california that seems to be haunted by mysterious creatures. Lost generation (The Lost Boys), which brings to the screen several stars of the era (Jason Patrick, Jami Gertz, Kiefer Sutherland), has inspired two sequels and a tv series of the same title.
Forbidden lines (1990)
One of the most famous films of Schumacher, this psychological thriller has marked the minds upon its release in 1990, addressing in an unprecedented way, a taboo topic : the life after death. Building on an impressive payout (Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin), forbidden Lines (Flatliners) sets the scene of the medical students who decide to experience clinical death for a few minutes to discover what is beyond. The film has been the subject of a remake released in 2017.
The mad (1993)
Presented in official competition at the Cannes film Festival in 1993, this drama percussion starring Michael Douglas in the role of a divorced man and at the end of the roll, which loses a lead in trying to make it in time for the birthday party of his daughter. This trenchant criticism of the contemporary society of the us is certainly the most political and controversial of Joel Schumacher.
Batman forever (1995)
The career of Joel Schumacher was making good progress in the early 1990s when the filmmaker has agreed to direct the film of the saga Batman. This was a big mistake. This Batman that was in response to the two great films of Tim Burton on the man-bat has been very badly received by fans of the superheroes in addition to having been murdered by the critics. Schumacher returned to the charge two years later with another movie – Batman and Robin – who suffered a fate identical.