Valentine’s Day usually brings with it a rash of soupy, romantic comedies, but this year, Hollywood seems to be aiming for the stomach, not the heart.
Horror hit the red carpet Thursday night at two Los Angeles screenings: “Hannibal,” the long-awaited sequel to “Silence of the Lambs,” and “Valentine,” the teen slash-’em-up about a young man’s plot to murder every girl who snubbed him in junior high.
Minnie Driver, Leelee Sobieski, Michael Stipe and Balthazar Getty were among the crowd who piled in for a first glimpse at an older Hannibal Lecter and his new Agent Starling — Julianne Moore.
“You may just have to carry me out of the theater on a stretcher,” advised a jittery Megan Mullally. “Or maybe you’ll see me throwing up in the lobby.”
Across town at “Valentine,” Marley Shelton confessed that watching the revenge flick was much scarier than filming it.
“With a comforting crew of 50 people around, it was difficult to produce authentic terror,” she said. “At one point, someone had to hide behind a door and jump out at me to get a real scream.”
Jessica Capshaw, who plays one of the victims, had a hard time keeping a straight face. “When I first saw the murderer’s mask in broad daylight, I thought it was hilarious,” she said.
“Comedy and horror go hand in hand,” explained Jessica Cauffiel, another casualty. “The murders are so extreme that comedy suits them.”