Paul Lynch's 1986 DREAM TO BELIEVE (aka: FLYING; TEENAGE DREAM) is the heart-warming story of a lovely young tomboy portrayed by Olivia d'Abo who against all odds summons within herself the strength to succeed in gymnastics and, therefore, life. It also stars Keanu Reeves and Rita Tushingham. And was co-produced by Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Co. (which made Jackie Chan's ARMOUR OF GOD the same year). Strange bedfellows!
What's more is that there is a hidden horror movie (trailer) buried inside Paul Lynch's film. What I really mean is: if someone were so inclined, they could utilize only audio and video from the title in question to create a film of an entirely other persuasion. And I am so inclined. I observed this potential in my first ever viewing approximately six months ago, but only now - after having undertaken and completed a handful of recent editing projects in my free time - do I feel confident and capable enough to realize this thing that otherwise would probably never get done.
Thus was born SCREAM TO BELIEVE, a two-minute horror movie trailer appropriately Frankensteined together as a perverse tribute to a picture that (as with PRECIOUS FIND from a previous Lab entry) I actually like very much. If not for its outsider coming-of-age story, Lynch's film is worth it for Rita Tushingham's Diamond Dogs-era David Bowie haircut. The fact that Keanu Reeves looks a little bit like Jane Birkin is a rare bonus. Both must be seen to be, uh, believed. :-) This posting should have been timed with Halloween, but fuck it: have a spooky Christmas.
- Samuel B. Prime
Founder, LA Ciné Salon