“Alan Moore knows the score”


This was shouted by someone, around 6 a.m., at the Scala Cinema in Kings Cross, during the title sequence for Return of the Swamp Thing. The year was 1990. The titles- consisting of a montage of pages from the comic -were by far the best part of the film.

Then there was V for Vendetta; From Hell; The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. About which there is little worth dwelling on.

As for Watchmen, I do not know if I dare to see it. But then again, as Moore says in a recent interview in Wired

My books are still the same books as they were before they were made into films. The books haven’t changed. I’m reminded of the remark by, I think it was Raymond Chandler, where he was asked about what he felt about having his books “ruined” by Hollywood. And he led the questioner into his study and showed him all the books there on the bookshelf, and said, Look—there they all are. They’re all fine. They’re fine. They’re not ruined. They’re still there. And I think that’s pretty much the attitude I take. If the books are as good as I think they are, then they are the things that will endure. And if the films are as bad as I think they are, then they are the things that will not endure. So, I suppose we’ll see at the end of the day, whenever that is.

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