Laura Elena Harring (Mulholland Drive) does what she can with her very small role.I noticed she tried to repress an accent, but I couldn't tell from where. Burroughs is great, although more of her (not really looking at her, though she's hideous) would have been great.See more » One of the least successful movies of the year, when it should have been one of the most, is Willard, the remake of the Bruce Davison version.It has everything going for it, and it was really the dismal marketing campaign that brought it to its early demise.Frank Martin, a vicious man whose professional interest in Willard extends to a personal financial one.The film makers suggested making Willard a very rat-like human and requested the make-up artists make Crispin Glover unattractive and nervous looking by accenting the hard angles of his face, making him pale, dark around the eyes, and making his distinct nose stand out.
As I said earlier, Willard has everything going for it. The directing, by X-Files alum Glen Morgan (also written by him and co-produced with James Wong) was perfect.He has a dead-end job at his late father's business, now run by his father's partner, Frank Martin (R.Lee Ermey), who just keeps him on until Willard's mother (Jackie Burroughs) dies.He has an obvious style (and probably studied Hitchcock in college), and creates a sense of realism in this implausible movie.Also, Morgan's screenplay has some of the best humor to come out of a movie this year, especially from Ermey and Burroughs.
If more people had given it a chance, then hopefully it would have been more successful and more people would have been able to see this masterwork.