Take Donald F Glut, for example. The man who wrote, not that he'll thank me for mentioning this, the novelisation of The Empire Strikes Back – a book I loved reading when less old than I am now.
Turns out, he also wrote episodes for Spider-Man, Transformers and Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels (plus loads of others, but I'm seriously and joyously cherrypicking).
Anyhoo, turns out I know someone who knows him.
Also turns out he's produced a new film – Tales of Frankenstein. Four short stories about that Victor fellow (kinda, in one way or another).
Which is why I got to spend a rather lovely Bank Holiday Monday morning watching a screener of said film.
Sometimes, just sometimes, the universe doesn't totally suck...
And, thankfully, nor does the film.
It could have been easy to lose the thread as Donald weaves his four tales, helped by a simply wonderful ensemble cast, but this guy knows his bolts (he's been very busy in the horror genre over the past few years).
Essentially what we have here is a love letter to Hammer House Of Horror.
Not just with the subject matter, but in the periods and locations chosen (Bavaria, Transylvania) and the other genres that get roped in for good measure (Sam Spade-esque film noir was a nice touch).
Each tale has its own style and tone, while still being shot through the Hammer lens — lending a warm familiarity to each story.
And the way the whole thing subtlety wraps back round itself just leaves you grinning and nodding.
In between all that, heads are surgically hacked open, hands come to life, the male fantasy of wanting a younger model is put through the wringer and Dracula... no no, that would be a spoiler.
There is an attention to detail here that is quite wonderful to see, and it's one of the things that helps bring the whole film to life, as it were.
Of course, as mentioned above, the cast more than play their part.
John Blyth Barrymore as Vincent, Buddy Daniels Friedman as Dr. Gregore, the sublimely sinister Jim Tavaré as Dr. Karnstein, Tatiana DeKhtyar as Lenore Frankenstein, Len Wein as Helmut and Jamisin Matthews as the hard-chewing Jack Anvil all buy in to what Glut is after and deliver.
Boy do they deliver.
And they're clearly having as much fun being in this as the audience will have watching it.
In an age of reboots, prequels and sequels, it's nothing short of amazing to find indie film makers still trying to put something new out there.
And yes, we know that Frankenstein isn't a 'new' story, but this is a fresh look at an old classic.
Fingers crossed it finds the audience it deserves.