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Tori Spelling sources strength from TV movie remake haters

Published 19/06/2016

Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling has shared her thoughts on why her campy cult classic continues to resonate with viewers.

Actress Tori Spelling has formally thanked all of the people who are dissing the remake of her made-for-TV movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?

The original film, about a young lady who finds herself entrapped in a relationship with a psychopath, was broadcast on the small screen in 1996, and a new reproduction of the thriller with a very unique spin on the storyline aired Saturday (18Jun16) on U.S. network Lifetime.

Actor James Franco spearheaded the remake as executive producer and he also stars in the new film alongside Tori, and although some fans were unimpressed with the revival's vampire-driven plot, she is taking criticisms in stride.

“It's a hard thing in Hollywood, they love to build you up to knock you down,” she tells the New York Daily News. “I wouldn't be driven to reinvent myself over and over again (without criticism), so I thank everyone that knocks me down!”

Two decades ago countless viewers of the original Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? classified the film as a cheesy and camp teen drama, so when Tori received a call from executives telling her James Franco wanted to remake the picture, she thought the conversation was a practical joke.

“I was like, 'Excuse me? Is the line breaking up, did I hear that correctly?” she recalled.

Tori was offered her original part in Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? when she was enjoying the height of her fame from starring on hit '90s sitcom Beverly Hills, 90210. And in hindsight she thinks the flick has remained such a cult classic over the years because the project's title is so impressive.

“In the '90s I did a lot of TV movies and the reason this one stands out, I mean, it's the name alone,” she smiled. “I literally took the offer for the movie before I even read the script, the original one, it was such an amazing title. I was like, 'Oh my God, this title alone is going to make this movie.’”

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