How many times can they make the same movie? Look no further than the Lifetime Movie Network to find out. Lifetime has been known for two recurring movie themes; you know the ones. There’s the “strong woman escapes abusive husband and gets her revenge” storyline. Then there’s also the patented, “crazy home-wrecker woman destroys a family” narrative.
We’ve seen these over and over, but the other day on Lifetime I saw something new. The network had adopted another recurring theme seen often in theaters but rarely if ever on Lifetime. It was the, “organ transplant recipient takes on the memories of the deceased donor” story. Turns out the film was made 10 years ago. It’s called “Heart of a Stranger” starring Jane Seymour. I didn’t see much of it, but ultimately I’ve seen it before.
This particular storyline typically follows that of the “family moves into the ghost house” narrative, in that the objective is to solve the mystery of how the donor (or former inhabitant of ghost house) was killed. Only then can the deceased ghost move on; come to think of it, I don’t recall what happens to the organ recipients once they’ve convinced the authorities that the donor was murdered. I suppose he/she is no longer haunted by the donor’s memories.
Now if only they’d make a movie about movie fans no longer being haunted by the same movie over and over. Only when the writers and producers of such movies are brought to justice can the movie fans be at peace.