It was a simple request: I’d say the words “Demon Bear,” and the cast of The New Mutants would tell me what pops into their heads. The results, as you can see above, were amazing.

In the new Marvel film, which opened (in theaters!?) this past weekend, a group of mutants is held against their will in a hospital they think is supposed to help them. It isn’t. Along the way, Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt) is haunted by this demonic presence referred to as a Demon Bear and, eventually, she and her fellow mutants have to team up to destroy it.

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What’s so great about the memories the cast had of a massive CG effect like the Demon Bear are how they run the gamut. Some are about the film’s production. Others are about their friendships. And more than anything, it makes it very clear that though this cast made The New Mutants a long time ago, their memories of it won’t soon go away. You can watch them discuss it in the video above but we’ve also provided a transcript below (our videos also include a closed captioning option).

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Did you see The New Mutants this weekend? What did you think?


Germain Lussier, io9: One thing I note that you guys tease in the trailer, that everyone’s kind of excited about; I’m gonna say two words and I’d like you to go around and say what you think when you hear it. The two words are “Demon Bear.”

[laughing]

Henry Zaga: It reminds me of a really funny line that Charlie says in the movie, “Nut up, Berto.”

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Josh Boone: “Nut up, Berto!”

[laughing]

Charlie Heaton: It reminds me of our special effects supervisor who, after every shot with the potential bear in it, he would have to walk around with this absolutely ridiculous...

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Boone: Embarrassing.

Heaton: ...bear cape. That’s all. In the middle of a field. You know, that was what I had to look at you know we had to look at a lot of the time.

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Alice Braga: Charlie stole my answer. Special effects.

Blu Hunt: You know, weirdly, the first thing that came to mind was just, “Aw, cute.” [demon bear roaring] I thought of the big, big, giant bear head too. The big, giant, green CGI bear head thing you had to act with.

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Boone: I vividly remember Maisie hanging on the fake bear. It was bucking her up and down and all that. That was pretty great.

Zaga: I also remember Blu with the really sweet moment in one of our first days, when she’s talking about the bear inside. Very powerful.

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Boone: Yeah, that was our, that was the first thing we shot, was the attic scene.

Hunt: First thing.


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DISCUSSION

So, huge spoilers ahead for the New Mutants.

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Seriously, I’m gonna spoil the whole climax here.

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Last chance. I’m serious.

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Alright, spoiler time.

The demon bear is a very good example of what I mean when I say New Mutants is a bad superhero movie but a good episode of Buffy.

The demon bear is a manifestation of our protagonist Dani’spower. It’s a self-created problem. When it appears, it dispatch the villain of the movie in less than a minute. The entirety of the climax is spend trying to clean’s Dani’s mess. It’s not even a very good fight - all the teens manage to do is stall the beast long enough for Dani to find the courage to face her fear, wake up, and tell the bear to go away.

As a superhero climax, that’s no good. It makes the heroes non-heroic and inneffectual. It’s basically the same problem Suicide Squad had with every problem being the protagonists’ own fault.

But as a Buffy episode, it’s perfect. The superpowers are metaphors for the teen’s angst, and the lack of control is is therefore much more acceptable as a part of that metaphor. While there is ass-kicking to be delivered, the ultimate solution always comes from character growth. The antagonists don’t really matter much in Buffy, because the heroes’ worst enemy is always themselves. Hell, Buffy did at least two episodes with that exact “face a manifestation of your worst fears” plot.

So yeah, I understand people who dislike the movie. Because if you look at it as a superhero movie or a horror movie, it sucks. As an adaptation, it’s even worse. But as a YA supernatural drama? It’s pretty good.

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