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It’s telling that the first feature-length film to come out of Italy was Dante’s Inferno (1911). Because of course, what else would it be? A silent, 68-minute adaptation of the classic poem that, quite memorably, features Satan munching on the souls of the damned. I suppose you could consider this film a tone-setter for the sort of genre films that would come out in Italy over the next hundred-plus years. The film is violent, demonic, and packed with full-frontal nudity. But most importantly, it was all about Hell.
Now, I know it should go without saying, but Italy is pretty big on that whole Catholicism deal. According to a survey conducted in 2005–2006, 87.8% of Italian citizens considered themselves to be Catholic. It should be no surprise, then, that while religious horror is prevalent in the United States, nobody can quite deliver a satanic panic like the Italians. And in the »
- Perry Ruhland
Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa, our favorite director of B movies that look like art films (or are they the other way around?), to upturn the nostalgia for American blockbusters of the 1980s. Japan’s modern day Don Siegel or Robert Aldrich, who admires in equal parts Jean-Luc Godard and, based on his new film Before We Vanish, John Carpenter, does Super 8, Midnight Special and Stranger Things one better by jumping off from 30-year-old conventions and making a damn good film.A bloody prologue of a massacred family and the dazzled schoolgirl culprit (Yuri Tsunematsu) suggests Kurosawa is squarely back in the horror-thriller genre, but the film’s tone and our expectations are suddenly taken an entirely other way by Yusuke Hayashi’s soundtrack shifting to a plucky comic theme. We learn that the girl is one of three aliens who have arrived on earth and inhabit human bodies, awkwardly »
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Not all horror films need some supernatural or paranormal element to them. In fact, some of the genre’s best efforts have been the most simple ones, with a grounded threat that feels real and believable. No one knows that better than John Carpenter, who struck gold with Halloween, one of the greatest horror movies of all-time. It needs no introduction at this point and as you’ve surely heard, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green will be rebooting the property with plans to release their film in 2018.
Thankfully, they’ll be doing away with all the nonsense that’s transformed Halloween into a bit of a joke in recent years. Apparently, the plan is to simply go back to basics and strip away everything that’s made the franchise so bloated – namely, the supernatural elements. »
- Josh Wilding
It's been a long time since we've seen the iconic horror figure Michael Myers on screen, and even longer since we've seen a good Halloween movie, for that matter. But with Blumhouse currently working on a new Halloween that creator John Carpenter has approved and is producing, there is hope on the horizon. To further fuel the hopefulness many of us have for this latest Halloween entry, we now have a look at the first promo poster, and it is very reminiscent of the original classic.
Blumhouse brought some of their upcoming titles to the Licensing Expo, which is currently taking place in Las Vegas, and one of those titles just so happens to be Halloween Returns. As such, they have the first couple of promo posters on display. Both feature the same image, but one is more of a wide, full display, while the other is a more thin, »
If you think of Antonio Bay when midnight strikes, then you'll be pleased to know that Cavitycolors is looking to appease the doomed sailors of the Elizabeth Dane with their new enamel pin and apparel based on John Carpenter's The Fog.
The Fog collection will go on sale beginning Thursday, May 25th at 5:00pm Est. To learn more, visit Cavitycolors online and check out the official images below.
From Cavitycolors: "Hello friends! This week, we're incredibly honored to bring you an officially licensed collection based on the John Carpenter classic, The Fog. Released in 1980, and hot on the heels of Halloween, The Fog is a terrifying ghost story in the truest sense, and is packed with bleak imagery, an incredible soundtrack, and an all star cast. In the catalog of Carpenter films, it stands as one of my personal favorites.
Check out our newest offerings based on the film »
- Derek Anderson
22 May 2017 6:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A sleepy Japanese coastal town becomes the unlikely Ground Zero for a hostile alien invasion of Earth in director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest Cannes film festival contender, Before We Vanish. The prolific Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore) cites John Carpenter and vintage Cold War sci-fi allegories as key influences on his latest genre-blurring comic thriller, but there are other echoes here, too, from Simon Pegg's and Edgar Wright's affectionate fanboy parodies to Lorene Scafaria's 2012 rom-com Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Before We Vanish is a largely faithful adaptation of a stage play by Tomohiro »
- Stephen Dalton
Announced back in March, Sony are pushing forward with their R-rated Venom spin-off movie by revealing that Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) will be putting on the symbiote suit with Ruben Flischer (Zombieland) directing. The movie goes into production this Fall, and will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read more here.
Speaking of long-gestating projects, and Universal Studios may have found their replacement for Antoine Fuqua on their Scarface remake by arranging talks with David Ayer (Suicide Squad). Ayer is not confirmed yet, and he’s got a busy schedule coming up with Suicide Squad spin-off Gotham City Sirens over at DC and Warner Bros. Read more here.
He’LL Be Back
- Luke Owen
Back in February it was announced that John Carpenter would be returning to the Halloween franchise as executive producer on a relaunch of the franchise, which is being developed by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down).
McBride has already described the new chapter as a sequel to the first two movies and a “straight-up horror”, and now chatting to Empire (via Dark Horizons), he has revealed that it will do away with the more supernatural elements of later instalments, which turned Michael Myers into an invincible killing machine.
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone,” said McBride. “There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, »
- Gary Collinson
To paraphrase John Carpenter, “In France, I’m an auteur; in the USA, I’m a bum.” The same can surely be said of Abel Ferrara, a veteran filmmaker who at this point in his career is more likely to bank on Gallic financiers than stateside money. Love him or hate him, you can always count on Ferrara — a true enfant terrible of American cinema — to bring something interesting to the table.
- Bradley Warren
20 May 2017 5:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The crosstown traffic between directing movies and making music has a long, rich history. While pop legends including Prince, David Byrne, Ice Cube, Madonna and Neil Young have all spent time behind the camera, iconic directors like Woody Allen, John Carpenter, David Lynch and Emir Kusturica have stepped into the spotlight to turn their musical sidelines into concert tours and documentaries.
So it feels natural that Abel Ferrara should now join their ranks by directing and starring in Alive in France, a ragged rockumentary about a series of live concerts he played last year, which premieres today in the Directors' »
- Stephen Dalton
When you’re a director like Ridley Scott, you can pretty much get any actor you want for your movies, and for his last three or four movies, he’s assemble some amazing ensembles. That was definitely true for Prometheus and The Martian, and just as much for his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.
Of course, Michael Fassbender is back as the synthetic android David (and as a second synthetic named Walter), and actress Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) takes on the strong female role of Daniels. Playing the ship’s captain, Christopher Oram, is Billy Crudup, while Danny McBride plays the pilot Tennessee, while Jussie Smollett, probably best known for his role as Jamal on Fox’s Empire, is Sergeant Ricks.
Lrm sat down with the three actors backstage at the Times Square studio of Good Morning America, on which they had appeared earlier. The trio had been together all morning, »
- Edward Douglas
Danny McBride keeps saying the right things about the upcoming Halloween movie he is working on with David Gordon Green. He continues to insist that it isn't a reboot, but without seeing anything from it yet, it is hard to know what to call it. Despite a little bit of mysteriousness surrounding the movie in that sense, McBride is keeping the story close to his vest. He has revealed when the movie is going to start shooting, though, which is very encouraging.
The actor/writer/producer recently appeared on the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show on Sirius Xm. Danny McBride was promoting Alien: Covenant, which is sort of his first foray into horror and features him stepping out of what we know him for, which has mostly been comedy. But he has been a horror fan for a very long time, which led his frequent collaborator and college buddy David Gordon Green, »
Remaking a classic movie can be tough, especially when it's a classic horror movie like John Carpenter's Halloween, which Rob Zombie already took a crack at in 2007 to mixed results. (His first Halloween remake made $58 million in domestic gross, but the sequel Halloween II made about half of that two years later.)
It was reported that director David Gordon Green would be tackling the latest attempt to revive the horror franchise, and he brought on his long-time friend and collaborator to co-write and produce the film.
Talking to Danny McBride earlier today, Lrm asked the actor about how that was going, and this was his response:
"David Green got approached to do that, and he knew that I was a massive fan of the series, so he asked if I’d be interested in writing it with him, and I had the »
- Edward Douglas
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has played his fair share of superheroes from the title character in Kick-Ass to Quicksilver in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in Doug Liman’s The Wall, he gets to play a real superhero; Sergeant Allen Isaac, a soldier in Iraq trapped behind the title wall and pinned down by a sniper. Said sniper finds a way to tap into Isaac’s earpiece, and he begins to play mind games with the young soldier while trying to find out more about his life, and his past.
It’s a fantastic role for Taylor-Johnson with Liman’s camera trained on him for much of the film, creating the same kind of tension Liman brought to his earlier films, Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity.
Lrm got on the phone with Taylor-Johnson from the L.A. junket last week:
Lrm: I spoke with Doug and he »
- Edward Douglas
Author: Scott Davis
In perhaps one of the strangest pieces of news in the last few months, it was revealed that comedian/actor Danny McBride was helping to co-write a new version of the classic 1970’s horror Halloween, alongside acclaimed filmmakers David Gordon Green.
The two have worked together previously on Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down and got the blessing of creator John Carpenter back in February and work is set to begin very soon. With McBride now doing the promotional tours for his new film, Alien: Covenant, Empire spoke to him about the film and what fans can expect from the new interpretation. Speaking to the magazine’s podcast, he said:
I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. »
- Scott Davis
The elements are so familiar they’re almost comforting. A cabin in the middle of the woods. A group of nerve-rattled folks who’ve barricaded themselves inside. The dread of invaders who carry a plague that spreads on contact. Look closely — has the person next to you become one of the infected and the doomed? It’s the stuff of a thousand zombie movies (or foaming-virus movies), and “It Comes at Night” succeeds in conjuring a tense survivalist atmosphere redolent of the walking dead and the desperate living. The film uses the pitch black of night, lit by flashlights (no cheating!), and does so with a nightmare finesse that’s reminiscent, at times, of “The Blair Witch Project.”
For all that, where’s the novelty, the thing that makes this movie different? It is this: “It Comes at Night” feels as though it could be a supernatural horror film, but it isn’t. »
- Owen Gleiberman
Comic Book Resources is reporting that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the team behind the new remake of the horror movie classic Halloween, are looking to ground the series in a more realistic state. Speaking with Empire Film Podcast, Danny McBride had this to say about their reimagining.
It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn't corny and it wasn't turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn't be killed. That stuff to me isn't scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think can happen.
While some may question the duo taking the reins of the horror classic due to their resume of comedy films, some may be encouraged by their take on the series. They may also be assured by the approval of series creator John Carpenter.
So for us, we were like we have to make »
- Tim Jousma
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Carpenter's Christine (1983) is showing May 4 - June 3 and Starman (1984) is showing May 5 - June 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom.ChristineWas it too dark? Too bleak? Too gory? Did it have the misfortune of opening when American moviegoers were flocking to E.T.? Either way, when John Carpenter's The Thing landed in the summer of 1982, with an apocalyptic cliffhanger and the most surreally grotesque, tactile, gooey monster effects you never realized could be put on film, it fizzled. "It was hated," Carpenter later recalled at a screening in Los Angeles. "Hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent—" He trailed off and joked, "And I was." The audience laughed, because by now The Thing's exalted place in movie geek culture is secure: an exquisitely paranoid horror classic and arguably the crown »
Storm King Comics is set to launch the brand new series John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction this July, and we’ve got an unlettered first-look preview of the debut issue, which you can see here…
The first story of John Carpenter’s monthly anthology series Tales of Science Fiction. When the moon-bound crew of Gaia stumbles across an enormous alien vessel, more technologically advanced than their own, priorities change. The mystery deepens when the crew discovers the name of the vessel along the hull written in English: “Vault.”
John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction #1 is out on July 26th, priced $3.99.
Via Cbr »
- Amie Cranswick
Not all horror films need some supernatural or paranormal element to them. In fact, some of the genre’s best efforts have been the most simple ones, with a grounded threat that feels real and believable. For many, that’s the scariest thing and it’s what made some of the classics from the 70s and 80s into the iconic films that they are today. Sometimes, all you really need is a psycho with a blade just killing people for no apparent reason.
No one knows that better than John Carpenter, who struck gold with Halloween, one of the greatest horror movies of all-time. It needs no introduction at this point, and as fans will know, the property has undergone some significant changes over the years. Currently, there are 10 entries in the franchise, and with numerous directors coming in to put their own spin on Michael Myers, the character isn »
- Mark Cassidy
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