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Lone Survivor: Wingard’s Latest a Near Perfect Mix of Subtext, Comedy and Satisfying Thrills
After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and The ABCs of Death, director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett return to their first feature since 2011’s You’re Next, (a film that finally hit theaters to warm reception in 2013) with The Guest. Adept talents for entertaining, tongue-in-cheek scenarios, Wingard and Barrett exert equal levels of over-the-top bits with their latest endeavor, but with a sharper mix of subversive commentary and tightly plotted thrills that feels like an homage to the off-the-cuff glory days of John Carpenter. A penchant for comedic asides may cause fans of their previous works to favor something like You’re Next, but Wingard and Barrett deliver a fun, stylish, highly enjoyable throwback with their latest, the kind of film genre fans endlessly seek but so »
- Nicholas Bell
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Written by Kevin Williamson
Directed by Wes Craven
Cast: Christina Ricci (Ellie), Joshua Jackson (Jake), Jesse Eisenberg (Jimmy), Milo Ventimiglia (Bo), Judy Greer (Joanie), Scott Baio (Himself), Craig Kilborne (Himself), Portia de Rossi (Zela), Mya (Jenny), Shannon Elizabeth (Becky), Derek Mears (Werewolf)
Here I am once more, potentially defending something that is much maligned as a catastrophic fail. I often find myself having to do that for films, (sequels especially) that did not find a collective acceptance among its target audience. Friday the 13th part 5, Halloween 3, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, just to name a few. “Cursed” stands alone, but still made a difficult road for itself by being part of a genre that has had its share of epic triumphs and hard disappointments. Werewolf films have broken new ground with “An American Werewolf in London” with its landmark special effects, and “The Howling” with »
The 2005 Wes Craven werewolf flick Cursed was cursed by the MPAA and trimmed down to a tepid and ultimately toothless affair. Thankfully, all these years later Rick Baker is offering fans a glimpse at what could have and should have been!
Baker recently tweeted an image in which he reveals "the almost transformed Judy Greer Werewolf.” Yeah, it's really cool so of course we didn't get to see it! I seriously hate people. Sigh... in any event Cursed starred Christina Ricci, Jesse Eisenberg, and Portia de Rossi.
A werewolf loose in Los Angeles changes the lives of three young adults, who, after being mauled by the beast, learn they must kill their attacker if they hope to change their fate to avoid becoming werewolves too.
- Steve Barton
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
To mark the release of Lizzie Borden Took an Axe on 18th August, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD.
A sweltering hot day in Massachusetts, 1892, is pierced by the brutal double murder of Mr. and Mrs. Borden that would stun the nation. Lizzie (Christina Ricci), a wholesome Sunday school teacher and Mr. Borden’s youngest daughter, quickly becomes the prime suspect. Now, as her lawyer Andrew Jennings (Billy Campbell) proclaims her innocence, the original good-girl-gone-bad will stand trial in one of the most gripping, gruesome mysteries of all time. Her name will forever live in infamy and the eerie children’s rhyme will continue to haunt those that know the story, but the truth is anything but clear.
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Like Jerry’s installment yesterday, I too tend to write with a playlist blasting in the background. As a musical theatre performer and a former coffee-shop cover singer, music plays a major part in my life. My music tastes are all over the board, but my writing playlists tend not to really click with what most people would assume is played when analyzing horror films. My favorite bands aren’t even on this list, because my “writing mix” is very specific to my writing process. It’s weird. I almost can’t listen to my all time favorite bands when I write because then I become distracted. I love finding new and undiscovered talents and I’m a sucker for female covers, but most of my songs are, well, you be the judge. -Bj Colangelo
1) Pogo: “Skynet Symphony”
I can’t speak highly enough of Pogo. The guy makes his »
- BJ Colangelo
Massachusetts director Nick Gomez (Drowning Mona) is more used to working on television shows than feature films and it shows in Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, a Lifetime television movie based on the life of Lizzie Borden.
Christina Ricci is an actress I enjoy sometimes, but her performances range from good to poor depending on the movie she is in, and sadly this is not one of her better roles. The cast isn’t a bad one, with Clea Duvall appearing as Lizzie’s sister, Emma Borden. It just all feels very forced, which is a shame because the tale is one that, with better casting, a deeper budget, more delicate writing and a steadier director’s hand, could be very good indeed. »
- Chris Cummings
Christina Ricci is a mom! According to a source, the 34-year-old actress and husband James Heerdegen have welcomed a baby boy, their first child together. Ricci, who fittingly stars next in the ensemble drama Mother's Day, first indicated that she was pregnant without saying a word, instead flashing an already pretty prominent baby bump back in May. Her rep confirmed soon after that sighting that they were expecting. Ricci and Heerdegen, a dolly grip who most recently has been working on the CBS Sherlock series Elementary, tied the knot on Oct. 26, 2013, in New York, about two years after meeting on the set of ABC's Pan Am. The actress hasn't breathed a »
Fans aren’t happy about the shady Teen Choice Awards’ voting system, Kendall Jenner exhibits major diva behavior, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are taking their relationship very public and more pop culture news to get you going on this Monday morning.
Organizers of the Teen Choice Awards are dealing with major backlash after voting process is revealed. [Cosmopolitan] Kendall Jenner reportedly tried to skip out on a bill and then threw money at a waitress’ face. Scott Disick part two? [NY Post] Just days after their split, Ramona Singer‘s husband Mario was spotted with his next fling. [People] NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning rap in a new music video for DirecTV. [Naughty Nice Rob] The full trailer for Nicholas Sparks‘ The Best of Me is here with a signature kissing in the rain scene. [Gossip Cop] Christina Ricci welcomed her first baby boy this weekend. [Babyrazzi] Check out the photos from Kate Upton‘s first modeling gig »
- Taylor Ferber
Wednesday Addams is officially a mom! Christina Ricci and hubby James Heerdegen reportedly welcomed a baby boy, Us reports. The "Addams Family" actress and her "Pan Am" costar confirmed they were expecting their first child together in May, after photos surfaced of the former child star sporting one big baby bump. The 34-year-old tied the knot last summer with James in New York City on the Upper East Side. The cute couple said "I do" in front of their closest friends and family members at the Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall. Ricci and Heerdegen first met back in 2011, while working on the ABC drama. Kids have definitely been on the cute couple's brain for quite some time. In 2013, Ricci gushed about her handsome beau to the Us and revealed that she was ready to start a family. "I can't wait to have our own little world replete with small beings, »
- tooFab Staff
Christina Ricci is reportedly a new mom!
Christina Ricci is reportedly a new mom!
Pics: Check out Hollywood's Cutest Kids
The 34-year-old actress has welcomed a baby boy with husband James Heerdegen, sources told Us Weekly.
The couple first met on the set of the canceled ABC series Pan Am and went public with their relationship in February 2012.
In February 2013, the couple announced their engagement and officially tied the knot in October during a ceremony at Manhattan's Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall. »
Christina Ricci has given birth to a baby boy! Us Weekly reports that Christina and husband James Heerdegen recently welcomed their son and are "thrilled and ready for a change of pace." It's only been a little over a month since we first learned of Christina's pregnancy when she appeared to be sporting a baby bump at Lax. Christina's rep later confirmed the news. While the couple has yet to release an official statement or a name for the little guy, we're excited nonetheless. Congratulations to the first-time parents! »
It's a boy! Christina Ricci recently welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband James Heerdegen, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly. The former child actress, now 34, first sparked pregnancy speculation in late May when she stepped out at Lax airport in Los Angeles with a tell-tale baby bump, confirming the news via publicist shortly thereafter. The new parents couldn't be more excited about welcoming their little bundle of joy. "They are thrilled and ready for a change of pace," a pal told Us at the [...] »
The word “millennial” has become a buzzy term over the past year thanks to online outlets that have supplied readers born between the ‘80s and early-‘00s with an endless supply of nostalgic content that has allowed them — or rather, us — to relive the good and bad of everyone’s younger years. (It’s not just BuzzFeed or Vulture. VH1 has also built a brand on nostalgia with I Love the… and our own online content that has us revisiting our favorite films and albums of a certain age.)
When it comes to one film studio (and brand) that has been a pivotal part of the millennial experience, it’s MTV Films. Founded in 1996, the studio was an offshoot of the music TV channel and has since produced the big screen versions of a number of MTV programs, such as Beavis and Butt-head and Jackass, as well as original hits, »
- Stacy Lambe
Appealing performances, a few tweaks to the clichés of the inspiring-teacher genre, and a sincere desire to counter outrageous racism go a long way toward making this worth a look. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s Stand and Deliver in Sydney. Sort of. Christina Ricci (The Smurfs 2) is Dino Chalmers, an American schoolteacher abroad — she moved to Australia to be with her fiancé — now all fired up to inspire the poor inner-city Aboriginal teens and other “kids at risk” whom even their other teachers and school admins hold out no hope for. The grownups all laugh at Dino, including her husband-to-be (Daniel Henshall: Snowtown), when she insists her class will perform Hamlet — in public at a school showcase, no less — because everyone knows you can’t teach black fellas Shakespeare. The overt, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s 1997 directorial debut, Insomnia is a prescient prototype of what would now be termed Nordic Noir in today’s global film market. At the time of its release, it was one of the first Norwegian films of international note in quite some time, with Skjoldbjaerg joining the ranks of other notable newcomers like Pal Sleutane and Bent Hamer. An inverted film noir, utilizing light instead of shadow, there’s a cold blankness to the film, making it a sort of waking nightmare. When all is visible, there’s no place to hide, forcing the film’s protagonist into internalized retreat, escaping into himself. Too much light engages a similar sort of madness as the eternal shadows.
The murder of a teenage girl opens the film, shot on grainy super 8 while we witness the killer cleaning up the act. To investigate, a Swedish police officer stationed in Oslo, Jonas »
- Nicholas Bell
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. We're back on the clock with this post-Comic-Con and there are three new titles to alert you to with this update. First, there's Lizzie Borden Took An Axe. This is that Lifetime original movie starring Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall that aired earlier this year. Didn't hear good things, but here's the synopsis in case you're interested: On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma (DuVall).
The post Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 7/28 appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz aren't the only amateurs who've had sex on tape. Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) Director: Tom Brady Stars: Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson The touching story of a man whose big heart overcame his micropenis to become the world's biggest adult film star. Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star opens with helicopter footage of Midwest farm country; just your basic cinematic establishing shots. Then it introduces the audience »
- Jason Adams
Christina Ricci stars in one of those inspirational teacher movies that comes around every year or so. You know the films I'm talking about, where the teacher has to unlock the real potential of her lost students who live in a harsh world. The movie is called Around the Block, and she plays an American teacher "who takes a troubled inner-city youth under her wing as they all find themselves struggling in the gritty streets of Redfern, an inner suburb of Sydney that's home to the 'block' of the film's title." The movie is set to be released sometime this year. Thanks to Firstshowing for the tip! »
- Joey Paur
Rosemary Murphy, who appeared as the neighbor Maudie Atkinson in the classic 1962 film adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck, died Saturday in New York City. She was 87 and had recently been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Murphy, who won her Emmy for portraying the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin, died Saturday at her home in New York City, her longtime agent, Alan Willig, told The Hollywood Reporter. She recently was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rosemary-murphy-dead-kill-mockingbird-717521#sthash.BzHqOdBQ.dpuf Murphy, who won her Emmy for portraying the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1976 ABC miniseries Eleanor and Franklin, died Saturday at her home in New York City, her longtime agent, Alan Willig, told The Hollywood Reporter. She recently was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. – See more at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rosemary-murphy-dead-kill-mockingbird-717521#sthash. »
- Carmel Dagan
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