5 items from 2015
Writer’s Note: This is the second part of my celebration of Ernest Dickerson’s Demon Knight, which turns 20 today. Truly one of my favorite horror movies to come out of the 1990’s (or really, any decade), Demon Knight was a landmark endeavor for many reasons. You can catch up with Part One of my retrospective here.
In Demon Knight, Brayker (William Sadler) and The Collector (Billy Zane) are vying for control over an ancient relic that controls the very fate of humanity. The duo eventually face-off at a remote long-term hotel in New Mexico called The Mission where several residents end up getting caught in the middle of their epic showdown. The hotel is run by the wise-cracking, no-nonsense Irene (Cch Pounder) who makes it her job to keep her renters in line, including former convict Jeryline (Jade Pinkett), a well-meaning prostitute named Cordelia (Brenda Bakke) and her client, »
- Heather Wixson
After several successful seasons on HBO under its belt, Tales from the Crypt and its iconic host, The Cryptkeeper (voiced by John Kassir), made the leap to the big screen in January 1995 with the feature film Demon Knight. Directed by Ernest Dickerson and starring William Sadler, Billy Zane, Jada Pinkett, Dick Miller, Brenda Bakke, Thomas Hayden Church, Cch Pounder and Charles Fleischer, Demon Knight debuted at #3 its opening weekend and took in over $21 million during its theatrical run, making the first of the Tales from the Crypt a bona fide success (even if the critics didn’t seem to think so).
A movie best remembered by fans for its masterful blending of horror and comedy, an incredibly diverse and talented cast of players as well as an iconic soundtrack and jaw-dropping special effects to boot, it was love at first sight after I first experienced Demon Knight all those years »
- Heather Wixson
If Viola Davis is going to be the Samuel L. Jackson of the DC movie universe, I am perfectly fine with that. If you're not terribly familiar with Amanda Waller, the character she is in final negotiations to play in a number of different DC movies, let me recommend a recent DC animated film to you as a sort of crash course in both Waller and the Suicide Squad. "Batman: Assault on Arkham" will give you a pretty decent idea of what you can expect when David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" hits theaters in August of 2016. Cch Pounder plays the role in that film, and she also played that part on the "Justice League" animated series. On "Smallville," it was Pam Grier who played the part. Waller also appeared in a very brief couple of scenes in the live-action "Green Lantern," where Angela Bassett played the part. I love Viola Davis, »
- Drew McWeeny
Amongst the two dozen or so upcoming movies over the next few years based on comic books, one of the most interesting is David Ayer's "Suicide Squad" film. A big reason for that appeal is not just the concept, but the characters including government agent Amanda Waller.
Waller is a fascinating creation, a tough as nails government agent and pragmatist who cares about getting the job done no matter the political and moral implications. Several strong actresses have played her including Pam Grier, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Angela Bassett, and still the best to date - C.C.H. Pounder.
The casting of beloved actress Viola Davis as Waller the other week though is an excellent choice. Davis herself tells Nerd Report that scheduling around her "How to Get Away with Murder" series commitments are still being sorted out, but she's very excited about the character:
“I'm fascinated by her. I'm fascinated by »
- Garth Franklin
Despite the crazy events of "Archer: Vice" last year, this week's premiere of the sixth season of FX's animated comedy returns the gang to their regular espionage business. However, creator-writer Adam Reed has revealed that at one point a plan was considered to see the team paying for their crimes - by putting them in prison.
Reed tells EW: "It was an offhand comment by someone. We sat down and talked about it and were laughing about it, and instantly story ideas were spilling out. Then some wet blanket said, 'Well, you know, it's going to seem like we're ripping off Orange Is the New Black.' It just sucked all the air out of the room.”
The idea may have been abandoned, but the team gave the mag an illustration of their idea of what would happen to these incarcerated characters. Prison movie references galore are in the shot, »
- Garth Franklin
5 items from 2015
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