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I had no idea what Officer Downe was until I wrote this post – which I did after watching this new trailer for the Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy) starrer. This movie, which will be released Stateside in a couple of weeks, is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Joe Casey and revolves around Coates’ police officer who, quite literally, cannot be stopped by death. He returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.
Casey wrote the screenplay for the film version of his book with Slipknot founder Shawn Crahan taking the directing reigns for his feature debut. If you think that this looks and feels a lot like Crank then it may well do as it is co-produced by Mark Neveldine, co-director of the first two Crank movies.
Bloody Disgusting posted the first poster for the film on their site earlier this week, »
- Paul Heath
"Are you ready to crush some criminal cranium?" What in the world is this?! A trailer has arrived for a film called Officer Downe, adapted from the graphic novel of the same name. It's about a zombie police officer in the future who is resurrected every time he dies, cleaning up the streets of Los Angeles the only way he knows how - "with extreme prejudice and a total disdain for gun-running nuns and kung fu criminals." Kim Coates stars as Officer Downe, with a fun cast including Sam Witwer, Lauren Vélez, Alison Lohman, Lindsay Pulsipher, Reno Wilson, Tyler Ross and filmmaker Mark Neveldine (who also produced it). This looks totally whacko, but also kind of badass, like Judge Dredd if it were a low budget D-movie. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Shawn Crahan's Officer Downe, direct from YouTube: Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel, Officer Downe »
- Alex Billington
Earlier this year, producer Mark Neveldine made a bold claim, stating that the upcoming comic book adaption of Officer Downe is “better than any Marvel movie or DC movie ever made.” While this kind of comment usually has mainstream comic book fans spitting vinegar, I would argue those studios are releasing some pretty generic, watered down cinema, so it's entirely possible he's just calling it how he sees it. Either way, Officer Downe barely resembles modern comic book movies which is why it's refreshing. For my money, Officer Downe is already a winner when it casts Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates in the lead and holds a super R rating as a badge of honor. This first trailer for the highly stylized adaptation has been...
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A seemingly indestructible force will come to theaters and VOD this fall, as Magnet Releasing has acquired Officer Downe for Us distribution beginning November 18th:
Press Release: New York, NY (September 22, 2016) – Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to Officer Downe, the debut feature of M. Shawn Crahan (aka ‘Clown’), co-founder and visual architect of Grammy winning and multi-platinum band Slipknot. The film, starring Kim Coates (Sons Of Anarchy), will be released in theaters and On Demand November 18.
Adapted from the 2010 graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, Officer Downe concocts a hyper-real Los Angeles for the story of a savage La policeman who is repeatedly resurrected and returned to active duty via dark science technology. When a rookie officer named Gable is recruited as back up, he discovers there's much more to the titular super-cop than a mindless »
- Derek Anderson
The gritty sci-fi film follows a police officer who is repeatedly killed, resurrected, and sent back into the field thanks to some shadowy technology that essentially makes him immortal. It’s an adaptation of a 2010 graphic novel by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, and stars Kim Coates of “Sons of Anarchy” fame. Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures.
“Officer Downe” will debut in theaters and on-demand platforms on Nov. 18. It plans to tout the film at New York Comic-Con in a few weeks.
Crahan is best known by his stage name “Clown.” He is a musician, music producer, and artist, who co-founded and is a member of the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot.
The film got a positive response when it screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival last summer, »
- Brent Lang
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)
It all begins with Once Upon a Time. Such a simple introduction for Belladonna of Sadness, a 1973 Japanese animated feature whose newfound legacy includes a decades-long disappearance, a dramatic re-emergence, and a growing reputation as a frenzied, pornographic freakout. The final entry in anime elder statesman Osamu Tezuka‘s erotic Animerama trilogy has remained largely unknown to even the most die-hard cult cinephiles, »
- The Film Stage
Thanks to the Russo brothers; Swann, Ajax, Cochise, Rembrandt, and other members of “The Warriors” are coming out to play again. Let’s check it out.
In conjunction with Paramount TV and Hulu, Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a re-imagining of Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic ‘The Warriors’ with a 1 hour drama series which will be shown on Hulu. They plan to honor the movie while adding their own touch of grit, sex and violence to the story. Story writer for the series will be Frank Baldwin.
The film is an adaption of Sol Yurick’s novel, of the same name. Set in 1979 NYC it tells the tale of a Coney Island gang that must make it back to their home turf after being framed for the murder of Cyrus, leader of the largest gang in NYC. During the trip they have to avoid rival gangs hunting them for the death of Cyrus, »
- email@example.com (Rob Bayne)
Celebrating its world premiere this weekend at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival is the graphic novel adaptation Officer Downe, which was written by Joe Casey (who also wrote the source material) and directed by M. Shawn Crahan, (also known to fans worldwide as “Clown” from Slipknot). The film stars Kim Coates as the titular character: a badass cop unable to die and Los Angeles’ last form of protection from a corrupt future world.
Daily Dead caught up with Coates prior to the film’s premiere to hear more about his experiences taking on the lead role for Officer Downe, collaborating with Crahan on the film, why the world needs more badass movies, and the virtues of playing an immortal character. »
- Heather Wixson
Directed by first-time feature filmmaker M. Shawn Crahan (who is also known to millions of fans as Clown from the hugely popular band Slipknot), Officer Downe recently premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Written by Joe Casey (who also penned the graphic novel), Officer Downe stars Kim Coates in the titular role as an immortal cop fighting to make Los Angeles a safer place in the not-too-distant future.
Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Crahan about his first time in the director’s chair for Officer Downe and heard more about his approach to the material, why Coates was the perfect choice to embody the film’s hero, how Mark Neveldine has continued to mentor him, and more.
Great to speak with you today, Shawn. I was really excited to see that you were going to be directing. I was super bummed as a fan to »
- Heather Wixson
Back in February, producer Mark Neveldine (half of Crank's Neveldine/Taylor directing duo) stated that his upcoming comic book adaption of Officer Downe is “better than any Marvel movie or DC movie ever made.” While some people may think that's a bold claim, I would argue those studios are releasing some pretty generic, watered down cinema, so it's entirely possible he's just calling it how he sees it.
For my money, Officer Downe is already a winner when it casts Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates in the lead and holds a super R rating. This first clip from the flick certainly gives us a great taste of the madness to come.
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The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.
For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:
Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology. »
- Heather Wixson
Whenever we interview anyone for Den of Geek, we try to throw in a curveball of a final question by asking them, “What’s your favourite Jason Statham movie?” Obviously, there are plenty to choose from, but to date, the most common answer is Crank. Simon Pegg loves it. James McAvoy loves it. Rupert Grint loves it. The list goes on, and for good reason: it’s bonkers, and brilliant, and almost completely unique.
The contrivance that kickstarts Crank’s action is a great one: hitman Chev Chelios (The Statham, naturally) has been poisoned by a rival gangster, injected with a synthetic compound that blocks his adrenaline receptors. To stay alive, he’ll need to jack himself up with as many stimulants as possible. »
The Horror Channel is set to broadcast no less than eight horror premieres next month, including the UK TV premiere of 'The Vatican Tapes'. The movie is a dynamic, unusual and thrilling exorcism shocker by 'Crank' director Mark Neveldine, and it will air on Friday 13th May at 9pm. Also receiving their first appearances on the Horror Channel are the grotesque Irish comedy horror 'Stitches', starring Ross Noble and Tom Shankland's chilling and taboo-shattering 'The Children. There is also a UK TV premiere of Ian Clark's stark and scary 'The Facility'. You can check out the rest of May's premieres below. »
Batman V Superman, Scott Pilgrim, Hardcore Henry and more show the growing influence of videogames on film....
For a while now, 'it's like watching somebody else play a video game' has been a nifty shorthand for film critics. Even though the popularity of playthrough videos, from YouTube to dedicated networks like Twitch, means that a lot of us might now be watching other people play the video games, we understand the implication whether we agree with it or not.
It's the same reason why there has arguably never been a great movie based directly on a video game, as these tend to transplant story and character elements into a big screen medium at the expense of the personal player experience, whereby you can actually inhabit and control a character. »
Want a quality action film, but you only have an hour and a half? Step this way...
Looking back over the genre, action films definitely haven’t suffered from the trend to make everything longer. They’ve always been pretty long, regularly clocking in at over two hours. Perhaps because of all the slo-mo? But while the sweet spot for action classics seems to be the 100-110 minute mark, there are those that have cut the genre right down to basics, and succeeded all the more for it.
Below is my pick of 25 great action films 90 minutes or under. Even more so than other genres, action crosses many other films - picking a pure ‘action’ flick is all but impossible. So below I’ve chosen films that retain action sequences as their main narrative device, and keep the action at the heart of the movie, rather than as a extra. »
This year brings a number of major-budget action features, each attempting to one-up their predecessors in order to get audiences in theaters. However, before the summer blockbuster season kicks off we’ll get one that seems most aligned to the video-game experience. Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore follows a cybernetic super-soldier who kicks, punches and parkours his way across Russia to save his wife from a psychotic paramilitary psychic bent on world domination. And it’s entirely in first-person point-of-view. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova, a new trailer has now landed.
We said in our review, “While perhaps not presented in a stylistic manner friendly to most Vulgar Auteurists, the film manages to pull off a hat-trick of comparisons to the movement’s deities. The rough-and-tumble cyborg mayhem recalls John Hyams’ Universal Soldier pictures, the final fight »
- Jordan Raup
Yes, that is what producer Mark Neveldine claims.
The new film, Officer Downe, based on the graphic novel of the same name, follows the foibles of "an L.A. supercop who is killed in the line of duty but is repeatedly resurrected and sent back onto the streets." It was created by Joe Casey, who also penned the screenplay.
What do you think? Do you trust Neveldine's opinion? One thing is for sure, he knows what a bad Marvel film is, after all he directed Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, one of the worst film adaptations of a comic.
Source: Entertainment Weekly »
- Philip Sticco
While we get a handful of videogame adaptations this year, including Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, we imagine few will actually replicate the experience like Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and starring Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennet, Andrey Dementiev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova, it follows a cybernetic super-soldier who kicks, punches and parkours his way across Russia to save his wife from a psychotic paramilitary psychic bent on world domination. And it’s entirely in first-person point-of-view.
We said in our review, “While perhaps not presented in a stylistic manner friendly to most Vulgar Auteurists, the film manages to pull off a hat-trick of comparisons to the movement’s deities. The rough-and-tumble cyborg mayhem recalls John Hyams’ Universal Soldier pictures, the final fight of hundreds of indistinguishable robot cronies is inevitably similar to a recent Paul W.S. Anderson film, and — even if not capturing their »
- Jordan Raup
One of the less well-regarded comic book films of all time was one from only a few years ago - 2010's "Jonah Hex". A critical and commercial disaster, the $80 million budget project made just $10 million at the worldwide box-office and was the subject of scathing reviews.
Its stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender managed to escape its stink without much damage, even so the film itself has become something of a poster child for how not to make a comic book movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") were originally hired to write and direct but dropped out before filming and were replaced by animation director Jimmy Hayward.
Rewrites, production problems and reshoots soon followed, and it was an experience that Brolin doesn't have many fond memories of. Speaking with The Nerdist and The Frame, Brolin discussed the mess and why he signed up in the first place:
- Garth Franklin
It's certainly another lifetime ago for DC Entertainment, and the comic-book-movie world in general, but back in 2010, audiences and critics saw how ambitious projects could misfire badly with "Jonah Hex." "Crank" duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were hired to write and direct the movie in 2007, but a few a months before filming was slated to begin, they exited the project, with the unlikely choice of Jimmy Hayward ("Horton Hears A Who!") stepping in. Production was pushed back slightly, the script was reworked, but the film ran into even more problems, and at one point, "I Am Legend" director Francis Lawrence was brought in for reshoots. The result was a disaster, and Josh Brolin is candid about his not-so-fond memories of the production. Read More: The 20 Worst Summer Blockbusters Ever “Oh, ‘Jonah Hex,’ hated it. Hated it,” he told Nerdist, who complimented the actor on always playing it straight when asked. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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