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Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The world needs another exorcism movie like it needs another land war in Asia, but I still had some hope for The Vatican Tapes. Its director, Mark Neveldine, is one half of the team of Neveldine/Taylor, who gave us the amazing Crank movies, and it wouldn’t have been too foolish to hope that he might have infused this most tired of horror sub-genres with some gonzo flair. Unfortunately, The Vatican Tapes is a tired, un-scary, incoherent mess.Let me summarize the plot: A young woman is possessed by the Devil. The end. Okay, fine, there’s a bit more to it than that, but not too much more. Her name is Angela (Olivia Dudley), and she’s preparing to move in with her boyfriend (John Patrick Amedori), a situation with which her God-fearing father (Dougray Scott) isn’t entirely happy. One of the film’s few bright spots »
- Bilge Ebiri
Actor Michael Pena is the latest Hollywood talent to don the collar to take on the forces of darkness when Mark Neveldine’s The Vatican Tapes opens in theaters nationwide today. However, Pena’s portrayal of Father Lozano, a Catholic priest tasked with saving the soul of a young woman from satanic forces is just another in a long line of similar portrayals in horror film history. Join us today in revisiting some of the greatest men (and one woman) of the cloth – the saviors you want to have around whenever Satan comes knocking. Clancy Brown: Hellbenders This underseen (and underappreciated) horror comedy follows the antics of The Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Priests – a group of priests committed to blaspheming as much as possible in...
- Mike Bracken
People often demand to know the entire truth behind every situation that affects their lives and futures, but there can be such evil in life that it’s often best to keep the potential catastrophe hidden from the general public. That determination to protect and save innocent human life as much as possible from an unrelenting tragedy is captivatingly explored in the new independent horror thriller, ‘The Vatican Tapes.’ The film, which opens today in theaters, and was directed by Mark Neveldine, features actor Djimon Hounsou as a dedicated vicar who’s working in the Vatican. The religious man devotedly protects the world’s population from severe devastation by guarding, and monitoring, the [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
There’s a lot of empty roving in The Vatican Tapes. In a film that could just have easily, and lazily, been found footage, director Mark Neveldine’s penchant for a consistent camera pulse is present. The film glides down halls, sweeps through a bus besieged by birds and chases its actors maniacally. Its intent is to…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
You know the one about the young girl who gets possessed, nobody believes it, and someone of power has to perform an exorcism in the 3rd act? Sure you do. We get this movie or some variation therein, a few times a year. Sometimes it’s a demon, sometimes it’s a ghost, but it always ends up being roughly the same film outline. Popping bones and inhuman movement or contortion is a given, speaking in lounges, and there’s a fake out where you think the entity has left…But Not Yet! Before going any further I should say that yes, The Vatican Tapes is precisely one of these movies. The last time I caught one before this was last year’s Deliver Us from Evil, which came from Scott Derrickson. I didn’t care for that, but coincidentally Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose was the last theatrical one I really enjoyed. »
- Mike Hassler
Mark Neveldine, best known for his wild collaborations with Brian Taylor (Crank/Gamer), is one of the most lovably renegade filmmakers in the game today. His daredevil dedication to achieving the perfect shot has been detailed by curious paparazzi members on numerous occasions, because when you see a director holding onto a motorcycle while wearing rollerblades, you tend to get a little curious. But his latest film, The Vatican Tapes, is a solo departure from those typically outrageous action stylings. There’s no need for high-speed filming techniques in this barely-found-footage exorcism thriller, as this religious shocker calls for a much more restrained lens. Possession plotlines require a low-and-slow handling – something Neveldine isn’t exactly used to doing.
In this 2009 Black List script penned by Christopher Borrelli and Michael C. Martin, a young girl named Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley) finds herself becoming possessed by a demonic force. What starts as »
- Matt Donato
It’s no ordinary case of demonic possession that rouses the attention of the Catholic Church in “The Vatican Tapes” — more like the sort of full-on egg-vomiting, eyeball-gouging spiritual meltdown that suggests the Antichrist herself now walks among us. And director Mark Neveldine, who is no master of dread but a dab hand at dispensing regular shocks, brings an undeniable lunatic conviction to this cheaply derivative religio-horror freakout, while running up the sort of abnormally high body count you’d expect from a “Die Hard” sequel rather than an occult thriller. Silly, screechy and eminently watchable, this thrifty horror exorcise (er, exercise) could yield decent theatrical profit for Pantelion Films, and might turn even more heads in VOD play.
While the original 2009 Black List-selected screenplay (written by Chris Morgan and Michael C. Martin) took the form of a found-footage movie, the filmmakers wisely opted to buck that overdone genre trend. »
- Justin Chang
Michael Peña's played a wide range of roles in his career, always providing viewers with fully believable characters who enhance the stories they inhabit. His latest onscreen roles—Father Lozano in The Vatican Tapes and Luis in Ant-Man—are no exceptions, and Daily Dead recently had the chance to talk with Michael Peña about playing an exorcism-tasked priest, working with Paul Rudd in the new Marvel movie, and more.
The Vatican Tapes is your first foray into the horror genre. What attracted you to this story?
Michael Peña: For me, it always starts with the script. I remember reading the script—whenever you're feeling scared when you're reading something, when there's a big emotional response, that's always a pretty good thing. And that's what happened on this one. It stuck with me even when I went to bed. I'm friends with Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi—the guys who produced this movie. »
- Derek Anderson
Out this Friday is The Vatican Tapes, which hopes director Mark Neveldine’s penchant for adrenaline and style will inject some into the tired demonic possession subgenre. Shock Till You Drop presents an exclusive clip from the film, which certainly takes possessed contortion to a more extreme place, while screaming its head off at you. In…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
It’s hard to figure out who these religious themed horror films are made for. Director Mark Neveldine, stepping out on his own for the first time following four co-directed efforts with Brian Taylor (the team behind the Crank films and that Nicolas Cage sequel Ghost Rider), can’t seem to provide an answer with this derivative hunk of spiritually solicited scares, yanking plot points from ye classic films of yonder, like The Omen and The Exorcist, but whittled down to a palatable PG-13 rating for the kiddies. Those who are actually religious find these forays into devilish mayhem blasphemous or exploitational, while an increasing number of staunch non-believers need a bit more than the run-of-the-mill possession flick to be goaded into the thrill of a fantasy they don’t believe in anyway.
- Nicholas Bell
Never underestimate the determination of a filmmaker, as it's one of the most powerful creative forces in the world. It's what's kept Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote alive long enough to become an Amazon project, and it's also what might net us a new Hellboy film . provided Pacific Rim 2 pulls down the cash to warrant it. Most importantly, at least when it comes to the duo commonly known as Neveldine/Taylor, it's what might bring Chev Chelios back for one more round of jacked up carnage in Crank 3! Screen Crush recently interviewed one half of the directing collective that brought us the first two entries in the Crank series, as well as Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Mark Neveldine. With his new film The Vatican Tapes due for release this Friday, it seemed like a good time to catch up with the first time »
We’ve been hearing about a possible Crank sequel for over seven years now. The 3D boom of the early 2000s should have alone made it worthwhile to have a Crank 3-D in production. At one point the story was going to have Chelios track down Osama Bin Laden as the plot for Crank 3, but as […]
- Peter Sciretta
Change in a person’s ambitions and identity is an often necessary and natural part of life, as it allows them to mature and achieve their goals. However, those adjustments in their personality can sometimes not only frighteningly and negatively impact their future, but also the lives of the people they care about. That daunting question of whether you’re intentionally harming those you have bonded with as your life’s changing is enthralling explored in the new independent horror thriller, ‘The Vatican Tapes.’ The film, which will be released in theaters on Friday, and was directed by Mark Neveldine, features actress Olivia Taylor Dudley as the caring and generous protagonist before her [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Djimon Hounsou co-stars with Michael Pena and Dougray Scott in Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror/thriller "The Vatican Tapes," which will be released this Friday, July 24. The film centers on a leaked video tape that reveals a Vatican exorcism gone very, very awry. Hounsou plays a Vatican official called in to exorcise the demon. Mark Neveldine ("Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance") directed the film, from a script penned by Christopher Borrelli, with revisions by Michael C. Martin and director Neveldine. Kathleen Robertson, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, John Patrick Amedori, Alex »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Warning: the power of Christ may compel you while watching the new featurette from the Neveldine-directed film The Vatican Tapes. Also showcased in this round-up: "The Battle of Endor" episode of the Real Fake History series and a teaser for Fear the Walking Dead.
"The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father »
- Tamika Jones
Pantelion Films has debuted a new featurette for their upcoming horror film The Vatican Tapes, arriving in theaters July 24. Stars Michael Peña, Olivia Dudley, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott and director Mark Neveldine offer their thoughts on actual demonic possession, while we get a glimpse at some terrifying footage. Mark Neveldine even admits that some of the scenes he put in the film horrify him to this day, and that he wanted to push the envelope with this new thriller.
The Vatican Tapes follows the ultimate battle between good and evil - God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. »
Gramercy Pictures has released a special Sinister 2 video message for all of the dads in the world. Also in this round-up: new stills from The Vatican Tapes, a second clip from The Gallows, and release details on the Psycho Beach Party Blu-ray.
"The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity."
- Tamika Jones
Seemingly the proper first stills from Mark Neveldine’s foray into horror and demonic possession, The Vatican Tapes, have arrived. I’m continuously curious, “What does a Mark Neveldine-directed horror film look like?” As one half of the duo which brought us the manic, unhinged Crank films, will a horror film like The Vatican Tapes go big, brash and…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Having made his mark as one part of the Neveldine/Taylor filmmaking duo (co-directors of Crank, Gamer and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance), Mark Neveldine’s first solo effort, the Michael Peña-led good vs. evil film The Vatican Tapes, is set to possess horror audiences when it hits theaters this July 24th, via Pantelion Films. The official one sheet and trailer for the demonic horror film has made its way online, and judging from the trailer, it looks like Neveldine is applying the same breakneck speed, frantic pacing that he and Taylor have become quite well known for executing in their films. I’m curious to see how he does as a solo director, and this could very well be quite the entertaining possession flick.
- Jerry Smith
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