Hollywood’s renewed fascination with fractured takes on classic fairy tales sure came out of nowhere, didn’t it? Now it’s everywhere on big and small screens. February 25th will see Syfy getting in on the craze with a pair of unhappily ever afters making their world premieres as part of a Saturday night double feature.
First up at 7/6 Cst is Black Forest from director Patrick Dinhut (Dead & Deader) and screenwriter Frank H. Woodward (Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown).
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Now, a poster is available for each film, along with a plot summary. All three films envision a world in chaos and the trailer for Swamp Shark is sure to bring out surprise or at least a giggle in viewers. More details on all three films are below!
The synopsis for Swamp Shark is here:
"Open on gorgeous swamplands of the Atchafalaya Basin in the summer, lots of beautiful teens are at the beach the weekend before Gator Fest.
That night an animal smuggling deal goes
Following the lead of its numerous pit stops, the picture's theatrical sojourn should be similarly brief.
When we first meet Crudup's Cal, it would appear he has it all -- including good looks, success as an architect and a very comfortable West Village apartment that he shares with his pretty wife and cute young son.
Appearances, of course, can be deceiving, which is why he abruptly ups and leaves it all behind (on the day of his son's birthday, no less), taking to the road to find meaning in his empty, pitiful life.
Along the way he meets up with a world-weary waitress (Karen Allen), a kind construction worker (Cleavant Derricks), a bubbly hitchhiker (Liane Balaban), a resentful school buddy (James LeGros) and, in the picture's only truly affecting sequence, a troubled mother (nicely played by Freundlich's better half, Julianne Moore), before sort of having it out with his neglectful dad (David Keith).
The fundamental problem here is that the viewer is being asked to care about a central character who, for most of the picture, fails to elicit a shred of sympathy. He goes along on his little journey, bedding some of the women who find him hopelessly irresistible and occasionally calling home to his perplexed wife but hanging up without saying anything.
Crudup can bring an interesting intensity to the right role, but here, his internalized brooding tends to come across as chilly indifference. As written by Freundlich, there admittedly isn't much else he can do with the character.
Working with cinematographer Terry Stacey, Freundlich establishes a soulful warmth missing from the script, while a jukebox full of Willie Nelson tunes provides a fitting soundtrack for Crudup's aimless excursion.
Ironically, "On the Road Again" isn't one of them.
Director-screenwriter: Bart Freundlich
Producers: Tim Perell, Bart Freundlich
Executive producers: Jonathan Sehring, Caroline Kaplan
Director of photography: Terry Stacey
Editor: Kate Sanford
Production designer: Kevin Thompson
Costume designer: Victorial Farrell
Music: Clint Mansell
Cal: Billy Crudup
Dulcie: Julianne Moore
Carl: Cleavant Derricks
Richard: David Keith
Meg: Liane Balaban
Jack: James LeGros
Delores: Karen Allen
MPAA rating: R
Running time -- 104 minutes
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