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The Last Horror Blog: 'The Mist' TV Trailer, First Look at The New Pinhead and More

13 April 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Spike debuts first trailer for The Mist TV series – While I loved Stephen King’s novella The Mist, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Frank Darabont’s adaptation (I hate the ending – I know many of you love its cheesy Shyamalan/O. Henry twist, but I think it’s dumb…), so I was sort of curious as to how a television series based on the story might look – would it be more like the book or the film? The answer, at least from what we can glean from this new trailer, is neither. Spike’s first trailer plays up the mist itself as a force of horror – not the weird monsters that live inside of it in the film and book. Will the monsters eventually appear during the 10 episode first season? We don’t know yet. All in all, the clip...

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- Mike Bracken

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Review — No Bad Deed Goes Unpunished at the ‘House on Willow Street’

24 March 2017 11:59 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

No Bad Deed Goes Unpunished at the ‘House on Willow Street’O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief” gets a devilish upgrade.

It’s not easy being a kidnapper. Months of planning, a tenuous trust in your cohorts, and a lack of empathy are just the basic requirements, and any slip along the way can lead to missed payouts or jail time. And it only gets worse when the person you abduct isn’t quite the innocent victim you expected.

Four crooks (including You’re Next’s Sharni Vinson) plan to kidnap a young woman with the expectation that her wealthy parents will pay handsomely for her return, but after snatching Katherine (Carlyn Burchell) from her big, spooky home they immediately feel as if something is off. She doesn’t look well leading one of the crew to wonder if maybe they’ve actually rescued the girl from a bad situation.

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- Rob Hunter

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45 Years

7 March 2017 12:17 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Andrew Haigh’s quiet, two-person relationship tale won a lot of friends last year. A revelation from the past changes everything in the marriage of Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. We read the faces, read the gestures — just like we do in our own close relationships.

45 Years

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The Criterion Collection 861

2015/ Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date March 7, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James, Dolly Wells, David Sibley.

Cinematography: Lol Crawley

Film Editor: Jonathan Alberts

Production Designer: Sarah Finlay

From the short story by David Constantine

Produced by Tristan Goligher

Written and Directed by Andrew Haigh

 

Most filmmakers must find a way to chop down 800-page novels and still retain some semblance of the original. Others have the opposite problem, fleshing a short story to fill a feature length movie. The classic example is Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers, which is less than three thousand words in length. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Exclusive: The Honor and Pressure of Being M. Night Shyamalan

18 January 2017 6:15 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

“I see dead people.”

It was the plot twist heard around the world when writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense hit theaters in 1999 and surprised everyone with one of the most shocking reveals in cinematic history. The film, starring Bruce Willis and newcomer Haley Joel Osment, earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan. It was also a monster success at the box office, grossing over $672 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and turned Shyamalan into a household name.

Born in India, raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Shyamalan followed the success of The Sixth Sense with even more twists and turns over the next two decades. 2000’s Unbreakable -- also starring Willis -- 2002’s Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and 2004’s The Village -- also with Phoenix -- saw the director reach new heights »

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