14 items from 2015
Title: Wrecker XLrator Media Director: Micheal Bafaro Writers: Evan Tylor, Micheal Bafaro Cast: Anna Hutchison, Andrea Whitburn Running time: 83 min Rating: Unrated (language, mild violence) Theatrical, VOD and iTUNES Release Date: November 6, 2015 Emily (Anna Hutchison, Cabin in the Woods) and Leslie (Andrea Whitburn) go on a road trip to some party in the desert where there’s promise of “hot guys.” Leslie, the skankier friend is busy drinking and smoking weed, rather than doing her job as shotgun by navigating. They come to a fork in the road where the cliche paved road and scary dirt road are indicated. “Go left,” Leslie says. The more level headed, but [ Read More ]
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*an online screener of this film was provided by XLRator Media. Director: Micheal Bafaro. Writers: Micheal Bafaro and Evan Tylor. Cast: Anna Hutchison and Andrea Whitburn. You can prepare for a lot of car metaphors as Micheal Bafaro's (The Devil's Ground) Wrecker crashes into this review. Full of wheel spinning, Wrecker's plot moves ahead as if in rush hour traffic. This two note script does little to inject any life into the screen. Meanwhile, the film's reality is broken up with the introduction of several faux conflicts. Amoral characters Emily (Anna Hutchison) and Leslie (Andrea Whitburn) cannot outpace an old tow truck, despite driving a modern sports car. Scenes are sped up to create tension. But, Wrecker still offers a lackluster time, in which the viewer's patience is tested and broken; there is not even a single car crash to gawk at, despite the film's title. Emily is the protagonist in the film. »
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While his name may not get mentioned much these days, Dennis Weaver is very sorely missed for the 83 minutes of “Wrecker.” This low-budget ripoff of Spielberg’s breakout 1971 TV movie, “Duel,” replaces the folky late actor’s Everyman with two “hottie” twits similarly menaced by an aggressive, mysterious big-rig driver on a cross-country trip. It’s not just the protagonists who’ve suffered brain-cell shrinkage, either, in a cheesy chase film that substitutes shrill, increasingly laughable hysteria for actual thrills. Rather inexplicably granted a Stateside theatrical launch by XLrator (albeit just at Los Angeles’ Arena Cinema, starting this Friday), the latest B-pic from Canuxploitation regular Micheal Bafaro will surely travel farther in home formats.
After a brief prologue involving an older couple whose car has stalled out on a rural road — presumably leading to their doom — we meet our two twentysomething heroines, and immediately wish we hadn’t. Leslie (Drea Whitburn »
- Dennis Harvey
Coming to theaters, VOD, and iTunes tomorrow with the gas pedal to the floor and one eye on the rearview mirror is Wrecker, a new road trip horror film from XLrator Media. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Wrecker co-writer/director Micheal Bafaro.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us, Micheal. How did you come up with the idea for your latest film, Wrecker?
Micheal Bafaro: I’ve always been inspired by the open road. For me, it’s the ultimate embodiment of freedom, adventure, and optimism. However, it can also be unpredictable as one moves away from familiar surroundings into the unknown. I’ve got an active imagination and I’m always having story ideas pop into my head. Highways themselves are an iconic part of the North American landscape and culture, and I felt that it was time to do a road film of my own. »
- Derek Anderson
A clip from Micheal Bafaro's Wrecker reminds us that road rage can be deadly. Also in this round-up: a new trailer for the film Applesauce and a call for entries to the Silver Scream Fest, featuring the 35th anniversary screening of An American Werewolf in London.
Wrecker: "Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Distributed by XLrator Media, Wrecker hits theaters, VOD, and iTunes on November 6th.
- Tamika Jones
Almost every horror movie stops for a moment of exposition that sets up or explains the horrors that await or that have been endured. These are the scenes where directors can either conjure their inner cheeseball and pump up the spooky music or prepare the audience for more than what they bargained for. The legend of the monster, the backstory of the slasher, the warning to the meddling teenagers, these are all elements of atmosphere designed for one thing: to make you squirm before the real scares begin.
American Werewolf in London (1981) – Beware the moon
The horror genre is at its most impactful when leaving exposition to a minimum. Prioritizing narrative clarity over effective scare-mongering may ensure a tight narrative that can’t be held up to scrutiny, but it also ensures that the audience knows what to expect, all but draining the movie of tension. In An American Werewolf in London, »
Read More: The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies You Should Watch For Halloween 2015 In "Wrecker," two women road trip through the desert, but after they take a misguided detour, they find themselves targeted by a psychotic truck driver. "Wrecker" was written and directed by Micheal Bafaro and stars Anna Hutchison and Drea Whitburn as the central best friends. In an exclusive clip from the thriller, one of the women asks their suspected tormentor to please stop tormenting them, but, oddly, he does not comply. "Wrecker" is hitting theaters, VOD, and iTunes on November 6. Watch the clip above. Read More: Exclusive: Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires Crime Thriller 'All Mistakes Buried' »
- Karen Brill
It broke the mold of horror films and scored strong acclaim in the process, but 2012's "Cabin in the Woods" was only a modestly successful box-office performer.
Now writer/director Drew Goddard says that Lionsgate is reportedly interested in pursuing a sequel. Speaking with Den of Geek this week about his script work for "The Martian," Goddard reveals he was approached to do a 'Cabin' follow-up:
"The funny part is, I don't think we planned that movie to do a sequel, you know? But that being said, the fun thing about Cabin is, the rules are pretty crazy. We get away with a lot of crazy stuff.
So, I'm sure we could figure it out if we got inspired to. I know Joss and I both feel like we don't want to tarnish what we did with the first one. With a sequel, we'd only do it if it made us laugh hard enough, »
- Garth Franklin
On the night before Halloween in L.A., some of horror's finest films come out to play. The Wiltern Theater's horror movie marathon is not to be missed. Also in this round-up: news on Scott Weinberg's e-book Modern Horrors, as well as details on five new items from Diamond Select Toys.
The Wiltern Night of Horror: "On October 30st, 2015 the Wiltern Theater will be transformed into a haunted house and host a classic horror movie marathon, along with a virtual reality horror film showcase, costume contest with amazing prizes and giveaways and dance party hosted by Dj Loboman and special guests. The Films Screening An American Werewolf in London (R) 1981 Fantasy/Horror 1h 37m The Cabin in the Woods (R) 2011 Thriller/Mystery 1h 45m The Descent (R) 2005 Thriller/Drama 1h 39m Demons 1985 Horror 1h 28m Loge & Mezzanine: General Admission seated first come first served Main Floor: General Admission VIP »
- Tamika Jones
"This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Hallow–"... well, not quite, but these Funko The Nightmare Before Christmas mystery minis can tide you over until the actual day. Also: The Walking Dead #1 variant for Wizard World Con Ft. Lauderdale, release details for Wrecker, and The Haunted World of Claire Wilmenson trailer.
The set includes the elusive Pumpkin King, the lovely Sally, and inhabitants of Halloween Town like Oogie Boogie’s henchman, Lock, Shock, and Barrel!
Each figure has a 1 in 12 rarity! Which figure will you get?! Coming in October!"
Images via Funko:
The Walking Dead #1: Press Release: "Fort Lauderdale, Fla., September 14, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman's imprint at Image Comics, today announced that superstar artist Julian Totino Tedesco has drawn the 19th in a »
- Tamika Jones
2012's The Cabin in the Woods marked the directorial debut for Drew Goddard, after writing the screenplay for Cloverfield and working on hit shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias and Lost. The film, which the director co-wrote with Joss Whedon, wasn't a monstrous success at the box office, taking in $66.4 million worldwide, but it was beloved by genre fans around the world. While doing press for The Martian, which Drew Goddard adapted from Andy Weir, the filmmaker was asked if there was any possibility of a sequel to The Cabin in the Woods happening. As it turns out, Lionsgate does want a sequel, although Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon aren't sure they want to make it.
"They want to make one. I think Joss... we talked about it. I think we just don't want to, we don't want to f--k it up. I mean, I think, I've always felt this way. »
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Michael Bafaro's action thriller Wrecker is coming to cinemas and on demand in November. TwitchFilm has your first look at the key art! It stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods) and Drea Whitburn.Best friends Emily and Lesley decide to take a road trip to a music fest in the desert where Emily's cheating boyfriends' band is playing. Emily decides it's a good idea to take his speedy, collector car along for their road trip to make things a little more exciting, but soon the fun and partying comes to an end when they suddenly find themselves on a road trip from hell. Pursued by a seemingly psychotic tow truck driver, who forces them to play a dangerous game of death, turning their road trip into...
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Tagline: "One road trip, two friends, one wrong turn." Wrecker is a roadside thriller, from Industry Works Pictures. The film involves two friends and an anonymous truck driver. Together, they vie for an isolated roadway. One part Steven Spielberg's Duel (1971), the film stars Anna Hutchison and Andrea Whitburn. This film will be taken to Cannes, beginning May 13th. And, the film's first trailer is hosted here. The clip shows more of the film's story. Emily (Hutchison) and Lesley (Whitburn) are forced off the road, by a rogue tow truck driver. They try to escape, but help is nowhere to be found. The setting is supposed to be an American state. However, the shooting location is easily recognizable as British Columbia, this horror fan's home province. The interior, of B.C., is full of long highways and isolated dirt roads, some of which can be seen in the trailer, below. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
14 items from 2015
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