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What would happen if you crossed Demon Seed, Burnt Offerings, and The Legacy? You’d end up with a pretty confusing six hour horror movie I’d imagine, so scratch that. But what would happen if you took those same elements, made it a TV movie, and threw in The Hardy Boys’ Parker Stevenson for good measure? Well, then you’d be watching This House Possessed (1981), a supremely goofy, sublimely entertaining movie of the week that’s low on scares but high on smiles.
Broadcast on Friday, February 6th, 1981 as part of The ABC Friday Night Movie, This House Possessed was up against the CBS juggernaut The Dukes of Hazzard/Dallas, and NBC offered up…oh never mind. We were all watching the Dukes and the Ewings, okay? Is that what you want to hear? Fine. But I suppose there had to be some people who were repulsed at the »
- Scott Drebit
When your sequel doesn’t hit until the same year as the 20th Anniversary Blu-Ray release, you either have a great idea for exploring characters and themes that takes advantage of that delay, or you figure you can suck more money out of something people have had time to forget.
Independence Day: Resurgence is the worst sort of effort toward a grab at money, and is so far on the lazy side of the spectrum that it becomes embarrassing self-parody.
Twenty years after the events that nearly destroyed the world, we find ourselves in hot water again, as the aliens are knocking on our door again. The ships are bigger, merely to emphasize the fact that despite taking advantage of alien technology, we still have no chance of winning, the stakes are higher (well… they’re the same, I guess), and all the dramatic entanglements are powered by the countdown we’re constantly watching. »
- Marc Eastman
What do you say about Independence Day 20 years later? That it kicked off the Michael Bay-ification of blockbuster movies by making explosions the real stars of the film (even though Michael Bay had little to do with it)? That it cemented Will Smith as a star and went on to gross over $300 million domestically? You could just say that it's a really solid action sci-fi film. Much of that credit goes to Will Smith (Captain Steve Hiller), whose charisma and chemistry with his various costars elevated Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich's dialogue (depending on which version of the screenplay you read, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Twenty years after their initial invasion of Earth, the aliens have returned.
Make no mistake, the first Independence Day was a big ‘ol hunk of American cheese – but it was good cheese, dammit! It had likeable characters whose fate you actually cared about, it was made at a time when CGI hadn’t yet evolved to the point where you could use it as a crutch when designing action sequences, and Roland Emmerich hadn’t yet forgotten the importance of structure and (relative) subtlety when crafting a film on an enormous scale. Rather than “We had twenty years to prepare … so did they”, a more accurate tag-line for Independence Day: Resurgence would have »
- Amie Cranswick
Roland Emmerich’s alien invasion reboot has landed with more cliches than you can throw Shangai at
What must it be like on the inside of Roland Emmerich’s head? Coping with the constant pressure to dream up new and unprecedented catastrophes; negotiating that precarious tipping point at which the cataclysmic loss of human life and infrastructure would effectively rule out a sequel. We probably won’t be seeing the UK in any future Independence Day films: one of the most arresting moments of CGI mayhem involves an alien spaceship scooping up all of what appears to be Shanghai and dumping it on top of London. “Why do they always go for the landmarks?” muses David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum, one of several alumni from the original picture).
- Wendy Ide
Somehow – despite Roland Emmerich’s obsessive focus on Earth’s destruction – Independence Day found a way to bottle raw human fortitude in a way that its sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, clumsily fumbles. In the most generic, fan-servicing, sequelitis-stricken way, this sci-fi doomsday franchise charges back into theaters like a bull in an intergalactic China shop. The entire films is basically one big “Here we go again!” moment on repeat, as Emmerich prays that nostalgia is enough to distract from the nothingness that’s occurring on screen. Look! There’s a heroic poster of Will Smith! Or over there! It’s that crazy doctor who totally should be dead! And Jeff Goldblum! You guys still love him, right?!
Yes, Mr. Emmerich, we do still love Jeff Goldblum – but not when he’s reduced to making silly faces like a rejected Tim & Eric sketch. Granted, I’d pay good money for a »
- Matt Donato
On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back. On June 24th, 2016, we…wish they had won.
In the summer of 1996, Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” reinvented the alien invasion genre for the blockbuster era, using newfangled digital technology to make a B-movie big enough to bring the whole world together. Its reputation may be overinflated by millennials who subsist on a steady diet of their own petrified kitsch, but Emmerich’s war of the worlds has nevertheless come to represent a type of full-bodied studio spectacle for which we all ought to be nostalgic. In fact, the self-described “master of disaster” seems really pissed at the people who aren’t. His lazy insult of a sequel — threatened since the day the first movie first cast its long shadow over America’s multiplexes — is ultimately nothing more than a giant middle finger to »
- David Ehrlich
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
Directed by Roland Emmerich.
Twenty years after launching a devastating attack on Earth, alien invaders return to destroy the planet and only survivors from the War of 1996, and the Earth Space Defense, can stop them…
Twenty years. Twenty years since Independence Day. You can scarcely believe it’s been that long since Roland Emmerich, alongside writing/producing partner Dean Devlin, delivered one of the defining movies of the 1990’s – a big, bold blockbuster filled with cheesy punch the air bombast, pro-American sentiment, and a blend of huge Hollywood stars with great character actors. Over the last two decades, many rumours have come and gone about a sequel to such a beloved behemoth, and it reached a point when nobody thought Independence Day: Resurgence would ever happen… »
- Tony Black
A generation on… our Independence Day Resurgence review…
Independence Day Resurgence review
Twenty years, pretty much to the day since the release of the first movie, Roland Emmerich teams with producing partner Dean Devlin for the sequel to Independence Day – perfectly timed for the American holiday (natch).
Gone is Will Smith, the hero from the original as U.S. Fighter pilot Steve Hiller, though the likes of Jeff Goldblum, Brent Spiner and President Whitmore himself, Bill Pullman, all return, along with a few other familiar faces for some more alien ass-whooping as a new wave decides to attack.
A generation has gone by and Earth is a very different place now. Washington has rebuilt and scientists have embraced the technology from the alien attack back »
- Paul Heath
After twenty years of waiting, the aliens have finally returned, as 20th Century Fox unleashes Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, the hotly-anticipated follow-up to the 1996 blockbuster.
To celebrate the release, Vue Entertainment has been conducting research into the British public’s thoughts on extraterrestrial life, with one in three respondents believing in the existence of aliens, and one in six people claiming to have seen a UFO for themselves. That peaks in London, where 51% of people believe that aliens have already landed on Earth. However, unlike the aliens in Independence Day, two thirds of us believe aliens would come in peace – which would surely spell good news for the world’s landmarks!
Be sure to check out Vue’s video about alien conspiracy theories from acclaimed sci-fi writer James Swallow. You never know – it may just help you survive an alien abduction.
20 years have passed since the »
- Gary Collinson
Today, we are celebrating Independence Day. Of course, we are referring to the release of Independence Day: Resurgence which finally arrives in UK cinemas twenty years after the debut of the ground-breaking, landmark-destroying original. To co-incide with the release, the folks over at Vue Entertainment have conducted some brilliant research among 2000 respondents that has revealed that one in three of us here in the UK believes in aliens.
Does that surprise you? Well, how about this – the same research shows that 41% of us believe UFO’s have already landed on earth. London is the only region whose majority believe that UFOs have already landed on Earth at a massive 51%.
The folks in the West Midlands (44%) have officially been made the region the capital of alien believers, closely followed by the actual capital itself with total believers coming in at 40%.
The most scary revelation from the research conducted by Vue is that in an alien invasion, »
- The Hollywood News
While many people are waiting with bated breath for the return of Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson in Independence Day: Resurgence, I’m here finding myself really psyched for getting to see Judd Hirsch once again as his dad. A new clip has come our way to keep all the Hirsch fans happy, as well as selling the higher stakes the characters are dealing with this time round. Released: June 24th »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“We had twenty years to prepare… so did they,” states the tagline of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” a cheerfully ludicrous re-encounter of the third kind that doesn’t show any particular evidence of all that planning. Sketchily conceived in all departments but its sensational, more-is-more visual effects — which is, let’s be honest, where its efforts should be concentrated — this belated, cluttered sequel to the 1996 smash “Independence Day” breaks far less ground than its alien invaders, but confirms director Roland Emmerich as modern cinema’s most spirited conductor of popcorn chaos. Perhaps excessively concerned with burnishing the supposed legacy of its predecessor — a distant memory, if that, for much of its target audience — this cinematic Big Mac entertains abundantly on its own second-hand merits. While unlikely to become the pop-cultural behemoth “ID4” was two decades ago, “Resurgence” should cast a sizeable shadow over its box-office competition.
Nostalgia, as they say, is »
- Guy Lodge
“De-Oh-bia?” I worriedly asked the person on the other end of the line. I was about to be put through to DeObia Oparei to talk about Independence Day: Resurgence, and I had no idea how to pronounce his name.
“De-murph-mwa-,” came the muffled reply, half cut off by DeObia’s suddenly interrupting voice. Better just go with the question.
The first Independence Day came out two decades ago, back in 1996. Why do we need a sequel now?
“I think that Roland and his team have been developing scripts, and they’ve been in for development with it for quite some time, with different ideas,” answered Oparei. “And now they’ve deemed that now the ideas all come together, »
- Oli Davis
20th Century Fox is getting extremely weird with their Independence Day: Resurgence marketing. Their latest effort involves actor Jeff Goldbum morphing into your favorite internet memes. Ok, I say weird but honestly I've been loving what they're doing so far. Especially considering the actual trailers don't have me too excited. First (and probably still best) we had Goldblum having a conversation with his in-film doppelgänger David Levinson. And we can probably count him giving away his workout routine on The Tonight Show too. But now he's been memed. Eleven times over. Take a look at Golbum morphed into some of the most famous internet memes and then head over to MemeResurgence.com to produce and share your own (we've kept their stock dialogue intact for our gallery). »
- Jill Pantozzi
Twenty years have passed since Roland Emmerich’s “Independence Day” blasted into the zeitgeist with the image of the White House being obliterated by an alien spaceship. June 24 will mark the release of the sequel, “Resurgence” — a first for the director — and a reunion with frequent collaborator Dean Devlin, who co-wrote and produced the original.
The duo previously tried to develop a follow-up to the 1996 action pic several times, and even wrote a script back in 2002. “We were paid for it, and then we gave the check back because we thought it was just not good enough,” Emmerich admits.
The project lay dormant until after Emmerich made “2012” and felt confident that the digital effects could match his imagination. He brought in two younger writers, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods, to help transition between the returning characters and newcomers.
“It was interesting to explore a generation that grew up in »
- Laura Prudom
20 years after the original blockbuster Independence Day set the box office on fire in 1996, the aliens will finally return in this month's highly-anticipated sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. Roland Emmerich is back to direct, working from a script with his Independence Day co-writer Dean Devlin. In the two decades between these two movies, there were several different stories that the filmmakers were working on, one of which would have been much more peaceful than what fans will see on the big screen June 24.
This week, Independence Day: Resurgence director Roland Emmerich will be serving as the guest online editor for Empire where his first task was to hold a Q&A for fans. Nearly 15 year ago, both Roland Emmerich and Dean Devil were paid by 20th Century Fox to write a script for Independence Day 2, and they not only turned in the script, but returned the money they were paid, because they didn't think the script was good enough. Here's what the director had to say about that early version of the sequel.
"It was after 9/11 and Dean and I wanted to make the movie about peace, and it just didn't work. There's still an element of that in the new one, but that version was only about that. We shoot aliens down accidentally and then at the end of the movie they land on the White House lawn and say "we come in peace" and that was it. It was just too weak an idea and we didn't really want to do it. It didn't have an Independence Day feel. Only the alien ship was destroyed!"
A decade later, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin teamed up again and came up with the story for Independence Day: Resurgence, which brings back Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson), Bill Pullman (President Whitmore), Brent Spiner (Dr. Brackish Okun), Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Hiller) and Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson). There are also a slew of new characters played by Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe, William Fitchner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Angelbaby and Sela Ward. When asked why it took 20 years to make a sequel, Roland Emmerich revealed he never actually planned on making a follow-up in the first place.
"I'd never planned to make a sequel - I always felt that Independence Day was a standalone film. But over the years I realized how iconic the film had become for people and I was repeatedly asked by [20th Century] Fox to do it. What really did it was just how amazing film technology is these days and how restricted I felt in '95/'96 when I did the original one. But it's not a traditional sequel."
For fans who want to see the original blockbuster on the big screen again, we reported earlier this month that 20th Century Fox is holding a double feature of both Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence for one night only on Thursday, June 23. The original Independence Day was the first movie in history to make over $500 million worldwide, so we'll have to wait and see if the ID4 sequel will be just as big of a hit. Stay tuned for more on Independence Day: Resurgence as we get closer to the June 24 release date. »
Today Earth Space Defense director David Levinson is finally debunking a long-standing conspiracy theory that has persisted since the War of 1996. In this video – which provides irrefutable proof – he and famous Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum prove once and for all that they are not the same person – despite their uncanny resemblance. Learn the truth now. Check out this video:
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters everywhere June 24, 2016!
Synopsis We always knew they were coming back. »
- Tom Stockman
The “cat is out of the bag” thanks to Earth Space Defense director David Levinson in this new video for 20th Century Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence. He claims to not be the illustrious actor Jeff Goldblum (1986’s The Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day), so stop saying that already, okay?
“Today Earth Space Defense director David Levinson is finally debunking a long-standing conspiracy theory that has persisted since the War of 1996. In this video – which provides irrefutable proof – he and famous Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum prove once and for all that they are not the same person – despite their uncanny resemblance. Learn the truth now.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. »
- Tamika Jones
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Mashup of the Day: If you liked the post-credits scene from Deadpool, you'll appreciate this lengthier mashup of the movie with Ferris Bueller's Day Off (via Geek Tyrant): Cosplay of the Day: Darth Blender also has a new cartoon mashup in which C-3Po from Star Wars has painted himself to look like Iron Man (via Twitter): Alternate Universe Movie of the Day: Here's what 2001: A Space Odyssey would have looked like if Pablo Picasso made it as an animated feature (via Sploid): Viral Video of the Day: The latest Independence Day: Resurgence viral video tries to convince us that actor Jeff Goldblum and the character David Levinson are...
- Christopher Campbell
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