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With 2013 just around the corner, folks have been busy wrapping up their lists of both the best and worst of the year in film. But what about the movies no one cared about? Each week sees the release of more movies than anyone can care to catch up with, and inevitablysome fall through the cracks or are simply swept under the rug by their distributor. And in 2012, the dubious distinction of being the movie that audiences cared about the least falls on "Playback." Starring Christian Slater, the very low rent movie is basically a ripoff of "The Ring" about a videotape of some brutal murders that is causing some supernatural trouble years later. Perhaps it's the best we can expect from director Michael A. Nickles, whose previous claim to "fame," is "Just Peck," some family comedy starring Keir Gilchrist and Brie Larson that went straight to video earlier this year. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The end of calendar year is always the start of the awards season for movie fans, with critics' top 10 lists rolling out and award nominations being handed out. However, there are a few distinct honors that no film wants to receive. Today, Project X was named as the most downloaded movie of 2012, while the Christian Slater flop Playback was named the lowest grossing movie of the year, earning just $264 at the box office. Yes, just two hundred sixty-four dollars.
Playback was released in just one theater back in March, earning a paltry $252, adding another $12 the following week for a total domestic tally of $264. Oddly enough, though, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure fared even worse, in terms of per-screen average. Opening in 2,160 theaters this August, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure earned an abysmal $443,901, for a per-screen average of $206. In case both Playback and The Oogieloves in the »
Outside of the highly anticipated Rust & Bone from helmer Jacques Audiard, Celluloid Dreams is much more immersed in the market aspect of Cannes this year. Headed by Hengameh Panahi, Celluloid Dreams brings to some noteworthy Cannes this year, but outside of that doesn’t have anything to front. The Rambler, The Side Effect are noteworthy projects worth keeping tabs on, while Dormant Beauty starring the just Isabelle Huppert who is on some Cannes auteur bucket list drive and Dan Algrant’s debut Greetings from Tim Buckley (see pic above) should be top tier items drawing plenty of buyer interest.
Rust & Bone (De Rouille Et D’Os) by Jacques Audiard
A Place On Earth by Fabienne Godet
Bald Mountain by Heitor Dhalia
- Eric Lavallee
A visual theme that falls in with a film’s plot or pace can help to further immerse the audience in the story, like Paul Greengrass’s choice of “shakey cam” giving the sense of body movement in intense action sequences, but sometimes it can work against the Director. Michael A. Nickles’s Playback is a perfect example of a style that sabotages its story; constant artificial static and film distortions might seem like an appropriate flourish for a film about a demon using a video tech to do his evil bidding through cameras and possessions, but it ultimately detracts from the viewing experience. Even without that failed visual gimmick Playback doesn’t have what it takes to get off the ground as the characters are basic teenaged victims with no real personalities to speak of and the plot succeeds in neither thrills nor chills.
- Lex Walker
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
A group of high school students digging into their town’s infamous past unwittingly unlock a dark secret in the independent horror-thriller film Playback.
As a school project, Julian (Johnny Pacar, Love Hurts) enlists his friends to film a reenactment of a gruesome crime from their town’s past—the murder of the Diehl family. While examining of raw video footage of the Diehl family farm, an evil spirit with a menacing agenda is soon unleashed with a menacing agenda. As Julian’s friends start disappearing, a local police officer (Christian Slater, The River Murders) is ordered to investigate and he soon uncovers secrets of the past that form the basis for the evil entity that’s taking over the town.
Arriving in our inbox today was an update regarding the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Michael A. Nickles horror/thriller Playback, which looks to be slightly interesting and maybe worth the gamble. Check out all the details below and then decide if this flick is for you. On May 8th get ready to venture to your voyeuristic side when Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Playback under the Magnet Label on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the prequel n… »
From the Press Release
On May 8th get ready to venture to your voyeuristic side when Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Playback under the Magnet Label on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the prequel novella, “Playback: Light and Shadow,” the “original and entertaining piece” (Gashe.com) features Christian Slater (Bobby, Very Bad Things), Johnny Pacar (Wild Child, Discovery Kids’ “Flight 29 Down), Toby Hemingway (Black Swan, Feast of Love), and Amber Childers (“All My Children”).
The unnerving film follows a group of high school students who begin to dig into their town's infamous past and unwittingly unlock a dark secret that has been kept hidden for years. Now an evil spirit has awakened and will stop at »
- Uncle Creepy
By Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
Playback came to my attention one day with one hell of a Red Band trailer that showed off its impressive gore and good-looking cast, hinting at a fun slasher film with one of those supernatural twists.
So I decided to track it down – and does it deliver?
Writer-Director Michael A. Nickles’ feature does indeed have its unsettling moments and startling gore but what’s disappointing here is that Playback feels like it’s borrowed from several other horror films and offers little in the way of anything fresh.
Even the bunch of nameless teens – themselves making a horror film for their journalism elective at school – reference the horror films that "Playback" feels in the vein of.
The Ring and Scream are referenced at one point by the characters while another makes a cheeky jab at how the found footage genre – an element so crucial to »
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, is gearing up for the theatrical release of Michael Nickles' Playback, a horror film featuring Christian Slater that's now available on-demand. The limited theatrical run starts March 9. "While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims." In addition to Slater, the film stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar and Ambyr Childers. I recently spoke with Nickels regarding the film's technological themes, gore content and its homage to The Ring. Hit the jump to check it out! »
It’s such a shame Christian Slater’s descent into straight-to-dvd obscurity, happened so rapidly. After terrific turns in the likes of True Romance, Heathers and Murder In The First, more recent and disappointing titles range from Hollow Man 2, Dolan’S Cadillac and Uwe Boll’s dreadful Alone In The Dark. Here is hoping Slater’s latest ‘found-footage’ horror Playback, does not suffer the same fate. Here we have the new red band trailer for the film, which appears to be quite brutal and graphic, so for those who are squeamish or of a nervous disposition, look away now!.
Playback is due in Us cinemas 9th March but as yet there is currently no release set for the UK. Joining Slater, will be Tobey Hemingway, Ambyr Childers, Johnny Pacer and is written and directed by Michael A. Nickles.
- Craig Hunter
While working on a research project, a group of high school students discover dark secrets behind a grisly set of murders in the town’s past. As the teens uncover details of the fateful account, they get caught deeper in an intricate web of paranormal happenings and pandemonium. The town’s violent past is catching up to the students. They will have to outsmart the malevolent forces at work if they intend to stand a chance against the demonic camera lenses in this bizarre horror thriller.
Written and directed by Michael A. Nickles, Playback is, overall, a disappointment. It’s well below average. Nothing about the film stands out. As a viewer, it’s quite difficult to figure out where the sizeable budget was actually allocated (an estimated $7.5 million). No aspect of the film stands out as well-funded or keenly-executed. With the exception of a relatively brief appearance from Christian Slater, »
- email@example.com (Tyler Doupe)
Writer-director Michael A. Nickles brings us Playback, a horror film (‘based on true stories’, like many horror films) starring Christian Slater (True Romance), and distributed by Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet Releasing, who’ve also distributed the likes of The Troll Hunter, Hobo with a Shotgun, 13 Assassins, and Gareth Edwards’ brilliant feature debut, Monsters.
Magnet have put out a new red-band trailer for the film through Hulu, via BloodyDisgusting, that definitely earns its red-band rating, so if you’re reading this at work, be sure to come back later to watch it, because there’s blood and gore galore, as well as a little nudity, so you’ve been warned.
“While digging into their town’s infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims.”
Along with Slater, who plays the local town cop, the film also stars Johnny Pacar, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Today we have a new redband trailer for Palyback. The film is currently available via VOD and will be in theaters on March 9, 2012. Playback stars Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz, Jennifer Missoni, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Johnny Pacar, and Alessandra Torresani. Playback is written and directed by Michael Nickles. Synopsis: While digging into their town’s infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now, an evil spirit has been awakened and will stop at nothing to find his true heir. »
Hulu is gaining more and more respect within the entertainment world. Case in point: The website is home to the red band trailer debut for Michael A. Nickles' Playback, which we have right here for your viewing pleasure!
Written and directed by Nickles (read our exclusive interview here), the new supernatural spooker Playback, starring Christian Slater, is currently available on VOD with a March 9th theatrical release to follow. In addition to Slater, the film stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar, and Ambyr Childers.
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- The Woman In Black
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has released a red-band trailer for Michael Nickles' Playback, a said-to-be frightening horror film featuring Christian Slater that's now available on-demand with a limited theatrical run planned for March 9. You need to log in to watch the trailer at Hulu (I know, it's totally stupid). "While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims." In addition to Slater, the film stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar and Ambyr Childers. We'll have an exclusive interview with Nickles in the coming week. »
Trailers have the ability to psyche us up, freak us out, turn us off, and lead us very, very astray, but the heightened anticipation (they don’t call them teasers for nothing) is part of the fun, regardless of how accurate a representation of the film that cleverly constructed little bugger ends up being in the end. Here’s a little commentary on a selection of recent genre trailers; let’s both judge a book by its cover and appraise the cover itself.
I always feel wary of trailers that start off with “true story” or facts and figures and location information, as if these are the film’s strongest selling point and said framing is required to appreciate it, but this trailer definitely evokes a grittily menacing Australian suburbs vibe pretty quickly. The tension between what initially appears to be »
- Farihah Zaman
Dread Central recently checked in with writer/director Michael Nickles in support of Playback, his latest directorial effort which hits theaters on March 9th and is currently available on VOD courtesy of Magnet Releasing.
We talked with Nickles about the inspiration behind Playback, whether or not his career as an actor has influenced his work at all, his experiences helming his latest project and if there are more horror films in his directing future.
Dread Central: Can you talk a bit about what inspired your script since there was a lot more going on in Playback than just a guy running around killing people; also, did your career as an actor inspire you to make a 'horror cinema' story at all?
Michael Nickles: You know, I’m usually not aware of what influenced me until much, much later, but I’ll give it a shot. I was brought aboard »
Nickles talked with us about the true events that inspired some of the film’s script, his previous entry in the horror genre Xii, his biggest inspirations in the horror world, and his eventual plans to return to horror cinema.
You can check Playback out in theatres March 9th, or you can watch it now through its pre-release via VOD.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tyler Doupe)
Director: Michael Nickles.
Writers: Michael Nickles
Did you know that one of the actors who plays a highschooler in Playback is thirty-one years old? Some kids get held back for several years in Michael Nickles' (Xii) latest film, Playback. Other random trivia involving this film is the quality: it is poor. Poor transitions between scenes, a floating disjointed soundtrack, and some really dark night shoots put this film in very bad territory. A story of the devil possessing souls through videotape does not even help.
The story begins: several friends begin shooting a film project for a journalism class. Their material is taken from a murder case occurring in the '90s that left four people dead. After doing more and more research, Julian (Johnny Pacar) discovers something about himself and something about the devil. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Two new clips have been released for the horror movie Playback which is available now on VOD and will be in theaters on March 9, 2012 from Magnet Releasing. Playback is about a group of high school students who investigate their towns infamous past and unwittingly unlock an even darker secret. Now, an evil spirit has been awakened and will stop at nothing to find his true heir. Playback stars Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway, Jonathan Keltz, Jennifer Missoni, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Johnny Pacar, and Alessandra Torresani. Playback is written and directed by Michael Nickles. »
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