Since the early 1980s supernatural monster films have utilized more and more action elements to captivate an adrenaline-hungry audience who might not be so entertained by the boogie man jumping out off the screen. This then increased in the 1990s with the popularity and success of films such as Army Of Darkness and Blade. However, since the start of the 2000s there has been a huge surge in supernatural action films that have taken classic movie monsters and combined them with over-the-top, extremely stylized fight sequences usually consisting of leather-clad women. I should probably state now that by ‘supernatural’ I’m referring to any films involving vampires, zombies or werewolves, because no matter how much pseudo-scientific nonsense is thrown at us we all know that those classic monster-baddies will forever belong in the supernatural category. Like them or not, this new sub-genre of films – from Underworld to Resident Evil – is here to stay, »
- Ben Read
Adapted from Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel, which has been inspired by Mary Shelley's Gothic novel "Frankenstein", the film, "I, Frankenstein" is an action-packed fantasy cum horror science fiction, survival story of the fittest. But unlike Mary Shelly's psychological masterpiece, Director Stuart Beattie's film is a drab facsimile on celluloid.
The film begins eerily. In 1795, a hooded guy with a horrifically scarred face. »
- Arun Pandit
Coming from the minds behind the Underworld series, I, Frankenstein is pitched as a continuation of the Frankenstein story (though I doubt Mary Shelley ever envisioned her character punching a living statue in the face in mid-air), with Aaron Eckhart as the creature, known as Adam to what little friends he has. Wandering the world for hundreds of years, he finds himself caught between a war being waged between demons and the Gargoyle Order, a sect of warrior angels, who disguise themselves as, you guessed it, gargoyles. With the story laid out pretty early on, the stage is set for the same kind of effects heavy gothic action that those familiar with Underworld would expect. The main problem with I, Frankenstein is that the story is a ridiculous, campy romp, with demon Prince Niberius (Bill Nighy) wanting the creature to help build an army of similarily undead cannon fodder, but it is played completely straight. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ka-li (noun): 1) One of the manifestations and cult titles of the wife of Shiva and mother goddess Devi, especially in her malevolent role as a goddess of death and destruction, depicted as black, red-eyed, blood-stained, and wearing a necklace of skulls...
2) Eskrima, Arnis and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines ("Filipino Martial Arts," or Fma) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons.
It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques.
More and more, martial arts action sequences are becoming integral to genre filmmaking. From the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series (1997) and Blade (1998) to The Hulk (2003) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), we’re seeing more and more cinematic heroes who are kickin’ ass. One commonality in all of the aforementioned films are the action choreographers/stunt people: Ron Balicki and Diana Lee Inosanto. »
At some point during "I, Frankenstein's" seemingly endless runtime, the monster, now renamed Adam and sporting the chiseled good looks of "Dark Knight" actor Aaron Eckhart, remarks, somewhat offhandedly, that he's made up of "a dozen used parts from eight different corpses." Now, like a lot of the hooey in "I, Frankenstein," this is never explained (seriously, never), but it was enough to get us thinking about the different parts and pieces that make up "I, Frankenstein," because, for all of its talk about being a bold reinterpretation of Mary Shelley's classic tale, it feels more like a hodgepodge of various influences, references, and sometimes outright theft.
In "I, Frankenstein," the creature is forced to team up with a plucky, gorgeous scientist (Yvonne Strahovski from TV's "Chuck") and a bunch of grumpy gargoyles (led by Miranda Otto and including handsome blank Jai Courtney) to stop an evil billionaire »
- Drew Taylor
Review Ron Hogan 29 Jan 2014 - 05:52
A shadow war between two factions of supernatural creatures? You might've heard this story before...
Two hundred or so years ago, the mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein dabbled in a world beyond his comprehension. He created a creature that exists somewhere between the human world and the world of the dead, living tissue given live, but without a soul. He tried to kill that creature and, in turn, that creature kills him. When burying his creator in the family plot, the creature that would later become known as Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) found himself attracting the attention of a cadre of demons, bent on capturing him for their research. Frankenstein slays the demons with the help of a pair of gargoyles.
Apparently, Adam has stumbled across a war that has raged across time between demons and gargoyles, who have been empowered with the light »
‘I, Frankenstein’ box office: Frankenstein reboot is second domestic box office bomb of 2014 (photo: buffed up, shirtless Aaron Eckhart in ‘I, Frankenstein’) Made for a reported $65 million (not including marketing and distribution expenses), the Lionsgate-distributed I, Frankenstein is surely not about to become a movie franchise. Directed by Stuart Beattie and starring Aaron Eckhart as the "I" of the title, I, Frankenstein collected a dismal $8.3 million from 2,753 North American theaters this weekend, January 24-26, 2014, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s only new wide release in the United States and Canada, I, Frankenstein landed in sixth place on the domestic box office chart. I, Frankenstein, in fact, is the second major 2014 domestic box office bomb, following the $70 million-budgeted Renny Harlin-Kellan Lutz effort The Legend of Hercules, which debuted with $8.86 million at 2,104 locations a couple of weeks ago. To date, The Legend of Hercules »
- Zac Gille
Written and directed by Stuart Beattie
A lot of bad action and science-fiction films get made every year. Most of them follow the same basic dramatic beats, no matter how lackluster the execution may be. It’s just a rule, the thing that everyone does. Once, every so often, an exception will come along, using its nonsensical awfulness to prove why the rule is needed. This year’s variant of that film is I, Frankenstein.
The film’s manic nature is established from the first scene, in which the entirety of Mary Shelley’s classic novel is reviewed in at most 3 minutes. Then it’s on to the meat of the plot, where Frankenstein’s Monster (Aaron Eckhart) becomes the key warrior in a battle between the forces of heaven (represented by Miranda Otto’s gargoyle army) and hell (a demon horde led by Bill Nighy). Think »
- Mark Young
Kevin Grevioux's graphic novel comes alive—alive!—in this gothic 3D actioner from the makers of the Underworld movies. Aaron Eckhart embodies Dr. Frankenstein's creature, who's given the name Adam by the Queen of the Gargoyles (Miranda Otto). Two hundred years after his creation, Adam still walks the Earth and finds himself in the middle of an epic battle between gargoyles and demons (where are the angels?). Cue lots of stiff exposition about "sacred duty" and "the fate of all mankind." Ultimately, the Prince of the Demons, Naberius (Bill Nighy), wants possession of Dr. Frankenstein's old journal, so he can reanimate an army of corpses and take over the world! Bwahahaha! Before you join the »
New I, FrankenStein movie delivered lots of action,drama but weak & weird story. Lionsgate released their new action/horror flick, "I,Frankenstein," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and I have to agree with the top critics on this one ,and give it a pretty poor rating, because the storyline just didn't interest me at all. It was just so weird. The only good note about this film, is that it did offer a lot of action, but the action just seemed pointless,since the plotline fell seriously flat. It stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, and Aden Young. In the new flick, Frankenstein monster (Aaron Eckhart) is rescued from demons by gargoyles after killing his creator ,Dr. Victor Frankenstein's wife, Elizabeth. From there, the Gargoyle queen, Lenore ,names Frankenstein, Adam. Shortly after that, Adam »
Aaron Eckhart brings a beatdown to the box office in I, Frankenstein. Eckhart stars as Frankenstein's monster, Adam, who has spent two hundred years on the run from a legion of demons. They want his creator's secret journal to reanimate corpses with the souls of vanquished demons. Eckhart, chiseled and wielding blunt instruments, teams up with an army of gargoyles to fight an epic battle for the future of mankind. Yvonne Strahovski costars as a doctor unwittingly helping the demon horde. Check out our exclusive interviews below with the stars of I, Frankenstein!
I, Frankenstein was released January 24th, 2014 and stars Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Aden Young, Caitlin Stasey. The film is directed by Stuart Beattie. »
One day she’s taking out her enemies using rat poison in Dexter and the next, she’s trying to re-animate a rat Frankenstein-style in I, Frankenstein. In the Stuart Beattie-directed film, Yvonne Strahovski steps in as Terra, an electrophysiologist employed by Bill Nighy’s Wessex to figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. She manages to make some progress with the aforementioned rat, but it isn’t until Victor Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), comes back to town that Terra gets closer than ever to cracking the code of re-animation. However, that doesn’t mean the code is necessarily safe to share. Hit the jump for more from the I, Frankenstein star. At the recent New York City press day, Strahovski sat down with us to discuss going from not being very “scientifically minded” to playing a believable electrophysiologist, her first go-around on a CGI-heavy set, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Richard Curtis's latest and very possibly last Brit-com stars Domhnall Gleeson as a young man, Tim, whose 21st birthday takes an unexpected turn for the futuristic. His father (Bill Nighy) reveals that all the men in their family have the power to travel in time, which ends up having a powerful impact on Tim's burgeoning relationship with Mary (Rachel McAdams).
The film is available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox.
Here are six reasons for you to stop whatever you're doing and watch About Time as soon as possible:
Only in the sense that he channels roughly the same blend of leading man charm and terribly British awkwardness that Grant became famous for in Curtis's Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. He's even got the floppy hair.
2. It's not your average rom-com
Did we mention the part about time travel? »
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British Animation Awards, Nationwide
There's so much good animation being done in this country it's difficult to find it all in one place, but these awards give you a selection of the best. It's pretty simple: three award categories – short films, music videos, commercials – and three programmes presenting examples of each, after which viewers vote on their favourites. The variety is endless, from a demented lothario (I Love You So Hard) to a state-of-the-art tale voiced by Bill Nighy and Stephen Mangan (The Hungry Corpse), from comedy wildebeest and pandas to head-trip videos from bands such as Tame Impala and Atoms For Peace. The films play at 19 venues across the country and the winner is announced in March.
Various venues, Thu to 19 Feb
East Side Stories, Nationwide
In the early postwar days, Japanese youth movies used to be about gangs, »
- Steve Rose
New I, Frankenstein movie got awfully bad reviews from top movie critics. Lionsgate released their new action/horror flick, "I, Frankenstein" into theaters this weekend, and the top critic reviews are in. It turns out that most of them just thought it was absolutely horrible as it garnered up a score of just 23 out of 100 across 6 reviews at Metacritic.com. We've included a snippet from each one,below. The movie stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, and Aden Young. Clark Collis at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score,stating, " To be fair, Eckhart is physically impressive and Bill Nighy and his raised eyebrow do their best in the role of demon leader Naberius. But I, Frankenstein shares something else with it's monster-hero, something much worse than its patchwork nature: The film is distinctly lacking in the soul department." Frank »
Frankenstein [Aaron Eckhart] is the latest member to join the anti-hero club. The supernatural flick I, Frankenstein finds the lonely monster, now called Adam, searching for both a purpose in life and a companion. That personal journey becomes derailed when he gets dragged into a centuries-old war between good and evil, and must side with gargoyles in order to stop a demon army from destroying mankind.
Eckhart recently spoke to me about putting a fresh spin on the classic Universal monster and ramping up the action.
Will Adam be struggling with his humanity in “I, Frankenstein?”
In this film, we’re dealing with other issues such as good versus evil, and demons and gargoyles. This film goes in a little bit of a different direction. There’s a battle for immortality, but always through the lens of the monster and how people react to the monster. It’s interesting how people who »
- Bryan Cairns
In I, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), is still “alive” and roaming the world – nearly two centuries after his creation (at the titular hands of Dr. Frankenstein). Gifted (or cursed) with immortality, Adam lives his life on the run, in a perpetual state of self-preservation, dispatching malevolent demons that have chased him since they first learned of his “rebirth.”
However, when Adam’s hunt results in the death of an innocent human, he’s pulled back into the ancient battle between his demonic pursuers, led by Prince Naberius (Bill Nighy), and an army of gargoyles commissioned by the archangels to protect innocent souls. As the demons and gargoyles race to find the secret behind Frankenstein’s creation, Adam meets electro-physiologist, Terra (Yvonne Strahovski), who helps him uncover new revelations about his own history ...
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- Ben Kendrick
There are worse movies with the name “Frankenstein” in them than I, Frankenstein, but they had about one ten thousandth the budget and played on double or triple bills with other cheapo pictures and you got your money’s worth.* This one is based on a graphic novel with a breathtakingly unoriginal premise: Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) returns from the North Pole (where he fled, pursued by his vengeful maker, at the end of Mary Shelley’s novel) — and becomes a martial-arts demon fighter! The spawns of Satan are led by Bill Nighy; they wear The Matrix–like dark suits and ties and look like generic Wall Street scumbags, until their heads burst into flames and they reveal their true horned-devil heads. Nighy (“Naberious”) wants the secret of Frankie’s reanimation, which he’ll use to resurrect dead bodies so that the demons who’ve been “descended” can rise »
- David Edelstein
I, Frankenstein is stomping its way into theaters today, and to celebrate Wamg is giving away an I, Frankenstein prizepack.
Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes the action thriller I, Frankenstein, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie based on the graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” by Kevin Grevioux, and brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
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- Melissa Howland
The review for this weekend's lone new horror offering, I, Frankenstein, is here; and we have the verdict if this one belongs dead or still has a little juice left in its electrodes. Read on for The Foywonder's thoughts, rants, and possible disgust.
Read our I, Frankenstein review.
For more check out the official I, Frankenstein website.
The action thriller I, Frankenstein is written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie from a screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Beattie. The film is brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney, Kevin Grevioux, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.
200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam (Eckhart), still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he »
- Uncle Creepy
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