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One of the new additions to the cast of FX's The Strain this season is Samantha Mathis (Under the Dome, American Psycho), who plays Councilwoman Justine Feraldo. Daily Dead recently participated in an interview call with Mathis, who discussed her character's determination to kill the bloodthirsty strigoi, Justine's strengths, and much more.
Mathis on early memories of watching vampire movies:
"I remember being five or six years old and sitting in my father’s living room in the summertime, in Brooklyn at night, sort of cuddled between him and my stepmother watching Dracula movies. To see those movies—maybe I wasn’t five or six, maybe I was seven or eight—but those really old Bela Lugosi movies, they terrified me. I think that that sort of continued thematically through several horror movies. Things that go bump in the night. That sort of evil lurking outside your window has »
- Derek Anderson
The weird traditions and customs of cubscouting are the Usp of this effective Belgian horror about a group of boys on a excursion in a creepy forest
There’s an effective nastiness to this slasher-horror about a cub-scout pack from first-time Belgian director Jonas Govaerts, who draws on influences ranging from Guillermo Del Toro to Sam Raimi – though not Baden-Powell. (One character is surnamed Franju, incidentally, which may be a tiny homage to Eyes Without a Face: mask-wearing turns out to be important.) A cub troop is about to go on a camping trip, but there’s tension in the ranks: a lot of the boys don’t much like Sam (Maurice Luijten), a troubled kid from a broken home. When they pitch camp in a creepy forest, the cubs have a fantasy game about a werewolf called Kai who comes out at night. But it’s only Sam »
- Peter Bradshaw
Editor’S Note: We had this scheduled to be published on July 30th which was also when the announcement of the First Wave of films for Fantastic Fest 2015 was announced.
Fiends, there is no doubt in my mind that the weeks in late September in Austin, TX is heaven on earth for a genre fan like me. Why? Two words – Fantastic Fest!
Every year, we’ve been trying to see if we can figure out what might play before those three separated waves of amazing content roll out. Some years, our guesses have been good. Some years, not so good. Even if these films don’t play at the best genre film festival in the United States, we hope that you put them on your radar, regardless. Most of our picks are from films that are on our radar and have possibly played other genre film festivals.
Our Picks Hardcore »
- Andy Triefenbach
Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.
Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.
“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.
This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
It will go head to head with other awards hopefuls, Steven Spielberg »
- Maane Khatchatourian
It's not saying much, but this week's episode of The Strain was arguably its best yet...
This review contains spoilers.
2.3 Fort Defiance
There wasn’t a very high water mark to breach, but Fort Defiance was probably the best episode this season, and better than most of the last. Why? Because it didn’t get bogged down in any flashback subplot with minimal reference to the present, and it kept things moving along rather nicely for a portion of the running time.
However it starts with the staple of B-Movie horror, gross stupidity, when two of the dumbest cops in NY bump into Bolivar dragging his bag of consecrated earth.
Everyone else in the tri-state area seemed clued into the threat, but these two bozos must have spent the last week in a donut shop to get so easily dispatched.
From here, we flip neatly between Ephraim and Nora’s experiments, »
13 Hours trailer: Michael Bay’s real-life story of the soldiers of the Benghazi. 13 Hours trailer
The first trailer for Michael Bay‘s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of The Benghazi has just bee released by Paramount Pictures UK. The film, Bay’s first non-Transformers movie since the really poorly received Pain and Gain.
The film is based on Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction book 13 Hours, and will be released on 15th January, 2016 in the United States and the UK.
John Krasinski, Dominic Fumusa, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber all star in the film which is written by Chuck Hogan who co-wrote The Strain series of vampire novels with Guillermo del Toro.
Here’s the official description for the book.
13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the Us State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA »
- Paul Heath
The Strain, Season 2, Episodes 1-3
Created by Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hugan
Airs Sundays at 10pm Et on FX
Danger escalates within season two’s first three episodes as inter-state highways are closed off and travel becomes heavily regulated. The constant sound of sirens and gunfire mixed with panicked voices in the background serves as a relentless reminder of how quickly humans are succumbing to The Master’s plan. In Manhattan, the newly-strigoi-ed Palmer uses his wealth to open a food bank for NYC’s remaining humanity. The purpose of the “Freedom Center” is not yet clear. Gathering so many humans together makes it easy to turn a large population of remaining New Yorkers into strigoi and also help The Master find a new host for his dying body. Luckily, the Freedom Center (and Palmer) is on the radar of our team.
Abraham continues to be the series’ most complex character. »
- Kat Smith
Press that pause button and stretch those fingers: it’s time to roundup the news that you might have missed from the world of gaming this week.
Today is a fine day for some science! Especially when that science proves that video games are beneficial. The fine folks over at TechU4ria have compiled all the latest video game research in one comprehensive article titled “Scientific studies show why everyone should play video games.” From providing a mental boost to building strong social relationships, gamers definitely benefit from time spent behind the screen. Next time someone says you’re wasting your time playing video games, you can pull up this bad boy and prove them wrong.
Engadget reported that women will be gracing the cover of EA’s FIFA ’16. This is huge milestone for female athletes everywhere because for the first time in history, women will be on the front cover of a sports game. »
- Elizabeth Rico
The Strain continues to lack narrative cohesion in its second season, which can at least boast much-improved special effects...
This review contains spoilers.
2.2 By Any Means
After a somewhat clumsy start last week, By Any Means delivered a more compelling watch as it avoided trying to tell any sort of connected narrative.
The meat in this sandwich was undoubtedly the subplot that was triggered last week when Ephraim and Nora acquired two infected people to experiment on.
I’m not sure if we’re meant to draw a strange parallel between what they’re doing scientifically and the abhorrent medical work done in Nazi Germany by a character in other sub-story compartment? Perhaps. Whatever the subtext, they’re doing these wrong things for the right reasons, curiously.
The moral high ground is taken somewhat unbelievably by Zach, who clearly doesn’t really comprehend that killing someone who is already dead (i. »
Returning to lead the film will be Charlie Hunnam, although by the sounds of it, he's not entirely happy with how the first movie turned out.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, he said that "I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle »
With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 gearing up to go into production this November, star Charlie Hunnam has been speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the film, revealing that he hopes it places more emphasis on character and storytelling, as opposed to visual effects and spectacle.
“When [a film] becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process,” states Hunnam. “Then all of the sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you. I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim »
- Gary Collinson
It was recently announced that Guillermo Del Toro will return to direct "Pacific Rim 2," which is scheduled to hit theaters on August 4th, 2017. And in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, "Pacific Rim" star Charlie Hunnam commented on what he feels should be better in the sequel. "I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling," he said. "When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on 'Pacific Rim' to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling." Hunnam continued: "I hope that we are able to remedy that a little bit going into the second. Not to say I wasn't proud of the film. I really liked it, »
Sons of Anarchy never brought giant robots and sea faring monsters into the mix, so you can imagine that star Charlie Hunnam had a hard time acclimating himself to all the green screen used in the first Pacific Rim. Lost amongst the giant visual spectacle that director Guillermo del Toro brought to the screen in that movie, the actor had a hard time trying to find his place in the futuristic world. Pacific Rim 2 will begin shooting this November, and Charlie Hunnam has some ideas about how it can, and should be a lot better. His number one complaint about the first movie? It had too many visual effects.
Not only is Pacific Rim 2 gearing up for production, but there is also a planned comic book tie-in and an animated TV series on the way. All of these will work in showing more backstory about the giant Kaiju monsters, »
It was with a heavy heart that we brought you the news of Konami’s decision to cancel the Silent Hills reboot, scuppering any plans for a potential collaboration between esteemed developer Hideo Kojima and the equally-esteemed Guillermo del Toro – or did it?
Speaking to IGN, the cinematic maestro revealed that he is still in communication with Kojima-san, and that a new jointed project is still being kicked around, though any semblance of hope of a Silent Hills comeback has essentially been squashed.
“I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be [Silent Hills]. We were in the planning stages, and it’s a shame it’s not going to happen,” del Toro said. “We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head. »
- Michael Briers
From what we’ve been told, Guillermo del Toro hopes to begin shooting Pacific Rim 2 this November, which is tentatively titled Maelstrom. He says that plenty of wild action is headed our way, though returning star Charlie Hunnam may have… Continue Reading →
- John Squires
When it came out, Guillermo del Toro.s mechs versus monsters spectacle Pacific Rim was big and brash and a lot of fun. It was, however, lacking somewhat in the story and characterization departments. Now that Pacific Rim 2 is gearing up to begin production later this year, star Charlie Hunnam hopes that the sequel will correct these issues instead of focusing on razzle dazzle. Talking to EW about his upcoming role in Guy Richie.s medieval epic King Arthur, the conversation veered towards the pitfalls of working on a big, special effects-heavy film like Pacific Rim. The Sons of Anarchy veteran said: I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim »
Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" ended up being one of those awkward bubble movies. Earning $411 million worldwide from a large budget, the Legendary Pictures film made enough to warrant a sequel, but was not a runaway hit either critically or financially by any means.
The sequel was approved with a smaller budget, and the original film's star Charlie Hunnam tells EW that he hopes that the next film will shift the focus away from the larger spectacle elements of monstrous kaijus battling giant robots, and focus some more on the character scenes:
"When it becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process. Then all of the sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you... I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. »
- Garth Franklin
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J.A. Bayona may have broken through to the mainstream with disaster drama The Impossible, but the helmer has proven a furious talent in the horror genre. His 2007 chiller The Orphanage ranks among the most spine-tingling horror films of this century, and he’s since honed his instincts on episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Now, he’s gearing up for a dark, almost Guillermo del Toro-esque fantasy in A Monster Calls, adapted from the book by Patrick Ness, and early signs are very promising.
Lewis MacDougall stars as a 13-year-old boy named Conor who, bullied at school and traumatized by his mother’s terminal illness, escapes into a fantasy world populated by a looming tree monster. When said monster follows him home, however, things take a turn for the strange. Liam Neeson is playing the aforementioned monster through motion capture, with Sigourney Weaver playing Conor »
- Isaac Feldberg
Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" sequel is reportedly going by either the code name or subtitle of "Maelstrom," and is currently tipped for a start of filming date in November in Toronto. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman are expected to be back in the movie which picks up a few years after the events of the first. [Source: Bmd]
"The Alienist" author Caleb Carr is joining TNT's television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer. Pilot and series writer Hossein Amini will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen. Gina Gionfriddo, E. Max Frye and John Sayles have also joined the project as writers.
Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who - with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt - uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track »
- Garth Franklin
There's a lot riding on Pacific Rim 2. Namely Hellboy 3. If Guillermo del Toro's Jaeger vs Kaiju follow-up is a huge smash at the box office, Legendary will finally consider backing the finale to his Hellboy trilogy. This morning, we finally have word that Pacific Rim 2 is going to start shooting in the fall, and it even has a working title that may stay in place as the official title once it's released.
A Guillermo del Toro movie is a precious thing, as he has so many projects in development at all times, it's not often that we get a finished product. That happens this Halloween, as his long-awaited gothic thriller Crimson Peak finally hits theaters October 16. At that point, he will be done with his grueling press tour for the film. He will take a couple weeks off, and then jump right into Pacific Rim 2. »
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