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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection [Vestron Video Collector’s Series]

  • DailyDead
Horror was in a weird place in the early 1990s. Most of the big franchises of the ’80s had more or less run their course, and in their place were a handful of new “icons” that would be turned into franchises whether it was warranted or not: the Child’s Play movies continued to be a growing concern, as did Candyman and Hellraiser and Leprechaun. One attempt to launch a new franchise that never quite took was 1991’s Warlock, which inspired two sequels of varying quality before calling it quits. All three films are now gathered together on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Warlock Collection, the latest in the Vestron Video Collector’s Series from Lionsgate.

The original Warlock is genuinely something special—maybe not a new classic, but certainly a really good version of what it is. It’s a film with an impressive
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Waterworld: what it was like before it was a $175m epic

Ryan Lambie Jul 24, 2017

It was a legendarily expensive action vehicle for Kevin Costner in 1995, but Waterworld originally began life as a subtly different story...

Tales of Waterworld's making have long since passed into legend. You've probably read about the long and difficult shoot on the open seas around Hawaii, about the soaring costs, the sinking sets and the increasingly fractious relationship between the two Kevins - director Kevin Reynolds and star Kevin Costner. You've probably heard about a pre-Buffy Joss Whedon being flown in to revise the script, and how, getting wind of all this, the Hollywood press started calling Waterworld names like "Fishtar and "Kevin's Gate".

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What's less commonly discussed is just where Waterworld came from. It's often reported that the screenplay was written by Peter Rader and later reworked by David Twohy; what's less widely known is that Waterworld could
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What Might Have Been: A History of Failed Alien Sequels

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The Alien franchise has an interesting history not just because of the films that hit the big screen, but also because of the ones that did not. This is a look at some of the Alien films that came close to getting a greenlight, but were never made.

During the movie production process, it is not uncommon for a film to undergo several major changes in concept before becoming fully realized. The Alien franchise is one franchise that has seen its fair share of changes along the way. However, it is also unique due to the shear volume of potential films that have hit the drawing board but never progressed. Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that the Alien franchise has run into many different problems along the way. For one, it is a rare franchise with a multitude of different filmmakers and producers involved
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No One Can Hear You Scream: Life and Death in Space Horror

Tony Black on space horror…

The release this week of Life, the new science-fiction horror film from Daniel Espinosa, may herald for many a revelation if they’re unfamiliar with a sub-genre all of its own – the space horror movie. Espinosa’s film is entertaining, if workmanlike, and will be enjoyed primarily by people unfamiliar with the cavalcade of pictures it pilfers from across its running time, but can it really hold a candle to the movies it’s professing to update and sit alongside? That’s arguable.

What matters is the aforementioned sub-genre it now sits within, as it’s as rich and full as the wide variety of other sub-genres in horror or indeed science-fiction. Life, like many other movies we’ll mention here, owes its existence and a huge debt to what may not have been the first sci-fi horror movie, but is undoubtedly still the grandmaster.
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Cinema’s Top Underwater Thrillers

The new aquatic adventure film The Chamber – where a submarine mission goes badly wrong – is the epitome of an underwater thriller. It plunges you into the action and makes you feel as if you’re right there with the crew fighting amongst each other, and fighting for their lives, sinking into the depths of the Yellow Sea. Here are eight more deep sea chillers that’ll have you struggling for breath.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

“Race from outer space to seven miles below the sea … with amazing aquanauts of the deep!” In this classic sci-fi adventure Walter Pidgeon is in charge of a nuclear submarine whose very mission is to save the planet Earth. Directed by Irwin Allen, who went on to make disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure and The Swarm, the film features the sub being attacked by a giant octopus, which should be recommendation enough.
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Interview: Katee Sackhoff Discusses Don’T Knock Twice, Riddick & Rescuing Baby Hedgehogs

  • DailyDead
Katee Sackhoff is known for playing kick-ass characters who can take on even the most menacing mercenary, but her character in Don’t Knock Twice faces a different kind of threat: herself. Wrestling with personal demons, Sackhoff’s Jess shows how powerful love can be when a witch threatens to tear her daughter away forever. With Don’t Knock Twice out today in theaters and on VOD and HD Digital from IFC Midnight, Daily Dead spoke with Sackhoff about bringing out Jess’ vulnerability and strengths, rescuing baby hedgehogs near the set, and how she’d love to reprise her role as Dahl in another Riddick movie (even if she had to win a dance-off to make it happen).

Thank you for taking the time to talk about Don’t Knock Twice. What was it about the role of Jess that struck you and interested you in this story?

Katee Sackhoff
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The Danny Boyle sci-fi short film we never got to see

Ryan Lambie Jan 31, 2017

Shot well over 18 years ago, Danny Boyle's sci-fi short film Alien Love Triangle has never been released - despite a starry cast...

In the late 90s, two very different filmmakers were still in the (relatively) early stages of their careers. Mexican director Guillermo del Toro had released his first feature, Cronos (1993) to widespread acclaim. The UK's Danny Boyle had captured the zeitgeist with his second movie, Trainspotting, and was about to embark on his next film, A Life Less Ordinary (1997).

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Had everything gone to plan, del Toro and Boyle could have wound up directing their own chapters of a three-part anthology movie - the sci-fi equivalent of, say, Amicus Productions' portmanteau horror films of the 60s and 70s, such as The House That Dripped Blood
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Relativity, Storyoscopic set $200m slate fund

  • ScreenDaily
Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Studios and Storyoscopic Films on Monday announced a joint venture whereby Storyoscopic will produce and finance approximately five or more projects a year.

Films produced under the joint venture and backed by what a source said would be at least $200m in production funding will release internationally via Relativity’s network of output partners and go through Relativity Europa Distribution (Red) in the Us.

Relativity launched Red in 2010 after it acquired Overture Films from John Malone’s Liberty Media and four years later EuropaCorp came on board in a reported $130m deal to acquire a 50% stake.

The venture comes as Relativity shifts its focus towards financing, producing and distributing family films and branded features with global appeal.

George Lee and Marcus Englefield, the duo behind 2D-to-3D conversion specialists Venture 3D, have worked with Hollywood and Chinese partners and launched Storyoscopic in 2013 to make family and genre films in the $15-50m range
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The Arrival: exploring a gloriously odd 90s sci-fi film

Ryan Lambie Nov 2, 2016

Before Arrival there was Charlie Sheen in The Arrival. Ryan takes a look at an unusual 90s sci-fi film...

When it came to sci-fi movies, 1996 was a crowded year: at the high end of the budget spectrum we had the invasion movies Independence Day and Mars Attacks; towards the middle we had John Carpenter's disappointing Snake Plissken sequel Escape From La, while Rutger Hauer starred in the cheap and cheerful Crossworlds and the brilliantly titled Omega Doom.

Throw in the startlingly botched Island Of Doctor Moreau, Star Trek: First Contact and Stuart Gordon's fun sci-fi oddity Space Truckers, and you have a busy 12 months in genre movies. Somewhat lost in the static was The Arrival, a nifty genre thriller which had the misfortune of coming out just a few weeks before the bigger, splashier Independence Day. A more modest and quirkier movie than Roland Emmerich's invasion flick,
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Reliving "Riddick"

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Sneak Peek the classic science fiction action feature "Riddick" starring Vin Diesel, available on Blu-ray/DVD:

"...the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film 'Pitch Black' and 2004′s 'The Chronicles of Riddick' reunites writer/director David Twohy and Vin Diesel, reprising his role as the antihero 'Riddick', a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

"The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an 'emergency beacon' and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

"The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while
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The 50 Best Sci-Fi Films of the 21st Century Thus Far

In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.

With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen.
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Shane Black's risky 'Predator' strategy: Can a 'genre' title work as an event film?

  • Hitfix
Shane Black's risky 'Predator' strategy: Can a 'genre' title work as an event film?
In a new interview with Agence France-Presse, writer-director Shane Black has reiterated that his forthcoming sequel/reboot The Predator will be "significantly bigger" than previous entries in the franchise, giving us the first bona fide "event picture" of the long-running film series. No doubt this is an exciting prospect for longtime fans, but it also raises the question of whether a franchise that has been viewed as "genre" for 30 years can successfully be reinvented as a blockbuster.  First, some context. The first Predator, which starred the then-unstoppable action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, was budgeted at a mere $15 million (or about $31 million adjusted for inflation) and brought in a total of $98 million worldwide -- an unqualified mid-range box-office success. In 1990, the Schwarzenegger-less Predator 2 received a significantly higher budget ($35 million) but underperformed relative to its predecessor with $57 million worldwide, effectively ending the franchise until the critic-loathed but financially-successful Alien vs. Predator films
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Riddick director David Twohy to helm sci-fi drama Ice Moon Rising

  • JoBlo
Variety is reporting that David Twohy, who was behind the camera for all three of Vin Diesel's Riddick flicks and will return Furia, the planned fourth installment in the series, has been set to write and direct a sci-fi drama titled Ice Moon Rising. The film, which will feature a female Chinese lead character, is being produced by Das FilmsSriram Das and Greater China's Steve... Read More...
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Riddick Helmer David Twohy Will Write And Direct New Sci-Fi Flick Ice Moon Rising

David Twohy and Vin Diesel’s may be prepping to blow the doors off their cult Riddick franchise with the Merc City TV show along with a fourth – and possibly R-rated – movie, but the former is keeping busy beyond the realm of Furyans and galactic mercenaries, after Variety brings word that Twohy has been tapped to write and direct Ice Moon Rising.

Remaining in the sci-fi genre for the time being, the outlet notes that Ice Moon Rising has been hatched as an American-Chinese co-production, and will chronicle a daring space mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s many moons that has enchanted scientists and stargazers for generations.

That’s because Europa is said to house massive oceans beneath its icy exterior, and Twohy’s feature will extrapolate that scientific reality and craft a plot involving alien creatures and wayward astronauts. Bound for Jupiter’s satellite, the Chinese and American
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Michelle Williams Joins Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ Gary Oldman to Play Churchill, and More

The world may be falling apart, but there’s this much: the wait for Todd Haynes‘ next film will not take us through two presidential elections and whole career arcs for his American contemporaries. With Carol still fresh on our minds, Wonderstruck has added another cast member: joining Julianne Moore is Michelle Williams, who will play the deceased mother of a boy living in Minnesota circa 1977. [Variety]

Based on an illustrated novel by Hugo author Brian Selznick, it also focuses on a girl in New Jersey circa 1927 who ventures to New York to meet her idol, an actress named Lillian Mayhew — presumably Moore’s role. Given the connections between its narrative threads, the film’s already shaping up rather nicely.

Killer Films and Amazon Studios are backing the project.

It’s hardly surprising that a film adaptation of Gay Talese‘s horrifying article The Voyeur’s Motel would move forward within
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Giuseppe Tornatore, David Twohy line up China projects

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Giuseppe Tornatore, David Twohy line up China projects
Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore and Us writer-director David Twohy are developing projects with China, which were both announced on the first full day of the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

Tornatore has agreed to make a film for Alibaba Pictures, the filmmaking arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba, which he signed with Alibaba Pictures’ CEO Zhang Qiang at the end of the Bjiff’s Co-production Forum on Sunday.

However, the specific project has not yet been identified and it’s unclear whether it will be made as a co-production under the China-Italy treaty.

Separately, producers Steve Chicorel and Sriram Das announced Us-China co-production Ice Moon Rising – a sci-fi project to be directed by David Twohy who wrote The Fugitive and directed The Chronicles of Riddick and its sequel. Chicorel and Das are in the process of locking down a Chinese co-producer and international sales agent for the film.

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David Twohy to Direct ‘Ice Moon Rising’ as U.S.-China Co-Production

David Twohy to Direct ‘Ice Moon Rising’ as U.S.-China Co-Production
David Twohy, who directed “Riddick” and scripted “The Fugitive,” is to write and direct “Ice Moon Rising,” a major sci-fi movie that is set to be a U.S.-China co-production.

The film which could have a budget in the region of $50 million is being produced by Das FilmsSriram Das and by experienced Greater China producer Steve Chicorel.

The pair are also in advanced preparations for another China-u.S. venture “Money Plane,” with David Hackl (“Saw V,” “Life on the Line”) to direct.

Ice Moon Rising” is set in space when a Chinese and American task force venture to Jupiter’s moon Europa to awaken an astronaut from a cryogenic stasis, some 24 years after he was attacked by alien creatures in Europa’s sub-glacial seas. Awake, he then has to be reunited with his wife and a daughter he has never met.

Das, who recently produced “November Man,” and India-set “Heartbeats,
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Riddick sequel will be an origin story; TV companion series in the works

  • JoBlo
Earlier this week Vin Diesel gave a casting update for XXX 3 by revealing that Samuel L. Jackson will be back for the planned movie, and the actor once again took to Facebook to announce that he and director David Twohy are aiming to start production on Furia, the fourth installment in the Riddick film series, in early 2017. In the video below, Diesel also said they've been talking about doing an... Read More...
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David Twohy Wants Fourth Riddick Movie Furia To Have An R-Rating

Vin Diesel’s affection for his fanbase saw him officially confirm the fourth Riddick movie via social media earlier today. And while we already knew it was on the cards, the action stalwart had a couple of surprises in store for his “global family.” David Twohy swung by to chat with the Fast and Furious star through live video streamed straight to Diesel’s Facebook, and the pair discussed the upcoming Furia.

The fourth movie plans to revisit the saga that began with Pitch Black in 1999, and focus its attention on the origins of Diesel’s brooding Furyan. While it’s currently in the scripting stages, Twohy outright confirmed his plans for it to bear the R-rating, which confirms it’ll follow in the footsteps of its dark fantasy predecessors. As for what exactly Riddick’s past contains, the pair remained tight-lipped, except for Diesel, who revealed it will be
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'Riddick 4: Furia' Shoots in 2017; Is an R Rated Origin Story

Last month, Vin Diesel took to his Instagram page to reveal that he and writer-director David Twohy are not only developing a fourth Riddick movie, entitled The Chronicles of Riddick: Furia, but also a TV show spinoff entitled Merc City. Yesterday, it was announced that the actor's production company One Race Films has signed a multi-year deal with Universal Television, where the TV series will be developed. The actor also recently took to his Facebook page, where he posted a video alongside David Twohy, where he explains that production may begin on The Chronicles of Riddick: Furia in early 2017. Here's what he had to say, about why fans will have to wait so long for the new movie to start production.

"I couldn't have done Riddick, because I just had (his daughter) Pauline nine months ago, so whenever I'm a fresh dad, I can't go to that dark place.
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