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You can tell we’re getting close to Halloween as the month of September has a myriad of great films arriving on VOD platforms that should help get everyone in the ‘spirit’ for every horror fan’s favorite upcoming holiday. The highly anticipated horror comedy Cooties starring Rainn Wilson, Elijah Wood, Leigh Whannell and Alison Pill is finally getting released on September 18th and Scream Factory is kicking off the month with a horror comedy too, the hilarious Bloodsucking Bastards, which arrives on VOD on September 4th.
On September 1st, The Curse of Downers Grove is coming to VOD courtesy of Anchor Bay and on the very same day, Dark Sky Films is releasing the psychological thriller Para Elisa as well. Other notable films hitting VOD in September include Hellions, Contracted Phase II, Some Kind of Hate and Run, Hide, Die.
Blood Moon (Uncork’d Entertainment/Jinga Films)- September »
- Heather Wixson
By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall get your Galaxy Quest series.
RelatedGalaxy Quest Series in Development
As reported back in April, Paramount Television was developing a TV series based on the aforementioned 1999 film. Now, EW.com reports, the smaller-screen Galaxy Quest has touched down at Amazon, home to such originals as the acclaimed Transparent, Bosch and Alpha House.
The Galaxy Quest movie starred Tim Allen (now on Last Man Standing), Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell as cast members of a Star Trek-like series that has long been off the air. »
It’s been three years since the last episode of The Office aired and you still can’t get enough of Dwight Schrute. Rainn Wilson’s character centers around bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica, and even if you have no idea what a beet actually is, you associate it only with Dwight.
As the seasons developed, your love for Dwight continued to grow to such extremes that you didn’t think was possible to adore a fictional character. Even though he was the annoying antagonist to Jim, he had a heart of pure gold and his Jackie Chan impression is on point, as is his wardrobe.
He inspires you to get an office job if you don’t have one already, and even if you do, you’ll probably be praying that someone will put your stapler in some jelly, have some scary cat lady fall in love with you, »
- Sara Weir
Read More: Review: 'The Boy' is the Chilling Start to the Story of a Psychopath Indiewire's Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention. Craig William Macneill's "The Boy" is a moody and atmospheric thriller that takes a classically creepy setting -- a desolate hotel far removed from the rest of the world -- and infuses it with fresh terror, thanks to the burgeoning sociopath who lives there, who just so happens to be only nine years old. As Macneill's titular boy, Jared Breeze plays a chilling young Ted Henley, who spends the film's runtime pushing boundaries (and people) in increasingly arresting ways. Macneill adapted the film's screenplay alongside novelist Clay Macleod Chapman (which, in turn, was inspired by a short the pair made together in 2011), one that attracted a variety of supporting talent, including Rainn Wilson and David Morse. "The Boy" is »
- Kate Erbland
If you haven't yet grown tired of winky zombie movies that present the undead in a new context, then there are some treats coming this fall. Next month, Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill and more face off against braineaters in "Cooties," and then a month later so do a bunch of boy scouts in "Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse." And the full length trailer is here for the latter. Joined by Logan Miller, Halston Sage, Sarah Dumont, Patrick Schwarzenegger and David Koechner with director Christopher Landon (multiple "Paranormal Activity" sequels) behind the camera, there's not much else to elaborate on besides what the title tells you, so here's the official synopsis: Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Sad Seed: Macneill’s Portrait of Rural Malaise Flickers with Occasional Menace
In the cinematic landscape of evil (or at least sociopathic), children, it’s rare to catch a sound portrayal of the circumstances explaining their wicked ways. Director Craig William Macneill attempt to do just that with his directorial debut The Boy, based on a chapter of the novel Miss Corpus by Clay McLeod Chapman. Unfortunately, the occasional, brooding menace touched upon in the film is more often than not drowned out by the crushingly mundane exposition of its prolonged first act. Musical cues lead us to conclusions the material cannot quite conjure about on its own, forcefeeding us a portrait of one very lonely, isolated boy and his growing predilection for dead animals.
- Nicholas Bell
Arriving in theaters and on VOD this Tuesday is The Boy, a quiet thriller that focuses on a burgeoning sociopath and how sometimes too much isolation can definitely be a bad thing. The film premiered earlier this year at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and while this writer missed out on seeing it in Austin, I enjoyed the opportunity to not only catch up with the film now, but also speak to two of the gentlemen behind the project, co-writer and director Craig William Macneill and co-writer Clay McLeod.
Check out what both Macneill and McLeod had to say about adapting The Boy for the big screen, working with the folks over at SpectreVision and their trio of actors in the film (David Morse, Rainn Wilson and newcomer Jared Breeze) and how they hope viewers to have a little sympathy for the devil after seeing their collaboration when its released this week. »
- Heather Wixson
Viewers can travel back to 1989 in The Boy, a new SpectreVision film that follows a killer kid and stars Jared Breeze, David Morse, and Rainn Wilson. Ahead of the movie's August 18th theatrical and VOD release, a special screening of The Boy will take place at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles tomorrow night, and we've been provided with two pairs of tickets to give away.
Winners will receive tickets to attend a special 7:30pm screening of The Boy at L.A.'s Egyptian Theatre this Friday, followed by a Q&A with SpectreVision producers Elijah Wood, Josh Waller and Daniel Noah, screenwriter Clay McLeod Chapman, and star Jared Breeze. The panel will be moderated by Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast.
If you don't win the contest, you can still purchase tickets to the special screening via the American Cinematheque website:
- Derek Anderson
As parents, we often stress and worry over whether our children will be born disabled, or whether they’ll grow up happy and be successful. As parents, there are so many things to consider and be concerned about involving the well-being of our children, but it’s almost always centered on one key word… weakness. As parents, the worst thing we often imagine is that our children will be weak and unable to shoulder the burden of living in today’s world.
Perhaps weakness is not the true elephant in the room, or shall I say demon in the closet. What if… instead of raising a child that’s physically, mentally or emotionally weak, you found yourself raising a child that is physically and mentally strong, but emotionally void? What if you found yourself raising a sociopath? Now, what if you didn’t realize your child was a sociopath until it was already too late? »
- Travis Keune
There are a lot of great movies arriving on VOD for the month of August, which should undoubtedly please all you genre fans who love to catch on some of the best indie horror and sci-fi titles from the comfort of your own homes. We kick things off with The Last Survivors from Dark Sky Films and the very same day, Uncork’d Entertainment is unleashing their werewolf flick Dark Moon Rising which stars Eric Roberts.
On August 7th, A24 is planning on taking viewers to some Dark Places, and we’ve got a handful of movies arriving in mid-month including the thriller Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and the stylized revenge tale Final Girl featuring the always great Abigail Breslin. A few days later, SpectreVision’s The Boy arrives on VOD and one of my personal favorite films of 2015, the spunky post-apocalyptic action adventure tale Turbo Kid, will be released on August 28th. »
- Heather Wixson
Jim and Pam might be The Office's most iconic couple, but Dwight and Angela will forever be the weirdest. Two years after the series finale, stars Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey are still good friends, though Wilson looks a lot different than his Dwight days. The two met for lunch this week, and he was sporting a beard that, in his words, is "literally bigger" than Kinsey's body. If you still miss The Office, you're going to love the pictures. Take a look! »
“Circle, circle. Dot, dot. Now you have a cootie shot!” This make-believe vaccination is common practice on playgrounds across the nation to guard youngsters from the imaginary pathogen, but what happens when a strain of real-life cooties turns the innocent students of Ft. Chicken Elementary into flesh-craving rage zombies? Enter Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan’s hilarious horror comedy about a group of misfit teachers that must team up to survive the worst case of food poisoning their school has ever seen.
Elijah Wood (Lord Of The Rings, Maniac) plays Clint, a writer/teacher who has returned home to Ft. Chicken to complete his novel and work as a summer substitute at the local elementary school. After introductions with Vice Principal Simms (Ian Brennan), Clint meets the rest of his co-workers in a series of awkward encounters confined within the Teacher’s Lounge. There’s Rebekkah (Nasim Pedrad), who immediately »
- Caroline Stephenson
If you are someone who uses Netflix Instant as your sole source for TV and movie entertainment, then you know how easy it is to fall into a rut. It can be so hard to find quality movies after a while and you end up watching the same stuff over and over. Well, search no more! Here are 6 often overlooked movies that you may not have seen or had a chance to watch yet. (Or you may not know whether they are worth your time but trust me they are!)
Starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame and Mark Duplass from “The League.” This film is… surprising. I can’t give too much away because the film was specifically advertised with misdirection. The actual premise sneaks up on you and you is one of the most clever films released in 2014. Also these two actors are the »
- Sarah Sommer
Over the years, much has been made of "Mad Men's" shocking inability to win an acting Emmy. It may have be named Best Drama Series four times in a row (2008-2011), but to date, it has gone 0-for-34 in acting categories. If it loses its three bids this year, It will leave TV having lost all 37 of its acting nods. But it's not the only show to be otherwise recognized by Emmy only to see its actors snubbed again and again. -Break- Top 10 Emmy nominations jaw-droppers: Tatiana Maslany, 'Parks and Rec' ... Consider "The Office." NBC's popular sitcom ran nine seasons and won Best Comedy Series in 2006, but it never claimed an acting prize. Indeed, only three of its cast members were ever even nominated: Steve Carell (Comedy Actor, 2006-2011), Rainn Wilson (Comedy Supporting Actor, 2007-2009), and Jenna Fischer (Comedy Supporting Actress, 2007). You'd think the series would have fared »
The new sci-fi comedy takes place at a school where a virus renders the students mindless and violent – causing major trouble for their teachers.
A new clip from Cooties has one such crazed kid attacking substitute teacher Clint Hadson (Wood) in the faculty room.
His fellow teachers are far from prepared for the sneak attack, and one of them ends up as lunch for the little monster.
Cooties gets a limited cinema and on-demand release on September 18 in the Us. »
Fox has announced it will premiere Backstrom in the UK this September, despite the show's cancellation a few months ago by the broadcaster.
Wilson stars as Detective Lieutenant Everett Backstrom, a self-destructive cop who returns from five years in exile in the traffic division after offensive behaviour and starts leading a Special Crimes Unit in Portland.
The series starts with the investigation into the death of a Us senator's son, whose suspected suicide turns out to not be what it seems.
Backstrom will premiere its 13-episode run on Fox in September.
Watch a trailer for the show here: »
Having earned rave reviews from its premiere at SXSW earlier this year, director Craig William Macneill’s indie thriller The Boy is gearing up for a Stateside release next month, and we’ve got a trailer for you below, along with the official synopsis…
It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mtn. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—becoming a living ghost, haunting the motel—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship – setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. The Boy is a chilling, »
- Gary Collinson
The Boy movie
The first trailer for the upcoming psychological trailer The Boy has just been released. The film is said to be a “chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath’s growing fascination with death,” and it will be released next month in the Us.
Here’s the full synopsis:
It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, »
- Paul Heath
"Utterly hypnotic." What isssss this?! I'm not exactly sure if this is going to be any good, but it's definitely very intriguing. The first trailer for an indie psychological horror/thriller called The Boy has arrived. Craig William Macneill's The Boy is a "chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death." The cast includes Rainn Wilson and David Morse, as well as Jared Breeze as "the boy". There are some very intriguing shots in this, but it generally looks like a mesmerizing character study with minimal dialogue. Bloody-Disgusting said in their review, "We’ve seen killer kid films before. But maybe not one as psychologically ratcheting as The Boy." That line sells me more than this trailer. Give it a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Craig William Macneill's The Boy, originally from Yahoo: It's the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze »
- Alex Billington
From The Office to Super to, now, The Boy Rainn Wilson has sure shown he's gone range. Here he plays the father of the titular "boy" in the new psychological thriller produced by Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision.
The film, based on Clay McLeod Chapman’s novel “Miss Corpus," hits select theaters and VOD on August 18th.
It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mtn. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—becoming a living ghost, haunting the motel—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s [Continued ...] »
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