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Whilst most of you spent your Tuesday evening getting into the festive spirit, perhaps putting up decorations or watching an early Christmas movie, our evening was distinctly more fitting to Halloween.
Ahead of the home entertainment release of James Wan’s latest supernatural thriller The Conjuring we were invited to experience a haunting first hand. St.Clere’s Hall in Essex, is a notorious haunted house, said to house several spirits with staff at the site stating that they have felt a presence watching them whilst alone.
We kicked the evening off with a guided tour of the building by paranormal enthusiast group Haunted Happenings. The dark, dank cellar is where we first tried to make contact. Said to be frequented by a male entity which likes to not only look at the living, but touch them too. The group held hands and formed a circle and heard all manner of bangs and creaks. »
- Kat Smith
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 3, 2014, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. This year, James Wan, who made a genre-defining splash with his first film, 2004's Saw, found himself in unfamiliar waters. He was releasing a film in the middle of summer, an environment choked with sequels, prequels, remakes and brand extensions. When everything else had budgets that ranged into the hundreds of millions of dollars, his cost a mere $20 million. Instead of movie stars, he had Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga -- excellent actors but nowhere near the A-list. Photos:
- Marc Bernardin
Odd List Den Of Geek 18 Dec 2013 - 06:44
We've been voting for our favourite films of the year. The countdown starts here...
Over the past few weeks, our writing team has been voting for their choice of their favourite film of the year. It's all very democratic, with everyone getting their chance to rank films from 5 to 1, with weighing applied appropriately. We have not reinvented the wheel here.
Still, over the coming week, we're going to be talking about the films that made the top 20, and we're kicking off with the ones just on the outside of the top 10. Democracy, as you are about to find out, has its drawbacks, as we'd imagine that one or two of these would be breaking into the top 10 had a few more seen the movie in question. Without further ado, though...
20 Frances Ha
A very limited release in the UK befell the excellent Frances Ha, »
As of right now, we still don't know what exactly Universal Pictures and director James Wan are going to do with Fast and Furious 7. They've been discussing several different ideas of what to do. Do they keep what they have and work around it, or do they scrap the whole project and start over? The movie was about halfway completed when Walker tragically died, and family and friends are still mourning his death.
There's no doubt that Walker would want them to press forward and finish the film, and using the version he was in would pay tribute to the actor who helped launch the franchise.
A new rumor has surfaced that suggests Universal is looking to bring in Walker's younger brother Cody to fill in and help finish the film.
The news comes from The Daily Mail, who says the 25-year-old Cody, who has worked as a stuntman, might »
- Joey Paur
Normally I reserve my “best of” the year list for my own site, Day of the Woman, but the Icons of Fright family is the reason I was able to see 90% of the films on this list. Here’s the thing – I’m not a cool kid in L.A. or some other cinema megaland like most of the Icons of Fright contributors. I’m an unemployed blogger in Cleveland, Oh slowly dying anytime anyone mentions how much fun they’re having at Fantastic Fest or screenings at The New Beverly. With that in mind, the films on my list were either seen from Screener links, Theatrical/DVD releases, or cranking out the cash for some VOD. Unfortunately, I Still haven’t seen The Sacrament, but it can safely be assumed that it would have been on this list. Le sigh.
This one completely flew past my radar. »
- BJ Colangelo
Horror films are often filled with decapitations, amputations, disembowelment, and more; particularly with the introduction of the so-called "torture porn" subgenre, we're seeing a higher level of violence and excess. Sometimes it’s effective; other times watching the film’s cast of characters endure the kind of violence we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy is kind of a turn-off. What we don’t see a lot of these days, though, is a horror film that actually shies away from on-screen violence, opting for atmosphere over arterial spray... but those films's aren't impossible to find. For a recent example, James Wan's The Conjuring, which opened this summer with a massive $41.5 million, relies on clapping hands, immobile dolls, and creeping shadows to terrify the audience. In fact, some of our most beloved films from years past are less intense than we might remember them. There have been several times »
- Tyler Doupe
Frank Grillo ("The Grey", "Captain America 2, The Winter Soldier") is set to return to the thriller genre. Deadline reports that the star is set to headline next year's "The Purge 2". The original "The Purge" (read our french "The Purge" movie review) was released earlier this year and stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Produced for just $3 million, the thriller went on to earn more than $87 million worldwide. Grillo can be seen in theaters April 4, 2014, starring as Crossbones in Marvel Studios' "Captain America 2, The Winter Soldier". He's also set to star in a James Wan-produced supernatural film that has yet to receive a title. "The Purge 2" is set to hit theaters June 20, 2014. The entire team behind the camera is back and James DeMonaco will write and direct. »
A report on Dec. 13 claimed that Cody Walker was in talks to fill in for his fallen brother in the latest ‘Fast & Furious’ sequel. It’s a decision that no one wants to make, but not only is Cody the best choice as a replacement — he’s the only choice.
At first, the news that Paul Walker‘s younger brother, Cody, may be filling in for him in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 had me thinking of a sequence in Beerfest — the absurd joke where an identical twin brother replaces a dead character halfway through the movie without much fanfare — but upon further review, I’m starting to think that the makers of the movie don’t have a better option.
Should Cody Walker Fill In For His Fallen Brother?
The details of Cody possibly replacing Paul sound incredibly awkward and more than a little dark. “[Producers] soon realized they needed someone »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Special Mention: Post Tenebras Lux
Written and directed by Carlos Reygadas
Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Silent Light) seems inches away from producing his masterpiece. His latest, Post Tenebras Lux (the title is a Latin phrase meaning “after darkness, light”), opens with two of the most unforgettable, ominous images in recent memory. The first is a haunting sequence at dusk as Reygadas’s 2-year old daughter walks through a muddy landscape filled with farm animals and large dogs. As she wanders the field, darkness gradually falls and a thunderstorm moves in. The second scene follows an animated glowing-red demon gliding silently through the rooms of a dark house in the middle of the night. In addition to these two illustrious scenes, we are also treated to a heartbreaking A.A. meeting, a visit to a strange sex club and a man who commits suicide in the most unforgettable way. »
It appears Universal Pictures may have found a solution to the tragic death Paul Walker in completing the action sequel Fast & Furious 7. We’re hearing Walker’s younger brother Cody, who has previously worked as a movie stuntman, has been asked to complete the actor’s work on the seventh film in the action franchise.
Production was shut down in the days following the horrific events as Walker’s family, friends and cast members, come to terms with the accident that claimed the 40 year-old’s life. This allowed Universal to come up with a plan to finish the film which was only half way through principle photography. They considered scrapping and starting again, significant rewrites and/or carrying on with the current route with the help of camera/CGI trickery. Whatever they decided, the studio also needed to take into consideration the fans and doing the beloved character of Brian O’Connor justice. »
- Craig Hunter
Earlier this week, we reported that Universal Pictures may restart production on Fast & Furious 7 as early as January, if the latest script rewrite by Chris Morgan is approved by the studio. At the time of Paul Walker's tragic death, the actor still had more scenes to film, and the studio is currently mulling over whether or not to start the movie entirely from scratch, or continuing production with scenes they had already shot with Paul Walker. Today, we have word that the studio has asked the late actor's younger brother, 25-year-old Cody Walker, to fill in for him when shooting gets back under way.
Here's what an unidentified insider had to say
"Producers had a string of meetings right after Paul's death. They soon realized they needed someone who looked like Paul to finish the movie and that's when they approached his nearly identical brother, Cody. They can shoot »
I hate reporting on news stories peripherally related to actor Paul Walker's tragic death as much as the next guy, but when it comes to the logistics of how James Wan and the cast of Fast & Furious 7 will move forward with production, we'll make an exception. About a week ago, we reported that Universal had indefinitely suspended production on the film, along with the news that Walker had only filmed about half of his allotted scenes and had yet to film some of the major ones. Then, it looked like screenwriter Chris Morgan was revising the script to work around Walker's death. Now, a new rumor states that Walker's younger brother, Cody, will step in to film the final scenes. Hit the jump for more. Today's kinda creepy Fast & Furious 7 rumor comes via Daily Mail, so take it with a grain of salt. Cody, the 25-year-old former stunt actor, »
- Dave Trumbore
After shutting down production on Fast & Furious 7 in the wake of Paul Walker's tragic death, it's now been announced that Universal Pictures is looking to honour the late star with a fitting send-off in the seventh instalment of the blockbuster franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Chris Morgan is currently revising the script with a view to incorporating footage previously shot with Walker whilst enabling the studio to retire his character Brian O'Connor.
At present Universal is looking towards a January restart for the James Wan-directed sequel, which also stars the likes of Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez, although it has aborted its plans for a release date of July 11th 2014. »
- Gary Collinson
If James Franco’s “Look at my shee-yit!” scene in “Spring Breakers” was one of 2013′s funniest movie moments, it was also perhaps the most emblematic of a year that, as many others have pointed out, was all but overrun by spectacles of consumerist excess — from “American Hustle” to “The Wolf of Wall Street,” from Baz Luhrmann’s not-so-great “Great Gatsby” to Paolo Sorrentino’s genuinely great “Great Beauty.” This may not be exactly what Susan Sontag meant when she described the cinema as “a decadent art” some 18 years ago, but if the Jimmy Choo fits, wear it: Rarely has the camera’s natural affinity for beautiful, shiny objects been so lovingly indulged, whether the objects in question were the gleaming treasures in Smaug’s vault or the designer fashions in Paris Hilton’s closet.
Still, for every movie that turned the bigscreen into the functional equivalent of a mall »
- Justin Chang
It’s always exciting when we reach December of every year and look back at how the horror genre has evolved over the course of the last 12 months; what new things were done, which films were the most surprising to discover, what old stories were retold and did they stand up against their earlier counterparts? It’s just a fun time to see what flicks other horror fans & peers truly embraced this year & maybe recommend something unique and original that may have slipped through the cracks for whatever reason. 2013 was actually a pretty darned good year for the genre! I had no problem pulling together 10 titles. In fact, I have a handful of notable mentions; horror films I didn’t love but that I thought were really, really good and it’s a rarity to have this many to choose from. Granted, I sadly didn’t get a chance to »
- Rob Galluzzo
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Director: James Wan
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- Matt Holmes
Time to take a look at some of the biggest let downs and disappointments of the year. First up Tom takes a look at what let him down and made him die a little on the inside. Carrie Hearing of a remake of Brian De Palma's 1972 classic didn't fill me with usual rage remakes elicit. A great actress in the lead role, a fantastic director at the helm, and the promise to be closer to Stephen Kings novel had me looking forward to it. Sadly, the finished product proved to be a lukewarm rehash, just ticking the boxes of the original, and lacking any of its intensity. Insidious Chapter Two I have to admit I did really enjoy Insidious Chapter Two, the main problem is it followed director James Wan's fantastic The Conjuring, and probably could never live up to it. His signature style, waiting a split second »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
In case you missed the news, a sequel to The Purge is on the way. The plot of new movie is still being kept a secret, but a new report reveals that Frank Grillo has been cast in the lead role. Frank Grillo may not be a household name yet, but he’s a name you’ll be hearing quite a bit. On top of his recent appearance in The Grey, we’ll see him soon in Captain America: The Winter Solider and James Wan’s Demonic.
James Monaco wrote, produced, and directed the first movie and has returned for the sequel. We’ll let readers know as soon as more details become available, but for those that missed the first movie, here’s the synopsis:
- Jonathan James
There are still many questions about what will happen to Paul’s character in the 7th installment of ‘Fast & Furious.’ Will he be edited out altogether? Not if Paul’s parents can help it! They say their son definitely would have wanted to remain in the film.
As the Fast & Furious 7 producing team grapples with what to do with the film that was halted after Paul Walker‘s tragic death on Nov. 30, the actor’s parents, Paul Walker Sr. and Cheryl Waker, have now revealed what they would like to see done with their son’s character Brian O’Conner.
Paul Walker In ‘Fast & Furious 7′: His Parents Want His Character To Be In Film
Paul brought his character Brian O’Connor to life in the very first The Fast and the Furious film in 2001. Now his parents are speaking out about why they don’t want his character to »
- Sandra Clark
After Universal Pictures shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 last week, following the untimely death of actor Paul Walker, many have wondered how the studio will move forward, with a bulk of footage already shot featuring the late actor.
Today, we have word that screenwriter Chris Morgan is working on script revisions that will allow the franchise to give Paul Walker a proper send-off, while using the scenes that have already been completed. This falls in line with our report from last week that revealed the sequel will be delayed, but not abandoned completely. But these changes are not a sure thing.
If the writer succeeds, production could resume as early as January. But, it isn't clear when Chris Morgan may have the revisions completed. Universal executives held a conference call the morning after Paul Walker's death on November 30 to discuss how to move forward with Fast & Furious 7. Insiders »
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