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In the run-down, dead-end town of Downers Grove, Illinois, there are murmurs of a curse that violently takes the life of one high school senior each year just before graduation. Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) is far too level-headed to believe in such nonsense, despite gruesome evidence to the contrary; she herself saw the previous year’s victim fall to his death from a water tower. However, Chrissie chalks it all up to drunk kids making bad life choices. One night at a party, Chrissie is very nearly raped by Chuck, the star quarterback of the local college football Team (Kevin Zegers); she only escapes by jabbing him in the eye. Now partially blinded and unable to play football, Chuck’s only ticket out of Downers Grove has seemingly been burnt to ashes--and he is determined to get revenge on the girl who he blames for his lack of future. Soon, »
- Lee Jutton
Get ready for lots of lace and blood! Screen Gems has unveiled the first UK trailer for Burr Steers' Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the horror-tastic take on Jane Austen's beloved literally classic Burr Steers' Pride & Prejudice. Young actress Lily James stars Elizabeth Bennet, and she's joined by her sisters in a plot to rid 19th century England of all those pesky zombies. This certainly looks explosive, literally, and action-packed and full of zombies galore, I just hope it doesn't turn out too much like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The ensemble includes Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady, Suki Waterhouse, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, plus Lena Headey. Have at it! Here's the first international trailer for Burr Steers' Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, found on YouTube: Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social »
- Alex Billington
Lionsgate has released a UK poster and teaser trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, director Burr Steers’ (Igby Goes Down) adaptation of the bestselling novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Check them out here…
See Also: New images from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is set for release on February 12th 2016 and stars Lily James (Cinderella), Sam Riley (Maleficent), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Bella Heathcote (The Rewrite), Douglas Booth »
- Gary Collinson
Manners meet the macabre in the first teaser trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
"Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another."
Written and directed by Burr Steers (and based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel of the same name), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey. The film is slated for a February 5th Us theatrical release from Screen Gems.
Trailer from Lionsgate UK »
- Derek Anderson
After years of difficult development and a revolving door of directors and cast, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has finally found its shuffling feet. And to prove it here's the new UK teaser trailer and poster. Burr Steers directed from his own draft of the screenplay, with Matt Smith, Lily James, Sam Riley, Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Bella Heathcote the cast battling the sorry stricken.If it's passed you by so far, Seth Grahame-Smith's novel was at the vanguard of pastiche literary zom-com mash-ups that briefly crazed in bookshops a few years ago. P&P&Z sees weapons expert / martial artist Elizabeth Bennet (James) searching for love and independence as a zombie plague erupts around her and American wildlife inexplicably starts appearing in the Berkshire countryside.Steers was the director of Igby Goes Down, 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud, but seems to have taken »
It struggled for some time in development and had various people attached to it at different points, but at last the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's parody novel "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" is on the way and today the first trailer for the film has arrived.
Matt Smith, Lily James, Sam Riley, Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Bella Heathcote star in the project which mashes up the Jane Austen classic with a zombie movie to create the story of a weapons expert named Elizabeth Bennet who struggles with love and independence at the same time a zombie plague erupts across the Berkshire countryside.
- Garth Franklin
To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things. Kind. Well read. And accomplished. But to survive in the world as we know it? She'll need other qualities! http://movieweb.com/pride-prejudice-zombies-movie-photos/Based on the book by Jane Austen, the first international trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has arrived, and it's an equal mix of period drama and ass-kicking action movie. The full-length domestic trailer is said to be dropping in two weeks!
Sure to be a 19th Century blood bath, this generation gets a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, as Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel prepares to hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day this February. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tells the classic love story with an apocalyptic twist sure to scare anyone into fits of panic, followed by a series of hot flashes. Lily James takes on the role of Lizzy, »
Sam Riley will be doing his best to make you forget about Colin Firth playing the new Mr Darcy, while Doctor Who's Matt Smith is playing Mr Collins, Douglas Booth is Mr Bingley and Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston is Mr Wickham.
Following up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the latest Seth Grahame-Smith novel to get the feature film treatment is the long-gestating Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Once circled by David O. Russell to direct, he stayed on as co-writer and passed helming duties off to Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and today brings the first trailer.
Considering my utter distaste for Grahame-Smith’s last adaptation, this one looks to have a much more enjoyable tone, so we’ll have to wait and see if they can pull it off come early next year. Starring Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Suki Waterhouse, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith and Charles Dance, check out the UK trailer and poster below.
- Jordan Raup
There are films that you know are not good films by any means, but you still find yourself attracted to them. Films that cause you to wonder why you’re watching them, but you find yourself watching them over and over again, for some sadistic and inhumane reason, who knows, maybe people like myself are just gluttons for punishment? Regardless of their merit, I think we need films like that to be a type of buffer between the Great films and the Awful films, we need films that just aren’t good but watchable and entertaining to fill the void. The Curse Of Downer’S Grove, co-written by American Psycho and The Rules Of Attraction author Bret Easton Ellis and Hick director Derick Martini and helmed by Martini is just that type of film: one that you can’t fathom loving, but you just want to see to the end Every Single Damn Time. »
- Jerry Smith
The gap between a good high school horror flick and a mediocre one is about a mile long, but the difference between a mediocre high school horror flick and a slightly less mediocre genre effort is almost completely indistinguishable. After a while, all these non-descript, hormone-ridden teens start to blend together into the same plaid-shirt-wearing stereotypes, whether they’re partaking in illegal activities or being hacked to bits by the next slasher hopeful.
Unfortunately, The Curse Of Downers Grove is yet another mediocre high school nightmare that’s no different than the last ten similarly scoped thrillers about evil town curses, despite being penned by American Pyscho author Bret Easton Ellis. The story is adapted from Michael Hornburg’s 90s novel Downers Grove, with indie filmmaker Derick Martini stepping behind the camera to take over directorial duties – though you’re probably just here because of Ellis’ name. Either way, this »
- Matt Donato
Teenage Wasteland: Ellis & Martini Join Forces for Derivative Teen Angst
Check your expectations at the opening credits with The Curse of Downers Grove, a muddled teen scream mix of urban legend meets self-fulfilling prophecy metaphor. Many will be unable to bypass taking a look, however, upon learning the schlocky titled genre effort was penned by Bret Easton Ellis, his first cinematic project following the infamous and ultimately ill-fated Paul Schrader/Lindsey Lohan experiment The Canyons (2013). An ambitious thread of something greater sometimes resonates in this adolescent angst tale spiked with violence and a smattering of watered down sexuality (at least compared to what we know Ellis can imagine), but is ultimately lost in the tonally awkward jumps between genre elements and out-of-touch flourishes as concerns law-enforcement and teenagers.
The eponymous suburb of Chicago is the home of a deadly curse, or at least that’s the urban legend of the »
- Nicholas Bell
Although it’s being marketed as a horror film, “The Curse of Downers Grove” turns out to be something else — a messy hash of teen soap opera, stalker thriller and whatnot whose titular, possibly supernatural aspect is basically irrelevant. This pileup of elements never meshes or becomes convincing in Derick Martini’s screenplay, co-adapted by exec producer Bret Easton Ellis from Michael Hornberg’s 1999 novel. Nonetheless, the pic’s combination of familiar faces and genre tropes should give it a decent leg up in home formats. It opens at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8 this Friday, simultaneous with its digital HD launch; VOD release follows on Sept. 1.
In the titular Chicago suburb (though the production was shot in Southern California), there’s an alleged curse on a high school recently built on contested Native American land: Each year, one senior dies just before graduation. It’s a subject of endless fascination for students, »
- Dennis Harvey
Title: The Curse of Downers Grove Anchor Bay Entertainment Director: Derick Martini Writers: Derick Martini and Bret Easton Ellis Cast: Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold, Kevin Zegers, Helen Slater Running time: 89 minutes, Unrated (Language, minor sexuality, violence, gore, teenage drinking/drugs) On VOD, DVD and Blu-ray: September 1, 2015 Ever since the town of Downers Grove built the high school on sacred land eight years ago, one senior from each graduating class has died in a bizarre way right before graduation. Last year Chrissie (Bella Heathcote of Dark Shadows) and her friends witnessed one of the deaths first hand and the whole senior class is nervous as [ Read More ]
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There is no doubt that Bret Easton Ellis has a distinct voice. We've seen his characters come alive in "American Psycho," he's brought his own worldview to movies like "The Informers" and "The Canyons," and his latest script is for the horror flick "The Curse Of Downers Grove," and today we have an exclusive peek at the film. Read More: Watch The Trailer For Bret Easton Ellis-Penned 'The Curse Of Downers Grove' Starring Bella Heathcote Starring Bella Heathcote, Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold, and Kevin Zegers, with Derick Martini ("Lymelife," "Hick") directing, the story is set in the titular suburb where every year, someone from the graduating high school class meets a gruesome death. Chrissie Swanson fears she might be next, but as you'll see in this clip, she's also got other things on her mind. "The Curse Of Downers Grove" opens on August 21st and hits VOD on September 1st. »
- Edward Davis
A trailer has arrived online for The Curse of Downers Grove, a teen horror scripted by American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis, which sees Bella Heathcote starring alonside Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold, Kevin Zegers and Helen Slater. Check it out below…
The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood —but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret…. For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has met a bizarre death right before graduation day. And this year, Chrissie Swanson (Bella Heathcote) has a terrible feeling that she is going to be the one to die. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town’s deadly secret?
The Curse of Downers Grove is set for release in the States on August 21st.
- Gary Collinson
Through numerous adaptations of his work, such as Less Than Zero, American Psycho, and The Rules of Attraction, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has become a familiar name to film fans over the years. In 2008, however, the novelist stepped into the film realm himself, co-adapting his book The Informers for the big screen. He followed it up with an original screenplay in 2013 for The Canyons, and his next foray into features will see him adapt another person’s novel.
Titled The Curse of Downers Grove, the screenplay is adapted from the Michael Hornburg novel Downers Grove. Ellis co-wrote the screenplay with Derick Martini, and the latter takes the directing reins for the feature, whose synopsis can be read below.
A teen angst thriller at a high school gripped by an apparent curse that claims the life of a senior every year. Story follows a senior, Chrissie, who is skeptical, and another, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
"The Curse of Downers Grove" is an interesting twist in the career of young indie filmmaker Derick Martini. He came to acclaim with the family drama "Lymelife" with Alec Baldwin, Rory Culkin, and Emma Roberts. Martin Scorsese liked it so much he served as an executive producer. His follow-up “Hick,” with Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne -- a pretty notable cast -- ended up on many of year-end worst lists in 2011. Now Martini’s back with the teen horror “The Curse of Downers Grove.” Written by Bret Easton Ellis, the movie stars Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”), “X-Men” actor Lucas Till, Kevin Zegers, Penelope Mitchell, Zane Holtz, Helen Slater, and Tom Arnold. Here’s the official synopsis: The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood —but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret.... For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has »
- Edward Davis
Directed by Luc Besson, sci-fi film The Fifth Element now has seven vinyl figures to collect courtesy of Funko's Pop! Movies series. Also in this round-up: release details for The Curse of Downers Grove and a rough-cuts screening of Grinder in New York.
"The Fifth Element is crash-landing into the world of Pop!
Leeloo comes in two costumes, including her civilian clothes and thermal bandages ensemble!
Korben, Special Forces solider turned cab-driver, comes as her backup!
The glamorous radio host, Ruby Rhod, is accompanied by the revered operatic performer, Diva Plavalaguna!
The evil Zorg and his Mangalore henchman are also included in the series!
Collect the whole set before the Mondoshawans do!"
Images courtesy of Funko:
- Tamika Jones
Co-written by Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction) and director Derick Martini, The Curse of Downers Grove is a high school horror about a town’s seniors fearing for their lives on graduation each year. Anchor Bay has announced an August 21st theatrical and digital HD release for the film, starring Bella Heathcote, Kevin Zegers…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
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