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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
On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.
Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.
I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »
- Derek Anderson
I’ve been working on a brand new game to add to the rotation and got the opportunity to give it a go last week at San Diego Comic-Con. Welcome to the very first edition of Collider’s movie-themed “Would You Rather!” The goal is to have some fun, but a top priority of the game is also to give a little insight into how a filmmaker likes to work, his or her on-set preferences, etc. Shortly after the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Hall H panel, I got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Smith who plays Mr. Collins and Jack Huston who plays Wickham. Lily James leads the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith book as Elizabeth Bennet. She’s basically the same Elizabeth Bennet featured in the original Jane Austen novel except for the fact that she and her four sisters, Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady »
- Perri Nemiroff
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies I was not particularly excited for this movie after the fairly forgettable Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but Pride And Prejudice And Zombies looks like it could be fun if it gets the tone right. The one thing the panel.comprised of cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, writer/director... Read More »
- Jason Adams
One movie we've heard very little about at Comic-Con is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Jane Austen horror mashup did have a panel in Hall H midday, but the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation was outshined by heavy hitters such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse. We're not sure what was shown, but no new trailer appeared in any official capacity to share. We're not empty handed, though. We did get get 6 interviews with the cast, including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith.
Earlier in the week, before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could turn Hall H into a 19th Century blood bath, EW released 4 very sexy, very gory photos from the thriller. They proved that this generation was about to get a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, with Seth Grahame-Smith's tome hitting the »
Here’s a first look at new photos from Sony Pictures’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
The cast were at Comic-Con’s Hall H for a panel discussion on the film.
— Ppz Movie (@PPZmovie) July 11, 2015
Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Lily James and Douglas Booth seen at Screen Gems’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Presentation at 2015 Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty »
- Michelle McCue
Of all the literary/horror mash-ups you can think of - Moby Dicknado, War And Peace And Piranhas, Lord Of The Flyblown - Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is the one that’s actually happening. That it’s an even more far-fetched conceit than anything you could possibly invent is a joy that was not lost on the Hall H throng. Comic-Con came to have its minds (and English text books) blown and the film’s cast and filmmakers did their best to oblige in a panel that showcased a chunky first trailer.In attendence were writer/ director Burr Steers, cast members Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet), Sam Riley (Mr. Riley), Bella Heathcote (Jane Bennet), Douglas Booth (Mr. Bingley), Jack Huston (Mr. Wickham) and Matt Smith (Mr. Collins), and the masher-upper-in-chief Seth Grahame-Smith.The movie’s set up is simple: after seven decades of zombies roaming 19th century England, cluttering up »
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Thursday, July 9
Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Saturday, July 11.
Once Upon a Time (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader appear for a Q&A alongside co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The session will be moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and also features a sneak peak at season five.
Footage presentations and Q&As.
It took a long time for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to get the green light and I assume that's for a reason. I wasn't as large a detractor when it came to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as most (he threw a cow people!), but I have to assume the major selling point behind getting this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's revisionist novel is the fact not only will Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters be hunting zombies, but they'll be embracing keeping their weapons in some of the most discrete of places. Along with a batch of new pictures from the film, Entertainment Weekly has a quote from star Lily James, who plays Elizabeth Bennet, saying, "Rather than knitting and crocheting, they're polishing muskets... She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." The Bennet sister are trained to fight like ninjas by Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) and the film has »
- Brad Brevet
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have a bunch of new photos from the upcoming "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," starring Lily James (Cinderella), Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey. Check everything out below. Plot: A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. The new movie is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and is set to hit theaters on February 5th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
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