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First Look At Liam Neeson In A Monster Calls

24 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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J.A. Bayona may have broken through to the mainstream with disaster drama The Impossible, but the helmer has proven a furious talent in the horror genre. His 2007 chiller The Orphanage ranks among the most spine-tingling horror films of this century, and he’s since honed his instincts on episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Now, he’s gearing up for a dark, almost Guillermo del Toro-esque fantasy in A Monster Calls, adapted from the book by Patrick Ness, and early signs are very promising.

Lewis MacDougall stars as a 13-year-old boy named Conor who, bullied at school and traumatized by his mother’s terminal illness, escapes into a fantasy world populated by a looming tree monster. When said monster follows him home, however, things take a turn for the strange. Liam Neeson is playing the aforementioned monster through motion capture, with Sigourney Weaver playing Conor »

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: #1. Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls

16 January 2015 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Monster Calls

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona // Writer: Patrick Ness

Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona began as one of the talents supported by Guillermo Del Toro, blazing into the international horror realm back in 2007 with The Orphanage, which showcased the wonderful Belen Rueda. But his 2012 sophomore film, The Impossible, which depicted the onslaught and aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, that really brought Bayona acclaim. That film snagged Naomi Watts an Oscar nod for Best Actress and proved the director’s penchant and flair for working with big budget special effects. We’re quite excited to see that he’s adapting Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature, which concerns a little boy coping with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied at school with the help of a tree monster. Liam Neeson stars as said monster, while Felicity Jones plays the »

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