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John Dies at the End (2012)

11 November 2012 2:08 PM, PST

Directed by Don Coscarelli

Featuring Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Glynn Turman

How would I succinctly pitch John Dies at the End? I think it’s kind of like if Charlie Kaufman fused Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, then got it directed by Spike Jonze.

Not having read the hugely popular book upon which it’s based, I can’t speak on its faithfulness to the source material, but the film has a twisty and unpredictable plot, and an abundance of bonkers energy to it. Unfortunately it’s only intermittently entertaining and just a little too weird to connect with a wide audience.

Helmed by cult horror fave Don Coscarelli (who did the similarly quirky but widely adored Bubba Ho Tep, not to mention Phantasm), the film starts off with one strongest and funniest pre-credit sequences I’ve seen in a horror film in a long time, »

- Ted McCarthy

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Here's the Trailer for 'World War Z'

9 November 2012 11:16 AM, PST

I dunno. Everyone seems pretty excited over the World War Z trailer, but I don't have a lot to say about it. I think the picture above tells you everything you need to know. But I'll give it a shot.

Let's see: Brad Pitt, bad drivers, zombies that swarm like angry ants, military involvement, and For god's sake, what about the children!

Yeah, it's pretty epic and all, but that's all I got. I don't mean to be such a curmudgeon, but I'm getting kind of zombied out. What say you?

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- Theron

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My Amityville Horror (2012)

8 November 2012 8:08 AM, PST

Written and Directed by: Eric Walter

Featuring: Daniel Lutz, Laura Didio, Neme Alperstein, Susan Bartell

Okay, don't roll your eyes quite yet. My Amityville Horror is not another silly Amityville sequel. It is actually a documentary on one of the family members that lived in the real Amityville house.

The film follows Daniel Lutz as he recounts his memories of living in the notorious Amityville house in the early 1970s. His family became famous at the time going around the country recounting the haunting events that were supposed to have taken place in that simple upper-middle-class home. Their story inspired a best-selling novel and then a blockbuster film (plus many forgettable sequels).

Daniel, who was just a young boy at the time, had never really talked publicly about the events until he agreed to do this documentary. Regardless of whether the hauntings took place or not, his stepfather was the »

- Kelly Michael Stewart

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Sector 7 (2012)

6 November 2012 1:56 PM, PST

Directed by: Ji-hoon Kim

Written by: Je-gyun Yun

Starring: Ji-won Ha, Sung-kee Ahn, Ji-ho Oh, Ae-ryeon Cha

In the 1981 TV movie The Intruder Within, Medical Center's Chad Everett plays the commander of an oil rig who inadvertently discovers some prehistoric eggs. One of the eggs hatches, releasing a snake-like malevolent creature that begins to hunt down the crew one by one. Directed by Peter Carter (Rituals), The Intruder Within has the dubious distinction of being one of the first full-on Alien rip-offs on television or film. (Roger Corman’s first attempt, the surreal Galaxy of Terror, would be released theatrically later that year.) It’s a typical early-eighties television yarn with flat visuals, story points timed for commercial breaks and very little onscreen violence. Joseph Bottoms (The Black Hole) is the “Ash” of the piece, attempting to study the life form at any price. There's also a “chest burster” counterpart which is shown, »

- Bradley Harding

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'John Dies at the End,' or the Return of Don Coscarelli

6 November 2012 9:01 AM, PST

It's been a while since we last had a good phantasmagoric comedy freakout. Coincidentally, it's also been a while since we last heard from Don Coscarelli. With the upcoming release of John Dies at the End, we see the return of both.

If you are an intuitive reader and were paying attention to that last paragraph, I probably don't need to tell you that John Dies at the End, a phantasmagoric comedy freakout, is the new film from Don Coscarelli, the man who provided such riches as The Beastmaster and the Phantasm series. Though he gave us a Masters of Horror episode in 2005, John Dies is the first big-screen offering from Coscarelli since he orchestrated the super-summit of Bruce Campbell, Elvis, JFK and the Mummy in 2002's awesome horror comedy Bubba Ho-Tep.

Based on a book by David Wong and adapted for the screen by Coscarelli, John Dies at the End »

- Theron

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Lloyd the Conqueror (2012)

5 November 2012 1:55 PM, PST

Directed by Michael Peterson

Featuring Evan Williams, Jesse Reid, Scott Pately, Tegan Moss, Mike Smith, Brian Posehn, Harland Williams

Three college students (Lloyd, Patrick & Oswald) are flunking out of community college. In a desperate attempt to make up some extra credit they are roped into taking part in their first Live Action Role-Playing tournament (known as LARPing) by their principal (Mike Smith). Little do they realize is that their principal is actually Derek the Unholy. Derek the Unholy has been defeating the other teams so severely that tournament is in danger of being cancelled. So Lloyd and his friends are brought in to keep the tournament alive so Derek can keep his title. Once Lloyd realizes this, he and his friends bring on a former wizard champ to teach and train them (in somewhat of a Jedi fashion). Along the way Lloyd enlists a female self-defense instructor (Tegan Moss) that »

- Kelly Michael Stewart

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Spinning Plates (2012)

5 November 2012 8:47 AM, PST

Written and Directed by: Joseph Levy

Featuring: Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz

Spinning Plates, the new documentary by writer/director Joseph Levy, is the story of three incredibly varied restaurants and their owners. The restaurants could not be more different in style and cuisine. We have the Michelin three-star-rated Alinea in Chicago, the small Tuscon Mexican restaurant named La Cocina de Gabby and the 150-year-old Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa. But Levy was able to tell each of these unique establishments' stories while still connecting them on some of our most basic, most important levels: family, food and love.

La Cocina de Gabby's story is one that is far too familiar to anyone who has any knowledge of the food industry. It is a family-run business trying to create a name for itself and struggling to bring in enough customers to just pay the bills. The passion and dedication of »

- Katie Jordan

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