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Neither as purposefully spooky nor as inadvertently campy as the low-budget ’50s sci-fiers it often recalls, “Honeymoon” is the sort of flat and forgettable genre exercise that fills holes in VOD schedules after, or during, fleeting theatrical playdates. The sole novelty in this otherwise unexceptional indie is its relatively serious treatment of a plot device — extraterrestrials struggling to master and remember human lingo while passing as earthlings — usually played for easy laughs. Unfortunately, that’s not nearly enough to alleviate the tedium.
Some viewers may be mildly scared during the opening moments — “Oh, no! Not another found-footage movie!” — as attractive newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) playfully describe their courtship and wedding while directly addressing a videocamera. For better or worse, however, “Honeymoon” quickly reveals its true colors as a far more traditional thriller.
The young marrieds drive to a remote cabin near a lake to spend their »
- Joe Leydon
It's not uncommon for movie and TV stars to make the jump from the screen to the printed page; many well-known actors have capitalized on their name recognition to help boost their profiles as emerging authors. Notable examples include Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), who found success with his self-published poetry; James Franco (This is the End) recently rolled out a well-received short story collection entitled Palo Alto; and Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Purge) has won acclaim for the novels The Hottest State and Ash Wednesday. While we don't hear nearly enough about actors from the world of horror and sci-fi making a successful transition to those same genres in print, it's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think. Let's examine the literary legacies of three notable horror stars who carved out thrilling new careers as horror writers... Thomas Tryon Genre Role: I Married a Monster from Outer Space »
- Gregory Burkart
Back in the early ’70s, a 21-year-old came to producer Jack L. Harris with his first feature film, made in 12 days. The novice director had worked on more than 70 movies but this was his own and he put his life savings, plus a borrowed $30,000, into it. Harris screened the film and liked it. But at 87 minutes, he deemed it too short and offered some story ideas. With $10,000 from Harris, an additional day’s shooting and three new scenes added, Harris had a new property to shop: John Landis’ “Schlock.”
“Jack’s a classic Hollywood type and one of the great movie mavericks,” Landis says of Harris, who’s being honored Feb. 4 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “He put ‘Schlock’ out but it wasn’t until years later that I learned how much money it made.
“I was in Italy, showing ‘Animal House,’ when they told me »
- Kirk Silsbee
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