Oz Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, makes his directorial debut with horror film The Black Coat’s Daughter; and it’s gotten itself a new release date! Look for it on August 25th, specifically on DirecTV, with a theatrical… Continue Reading →
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- Steve Barton
Ryan Lambie Jul 25, 2016
It's famously one of the worst sequels ever, but why did Jaws The Revenge go so wrong? Ryan looks at its disastrous nine-month production...
It's an oft-repeated adage that nobody sets out to make a bad movie, but Jaws The Revenge is so legendarily, comically bad that it almost looks like an inside job. The fishy sequel, released in 1987 to scathing reviews, famously stars a rubbery shark that growls when its head rears out of the water, Michael Caine spouting bizarre dialogue and some of the most glaring continuity errors this side of an Ed Wood movie.
What separates Jaws The Revenge from the usual bad-movie crowd is its otherwise decent pedigree. It was the product of a major Hollywood studio. The budget was generous. The director, Joseph Sargent, was far from a hack - a veteran of TV and film, he'd previously made the classic thriller »
Underrated Psycho prequel comes to Blu-ray. Alfred Hitchcock’s stark, blackly comic horror landmark Psycho needs little introduction and certainly, it needs no defense of any kind. Psycho is Psycho. Peerless and, 56 years after its release, still as powerful and affecting as ever. But its sequels often do need defending. The Tom Holland/Richard Franklin 1983…
- Chris Alexander
Rihanna is checking into A&E's Bates Motel. Shortly after confirming that season five of the drama would be its last, producers announced Friday at Comic-Con that the pop icon has been tapped to take on an iconic role on the Psycho prequel series. Rihanna will take on the highly anticipated role of Marion Crane — the iconic character played by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. As a refresher: Marion checked into the Bates Motel but never checked out after Norman — dressed as his mother, Norma — stabbed her to death in the shower. Watch Rihanna's announcement below.
- Lesley Goldberg
Crimes of Passion, 1984.
Directed by Ken Russell.
A female sportswear designer leads a double life as a hooker but things get more complicated when a street preacher decides to try and save her soul.
Ken Russell’s 1984 film Crimes of Passion is one of those movies that is so barking mad that it is difficult to know where to begin when it comes to analysing what it is about, let alone how you begin to recommend it to somebody, but at the heart of it there is an exploration of sex and relationships that, had it been handled by another director (apart from possibly David Cronenberg) it probably wouldn’t be quite so thought-provoking and out there.
- Amie Cranswick
When not working on a new film, directors will generally, well, talk about their other films. The beauty of a retrospective discussion is that filmmakers tend to be less filtered, as they both have that project in their rearview and are not trying to sell it to audiences or critics. Coming off of The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino recently sat down at the Jerusalem Film Festival this past weekend to discuss his career, including his attempts at genre breaking and namely Inglourious Basterds — as well as the film he was there to screen, Pulp Fiction.
In the candid chat (via Times of Israel and Screen Daily), he reiterated his adamancy of stopping filmmaking after his tenth film, which means he has two left, but that he may return at 75 with “another story to tell.” However, he states, this would be a “geriatric” film, and that it essentially shouldn’t really »
- Mike Mazzanti
For the month of July, contributing writers of DestroytheBrain.com will be watching, reviewing and commenting on giallo cinema. We will be covering the sub-genre from a beginner’s angle and on the assumption that the majority of our readers are not aware of this giallo. Later on in the month, we will be getting into recent films that celebrate the idea of gialli cinema. Thanks for reading!
How Does One Get Into Giallo Cinema?
When I was mass exploring the VHS & DVD territories of horror cinema in the 90’s and into the mid-2000’s, most of my film discoveries were American horror films. Yes, there were some films, as I would later come to find, that were imports from Italy but when I watched those, I just figured there was bad dubbing and didn’t take into play that they were re-edited foreign films. In the early 2000’s, I »
- Andy Triefenbach
Brian De Palma‘s Carrie begins in the soft-haze of a high-school girls’ locker room. The camera lingers of the naked bodies of Carrie’s (Sissy Spacek) abusers and clearly sets them apart from the frail girl who showers by herself. As the others frolic and laugh among themselves, Carrie rests inside of her own body. In close-up, Carrie washes her face, breasts, and abdomen until she reaches her inner thigh. She drops her bar of soap and the lilting score from composer Pino Donaggio changes key into something more sinister when it is revealed that Carrie has begun her first period and menstrual blood slides down the side of her leg. She screams at the arrival of the punishment of Eve, and blood will be a harbinger of everything to come for one Carrie White.
Carrie is De Palma’s most empathetic picture in large part because of Spacek »
- The Film Stage
A mad extortionist is blowing up rollercoaster rides. Put-upon George Segal must stop him because we all know that the time, the tide and roller coasters wait for no man. Producer Jennings Lang's by-the-numbers suspense thriller is light on suspense and thrills, but the cast is good and the screenplay at least partly intelligent. And hey -- it's got a teenage Helen Hunt! Rollercoaster Blu-ray Shout! Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 19.99 Starring George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda, Helen Hunt, Harry Guardino, Susan Strasberg, Craig Wasson, Robert Quarry, Quinn Redeker, Dick Wesson, Gary Franklin, Steve Guttenberg. Cinematography David M. Walsh Original Music Lalo Schifrin Written by Richard Levinson, William Link, Tommy Cook Produced by Jennings Lang Directed by James Goldstone
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Jaws inspired plenty of rip-off movies about sharks, bears, killer whales and monster octopi threatening beaches. Since it wasn't safe to go back to the water, »
- Glenn Erickson
As we await the fifth and final season of Bates Motel, the official Facebook page has shared a new promo image for the Psycho prequel series featuring Freddie Highmore’s Norman Bates, which pays homage to a promotional photo for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic.
Here’s the original image featuring Anthony Perkins…
The fifth season of Bates Motel will air on A&E some time in 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Cremaster and Drawing Restraint 9 (with Björk) mastermind, Matthew Barney, adapted Norman Mailer's Ancient Evenings to create River Of Fundament. Cornelia Parker staged The Maybe with Tilda Swinton at MoMA and now her Alfred Hitchcock Psycho inspired Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Roof Garden - the perfect setting for a John Buffalo Mailer on Norman Bates, Houdini, Steven Spielberg and Sam Mendes on Gay Talese's The Voyeur's Motel, Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott conversation.
Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Paul Giamatti, James Toback, Elaine Stritch, Debbie Harry, James Lee Byars, Lawrence Weiner, Salman Rushdie, Luc Sante, Cinqué Lee, Jonas Mekas, Fran Lebowitz, Dick Cavett, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aimee Mullins and Sam Nivola are among the River Of Fundament dwellers. Buffalo Mailer, Milford Graves and Lakota Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle reincarnate as Norman I, Norman II »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me.
This week’s column is about “Swiss Army Man,” which opens theatrically on Friday.
James: So this is “a farting corpse bromance.”
Semaj: Don’t spoil it.
James: Ok, it’s “an endearing dark comedy about loneliness and the human need to connect to another.”
James: “Child of God” is a little darker than this movie.
Semaj: Yeah, but only because the character in “Child of God” sleeps with his corpses and then starts to murder more people to have more companions.
James: That character, Lester Ballard, was loosely based on the real murderer, Ed Gein, notorious bone and skin collector and exhumer of bodies. He made lampshades out of skin, and bedposts out of skulls.
Semaj: Ed Gein also inspired Robert Bloch’s “Psycho” (the human taxidermy, Norman dressing up like his dead mother) and Nicholas Winding Refn’s favorite movie of all time, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
James: Why are you bringing up Nicolas Winding Refen?
Semaj: He’s always talking about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I think he took his wife to see it on their first date ever.
James: Anyway, “Swiss Army Man” does deal with a corpse like all those films, but it does it in a different way. Somehow it’s not as bleak, and grisly. It’s pretty skillful how they pull it off.
Semaj: “Weekend at Bernie’s” already pulled off a corpse comedy.
James: This isn’t like “Weekend at Bernie’s” either. That’s a straight-up comedy, but like the Two Corey’s classic, “License to Drive,” the comedy comes from the characters trying to disguise the fact that they are carting around a corpse.
James: Yeah, but in those movies they have no meaningful interactions with the incapacitated (or dead) characters. The bodies are usually temporarily animated to deliver a moment of comedy.
James: Exactly. Paul Dano’s character is so lonely that on the brink of suicide he meets the Daniel Radcliff corpse and immediately begins to develop a friendship with him.
Semaj: In a way, it’s as if Paul Dano’s character is animating the corpse with his own thoughts and feelings.
James: Exactly! He provides the corpse with his personality.
Semaj: Sort of like you do with these columns — you animate both sides of a conversation.
James: Yeah, I guess so. Maybe I’m lonely, too.
Semaj: I’m here for you.
James: Thanks, man.
Semaj: So, does that mean that Paul Dano’s character is having a bromance with himself?
James: Sort of, but it’s more complex than that. One of the things that is great about necrophilia stories, despite their disguising reality, is they allow an intense examination of what it means to be intimate with an other. Dano’s character wants what everyone wants: to connect to another, to love and be loved. But he has been damaged by a loveless father, and is so insecure that he is incapable of speaking to the woman he’s attracted to on his bus route.
Semaj: So he isolates himself in the wilderness, and becomes lonelier.
James: He has given up on conventional social interactions, he can’t do it, the world has rejected him. He feels ugly and unlovable.
Semaj: But when he finds the corpse he can infuse it with all his ideas of a perfect mate. He is out in the woods with no one to contradict him, so his imagination can run wild, and he can believe, without any objections from the greater world, that his new corpse friend can talk, and use his farts to propel them over the water like a jet ski, or light fires, or shoot them up into the sky to evade dangerous animals.
James: Exactly. So you think that all that fantastic stuff is in Paul Dano’s imagination?
Semaj: I think so, but it doesn’t really matter after a while because the movie takes us on his ride, we are experiencing everything through his eyes, so whether that stuff really happens or not doesn’t matter as much as having those experiences affect him, and seeing that they are emotionally real for him. Because of that, the audience also feels.
James: That’s one thing the movie does really well: it draws you into his quirky world so you can get on board with what would otherwise, in actuality, be a fucked up situation.
Semaj: I think the farts have a lot to do with making the whole thing more palatable.
James: You’re exactly right. It seems like a silly thing, and amongst people I’ve talked to, the movie is already known as the “farting corpse movie,” but the idea that the corpse’s gas aids Dano’s imagination when animating the corpse is crucial. From the first meeting on, the corpse farts, and it immediately takes the tone of the film out of the macabre and into the more enjoyable realms of a quirky bromance, where two oddball guys can enjoy fart jokes, talk about women, masturbation, and in the end forge an intimate bond.
James: The movie was directed by two guys with the first name Daniel, so they’re credited as “Daniels.”
Semaj: Maybe making the movie was a kind of bromance for them, too.
James: There is nothing more intimate than creating something with someone. That’s why I collaborate with all my friends again and again.
Semaj: Basically the corpse provides Dano with everything he was denied by everyone else in his life.
James: Exactly, just like all bromances do. In “Pineapple Express,” Dale realizes that his weird drug dealer Saul is actually his best friend; in “Superbad,” the boys learn that they love each other more than anyone; “This is the End” is partly an examination of the strain that trauma puts on friendships, and ultimately the triumph of true friendship, even when facing the end of the world.
Semaj: It’s weird that they didn’t let you go to heaven at the end of that film.
James: You’re telling me! I mean Wtf? I sacrificed myself for Seth, and I still don’t get to go to heaven?
Semaj: Danny McBride dragged you down to Hell.
James: Well, Hell would be heaven with a friend like Danny, and Heaven would be Hell without Seth.
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- James Franco
The setup to De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's engrossing new documentary about the life and career of controversial filmmaker Brian De Palma (opening in theaters on June 10th), couldn't be simpler: The 75-year-old director dissects most of his films and shares analyses and behind-the-scenes anecdotes in between clips. Forget talking-head testimonials from collaborators, flashy visuals or dramatic reenactments. You just get the man himself, looking back and holding court in all his verbose, insightful glory.
And that is more than enough. Known primarily for his obsession with voyeurism, »
Today in movie related history...
1907 Cracking Rosalind Russell is born. Stars in many classics including: His Girl Friday, Gypsy, and Auntie Mame and is nominated for 4 Best Actress Oscars. The only actresses that share her fate of 4 Best Actress nominations w/out a win: Greta Garbo, Marsha Mason, and Barbara Stanwyck. Of the four only Marsha Mason didn't receive an Honorary later on.
1913 Suffragette Emily Davison runs onto the track at the Epson Derby and is trampled by King George V's horse. It's a huge turning point in the court of public opinion and the suffragette movement. It was reenacted in last year's Suffragette.
- NATHANIEL R
Mondo has released promotional images for its 1/6 scale Alfred Hitchcock collectible figure, with the Master of Suspense available to pre-order now; check them out here…
The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, featuring an authentic likeness, tailored fabric suit, director’s chair, interchangeable hands, and a few nods to some of his classic films. Whether he’s on your desk or perched on a shelf next to your Blu-rays, the 1/6 Scale Alfred Hitchcock Figure is the perfect addition to any film lover’s collection.
- Amie Cranswick
- Clarence Moye
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.
Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:
During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films. While »
- Movie Geeks
The Alfred Hitchcock sixth scale figure goes on sale on Thursday, May 26th at 1:00pm Est. The posters will also become available on Thursday, albeit at a random time, so keep an eye on Mondo’s official Twitter page if you’re looking to add them to your collection before they sell out. Below, we have photos of the new collectibles as well as the official press release with full details:
Press Release: The iconic director of over 50 films, including classics such as Psycho, North By Northwest, The Birds, and Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock continues to inspire us as his work is still imitated to this day. We’re proud to present the famous filmmaker in 1/6 scale, »
- Derek Anderson
Well, I never though I’d see the day. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has received a video game adaptation. Kind of… You see, it’s not an official adaptation per se; but rather, it’s more of an homage that takes inspiration from Hitchcock’s… Continue Reading →
- David Gelmini
Roles don’t come much more to-die-for than Marion Crane, the unfortunate soul who took moviedom’s coldest shower in Psycho. And, since Carlton Cuse — executive producer of A&E’s sublime prequel, Bates Motel — recently revealed to TVLine that Season 5 would find Norman’s best-known victim checking in, the hunt is on for a top-notch actress who will really, er, kill in the part.
Marion’s stay at the Bates Motel “will be a big moment,” Cuse said. And a long one, too — he went on to »
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