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With Battle La unleashed on Blu-Ray this week, Falling Skies debuting on UK TV last week and Super 8 due out in three weeks … I decided to gather together my Brains Trust and have a conversation about Alien Invasion Movies. It very quickly became obvious that there are more of them, and a wider variety of them, than you might at first think.
Firstly we found ourselves breaking them down into five sub-genres:
The Small Town Invaders: These invasions begin small in some hick town in the armpit of nowhere and begin to build a bridgehead that way.
The Worldwide Invaders: Often arrive more publicly and aren’t shy about landing on the White House lawn.
The Solo Invader: Arrives by itself, often by accident, but promises to take over the world eventually anyway.
The Friendly Invaders: Means us no harm and generally finds that the sentiment is not reciprocated and, »
- John Ashbrook
Mark Wahlberg is starring in Contraband right now -- the film is a remake of the well-regarded thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam, with Baltasar Kormakur, an actor in the original, directing the new version. The film follows a one-time smuggler (Wahlberg) who has taken a straight job as a security guard, but gets pulled back into illegal activity. Now the ever-reliable J.K. Simmons is on board as a captain. The also-reliable Ben Foster is the brother-in-law of the main character and the guy that pulls him back into the Life; Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna and Lukas Haas are also on board. [Av Club  -- this interview is wonderful and a must-read for fans of the actor.] After the break, Michelle Rodriguez goes to The Home and Robin McLeavy joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter after all. Michelle Rodriguez says her next film will be a horror picture called The Home that takes place in a haunted nursing home. »
- Russ Fischer
/Film reports some exciting news as they're claiming Dimension Films is finally doing something "original" as they've acquired Kristoffer Aaron Morgan's H.P. Lovecraftian horror The Home, which as we previously reported stars Brian Cox (The Ring, Trick 'r Treat), Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest), Louis Gossett Jr. (The Invaders, Jaws 3D), Ed Asner (Up, The Mod Squad), and Fionnula Flanagan ("Lost," The Others). Penned by Morgan alongside Eric Vespe (Quint from Aint It Cool News), The Home unfolds after a young man is nearly killed during a horrible accident that leaves him physically and emotionally scarred. To recuperate, he is taken to a secluded nursing home where the elderly residents appear to be suffering from delusions »
 I have just heard that Bob Weinstein and Dimension Films have acquired Kristoffer Aaron Morgan's H.P. Lovecraftian horror film The Home. I'm happy to hear that Dimension Films wants to release an original movie again. The Home seems like a film they would have invested in back in the mid-1990's. It seems like now-a-days, they're concentrating mostly on sequels, remakes and un-funny parody movies. No word on if Dimension will be releasing the film theatrically or just home video. I'm sure, at very least, The Home will have a film festival run. Penned by Morgan alongside Eric Vespe (better known to film geeks at Quint from Ain't It Cool News), the story has been described as a "character driven, atmospheric, twisted creature flick". The Home tells the story of a firefighter who "is nearly killed during a failed rescue that leaves him physically and emotionally scarred. To recuperate, »
- Peter Sciretta
Another actress from Hollywood's golden age has passed on, leaving behind some truly classic films and a ton of television appearances, making her a staple for many growing up over the last five decades.
Francis made numerous television appearances, including genre favorites such as "The Twilight Zone", "The Invaders", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", and "Suspense", and starred in the Sixties horror thriller The Satan Bug; but she was especially well known for her role in 1956's classic sci-fi adventure Forbidden Planet.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest condolences to Anne's friends, family, and constituents. We'll miss that sexy smile and signature beauty mark for sure! Here's to ya, kid!
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- Uncle Creepy
5 items from 2011
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