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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Wicker Man

16 November 2015 12:14 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Hollywood is remake crazy these days, so Cinelinx is taking a look at what makes a good remake and what makes a bad one. We'll be examining examples of some cinematic remakes; some that work and some that don’t. In the second in our series articles, we look at a remake that definitely did Not work...The Wicker Man (2006)!  

In the previous article, which looked at Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and discussed what makes a good remake: It has to pay homage to the original while also adding a new twist to an old idea. It needs to be part faithful and part innovative. Above all, of course, it should be a well-written, well-produced movie. The 2006 remake of the Wicker Man failed on all counts.

For those unfamiliar with the original 1973 British cult classic, it’s an eerie mystery/horror hybrid about a devoutly religious Christian police officer named Sergeant Howie, »

- (Rob Young)

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15 Cult Movie Gems You Can Watch On Netflix

11 November 2015 10:21 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Netflix’s “Cult Films” section is peculiar in that it really doesn’t contain too many films you’d instantly think of when thinking about cinema’s true cult classics. There are definitely a few (as you’ll see), but for the most part the category is made up of films that are kind of cult by default: not quite classics, not insanely well-known or popular, but not obscure enough that they’re completely unheard of, either.

There’s no sign of The Big Lebowski, The Wicker Man, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Withnail and I, Harold and Maude – but there are films which are completely at odds with the very idea of a cult movie: Halloween 6, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, The House of Yes.

Of course, the term is diffuse – and people will certainly have their own criteria for defining a truly cult picture – but it »

- Taylor Burns

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A Look At Hollywood Remakes: Part 2- The Wicker Man

8 November 2015 5:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

  With Hollywood studios being so remake crazy these days, Cinelinx takes a look at what makes a good remake and what makes a bad one, by examining examples of cinematic second attempts…some that work and some that don’t. In the second of several articles, we look at a remake that definitely did Not work…The Wicker Man (2006)!

 As in the previous article on Rise of the Planet of the Apes, we discussed what makes a good remake: It has to pay homage to the original while also adding a new twist to an old idea. It needs to be part faithful and part innovative. It should also be a well-written, well-produced movie. The 2006 remake of the Wicker Man failed on all counts.

 For those unfamiliar with the original 1973 British cult classic, it’s an eerie mystery/horror hybrid about a devoutly religious Christian police officer named Sergeant Howie, »

- (Rob Young)

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The Piper review [Lkff 2015]: “A beautifully dark movie.”

7 November 2015 4:08 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Piper review: It’s depressing to be sure, but very rewarding for lovers of dark cinema. The Piper review

You know what story is really damn unsettling and creepy? The Pied Piper Of Hamelin. A man who is willing to help out a community is double crossed and seeks vengeance in the most disturbing of ways, by targeting the innocent children. No matter what version of the story you are familiar with, it is bound to leave a bit of a mental scar on you. So it’s about time we had a blockbuster worthy adaptation, and since South Korea do very well at grim vengeance tales, it seems only natural that we get The Piper.

The debut feature for Kim Gwang Tae is a very faithful variation on the original story, while still adding enough material to justify a feature length running time. Imagine the best parts of »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Philadelphia Film Festival – ‘Bridgend’ is harrowing and haunting

2 November 2015 5:17 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Jeppe Rønde

Denmark, 2015

Philadelphia Film Festival

Bridgend is harrowing and haunting. It’s also oppressive and relentlessly bleak. The title is a town in Wales that is experiencing an inexplicable rash of teenage suicides. Sara (Hannah Murray) moves back to town with her father Dave (Steven Waddington), a police officer investigating the deaths. Sara meets a local group of teenagers led by the mercurial Thomas (Scott Arthur), and the brooding Jamie (Josh O’Connor) and is soon sucked into their hypnotic, angst-filled, and cult-like behavior.

There’s something of the small town doom of The Wicker Man in Bridgend, and also something of a slowly paced music video. Director Jeppe Rønde’s film is undeniably gorgeous. He and cinematographer Magnus Nordenhof Jønck favor dark images, with highlights in the background and the characters themselves very often nearly underexposed. There’s a lot of frosted glass and translucent, »

- Neal Dhand

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200 Greatest Horror Films (30-21)

30 October 2015 1:27 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: Werckmeister Harmonies

Directed by Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky

Written by László Krasznahorkai and Bela Tarr

2000, Hungary / Italy / Germany

Genre: Emotional Horror

Bela Tarr is a filmmaker whose work is a highly acquired taste, but as a metaphysical horror story, Werckmeister Harmonies is an utter masterpiece that should appeal to most cinephiles. The film title refers to the 17th-century German organist-composer Andreas Werckmeister, esteemed for his influential structure and harmony of music. Harmonies is strung together like a magnificent symphony working on the viewer’s emotions over long stretches of time even when the viewer is unaware of what’s going on. Attempting to make sense of Tarr’s movies in strict narrative terms is not the best way to go about watching his films; but regardless if you come away understanding Harmonies or not, you won’t soon forget the film. Harmonies is a technical triumph, shot »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Best Horror Films of 2015

29 October 2015 9:11 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It shouldn’t be a surprise to any of our readers that we here at PopOptiq love horror movies. All month long we’ve been counting down the 200 greatest horror films ever made alongside our 31 Days of Horror marathon. And every year just before Halloween, our staff bands together to decide what our favourite horror films of the past year are. It’s never an easy feat since we don’t always agree but as with every list, nobody will. That said, here are the 17 best horror films of 2015 according to our writers.

Note: We didn’t bother to list them in any order but we recommend them all!


A Christmas Horror Story

A Christmas Horror Story offers five interwoven tales of terror set on Christmas Eve, as executed by three Canadian filmmakers, Grant Harvey, Bret Sullivan and veteran genre producer Steven Hoban making his feature directorial debut. Much like Trick ‘r Treat, »

- Ricky Fernandes

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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 8: Reversals & Reveals

26 October 2015 10:09 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**


The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best

David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children. »

- Staff

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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Slash

20 October 2015 5:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hello, readers! Welcome to a brand new monthly feature here at Daily Dead—Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema—where we’ll be catching up with notable folks from the horror and sci-fi genres (both in front of and behind the camera) to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today. We hope you enjoy this first installment featuring iconic guitarist, producer, actor and all-around genre fan, Slash, and be sure to head back each and every month for new discussions with more of your favorite innovators, artisans and creators.

When I was a little kid, I was that kid that just loved everything that was creepy and dark. I was born in Hampstead, London, right, but I lived in Stoke-on-Trent which is this small little town. My dad was a big horror fan, so he turned me on to Hammer movies like House of Usher »

- Heather Wixson

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Movie Review – The Diabolical (2015)

15 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Diabolical, 2015.

Directed by Alistair Legrand.

Starring Ali Larter, Arjun GuptaMax RoseChloe PerrinKurt CarleyMerrin Dungey, Patrick Fischler and Wilmer Calderon.


Madison, a single mother of two, is awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. She seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to take on themselves.

Insidious… Sinister… now we can add The Diabolical to the list of horror movie titles found by flicking through a thesaurus. In this case though, the vague title actually works in favour of audiences approaching The Diabolical for the first time. The less you know, the better.

The Diabolical instantly strives to set itself apart from haunted house movies of its ilk by diving straight into the horror. From the first scene, it quickly becomes clear that the paranormal events affecting Madison »

- David Opie

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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

13 October 2015 6:49 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Knock Knock Review

11 October 2015 4:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Eli Roth, who disappeared from the world of feature film directing after 2007’s Hostel: Part II, now has seen two of his features release in the same year, only mere days apart. The Green Inferno marked Roth’s return to gratuitous gore, which I found to be a (somewhat) gleeful return to form, but I can’t say Knock Knock continues his charge back into the foreground of genre filmmaking. It’s a very different movie, aiming for a psycho-sexual thriller vibe over cannibalistic carnage, but Roth’s signature humor manages to comes through as always. He’s a man who never likes to be taken seriously, but maybe some restraint could have helped this time around, steering lead actor Keanu Reeves away from a special brand of terribleness that only Nic Cage can pull off with ease.

Reeves plays a family man named Evan, who’s left home from »

- Matt Donato

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Toronto After Dark unveils its final wave of exciting film announcements for 2015

3 October 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The tenth annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off in a couple weeks and the festival has finally announced the second half of titles for this year’s lineup as well as the Canadian and International shorts. PopOptiq will once again be covering the event so be sure to check back at the end of the month. Here is the press release.

The Hallow (Ireland) Toronto Premiere

Possibly the scariest film in this year’s Toronto After Dark lineup, The Hallow from the producers of Let Us Prey terrified audiences at Sundance on its debut. After a young family move from the big city to a peaceful Irish woodland cottage, their dismissive attitude to folklore legends angers the local townspeople. It’s not long before the family members find themselves in a desperate fight for survival in a prolonged confrontation with some vicious creatures lurking in the forest.

The »

- Ricky Fernandes

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25 great directors working outside mainstream cinema

30 September 2015 2:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...

Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.

Here are 25 examples.

Lee Hardcastle

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »

- simonbrew

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Criterion Collection: Breaker Morant |Blu-ray Review

29 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Following the mid-70s wave of critically acclaimed Australian cinema, thanks to names like Peter Weir, Fred Schepisi and Gillian Armstrong, director Bruce Beresford would score his first of several iconic moments in cinematic history with 1980’s Breaker Morant, based on the play by Kenneth G. Ross. The film premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded a Best Supporting Acting accolade for Jack Thompson (a category that no longer officially exists), and began a prolific decade for Beresford, which closed with a controversial Best Picture win at the 1989 Academy Awards with Driving Miss Daisy. Documenting a particularly heinous miscarriage of justice from the country’s military history, Beresford’s title helped established a legacy of commemorative reenactments from his native country and showcases a trio of excellent performances.

Set during the Boer War at the turn of the century in South Africa, a trio of three Australian lieutenants, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Midwinter Of The Spirit episode 1 review

23 September 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

ITV compels you to watch a new spine-chilling drama feat. David Threlfall and Anna Maxwell Martin now the longer nights are setting in…

Summer’s over and it’s time to securely lock up the windows and draw the curtains, as the temperature gets colder and the light fades earlier. To ring in this darker time of year is the start of three-part supernatural mystery series Midwinter Of The Spirit, adapting Phil Rickman’s series of Merrily Watkins Mysteries to the screen. Setting us up for some scares, last night’s opener introduced ‘Deliverance Minister’ Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell-Martin) and the evil forces she’ll be battling against, as well as enough recognisable occult tropes to promise a compelling addition to the spooky drama genre.

Opening with shots of an elderly priest praying over a dying man in hospital intercut with a gang hunting someone in the woods, there was a flash of barbed wire, »

- louisamellor

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‘Breaker’ Morant

15 September 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Bruce Beresford says that by 1980 most Australians had forgotten that their countrymen had fought in the Boer War, and this scathing condemnation of England's scapegoating of commonwealth volunteers had a big impact. Stars Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown front a protest from the past, in one of the most respected Aussie Renaissance features of the late '70s. 'Breaker' Morant Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 773 1980 / Color / 1:78 anamorphic widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald Cinematography Don McAlpine Production Design David Copping Film Editor William S. Anderson <Written by Bruce Beresford, Jonathan Hardy, David Stevens from a play by Kenneth Ross Produced by Matt Carroll Directed by Bruce Beresford

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Bruce Beresford's 'Breaker' Morant is one of the stronger entries in the late '70s -- early '80s upsurge of quality movies from Australia and New Zealand. »

- Glenn Erickson

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10 Unanswered Movie Questions That Kept You Up All Night

8 September 2015 5:13 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There have been countless moments in film history that have raised questions that audience members have rarely stopped debating, no matter when the film in question was released. For instance, how exactly did that doll in The Wicker Man get burned? Was it with a pack of matches, or what?

Ok, joking aside, everyone has their own views and beliefs on the true meaning of some of cinema’s greatest unanswered questions. Obviously, most of the time these questions are purposefully left open to interpretation. It’s part of the filmmakers’ job to engage its audience with the fictional world they’ve created and just like our world there are bound to be elements with no clear cut explanation.

So, although we’re not really supposed to know the answers to the questions that will be presented on this list, that doesn’t stop our curiosity meter from shifting off the charts. »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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Frightfest 2015: ‘Cherry Tree’ Review

28 August 2015 1:54 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Patrick Gibson, Minnie Phipps | Written by Brendan McCarthy | Directed by David Keating

Faith’s world is turned upside down when she finds out her father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven using the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life. And soon Sissy has enticed Faith into making a fateful bargain that is about to change everything…

Cherry Tree feels very much like a jumble of ideas, as if someone sat down and thought about what they wanted to see in a horror film or what would make “interesting” visuals and then tried to string them together with the flimsiest of plots. And the visuals are definitely »

- Phil Wheat

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Spoiler alert! 17 movie posters that completely blew the ending

18 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Movie posters are designed to sell the film - but not sell the film out, surely?

Take this as a warning, movie marketeers: giving away all the best bits in the trailer is one thing, but ruining an entire movie with a single image is something else...

(And in case you hadn't guessed, be warned that this article contains spoilers.)

1. Terminator Genisys

Spoiler alert: Hey look, just beneath Arnie's giant face - that's Jason Clarke's John Connor! And he's on fire! And looks like a Terminator! He couldn't secretly be a Terminator, could he?

2. Rocky IV

Spoiler alert: In Rocky IV, America's very own, um, Italian Stallion takes on the Soviet Union's very own Ivan Drago. Three guesses who wins. Okay, one guess.

3. Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Spoiler alert: If you were wondering whether Optimus Prime rides a gargantuan robot dinosaur at the very end of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, »

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