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Jaws Screenings at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema Fourth of July Weekend

20 hours ago | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, arguably the greatest summer movie ever made, will be screened July 2nd through 4th, 2016 at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema.  Here are the times and showtimes (if you’re planning on going, get tickets now as this sells out quickly): Saturday, July 02, 2015 – 11:30 am Sunday, July 03, 2015 – 11:30 am …

The post Jaws Screenings at Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema Fourth of July Weekend first appeared on Hnn | - Official News Site »

- Jonathan Stryker

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Shark Week Sneak Peek at Isle of Jaws: Isn't That a 'Fin' How Do You Do!

24 June 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Shark Week or not, you wouldn’t catch Richard Dreyfuss pulling this kind of stunt.

In this exclusive sneak peek at Sunday’s Isle of Jaws (Discovery, 10/9c), cinematographer Andy Casagrande — hoping to locate the great whites that mysterious and completely vanished from the Neptune Islands off South Australia — hops into a self-propelled shark cage and goes underwater.

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Almost immediately — c’mon, this is Shark Week! — he comes face to toothsome face with a 12-footer. It’s neither the first nor the last »

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When Animals Attack: Ranking Bloodthirsty Movie Predators

24 June 2016 12:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Across her diverse filmography, Blake Lively has hung tough against the menaces of gun-toting criminals (The TownHickSavages), mean rich teens (Gossip Girl), aging (The Age of Adaline), moving away from your friends (the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films), and being in Green Lantern (Green Lantern). Yet her latest project — the watery survival flick The Shallows — will pit the actress against her deadliest foe yet. After a surfing incident strands the starlet on a solitary outcropping of rock, a hungry shark encircles her as the tide rises. Teen soap opera alumna vs. »

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Movie Review: The Shallows

24 June 2016 10:47 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Capitalizing on the upcoming television phenom known as “Shark Week” (sorry, I never got it), a new film starring Blake Lively and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra called The Shallows hits theaters today.

Menacing shark films are sort of few and far between. Probably because Spielberg did such an amazing job with Jaws that there really wasn’t any way to top the suspense that comes from that film. The only thing that could be done is to financially benefit from Spielberg’s masterpiece which Italian producers and directors had no issue with doing and American distributors had no problem with picking up and giving birth to “sharksploitation”. The majority of these films are pretty boring but there are a few that are off-the-rails crazy and fun to watch.

Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows has elements of exploitation – a few titillating shots of Blake Lively’s assets and a couple of »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Pop-Up Movie Facts: Jaws

24 June 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Released 41 years ago this week, Steven Spielberg's Jaws remains the film that started the "summer blockbuster" season, while simultaneously terrifying scores of people from ever swimming in the ocean, even to this day.  Shit, even I think about that little boy on the yellow raft any time I step foot too far into the water. With the release of Blake Lively's The... Read More »

- Paul Shirey

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‘The Shallows’ Review Roundup: Blake Lively’s Shark Thriller Is Deeper Than You Might Think

23 June 2016 12:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Shallows” hits theaters tomorrow, and you may be surprised by how good Jaume-Collet Serra’s survival thriller is. Indiewire‘s David Ehrlich calls it “unequivocally the best shark movie since ‘Jaws,'” adding that “this back-to-basics thriller either eliminates or reclaims all of the excess and gimmickry that have watered down the genre since Steven Spielberg first invented it.”

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Also enthusiastic is The Guardian‘s Jordan Hoffman: “What could have been mere summertime chum is actually one of the more cleverly constructed B-movies in quite some time,” he writes in his four-star review (out of a possible five). “Without an ounce of body fat on its script, the timing for this refreshing splash couldn’t be better, coming as it does during a deadening summer of flabby sequels. For a slick 87 minutes, ‘The Shallows’ delivers on its promise: Blake Lively, »

- Michael Nordine

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The Shallows | Review

23 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Shark Who Came in from the Deep: Collet-Serra’s Shark Attack Sticks to the Basics

There will likely never be a shark attack film as unnerving and terrifying as Steven Spielberg’s iconic Jaws (1975), which primed movie going audiences for the notion of event cinema (now a taken-for-granted norm dependent on the mulch of endlessly recycled themes).

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- Nicholas Bell

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The Shallows Review: The Best Shark Movie of The Summer

23 June 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hollywood has an interesting history with movies about sharks. Steven Spielberg pretty much nailed it so impossibly hard and expertly with Jaws in 1975, that it has been very difficult for any movie prominently featuring a shark to live up to that very high bar ever since. Many have tried, few have succeeded. But sharks are still scary, and people still buy tickets to movies that have sharks in them, so occasionally we will get a shark movie. This summer is one of those occasions, and this time it is former Gossip Girl Blake Lively who is at the mercy of nature's perfect killing machine in The Shallows.

Coming from Sony Pictures, this thriller centers almost entirely on Nancy (Blake Lively), who is in Mexico mourning the loss of her mother, who seems to have died of cancer based on a picture that Nancy looks at on her phone. It is »

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Review: ‘The Shallows’ Is The Best Shark Movie Since ‘Jaws’

23 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Jean-Luc Godard famously never said: “All you need for a movie is a girl and a great white shark.” “The Shallows” presupposes is that adding a cute seagull, a rotting whale, and a few GoPro cameras to the mix probably doesn’t hurt. Unequivocally the best shark movie since “Jaws” (yes, even better than “Open Water” and “Deep Blue Sea”), this back-to-basics thriller either eliminates or reclaims all of the excess and gimmickry that have watered down the genre since Steven Spielberg first invented it — there’s only one killer fish, she’s shot in beautiful 2D, and it doesn’t appear as though the beast has developed the ability to swim backwards as the result of reckless genetic modifications. The film flirts with found-footage, but only in small and supremely effective doses; the shark is a digital effect, but a glorious one whose artificiality is only clear in »

- David Ehrlich

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‘The Shallows’ Review: Blake Lively Vs Shark Is a Fairer Fight Than You’d Imagine

23 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The giant dorsal fin of Steven Spielberg‘s “Jaws” casts a shadow on every other movie about human beings facing off against deadly sharks in the ocean. And while “Jaws” transcended its genre trappings to become art, “The Shallows” is a rousing, effective B-movie, and that’s an art in and of itself. Director Jaume Collet-Serra isn’t a household name — in most non-Catalan-speaking households, anyway — but he’s a modern master of popcorn thrills. From the oh-no-you-didn’t twist of “Orphan” and the shameless horror of the “House of Wax” remake, to Liam Neeson‘s best post-“Taken” movies (“Unknown, »

- Alonso Duralde

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Why Steven Spielberg Will Never Direct ‘Star Wars’

22 June 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The world’s biggest director said he will never direct its biggest movie franchise. Steven Spielberg, renown for a four-decade directorial career including films like “Jaws,” “Jurassic Park” and “Bridge of Spies,” said “Star Wars” isn’t really his thing. “I’m never going to make a ‘Star Wars’ film. That’s not my genre,” the Oscar-winning director told the Toronto Sun. Also Read: Tj Miller Joins Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Although the world renowned filmmaker says he’s a fan of the “Star Wars” franchise, he said that field is more of his colleague George Lucas‘ domain. »

- Rasha Ali

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Is Ridley Scott making up Alien: Covenant as he goes along?

22 June 2016 5:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director’s revelations about the new Alien movie have exposed the ghastly guts of Hollywood film-making to a fanbase that’s already suffered enough

There are countless examples of cult movies that changed in the making, and ended up being better for it. Jeff Bridges reckons 2008’s Iron Man, the movie that launched the Marvel superhero megaverse, began shooting without any script whatsoever. Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was retooled as a Hitchcockian suspense thriller, rather than a monster movie exploitation flick, because the director was forced to admit halfway through filming that the mechanical shark doubling for a real great white looked faker than a $3 bill.

But at least these movies had a reasonable sense of identity from the beginning. Iron Man, even if much of the dialogue was improvised on set by Downey Jr and Bridges, always knew it wanted to be a superhero movie about a billionaire in a supercharged tin can. »

- Ben Child

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ and More

21 June 2016 7:56 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. Embrace of the Serpent centers on two explorers, separated by decades in time, »

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Remembering 'Jaws' Week, Our Obsessive Look Back at Steven Spielberg's Classic

20 June 2016 9:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Today is the 41st anniversary of the day Steven Spielberg's Jaws arrived in theaters (June 20, 1975), and perhaps the best way to celebrate is to, well, watch the film, but also look back at Jaws Week. A few years ago we dedicated an entire week to Jaws, where we threw all sorts of love at its new Blu-ray, but also dived deep into the movie itself, its fantastic behind-the-scenes stories, the phenomenon that occurred in its wake and the legacy that lives on to this day.  All of our Jaws Week content is just as meaty and addictive today as it was back when, and so we're yanking her back out for another run up the online coast. Here are our top 10 posts from Jaws Week, and we encourage you to check out all of our stories right here.  10 Things You...

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‘Everything Wrong With Jaws’ Gently Nitpicks One of the Greatest Films Ever — Watch

17 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In celebration of the release of “Finding Dory,” the sequel to Pixar’s 2003 animated underwater adventure movie “Finding Nemo,” Cinema Sins has posted a hilarious nine-minute YouTube video pointing out 55 “sins” committed by the makers of “Jaws.”

What kind of “sins” are we talking about? The video takes the filmmakers to task for everything from stacking actors’ names in a confusing manner (see below) to the strange way the shark decides which children to eat in the movie.

“All these tasty legs just dangling around in the water for me to eat,” the video’s narrator says. “I shall go after the kid on the raft! His mom will be the most pissed!”

Some of the 55 sins explained in the video include the way the shark seems to play with its food by dragging people on the surface of the water instead of immediately taking them under, to how Amity »

- Graham Winfrey

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Rapid Round: Richard Dreyfuss on His Four-Year Retirement From Acting, Why Bernie Madoff Is a "Sociopath" and Why He Was At That Ted Cruz Rally

17 June 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just a few years ago, Richard Dreyfuss turned his back on Hollywood and left for Oxford, England, where he immersed himself in research about his passion: civics. Now he’s back and, after a self-imposed retirement, he appeared this season as Bernard Madoff in ABC’s Madoff, an acclaimed mini-series about the life of the disgraced (and jailed) stockbroker, recounting his rise and fall with his arrest in 2008. Madoff is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence. Dreyfuss, 68, an Oscar winner for 1978’s The Goodbye Girl and the star of such movies as 1975’s Jaws and 1977’s Close

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‘The BFG,’ ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ Failing to Generate Much Box Office Heat

16 June 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The BFG” and “The Legend of Tarzan” are set to do battle over the July 4th holiday weekend.

But what was originally supposed to be a clash of two of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, is shaping up to be something a lot less titanic. Both films are struggling to grab audiences’ attention and interest, despite their hefty budgets and the involvement of A-list directors such as Steven Spielberg and David Yates.

The Legend of Tarzan” is on pace to debut to between $25 million and $33 million over the four-day holiday weekend, while “The BFG” is projected to launch to between $22 million and $32 million. That’s a weak result given that “Tarzan” reportedly cost Warner Bros. and co-financing partners such as Village Roadshow and RatPac-Dune $180 million to make and tens of millions more to market. For a film like “Tarzan” to break even and justify a sequel, it would need to do in excess of $100 million. »

- Brent Lang

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Recommended Discs & Deals: ’10 Cloverfield Lane, ’45 Years,’ ‘La Chienne,’ and More

14 June 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)

Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place within the same fictional universe as that film — although a friend asked if it’s secretly a Super 8 sequel, and, honestly, you could think of it as one without contradicting anything in either movie. Whether the Cloverfield name fills you with wariness or enthusiasm, it would be unwise to burden Dan Trachtenberg‘s film with such prejudices. – Dan S. (full review)

45 Years (Andrew Haigh)

Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. Though highly accomplished, Weekend nevertheless suffered from a tendency towards commenting on itself as a gay issues film, which at times overrode the otherwise compelling realism. Despite treating material arguably even more underrepresented in cinema – senior relationships – Haigh avoids this same self-reflexive pitfall in 45 Years, pulling off an incisive and emotionally ensnaring tour de force. – Giovanni M.C. (full review)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Alexander Hall)

A sophisticated supernatural Hollywood comedy whose influence continues to be felt, Here Comes Mr. Jordan stars the eminently versatile Robert Montgomery as a working-class boxer and amateur aviator whose plane crashes in a freak accident. He finds himself in heaven but is told, by a wry angel named Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), that his death was a clerical error, and that he can return to Earth by entering the body of a corrupt (and about-to-be-murdered) financier—whose soul could use a transplant. Nominated for seven Oscars (it won two) and the inspiration for a sequel with Rita Hayworth and two remakes, Alexander Hall’s effervescent Here Comes Mr. Jordan is comic perfection. –

La Chienne (Jean Renoir)

Jean Renoir’s ruthless love triangle tale, his second sound film, is a true precursor to his brilliantly bitter The Rules of the Game, displaying all of the filmmaker’s visual genius and fully imbued with his profound humanity. Michel Simon cuts a tragic figure as an unhappily married cashier and amateur painter who becomes so smitten with a prostitute that he refuses to see the obvious: that she and her pimp boyfriend are taking advantage of him. Renoir’s elegant compositions and camera movements carry this twisting narrative—a stinging commentary on class and sexual divisions—to an unforgettably ironic conclusion. –

Also Arriving This Week

Eddie the Eagle (review)

Hello, My Name is Doris (review)

Get a Job (review)


Recommended Deals of the Week

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See all Blu-ray deals.

What are you picking up this week?


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'Star Wars' Buzz: John Williams to Compose, Mads Mikkelsen to Reshoot

13 June 2016 6:40 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Winner of five Academy Awards, John Williams has composed musical scores for more than 100 movies as well as many television shows in a career that dates back to 1956. Many of his compositions have become iconic, such as his music for Jaws, his second collaboration with filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Williams has scored 27 films in total for Spielberg. While Spielberg and Williams were working together on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Spielberg recommended Williams to his friend George...

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James Wan interview: The Conjuring 2, Fast 7, Statham

12 June 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




From directing Statham vs The Rock in Fast 7, the directing The Conjuring 2: we have a chat with Mr James Wan...

Fittingly on the day of this interview, having just watched a wet, grey depiction of England on screen in The Conjuring 2, I left the film to find that London was characteristically on form by chucking it down with rain just as summer was officially about to start. Director James Wan however was as enthusiastic and full of laughs as you could hope for, talking with a speed and passion that made him a delight to interview.

It’s no surprise I guess, considering that one of his strongest assets as a director is the enthusiasm and love that he has for cinema, especially horror, which shines through in his work and really helps to set him apart from many of his peers. If you take a look at the first Conjuring, you can see influences from the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, yet he somehow always manages to add his own imprint and freshness to stories we either know, or think we know – the sight of a familiar house at the start of The Conjuring 2 is an absolute delight, for instance.

Wan has also successfully managed to create multiple franchises out of his horror movies, with The Conjuring, apart from spawning its own sequel, creating the world of Annabelle which has also now got a second film in the works, then there’s Insidious and of course Saw, both of which have a string of follow ups.

I suspect that his gift for creating worlds is in no small part why Warners decided to give him the reigns to its upcoming Aquaman, so it’s all fingers crossed that he manages to make a hit out of such an unusual DC hero. Of course there’s also the large matter of him directing The Statham fighting The Rock in Fast 7 and for that alone, he merits a spot at the Den of Geek table just about any time he wants.

So with that in mind, we sat down to talk about all things Conjuring, with just a little Statham on the side…

I’ve just come from the screening and there’s something really great about watching a horror film first thing in the morning - you’re completely open to it.

Yikes! It’s, I don’t know, a weird concept to me to see a scary movie first thing in the morning!

It has that more impact, I think, as you have nothing else in your head. The thing I really like about this sequel was that it built on what was set up in the first Conjuring, which was that you have all these rich supporting stories around Ed and Lorraine - was it always your intention to world-build?

Well, I mean you know you kind of fantasise about building a world and having the opportunity to expand down the line, if the first movie works but you know, I try not to think about stuff like that too much because it’s almost like saying to the universe to screw things up for you! But I definitely always plan and think hopefully that we’ll have the opportunity that we could expand on it more and it gives us, gives me as a film maker, places to grow and, like the characters, grow and expand and just leave more stories and places to take it. I always say, what is cool for me with The Conjuring, is it’s not just another scary set piece, or another scary case, it’s more about what I can do with the characters of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

I think the characters are definitely key, because as a life-long horror fan, I think too many horror films can get lost and they can become too cold, because they don’t have any heart at their core. With Ed and Lorraine were those characters you were aware of in real life, or were they something you learnt about?

Well, I definitely pulled inspirations from hanging out with Lorraine, that was something that was important for Patrick Wilson, Vera and myself, is to try and do justice - or at least be respectful to who they are and who Ed was. So, at the same time though I knew that, I wanted it to be like our own cinematic version for the Warrens and so, yet again you know, I think for me anyway, the most successful horror movies that work are the ones that can create characters who you care about and that have characteristics that resonate with you and I think that is highly important, because if you can create characters that are likeable and people you can relate to, to me it makes the scares that much more scarier.

Because you have that sense of investment and I think that’s what made this more successful than a lot of horror sequels, because you’ve already have one film to become invested in Ed and Lorraine’s relationship and so there is a sort of strange beauty to The Conjuring 2 as a whole, because you care about them…

There is a set of continuity to the characters and because you’ve invested in who they are from the first movie already, you want to go along with them on their second journey - it gives me a lot of short hand to open things up more.

It is always been fascinating to me when directors use the same actors again and again. With Patrick Wilson I wondered if you signed some exclusive rights to use him!?

[Laughs] I joked that I - you know how Johnny Depp was to Tim Burton, Patrick Wilson is my Johnny Depp. I don’t know, I think the guy is such a cool guy and he to me in a lot of ways is the kind of embodiment of a leading actor for me as a director you know, he’s a great actor, he's a very thoughtful thespian, always thinks about his characters.

He’ll really think about the roles that he plays, but at the same time he’s easy going, really cool and as a director that’s so great, you know, like you want to work with people who you enjoy working with, you know, because making a movie is so difficult, and you do not need an extra layer of craziness that go along with it and Patrick is so easy and cool and besides being a talented actor as well, he’s just so fun to have around on set.

I love watching the way he interacts with Vera Farmiga, because they have such an easy chemistry between the two of them and I love it – a lot of them time I see them screwing around, just joking off camera and I just want to turn the camera on and just capture that! [Laughs] And what more can a director ask for than great chemistry between the two leads.

It’s fascinating actually, that you mention like the Burton and Johnny Depp thing, because obviously I grew up with that and a lot of those filmic relationships. Who are your horror influences because of course, I’m a huge Carpenter and Russell fan…

Who isn’t, right? Well especially for us as such genre geeks! Definitely I love Carpenter, I love Craven - these are all the classics - the Romeros of the world, but I think the biggest influence on me as a storyteller and as a filmmaker is actually Steven Spielberg. I love that even though Steven isn't known for being a horror director, he started out his career making scary movies. I mean Jaws to me is one of the scariest movies ever made, and Poltergeist as well and all the way back to Duel, his first movie. I loved those films, I love the way he crafts his scenes with so much tension, and such classic sort of pure cinema style of filmmaking, you now obviously his love for Hitchcock, and so I guess I admire Hitchcock in a roundabout way through Steven Spielberg as well.

And so yeah he's definitely one that I always sort of aspire to and I mean I know it’s a cliché and everything ‘cause everyone loves Steven Spielberg but definitely - you know I even put a lot of that stuff that I love in my horror filmmaking, or tension building into my other movie like Fast And Furious 7, because I think that’s the style of film making that I really love.

Yeah its funny, I hadn't considered it until you said it but Conjuring 2 was obviously about family and so was the first Conjuring and then actually you have a family dynamic in Fast 7, as well…

It just ties into that… I don’t know if that was something consciously that I was doing [laughs]! I think it’s more of a coincidence than anything, but in terms of the stylistic aesthetic, I carried a lot of my sort of my horror film making designs, definitely into Fast And Furious 7 and then now learning from that I bring it into Conjuring 2, and so I like to think that with every movie I make, I develop and I evolve as a filmmaker and I'm still growing which I think is a good thing - I definitely did not peak with my first film! [laughs and looks comically anxious!]

No definitely not! And talking of being a genre geek, I have to ask as you now have the honour of course, talking about Russell and Carpenter, of doing the best Kurt Russell action sequence for well over a decade?

Yeah a long time! Yeah, yeah! [laughs]

Because he sort of disappeared and then he's suddenly come back…

Yeah, believe me it was a big joy for me as a fan to get the chance to direct Kurt Russell, and like you say in this really cool action scene as well, it was small, but yet it was just cool to kinda let Kurt Russell be Kurt Russell! [laughs] Be Snake Plissken, you know just seeing shades of Snake, so that was really fun, and the fact that Patrick actually worked with him on Bone Tomahawk and so we love sharing our Kurt Russell stories! [laughs] He's such a great guy, I love Kurt.

What made me laugh as well when thinking of crossover questions is the fact that you've gone from working with a handful of the greatest action movie stars in Fast 7, and then decided that the easiest thing to do would then be to work with a whole load of children in Conjuring 2 and that was your wind down!

[Laughs] It’s definitely challenging obviously working with children, but at the same time it’s really cool as well. I think I've been very fortunate that I've had really great casting director Annie McCarthy, who’s worked on a bunch of my movies from Insidious to The Conjuring films and she's so great in helping me find really likeable and really talented kid actors and I think I was very fortunate to work with great child actors in the first Conjuring and again in Conjuring 2.

But definitely more so with Madison Wolfe in this one, who has such a difficult role to play - someone that has to ride that wave of – to play a character that is so nuanced from innocence and naïve, to now very troubled, to possessed, you know to all of that range. I think we definitely got very lucky with finding Madison, I think she has such an amazing, bright future ahead of her.

I thought she was outstanding, actually, so much so I wrote her name down on my notes. So last question, traditionally we always ask what your favourite Jason Statham film is…

[Laughs] Wow, what is my favourite Statham movie? I mean I definitely I love the Transporter films, they're so much fun I mean, obviously Lock, Stock and Snatch, I actually like a lot of movies that he's been in and of course I think you know!

Fast 7!

Fast 7! Yeah he’s super cool in Fast 7 there’s no doubt about that! Yeah he's a cool guy to begin with and I got to make him even cooler, so I'm very proud of that.

Yeah you made him like a Terminator - that was an awesome move, that opening in the hospital was just fantastic!

Yes, yeah that was fun to just design from a filmmaking standpoint!

Yeah I bet! Well thank you so much!

Thank you sir, it was pleasure to meet you!

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