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Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
They made First Blood into a cartoon. Literally. Sixty-five episodes of the kids’ animated series Rambo: The Force Of Freedom ran on American TV in 1986. On that show, John Rambo, the disturbed and traumatized Vietnam veteran of David Morrell’s 1972 novel and the great 1982 movie, became a simplistic G.I. Joe-esque super-soldier, taking on General Warhawk and the evil forces of S.A.V.A.G.E. That’s what things did in the ’80s: They became cartoons. (This wasn’t even the weirdest example of an ultraviolent R-rated movie becoming the source material for a cartoon. The same thing happened to RoboCop.)
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- Tom Breihan
Ryan Lambie Sep 19, 2016
Whether they're vampires dealing with modern life in Wellington or a group of kids growing up by the sea in the 80s, Taika Waititi's films revel in the quirky details of their characters. In his films Eagle Vs Shark, Boy and What We Do In The Shadows, Waititi finds delicious moments of humour in the mundane and everyday: a geeky couple bonding over their mutual love of videogames, or, in his latest film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, a profoundly odd sermon.
In Wilderpeople, Barry Crump's book Wild Pork And Watercress is reimagined as an oddball road-trip drama about a disadvantaged city kid (Julian Dennison) who finds himself travelling through the wilds of New Zealand with a cantankerous foster uncle played by Sam Neill. It's a charming, »
Ryan Lambie Published Date Friday, September 16, 2016 - 06:35
Other directors might have tried to make a grittier adaptation of the novel Wild Pork And Watercress, written by the best-selling New Zealand author, Barry Crump. But rather than try to emulate Crump’s spare, masculine storytelling, writer-director Taika Waititi gently bends the story's tone to his own quirky sensibility.
The result is another film about misunderstood outsiders from the filmmaker behind such brilliantly offbeat comedies as Eagle Vs Shark and What We Do In The Shadows; in Waititi’s hands, Hunt For The Wilderpeople becomes an eccentric outdoors adventure with welcome splashes of laugh-out-loud comedy. It’s like a blend of Waititi’s 2010 hit Boy and 1982 Stallone joint, First Blood - with maybe a bit of Harold And Maude and Thelma And Louise thrown in for good measure.
Julian Dennison plays Ricky Baker, a disadvantaged, overweight city kid who’s sent »
Cavity Colors' new Halloween apparel is here! Also, in today's Horror Highlights, a look at The Evil Gene, Australia's Monster Fest 2016 details, and a new trailer / screening details for Jessica Cameron's Mania.
A Look at Cavity Colors' New Halloween Apparel: From Cavity Colors: "Here at Cavitycolors, we sort of live in the world of Halloween and Horror all year long. It's something that surrounds us on a daily basis, whether it's in our studio, in our home, or on our television screen. It lives in our hearts, and it's something we consider sacred and magical, and a large part of our creative process. We've always got a case of the Pumpkin Brains!
The term "Everyday Is Halloween" isn't just a term used to describe your spooky surroundings, it's a magical feeling that exists deep down inside. Like fluttering bats in your stomach instead of butterflies. That moment when you »
- Tamika Jones
Filmmakers often make multiple endings to their movie. Sometimes this is because they change their minds; sometimes the other ending is used as a ‘red herring’; Sometimes preview audiences don’t like the original ending; And sometimes it’s due to studio interference. Occasionally, the unused ending is actually better than the ending which is ultimately used. Here are five films where the alternate ending was the one that should have been used, instead of what we got.
I Am Legend (2007)
The Theatrical Ending: Colonel Robert Neville tries to administer a cure for the mutation virus to an infected woman in his lab, but a group of mutants attack the house. Neville, and his friends Anna and Ethan seal themselves in with the infected female. Realizing that the last treatment was successful, Neville draws a vial of the mutant's blood and gives it to Anna, before shutting her and Ethan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
First Blood (1982)
John Rambo was supposed to die. In David Morrell’s 1972 novel First Blood, the source material for the 1982 movie, Rambo dies at the end. In a few different versions of the movie, in the scripts that bounced around Hollywood for nearly a decade before getting made, Rambo dies. Filming the actual movie, director Ted Kotcheff shot a scene in which Rambo, exhausted after laying waste to a small Pacific Northwest town, convinces Colonel Trautman, the father figure who trained him, to shoot him, so he wouldn’t have to be shot by the police and National Guard surrounding the police station where he’s trapped. But the movie didn’t ...
- Tom Breihan
Hello there, and what a week we're having. First, there's the news that Ghostbusters has probably been busted due to being a loss. Then, Ocean's 8 gets it's star-studded cast announced. While it's totally fine for a movie to be remade with a female cast, the cast for Ocean's 8 sounds like six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Since Hollywood doesn't seem to have new movie ideas for a female led movie, I've come up with a list of movies due for a remake.
Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Lawrence star tackle this classic thriller. Detective Wilma Somerset (Goldberg) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred Daisy Mills (Lawrence), they discover a number of elaborate and grisly murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer (Helena Bonham Carter) who is targeting people she thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills' husband, »
- Tyler Richardson
Director Joe Begos’ latest film The Mind’S Eye opened in select theaters and VOD yesterday, with acclaim and praises from within the horror community. In celebration of that, I got to sit down with star Graham Skipper to discuss what it’s like to have telekinetic powers, work in negative 27 degrees and see the process of how a head can explode from mind control.
Shannon McGrew: Hi Graham! Thanks so much for chatting with me today! So to start things off – what interested you in the role of Zack Connors in The Mind’S Eye?
Graham Skipper: Well, who wouldn’t want to play a telekinetic drifter hell bent on revenge (laughs)? Joe (Begos) sent me the script and I thought it was great and aside from the surface level stuff I just mentioned, Joe really wrote a meaty character with a lot of depth and a real heart to him. »
- Shannon McGrew
Chad Johnson may have been eliminated pretty early on The Bachelorette, but he refused to disappear from the public eye. On Tuesday night's two-hour season premiere of Bachelor in Paradise, Johnson made a triumphant - or should we say, violent and offensive - return. At the end of the episode, the meat-loving luxury real estate agent was asked to leave by none other than Chris Harrison. ("You told everybody at this hotel last night to suck a d---. You had a chance to turn over a new leaf and you didn't, and so on behalf of everybody, I'm sorry, I thought this could work out, »
- Aaron Couch & Maria Yagoda
In the middle of summer, when moviegoing options are slim, it’s hard to visualize the sheer scope of films that will screen this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. No single film commands all the buzz, nor can one lineup, and so the first big announcement — featuring the Galas and Special Presentations — can only begin to provide some insight into the titles worthy of anticipation.
Still, there’s a lot to dig through: Oscar hopefuls looking to gain momentum (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Loving” and more detailed here); big-budget studio efforts hoping to earn some upscale cred (Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi “Arrival”); veteran filmmakers still pursuing the kind of topics that put them on the map (Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe”).
Beyond these obvious standouts, however, several titles from these programs hold a lot of potential for »
- Eric Kohn
Aliens Turns 30
The story joins up with Lieutenant Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) 57 years after the events aboard the Nostromo. Luckily, due to the power of a cryo-chamber, Ripley hasn’t aged a day and, after being found floating in space, she’s returned to civilisation. Sadly though her nightmares have followed her and she’s suffering from Ptsd big time. Unfortunately for her, counselling sessions are foregone in favour of having her lead a military expedition back to the terrifying planet after contact with the humans currently colonising it is lost. Things go from bad to worse when, rather than one menacing beast, there are hundreds, if not thousands. Ripley, a handful of marines and the sole surviving colonist, »
- Kat Hughes
The new animated musical comedy film “Sing” is about to win over hearts and minds of people everywhere. Set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, the film follows a koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a struggling theater owner who holds a singing contest to raise money for the theater and the entire town decides to audition for a part in the show. Watch the new trailer for the film below.
The film’s main characters include Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a domestic pig who gave up her singing dreams to become a devoted mother; Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a little white mouse with a big voice; Meena (Tori Kelly), an Africa elephant with a beautiful voice and crippling stage fright; Johnny (Taron Egerton), a British mountain gorilla who wants to sing but his »
- Vikram Murthi
Late this summer, West London's Horror Channel FrightFest 2016 will host an eclectic collection of horror films, including Rob Zombie's 31, Sean Byrne's The Devil's Candy, Darren Lynn Bousman's Abattoir, Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates, and Adam Wingard's The Woods:
Press Release: From grindhouse to art-house, feel-good to squeal-good, blockbuster to ghostbuster FrightFest returns in all its gory glory, now housed at the 12-screen Vue Cinema at Shepherd’s Bush, West London, from Aug 25 - Aug 29.
In its 17th year, the world renowned genre film festival will present 62 new feature films, embracing sixteen countries and bringing together established filmmakers, British first-timers and emerging international visionaries from six continents.
The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, uber violent revenge thriller that’s a calling card for Brosnan’s brilliant talents. And our »
- Derek Anderson
Horror Channel FrightFest has announced the full line-up of films for 2016, which features a total of 62 new feature films including 19 world premieres and 35 UK and European premieres.
“For seventeen years now FrightFest has led the way through landmark changes in the genre, altered perceptions of fandom and embraced the revolutions in platforms and distribution models,” states Alan Jones, co-director of the festival. “It continues to do so this year with a breathtaking selection of genre attractions with the widest appeal and breadth of focus. We stand out because we stand for something special – a one-stop roadmap through everything you need to see to be totally up to speed with what the next year in horror fantasy will be all about”.
Check out the full line-up from the official press release here…
The opening night attraction is the European Premiere of My Father Die, Sean Brosnan’s brutal and beautiful feature debut – an ultra-stylish, »
- Gary Collinson
London-based genre festival to feature 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres.
Horror Channel FrightFest has unveiled the line-up for its upcoming 17th edition, taking place at its new home of the Vue Shepherd’s Bush from Aug 25-29.
Sean Brosnan’s revenge thriller My Father Die [pictured] receives its European premiere as the opening film, while the UK premiere of Sang-ho Yeon’s Cannes title Train To Busan closes this year’s festival.
In total, the 62-strong feature line-up includes 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres. Ivan Silvestrini’s Monolith, Tricia Lee’s creepy chiller Blood Hunters and Nick Jongerius’ gory The Windmill Massacre are among the world premieres.
Meanwhile, Adam Wingard’s eagerly anticipated The Woods will receive its European premiere in the Main Screen strand, playing alongside the likes of Stephen King adaptation Cell, Italian box office hit They Call Me Jeeg Robot and Cody Calahan’s Let Her Out.
Other Main Screen »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Thunder Road – the production company that most recently delivered John Wick and Sicario – has snapped up a spec script written by Josh Olson (A History Of Violence) and John Brancato (Terminator: Salvation), titled Trigger Warning. The film is an original action tale with a female hero at its centre – and its development ensures the chance of women-oriented stories beyond the planned remakes and re-boots of male-led movies.
Little is known about the specific plot of Trigger Warning but, unsurprisingly, it is described in broad terms through comparison to well-known male-led movies. This is almost unavoidable, since the genre has historically been dominated by male-centric tales and so, Trigger Warning is characterised as a female Rambo: First Blood, with a dash of John Wick thrown in.
The significance of this project cannot be overstated. There has, for some time, been an increasingly vocal call for better female representation in leading roles in movies, »
- Sarah Myles
Exclusive: We’ve got a female-driven Ghostbusters, and a female-driven Ocean’s Eleven from Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh. Why not an action film with a female heroine who’s one part John Wick and one part Rambo? Thunder Road has closed a deal for Trigger Warning, a spec script by A History Of Violence scribe Josh Olson and Terminator: Rise of the Machines‘ John Brancato. The script is described as a female First Blood with John Wick thrown in for good measure, where the… »
Thoroughly hilarious, surprisingly poignant portrait of fandom, friendship, and the filmmaking odyssey that consumed the teenage years of three movie lovers. I’m “biast” (pro): Raiders of the Lost Ark is my most favorite movie ever
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In 1982, three friends in Mississippi — Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos, and Jayson Lamb — set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know, just for fun. They were 11 years old, and it took them seven years before they were done with the project… although they were never able to fully finish: they were missing one key scene. I won’t tell you which scene that is, because you can see them go through the adventure and the torment of finally shooting it now, as adults, in the thoroughly hilarious and surprisingly poignant Raiders!: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Is it ever truly possible to escape one’s past? Can you really alter the course of your life and begin again, fresh and brand new? Does despair and violence stick to your soul, much like gum on the bottom of your shoe (the Warrens used this metaphor to great effect in the original Conjuring when talking about demonic presences)? Many films have pondered this questions over the years, everything from Straw Dogs to First Blood to The Unforgiven. This new work adds a few twists to this idea, including culture clashes, and living a lie in order to deceive the authorities. At the story’s center is a desperate stranger in a strange land, a man named Dheepan.
The story begins at an ending, the ending of the bloody civil war in Sri Lanka. After torching a pile of bodies, one tired Tamir fighter takes off his “camo” and »
- Jim Batts
Michael Winnick is someone with an interesting perspective. He’s just written and directed a VOD action film called Code Of Honour. It’s got Steven Seagal in it playing a vigilante on a brutal killing spree. As such, he’s made a movie under very different circumstances to most of the filmmakers we get to interview here at Den of Geek
I know Steven Seagal is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I really hope that even if he isn’t yours you’ll give this interview a chance (that you’ve opened the article and are reading the introduction bit is a good sign). I think Michael Winnick has some interesting insights into the challenges of making a film.
It was early evening for me, »
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