13 items from 2015
Every year as Halloween gets closer, basic cable and the DVD racks at big box stores are flooded with Halloween programming for kids—Disneyfied TV movies and animated specials featuring all their favorite characters in costume. But are these cash-ins any good? If you’re trying to foster a love of horror in your little ones—or just looking for something age-appropriate to show them during October—navigating the seas of “kid-friendly” content can be irritating at best, downright impossible at worst.
Because I both love horror movies and have small children, I have my own picks for what I’ll be showing my kids until they’re of an age for… oh, I don’t know… Cannibal Holocaust. All these choices are subjective and entirely dependent on what different kids can handle.
By age 7, I was already seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street (sneaking a viewing without my parents »
- Patrick Bromley
Blade Runner meets Miami Vice in writer/director Justin Trefgarne’s moody and macabre mind bender Narcopolis, opening in New York City this Friday, October 2nd at the IFC Center. Veteran British thesp Jonathan Pryce, he of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Brazil fame stars in this strange thriller, set in a future where all drugs are…
The post Exclusive Sneek Peak at violent future-shock noir Narcopolis appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Something wicked this way comes, and it.s the new Macbeth trailer. Michael Fassbender plays the titular role in the latest adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. As we get closer to the year.s end and the fog clears off from the 2016 Oscar contenders, this film from director Justin Kurzel is rising up in the ranks. Watch the dark and stormy new footage below. This new Macbeth trailer makes the film out to be the Dark Knight of Shakespeare plays. The color palette and, obviously, the tone are dark; the symphonic accompaniment is dramatic and stirring; and the crescendo-ing chants mimic the "Deshi Basara" one from The Dark Knight Rises. But in all seriousness, it.s difficult not to get excited over this. For those who didn.t pay attention in high school English, Macbeth tells of the Scottish thane. He encounters three witches who foresee him to "be king »
Something wicked this way comes - and it's ready to put a dagger in your heart.
The new U.S. trailer for "Macbeth" has just debuted, and it's a blood-soaked, intense, martial thing of beauty. Michael Fassbender stars as the titular ambitious general who, along with his wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard), plots the murder of the king -- to take the crown for himself.
Of course, anyone who's read Shakespeare's great drama knows what happens next, but without spoiling it for those who haven't, let's just say that power comes with a price.
Watch the trailer.
But though the story is familiar, this new "Macbeth" feels alive and fresh. Director Justin Kurzel's vision looks bold and edgy and raw, without compromising the heart of the play. And Fassbender and Cotillard's performances seem well worth the praise they got after the film debuted at Cannes a few months ago. »
- Kelly Woo
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Rumor has it that New Line Cinema is planning to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street -- again. Jackie Earle Haley starred as the iconic Freddy Krueger in a 2010 remake (above) that failed to find much favor with critics or audiences. The new version will be written by David Leslie Johnson (Orphan), who recently signed on to adapt Dungeons and Dragons for the big screen; he's also working on a sequel to The Conjuring and Disney's new version of Something Wicked This Way Comes. [Tracking Board] Fantastic Beasts: Colin Farrell (True Detective, above) has joined the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise. Farrell will play a supporting role, a wizard who meets...
- Peter Martin
New Line Cinema is planning to bring Freddy Krueger back from the dead for a second time. Yes, that's right. Instead of giving the 2010 remake a sequel, the plan is to completely wipe the slate clean and start over with a brand new reboot. Just five years after Jackie Earle Haley took over the iconic role from Robert Englund, the studio will soon be searching for someone new to wear the infamous glove with the knife fingers.
This new A Nightmare on Elm Street may not be produced by Platinum Dunes. They were behind the 2010 remake that fared okay at the box office, but didn't register at all with fans. It came and went without too many complaints. It wasn't an outright bomb, as it pulled in $63 million in the states off a $35 million budget. It went onto earn $115.6 million worldwide. But there weren't many fans of the movie, and according to The Tracking Board, »
John Culhane, a journalist, author, Disney animation historian and inspiration for the characters of Mr. Snoops in the 1977 Disney animated feature “The Rescuers” and Flying John in the “Rhapsody in Blue” segment of “Fantasia/2000,” died at his home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on July 30 from complications due to cardiac failure and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.
Culhane was a writer for the Chicago Daily News and media editor at Newsweek, and later was a freelance writer for publications including the New York Times Magazine and American Film.
His books on Disney animation include “Walt Disney’s Fantasia” (1983), “Aladdin: The Making of an Animated Film” (1992) “and Fantasia/2000: Visions of Hope” (1999). Culhane also wrote books about the circus (“The American Circus: An Illustrated History”), and special effects (“Special Effects in the Movies: How They Do It: Dazzling Movie Magic and the Artists Who Create It”).
For more than four decades, »
- Variety Staff
Something wicked this way comes. Actually, make that several somethings.
At the top of Friday’s San Diego Comic-Con panel for The Originals, moderated by yours truly, fans were treated to a five-minute sizzle reel recapping the Mikaelsons’ incredible journey thus far. But this is Comic-Con — you didn’t think it would pass without a look into the first family’s future, did you?
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Towards the end of the video (the 4:30 mark if you’re too impatient to wait), we’re made privy to a foreboding conversation between two sinister-seeming individuals, »
I sensed early on with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" that James Horner was going to become the finest film composer of his generation. He boldly seized the Jerry Goldsmith mantle head on and made it his own. Now, after his tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara Monday morning, I can proclaim it online: His scores were epic, intimate and emotionally and spiritually transcendent. And he was prolific, scoring more than 100 movies since the late '70s, highlighted by "Titanic" (for which he received two Oscars for score and the blockbuster hit song with Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On," co-written by Will Jennings), "Avatar," Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Aliens, "A Beautiful Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Glory," "Brainstorm" and "Cocoon." But there were also such gems as "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Dresser," »
- Bill Desowitz
There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.
The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.
“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.
Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for »
- Tim Greiving
Something wicked this way comes, all the way to SXSW: the UK horror film Nina Forever will have its premiere there later this month. And as we get pretty close to that date, a new teaser trailer has been released, together with the Very eye-catching publicity picture above. Here is the synopsis from producing company Jeva Films: Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief - even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love. Blimey, talk about coitus interruptus... Written and directed by Ben and Chris Blaine (who are brothers), Nina Forever is labeled a horror comedy and a fairy-tale, but the teaser below actually shows what looks to...
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Any time somebody brings circuses into the equation things turn sinister. Tempered by the needs of a mainstream audience and being firmly pre-watershed, this circus is not quite the denizen of freaks you would expect. There is a hint of lecherous behaviour, fist fights and family feuds while snake charmers and vague psychics ply their trade amongst the shadows of a big top. Such landmark films as Todd Browning’s Freaks or the Ray Bradbury adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, are neither touchstone nor homage in this watered down introduction to a character which deserves more.
Cameron Monaghan plays Jerome in a role creators should have best left alone. ‘The Joker’ represents a precious commodity which many feel has no place in this Gotham universe, neither now or at any point further down the line. For more than a few »
- Gary Collinson
Seth Grahame-Smith is a very busy man. Not only has he recently completed the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel sequel 'The Last American Vampire', he has a ton of screenplays on his plate that include Beetlejuice 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Stephen King's It. He is also adapting Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, which was turned into a cult classic back in 1983. His version, though, is going to be slightly different.
Seth Grahame-Smith is setting his Something Wicked This Way Comes in the 80s, whereas the original was set in the 30s. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he teased that the movie will feel like one of Steven Spielberg's earlier efforts, comparing it to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies.
"I can't help but think of this in sort of Amblin terms. Boys riding bikes, out on their own, exploring and »
13 items from 2015
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