12 items from 2016
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Many are spinning a story that’s factually a disappointment.
Now that Ghostbusters has opened and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a B+ rating from Cinemascore, everything is good with the world of Ghostbusters fandom, right? It’s been proven that both the pros and the people who wanted to see the movie like it just fine, and we can ignore that extremely low IMDb user rating as corrupted data.
But is the movie a hit? That’s apparently up for debate, with talk gone from whether or not it’s a good reboot to whether or not it’s a successful one.
Here are the facts:
Ghostbusters earned $46m (estimated) domestically over its opening weekend.Ghostbusters cost a reported $144m to make, not including an estimated $100m in marketing costs.Ghostbusters came in second place behind The Secret Life of Pets, which was in its second weekend.Ghostbusters »
- Christopher Campbell
Gods of Egypt, 2016.
Directed by Alex Proyas.
Ancient Egypt, a world where the Gods live among mortals. Osiris, King of all Egypt, prepares to crown his dutiful son Horus as his successor, but doesn’t count on his power hungry brother Set challenging for the throne…
Given the gap between its Us and UK theatrical release, us across the Pond have been preparing ourselves for a stinker of enormous proportions with Gods of Egypt. It’s generated more conversation than many films given claims of whitewashing when it comes to casting its ancient Egyptian heroes, which Alex Proyas and studio Lionsgate apologised for–anticipating the backlash–and largely blamed on the practicalities of not just a dearth of appropriate Egyptian actors but equally the necessity of the box office draw of its stars. »
- Tony Black
Scream Factory has revealed the special features list and cover art for their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s The Thing, due out on September 20th with a new 2K scan of the film’s inter-positive, a new audio commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey, and much more:
Press Release: In 1982 legendary genre filmmaker John Carpenter (Halloween, They Live) unleashed The Thing–a chilling sci-fi thriller that raised the bar on shocking special effects and terrified movie audiences worldwide. On September 20, 2016, the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand is proud to present this landmark horror film in a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and over 5 hours of extras.
- Derek Anderson
Nashville may be canceled, but newcomer Alicia Witt has plenty of other talents to fall back on - in fact, she may just be one of the smartest actresses in Hollywood. Before she was an actress, Witt was a child prodigy and classical pianist. She was cast on her first film, David Lynch's Dune after his casting director saw her recite Shakespeare on That's Incredible when she was just 5 years old. "Childhood was wacky!" Witt tells People with a laugh. "When I was little I played piano and traveled all over competing, but I knew by the time I »
- Gilliian Telling, @gilliantelling
Superhero movies have become so stale. They’re still very much a staple of the pop culture landscape and as popular as ever, but the plots are lukewarm rehashes that all feel frighteningly similar. As a lifelong reader of comics, I’m painfully familiar with the stories being cribbed from decades of stories and adapted into a two-hour blockbuster that for the most part are about as deep as a poem written by a lovestruck 12-year-old who listens to too much Fall Out Boy. Much to my surprise, Batman v Superman is a completely different kind of superhero movie. It is an epic, challenging, baffling, occasionally brilliant grotesque monstrosity that might be the most interesting superhero movie ever made.
And in spite of the film’s flaws, I think it’s worth speaking up for.
Batman v »
- Anghus Houvouras
Antony Gibbs, a British-born film editor who cut dozens of pictures, including such ’60s classics as “Tom Jones” as well as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Rollerball,” “Dune” and “Ronin,” died February 26. He was 90.
The Guild of British Film and Television Editors reported his death on Facebook.
Gibbs was nominated for four of the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards, including for “Tom Jones” in 1964 and “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1972. He won Eddies in 1998 for his work on John Frankenheimer’s TNT miniseries “George Wallace,” starring Gary Sinise, and in 2002 for his editing of Mark Rydell’s TNT TV movie “James Dean,” starring James Franco (a film for which he also picked up an Emmy nomination). Also in 2002, he received an Ace career achievement award.
- Carmel Dagan
This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!
• Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)
• Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato
• Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón
Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »
proud & overjoyed to get to announce to you today: I'm joining one of the greatest shows ever made.#TheWalkingDead! @WalkingDead_AMC#Twd
— alicia witt (@aliciawitty) February 4, 2016
Witt made her acting debut as a child in 1984’s Dune, and has since appeared in the likes of Mr. Holland’s Opis, Urban Legend, Vanilla Sky, Cybill and Justified. At this point, there’s no details on her character in The Walking Dead, and it’s unclear whether she’ll join the cast for the upcoming second half of season six, or make her debut in season 7.
See Also: Follow all of our coverage of The Walking Dead here
The Walking Dead returns to AMC next Sunday, February 14th.
- Gary Collinson
Back in April 2014, Flickering Myth interviewed both Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson after the release of the Mentats Of Dune – at the time, the latest book in the Dune saga which began back in 1965, penned by Brian’s late father Frank Herbert. During the interview it was revealed to Flickering Myth that the next title in the series would be called, “Navigators of Dune” and today the news has been released that this book will go on sale come the 13th September 2016.
Following the assassination of Emperor Salvador by Directeur Josef Venport – upon Arrakis – by leaving him at the mercy of the Sandworms, the Directeur now finds himself in the sights of the newly crowned Emperor and Brother of Salvador, Roderick Corrino. However, this act of revenge shall not be easy, as Josef Venport controls not only the creation of the Navigators, which pilot the vast ships through space »
Very few films hit my blood soaked heart as hard as Juan Piquer Simón’s slasher classic, Pieces. It’s such an excellent film, one that every horror fan should experience at least once in their lifetime. Thanks to the always kick-ass gang at Grindhouse Releasing, horror fans who have been aching for a special edition of the 1982 gorefest can now celebrate, with the announcement of an epic March 1st release of a 3-Disc collector’s edition of the film, complete with a massive list of special features, as well as a limited edition puzzle that comes along with the first 3,000 copies of the film (fans buying the film from DiabolikDVD will also receive the film on February 23rd, earlier than those who purchase it from other sites/stores). The pre-orders for the film (DiabolikDVD and Amazon) are already selling like crazy, so be sure to jump on this one, »
- Jerry Smith
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer: Alejandro Jodrowsky
Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky has been incredibly productive since breaking his twenty-three year hiatus in filmmaking with 2013’s The Dance of Reality—he appeared as the subject of a documentary on his failed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune the same year and has also published a successful comic Showman Killer, about to release its second volume. The energetic director funded his latest project, Endless Poetry, via a Indiegogo campaign, a co-production between Chile, Japan, and France that sees the continuation of the autobiographical elements in The Dance of Reality. Filming commenced in July with cinematographer Christopher Doyle on board.
Production Co.: Satori Films, Uplink Co., Le Soleil Films
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic) Tbd (international).
Release Date: With Jodorowsky last appearing in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, we’re hoping to »
- Nicholas Bell
12 items from 2016
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