8 items from 2015
Ever since the release of 1991's groundbreaking visual effects spectacle "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," folks have been wondering and debating: is the sequel actually better than the original movie? Both have their defenders, though "T2" falls into that rare category of sequels ("The Godfather Part II," "Aliens," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Evil Dead II," "Spider-Man 2," et al.) that are generally upheld as either equal or superior to their predecessors. So which is the better movie? This week seems like the perfect time to re-hash the question. Will you vote for the lean, mean original or its bigger-budget, CGI-enhanced sequel? Hot tip: if you think "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" is superior to both of those, please don't ever leave your house again. Vote below as if your future depended on it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
In this morning's round-up, we have details on not one, not two, but three slasher films. Savage Weekend, Angst, and The Mutilator are set to be released on Blu-ray between late summer and early fall.
Blu-ray, packaging, and extras all produced by Walt Olsen (Scorpion Releasing). Another one of his recommendations!
Blu-ray.com reports that "Independent U.S. distributors Cult Epics will release on »
- Tamika Jones
Those cool Blu-ray distributors Arrow Films and Video have announced their line-up of releases for September 2015, and once again there are some real gems in the collection, including Milos Forman’s The Fireman’s Ball, the regular edition of Society (which has just had a steelbook collectors edition released this week) and Sean Connery’s space-opus Zardoz. All the details and artwork for the releases are below….
Closely Observed Trains – released September 27th
Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubi?ka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…
This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Ji?í Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, »
- Scott J. Davis
James argues that instant dread may not be the best initial reaction to a sequel announcement...
There's a new Pitch Perfect movie coming out next week. I knew that they were making Pitch Perfect 2 but I didn't realise it was coming around for general release so soon. I became aware when I saw a poster for the film in the lobby of my local multiplex last week.
My first thought was "Oh, Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out". My second thought, sadly, was "Hurm. Do we really need a Pitch Perfect sequel?" (This is the crucial thought so remember this). My third thought was "Ah, it's coming out on the same week as Mad Max: Fury Road." I then had fantastical visions of Max singing a capella mash-ups in the haze of the post-apocalyptic outback, bustin' rhymes and bustin' feral thug-brains in perfect harmony. There's your sequel pitch - 'Mad Max: The Rockatansky Rock-Off'. »
Films heavily inspired by and in the style of Evil Dead aren’t often very good. Aside from the fact that Evil Dead already exists, and then has been riffed on and assumed a most glorious form in Evil Dead II, the movie is singular. Yes, it’s resourceful on a low budget, but it’s also Sam…
The post SXSW Review: Deathgasm is Silly as Hell appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Though terror and laughter really exist on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, there is a storied and wonderful history between the two in the world of cinema. From Evil Dead II to Dead Alive to Shaun of the Dead, there is a long legacy of horror and comedy working together at the movies, and while it.s a tricky mash-up to master, history as shown that when done well, it can be insanely entertaining. With his new film The Final Girls, director Todd Strauss-Schulson is the latest to try and tackle a mix of the two desperate genres, and while it may not necessarily a movie that can be dubbed an instant classic, it is a fantastically entertaining bit of meta fun. Centering on a teenage girl named Max (Taissa Farmiga), the story picks up three years after the death of her mother (Malin Akerman), an actress who famously »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first actors to book their seats at the read through are Ray Santiago, of Meet the Fockers, and Dana DeLorenzo of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. With that kind of broad comedy on their resumes these guys shouldn’t have any trouble at all with Sam Raimi’s Three Stooges-inspired splatstick.
It’s not in the original report but I can add that both actors will play co-workers of Ash’s in a superstore, though this is maybe not the S.Mart of Army of Darkness fame. As the pilot episode unfolds, however, the rising Deadites will change everything and the characters’ business becomes not selling red vines »
- Brendon Connelly
Tobe Hooper’s 1982 spook chiller, Poltergeist, was destined to get remade. Possessing all of the necessary traits to warrant a modern-day reinvention, the finished product will soon be upon us. Directed by Gil Keenan and produced by Sam Raimi, the film is being touted as a reboot-sequel which, as confusing as that seem, worked for Raimi’s Evil Dead II.
This time around, Poltergeist will follow Jared Harris’ leading character, Carrigan. Foregoing a life of scholarship to instead become the host of his own TV show, ‘Haunted House Cleaners’, he crosses paths with a young couple (played by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie Dewitt) and their family. Their haunted abode becomes the focus of his work, and now, thanks to an interview with Collider, Rockwell has let slip a few more details on the concept.
But first, here’s his initial thoughts on the project overall:
“I’ve seen a little in looping. »
- Gem Seddon
8 items from 2015
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