16 items from 2015
Shock grabs another classic clip of critics Siskel & Ebert reviewing horror films. As part of our ongoing series digging up vintage clips of lamented critics Siskel & Ebert making sport of horror and dark fantasy films on their long-running, now defunct TV series At The Movies. Both critics were often very fair and astute…
- Chris Alexander
Olga Kurylenko hasn’t much to do except hit people and Freeman was probably thinking of his bank balance when he agreed to appear in this mess
Of the execrable Jaws: The Revenge, Michael Caine famously said: “I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific.” One hopes that Morgan Freeman feels the same way about the new kitchen for which Momentum presumably paid. Nothing other than home improvements can explain his involvement in this cack-handed heist thriller. Freeman quite literally phones in his performance as the senator whose primary role is to ring up James Purefoy and ask whether the job has been done yet. Said “job” involves hunting down a group of jewel thieves and retrieving a memory stick that contains vital blah blah blah blah blah.
Purefoy has fun as the »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Beloved 80’s cult film coming to Blu-ray in December. Years before he jumped the shark, or rather the shark jumped him, in Jaws: The Revenge, director Joseph Sargent tried his hand with horror with far sunnier results. We’re speaking here of the scrappy, late night cable TV favorite Nightmares, a film that, while no masterpiece,…
The post 80’s Horror Anthology Nightmares Coming To Blu-ray appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
When it comes to horror anthologies, there are very few classics that filled my childhood with dread and entertainment as much as Creepshow and Nightmares did. While the former has a Bluray release already and it’s been a regular staple in my household, the latter, a four-tale anthology directed by Joseph Sargent (The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning..and we’ll forgive him for Jaws: The Revenge someday) is easily one of the greats, with an early performance from Emilio Estevez, The Sentinel‘s Christina Raines starring in my favorite of the stories and a few others as well. Thanks to the gang at Scream Factory, we’ll have a brand new HD release of the fun as hell film, when they unleash Nightmares on Bluray this December 22nd. Will you fright fanatics be picking this one up?
In Nightmares, a pack of cigarettes, a video game, »
- Jerry Smith
October 21, 2015 will soon be upon us, which means there.s still a chance we may yet see Marty McFly travel forward in time from 1985 . at least, that.s what Back to the Future Part 2 would have us believe. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis. classic time-travel adventure, Universal Pictures has released a trailer for none other than Jaws 19. Check it out below for yourself. At first, the trailer adheres pretty closely to what most moviegoers have come to accept about the Jaws franchise: Jaws made us afraid to go in the water, Jaws 2 made us afraid to go back in the water, Jaws 3-D added new dimensions to the terror, and Jaws: The Revenge was personal. At that point, things start to get strange as the narrator begins sounding off installments to the Jaws franchise that break Hollywood down to every type of sequel there is. Films »
When Marty McFly traveled forward to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II, he was greeted by a theater marquee touting Jaws 19, a canny wink to the franchise craze that was only just starting to take over Hollywood. (If Back to the Future had been released 20 years later, there's no way they would have stopped after just three.) Now, to celebrate Marty's impending arrival in our timelines — set your watches for October 21, 2015 — Universal has released its own trailer for Jaws 19, showing where the franchise headed after 1987's Jaws: The Revenge. (Highlights include J.A.W.S. 7 and Jaws 17: Fifty Scales of Grey.) After finishing this trailer, the studio went back to prepping for Jurassic World 2 and Furious 8. »
- Nate Jones
It's the trailer we've all been waiting for since Back to the Future Part II.
Universal has unveiled a brilliant trailer for 'Jaws 19', first spotted playing at the Holomax Theatre in Hill Valley.
The trailer fills in the blanks of the series from Jaws: The Revenge, including 'J.A.W.S. 7' ("cyber Jaws made you afraid to log on"), 'Jaws 14' ("a new era in terror, Jaws started a family") and 'Jaws 18' ("the mind-blowing reboot").
It continues Universal's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy, which will also see the Pepsi Perfect go on sale.
Sadly, we won't get to see 'Jaws 19' - "this time, it's really, really personal" - in cinemas, but we bow down to Universal's genius with the trailer.
See the original 'Jaws 19' scene from Back to the Future Part II below: »
Films are sometimes critically panned not because they're inherently bad, but because of the larger story surrounding them. Consider Battlefield Earth, for example: a terrible movie, sure, but its production history (not to mention its connection to the Church of Scientology) made it an easy target.
Solar Crisis, released in 1990 was an equally awful movie - and with a budget of $55m, just as calamitous, financially - but it was largely ignored while Battlefield Earth's hideousness was trumpeted from the rooftops.
Which brings us to 2014's Left Behind, a film so universally panned by critics that its Rotten Tomatoes score sits at an abysmal two percent. This places it a mere whisker above such legendarily bad films as Jaws: The Revenge and Mac And Me, and a startling »
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
Blame It on Rio, 1984.
Directed by Stanley Donen.
A married middle-aged man begins an affair with his best friend’s teenage daughter whilst on holiday in Rio.
Michael Caine is an unusual choice for a romantic lead but Blame It on Rio is not a romantic film. It pretends to be one – and one of the main characters would probably believe it to be, given her immaturity when it comes to relationships – but it isn’t romantic; it’s dirty, seedy and, by modern standards at least, a little bit wrong. However, it is also great fun and, if you are of a certain age, more than likely your entry into the grown up world of sex comedies as the film features boobs, boobs and more boobs, with Michael Caine getting an eyeful of most »
- Gary Collinson
Steven Spielberg is responsible for all of your irrational fears as a child, since you became convinced that Jaws would get you in the bath tub or at the bottom of your bed. People have also been wary of oceans, beaches and swimming pools since 1975, because all Bruce needs is a little bit of water and he’s got you. It also doesn’t help that when you go on holiday, the Jaws soundtrack in stuck in your head as soon as you reach the beach. Who knew that those two notes could evoke such terror?
Whilst most people complain that the film has aged terribly, it’s still one of your favourites and you’ll defend that robotic beast until the end of time. It was also made in the 70s so you can’t really be too mad at it for not reaching today’s standards. »
- Sara Weir
It's the film that made us all afraid to go back into the water: "Jaws."The 1975 movie, which opened 40 years ago today, helped launch the career of Steven Spielberg, was nominated for Best Picture and took home Oscars for Best Film Editing, Dramatic Score and Sound.It also made us all think twice before going for a swim.The flick, which starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, would spawn three sequels -- "Jaws 2," "Jaws 3-D," and "Jaws: The Revenge" -- which randomly starred celebs like Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson and yes, even Michael Caine. 40 years after the original movie's release, we've sadly said goodbye to a lot of the franchise's stars, including Sheriff Brody himself and young Judith Barsi, who played Michael's daughter in "Revenge" and was murdered by her father shortly after the film was released.From the tragic to the impressive, check out the gallery »
- tooFab Staff
During a more than 60-year acting career, Michael Caine has had a lot of highs and lows. One of his most embarrassing moments was a supporting role in the reviled sequel Jaws: The Revenge – a film that came out the same year he picked up an Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters. In one of the actor’s most enduring interview quotes, Caine said of the sequel that he had never seen the film. “By all accounts, it is terrible,” he said. “However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.”
Caine’s droll attempt at transparency routinely came back into this reviewer’s mind during Survivor, a film that is cluttered with action movie clichés and may be most fondly remembered by its principal cast for helping them renovate their homes. Despite the presence of director James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) and thriller author »
- Jordan Adler
In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.
We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.
News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).
Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »
Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.
Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...
A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?
Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)
B. Harrison Smith isn’t a fan of how everything has been done regarding the zombie subgenre, and well, he’s right. There’s no danger, no character development, and more often than not, zombie films tend to give fans the same ol’ thing. Smith flat out refused to make a zombie film himself, until the idea of Zombie Killers: Elephant’S Graveyard came his way, and an opportunity to give fans a very character-driven, broad piece of zombie cinema came his way. Icons of Fright recently spoke to Smith about the zombie genre, his film and how important story is to a film. Read on!
How’s it going, Harrison?
Jerry Smith, great last name.
Yeah, I love it, I’m so plain.
Well, it’s a pleasure to talk to you, thanks for reaching out!
Not a problem. First of all, I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your film, »
- Jerry Smith
16 items from 2015
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