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By Rod Barnett
There have been entire books dedicated to the cinema of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven and with good reason. Known for pushing the envelope of what is acceptable onscreen in both sexuality and violence, his movies have been celebrated and condemned - often by the same critic at different times! To one degree or another I have enjoyed every Verhoeven film I've seen all the way back to the brilliant Soldier of Orange (1977) but it was RoboCop (1987) that stomped across the world and made it possible for the madman to make nearly anything he wanted. I wonder what would have happened if this film - his first English language effort- had not been a huge financial success. Would we have had a series of progressively worse sequels with Rutger Hauer ravishing maidens and slaying nobles for gold? Maybe in a better world.....
Flesh + Blood (1985) takes place in Western »
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If you're opening this piece expecting a prolonged defence of RoboCop 2, you're not going to get it (although there's a link down at the bottom where we have a go). We've tried lots of times to really like the film, but it just doesn't hang together, nor does it come anywhere near close to matching the original.
At the time it was being made, Orion Pictures, which was backing the film, was in deep trouble. So much trouble in fact that RoboCop 2 was the film that needed to be a big, big hit to save the studio. It wasn't, and within a couple of years, Orion was no more. Whilst it would put RoboCop 3 into production, it wouldn't be around to release it.
The first RoboCop was relatively off radar, and wasn't »
Does the new Call Of Duty game envision a scary future we might soon be living in?
War has changed, and so has the way we fight them. Gone are the days when armies were populated by brave men standing up for freedom, liberty and the defence of their realm. Today wars are fought for money, a lot of money. And with governments under ever-greater pressure to reduce defence budgets, it’s hardly surprising that they’re looking beyond their own armed forces when conflicts do arise.
The term "mercenary" used to be a derogatory one. A label given to a soldier who would fight for whichever regime would pay him the most. A mercenary was considered to be a man with no allegiance, no honour, and no moral compass. But today a significant percentage of all military personnel could be described as mercenaries.
The rise of private military corporations »
Vincenzo Natali is one of those guys who made a genre classic with his first feature, something that can be both a curse and a blessing to a filmmaker. Think of how many directors come out of the gate with something that defines them, only to end up trapped by it later in their careers. Natali certainly didn't disappear after "Cube," but he did deal with the sort of independent financing nightmares and development paralysis that has sidelined so many talented guys. I am a big fan of "Splice," a movie he made more recently, and I also think his segment in "The ABCs Of Death 2" is a lot of fun. To help spotlight that anthology film, we asked Vincenzo to share with us his favorite movie death of all time. I think it's a great way to get to know a filmmaker. If you really want a bead on who they are, »
- Drew McWeeny
When it comes to modern sci-fi movies, RoboCop has to be one of the best. Part machine, part man, the 1987 film by Paul Verhoeven is a satirical, violent masterpiece. At its center is the gorgeously designed, iconic lead character who returned for two much lesser sequels, and was redesigned for a reboot released earlier this […]
The post See ‘RoboCop’ Behind the Scenes Photos From New Official Book appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
"Dead or alive, you are coming with me."
Hot Toys recently revealed their 1/6 scale RoboCop collectible action figure that fans of the original movie are sure to love. The figure highlights the battle damage that the character incurred during the course of his bloody and violent adventure. It always creeped me the hell out when Murphy took off his helmet. His face on that robotic body is the thing nightmares are made of.
Earlier this year, many fans were extremely excited to see the prototype of the new battle damaged version Robocop Collectible Figure at a number of toy fairs! In addition to the wonderfully crafted battle damage effect, it is the first ever official 1/6th scale collectible figure that features the likeness of Peter Weller! Today, we are proud to officially present the highly-anticipated 1/6th scale RoboCop (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible Figure!
The movie-accurate RoboCop (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible »
- Joey Paur
Director Ekachai Uekrongtham (The Coffin) changes direction with his latest movie, a collaboration with Thai superstar Tony Jaa. It's been a long time since Jaa had a bona fide hit on his hands, and there's little chance of this one breaking the mould, however, he is joined by some awesome talent. Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) shares top-billing with the pintsized wonder, but he's not the only big Hollywood star to make an appearance. Sons of Anarchy regulars are currently seeking new employment, which means the likes of Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Peter Weller (Robocop) have some free time on their hands. Michael Jai White, fresh from Arrow duties, more than makes up the numbers in this decent looking action movie. Set in and around Bangkok, we'll bring you more information when we have it. For now though, check out the impressive trailer. Guilty pleasures don't come around that often these days. »
With a host of films in the pipeline involving sharks, War Pigs, and other purveyors of carnage, Dolph Lundgren has a lot on his plate, but before that there’s the small matter of Skin Trade, the pet project that’s taken him over six years to get off the ground. An early 2015 release date is expected and the first official trailer has just gone live.
Lundgren stars as Nick Cassidy, whose family is killed by Serbian Gangster Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman). Cassidy tracks Viktor to Bangkok where he teams up with local police detective Tony (Tony Jaa). The pair set about bringing an end to Viktor’s sex trafficking operation once and for all. Judging by the trailer a lot of cans of whoop-ass will get opened.
- Gary Collinson
The first photo is out of Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore in Catherine Hardwicke's new film "Miss You already". The story follows best friends who struggle to share their feelings as they face fertility issues and breast cancer. Dominic Cooper and Paddy Considine also star in the comedy drama due out October next year. [Source: Empire]
It has been almost a decade since "Starship Troopers" and "Robocop" director Paul Verheoven helmed a movie, and now he's finally putting together his next - the psychological thriller "Elle" based on Philllippe Dijan's novel "Oh...".
Isabelle Huppert stars in the story of a businesswoman playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she seeks revenge. Filming begins in January. [Source: CinEuropa]
- Garth Franklin
Peter Weller may still be best known for blowing away street punks as the original RoboCop, but he’s equally riveting these days as bad cop Charles Barosky on Sons of Anarchy, a series he has also directed. “I like acting, and if a good part comes along, I’ll do it,” he says. “But I get much more satisfaction from directing.” He’s helming three episodes in SoA’s seventh and final season, and his character has returned as well; he also directs this Sunday’s episode of FX’s The Strain. Weller spoke with Vulture about Barosky’s backstory, why he skipped the RoboCop reboot, the cult of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and how he became “a Ph.D. pretentious asshole.”How did you get cast as Barosky?I was directing the show, and Kurt [Sutter] came up to me and said, “We have this character. »
- Bruce Fretts
A film easy to admire but equally hard to love, Paul Verhoeven’s 1985 film Flesh+Blood, his last title to make it to DVD about a decade ago, gets an exciting Blu-ray transfer this month. Notable in multiple regards, this was the last infamous collaboration between Verhoeven and his star Rutger Hauer, the pair having completed five previous films. Reportedly a grueling shoot, and the rising tensions between director and star didn’t help anything, this was also Verhoeven’s first English language film, the first time he didn’t use storyboards, and the last film he would make in his native Netherlands for two decades. While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, there is more to praise than damn in this ambitiously realized portrait of Medieval Europe that’s worthy of reconsideration.
It’s Western Europe in 1510, and amidst the bloodletting, Bubonic plague, and scourging of lands, a »
- Nicholas Bell
Ashe never got to see a ton of modern classics from his youth, so we’re making him watch them all as a nostalgia-less adult. Check out the inaugural article for more info. I like to consider myself a skeptical person who indulges in silly things like wondering about time travel for amusement. But that ended when I finally saw RoboCop this week. I am of the firmest belief that Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, the writers of RoboCop, are, quite simply, modern damn Nostradamuses. Nostradami? Whatever. I like sci-fi, don’t get me wrong, and there are a lot of writers out there who have been eerily prescient of things that were coming down the pipeline. Hell, look how many articles there are on the internet about Star Trek devices that have slowly become reality. Some people are just really good at being forward-thinking futurists. And some people wrote RoboCop. My »
- Ashe Cantrell
The guys at Grimm Up North have announced their bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest line up yet! This year they will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi and cult features and short films from around the globe. Says Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan:
We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what were going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced its our best line up yet!
Grimmfest kicks off with opening Gala night: starting the night will be the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd, which will then be sharply followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Intense Horror Let Us Prey, withdirector and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham »
- Phil Wheat
Last week the opening night events for Grimmfest 2014 were announced, and now we're back with the full lineup, which includes several films we've been keeping our eyes on like Housebound, Zombeavers, WolfCop, Starry Eyes, Coherence, Devil's Mile, Sororal, and Many more!
Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October.
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce our bloodiest, best, most brilliant Grimmfest lineup yet! This year we will be hosting some of the greatest in horror, sci-fi, and cult feature and short films from around the globe, playing host to some amazing Q&A’s and appearances from some very, very special guests!
Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan talks about this year's edition of the annual event being the greatest yet: “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last, and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles. »
- Debi Moore
Now that Film4 FrightFest is over for another year (read all our reviews here), horror fans can look forward to Grimmfest, which will run in Manchester, England from October 2nd – October 5th. And now we know which films will be shown on their opening night gala!
Here’s the press release and the films being shown:
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish Horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
“We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. »
- Luke Owen
Of all the horror franchises, one of the most bafflingly resilient is "The Amityville Horror." And the trailer for the latest film has just debuted and will probably send a chill or two down your spine.
The original film came out in 1979, starred Margot Kidder and James Brolin and was based on the controversial 1977 nonfiction best-seller by Jay Anson, who moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, and immediately claimed to be terrorized by otherworldly visitations. (These supernatural situations were supposedly connected to a mass murder that happened in the house in December 1975, when Ronalde DeFeo shot and killed six of his family members while they slept.) From that one, admittedly cheesy film (slime? Has slime ever been scary?), there were seven (!) sequels and a fairly straight-faced remake in 2005 that starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. (There were even a couple of sequels after that; this new film is »
- Drew Taylor
Dread Central readers are everywhere, and they're sometimes wonderfully sneaky too! Playing ahead of this weekend's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the teaser trailer for the newly titled Amityville: The Awakening, and we've got screen grabs from it!
A DC reader known only as Egon Spengler has busted these first images of the haunting new film. Amityville: The Awakening is the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later.
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.
Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled »
- Steve Barton
For the third week of August, there are a handful of great horror and sci-fi titles being released this week on DVD and Blu-ray including Jim Jarmusch’s stunning vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, Ti West’s The Sacrament, Scream Factory’s high definition release of Leviathan and much more.
The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. »
- Heather Wixson
The worst part about watching a new series is you never know if the time you invest in it will pay off. Sometimes shows are cut short, and other times they're just not renewed, leaving you with a cliffhanger in nowheresville. Thankfully, that's Not going to happen with "The Strain."
Canada's Global News is reporting that U.S. cable channel FX is set to announce it has renewed the vampiric virus drama "The Strain" for a second season. The series will be back in production in Toronto in mid-November.
The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
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- Steve Barton
Early looks of the fifth episode of The Strain produce a glimpse of rocker Gabriel as he feasts on one of his eager young groupies. Hes undergone the full change and hes prepared to devour those surrounding him as he isnt really Gabriel anymore. Hes a monster capable of grisly acts like this. While Gabriel is feeding in walks his manager who gets a clean shot of the gruesome scene. Fans get punched in the face with a certifiably sinister launch this episode (directed by Robocop himself Peter Weller) and its a mighty fine kick off indeed. »
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