11 items from 2014
Werewolf movies are traditionally about the beast within, but the adversaries in David Hayter's Wolves are strictly external. With its outsider protagonist defending a rural town against a menacing gang of thugs, the film is built on the classic foundation of a western — it feels a little like Road House in Teen Wolf drag. Cayden (Lucas Till), on the run for wolfing out and slaughtering his family, heads to the secret werewolf community of Lupine Ridge to understand his condition. The Ridge, however, is run by badass alpha male Connor (Jason Momoa), whose demands on the town's peaceable werewolves are becoming increasingly onerous. The rote setup especially shows its age in the treatment of Angelina (Merritt Patterson), Cayden's love interest. »
“Shocktober” continues with Scream Factory announcing two more titles they will be bringing to Blu-ray next year: 1976’s The Food of the Gods and 1972’s Frogs. The former (loosely based on an H. G. Wells novel) sees a pro football player take on giant rats, while the latter stars Sam (Road House) Elliot as a photographer evading murderous amphibians. Both take place on islands where nature has taken over.
“Happy Monday! Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration and countdown to Halloween continues with two more films to reveal: We are pairing 1972’s swampy Frogs (starring Sam Elliott) and 1976’s giant animal-ridden Food Of The Gods (starring Pamela Franklin) together on the Blu-ray format as a double-feature! Expect to see the release emerge next Summer.
We still have more films to announce this month so be sure to check back here on our page this month to be the first to see them! »
- Derek Anderson
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
In a crazy turn of events, Keanu Reeves is 50 years old. To honor the actor's five-decades-old milestone, we're celebrating one of his best movies, "Point Break," and explain why it fits its year of release, 1991, so perfectly.
Prior to the early '90s classic, Reeves hadn't really ventured into action movies and was best known for playing a pretty boy, high school stoner in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). "Point Break" would change all that. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), the movie paired Reeves with an established star and co-heartthrob, Patrick Swayze, fresh off hits like "Road House" (1989) and "Ghost" (1990). Together, they would create a surfing bromance too good to be true.
Set against the backdrop of the coastal Los Angeles area, "Point Break" captured the surfing culture of the region, while simultaneously depicting the criminal underbelly of the city. Los Angeles had long been the bank robbery capital of the world, »
- Jonny Black
Two weeks from today, Sons of Anarchy’s final ride begins. We’ve already seen a shot of Charlie Hunnam and Marilyn Manson in the Sept. 9 season premiere; now FX has released more images. Above, a not-at-all awkward shot of Jax (Hunnam) with Gemma (Katey Sagal), the mother he doesn’t know killed his wife, and Wendy (Drea de Matteo), his ex who checks herself out of rehab early and wants to help out with the boys.
Of course, that encounter is still preferable to the one Jax has at the start of the season premiere when he’s being held in jail. »
- Mandi Bierly
The remake train keeps on plugging away for better or worse. We've heard that there was a gestating remake of the classic The Magnificent Seven, which in itself is a remake of Seven Samurai, and Tom Cruise was attached back in 2012. However, it sounds like the actor has since moved on, because The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua has been mulling over an offer from MGM to direct the film. It's not clear if he's officially on board, but Schmoes Know reports that he's already taken the job, and he's already trying to get Denzel Washington on board to lead. It makes sense following their work on Training Day and The Equalizer. This is just one in a long line of remakes for MGM following Red Dawn and RoboCop, not to mention Poltergeist and Road House on the way. The Magnificent Seven would be new territory for both Fuqua and Washington, »
- Ethan Anderton
After a somewhat quiet stretch between 2009’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” and last year’s “Olympus Has Fallen," it turns out Antoine Fuqua was simply preparing something of a massive return to the big screen. Suddenly the director has boxing drama “Southpaw” and “Narco Sub” in the pipeline, following his actioner “The Equalizer” that opens in the fall, but one other project — the long-gestating “Magnificent Seven” remake — seems his for the taking as well, and it may have a familiar face and collaborator attached. In their efforts to add another remake of back-catalogue titles to their slate, trailing “Robocop," “Poltergeist," “Road House” and many more to come, “ MGM offered the “Magnificent Seven” directing gig to Fuqua last week. The director’s response has yet to be announced, but according to Schmoes Know not only has he decided to take the gig, he’s already made an offer to Denzel Washington for the lead role. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Directed by Jim Mickle
Indie auteur Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are) has said that his newest effort Cold in July is a combination of Bong Joon-Ho’s serial-murder thriller Memories of Murder and the Patrick Swayze action film Road House. That’s an eye-catching pairing, for certain, but it’s unfortunate that Cold in July doesn’t live up to the promise of such a wild mash-up.
Dexter’s Michael C. Hall plays Richard Dane, who encounters an intruder in his house late one night in 1989 and shoots him dead. Almost everyone, from the law to Dane’s neighbors, thinks this a clear case of a good guy successfully drawing down on a bad guy. The only exception is the father of the deceased, an ex-con played by an appropriately terrifying Sam Shepard, who is soon making threats against the Dane family. »
- Mark Young
I wrote about Road House’s upcoming 25th anniversary in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly for one simple reason — Road House is awesome. Possibly the finest piece of cinematic work put forth in the entire twentieth century. And I’m not just saying that because I share the same name as Patrick Swayze’s shirtless and mulleted bar bouncer.
There are many extraordinary things about this movie — the extraordinary amount of times Swayze gets shirtless for no apparent reason. The extraordinarily confusing pieces of Yoda-like philosophy that Swayze dispenses that sound cool but really don’t make a lick of sense. »
- Dalton Ross
This week, Scream Factory gave all those Kevin Tenney fans out there what they’ve been waiting for by the way of stellar presentations of two of his beloved cult classics on Blu-ray: Witchboard and Night of the Demons. Once again, Scream Factory did a wonderful job of shining the spotlight on two more great horror films that many of us grew up enjoying.
Review: Witchboard Blu-ray
Witchboard, a movie I last saw back in the 90’s when it was still only available on VHS, isn’t by any means the scariest work from Tenney’s career, but there’s a lot to admire about his oddball supernatural story where a super-sexy Tawny Kitaen gets a little too handsy with her friend’s Ouija board.
The story begins when Brandon Sinclair (Stephen Nichols) trots out his trusty ol’ Ouija (pronounced wee-jaa as Brandon so fondly likes to correct people) board »
- Heather Wixson
So as Hugh brings the mullet back, we dig out more memorable follicular follies for Digital Spy's best mullets in movie history - from repeat offender Kurt Russell to David Bowie's cult coiffure below:
Could there possibly be a mullet more mullety than these two matching mullets as worn by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers? The disturbed couple sport similar 'dos during their rampant killing spree in the trippy Oliver Stone drama. »
11 items from 2014