9 items from 2017
Following the release of the long-awaited slasher crossover Freddy vs. Jason in 2003, fans were left salivating over the possibility of potential sequels adding ever more horror icons into the mix.
Sadly, this never materialised, but Bloody Disgusting has got its hands on an internal memo from 2003 which shows that while New Line did consider the likes of Michael Myers, Pinhead, Leprechaun and Chucky, executives felt that they “flat out [don’t] fit in the Freddy and Jason worlds”.
However, there was one character who New Line did feel would fit perfectly into the world: Evil Dead hero Ashley J. Williams. And that’s not all, as the plan for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash would have seen Bruce Campbell’s Ash bringing an end to Freddy Krueger’s reign of terror for good.
“Per our conversations with him [Englund] in the past, he agrees that the fans will embrace and accept the idea »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.
Two weeks into release “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” is still killing it at the box office. One of the film’s stars and highlights, Michael Rooker, is back from traveling around the world promoting the film and he’s in our studio this week to discuss the Marvel phenomenon and more.
Between “Guardians” and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Rooker has been exposed to a whole new set of fandom these last several years. He has certainly put in his time in the Hollywood blockbuster machine — witness particularly actioners of the 1990s like “Days of Thunder” and “Cliffhanger” — but being involved with these properties has brought him to a whole other level.
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- Kristopher Tapley
A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, above) first broke out in the frightening Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer back in 1986. Now he will reteam with that movie's director, John McNaughton, to make A Good Man Is Hard to Find. It's based on Flannery O'Connor's chilling short story, first published in 1953, which revolves around a road trip and a family's fateful encounter with an escaped murderer. [Deadline] The Bookseller: Set in the 1960s, Cynthia Swanson's novel The Bookseller concerns a woman who enjoys a rich fantasy life in her dreams, only to see the line between reality and imagination begin to merge. Julia Roberts (Money Monster, above) is now attached to star in and produce a big-screen version...
- Peter Martin
A Good Man Is Hard to Find: Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, above) first broke out in the frightening Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer back in 1986. Now he will reteam with that movie's director, John McNaughton, to make A Good Man Is Hard to Find. It's based on Flannery O'Connor's chilling short story, first published in 1953, which revolves around a road trip and a family's fateful encounter with an escaped murderer. [Deadline] The...
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John McNaughton’s 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, which was loosely based on the exploits on real life serial killers Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole, was an unflinching and terrifying look at just how evil we as… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Michael Rooker, of Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Walking Dead fame, is reuniting with his Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer director John McNaughton on a film adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard To Find. The Passion Of The Christ scribe Benedict Fitzgerald wrote the screenplay. The O’Conner story, a duel between The Grandmother and The Misfit, revisits familiar territory for Rooker and McNaughton; the author’s 1950s character The Misfit is cut from the… »
Set in Perth, Australia, during December of 1987, it’s evident from Hounds of Love’s very first moments—a stunning slow-motion sequence of teenagers playing volleyball while a pair of onlookers watch from a distance—that writer/director Ben Young isn’t interested in giving us yet another horrific kidnapping thriller that relies on shocking violence or tortuous gore. Instead, he digs a little deeper with his script, defying genre trappings by focusing on the psychological aspects of the story, brought to life by a trio of brazen performances that make Hounds of Love a truly unforgettable viewing experience.
Hounds of Love follows a couple, John and Evelyn (portrayed by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth), who abduct a young girl walking home from school one day, and we see how that intersects with another teenager named Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) who is having a difficult time coping with her parents’ recent divorce. »
- Heather Wixson
One of the more provocative and powerful Midnighters to play during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival is writer/director Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, a powerful story of a troubled young man named Milo (Eric Ruffin), whose obsession with vampires manifests in a rather deadly fashion. One day, he meets Chloe (Sophie Levine), a teenage girl who has also suffered her fair share of loss, and as their bond strengthens, Milo finds himself conflicted by his primal urges and his newfound connection with the one person in the world who seems to care about him.
While at SXSW, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with O’Shea about his feature film debut, and he discussed the challenges of creating an empathetic antagonist, paying tribute to his favorite vampire films and cinematic love stories, and working with his co-stars in The Transfiguration.
Congrats on the film, Michael. »
- Heather Wixson
Alice Lowe directs and stars in this cracking tale of a pregnant woman who turns killer on the instructions of her unborn child
Alice Lowe makes a cracking directorial debut with this macabre, grittily low-budget and explicitly violent movie about a murderous pregnancy. It is a little like Sightseers, the black comedy she co-wrote and acted in for Ben Wheatley – but with fainter tint of queasy humour. It reminded me more of John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, or indeed the “impregnation” scene from Ridley Scott’s Alien.
Prevenge provides a nightmarish satirical twist on post- and antenatal depression. On first seeing this film in Venice last year, maybe addled by lagoon vapours or the disorientating horror of the film itself, I aired my own bizarre theory that the title was a riff on pre-emptive revenge: prevenge, pretaliation etc. It was gently pointed out to me that »
- Peter Bradshaw
9 items from 2017
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