18 items from 2016
Hollywood remakes are pretty much expected these days, and few things are remade as often as horror movies. The low budgets and high returns are typically a winning formula for studios trying to make some quick cash. But that's not to say all of these remakes are necessarily bad.
There have been fairly decent retellings of classic movies of horror's golden age back in the 1930s, and Universal is actually planning on revisiting many of its iconic monsters in the near future. Here are a few that are worth your time and will hopefully inspire you to also go back and watch the originals.
This 1992 Francis Ford Coppola outing doesn't get anywhere near the credit it deserves. From the costume design to Coppola's impressive direction and Gary Oldman's chilling performance as the titular count, this version of the tale has a truly epic scope and feel »
Had Bernard Rose directed a Twilight reboot instead of Frankenstein, it probably still would have been better than SX_Tape, his previous found-footage-bombing effort. But instead, he adapted Mary Shelley’s legendary horror tale for a more tech savvy audience, providing a rare update with substance. In the same year Victor Frankenstein cheekily attempted to tentpole its way to creature-feature glory, nonetheless.
Rose elects for a more sophisticated story, turning to scientific advancements that bring a new kind of Frankenstein monster to life. Same concept, same reanimated corpse, but a fresh angle proves that reboots can also be original, despite what most major studios seem to think.
Xavier Samuel stars as a bastard science experiment dreamt up by Viktor Frankenstein (Danny Huston) and his associate, Marie (Carrie-Anne Moss). Less mad scientist, more lab coat technician, Viktor creates life in the name of research. As Marie and Viktor nurture their new project, »
- Matt Donato
Our series on remakes continues and since Universal Studios has announced a new version of the Mummy, set for a 2017 release, it seemed like a good time to dissect the previous attempt to redo this story. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mummy (1999).
It’s hard to really compare the original Universal Studios version of the Mummy (1932) to the more whimsical remake (1999) because the two are so immensely different. The new version takes the seed of the first film and transforms it into something almost unrecognizable. The 1999 version meets one of the two criteria of making a good remake…Keep the spirit of the original but make it into something new and special. Well, this remake does successfully make the concept of the Mummy into something quite different, but it totally loses the spirit of the 1932 original.
The original is one of the seminal horror classics, creating one of the »
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With a title like that, do you even need to know more? Yeah? Well, it stars 1982 Playboy Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed. And Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing and Creepshow. (Fun Fact: Adrienne Barbeau played Rizzo in the original Broadway production of Grease! And got a Tony nom for it! What!) And Bill Maher, before he got all respectable with his own HBO show and all. To avoid an avocado shortage, an anthropology professor (Tweed!) heads into the avocado jungle of Southern California to confront the man-eating Piranha Women tribe. How the cannibals are affecting the avocado crops is anyone’s guess. But, hey, I live in SoCal, and »
- Harker Jones
[Note: With the film due for a UK release this week, here’s a reposting of my review of Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein from last summer’s London Frightfest]
Helmed by Bernard Rose, still best known for Candyman, this new take on Frankenstein explores the classic tale from the perspective of the monster rather than the scientist – recapturing what was so great about Mary Shelley’s original story, taking the themes she wrote about and giving them a very modern spin. So modern in fact that I’m positive it’s the first, and only time, we’ve been presented with a 3D-printed protagonist! It may sound crazy but the idea, given recent advances in the technology (only last week it was announced that fully working prosthetics for amputee’s can be 3D printed) is not that far-fetched.
You see, unlike previous iterations of the story, this Frankenstein’s monster, named ironcally Adam, »
- Phil Wheat
You remember that basically crappy review of Supergirl I gave a couple of months ago? Well, the show is getting there, though, im-not-so-ho, they aren’t taking advantage of what could be some great story arcs. Except for Alex Danvers. And Cat Grant. And Hank Henshaw. But more on that in a bit.
I watched “Strange Visitor From Another Planet,” an hour that really could have called “Why Did You Abandon Me?” Hank Henshaw, a.k.a. J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, struggled with the personification of survivor’s guilt and abandonment in the appearance of a “White Martian,” a member of the “other” Martian race responsible for the Martian holocaust – a literal “Strange Visitor.” And while the psychological voices from »
- Mindy Newell
Directed by Bernard Rose.
An eccentric pair of scientists create a human monster in modern-day Los Angeles.
Another year, another adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel but there is a twist to this one as it sticks very closely to its source material but updates the setting to modern-day Los Angeles. This isn’t the first time that a gothic horror story has been given a contemporary makeover (Dracula A.D. 1972 springs to mind, along with countless retellings of The Phantom of the Opera, The Invisible Man, etc.) and Frankenstein has proven to be the most popular of the classic movie monsters to revisit in recent years but so far nobody seems to have gotten the formula for updating it right. So has Candyman director Bernard Rose managed to crack it?
Pretty much, »
- Amie Cranswick
Santa Barbara, Calif. — Oscar-nominated “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone stopped by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tuesday night for one of the week’s many tributes and to accept the Montecito Award from friend and “Rocky” co-star Carl Weathers. When prompted about a sequel to Ryan Coogler’s fresh take on the material, however, he seemed quite reticent, perhaps concerned about diminishing returns or souring such a storybook experience.
“I really have mixed feelings about this, seriously,” he said. “I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.”
Ostensibly a career retrospective, the program still never strayed too far from the Balboa narrative, a full-circle experience for »
- Kristopher Tapley
It was the pop culture sensation of the 1990s – and now it’s back to storm TV screens in the UK (well, Channel 5 anyway). The X-Files initially ran for 10 series’ (in addition to spawning two movies) and introduced us to two of television’s greatest heroes in the form of FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), both dedicated to exposing extraterrestrial and paranormal phenomena lurking amidst the fabric of everyday life.
However, the series wouldn’t have had half its impact without the input of composer Mark Snow, whose haunting music constantly had viewers anticipating what was around the next corner. Here are 19 memorable tracks exploring the rich yet underrated soundtrack history of this landmark show, ones confirming Snow as perhaps the unsung hero of The X-Files. »
- Sean Wilson
Bernard Rose’s modern day Frankenstein will screen exclusivly at Triskel Christchurch Cinema, one night only, Thursday 18 February before its worldwise release on DVD. UK director Rose began his film career working with Jim Henson before directing music videos for MTV, most notably the uncensored version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax. His later work includes horror film Candyman in 1992, and the historical romance Immortal Beloved in 1994. “Frankenstein is as relevant today as when it first appeared nearly two hundred years ago,” says Bernard Rose. “Its central premise, that the goal of science is to create consciousness, speaks to us because it is a fundamental truth and only in our era is the possibility now nearing fact. Mary Shelley’s book is, of course, the seminal Horror, Science Fiction and Gothic novel, and as such has been adapted and interprated many times. None more memorably than James Whale’s classic film starring Boris Karloff. »
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Shout Factory unveils a neglected cult item with its recuperation of Sonny Boy, a tawdry late 1980s obscurity with some awesome Wtf grotesqueries. Although its creators, both then and now, insist on the narrative’s notable subtexts as an allegory on child abuse and toxic familial allegiance, the film is never quite elevated beyond its grindhouse elements. Notably, David Carradine stars as a redneck transvestite (whose gender identity remains undefined) as the caring part of a vicious hillbilly couple who raise a kidnapped orphan to kill and rob members of the local rural community. Its lurid set-up should definitely interest cineastes who can appreciate a bit of tastelessness in their exploitation films, but Robert Martin Carroll’s provocative directorial debut devolves into a surreal fairy tale with an undernourished finale.
In 1970 New Mexico, small time criminal Weasel (Brad Dourif) murders two tourists staying in an isolated motel, not realizing there »
- Nicholas Bell
Victor Frankenstein set to get second chance on home video. Director Paul McGuigan’s slick, stylized action-oriented, Max Landis-penned take on Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein story, the much-maligned Victor Frankenstein, may have bombed theatrically and suffered the slings and arrows of sneering, mocking fans and indifferent critics… …but it wasn’t bad. In fact, Victor Frankenstein was…
- Chris Alexander
If you’ve been even slightly attuned to pop culture in the last several decades, you’re familiar with the basic concept of Frankenstein.
From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Penny Dreadful to countless other movies and TV shows, Mary Shelley’s classic tale — much like the titular doctor’s monster — has had its fair share of resurrections.
Fox on Wednesday night added to the pile of adaptations with Second Chance, a drama starring Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders), Tim DeKay (White Collar) and Dilshad Vadsaria (Greek). Before we get your thoughts on the series premiere, a brief recap:
RelatedSecond Chance »
Rand Ravich's coups as a showrunner include establishing Damian Lewis' talents as a television lead (with the 2007-2009 series "Life") and luring Gillian Anderson back to her first American series regular role since "The X-Files" (with the 2014 drama "Crisis"). One constant of his career: creating TV shows for broadcast networks that fall slightly outside the traditional realm. Read More: 'Under the Dome' Showrunner Neal Baer on Why Broadcast TV Is Just As Daring as Cable His newest show, the Fox sci-fi drama "Second Chance," gets its primary inspiration from the classic Mary Shelley story (to the point where its original title was "Frankenstein"). But what it's really about is 75-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall) getting a new young body (played by Robert Kazinsky) thanks to a pair of genius twins (Dilshad Vadsaria and Adhir Kalyan). Giving the series a bit of a procedural twist is Jimmy's son. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
VideosSecond Chance Trailer: New Fox Drama Sends Resurrected Cop on a Rampage
“Using a name like that just for brand recognition — when [the show] has almost nothing to do with Mary Shelley whatsoever — is disingenuous, and it’s a disservice to Mary Shelley,” star Rob Kazinsky says.
The new drama about a 75-year-old, former L.A. County Sheriff (played by guest star Philip Baker Hall) who is resurrected in the body of much younger, »
Fox decided to revive Frankenstein — this time with a few high-tech bells and whistles — but the network has jammed Mary Shelley’s classic tale into a rote and unimpressive police procedural. The result is “Second Chance,” a story about a man who was brought back to life, but the series displays no real spark of its own.
Jimmy Pritchard was a Seattle sheriff who liked to break the rules — not for himself, we’re told, but to get justice, at least as the hard-drinking cop defined it. It’s difficult not to wonder if Fox has misread the public mood with this show’s premise and that of last fall’s similarly tepid “Minority Report.” Both revolve around the idea that law enforcement should have unlimited powers, and when it does not, cops should take matters into their own hands and do whatever they decide is right. Having a cop »
- Maureen Ryan
A culture-clash comedy set in Ireland’s first Halal meat factory is among the productions backed by the Irish Film Board (Ifb) in its latest round of funding decisions, which totals more than €3m.
Halal Daddy - the story of a young Muslim’s struggle to manage a rundown abattoir in the West of Ireland - has received a production funding commitment of €500,000.
It is one of a number of comedies backed by the Ifb as it faces the challenge of building on what has been a buoyant period for the Irish film industry, with a number of projects performing strongly throughout awards season. Comedy traditionally performs well with domestic audiences.
Preview footage from the upcoming science fiction crime TV series "Second Chance", inspired by the novel "Frankenstein" by author Mary Shelly and director John Frankenheimer's 1966 feature "Seconds", premiering January 13, 2016 on Fox:
"....'Jimmy Pritchard', a corrupt 75-year-old 'King County', Washington sheriff is killed in a robbery at his son's home.
"Pritchard is then brought back to life in the improved body of a younger man courtesy billionaire tech-genius twins 'Mary' and 'Otto Goodwin'.
"But despite having a new life and a chance to relive his life and find a new purpose, the temptations that led to his career being tarnished continue to haunt him..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Second Chance"...
- Michael Stevens
18 items from 2016
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