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Following the horror juggernaut that was Halloween (1978), major studios were very interested to hop in bed with stalk and slay splatterfests. When the Paramount distributed Friday the 13th (1980) looked to be muy lucrative, the big boys jumped hard on the mattress to see how much coin they could dislodge. MGM was no different, and made their claim with He Knows You’re Alone (1980), a film that ultimately survived the dog pile with winning characterizations over slavish Carpenter imitations.
Filmed in December of ’79 on Staten Island and released at the end of summer, He Knows You’re Alone made nearly $ 5 million for MGM against a meager $ 250,000 budget. A tidy profit to be sure, but it was recognized by most critics (and horror fans alike) as a messy pastiche of everything that worked about Halloween but operating with a lot less wattage. I think that’s only partially true – He Knows actually manages to create memorable characters, »
- Scott Drebit
The British writer-director behind the "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy – consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013) – and also the director behind 2010's Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Edgar Wright, is known for his unique, kinetic, energetic cinematic style. Unlike most comedy directors working today, Wright finds humor in the filmmaking, utilizing framing, lighting, mise-en-scène, camera movement, editing, and sound to pull as much comedy out of a scene as possible. With his latest film, Baby Driver, Wright has not only improved upon his signature style, but matured with it. Like David Fincher, Wright is honing his craft with every film he makes, relying less on his style and more on imbuing the style with substance. If his early works are similar to those of Fincher's (Se7en, The Game, Fight Club), then Baby Driver is his Zodiac — a disciplined and elegantly orchestrated thriller that feels both effortless and impossibly intricate. »
- Adam Frazier
Henry Bevan with an open letter to David Fincher…
I’m going to jump right into it: you should consider lobbying to direct the next Alien movie, whatever it may be.
Don’t stop reading! I know your last experience of the franchise on Alien 3 was a clusterfuck and you felt your career was being torn to shreds like Bishop at the end of Aliens. I understand why you look like you’ve suffered a death in the family every time someone mentions it to you, and I believe you when you say no one hates that film more than you. I get the pain, David. I. Get. It.
The experience made you develop a distaste for franchise blockbusters, it seemed you would never jump into something with prescribed expectations for success again. That was until you signed up for World War Z 2 (please change the title). Now, »
- Henry Bevan
5 May 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
First things first: Dispel all associations with David Fincher's The Game when approaching Take Me, Pat Healy's nasty little quasi-comedy about people who pay to have themselves kidnapped. The operation here is much more humble than the shadowy, powerful one toying with super-rich executives there: Think one man with a van, who will imprison you for eight hours, traumatizing you just enough to help break your addiction to junk food. Starring opposite Taylor Schilling in his first feature as director, Healy knows exactly the mix of comical bumbling and psychological tension he wants here, executing the premise in a way »
- John DeFore
Friday the 13th game has a release date – If you’re like me, you’ve been eagerly waiting to learn when the guys at Gun Media would finally release their multiplayer Friday the 13th game. Well, wonder no more – and clear your schedule on May 26, because that’s when you’ll be able to don Jason’s iconic hockey mask and start slaughtering camp counselors (or become a camp counselor hoping to survive one of Jason’s infamous rampages…). Friday the 13th: The Game is slated for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Digital copies will retail for $40, physical for $60. Here’s the official release date reveal clip. David Fincher in talks to direct World War Z 2 – In...
- Mike Bracken
A lot of great TV horror movies rely on a final image, a real shocker, to hammer home the fear. But not all of them. When Michael Calls (1972) is a telefilm that measures out its chills, leading to a logical conclusion (for a small screen sinner) instead of an iconic screen shot for nostalgic viewers. Regardless, this one provides a platform for a solid thriller with a pedigree behind and in front of the camera.
Originally broadcast on Saturday, February 5th, as the ABC Movie of the Weekend, When Michael Calls had the normal competition from CBS’ New Dick Van Dyke Show/Mary Tyler Moore Show and NBC’s Saturday Night at the Movies. But ABC’s Movies of the Week (on Tuesday’s, and here) almost always won out with viewers, providing exciting, original fare. This one is no exception.
Let’s crack open our fair weathered faux TV »
- Scott Drebit
March 2 marked the 10 year anniversary of David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” and numerous publications spent last week honoring the film as one of the great masterworks of modern cinema. But perhaps the best tribute came from none other than Guillermo del Toro, who spent most of the weekend tweeting up a storm about just how much he adores Fincher’s procedural drama. He ranked “Zodiac” #1 on his list of the best movies Fincher has ever made, saying he watches it “at least twice a year.”
Del Toro also launched an epic twitter thread in which he analyzed the movie in 13 tweets, bringing attention to the way it operates far more deeply than any film that has been released in “recent memory.”
“Every great movie works at many levels,” he wrote. “Some are evident: the dramaturgy (writing, plot, character, structure), image crafting and sound as storytelling tools, »
- Zack Sharf
Okay, so this is an interesting one here. I got a press release with the subject line “Kidnap Solutions LLC | Live out Your Darkest Fantasies!” First of all, I never knew there was such a thing as “kidnap fantasies”… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
The cult classic was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who at the time had optioned the script with “Christmas Vacation” helmer Jeremiah Chechik on board to direct. But Chechik had a different movie in mind and told Walker to rewrite the ending.
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Seven” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
The movie as we know it ends with John Doe (Kevin Spacey) delivering Detective Mills’ (Pitt) wife’s head in a box. Walker’s reworked version didn’t include that scene. After Chechik moved on from the project, the original version of the script with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.
“[Fincher] expressed some interest [in directing], but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box,” Walker told The Hollywood Reporter. “And they were like, »
- Liz Calvario
Author: Dave Roper
The prospective candidates for admission to MiB were hand-picked because they were the best of the best of the best. That’s a lot of superlatives. Eric Roberts and Chris Penn were two of the more unlikely members of a Tae Kwon Do team that took on Korea in The Best of the Best and across pretty much every athletic and artistic theatre of endeavour you can think of, debate rages as to who is the best of the best. Today we look at the greatest movie actors.
This new series of articles is not intended to lay such arguments to rest. Instead it will hopefully prompt some discussion and (polite) debate as we consider, within certain film-making disciplines, who might be considered to be the best and what is their best work. Highly subjective, of course, but that is whence springs healthy debate. We’ll get to actresses, »
- Dave Roper
You’ve already waded through our year end coverage, and pored over your friends’ and family’s various lists on Goodreads and Letterboxd to see what they consumed across 2016, so what’s left? Well, Steven Soderbergh is taking his turn with his annual list of everything he watched and read during the past year, posted on his site Extension 765. And as per usual, it’s fascinating.
It seems that 2016 saw Soderbergh having a mini-David Fincher film festival, watching “The Social Network,” “Panic Room,” “The Game,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” “Fight Club,” and “Se7en,” but most excitingly, he’s also seen episodes of the director’s upcoming Netflix series “Mindhunter.” It really pays to be pals with Fincher.
Continue reading Steven Soderbergh Lists Everything He Watched And Read In 2016 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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