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In the years following Scream‘s release in 1996, studios rushed to release as many witty slashers as possible to capitalize on the meta slasher phase before it fizzled out. From I Know What You Did Last Summer to Urban Legend to Valentine, each film seemed to get worse and worse with each subsequent release. This is why it is so upsetting that […] »
- Trace Thurman
Given some distance and the perspective of time, almost every horror film seems to look better and find its audience. Though the early to mid 1990s have long been considered a particularly bad period for American horror movies, recent years have seen a number of titles being reassessed and opinions on them revised to be much more favorable than they were 20 years ago. Titles like Disturbing Behavior and I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Rage: Carrie 2, largely written off by horror fans during their theatrical releases in the ’90s, are now being talked about as secretly good genre efforts not because the movies have actually improved, but because enough time has passed that the films can be removed from their historical context and taken for what they are.
Of course, some ’90s titles were always secretly good; they only needed some time to find their audience. »
- Patrick Bromley
After Radiant Pictures International bought the distribution rights to Billionaire Ransom (originally titled Take Down), the studio has released the first official trailer. This American thriller set in Scotland stars Jeremy Sumpter (Into the Storm), Phoebe Tonkin (Vampire Diaries), Sebastian Koch (Bridge of Spies), Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy), Dominic Sherwood (Shadowhunters), Ed Westwick (Freaks of Nature), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty), Anna-Louise Plowman (Stargate Sg-1), and Elliot Knight (Sinbad). The film is directed by Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer), from a script by by Alexander Ignon (Ransom). Check out the trailer below…
After a car accident that is the last straw for both their families, Kyle (Sumpter) and Amy (Tonkin) find themselves grouped with other spoiled, out-of-control sons and daughters of international billionaires sent by their frustrated parents to a tough-love wilderness school on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. This is a last »
- Matthew Lee
"If we get this done, biggest ransom in the history of the world, my friend." Gravitas Ventures has unveiled a trailer for a film called Billionaire Ransom, an interesting action thriller of sorts. The story is about a group of kids from rich families at a boarding school on an island who take matters into their own hands when the campus is taken hostage by criminals. The cast includes Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Ed Westwick, Dominic Sherwood, Elliot Knight, Sebastian Koch, and Sara Stewart. Not really sure what to make of this, some weird scenes in this trailer, but maybe it has some intriguing twists and turns. Then again, this seems like it could straight-to-dvd and it would matter either. It's made by the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer who hasn't really made much else since that film hit in 1997. See below. Here's the official trailer »
- Alex Billington
This week, Freeform unleashed a new horror TV series called Dead of Summer. With murder mystery thriller Guilt by its side, the new horror show takes viewers back to the late '80s with a nostalgic Summer camp experience. If you're a scary-movie fan, we know your ears are already perked. So, is this the right show for you to pick up in the Summer lull? We're breaking down everything below. It pays homage to classic horror. There are so many threads tracing back to cult horror films, which is great, because the show takes us back to the Summer of 1989. The whole Summer camp vibe is a pretty clear allusion to Friday the 13th, while the whole tightly wound group vibe really brings us back to I Know What You Did Last Summer. It's pretty clear these counselors are going to see some messed-up sh*t this Summer. It's a (fairly) unique premise. »
- Ryan Roschke
The Lakewood gang expand their minds in the latest trippy episode of MTV's Scream season 2...
This review contains spoilers.
And that is how you reunite a rotting corpse with his friends. I’ll set my quibbles with the unrealistically fresh state of gore Jake’s body is in aside--i’m just glad we finally have an end to said body’s weird, mostly-invisible character arc. That it came in the form of Jake’s playing pig’s blood bucket to Brooke’s Carrie is a bonus, and the type of in-your-bloody-face homage this show does so nicely.
But I’m already ahead of myself. This week’s Scream went out impressively, but the trip there was long and strange. The centerpiece of the episode is an (unintentionally) psychedelic party at Emma’s house, in which Lakewood’s finest teens experience some, er, enhanced reality. »
Scream's genre-savvy writers take on the innate creepiness of motels in this week's dark episode...
This review contains spoilers.
Oh, Eddie. I feel somehow responsible for your demise, seeing as how last week I expressed my hope we’d see more of you, forgetting to take into account the kill-happiness of Scream’s writers. So yeah, sorry about that, but we all must move on. Eddie’s murder in room 213 of the Crescent Palms is especially gruesome (one word: corkscrew), but it’s the only on-screen death we see this week. Episode 3 instead focuses on returns and revelations--and the distress they bring with them.
Both Emma and Brooke deal with unwelcome returns this week. Ever-hopeful Emma tries to give her hapless dad’s reappearance another chance, to unfortunate results. As much angst as her mom has caused her with her secretiveness, she’s finding out a lot lately that there are truths Maggie hasn’t revealed that are hard to deal with, such as her dad’s dangerous drunken behaviour when she was a baby. It’s this behaviour that left Maggie injured and at the end of her rope with their marriage, and it’s this behaviour that Emma now has to witness, but not before she finds yet more clippings about her in his empty motel room--room 213 at the Crescent Palms, of course.
With Emma’s dad’s stay, Eddie’s murder, Noah’s investigation, and Audrey’s discovery of Jake’s body in its storage facility, the Crescent Palms Motel has figured significantly into the past couple of episodes. The movie that gives this episode its title, Vacancy, is an arguably forgettable example of a motel-based horror movie (such as last week’s namesake, Psycho), but it’s an effective reference. With the Crescent Palms storyline, Scream’s genre-savvy writers are contributing their own take on the innate mystery, creepiness, and sometimes deadliness of an overnight stay in an unfamiliar place. Now that Piper is dead(?), though, who else is staying/slaying at the Crescent Palms? It’s a setting that obviously has more secrets to tell.
For Brooke, another reappearance comes at a suspiciously bad time, as she continues to worry about Jake and grow ever more angry at his radio silence. (As a viewer, incidentally, I’m growing ever more bemused with everyone’s obliviousness to Jake’s absence. That corpse is probably not going to hold up for many more rounds of hide-and-seek with Audrey.) Her former teacher/co-tryster Seth Branson has apparently been back for a while--he admits to creeping on Brooke in public places--but why he’s chosen now to reveal himself is anyone’s guess.
It’s Audrey who has the most nasty surprises popping up this week, though. Her involvement with Piper has led her down a spiral of lies and cover-ups, as we’ve seen, and now she’s stuck with her handprints on Eddie’s murder weapon and being taunted with incriminating photos. We’re seeing more and more of her darker side--Noah has no idea how close he was to being on-screen kill number two this week--and she’s surrendering more and more to her scarier urges.
This whole season so far has been a little darker, in fact. Not scarier, necessarily, but the characters we grew to know and root for in the first season seem to be developing nuances that right now are ambiguous but could end up quite sinister. The addition of some questionable characters--Eli, Stavo, et al--could bring more darkness, or at least more confusion. Hopefully the former and not the latter, as there’s a lot going on already. In any case, let’s pour one out for Eddie--and lay down some plastic to prepare for whatever’s coming next week.
Read Holly's review of the previous episode, Psycho, here.
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Gravitas Ventures has landed North American and Latin American rights to Billionaire Ransom, a thriller starring Jeremy Sumpter, Sebastian Koch, Phoebe Tonkin, Dominic Sherwood and Ed Westwick. An August 19 theatrical and VOD release in the U.S. and Canada is planned. Jim Gillespie (I Know What You Did Last Summer) directed the script from Alexander Ignon (Ransom), which centers on a group of spoiled rich kids at a tough-love brat camp in the Scottish wilderness who have… »
Everyone is a suspect and no one is safe in Scream season 2 episode Psycho, which is just how we like it...
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So far this season--and, apparently, for the next couple of weeks at least--Scream’s episodes are sharing titles with horror movies. Last week’s was appropriate and a little recursive, considering that its source--I Know What You Did Last Summer--is a movie that itself rode the tide of the original Scream movie’s teen slasher success. This week’s title, Psycho, is of course shared with one of the most legendary scary movies of all time.
It’s not just a movie title, though. See, being a member of The Lakewood Six--or Five, as Noah points out, not yet knowing how tragic his offhand comment actually is--does some stuff to your brain. To your sanity, even. In the series return last week, »
Funded by Netflix but carrying the MTV logo Scream emerges from the rubble of season one where it earned renewal, with some serious backing and bulked up production value. Now it resides on the cable equivalent of HBO, we get a full eighteen certificate and more opportunities denied lesser network sponsors.
Everyone who made it through this surprise hit without becoming machete fodder is back. With the same self-awareness and use of social networking, Scream keeps it current, interesting and tongue in cheek. Lead by Taylor-Klaus back as Audrey and John Karna’s Noah Foster, we find ourselves back on familiar ground. Needless incidental music intrudes once or twice in this opener which acts as little more than a refresher. Flagrantly employing the post-modern slasher ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ monocle, we get plentiful film references »
- Amie Cranswick
With the Scream TV series back on air and Scream Queens season 2 on its way, we look at the rules of making successful slasher TV...
Warning: contains mild spoilers for MTV's Scream season one.
"Think about it," says Noah Foster in the pilot episode of MTV's Scream. "Girl and her friends arrive at the dance, the camp, the deserted town, whatever. Killer-with-a-gimmick takes them out one-by-one. Ninety minutes later, the sun comes up as the girl sits in the back of the ambulance watching her friends' bodies being wheeled past. Roll credits."
It's an awkward piece of self-aware dialogue but also a fair, if simplistic, summation of what a slasher movie is. Like a musical or a rom-com the slasher genre is one hardwired to hit the same familiar beats each time around and, like a musical or a rom-com, audiences keep coming back for more.
The Moon Dogs cast and crew will join the Eiff Youth Hub on June 17. Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced details of the Eiff Youth Hub. This free programme of filmmaker masterclasses, workshops and careers advice for 15-25-year-olds will run from June 17-20.
Taking place in The Church of St. John the Evangelist on Princes Street, Eiff Youth Hub highlights include a presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Ian Megibben, putting the spotlight on the studio’s award-winning animations, and masterclasses with Foley artist Pete Burgis (Take Down, The Danish Girl, Captain Phillips) and Costume Designer Alison Mitchell (The Rezort, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Outpost: Black Sun). It will also welcome the cast and crew of new Scottish feature Moon Dogs on Friday 17 (in advance of their world premiere that evening) and feature I Know What You Did Last Summer director Jim Gillespie on Monday 20th.
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- Amber Wilkinson
One of the most surprisingly enjoyable series to debut last spring was MTV’s Scream (you can check out my review of the first season here), so I’ve been anxiously awaiting the second season to see if the show could have as successful of a sophomore year as it did in the beginning. The wait is finally over, though, so let’s take a look at what happened in the season two premiere, “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” The season opens with an incredibly ditsy girl looking around her house for her missing cat. She’s alone in the house, but the
Scream Season Premiere Review: Returning to Lakewood »
- Jasef Wisener
In the season 2 premiere of Scream, titled "I Know What You Did Last Summer," Audrey's past comes back to haunt her, Noah remains obsessed with Brandon James and the killings, and Emma returns to Lakewood, hoping for a fresh start.
When we last saw the ridiculously good-looking teens of Lakewood, Piper Shaw was shot not once, but twice (as all slasher-film killers should be). Emma, "Em," was down one bestie and one ex-boyfriend but had back-ups at the ready. But in order for there to be a second season, there has to be a body count, which means another killer. Is that going to be Audrey? What was "Bi-Curious" doing communicating with Piper Shaw? And now that Piper is gone, what is her endgame?
If you enjoyed the first season of MTV’s Scream: The TV Series, you should undoubtedly enjoy what the show has to offer in the Season 2 premiere, as not only do we get another murder mystery to dig deep into, but we also get a few new major storylines, more flushed-out characters, and a viciously blunt killing to kick things off in grand, gory style.
As far as the story goes, Scream: S2 picks back up with the Lakewood Six several months after the murder spree that uprooted their lives and changed their small community forever. It’s revealed that Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) had been away receiving deep therapy for the trauma she had undergone after being nearly filleted by last season’s killer and it has left her relationship with Kieran (Amadeus Serafini) strained to say the very least. When Emma returns, she’s greeted awkwardly with a surprise party thrown by Kieran, »
- Heather Wixson
Ah, Most Likely To Die. Another I Know What You Did Last Summer copycat. Gather some friends who hold an ugly secret and let their own demons pile the bodies one by one. Slasher 101 class in session, kiddies! It’s familiar territory we’ve seen executed time and time again, but filmmaker Anthony Diblasi attempts to school the competition despite outrageous odds. Admittedly, we’re in need of a good 90s slasher comeback, but by comparison, Diblasi’s post-graduation horror simply doesn’t make the grade. There are just too many better slasher films out there, boasting higher ambitions than “Most Likely To Deliver Exactly – And Predictably – As Advertised.”
It all starts when a group of high school buddies get together for a reunion, sharing the same swanky house. There’s Brad (Ryan Doom), a hotshot television actor, Gaby (Heather Morris), a professional poker player, Freddie (Perez Hilton), a recovering alcoholic – you get the picture. »
- Matt Donato
The first season of MTV’s “Scream” left us on something of a cliffhanger, as in the final seconds it was heavily hinted that Audrey may have been in cahoots with Season 1’s killer, Piper, the whole damn time. But this… Continue Reading →
The post Preview: Scream Episode 2.01 – I Know What You Did Last Summer appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Matt Molgaard
Hopefully you've already come to terms with your sick, twisted crush on Ryan Phillippe's Cruel Intentions character, Sebastian Valmont, because we've rounded up his plus many more of Phillippe's sexiest onscreen moments. There was the time he showed his butt in Cruel Intentions, yes, but his career has also been rife with even more hot shirtless moments, from his roles in 54, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Stop-Loss to his most recent stint on TV in ABC's Secrets and Lies - and thankfully, Phillippe keeps us thirsting for more Irl, too. »
- Brittney Stephens
It's been more than 13 years since Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. got married, so they've definitely had their fair share of adorable moments together. The couple first met on the set of 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer, eventually tying the knot in Mexico in September 2002. Later, in 2009, they welcomed their first child together, Charlotte Grace, and in 2012, their son, Rocky James, was born. In addition to giving their fans glimpses of their little ones, Sarah Michelle and Freddie have shared aww-inducing moments that probably restored your faith in love. Keep reading to check out some of their best family snaps, then see other Hollywood couples who have been together the longest. Tall Image Source: Getty/Handout »
- Laura Marie Meyers
The half-hour reality show, which is described as a battle of impressionists, will feature “SNL” alum Dana Carvey as an expert mentor to contestants. The series pits America’s best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impressions with the studio audience crown a winner each week.
“‘First Impressions’ gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master,” said Prinze Jr., “I’ve always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible.”
“First Impressions” has also lined up an impressive roster of celebrity guests including Steve Carell, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz and Kate Flannery, who will all coach the aspiring impressionists through challenges.
Prinze Jr. rose to fame in the ’90s, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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