5 items from 2013
He’s one of cinemas most intense performers and one of my all-time favourite movie icons, but Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has more in his locker than a menacing thousand-yard stare and gravity-defying hair-do. This week sees the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, Seven Psychopaths, in which Walken steals the show from under the nose of Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, as a loveable dog-napping petty crook, devoted pal and husband.
Over his 60 year career, which currently features over 12o credits, he’s featured in superhero blockbuster Batman Returns, gothic horror Sleepy Hollow; taken on suave British super spy 007 in A View To A Kill; chased rodents and marsupials in family favourites, Mousehunt and Kangaroo Jack, and tripped the light fantastic in Fatboy Slim’s memorable music video for Weapon Of Choice. Now Thn has picked out some of our favourite, and »
- Craig Hunter
To celebrate Friday’s Us release of Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead, the remake of Sam Raimi’s notorious 1981 gore-filled effort, we’ve decided to put together a list of our top favourite horror remakes. We’ve included genre offerings that gave a refreshing spin to their respective source material, some going on to match, and even surpass the originals. Read on to see if any of your favourites made the list…
10. Willard (2003)
The excellent and underrated Crispin Glover puts his heart and (demented) soul into this fascinating take on 1971s Willard, to play the social outcast-turned-sociopathic title character. A film I first caught at an empty cinema in Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Willard tells the story of a young man with the capability to control an army of rats, after suffering years of mental abuse from his domineering mother and boss. Final Destination creator Glenn Morgan made his »
- Craig Hunter
Whenever I try and form a list of my favourite graphic novels, one that usually comes close to the top of the list is Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang:a Journey In North Korea. It is a dark comedic look at Delisle’s time in the North Korean capital, where he once worked as a supervisor on an animation that had been outsourced to the country. The book is really a collection of humorous, but also scary, observations made by Delisle who is followed everywhere he goes, and is confronted with the natives who are fully invested in the Kim Il Sung/Kim Jong Il personality cult.
Mousehunt director, Gore Verbinski, is now in talks to helm an adaptation from a script by Steve Conrad. After Verbinski’s success with Rango, I kind of hope this is done in a form of CGI animation that translates the simplistic visual style of the novel. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Gore Verbinski is easily one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood. While he began his career in 1997 with the screwball comedy Mousehunt, his entire career since has been spent experimenting with different genres, from big action blockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean) to horror (The Ring) to drama (The Weather Man) to even animation (Rango). Discounting the Pirates sequels, really the only thing that all of Verbinski's movies have in common is the fact that they're directed by the same person. Because of this it's always interesting to hear about a new project that the filmmaker is developing simply because it's always a surprise. And this time is no different. Deadline reports that Verbinski has signed on to direct and produce an upcoming adaptation of the Guy Delisle graphic novel Pyongyang, his first venture into the comic book world. Set to be adapted by Steve Conrad, who worked with the »
Being Thn’s resident gore and horror hound brings an added amount of pressure on myself. Unlike a lot of genre fans, I’m not adverse to seeing some of the films of my youth being remade, rebooted or re-imagined. I know I’ll always have those classics to look back on, and as long as a filmmaker can bring something special, unique and bold to the table, I’m willing to pay to see a scary story played out once again, or an iconic boogeyman back, hacking and slashing with a customary weapon of choice.
This year, like many others, will see a slew of genre remakes brought to the big screen. Most notable is a new take on William Lustig’s 1981 controversial serial-killer thriller, Maniac (released 15th March), followed by a redo of Sam Raimi’s blood-soaked cult classic, Evil Dead (due 12th April). There are also Kimberly Peirce »
- Craig Hunter
5 items from 2013
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