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If someone were to make a 20 Feet from Stardom-type documentary about actors, they'd be smart to talk to Jake Busey. We spoke with him earlier today about his role in Robert Rodriguez' From Dusk till Dawn: The Series and were surprised by how honest he was about how his career didn't exactly go the way he was expecting. After all, some of his earliest jobs were in high-profile films from directors like Robert Zemeckis, Paul Verhoeven, Tony Scott and Peter Jackson. Unfortunately those films were also high-profile disappointments, from a box office perspective at least. Movies like Contact, Starship Troopers and The Frighteners have gone on to live long, great lives on home video, but as Busey told us, being in a movie that takes a decade to become a cultural hit...
- Peter Hall
*As always, these From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series reviews will feature quite a few spoilers, so you’ve been warned*
As if the last two episodes weren’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series begins to heat up even more with the Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S/2)-helmed third episode, “Mistress“. Introducing more characters, giving us even more backstories to the characters already established, and setting things up for one epic season ahead of us. Read on!
When the last episode, “Blood Runs Thick” left off, The Gecko brothers were looking for a place to lay low, until their middle man Carlos (who’s secretly a vampire) could arrange a meeting point, where the geckos would be safe, and rich. Richie had taken a hostage with them (Samantha Esteban, Harsh Times), shows us viewers (and »
- Jerry Smith
Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network has announced that the small screen adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn is to return for a second season of thirteen episodes, which will air next year. "This is a truly unique property and one that has really resonated for viewers," states Rodriguez. "It has been a joy to bring these characters back to life and have the opportunity to take our storytelling to a whole new place. We look forward to going back into production later this year and are excited about raising the bar even higher in season two."
Based upon Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's cult 1996 movie, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series stars D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) taking over from George Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, while the rest of the cast includes Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, »
- Gary Collinson
Would you look at this! Filmmaker Don Coscarelli has made a fifth Phantasm movie called Phantasm V: Ravager, and he even released a teaser trailer. He's managed to keep the production of the film under warps for two years. It's really cool to see the Tall Man back.
The franchise started in 1979 under the direction of Coscarelli, he is a producer on this fifth film, but it was directed David Hartman, whobest known for animated series such as Transformers Prime and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers.
Original cast members Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester,and Angus Scrimm are back as is Reggie Bannister as Reggie, whose decades-long search for the sinister Tall Man leads him to the Tall Man’s home world.
In an interview with EW, Coscarelli had this to say,
“I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set. David and I go back to my film Bubba Ho-Tep. »
- Joey Paur
Today, an official press release, featuring quotes straight from Coscarelli himself hit the internet, to shed some light on the film. Read on!
(Hollywood, CA) ― “Filmmaker Don Coscarelli announced today that Phantasm: Ravager, the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principle photography. The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and boxoffice smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels. For the first time in the franchise’s history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as Transformers Prime and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers. Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman’s edgier output, including two blood-soaked music videos for Rob Zombie (“American Witch,” and “Lords of Salem”), and his illustrations of Steve Niles’ “Strange Cases” for Image Comics. »
- Justin Edwards
Well, that was fast! Just a few days after the announcement came that Phantasm: Ravager was complete, along comes a teaser trailer. Check it out along with additional details about the film right here, and expect lots more soon!
From the Press Release:
The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and box office smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.
For the first time in the franchise's history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as Transformers Prime and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers. Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman’s edgier output, including two blood-soaked »
- Debi Moore
Earlier this week, we gave Daily Dead readers a look at the teaser poster for Phantasm: Ravager, the upcoming fifth movie in the Phantasm series. Even better for Phantasm fans is the news that the movie has already been completed and should be released very soon. Today, the official teaser trailer has been released, giving us the first look at footage from the movie.
For Immediate Release (Hollywood, CA) ― Filmmaker Don Coscarelli announced today that Phantasm: Ravager, the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principle photography. The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and boxoffice smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.
For the first time in the franchise’s history, »
- Jonathan James
Filmmaker Don Coscarelli announced today that Phantasm: Ravager , the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principle photography and you can now check out a teaser poster and trailer below, courtesy of ShockTillYouDrop.com . For the first time in the franchise's history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as "Transformers Prime" and "Roughnecks: Starship Troopers". Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman.s edgier output, including two blood-soaked music videos for Rob Zombie ("American Witch," and "Lords of Salem"), and his illustrations of Steve »
In a recent interview we conducted with Robert Rodriguez, he spoke about plans for multiple seasons of From Dusk Till Dawn and it’s now official. El Rey Network has announced that From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will be back for a second season:
“New York, March 26, 2014 – El Rey Network, the general entertainment cable channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, announced plans today to greenlight a sophomore season of the network’s first scripted original, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
Based on the cult classic film of the same name, season two will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes and will be shot in Austin, Texas, home to the filmmaker’s Troublemaker Studios. Marking Rodriguez’s first foray into television, the highly-anticipated program premiered in the U.S. on El Rey Network on Tuesday, March 11th and premiered exclusively on Netflix through their run-of-series license in Canada, Ireland, Nordics, »
- Jonathan James
Directed by: Neil Burger
Running Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Plot: In a post-war future where people are divided by their personalities, one young woman named Bearice (Woodley) strives to break down the walls that confine and divide everyone.
Who’S It For? Those whose attendance isn’t guaranteed by familiarity with the books should tread carefully. If curiosity still drives one to see this sooner than later, I’d recommend the cheapest matinee with the largest screen. IMAX patronage for this film is completely unnecessary.
Keeping in the spirit of John Hughes, Divergent is a high school story set in the land of Chicago, albeit 100 years in the future and after a war that has apparently caused a lot of problems outside of the city’s walls. While this tale involves adults, it features an »
- Nick Allen
Gaudy and ridiculous, Paul Verhoeven's cult classic nonetheless has its merits – just don't watch it with your parents
My Guilty Pleasure: the rest of the series
"Next up … Showgirls." The mere recollection of the TV announcer's words still strikes fear into my bones. When you're a teenager, nothing is worse – not getting caught kissing behind the bike sheds by your teacher, not forgetting your Pe kit and having to play hockey in your knickers – than having to watch a highly vigorous 1min 30sec lapdance scene while sitting in the same room as your mum and dad. I was nine when the film originally came out, so it wasn't until a few years later – once it had royally flopped at the box office and been confined to a midnight movie slot – that Showgirls came into my life. But it has never really left it since.
- Harriet Gibsone
• The Great Gatsby star Joel Edgerton will star opposite Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Kill Your Darling’s Dane DeHaan in upcoming period drama, Life. Anton Corbijn (The American) will direct the film, which centers around the real life friendship that blossomed between photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the iconic movie star for Life magazine in 1955. Edgerton will portray Magnum Photography editor John Morris, the man who brokered the deal for the photographs with Life. [Variety]
- Pamela Gocobachi
Around these parts we love us some Casper Van Dien. We've had a soft spot for him since his days as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. We know the guy has the goods, and hopefully he gets a chance to stretch his legs a bit with the new feature June!
L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (Hellbenders), Jacquelyn Frisco (Tell-Tale), and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, »
- Uncle Creepy
L. Gustavo Cooper (“Velvet Road”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (“Hellbenders”), Jacquelyn Frisco (“Tell-Tale”) and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt.
- Dave McNary
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Ahead of the release of The Single Moms Club, a film written, directed, produced by and starring Tyler Perry, we thought it was worthwhile looking back on all the Tyler Perry Productions (Tpp) that came before it. In total, Perry has produced 16 films (including Smc) from the ongoing Madea franchise to stand-alones, such as Temptation and Why Did I Get Married? All of the films have been met with varying degrees of praise and success. But who has actually sat down and watched all of them? Inspired by that question, I decided to review all of Perry’s film in order to grade and rank each film.
To see how they fall in order (from worst to best), flip through the gallery above. For a more in-depth, critical analysis keep on reading!
(Warning: The films were not watched in order of release. In fact, if watched in »
- Stacy Lambe
Amy Smart is one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s latest comedy-drama, The Single Moms Club. In the film she plays Hillary, a wealthy woman who has just gotten divorced after 12 years of marriage and sees the financial support from her husband quickly evaporate. It doesn’t take long for Hillary to find herself completely unprepared for this situation and overwhelmed with responsibilities that she had previously been able to elude. Thankfully, she soon finds a group of single moms from different walks of life who are also dealing with the immense challenges of raising children without a father around. Through their collective friendship they discover how they can become better parents than they already are.
- Ben Kenber
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Jamie Price and visual effects supervisor Nordin Rahhali about bringing a robotic enhanced law enforcement officer to the futuristic streets of Detroit once again...
“I saw the original in the theatre when it came out in 1987,” recalls Jamie Price (The A-Team) who was chosen by filmmaker José Padilha (Bus 174) to supervise the visual effects for RoboCop (2014). “I watched it and the sequels again before we made this movie to re-familiarize myself because sometimes your recollections don’t always match the reality of it. One of my first questions to José was, ‘What approach are you thinking for the movie?’ In a lot of ways the original is untouchable. He had the same feeling and was clear that we weren’t remaking RoboCop. We were making our version of it.” The subject matter would be the same though the tone shifted away from »
Here at Dread Central we love Ashley Bell, and any time word comes that she's in something genre-related, we get all bent up like Nell from The Last Exorcism in anticipation! That being said, her latest flick, Sparks, is getting ready to hit DVD, and we have an exclusive clip and more!
Directed by Christopher Folino (The Troll, Gamers) and Todd Burrows, Sparks stars Bell along with Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Clint Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Jake Busey (Starship Troopers), and William Katt ("The Greatest American Hero").
Look for it on DVD and Digital Download on March 18, 2014, via Image Home Entertainment.
After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group, known as The Rochester 13, gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks (Williamson) doesn’t feel remotely super… but after his parents’ death, he throws himself into battle against the »
- Uncle Creepy
Last week I attended a footage reveal for the upcoming sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow. I don’t usually do these things, because they’re pure PR and I try not to whore for the studios. I mean, you can’t even pretend to offer anything like an honest review of a movie when you’ve seen only a small part of it, so everything I can offer here, positive or negative, must be hedged with “but I could be wrong; we’ll know when we see the actual film” and “I can’t say for sure without seeing the whole movie.”
So why did I attend this event? Well, I’m really hopeful for this one: it’s from director Doug Liman, who makes action movies for people who don’t want to have to turn their brains off, which is a rare thing. And I’m such »
- MaryAnn Johanson
A pedestrian animated “sequel” to H.G. Wells’ original story, awkwardly titled “War of the Worlds: Goliath,” turns that tale of Victorian-era Martian invasion into a generic series of noisy “Transformers”/”Starship Troopers”-style battle scenes set around the onset of Wwi. Rote character writing, voicing and animation devalue the more impressive design elements of Joe Pearson’s long-aborning project, which began production in 2009 after more than a decade’s development. The film’s North American bow this Friday on single New York and Los Angeles screens, simultaneous with VOD and iTunes availability, marks its first theatrical exposure since a late 2012 opening in its principal producing nation, Malaysia. Home formats beckon internationally.
David Abramowitz’s script takes place 15 years after the events of Wells’ 1899 novel. (Neither book nor author merits attribution in the credits here, rather oddly.) Civilization has rebuilt itself after the Martians’ devastating attack, which claimed 140 million lives before »
- Dennis Harvey
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