8 items from 2014
The Horror, the Horror!
Why isn’t there a quality, poker-themed horror movie? The title, "Poker Night: Dead Man's Hand," is a bit campy, but so are many horror movies. Imagine eight college grads uniting on a remote island for a night of boozing and strip poker. The plot writes itself. One by one, the clothing layers are removed and one by one, the players get lured from the table and slaughtered in a most grizzly fashion.
At the end, there is only one person left, and she (it has to be a she) is forced to play our killer in a poker game to the death. All you can see is the killer’s eyes behind a Yoda mask (or any other mask that terrifies you), as he deals the cards on the blood-soaked table. The girl shivers, forced to face her fears while playing the most important game of her life. »
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Deadline reports that Judge Dredd and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer director Danny Cannon has signed on to both direct and executive produce Warner Bros. TV and Fox’s Gotham pilot. The project comes from The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller and already has a series commitment from the network. They’re prioritising it after an intense bidding war last year.
While Cannon may initially seem like an unlikely choice, he launched CSI: Miami, Alcatraz, Nikita, and The Tomorrow People’s pilots in the same roles he will serve in for Gotham. The Tomorrow People debuted on The CW last year to strong ratings and launched on E4 in the UK earlier this month.
- Josh Wilding
According to Deadline, British filmmaker Danny Cannon has been tapped to direct and executive produce Fox's Gotham pilot, which will centre on the early years of Detective Jim Gordon and the city's villains prior to the emergence of the Batman.
Cannon has previously directed the pilots for the likes of CSI, Nikita, Alcatraz and The Tomorrow People, while his feature film credits include Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Goal! The Dream Begins.
- Gary Collinson
We haven't heard much about the Batman/Commissioner Gordon series Gotham since Fox won a bidding war for it, but now we know that Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot. Scripted by Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Gotham "explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous." The show, which has a series commitment and penalty, takes place in a Gotham plagued with crime before the arrival of Batman. Cannon, who had some rough experiences in the movie world having directed Judge Dredd and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, has fared well in the television landscape. He's directed the pilots for CSI, Dark Blue, and more recently, The Tomorrow People. Cannon is currently filming the TV movie, The Lottery. (Via Deadline) »
- Dave Trumbore
Following a fraught bidding war, Fox TV ended up with the opportunity to bring Batman TV spin-off Gotham to the small screen. The Mentalist's Bruno Heller is developing and overseeing the series, and we're now approaching the point where the the pilot episode is heading into production. Danny Cannon is now set to be the man rolling the cameras.Cannon is no stranger to comic book properties, having been the man behind the Stallone version of Judge Dredd in 1995. He's rather reinvented himself since, however, dusting himself off from that disappointment, and from the ignominy of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer four years later, and emerging as a force in television.Most significantly, he's maintained a long association with the various CSI series, acting as executive producer across CSI, CSI: NY and CSI: Miami, and as director of several episodes, including the original pilot back in »
Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot for Fox’s highly anticipated Gotham pilot from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Cannon has previously directed the pilots for the CSI franchise, as well as the CW’s Nikita and has also helmed the likes of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd flick and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. The show will focus on a young James Gordon as he works his way up the ranks of the Gcpd, and will apparently feature several of Batman's classic villains. As for the Dark Knight himself, the recent news that a casting call went out for a young Bruce Wayne pretty much rules out any caped crusading. Keep an eye on Cbm for more updates very soon. »
The flavor of bile is unmistakable. There just isn’t anything that tastes quite like it. And you know it when it comes on: The belly rumbles, the esophagus lurches within, and you battle back the slimy liquid that threatens to spew forth from your lips.
It’s a nasty experience. We all hate that sensation so we’re taking measures at Dread Central to help prevent such a situation from occurring.
See, there are horror sequels out there that are so horrifically bad they somehow trigger something in our internal systems... and the belly begins to rumble. We wish you no stomach troubles here, and we certainly wish the taste of bile on no man or woman. So we’re going to provide you with a list of sequels to avoid at all costs because if you check these out, you’ll be searching for the toothbrush in no time! »
- Matt Molgaard
8 items from 2014
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