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5 Alien Invasion/Contact Movies To Watch Before Seeing Arrival!
Alien invasion movies. There’s something universal and timeless about the alien invasion story. »
- Joseph Medina
For those of you with Amazon Prime benefits, you may or may not have realized just how many great, free horror movies the site’s streaming service has to offer for members (something I sadly didn’t realize until late last year myself). I recently spent a few hours combing through their entire library and came up with this list of 31 horror movies (spanning several different sub-genres) that are sure to make for fun and fright-filled ways to get you ready for Halloween.
When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, three scouts and one badass cocktail waitress will fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.
Interview with a Vampire (1994)
- Heather Wixson
While she’s been in the front of the camera for the last two decades acting in films such as The Faculty, Girl, Interrupted, Zodiac, Argo, and more, Clea DuVall recently made her directorial and writing debut with The Intervention. Also starring in the film, she appears alongside Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, and Cobie Smulders as a marriage intervention goes awry.
We said in our review, “it’s a sharp script with distinct observations helping it rise above the plethora of other similarly-themed fare. Peter’s infuriating disregard of his wife, along with connotations to domestic abuse, help to spur our involvement in wanting this intervention to succeed, as impeccably awkward as it is. Lynskey steals the show as she deals with her own demons, yet presents a bubbly outward personality in attempting to take control while rarely triumphing in these regard. »
- Leonard Pearce
Robert Rodriguez interview
Movie director Robert Rodriguez is one of our favourites. His resume includes Desperado, Sin City, The Faculty, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and Machete, and eclectic range of genre films that all hit the right spot.
Rodriguez is somewhat of a maverick film director. He’s not one to play by the expected rules of the movie world, be that in what he puts on the screen or how he interacts with his peers. During his career he has left both the screen writers and directors guild in favour of blazing his own path. His latest venture has been to create his own television network ‘El Rey’ which caters to a Latin American audience.
- Kat Hughes
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.
Robert Rodriguez has to be one of the best directors currently working. He burst onto the scene with the fantastic El Mariachi, which premiered at Sundance and he has since gone onto direct a wide range of classics – Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids, Sin City, The Faculty and Machete. He’s also hard at work in the television realm, and is currently working on the third season of the From Dusk Till Dawn series, a spin-off from his own 1996 film.
Once he wraps work on the new season Rodriguez has a couple of high profile movies on his slate, namely Johnny Quest and Alita: Battle Angel. We were fortunate enough to have a catch up with Robert and here’s what he had to say about the projects.
I start shooting Battle Angel really soon, »
- Kat Hughes
No big plans for Memorial Day? Then get busy watching these Netflix titles before they vanish in June. Among the great films leaving Netflix streaming are Disney '90s classics "Mulan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules" (don't worry, you'll see more from Disney on Netflix Very Soon).
Here's the complete list of titles leaving Netflix in June 2016. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change.
Leaving June 1
"A Wrinkle in Time" (2003)
"About a Boy" (2002)
"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001)
"The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury" (2004)
"Clear and Present Danger" (1994)
"Disney Animation Collection: Vol. 5: Wind in the Willows
- Sharon Knolle
A new 28 Days Later poster is inspired by Secret Cinema’s interactive experience of Danny Boyle’s British horror classic. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Slasher Season 1 Blu-ray / DVD info, a video and release details for the first American Murder Song Ep, plus Cavity Colors’ tribute to Robert Rodriguez’s The Faculty with a shirt design by Devon Whitehead.
28 Days Later Poster from Secret Cinema and Artist Dan Mumford: Previous Press Release: “Prepare for a terrifying experience in apocalyptic survival as Secret Cinema Presents takes on Danny Boyle’s cult horror masterpiece, 28 Days Later.
Starring Cillian Murphy as Jim, who awakes from a coma to a find a deadly virus has all but obliterated humanity and society now overrun by hordes of the “infected”, 28 Days Later created a new breed of zombie (‘the infected’) – and reinvigorated the genre for the next generation of horror fans.
Not only does »
- Tamika Jones
This week, Neil Calloway looks at Superman movies that were planned but never shot…
To be fair, between Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and 2006’s under appreciated Superman Returns, Superman was rarely off the small screen, featuring in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997 and in Smallville from 2001-2010 (proving that Gotham wasn’t the first attempt to show the origins of a DC superhero on TV). However, its near ubiquity on television didn’t stop several attempts to return it to the big screen.
- Neil Calloway
“The Intervention” finds three couples gathered for a country weekend, where they’ve plotted to perform emergency surgery on a fourth duo’s trouble marriage. Naturally, this well-intentioned but very probably misguided effort goes awry, with everyone’s personal fault lines exposed to variably seriocomic effect. Actress Clea DuVall’s debut feature as writer-director is an ensemble piece that breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels. It may not be quite edgy or distinctive enough to make much of a splash in niche theatrical release, but should prove a viable home-format item.
The group of thirtysomething friends who gather at an expansive family summer residence outside Savannah, owened by Jessie (DuVall), haven’t met there for some years; life got in the way of what had been an annual tradition. But now Annie (Melanie Lynskey) has orchestrated a reunion, one with a »
- Dennis Harvey
10 items from 2016
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